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  • Investment Team Grant Jackson Managing General Partner
  • Grant Jackson

    Managing General Partner, Investment Team

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE

    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS

    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.

    EDUCATION

    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

    Associate

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

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

  • Business Development Team Kim Hruby Director
  • Kim Hruby

    Director, Business Development 

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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).

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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!

    EDUCATION
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

    EDUCATION
    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

EXPERIENCE
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.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
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.

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    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.

  • Larry Benz, DPT President & CEO Confluent Health
  • Larry Benz, DPT

    EXPERIENCE
    Dr. Larry Benz is the President and CEO of Confluent Health. Confluent Health’s holdings include over 230 outpatient physical therapy centers under several industry-leading brand names, a private physical therapy company with related businesses in education (Evidence In Motion) and a national provider of onsite workplace injury prevention services (Fit For Work).

    Larry previously founded and served as President & CEO of Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), a private practice outpatient physical therapy company. Larry started his career in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Specialists Corps.

    Larry is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy and occupational medicine and has received numerous business, leadership, and physical therapy awards. He has served on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Advisory Panel on Practice, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Larry currently serves as a trustee at Bellarmine University and is a board member of the University of Louisville Athletic Association. He is the past Board Chairman at The University of Louisville, Neighborhood Engagement, and The University of Louisville Medical Center.

  • Denny Bottorff Former CEO First American Bank
  • Denny Bottorff

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

  • Joe Clark Former EVP & Chief Development Officer Surgical Care Affiliates
  • Joe Clark

    EXPERIENCE
    Joe Clark was most recently Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). SCA is one of the largest providers of outpatient surgery in the United States with a network of 230 ambulatory surgery centers in 35 states performing 1 million procedures a year.

    Joe’s previous leadership roles include President & CEO of HealthMark Partners, an owner, operator, and developer of ambulatory surgery centers and specialty hospitals, and CEO of Response Oncology, a provider of cancer treatment services. He has also held positions at Humana and American Medical International.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Joe currently serves on the boards of Physician Housecalls (a Council Capital portfolio company), North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA), Strive Healthcare, Ascension Ventures and Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

  • Stu Clark CEO Premise Health
  • Stu Clark

    EXPERIENCE
    Stu Clark has served as the CEO of Premise Health since its inception in 2014.  Premise Health designs, implements, and operates over 800 direct health care, employer-sponsored health centers for some of the largest commercial and municipal employers in the U.S.

    Stu was previously CEO of CHS Health Services, a provider of professional services and specialized solutions for the U.S Government and commercial clients worldwide that was merged together with Take Care Employer Solutions to create Premise Health in 2014.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Stu currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Health Care Council and is an investor and advisor in the Nashville Capital Network.

  • Reid Dove CEO AAA Cooper Transportation
  • Reid Dove

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    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.

  • Mary Evans EVP & Former COO Covenant Care
  • Mary Evans

    EXPERIENCE
    Mary Evans is Executive Vice President and former Chief Operating Officer at Covenant Care, which owns and operates 56 facilities in the post-acute sector providing nursing and therapy services. At Covenant Care, Mary successfully led operations through 12 years of sustained growth while ensuring clinical and operational excellence.

    Mary’s previous experiences include serving in healthcare leadership at Marriott Corporation and as VP Clinical Operations at Hillhaven Corporation and Vencor Corporation. She also served in a wide variety of executive positions and sectors, including corporate compliance programs, full risk, multi-specialty physician practices, and startup enterprises. Her clinical experiences include acute care, subacute services, skilled nursing, home health, developmental disabilities, and public health.

    In addition, Mary served for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force: first in the Nurse Corps and then the Medical Services Corps as a Hospital and Aeromedical Administrator. Her last deployment was Desert Storm, where she served as the Commander of a 402 multi-force Aeromedical Staging Facility.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Mary currently serves as a board member of Bradford Health Services and Chesapeake Bay Eye. She is also President and CEO of a private foundation.

  • Chris Feeney Founder & Former Chairman Adva-Net
  • Chris Feeney

    EXPERIENCE
    Chris Feeney is the Founder and former Chairman of Adva-Net, a former Council Capital portfolio company and leading ancillary network for high-acuity workers’ compensation claims, providing services for comprehensive pain management, post-acute care management and addiction recovery. During Chris’ tenure, Adva-Net grew to more than $125 million of revenue and earned the top spot as the fastest growing Health Sector company on the Inc. 5000 list in 2017.

    Chris has a long and successful history of launching companies in the healthcare technology space. Prior to Adva-Net, he was President of Universal SmartComp, a national physical medicine services company in the workers’ compensation industry, which was also listed on the Inc. 5000 list and grew to over $225 million of revenue prior to sale. Before Universal SmartComp, he was Director of Sales at MedRisk, a leading provider of managed physical medicine services for the workers’ compensation and related sectors, which he helped grow to over $125 million of revenue.

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

  • Darin Gordon Founding Partner Speire Healthcare Strategies
  • Darin Gordon

    EXPERIENCE
    Darin Gordon is currently a Founding Partner at Speire Healthcare Strategies, where he works with C-level clients across the country providing solutions to complex health care issues.  With over 20 years’ experience, Darin is a nationally recognized expert in state health insurance programs and health care finance.

    Darin was previously the longest-serving Director of TennCare – Tennessee’s Medicaid program – an $11 billion health care enterprise that provides services to over 1.5 million Tennesseans. Under his leadership, TennCare was nationally recognized for a variety of innovations in managed care and payment and delivery system reform and maintained record low cost trends with patient satisfaction scores reaching record highs of 95%. Darin serves as a commissioner for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), a non-partisan agency that provides advice to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and states.

    Darin has been involved in health care policy and innovation with over 35 states. He also served as Vice President and then President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Darin currently serves as a board member of Advanced Care Partners (a Council Capital portfolio company), Addus Homecare, HHA Exchange, Upperline Health and Siloam Health, and as Chairman of 180 Health Partners. Darin serves on the Founder’s Council for the United States of Care.

  • Ken Goulet Fmr President - Commercial & Specialty Business Anthem
  • Ken Goulet

    EXPERIENCE
    Ken Goulet was previously Anthem’s President of Commercial and Specialty Business, with P&L accountability for 30 million medical and 17.5 million specialty members. He now serves as an investor, advisor, and board member of several growth-stage healthcare organizations, working with both public and private companies.

    Ken previously served in a variety of executive leadership roles at Anthem, including President and CEO of the Employer, Medicaid, Individual and Specialty Business Unit and President and CEO of National Accounts. Prior to Anthem, Ken spent 23 years at CIGNA Corporation, where he held several management, sales, and operations positions.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Ken is actively involved in the Charlotte, NC community, with a focus on the homeless, addiction treatment, mental illness, and the underserved. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and skiing.

  • Rich Hallworth Former CEO Corizon Health
  • Rich Hallworth

    EXPERIENCE
    Rich Hallworth was previously CEO of Corizon Health, a specialist healthcare provider and pharmacy serving more than 345,000 inmates in 530 correctional facilities across 27 states.

    Prior to Corizon, Rich was CFO then COO at Tufts Health Plan, a health insurance company based in Massachusetts. Previously, he was a Partner at Ernst & Young.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Rich currently serves as Chairman of Advanced Care Partners (a Council Capital portfolio company), Bradford Health Services, and PhyMed. He is the Executive Chairman at DenMat Holdings.

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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 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 million in revenues to approximately $1 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.

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

  • Joey Jacobs Chairman & CEO Acadia Healthcare
  • Joey Jacobs

    EXPERIENCE
    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 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 billion in revenue.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

  • Keith Jones Former Chairman & CEO ABC Medical
  • Keith Jones

    EXPERIENCE
    Keith Jones has founded or held various leadership positions in healthcare companies for over 25 years. Most recently, Keith was Chairman & CEO of ABC Medical, a provider of urological and other medical supplies. During Keith’s tenure, ABC Medical transformed from a small, regional provider in the southwest to one of the top five urology suppliers in the U.S.

    Previously, Keith was President of Liberty Healthcare Group, a leader in diabetes management serving over 1 million patients nationwide. Under his leadership, revenue increased from $400 million to $1 billion before selling to Medco Health Solutions. Prior to Liberty, Keith co-founded Physicians Dialysis, Inc., an operator of dialysis treatments facilities that grew to be the 6th largest dialysis provider in the U.S. prior to its sale to Davita, Inc.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Keith serves as Chairman of NeurAbilities (a Council Capital portfolio company). Furthermore, Keith is passionately active in the growth of competitive, collegiate adapted athletics in the U.S. In 2018, he founded the first collegiate adapted athletics program in California at San Diego State University. Keith is very active with operating this program and serves as the Chairman of its Board of Advisors. Additionally, Keith serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Alabama Adapted Athletics and is the Chair of its Sponsorship Committee.

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    Terri is an avid hiker and serves on the board of the Grand Canyon Association.

  • John McCarthy Founding Partner Speire Healthcare Strategies
  • John McCarthy

    EXPERIENCE
    John McCarthy is currently a Founding Partner at Speire Healthcare Strategies, where he helps clients navigate the rapidly changing healthcare markets in the public and private sectors at both the federal and state levels. He is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid reforms, value-based purchasing, delivery system design, system implementation, and reimbursement policy.

    John was previously the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (“ODM”) where he implemented a series of innovative policy initiatives that modernized ODM and improved the quality of health services at a substantial value to Ohio’s taxpayers. Among other programs, John implemented a pioneering, managed care program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the integration and coordination of care for individuals enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare, a new integrated eligibility system, and MITS – a sophisticated claims processing system to boost efficiency and communicate with providers. Prior to Ohio, John was the Medicaid Director for the District of Columbia.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    John is an inaugural policy fellow for the United States of Care. In addition, he serves on the board of Savida (a Council Capital portfolio company).

  • Tom McCarthy Former EVP & CFO Cigna Corporation
  • Tom McCarthy

    EXPERIENCE
    Tom McCarthy has over 35 years of experience in healthcare, insurance, and financial services businesses, including more than 30 years with Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), where he was ultimately EVP & CFO. As CFO, Tom had executive leadership responsibility for all of Cigna’s financial functions, as well as for its investment management, corporate development, and strategic planning teams. During his career, he helped guide Cigna through the global financial crisis and the healthcare market changes driven by the Affordable Care Act, as well as led several strategic M&A transactions. When he retired, Cigna had annual revenues of $42 billion and annual earnings of $2.7 billion.

    Tom held roles with USAA and Kemper Insurance (NYSE: KMPR) prior to joining Cigna.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Tom serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties and the Board of Trustees of the American University of Rome. He also serves on the board of Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ: SIGI).

  • Paul Merrick, MD Chairman & Physician CEO DuPage Medical Group
  • Paul Merrick, MD

    EXPERIENCE
    Dr. Paul Merrick is a renowned and board-certified urologist who has been practicing since 1994. He currently serves as Chairman of DuPage Medical Group (“DMG”), which he helped form in 1999 and is now the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois. In his current role, Paul leads the board and physi­cians in their goal of mak­ing health­care bet­ter for patients and com­mu­ni­ties by offer­ing high-qual­i­ty and com­pas­sion­ate care. He ensures that DMG’s physi­cian-dri­ven approach con­tin­ues to lead to excep­tion­al physi­cian engage­ment and improved patient outcomes.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Paul helped establish the DMG Charitable Fund, which supports and grants funding to more 30 Chicagoland non-profit organizations that provide access to food, affordable housing, and healthcare/wellness services to those in need. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the Illinois State Medical Society and is a Chief Clinical Advisor for the COVID alternative care facility for the city of Chicago.

     

  • Shawn Morris CEO Privia Health
  • Shawn Morris

    EXPERIENCE
    Shawn Morris is the CEO of Privia Health, a national physician organization that transforms the healthcare delivery experience for physicians and consumers in over 650 locations with over 2,600 providers. Privia focuses on driving initiatives to meet providers where they are on the transition to value by building strategic partnerships with physicians, health plans, health systems, and employers better aligning reimbursements to quality, affordability, patient satisfaction and provider well-being.

    Shawn was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cigna-HealthSpring, where he was responsible for the financial and operational performance of Cigna’s Medicare Advantage business, one of the largest private Medicare solutions, that served 1.5 million Medicare customers and over $8 billion in revenue. Prior to Cigna, Morris held multiple key leadership positions at HealthSpring over 13 years including through Healthspring’s IPO in 2006 and its eventual sale to Cigna for $3.8 billion in 2012.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Shawn is an inaugural Fellow of the Nashville Healthcare Council. He is also a member of the American Medical Association CEO Advisory Committee, the American Society of CPAs, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

  • Leslie Norwalk Former Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Leslie Norwalk

    EXPERIENCE
    Leslie Norwalk is currently Strategic Counsel to Epstein Becker Green, EBG Advisors, and National Health Advisors. Leslie previously served for six years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). From 2006 to 2007, she was the Acting Administrator, where she managed the operations of federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. For the four years prior to that position, she was the agency’s Deputy Administrator. CMS insures more than 100 million individuals and processes over 1 billion claims each year and contracts with approximately 1 million providers.

    Prior to CMS, Leslie practiced law in the offices of Epstein Becker Green where she advised clients on health policy matters. Earlier in her career, she also held roles in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Leslie sits on the boards of directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Arvinas, Magellan Health, NuVasive, Providence Services Corporation, and several privately held health care corporations. In addition, Leslie is a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.

  • Brian Pope Chief Development Officer Sound Physicians
  • Brian Pope

    EXPERIENCE
    Brian Pope is the Chief Development Officer for Sound Physicians, a leading healthcare organization that partners with hospitals and payers to lower costs and improve outcomes in hospital based services including hospital medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, and population health. Brian leads growth strategy and all corporate development initiatives including acquisitions, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions.

    Prior to Sound Physicians, Brian’s previous positions include serving in executive operational, finance, and business development roles with SpecialtyCare, Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), HealthSouth, and HealthMark Partners.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Brian currently serves as a board member and treasurer of Cul2vate.  He enjoys spending his free time outdoors and with family.

  • Jeff Rice, MD Founder & Executive Chairman Healthcare Bluebook
  • Jeff Rice, MD

    EXPERIENCE
    Dr. Rice is the Founder, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Healthcare Bluebook, a provider of quality ratings and fair pricing information to consumers, employers, and providers. Healthcare Bluebook works with over 7,000 employers to help their employees reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of care.

    Dr. Rice previously served as Executive Vice President of Medical Leadership and Business Development for Healthways, where he was responsible for leading strategic alliances, mergers, and acquisitions. Prior to Healthways, Jeff served as CEO of CareSteps, where he led the development and implementation of market-leading technologies in consumer-oriented evidence-based medicine and advanced predictive modeling.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Dr. Rice is a long-time champion of advancing the science of medical outcomes and quality measurement. He has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Medical Quality and Population Health Management journals. He has also served as a director on the boards of Salus, Source Medical Solutions and RevPoint Healthcare Technologies.

     

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

    EXPERIENCE
    For over twenty years, 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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

  • Andy Smith Former CEO & President Brookdale Senior Living
  • Andy Smith

    EXPERIENCE
    Andy Smith is the former CEO & President of Brookdale Senior Living, a $5 billion senior living and post-acute care provider with more than 1000 communities with a resident capacity in excess of 100,000 people across 46 states. Among other achievements, Andy led Brookdale through the industry’s largest merger in 2014 and previously was Brookdale’s EVP, General Counsel and Secretary.

    Andy is a seasoned healthcare leader with demonstrated success in building and scaling organizations in complex and changing environments. His experience spans senior living and post-acute businesses, multi-site operations, mergers and acquisitions, operational improvement, sales and marketing, real estate development, real estate investment trusts, strategic planning, private and public capital market transactions, and corporate governance.

    Andy was previously a partner with the law firm, Bass, Berry, and Sims where he was Chairman of the Healthcare Group.

     

     

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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 (now eviCore)
  • Curt Thorne

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

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

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

    EXPERIENCE
    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.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / INTERESTS
    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.

  • Karey Witty Former EVP & COO Envision Healthcare Corporation
  • Karey Witty

    EXPERIENCE
    Karey Witty has over 30 years of experience and has held executive level roles in healthcare companies ranging from large, publicly traded to small, privately held.  He is the former Executive Vice President & COO of Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), a national medical group that delivers physician and advanced provider services to more than 1,800 clinical departments in healthcare facilities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In 2018 Envision was taken private by KKR at an enterprise value of $10 billion.

    Karey’s previous operational roles include serving as CEO of Corizon Health, EVP and CFO of naviHealth, CFO of HealthSpring, and CFO and Business Unit CEO of Centene Corporation. Karey is currently an Operating Partner at WCAS.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
    Karey currently serves on the board of directors for JDRF International and the American Heart Association – Greater Nashville Chapter.  He is also an emeritus advisory board member of Monroe Careel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

  • Marc Watkins, MD Chief Medical Officer Kroger Company

Marc Watkins, MD

EXPERIENCE
Dr. Marc Watkins is the Chief Medical Officer for the Kroger Company (NYSE: KR). The Kroger Company is one of the largest self-insured employers in the country and operates 2,300 community pharmacies, 11 specialty pharmacies and more than 220 clinics across the U.S. Marc’s role includes enterprise-wide leadership through the development and implementation of clinical programs, associate benefit design and emerging digital and tele-health initiatives. Marc was previously the Chief Medical Officer for Kroger’s The Little Clinic, which included more than 215 clinics and 800 clinicians.

Prior to Kroger, Marc spent six years at Concentra where he ultimately served as the National Medical Director for Clinical Account Management.

Marc started his medical career by serving as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy serving exclusively with the U.S. Marines. He was twice awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in direct support of combat operations while assigned in Iraq.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/INTERESTS
Marc is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

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

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