LHP’s CEO Carey Parker has been named a 2021 Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Young Leader. She is one of six people across the country selected for the award that was established in 2008 to celebrate and support the next generation of difference makers working in the affordable housing industry. The Young Leaders program recognizes industry pioneers who represent the development, finance, service and policy sides of the industry and have had an impact on the field in their own ways.
“Carey has a deep understanding of our business and has proven time and time again to be a strategic, creative leader who has been instrumental in the successful growth of our company,” said Phil Lawson, chairman and founder of LHP. “She is very deserving of this honor, and we appreciate Affordable Housing Finance for recognizing Carey as a Young Leader.”
As CEO, Carey is responsible for the company’s overall performance and she works strategically with the executive leadership team to ensure the enduring prosperity of the company’s assets which are in excess of $833 million. She is passionate about the work that LHP does and seeks to inspire employees with the same sense of pride and purpose. In speaking to LHP leadership groups, she draws upon the work of Patrick Lencioni, author of “The Advantage,” challenging managers to keep uppermost in mind the company’s core purpose—to create a better world for our residents.
Carey joined LHP Capital in 2006 as an accountant and quickly rose through the ranks to become CEO in 2017 when she was only 35. Among her many civic and community activities, Carey is a member of the Leadership Tennessee Class VIII (2020-2021) and a graduate of Leadership Knoxville Class of 2019. She serves on the boards of directors for the Legacy Housing Foundation and East Tennessee Community Design Center, where she also is second vice president, and the advisory board for the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business Department of Management. Carey is a member of the Executive Women’s Association and United Way of Greater Knoxville operations committee.