Cortney Piper serves as President of Piper Communications. Piper Communications was started in 2008 at the height of the recession and quickly grew a robust client base due to its emphasis on strategic communications.

Specializing in energy and technology, the firm’s areas of expertise include: media relations and message development, events, government relations, community outreach, coalition building, organization management, and business development for the private and public sectors including trade groups, universities, foundations, and government initiatives at the local, state and national levels.

Piper has a comprehensive understanding of the energy, technology and policy arenas with an emphasis on strategy. She has an established rapport with industry experts, government officials and media outlets in Tennessee, throughout the Southeast, and at the national level.

Because of Piper’s energy expertise, she organized Tennessee’s advanced energy sector and launched the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (a 501(c)(3) organization) in 2014 and currently serves as Vice President and Executive Director.

Piper attended the University of Tennessee – Knoxville double majoring in political science and environmental sociology.

Piper and her husband Barry Armstrong live in Knoxville with their triplets.