Meet Litespeed Construction's Core 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 and a founding partner in Lead Symphony. An Alabama transplant to Knoxville TN, his background includes engineering and roofing and he holds licensing 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. Lead Symphony is a patent-pending tool that Kirby and his partners have built to make content generation for sales and marketing more effective for other companies.

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. 

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Alex Fourie

Sales & Service Alex Fourie is from Birmingham AL. After spending several years working in church ministry, Alex has joined the sales team at Litespeed Construction. His background includes ministry, golf instruction, and home improvement. He loves meeting and working with new people. Alex also works as a private golf coach and is a PGA professional. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Victor Canela

Project Manager

As of 2021, Victor is 27 years old — the youngest member of the Litespeed team. Victor is strong on experience, though. He moved from Long Beach, CA (where he was raised) to Knoxville, TN 6 years ago. He put in the effort and worked his way up to Maintenance Supervisor, and is proficient in all aspects of home maintenance. He has bee working for Litespeed Construction for since October 2020. Victor loves being able to work outside, and he loves working on solutions to roofing challenges. In his free time, Victor practices martial arts, especially Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he has been doing for 5 years. Victor’s biggest goal is to someday own his own martial arts studio. Until then, we’re happy to have him aboard. 

Fred Russi

Project Manager

Originally from Sevierville, TN, Fred now takes care of the frontlines for Litespeed’s Asheville, NC office and helps with sales from time to time in the Knoxville office. Fred is an accomplished roofer, and shows talent when it comes to understanding the unique needs of our customers. Fred is currently engaged and is looking forward to his wedding. Outside of that, he spends so much time on sales that he hasn’t gotten a bio finished for this site. When he does, we are certain that the details here will be far more interesting.

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.