David’s dad played football at Memphis State and Overton High School, where he was a member of the school’s first graduating class. David’s mom was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from Central High, where she was a cheerleader. David’s family returned to Shelby County from Hendersonville, TN when he was a newborn baby so his dad could take a better job opportunity.
Right from the start, David demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit. As a teenager, he began his own business cutting grass in the Memphis summer heat, going door to door to drum up new business. After school and during the summer, David held a variety of jobs; pulling cable wire for an electrical supply company, greeting customers in the service department at a local car dealership, and filling orders in the lumber yard. The middle of three children, David learned the value of hard work from an early age, to follow through on your commitments, to always do right by others and to never forget your roots.
At age 18, David realized a longtime dream to play college football in the SEC. As a defensive end, his coach instilled in him the determination to never settle for a sub-par effort and to always strive for perfection.
In 1991, David married his high school sweetheart, Shannon, and together, they’ve raised two boys on their small family farm in east Shelby County.
After college, David began a 20-year career in the financial services industry. Working with electricians, auto mechanics, realtors, and truck drivers, David helped them to achieve financial security and empowered small business owners to recruit, retain, and reward their employees.
David has been helping people responsibly manage their money his entire career; and since 2010, David has put that experience to work as our Shelby County Trustee. As our Trustee, David has made fiscal restraint, increased efficiency, and accountability to taxpayers his primary focus in improving the financial health of Shelby County and the lives of its residents.
Also known as the county’s banker, David takes this distinction to heart and has created several community initiatives to promote economic stability. These are not big government programs, rather, forward-thinking partnerships with the private sector to effectively address the barriers to the success of individuals and our community. This includes issues such as poverty, blight, financial literacy and access to mainstream banking.
“Project H.O.M.E.” is focused on helping delinquent taxpayers keep their homes while paying down back taxes. “On My Own” and “Bank On Memphis” are centered around teaching strong financial principles for both youth and adults with opportunities to build wealth for the unbanked and underbanked.
Recognizing the value of these proactive outreach initiatives, David’s peers named him statewide Trustee of the Year by the in 2016 and by awarding him the Pinnacle Achievement Award from the National Association of State Treasurers. In 2012, he was named Trustee of the Year for the West Tennessee region by the Tennessee County Trustees Association.
In 2011, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam asked David to serve with the Delta Leadership Institute to help address problems specific to the Delta Region with solutions that incorporate community collaboration. Together with family, friends, and co-workers, David volunteers at the Memphis Union Mission and participates in annual events like the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon and fundraisers for St. Jude, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
David received his childhood education from ECS and is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy where he received his B.S. in accounting. David’s wife Shannon runs her own small business, providing photography services to individuals and organizations throughout our community. Their two boys are receiving their college education at UT-Martin and Mississippi State. The Lenoirs are longtime members of Grace Evangelical Church in Germantown.