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Meet Your Local Roof Contractor Team

We look to our people to lead our efforts as we reach out into our community. Of course we pride ourselves on innovation, top-notch work, and being a strong company, but most of all, we have a deep gratitude and respect for the reputation for trust that we have earned. These people shown here are the reason for that reputation. Litespeed is here to help you with your next Knoxville roofing project.

Kirby Smith

Owner & Team Leader

Kirby is the founder of Litespeed Construction. Originally an Alabama native, he moved to Knoxville in 2011.

His background includes a degree in engineering from Auburn University and over 10 years of experience in roofing construction and sales. He holds licenses in Civil Engineering and General Contracting for North Carolina and Tennessee.

Kirby has worked in a variety of roles in the roofing business with primary focus on sales and marketing. 

He is married to his wife, Beth, and they are expecting their first child in November 2022. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, playing guitar, and cheering for the Tennessee Titans.

Fred Russi

General Manager – Knoxville, TN Office

Originally from Sevierville, TN, Fred now takes care of the frontlines for Litespeed’s Knoxville, TN office and helps with sales from time to time in the Asheville, NC office. Fred is an accomplished roofer, and shows talent when it comes to understanding the unique needs of our customers. Fred and his fiancee have a new baby that just turned 1 this past July, so Fred has a busy and exciting home life, too. 

Lisa Chapman

Office Manager

Lisa keeps our office running efficiently, and especially enjoys helping our sales staff with their due diligence. Chances are if you’ve contacted Litespeed, you’ve spoken to Lisa at one point or another. She touches many aspects of our day to day work, and often takes on responsibilities outside of her core role. 

Beth Smith

Beth is the most recent addition to the Litespeed team. Her new bio will be posted here soon. 


Billy Price

Marketing & Sales

Billy moved to Knoxville 25 years ago to attend UT, and he’s lived here almost continuously ever since. His background includes graphic design, writing, training & marketing. Past projects include work with both large and small companies, ranging from broadcast stations to recording studios. His favorite work involves finding a creative solution to a unique challenge. His main focus with Litespeed has been to look for new ways to catch the attention of our market.