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CEO Council Members

Flush with recognized healthcare industry thought-leaders and company builders, our CEO Council members provide perspective and support to every company we invest in.

Meet the CEO Council Members 

Explore The Council Team

  • Investment Team Grant Jackson Managing General Partner
  • Grant Jackson

    Managing General Partner, Investment Team

    Grant Jackson 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.

    Grant is actively involved in the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, serves on the Board of Trustees for Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) flagship Centennial Medical Center and is also involved in various church community activities.

    Grant grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa, where he developed his love for travel and the outdoors. Grant stays active traveling extensively with his wife and three children, and loves fly fishing, reading, tennis and playing family skipper-ball, a ‘sport’ invented by his two sons.

    Grant received his undergraduate degree from the Florida State University and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he graduated with distinction as a Siebel Scholar.

  • Investment Team Eric Keen General Partner
  • Eric Keen

    General Partner, Investment Team

    Eric started in private equity in 2004 and joined Council as a General Partner in 2013. Prior to joining Council, Eric worked for several private equity firms including DW Healthcare Partners, The Riverside Company and Norwest Equity Partners.  Prior to working in private equity, Eric started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston and also spent time working in management consulting at Marakon Associates.

    Eric is on the Board of Council portfolio companies AdvaNet, Caregiver and Triad Learning Systems.

    Eric is an active member of the Nashville community – including involvement with Siloam Health, the Nashville Health Care Council, Young Life, West Nashville Sports League and his children’s schools.  Eric was selected as a member of the 2016 Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program.

    A native of God’s country (also known as Central Illinois), Eric spends most of his time outside of work accumulating random trivia knowledge, often sports related and chasing his four kids.

    He received his BA in Finance and Political Science with honors from the University of Illinois.

  • Investment Team Taylor Weis Senior Associate
  • Taylor Weis

    Senior Associate

    Taylor joined Council Capital in 2015, and his responsibilities include new investment evaluation, due diligence, and portfolio company support.

    Previously, Taylor spent three years developing top-line growth strategies as a consultant with Deloitte in their Chicago office. At Deloitte, Taylor primarily focused on business launch strategy, customer segmentation, market sizing and forecasting, and operating model development for healthcare, telecommunications, and consumer-focused companies.

    Taylor serves on the Board of Leadership Health Care and is actively involved with the Nashville Health Care Council, ACG Tennessee, and MLS2Nashville.

    He spends his time outside the office tinkering with his house with his wife and watching the Chicago Cubs.

    Taylor graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a BS in Finance and Economic Consulting.

  • Investment Team Nick Cooper Senior Associate
  • Nick Cooper

    Senior Associate


    Nick joined Council Capital in 2020, and his responsibilities include new investment evaluation, due diligence, and portfolio company support.

    Prior to joining Council, Nick was a Senior Associate at Cortec Group, a private equity firm based in New York City. Prior to Cortec, Nick was an Investment Banking Analyst at Piper Jaffray where he focused on M&A advisory services. He began his career as an Auditor at Ernst & Young.


    Nick is actively involved with the Nashville Health Care Council and the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

    Outside of the office, Nick spends his time traveling, running, reading and supporting the Kentucky Wildcats.


    Nick earned a Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky.

  • Investment Team Paul Lagarde Associate
  • Paul Lagarde


    Paul joined Council Capital in 2018, and his responsibilities include new investment evaluation, due diligence, and portfolio company support.

    Prior to joining Council, Paul worked in the Health Care Investment Banking group at Raymond James in Nashville, where he was active in M&A advisory services for middle market healthcare services businesses.

    Paul is actively involved with the Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville W&L Alumni Association.

    When he’s not in the office, Paul enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching SEC football.

    Paul graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in Politics and a minor in Philosophy.

  • Business Development Team Jon L’Heureux Senior Vice President
  • Jon L’Heureux

    Senior Vice President, Business Development

    Jon joined Capital Council in 2016. He has responsibility for identifying and networking in key markets positioned for growth and will continue to enhance a proactive approach towards investment opportunities. Jon has nearly 20 years in development roles within healthcare, most recently as VP, Development for Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA).

    Previous to his time at SCA, Jon served as VP, Strategic Accounts for SpecialtyCare, overseeing development efforts for national health care systems, channel partners and other strategic alignment strategies. He also has experience in the development of outpatient wound care centers for the Western United States as well as management of Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) relationships.

    Jon previously served on the board of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA), an industry advocacy group for physician owned hospitals.

    With children in both college and grade school, Jon and his wife appreciate the experiences of each stage of life from little league and theater to first apartments.  Jon and his wife spend their downtime exploring new restaurants and cities.  He has yet to lose a bet that someone new could spell his last name correctly, including the apostrophe.

    Jon graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration.

  • Business Development Team Kim Hruby Director
  • Kim Hruby

    Director, Business Development 

    Kim joined Council Capital in 2016 to lead the outbound marketing efforts. With over 13 years of experience in healthcare services and 25+ years in varying sales and business development roles, Kim has been responsible for directing and managing major sales pipeline development strategies across healthcare, with an emphasis on targeted outreach and sales support. Her primary experience has focused on the development of executive level relationships across the healthcare spectrum and includes extensive networking and relationship-building skills. Kim’s ability to successfully drive organizational sales value for each company she has supported is a direct result of her leveraged connections across industry lines.

    Prior to joining Council Capital, Kim was Director of Business Development with SpecialtyCare, a national clinical services provider based in Nashville. Previous to that role, she led the way in outreach and development for a major national wound care company, now known as Healogix.

    Kim supports organizations near and dear to her heart to include the Tennyson Center for Children, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, Rocky Mountain ALS, Southwest Denver YMCA and is an active member in her church.  Nearly an empty-nester, Kim and her husband share a love for travel which allows her to experience two of her favorite interests: diverse ethnic foods and fine (red) wines.

    Kim earned her BA from the University of Arizona, Tucson and resides in Denver, Colorado.

  • Value Creation Team Tim Schulte Vice President
  • Tim Schulte

    Vice President, Value Creation

    Tim Schulte focuses on portfolio value creation by providing strategic and operational support to portfolio company executive teams. Council Capital’s value creation strategy involves utilizing its extensive healthcare operating knowledge, transaction experience, strategic resources, and industry relationships to increase long-term customer and shareholder value.

    Tim’s career sits at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Prior to joining Council Capital, he worked for Vista Consulting Group, the dedicated consultancy of Vista Equity Partners, a large technology-focused private equity firm. Before that, he worked with health systems and payers on their digital innovation and consumer engagement strategies while at AVIA and Accenture.

    Tim has served as co-chair of Duke University’s Development Council and a trustee associate at Boston College High School.

    Outside of work, he’s an outdoors and sports enthusiast who enjoys listening to Bruce Springsteen.

    Tim received his BA in history and economics from Duke University and his MBA in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

  • Value Creation Team Sameer Bhargava Portfolio CIO / CTO
  • Sameer Bhargava

    Portfolio CIO / CTO, Shared Senior Portfolio Executive

    Sameer partners with Council Capital’s portfolio companies either in a fractional CIO / CTO role or in a strategic advisory capacity. Sameer brings a pragmatic yet innovative vision and a results oriented focus to IT with a rare breadth and depth of experience encompassing data analytics, software development, infrastructure management, digital engagement, information security, and vendor partnerships.

    Prior to joining Council Capital, Sameer was CIO / CTO at Onlife Health (a BCBS Tennessee subsidiary), a digital health and wellness company serving 11+ million lives. He has led IT services at multiple billion-dollar organizations and has created world-class startups. Sameer has also gained extensive healthcare experience through his work leading technology teams at MedSolutions (CIO), PureSafety (CTO), and Misys Healthcare Systems (Manager of Software Development).

    Sameer is actively involved in mentoring multiple technology startups in the Nashville area and also in India. He also volunteers at the Technology Advisory Board at the TN Department of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.

    When not working, Sameer enjoys spending time with family and friends. The Bhargava family enjoys exploring new places and are well travelled globally. Sameer also likes experimenting with Indian cooking and can stir up a mean lamb curry!

    Sameer holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India.

  • Value Creation Team Heather O’Keefe Portfolio CFO
  • Heather O’Keefe

    Portfolio CFO, Shared Senior Portfolio Executive

    Heather has over 23 years of experience working in the accounting field, beginning her career with Price Waterhouse in Seattle, Washington, working on numerous initial public offerings and secondary offerings.  After spending ten years in public accounting, Heather transitioned to the private sector in the capacity of CFO in the high-tech industry in Seattle Washington.  Wanting to expand her experience into operations, Heather became COO and CFO for a health and human services company headquartered in Spokane, Washington.  Heather has significant experience working with businesses of all sizes, including public, private and venture-backed entities.

    Heather is actively involved in the community of Spokane Washington, serving on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of multiple organizations, including her church and several schools. In her free time, Heather enjoys running, yoga and snow skiing in the beautiful Northwest.

    Heather has a BS in accounting from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

  • Operational Team Pam Fulner Executive Assistant

Pam Fulner

Executive Assistant, Operational Team

Pam joined Council Capital at its formation in 2000 as executive assistant and office manager. She assists in all phases of the day-to-day operations of the firm. Prior to joining Council Capital, Pam was an executive assistant and institutional sales assistant to Katie Gambill at SunTrust Equitable Securities (formerly Equitable Securities Corporation), a position she held for 15 years.

Pam, who has been with Council Capital since the beginning, enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, son-in-law and grandson and puttering around her farm in Joelton.

Explore Our CEO Council Members

  • John Baackes CEO L.A. Care Health Plan
  • John Baackes

    John currently serves as CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, which provides health coverage to more than 2.0 million low-income L.A. County residents. Previously, Baackes served as CEO of Council Capital portfolio company Senior Whole Health (SWH) from 2005 to 2012, growing revenue from under $1 million to more than $300 million, for which the company was recognized as the #1 fastest growing company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. SWH specialized in the dual-eligible market, serving low-income seniors. He has also served as President of AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans, as a SVP for Group Health Incorporated, and as President of Kaiser Permanente’s Northeast division.

    John currently serves on the boards of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), and as a Trustee at Southern Vermont College.

  • Jim Balkcom Former CEO Techsonic Industries, Inc.
  • Jim Balkcom

    Jim serves on the Investment Committee for Fund I, II, and III. Jim was CEO and principal shareholder of Techsonic Industries, Inc., a leading global marine electronics company including well-known brands such as Humminbird™ (e.g., FishFinder and DepthFinder). During his time as CEO, he grew the company’s revenue from under $1 million to over $120 million.

    Jim has served on 16 boards of directors, including several Council Capital portfolio companies (Executive Chairman of EVault and Chairman of EndoChoice and EspriGas). He also serves as Chairman of TalentQuest, a talent management company.

    Jim serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Georgia and has served on the executive committee of the USO Council of Georgia. He also serves on the advisory board of the Shepherd Center Foundation, which is associated with a 152-bed non-profit hospital that focuses on spinal cord and brain injury.

  • Joanne Bauer Former President Kimberly-Clark Healthcare
  • Joanne Bauer

    Joanne served as President of Kimberly-Clark Healthcare, an organization with approximately $1.7 billion in revenue and 16,500 employees globally. Previously, Bauer served as the VP of Global Marketing for Healthcare and as VP of KimFibers, both at Kimberly-Clark. Bauer joined Kimberly-Clark in 1981 in the Adult Care sector and has served in numerous marketing roles during her time with the company.

    Joanne currently serves as a Director of Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) and previously served on the Board of Medivance, which was acquired by C. R. Bard (NYSE: BCR) for approximately $250 million.


  • Rob Berling President Berling Associates
  • Rob Berling

    Rob serves as President of Berling Associates and is an expert in channel dynamics and process reengineering. Prior to 1991, Rob was a partner in Arthur Andersen & Co. where he held a number of leadership positions within the Business Consulting practice. His innovative approaches to solving client challenges were used as the basis for a number of firm-wide initiatives such as activity based costing, customer focused activity analysis, and supply chain management.

    Rob serves on the Board of Council Capital portfolio company EspriGas, where he was instrumental in overseeing the spin-out of the company from Linde AG. In addition, he played a key role in helping EndoChoice integrate the acquisitions of Peer Medical and RMS Endoskopie‐Technik.

    Rob supports several Atlanta area organizations, including the Children’s Restoration Network, a non-profit that serves homeless children and mothers, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization, and the Woodruff Arts Center. Rob is also active in his church community and serves on the Finance Committee.

  • Denny Bottorff Former CEO First American Bank
  • Denny Bottorff

    Co-Founder and General Partner, Investment Team

    As a successful financial services CEO, Denny created more than $7 billion in realized shareholder value. During his 32-year career in banking, he led or was intimately involved with 29 acquisitions. Denny has been the key executive of four banks, including: President and then Chairman and CEO of Commerce Union, Vice Chairman and COO of Sovran Bank, President and COO of C&S Sovran, and President and CEO of First American National Bank. He led First American from a net loss to a sale to AmSouth for $6.4 billion. With the merger of First American and AmSouth, he became Chairman of AmSouth until he left in 2000 to form Council Capital.

    His corporate board experience includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of 11 companies from pre-revenue startups to Fortune 500 companies. In 2007, as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors of Dollar General Corporation, he oversaw the process that culminated in the sale of Dollar General to KKR for $7 billion.

    Denny is a Trustee Emeritus of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees, a board that he joined in 1991 and on which he served as Vice Chairman for 11 years. In 2006, he was nominated by the President of the United States to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation’s largest public utility, where he served as Chairman. He also served on the Board of the Nashville Health Care Council.

    He received his BE in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Northwestern University.

  • Larry Connolly Former CEO Connolly, LLC
  • Larry Connolly

    Larry served as CEO of Connolly, LLC (now known as Cotiviti [NYSE: COTV]), the largest privately-held recovery audit firm, from 1985 until 2013. The company reviews more than a trillion transactions each year, recovering $2 billion in overpayments in the healthcare and retail sectors. During his tenure, Connolly grew from 30 associates to over 1,250 and enjoyed a top line growth rate of more than 20% for over 20 years by entering new markets and new geographies.

    Larry is Chairman of the Georgia Prevention Project and a Board Member of CURE Childhood Cancer. He also serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at the University of Washington and Lee.

  • Mack Dove Chairman & Former CEO AAA Cooper Transportation
  • Mack Dove

    Mack is Chairman of AAA Cooper Transportation and previously served as Chairman and CEO. AAA Cooper Transportation has a network of more than 70 service centers providing freight service to approximately 15,000 cities across 21 states, primarily in the Southeast. The company employs approximately 5,000 people and operates a fleet of over 2,400 tractor units.

    Mack has held numerous leadership roles with key business and civic organizations in Alabama and the national transportation industry throughout his career. He currently serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the American Trucking Industry. He is also an active supporter of the University of Tennessee through both scholarships and an endowed professorship.

  • Reid Dove CEO AAA Cooper Transportation
  • Reid Dove

    Reid is President and CEO of AAA Cooper Transportation. He joined the company in 1994 and has held many positions in the company from Truck Washer to Driver to Service Center Manager. He was named President of the company in 2001.

    AAA Cooper Transportation has a network of more than 70 service centers providing freight service to approximately 15,000 cities across 21 states, primarily in the Southeast. The company employs approximately 5,000 people and operates a fleet of over 2,400 tractor units.

    Reid formerly and currently serves on a variety of boards of directors, including BCBS of Alabama, Alabama Trucking Association, Auburn University Business School and Transportation School, and UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Transportation Committee and the Young Presidents Organization.

  • Chris Durham Co-Founder & President ApolloMD
  • Chris Durham

    Chris co-founded ApolloMD, a leading multispecialty clinical outsourcing services company that provides anesthesia, radiology, hospital medicine, and emergency department management. ApolloMD’s 2,000 clinicians see more than 4 million patients a year. In 2009, Durham received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his role in developing ApolloMD’s innovative business model which aligns provider incentives to optimize patient care and efficiency.

    Prior to ApolloMD, he served as president of DMS, Inc. a New York based physician recruiting, staffing and healthcare contract management firm. He has been a licensed attorney since 1994 and has previously served as legal counsel for corporations and individual physicians, dealing with such issues as compliance, risk management, contracts and collections.

    Chris currently serves on the board for the American Heart Association and has been appointed to the Advisory Board for the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

  • Gene Fleming Former Chairman & CEO Cogent Healthcare
  • Gene Fleming

    Gene Fleming most recently served as the Executive Chairman of ReDoc, a leading provider of documentation software for the physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation industries. Previously, Fleming served as Chairman, President and CEO of Cogent Healthcare from 2005 to 2011. When Cogent Healthcare merged with Hospitalists Management Group (HMG) in 2011, it formed the largest private hospitalist company in the US.

    Gene has also served as President and CEO of Surgical Alliance Corporation, COO of Quorum Health Group and President of the Eastern Group at Hospital Corporation of America. He is on the board of PhyMED Holdings and Aspire Healthcare and is Chairman of QualDerm Partners

    Gene is the former Chairman of the Florida League of hospitals and has served on the board of the Florida Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association. Fleming is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  • Herb Fritch Founder & Former CEO HealthSpring
  • Herb Fritch

    Herb founded HealthSpring in 2000 and served as the Chairman and CEO until Cigna acquired the company in 2012 for $3.8 billion, staying on as the president of Cigna-HealthSpring until 2016. Herb is a widely respected expert on Medicare Advantage as well as working with physician leaders within incentivized, accountable structures.

    Herb was also a co-founder of North American Medical Management and previously held leadership positions at Partners National Healthplans as well as SANUS. Herb began his career as an actuary.

    Herb is co-owner of the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team and is an active supporter of Carleton College through an endowed scholars program.

  • Katie Gambill Former President & CIO Equitable Securities
  • Katie Gambill

    Co-Founder and General Partner, Investment Team

    Katie began her career at Equitable Securities, rising through the ranks to become President of the company at the time of its sale to SunTrust in 1998. At Equitable, she was Chief Investment Officer with primary responsibility for the direct investment of the firm’s capital in both public and private emerging growth companies, including both healthcare and financial services businesses. Katie had primary responsibility for building and leading Equitable’s equity business, which was 90% of revenue at the time it was acquired.

    In addition to her position as President, Katie was a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of Equitable Securities. After the sale to SunTrust, Katie became President and a member of the Board of Directors of the newly formed SunTrust Equitable Securities. She remained with SunTrust Equitable Securities until co-founding Council Capital in 2000.

    Katie serves on the Board of Council portfolio company Reach Health.

    Katie serves on the Advisory Council for the Center of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Vanderbilt University previously was a member of the Executive Council of the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Katie holds a BA cum laude in Economics from Vanderbilt University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

  • Tom Givens Co-Founder & Former CEO HMS (nka MedHost)
  • Tom Givens

    As an innovator of healthcare technology, Tom co-founded Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. (“HMS”) in 1984 and served as its Chairman and CEO until 2007. HMS (now known as MEDHOST) was a leading community hospital information system vendor with over 600 hospital facilities in its customer base. Tom previously served on the Board of Council Capital portfolio company Ingenious Med. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

    Tom currently serves on the Board of Salvus Center, a health center for the working uninsured. He previously was on the Board of Sumner Regional Health System and Sumner Bank and Trust.

  • Bill Hamburg Former President & COO Surgical Care Affiliates
  • Bill Hamburg

    Bill served as President and COO of Surgical Care Affiliates, playing key roles in building it into one of the nation’s largest operators of outpatient surgery centers before its sale to HealthSouth for $1.2 billion. He also served as Interim COO and CDO of HealthSouth during its management transition period.

    Previously, he served as CEO of Guardian Home Care, Interim CEO of LifeCare Holdings, and Interim CEO of Cogent Healthcare. Hamburg also founded MediSphere Health Partners and served as its CEO and President. Hamburg has served in several senior administrative positions with major non-profit acute care hospitals. Hamburg currently serves as a Director of Podiatry Insurance Company of America.

    Bill is Co-Chair of the Middle Tennessee Advisory Board for Youth Villages, a non-profit organization working with troubled youth.

  • Aubrey Harwell Managing Partner Neal & Harwell
  • Aubrey Harwell

    Aubrey is co-founder and Managing Partner of Neal & Harwell, a nationally known law firm based in Nashville. Much of his work involves crisis management for numerous corporations. Major clients include Pfizer, the NFL, TVA, Bridgestone, and Pilot Flying J. He also has served as counsel to former San Francisco 49’ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr

    Aubrey’s civic activity includes serving on the Board of and as Chair/Vice Chair of the Nashville School of Law, the Music City Bowl, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Easter Seals and the Boy Scouts of America. He was formerly the National Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America, and remains on the Executive Board of its National Council.

  • Phil Hertik Founder & Former CEO Windsor Health Group
  • Phil Hertik

    Phil was the founder and the former Chairman and CEO of Windsor Health Group, Inc. from 2000 until its sale to global insurer Munich Re in 2011. Windsor was a regional managed healthcare plan serving Medicare Advantage enrollees and had revenue of approximately $500.0 million at the time of sale.

    Phil was previously the Chairman, CEO and President of Coventry Corporation, a managed care and insurance organization from 1992 to 1995 and served as the company’s President and COO from 1990 to 1992. During his tenure with Coventry Corporation, the company grew from approximately $50.0 million in revenues to approximately $1.0 billion through acquisitions and significant internal growth. Coventry Corporation was acquired by Aetna in 2013 for $7.3 billion.
    His experience also includes senior executive positions with Dental Health Management, Inc., Preferred Care, HealthAmerica, Saratoga Hospital, and Ernst & Ernst

    Phil is a Founding Director of the Nashville Health Care Council and serves on the Board of Trustees of Ensworth School.

  • Bob Hughes Founder & President Hughes Development Corp.
  • Bob Hughes

    Bob Hughes is President of Hughes Development Corporation, a real estate development company he founded in 1991. Hughes Development Corporation focuses on downtown redevelopment, urban infill, and mixed-use development. The developments also include office buildings, medical parks, shopping centers, business parks, and residential communities. It has been the company’s objective to build sustainable buildings that will last lifetimes and benefit the community and future generations.

    In addition, Hughes has done extensive real estate development work with the Greenville Health System, a non-profit health system with approximately $2.0 billion in revenue.

    Bob has served as chair of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of Furman University, the Greenville Urban League, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation and as the state chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Hughes also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University Center of Greenville and serves on the Board of the Greenville County Schools Foundation.

  • Joey Jacobs Chairman & CEO Acadia Healthcare
  • Joey Jacobs

    Joey serves as Chairman and CEO of Acadia Healthcare Company, a provider of inpatient behavioral healthcare services. Since joining in 2011, Joey has grown the company dramatically from approximately $60 million of revenue to $3.0 billion in revenue.

    Joey co-founded Psychiatric Solutions and served as Chairman, President and CEO from 1997 until its sale in 2010 for $3.2 billion. Jacobs also served in many roles with Hospital Corporation of America over 21 years, including as President of the Tennessee Division and President of the Central Group.

    Joey also serves as a Director of Amsurg (NASDAQ: AMSG), Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, and Mental Health Management, Inc.In addition, Hughes has done extensive real estate development work with the Greenville Health System, a non-profit health system with approximately $2.0 billion in revenue.

    Joey serves as a Director of the Nashville Health Care Council and previously served as its Chairman. He previously served as a Director for the Federation of American Hospitals and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.

  • Terri Kline CEO, Health Alliance Plan Henry Ford Health System
  • Terri Kline

    Terri Kline is EVP of Henry Ford Health System and President and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a health plan with over 650,000 members. Kline has a unique blend of both payer and provider experience in insurance, managed care, and provider environments.

    Before joining HAP and Henry Ford in 2016, Kline was the SVP and Chief Health Care Management Officer for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the fourth largest U.S. health insurer. She has served as SVP of HealthSouth, CEO of CHA Health (a University of Kentucky Health System Health Plan), President and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, and Regional VP of Aetna Health Plans in the Southeast, where she managed 25% of Aetna’s group health business, which included 3.4 million members and $1.5 billion in revenue.

    Kline serves as a Director of Presbyterian Health Plan and an Advisor to NFANT Labs and Altegra Health. Previously, she served as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Availity, Medecision and Innovista Health Solutions.

    Terri is an avid hiker and serves on the board of the Grand Canyon Association.

  • Wyck Knox Former CEO Knox-Rivers
  • Wyck Knox

    Wyck is of counsel to and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, a law firm with 14 domestic offices, four overseas offices and approximately 630 lawyers. He co-founded Knox and Zacks, which merged into the Kilpatrick firm in 1994. For 19 years, he was also Chairman and CEO of Knox-Rivers Construction Company.

    He is currently a member of the Board of AGL Resources, Inc.
    , nBank Corp., and University Health Services, Inc., a health system with more than 600 hospital beds and 10 facilities.

    He was appointed by the Governor of Georgia as a founding director of the Georgia Lottery Corp. and served as its Chairman for 8 years, during which profits of $3.7 billion were produced to fund education in Georgia. He also served as a member of Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority. He is currently a trustee of Young Harris College and previously served as a trustee for the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.

  • Chip Lacy Former CEO Ingram Micro
  • Chip Lacy

    Chip serves on the Investment Committee for Fund I, II, and III. Chip served as the Co-Chairman and CEO of Ingram Micro, Inc. (NYSE: IM), growing the company from approximately $120 million to over $12 billion in annual revenue. He also previously served as President and then CEO of Ingram Industries, Inc., as well as President and CEO of Micro Warehouse Incorporated, a publicly traded micro computer direct-marketing company.

    Chip also co-founded and served as Chairman of 4Sure.com, Inc., which grew to approximately $450 million in annualized revenues at the time of its sale to Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP). He has served on 13 Boards of Directors, including Ingram Industries, NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) (lead Director), GTSI, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTSI), and Streamlite, Inc. (Chairman). Chip also previously served as non-executive Chairman of Council Capital portfolio company EVault.

    Chip is an avid supporter of his alma mater the University of Virginia and loves spending time on the water in his boat.

  • Gene McGrevin Former CEO Microtek Medical
  • Gene McGrevin

    With more than 25 years of experience in the medical industry, Gene has held senior management positions in global companies including Johnson & Johnson and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

    Gene was also instrumental in the expansion and sale of several medical startups. They include serving as co-Founder and CEO of PetNet Pharmaceuticals (sold to Siemens), Chairman and CEO of Microtek Medical Holdings (sold to EcoLabs), and Chairman of Medivance (sold to C.R. Bard). In addition, McGrevin serves on the Boards of SureFire Medical, Real Time Medical Data and HydroDynamics.

    Gene serves on the board of the Emory Yerkes National Research Center, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is also an active supporter of the University of Pittsburgh through endowed scholarships and professorships.

  • Phillip Peckman Former CEO The Greenspun Corporation
  • Phillip Peckman

    Phillip is CEO of The Peckman Company, a Las Vegas-based consulting and investment company offering corporate restructure advisory services. Peckman was with the Las Vegas office of McGladrey and Pullen, a national accounting firm, for 14 years serving as partner and managing partner. In 1990 he joined the Greenspun Corporation, a real estate, media and gaming company, as the Chief Operating Officer and eventually served as the company’s CEO.

    Phillip is currently on the Board of the Council for a Better Nevada and previously served on the Board of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club Foundation, and Nevada State College Foundation. He also served as Chairman for Silver State Bank.

  • Joe Scarlett Former CEO Tractor Supply, Inc.
  • Joe Scarlett

    Scarlett held leadership roles at Tractor Supply Company from 1979 until his retirement at the end of 2007. During his 10+ years as CEO, the company’s revenues quadrupled, and the price of its stock increased ten-fold. Scarlett played a key role in the initiative to return the company to profitability through improved customer service and focused product selection as part of a classic leveraged buyout.  He was instrumental in developing the company culture which today is often copied.

    Tractor Supply Company was honored by Forbes as one of the “Best Managed Companies in America” and Scarlett was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Joe served 20 years on the board of the nation’s largest retail trade organization, including four as its chairman. Joe coaches business and community leaders and is also active in the Scarlett Family Foundation, which seeks to support and improve education in the community, including providing merit- and need-based scholarships.

  • Mike Schatzlein, MD Frmr SVP & Health System CEO Ascension Healthcare
  • Mike Schatzlein, MD

    Mike was most recently SVP and Group Ministry Operating Executive for Ascension Health, where he oversaw operational and financial performance of multiple Ascension Ministry Markets with a total of $5 billion of revenue and 34 hospitals. Ascension Health is the largest non-profit health system in the US. Mike previously served as President and CEO of Saint Thomas Health, a Tennessee-based hospital system with more than $1.0 billion of revenue that is also part of Ascension Health. Additionally, he served as the CEO of Lutheran Health Network, a unit of Community Health Systems, where he was a Division VP responsible for 10 hospitals.

    Prior to Community Health Systems, Dr. Schatzlein practiced cardiothoracic and vascular surgery and performed northern Indiana’s first heart transplant.
    Mike is currently chairman of The Center for Medical Interoperability, a provider-supported nonprofit that is establishing a reference architecture for medical devices and electronic records. He is also a nationally-recognized thought leader in the field of population health management, having helped create MissionPoint Health (now known as Ascension Care Management), which is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that has 250,000 members in seven states.

    Mike serves on the boards of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville Health Care Council and the Tennessee Hospital Association.

    He also founded recording studio TRC Studios and enjoys mixing and producing music in his free time.

  • Luke Simons Former Co-Senior Partner JC Bradford
  • Luke Simons

    Luke serves on the Investment Committee for Fund I, II, and III. From 1980 to 2000, Luke was Co-Senior Partner of J.C. Bradford & Co. in Nashville, Tenn. Following the sale of J.C. Bradford & Co. to UBS in 2000 for $620 million, he remained active with UBS as a senior advisor to the UBS healthcare investment banking team.

    He has expertise in the financing of all stages of healthcare companies, from startup to IPO to large-cap public company, as well as buyout financing and advisory work. In addition, he has a deep understanding and expertise in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. His longstanding relationships extend to an extraordinary number of healthcare’s most successful serial entrepreneurs and senior managers.

    Nearly 25 years ago Simons founded a quarterly breakfast forum for healthcare C-suite executives that is still continued by Council Capital.

    Luke serves on the boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, the Nashville Convention Center Authority Board and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Among numerous other activities, he serves on the advisory board of Belmont University and is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows.

  • Wayne Smith Chairman & CEO Community Health Systems
  • Wayne Smith

    Wayne has served as President and CEO of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) (NYSE: CYH) since 1997 and was named Chairman of the Board in February 2001. During his tenure at CHS, net revenues have grown from $742 million to nearly $20 billion.

    Prior to joining CHS, he was with Humana, Inc. for 23 years, where he held a variety of senior management positions including President and COO. He also was a member of Humana’s Board of Directors.

    He currently serves on the board of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) and the Center for Medical Interoperability, a nonprofit group that is establishing a reference architecture for medical devices and electronic records. He previously served on the board for Citadel Broadcasting Corporation.

    Wayne is a past-chair and current board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of American Hospitals and the Nashville Health Care Council. Smith also currently serves as a trustee for United Way and Auburn University, his alma mater.

  • Meade Sutterfield Co-Founder & Former CEO PowerFone
  • Meade Sutterfield

    Meade has spent the past 20 years as an angel investor in Atlanta. He also created a holding company for telecommunication interests, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Previously, he co-founded and was President of PowerFone, Inc. until it was merged into Nextel. Prior to PowerFone, he purchased and was President of Johnson Communications Corporation until it was acquired by Nextel.

    Early on in his career, Meade was with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he rose to VP and General Manager of the Service and Industrial Division. Prior to that experience, he spent six years at Scientific-Atlanta in a number of sales, marketing and operations management positions.

    Meade is active with his alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology in a variety of capacities, including helping launch the Flashpoint Incubator. He is a past Chair of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and is the Past Chair of the Global Network Foundation of SIBF. Meade has done extensive leadership development work across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central Eurasia.

  • Don Taylor Former EVP & COO Healthways, Inc
  • Don Taylor

    Don serves on the Investment Committee for Fund II and III. Don was previously a senior executive at Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) from 2002 to 2007, where he served as EVP and COO and had responsibilities that included sales, marketing, and strategic alliances. During Don’s tenure at Healthways, the company grew from approximately $70 MM of revenue to nearly $700 MM of revenue.

    Prior to Healthways, Don worked for Cendent and its precedent companies for over 16 years in senior sales and general management roles, both internationally and domestically. Since leaving Healthways, Don has been an investor, board member, and advisor to growth companies in the healthcare and technology industries, serving on the boards of more than 10 private-equity backed companies.

    Don serves on the board of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and LEAD public schools. He also serves on the business council for the Cheekwood Botantical Gardens.

  • Curt Thorne Former President & CEO MedSolutions (nka eviCore)
  • Curt Thorne

    Curt served as the President and CEO of MedSolutions, a medical cost management company that grew to over $1 billion of revenue and 1,200 employees under his leadership before selling to CareCore in 2014 (with the combined company being re-branded eviCore).

    Prior to joining MedSolutions in 1998, Thorne was President and COO of Adesso Specialty Services, a specialty physician management company. He previously served as the Head of Pharmacy at Aetna, President of The Travelers and General Manager of Cigna, leading the development and operation of pharmacy benefit management programs at each.

    Curt is on the board of Nashville Public Radio and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

  • Dick Thornburgh Former CFO Credit Suisse Group
  • Dick Thornburgh

    Dick is currently Vice-Chair of Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) and chairs the Risk Committee. Dick has over 30 years of experience in the global investment banking and financial services sector and held a number of senior leadership positions at Credit Suisse Group, including CFO of Credit Suisse and Executive Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”).

    From 2006-2015, Dick was also Vice Chairman of Corsair Capital LLC (“Corsair”), a private equity firm with over $1 billion in committed capital that is focused on the global financial services industry.Thornburgh currently serves as a director of S&P Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPGI), Capstar Bank (NASDAQ: CSTR), and New Star Financial (NASDAQ: NEWS). He previously served on the board of Fortune 500 companies Reynolds American, Inc., National City Corporation, and Dollar General Corporation.

    Dick served on the executive committee of the Securities Industry Association and served as its Chairman. In addition, he serves on the University of Cincinnati Investment Committee and is a Trustee of St. Xavier High School.

  • Larry Van Horn Exec. Director of Health Affairs Vanderbilt University
  • Larry Van Horn

    Larry is Associate Professor of Economics and Management and Executive Director of Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, where he oversees the Health Care MBA and Master of Management in Health Care programs.

    He also is the Co-Director of the Nashville Health Care Council’s Fellows Program, a unique program that brings together senior healthcare leaders to explore strategies to meet the industry challenges of today and the future.

    Van Horn is a leading expert and researcher on health care management and economics, having been published in a variety of leading academic journals. In addition to his academic duties, Van Horn is a regular speaker on health care economics and policy for corporate clients across the country.

    Larry also sits on the board of directors for Community Health Care Realty Trust (NYSE: CHCT), Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) and Pierian Biosciences.

    Larry serves on a variety of advisory boards and committees in the community, including for the State of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University. In his free time, he enjoys farming.

  • David White Former CEO IASIS Healthcare
  • David White

    David served as the CEO of IASIS Healthcare, an owner and operator of community-focused hospitals, from 2000 until 2010, growing revenues from $815 million to more than $2.4 billion during that time period. Prior to IASIS, White served as the President and CEO of LifeTrust, President of the Atlantic Group at Columbia/HCA, Regional VP of Republic Health Corporation and EVP and COO of Community Health Systems.

    David has served as Executive Chairman of Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, Non-Executive Director at Parkway Holdings, Director of Corindus, and Director of Council Capital portfolio company REACH Health. He also serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Satori World Medical.

    David previously served on the board of the Nashville Technology Council.

  • John Williams Founder & Former CEO Computer Services, Inc

John Williams

John is founder and former Chairman and CEO of Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) (NASD: CSVI). CSI is a Software-as-a-Service vendor to over 5,000 community banks and other financial services organizations providing a range of products from core processing to Internet-based services.

He served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch, is a founder and former President of the Association of Financial Technology and served in various offices in Boy Scouts and Chamber of Commerce organizations at the local and regional levels. He was instrumental in the creation of the Carson Performing Arts Center in Paducah, KY.


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Healthcare Focused

Within the larger health care ecosystem, we focus on healthcare services and healthcare IT, which our CEO Council Model is specifically designed for.

We target well-performing companies on the “right side of change” that:

  • Expand access & increase quality
  • Improve patient experience
  • Reduce costs

Investment Criteria

We invest in companies that have the ability to grow rapidly and in a capital efficient manner through a combination of organic growth and thoughtful acquisitions.

Attributes include:

  • $5-50m in revenue, generally up to $7m in EBITDA (operating profit)
  • Add-on acquisitions: Greater than $1 million in revenue. No minimum EBITDA (operating profit) requirements
  • $10-50m in enterprise (company) value
  • Majority and minority transactions

Supporting Entrepreneurs

We respect entrepreneurs, and we’re committed to providing them with capital and the right support, when and where they want and need it. We’ve built our team and the CEO Council business model for this purpose.

Business Impact

  • Revenue
  • Operations & Technology
  • Finance/M&A
  • Strategy
  • Board Governance

Relationship Impact

  • CEO Personal Growth
  • Alignment
  • Thoughtful Capital
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Team Development

Investing in The Right Side of Healthcare Change

We're focused on making the healthcare system stronger, faster and better - one investment at a time.

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Patient Encounter Software Platform
Health Plan for Dual-Eligible Patients
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