Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson joined Spirit of Atlanta in September of 2016 in the role of Director of Operations. He previously served as Corps Director for the Boston Crusaders in 2016, and as their Operations Director in 2015. Pearson’s experience includes the role of Program Manager and A Corps Director for the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons. As Program Manager, he was responsible for all performing groups including Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets (DCI Open Class Champions 2008) and Vanguard Winterguard as well as Children’s Adventures in Movement.

Pearson began his marching career playing baritone at Independence High School where he won the MBA Summer National Championships in 1981. 1981 was also Pearson’s first year marching in the Santa Clara Vanguard when the Corps won the DCI championships. During his five years marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Pearson played euphonium and lead baritone before becoming Drum Major in 1985, his age out year. In 1987, Pearson joined the staff of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band, where he served as a marching/music technician before becoming the Director of the Band in 1989. After a brief absence from drum corps, Pearson joined the San Francisco Renegades and was one of their Drum Majors for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2004, he took on the additional role of marching technician and continued in that role through the 2005 season. In 2011 he served as interim CEO for the Renegades Association of San Francisco. Pearson has also been a member of the marching staffs of Clovis High School in Clovis, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, and Logan High School in Union City.

Pearson is a Human Resources professional and an entrepreneur. He began his career at ADP and moved to Syncro Vac, a manufacturing company in Milpitas, California, as Human Resources Manager. In 1999 he opened the first of his five Papa Murphy’s pizza stores and was the owner/operator of those stores for over eleven years. Pearson is the founder and host of Mentor Impact, an interview style podcast where he interviews successful people about the impact mentors have had on their lives and their success. He also co-hosts a podcast called Landlord University.