Lamp Post Leadership

Ted Alling

At just 35 years old, Ted has already established himself as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the South and is widely regarded as the leading young business-person in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ted is now a managing partner of the Lamp Post Group, where he actively recruits and mentors entrepreneurs. Along with his co-founders Allan Davis and Barry Large, Ted’s visionary leadership as CEO of Access America Transport led directly to its organic growth into $500 million in revenue in 2013 after ten consecutive years of organic growth. Ted also founded AAT Carriers, an asset based trucking company specializing in the transport of weapons and hazardous materials, as well as Reliance Partners, a full-service insurance agency. A native of Vestavia Hills, AL, Ted earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Samford University where he and his partners were named Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year in 2010. Ted currently serves on the board of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Ted resides on Lookout Mountain with his wife of 12 years and three children.

Jack Studer

After growing up in Chattanooga and graduating from Baylor School, Jack attended Princeton University where he studied Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He then went on to work for Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking Division, dealing primarily in M&A and IPO transactions for clients such as Google, Omniture, Blackstone, Oracle, HP and many others. Later Jack co-founded DraftSpace, a document security SaaS company in London which is now part of Moody’s. He has continued to work with startups in various capacities, most recently as a General Partner in the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, an angel capital fund in TN. Jack joined up with the other partners to found Lamp Post Group in 2010 as a partner. He currently lives in North Chattanooga with his wife, Caitlin, daughter, Kate, and their two black labs.

Miller Welborn

Miller’s experience as a business executive spans three decades and ranges from serving on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta, Birmingham Branch to his current role as Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Bank in Chattanooga. As a partner at Lamp Post, Miller’s extensive management background is a valuable asset to the entrepreneurs he mentors. Miller currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Big Oak Ranch, a Christian childrens home in Gadsden, Ala., and as an elder at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he attends with his wife Karen and three daughters. That Miller considers “9AM” mid-day is a testament to his work ethic.

Shelley Prevost

Dr. Shelley Prevost is the Director of Happiness and resident cultural engineer at the Lamp Post Group.  With 15 years of experience in the field of psychology, she provides a necessary counter-balance to the more logic-based business practices.  At Lamp Post, she mentors others to attend to interpersonal relationships at work, to communicate openly and directly, to identify guiding values, and to mediate conflict efficiently.  She has a passion for building and maintaining thriving business cultures that drive already successful companies to become legendary in their industry.  A recent graduate of Argosy University with her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology, Shelley received the prestigious nomination for Dissertation of the Year for her work on gratitude and resilience. Before coming to Lamp Post, she had a thriving psychotherapy practice working collaboratively with other holistic practitioners.  Alongside teaching at UTC, Lee University, and Argosy University, Shelley has spoken to dozens of organizations and conferences on the cutting-edge science of happiness and organizational psychology.  Born in the Missouri boot heel, Shelley has migrated all over the Eastern half of the country. She now lives in North Chattanooga with her husband, Chad, and their three children.

Barry Large

With a background in finance, Barry has earned a reputation for knowing a good investment when he sees one, while also having spearheading innovative entrepreneurial ventures himself.  Growing up in the building materials business, Barry oversaw the finances of his family’s company, Key-James Brick, from 2000 through its acquisition in 2006. While at Key-James, Barry founded Access America Transport with fellow Lamp Post Partner Ted Alling as the logistics division of Key James. As Access America has grown into an industry leader, Barry has overseen the company’s financial operations as CFO. In 2003, Barry also was co-founder of Horizon Stone, which has since become one of the leading manufacturers of stone in the country. Most recently Barry launched Nooga Media, an online news organization focused on employing the latest technologies and trends to deliver thoughtful, accurate and reliable news in Chattanooga.  At Lamp Post, Barry plays an integral role in financial and investment decisions based on his vast experience in both areas.  Barry, a Chattanooga native, earned bachelor’s degrees in business management and history from Samford University. He resides in his hometown and is married with two daughters.

Weston Wamp

Seen by many as a rising civic and political leader in Chattanooga, TN, Weston oversees communications, media relations and marketing for Lamp Post in addition to leading his own public relations and creative strategy firm, Wamp Strategy.  Weston, a graduate of the School of Communications at the University of Tennessee, is actively involved with many local organizations and regularly convenes meetings with rising business leaders looking to have an impact on the Chattanooga area.  In 2010, Weston was named one of Chattanooga’s “30 under 30″ by City Scope magazine and he is a regular panelist on the Tennessee Insider, a weekly political television show produced by WTCI.

Allan Davis

Allan’s bold and often unorthodox perspective has made him an effective counter-balance to traditional business theory and practice allowing him and his companies to push the envelope and develop innovative solutions. In his role as a managing partner at Lamp Post, Allan helps entrepreneurs understand what they do best and then how to empower others to scale out beyond just the founder’s circle. His efficacy for strategic long-term planning and reverse engineering has made him the person largely credited for Access America’s explosive growth from startup to over $500 million in revenue in under 10 years. During his tenure as COO Access America has expanded to seven locations across the U.S and received dozens of awards and recognitions for its forward thinking approach to meeting the transportation and logistics needs of its customers. Allan graduated from McCallie School in Chattanooga in 1996 before attending Samford University where he graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Management. In 2010, Allan also became a graduate of Singularity University’s Executive Program.