B.C.R., LCR, RPR, CRI, CCR
Owner/ Senior Real-Time Reporter
In 2019, Max is celebrating his 30th anniversary of his reporting career. His experience level allows him to specialize in reporting more complicated, technical matters. He also provides real-time services for attorneys requesting more advanced litigation support, currently now doing realtime wirelessly to iPads. He has certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) and Certified Court Reporter (CCR). Max is also a Licensed Court Reporter (LCR) with the state of Tennessee.
With Max’s teaching background, he has been asked by various professional groups such as NCRA, TCRA, STAR, and many state associations, and others to present seminars on subjects such as Court Reporting English, Professionalism in Court Reporting, Court Reporting Marketing, and Retention of Your Best Talent in Tough Economic Times. He has served twice as President of the Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TCRA), has served in every officers position with TCRA, and has also served a combined 12 years on the board of directors of TCRA.
In 2016, Max was nominated, interviewed, and elected to a 3-year position as a director with the National Court Reporter’s Association (NCRA). He has served on NCRA's committees for Finance, CASE, TAC, as well as performing rep assignments for NCRA across the US. Max is currently serving as NCRA President-Elect 2018-2019, becoming President of NCRA for a 1-year term at the August 2019 NCRA Convention in Denver.
He also served this past year on TCRA’s Legislative Committee, with the committee successfully getting a positive piece of legislation affecting the profession of Court Reporting through the Tennessee Legislature, recently signed by the Governor into law, as well as aided in defeating two pieces of negative legislation directed at the profession in Tennessee.
Max is a big believer in continually giving back and paying it forward for all this career has given to him and allowed him to accomplish.
Max enjoys gardening (vegetable and flowers), bowling, dining out, hiking, bike riding on Tennessee trails and Natchez Trace, and traveling around the United States and internationally with his spouse.
Max Curry is the owner of Elite Reporting as well as senior real-time reporter. He graduated from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Court Reporting (B.C.R.), becoming the first male in the country to receive the degree. Upon graduation from Ole Miss, Max worked from August 1989 to July 1990 in Memphis for an independent court reporting agency. He gained experience in a variety of litigation matters: Court (civil, criminal, and federal), depositions, arbitrations, military tribunals, conventions, and EUOs. After a year in Memphis, Max moved to Nashville, where after an additional year of working for a local court reporting firm, he ventured out to start his concept of what a truly professional court reporting firm should be –Elite Reporting.
Melissa m. smith
RPR, LCR, CCR
Melissa M. Smith, RPR, LCR, CCR, graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders in 1998. While attending graduate school at Washington University, she learned about court reporting and eventually ended up earning a court reporting certificate in 2003 at Tennessee Career College under the direction of Max Curry, owner of Elite Reporting Services.
After court reporting school, she joined Elite and earned her RPR in 2005. From late 2006 to early 2008, she reported part-time while directing the court reporting program at TCC full-time. In 2008, Melissa and her husband moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and not long after she began working on her own under the name of BenchMark Reporting Services. When Elite Reporting opened offices statewide in 2012, she re-joined the Elite Reporting family as its senior associate for East Tennessee. Melissa is licensed and certified to practice in Tennessee and Georgia and is also an approved Eclipse software trainer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Monica lived in Rohnert Park, CA and graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 2006. She moved to Spring Hill, TN with her husband Chris in July 2007. She joined Elite Reporting in September 2015.
Monica loves spending time at the park with her baby girl Jazmin, playing ball with her 3 dogs (Shadow, Shmokie, & Oliver) and going for walks with her mom.
Jennifer is from Chicago, Illinois and moved down to join the Elite family in October 2017. She loves everything about Tennessee but has a hard time adjusting to the southern heat. Jennifer graduated from Western Illinois University in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
In her spare time, she loves to do all outdoor activities, watch her favorite Chicago sports teams, and binge watch shows on Netflix.
Mary is from Chicago, Illinois and joined the Elite family in April 2019 bringing eight years of experience in production and video. Having lived and worked in Chicago her whole life, she is very excited to have the opportunity work with Elite and experience all that Nashville has to offer. Mary already feels at home and is looking forward to having a great career with Elite.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, traveling all over, watching college football and cheering on her Cubbies and Boilermakers!
Jaclyn is originally from Elyria, Ohio. She attended school in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Sullivan University's College of Design & Technology in 2004. She moved to Nashville in 2005, and now resides in Mount Juliet with her husband, Dustin, and her dog, Odie.
She joined Elite Reporting Services in June 2019 and is looking forward to adventures and opportunities at Elite. Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring all that Tennessee has to offer.
Rachel is originally from West TN and graduated from high school in 2007. She moved to Franklin in 2012 where she lives with her husband and two children. Rachel joined Elite Reporting Services in July 2019 and is excited to be part of the Elite family.
Rachel is a health and fitness enthusiast and spends her spare time at the gym or staying active with her family. She also loves to bake for family and friends.