Adam was born in Decatur, AL, but lived in Memphis since the age of three. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with an undergraduate and a graduate degree in chemical engineering. After graduating from Ole Miss, Adam went to the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering. After spending two years at Virginia Tech, Adam returned to Ole Miss as a faculty member in chemical engineering. Adam and Deb have three children: Ryleigh, Addison, and Zoey.