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Chairman

Fred Koury

Fred Koury

President & CEO

Smart Business


Fred co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has built the company into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base.


Host Committee

Brian Adams

Brian Adams

President

Excelsior Capital


Brian is the President and founder of Excelsior Capital, where he spearheads the investor relations and capital markets arms of the firm. He has 10 years of experience in real estate private equity. Prior to forming Excelsior Capital, Brian co-founded Priam Properties (an institutional real estate private equity sponsor) in 2010 and provided leadership and direction for the firm in connection with capital markets, investment management and investor relations.

Chad Blackburn

Chad Blackburn

Business Development Director

Cherry Bekaert LLP


In his role as Business Development Director, Chad is responsible for originating and developing the Firm’s relationships with entrepreneurs and private equity investors in the Nashville area. He brings more than 15 years of business development, investment and sales experience with particular expertise in the healthcare and technology industries.

Jeremy Bolls

Jeremy Bolls

Founder & CEO

Kindful


Jeremy is the Founder & CEO of Kindful, a cloud-based platform helping nonprofits across all 50 states and multiple continents amplify their fundraising, simplify their donor management, and maximize their impact. With 15+ years of experience growing web-based software and media companies, he is a serial entrepreneur devoted to the idea that, together, we can build a better world. Jeremy has devoted his career to building companies focused on creating community by working across functional groups and industries to cobble together unique and practical, yet technologically advanced, solutions.

David Briggs

David Briggs

Regional President

Fifth Third Bank


David serves as regional president for Fifth Third Bank, N.A. (Tennessee). He is responsible for delivering distinctive value for our customers and community and for driving the growth and strategic alignment of our Business, Commercial, Capital Markets, Wealth & Asset Management and Consumer businesses. Dave has more than 30 years of diverse banking experience, with the last 20 in the Nashville area.

Stephen Cook

Stephen Cook

Executive Managing Director

LFM Capital


Steve co-founded LFM Capital and brings to the Fund over 23 years of operating experience, having served in a variety of senior executive and functional roles in manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, technology and sales. Prior to founding LFM, Steve was a Principal with TVV Capital (2010-2014), where he directed portfolio value creation efforts of six portfolio investments, with a focus on operating improvements, management recruiting, leadership development training and performance. Steve also was Chief Operating Officer of MFG.com (2009-2010), the world’s largest global online marketplace for the manufacturing industry, and spent 11 years as a Southeastern regional Senior Director with The Dell Corp. (1998-2009). Prior to joining Dell, Steve served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy (1989-1996), where he flew combat missions in support of Desert Shield. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, his MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT’s School of Engineering and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Shan Foster

Shan Foster

Co-Founder & CEO

Fostering Healthy Solutions, LLC


Shan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fostering Healthy Solutions, LLC where he cultivates healthy solutions to diversity issues through education, training, and execution. His experience includes work with several sectors, including entertainment, financial services, technology, media, environmental services, and law enforcement. Foster is passionate about diversity and is seen as a visionary amongst leaders.

LeShane Greenhill

LeShane Greenhill

Owner

SalesCocktail


A native Nashvillian, LeShane is the Founder of SalesCocktail. Prior to his current venture, LeShane Founded Pishon Sales Outsourcingand Co-Founded Sagents. In 2016, he was selected by Google and Code2040 to serve as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Googles Tech Hub. A graduate of the University of Memphis, LeShane received his BBA with a concentration in MIS. LeShane also completed the “Building High Performing Businesses” Executive Education program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson

Managing General Partner

Council Capital


Grant joined Council Capital in 2009 and is the firm’s Managing General Partner. He has focused entirely on private equity investing in the healthcare services and healthcare IT sectors since 2001. Prior to joining Council, Grant worked with two other private equity firms, The Aurora Funds and First Analysis Corporation. He began his career with Accenture helping companies grow and integrate acquisitions.
Grant is currently on the Board of Council portfolio companies eMids, EspriGas, and Experience Wellness Centers.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Dean

Vanderbilt University - Owen School of Management


M. Eric Johnson is the Dean of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and the Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. He also anchors a video series on business and blogs on leadership. Previously he served as Associate Dean for the MBA program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, where he was also Faculty Director of the Center for Digital Strategies. He holds a B.S. in Economics, B.S. in Engineering, M.S. in Engineering from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University.

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Managing Director - Market Head

UBS


Jerry has more than 30 years of financial services experience, including 26 years of experience with UBS. Jerry’s industry experience includes roles as a financial advisor, a Branch Office Manager and a Regional Director. During his tenure at UBS, Jerry has developed deep knowledge of the field and the firm, helping him guide advisors to greater success. Further broadening his experience and knowledge of the industry, Jerry has directed UBS’s Leadership Management and Development Program, which enabled him to study the best practices that are used to support Financial Advisors. He also has presented at leadership seminars in the U.S., Zurich and London. Jerry returned to Nashville in 2013 as Market Head for Tennessee & Kentucky. Prior, Jerry served as Market Area Manager and Complex Director for Atlanta. In January of 2018, Jerry's responsibilities increased to include the addition of the Arkansas and Louisiana markets, creating the South Central Market Area. Jerry graduated from Western Carolina University with a BSBA degree in marketing and economics.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

TN Regional President

PNC Bank


Mike has over 20 years of financial services and banking experience. Prior to joining PNC he spent 18 years with Wells Fargo. Active in the community he is a lead cabinet member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce a Board of Trustee for Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and serves on the executive finance committee for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Lee M. Koury

Lee M. Koury

Managing Partner

Smart Business


Lee is managing partner of Smart Business, a national events, media and marketing company founded in 1989, primarily responsible for expanding the company’s Aspire deal-making conference throughout the U.S. He plays a key role in establishing corporate policies and developing long-term strategy and growth plans. Previously, he founded and chaired the Growth Group at national law firm Arter & Hadden LLP (now Tucker, Ellis & West), which focused on working with middle-market and high-growth technology companies.

Wanda Lyle

Wanda Lyle

Managing Director/General Manager

UBS Nashville


Wanda is the General Manager of the UBS Nashville Business Solutions Center. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the Business Solution Center's operating model and associated service delivery. She provides leadership and management oversight for the Nashville functions which include Information Technology, Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Group Risk. Wanda is also the Responsible Executive for UBS Business Solutions US which is the Service Company for UBS US operating entities.

Eller Mallchok

Eller Mallchok

Managing Director

Jumpstart Foundry


Eller is the Managing Director of Jumpstart Foundry, a seed-stage healthcare investment fund based in Nashville, Tennessee. Eller oversees the management of 100+ portfolio companies that span the healthcare industry. Jumpstart Foundry is changing the way early-stage healthcare companies are funded by innovating around the traditional venture model, making it more entrepreneur-friendly, improving the odds of founder success, and driving outsized returns for investors.

Martin Renkis

Martin Renkis

GM Global Cloud Solutions, Security Products

Johnson Controls


Experienced chief executive officer, technologist, and founder of two cloud startups, both taken to successful acquisition. Demonstrated leadership in cloud, IoT, network video, software, video analytics, M2M, RMR, and SaaS. Industry leading intellectual property innovator with more than 50 patents and 800 granted patent claims. Accomplished in investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, board leadership, entrepreneurship, technology strategy, and strategic partnerships.

Becky Sharpe

Becky Sharpe

President & CEO

International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS)


Becky is the President and CEO of International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) where her passion is to help people grow. After joining ISTS in 2002 as President and purchasing the company in 2008, Becky has led ISTS to be named one of Nashville’s Top Workplaces by the Tennessean two years in a row (2017 and 2018) and has made Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America three years running (2015-17). Along with her role at ISTS, Becky is also CEO and Co-owner of Collegiate Sports Data (CSD) - a company specializing in athletic data collection and distribution - and Partner in WatchGameFilm -  a game film management platform - both of which strive to help athletes continue their education by facilitating recruitment to top colleges and universities. Becky is a board member of Vistage International, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN, Girls Scouts of Middle TN and Walk Bike Nashville.

Lamar Stanley

Lamar Stanley

Vice President

Gen Cap America


Lamar joined Gen Cap in 2016. Previously, Mr. Stanley was with Diversified Trust Company, a Nashville-based wealth management firm where Mr. Stanley worked in their private-equity strategy group. Prior to Diversified Trust Company, Mr. Stanley served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. He holds a B.A. degree from The University of the South, in Sewanee, TN and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.

David Thorpe

David Thorpe

CEO

Upperline Health


David Thorpe is the CEO of Upperline Health which he co-founded in 2016. Prior to Upperline, David was one of the first employees of Aspire Health helping open and run markets throughout the country. Before that he worked in the administration of Governor Bill Haslam guiding operational efficiency and cost cutting initiatives. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Kelli Turner

Kelli Turner

President & Chief Operating Officer

SESAC Rights Management, Inc.


Kelli serves as President and COO of SESAC Rights Management, overseeing day-to-day operations and finance functions. Recently, Turner spearheaded the completion of a $560 million whole-business securitization debt refinancing for SESAC and, in 2017, led the sale of SESAC Holdings to Blackstone. She also oversees the company’s most important licensing negotiations. Previously, Turner held senior leadership positions at RSL Management, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., and Time Warner, Inc.

Jim Ward

Jim Ward

Vice President

Graham Healthcare Capital


Jim Ward is a Vice President at Graham Healthcare Capital, a Nashville, TN-based firm providing permanent capital solutions to acquire middle-market healthcare service and technology companies. He has over fifteen years of experience as a financial manager, investment banker, and advisor to middle-market companies. He also founded Southeast Acquisition Capital, a company designed to facilitate business ownership transition in the Southeast. Jim is currently president of the Nashville chapter of the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) and serves on the board of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Tennessee.

Tammy Wolcott

Tammy Wolcott

CEO & President

LBMC W Squared, LLC


Tammy is a founder of W Squared and a partner with LBMC, which acquired W Squared in 2017. She has served first as president and COO and now CEO, for more than 13 years, building the company and providing guidance to the core infrastructure service offerings, with particular emphasis on finance, accounting, human resources and payroll. W Squared leverages scalable back office systems, people and processes typically in place for large companies in an outsourced model for small to medium-sized businesses.

Tom Wylly

Tom Wylly

Senior Partner

Brentwood Capital Advisors


Founded in 1999 and based in Franklin, TN, BCA is a leading healthcare and technology- focused boutique investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions and capital raising advice to privately- held, middle market healthcare, technology and tech-enabled outsourced services companies. BCA has served as exclusive financial advisor in 100 successfully completed transactions totaling approximately $6.4 billion in these sectors. Tom’s clients include a number of leading Nashville- based companies such as Acadia Healthcare, Enable Comp, HealthStream, Xtend Healthcare, Standard Functional Foods, Arbor Health, Ascend, ReDoc, eMids, MedHost, Passport Health Communications, and HealthSpring.

Prior to joining BCA, Mr. Wylly had a twenty -year career and served as the Co-Head of the Corporate Finance Department of J.C. Bradford & Company. Tom is the Chairman of the Nashville Capital Network, on the Board of Westminster Home Connection and a former Board member of Teach for America Nashville, Martha O’Bryan Center and the Nashville Healthcare Council. Mr. Wylly received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.