The Memphis Daily News, January 28, 2015, The Memphis News, January 30-February 5, 2015, and The Commercial Appeal, March 29, 2015
The Memphis Daily News, NEWSMAKERS
Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2005 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 under-served youth after school each day.
Hometown: Big Spring, Texas
Experience: Memphis Athletic Ministries: President and CEO, 2015; chief operating officer, 2012-2015; community director, 2005-2012. Kids Across America Christian Sports Kamp, senior director KAA1/assistant director, summers 1997 to 2005; The Lighthouse Foundation (Corinth, Miss.), assistant director/program director, 2002-2005; Eikon Ministries, assistant director, 1997-2002.
Family: Kelandria Odom (bride), Enoch Jackson Odom (son)
Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”
The sports team(s) you root for: The Memphis Grizzlies (of course), Florida State Seminoles (since 1975)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: P90x, shooting basketball and spending time with my family and friends.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing. I’ve been kicked out of the choir.
How has Memphis Athletic Ministries changed since you joined in 2005? MAM has changed in so many ways. We are so much more than a basketball league. We have a staff who truly loves and cares for the kids in our city. We want to impact every kid who lives in the nine communities we serve with the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as give them the tools to become positive change agents in our city.
What are your goals for the organization? My goals for the organization are simple. First, I want every child who walks through our doors to know they are loved and valued. I want MAM to operate with a spirit of excellence in all we do. I want our team to bring resources and empowerment to the youth and the families we serve. I want MAM to be the innovator and catalyst for lasting change when it comes to urban ministry in the country.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? The one piece of advice I would give young people is taken from a close friend and mentor, Bruce Morgan of KAA. He told me, “Have joy in the journey. Commit to something that’s more important than yourself … and stay teachable.”
Memphis Business Journal, PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) has named Randy Odom its new president and chief executive officer. In this position Randy oversees the operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve over 900 underserved youth daily. Randy joined MAM in 2005 as a neighborhood center director and became the chief operating officer in 2012.
The Commercial Appeal, People in business
Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) named Randy Odom as its new president and chief executive officer. He’ll oversee the operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth daily after school. Odom has been the chief operating g officer since 2012.