1966: First Graduation
May 1966 | My first graduation photo - finished Headstart (aka Kindergarten) at Hill's Chapel School in Booneville, MS.
1979: Boot Camp
06.21.79 | Joined the US Army to fund my way to college. Basic Training done at Ft. McClelland, AL.
1993: Founder I Theraphysics
01.11.93 | Founded my first venture-backed company, Theraphysics. We were a speciality care management business focused on orthopaedics and rehabilitation.
1998: Theraphysics Team
Members of my Management Team from Theraphysics | Ruth Gentry, Rhonda Parry, Edwina Temple, Rhonda Allen, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jay Moore, Ben Dyar. Many other wonderful people too!
2001: President I ParadigmHealth
07.09.01 | Became President of Paradigm Health, a care management firm focused on catastrophic injury and disease support for the sickest 1%.
2002: EU I Brussels
June 2002 | Healthcare Trade Mission to Brussels Belgium with the Nashville Healthcare Council. This photo was from inside the European Union.
2002: London I Investor Meeting
July 2002 | In London meeting with investors for ParadigmHealth. Took the afternoon off to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
2002: Ryan's 13th in Maui
July 2002 | For Ryan's 13th Birthday, he and I went to Maui, HI. A week of biking down the mountain, parasailing, surfing, deep sea fishing, luauing, and helicopter rides.
2002: Most Inspirational Faculty
12.2002 | Had the opportunity to return to Belmont University to accept my 4th and final recognition there as the MBA Students' "Most Inspirational Faculty." A bittersweet moment.
2002: Ryan & Lauren
December, 2002 | Wonderful holiday with my two children: Ryan and Lauren. Loved this time of their lives. They are the delight of my life and constantly amaze me.
2003: Doctoral Degree
Finished my Doctoral Degree in Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. Had the opportunity to have my parents and my children with me.
2005: Nantucket I Penrose
July 2005 | Visited my partner from Theraphysics and ParadigmHealth - John Penrose - and his wife Gretchen. What an incredible man, an amazing friend, and a great business mind.
2006: Zurick Switzerland
May 2006 | In Zurich Switzerland for meetings with our investor partners from Zurich North America and our banking partners at UBS.
2006: Keynote I Wellpoint
12.11.06 | Invited to speak at WellPoint's Partner Conference. The Benefit of Strategic Partnerships Between Health Plans & Innovative Private Firms.
2007: Faculty I Owen Graduate School
05.14.07 | Joined the faculty of the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. It was always my lifelong dream to teach here.
2007: UBS I Rob DiGia
December 2007 | With Rob DiGia, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at UBS. Rob helped us with the process of selling both Theraphysics and ParadigmHealth.
2008: Closing Dinner I Per Se
March, 2008 | After selling ParadigmHealth to Inverness (now known as Alere), we held our "Closing Dinner" at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York. It was just incredible.
2009: Strategist I Onlife Health
03.02.09 | Began working with BCBS of Tennessee to transform a health and wellness company they had purchased into the brand Onlife Health.
2009: I Am Music City
July 2009 | We launched the "I Am Music City" campaign to build awareness of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Our first presence was a web site with helpful tools for startups
2010: Scotland I Jack Bovender
March 2010 | Healthcare Trade Mission to Scotland with Jack Bovender. Studying healthcare services and population health issues - seeking opportunities for collaboration.
2010: Petty Driving School
May 2010 | Attended the Richard Petty Driving School in Orlando. Couldn't help myself. Had to feel the rush of driving at top speed around the track.
May 2010 | In Paris with two dear friends - David Furse and Kimberly Pace. Spent the week soaking up the incredible art and history of the city.
June 2010 | My final year of running Accelerator at Vanderbilt. It's been 5 great years! Now time for the next chapter of life at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
2010: Nashville EC
While I committed to take the job in May of 2010, I officially became the Founding CEO and President of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on 07.01.10
2010: Keynote I Nashville Rotary
07.19.10 | Keynote for Nashville Rotary: The vision to Make Nashville a Top 5 Destination for Entrepreneurs & Innovators.
2010: The NEC's First Home
August 2010 | We signed the lease to move the newly formed Nashville Entrepreneur Center into 105 Broadway, Suite 200 in Nashville. This was where the dream would take shape.
2010: The Trolley Barns
August 2010 | Our first visit inside the building that would become the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Standing in an abandoned city maintenance garage, we dared to dream big.
2010: ECD Commissioner Kisber
October 2010 | Had the opportunity to tour Matt Kisber, Tennessee's Commissioner of Economic Development through the EC. He joined our Board of Directors later that year.
2010: Capital Campaign Launch
November 2010 | With our Board Chair, Mr. Clayton McWhorter, at the launch of the EC Capital Campaign at Bass Berry. We successfully raised $6mm to fully fund our new building.
2010: Governor Bredesen
November 2010 | Governor Bredesen and ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber tour the EC and visit our startups. They bring a Proclamation by the Governor for Global Entrepreneur's Week.
2011: Hosting Rep. Blackburn
June 2011 | Hosted Representative Marsha Blackburn at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, providing her the opportunity to see young companies being created here in Nashville!
2011: Presentation I Jobs4TN
Speaking for Governor Haslam at the TN Annual Conference on Economic Development. I shared insights into the work we were doing across the state in supporting entrepreneurship.
2011: Met Santa
12.26.11 | Had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. He had just finished his annual trip around the world delivering gifts. We were both in Cozumel for a week of rest.
2012: White House SBA Meeting
02.03.12 | Speaking on the key ingredients required to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem within a community.
2012: White House Presentation
February 2012 | Speaking at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the Small Business Administration about building entrepreneurial support within rural communities.
2012: Champion of Change
March 2012 | Was named a "Champion of Change" by President Obama for our work in developing and delivering mentoring to over 1,000 young companies here in Middle Tennessee.
2012: Nat'l Governors Assn
April 2012 | Spoke for the National Governor's Association meeting chaired by Governors of Kansas and Iowa. Shared 10 Key Steps to create a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem
2012: Teaching Startups
June, 2012 | Teaching a business models class at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on Lower Broadway. This was our final Jumpstart Foundry Cohort to be held at that location.
2012 CGI I Bill Clinton
June 2012 | Was honored to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and to share the story of the work we have done in Nashville to build our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
2012: Steve Case I SUAP
October 2012 | At the Startup America Summit meeting held at 1871 in Chicago, IL with Steve and Jean Case, Scott Case, Donna Harris, Kathleen Warner and the regional leaders.
2012: Cowboys Stadium I Dallas
My first official "tour" of the Dallas Cowboy's Stadium. What an impressive facility. It is the world's largest domed structure.
2013: EC I Grand Opening
June 2013 | We opened the permanent home of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center at 41 Peabody in Nashville. 3 years from our launch date, we had turned our dream into a reality!
2013: Telluride I The Climb
July 2013 | Visited Telluride with my friend David Levy. With his encouragement and guidance, we made the climb to the top of the peak. It was both exhilarating and exhausting.
2013: Keynote I Harbin Clinic
08.23.13 | Keynote speaker for Harbin Clinic's annual strategy meeting. Building a Strategy within Obama Care: The Right Direction for Growth.
2013: CEO I Advisor
September 2013 | Led a workshop for 6 CEOs who are building their companies. I've had the opportunity to work with most of these individuals > 5 years.
2013: Google I Tech Hub
September 2013 | Google for Entrepreneurs names Nashville one of 7 "Tech Hubs" across the US. What an honor for our city to be recognized for our entrepreneurial work!
2013: Mary Grove I Google
September 2013 | Hosting Mary Grove, leader of Google for Entrepreneurs at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Proud to be a Google Partner for Entrepreneurs!
2013: Keynote I Sarasota Chamber
10.01.13 | Delegation of business leaders from Sarasota, FL. Steps in Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
2013: KFUPM I Saudi Arabia
October 2013 | In Saudi Arabia speaking at KFUPM's Entrepreneurship Forum on building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. I also led a mentoring workshop for faculty and local startups.
2013: Keynote I HCA
12.13.14 | Keynote Address at HCA Foundation Annual Meeting. The Entrepreneurial Mindset and the Skills to Succeed.
2014: EC I 4th Anniversary
January 2014 | 4th Anniversary of the official launch of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. We are building Nashville's economy.
2014: Entrepreneurial Mindset
May 2014 | Published at Fast Company - The Entrepreneurial Mindset. URL: http://www.fastcompany.com/3030817/how-to-think-like-an-entrepreneur-even-when-youre-not-one
2014: Keynote I Inc. GrowCo
05.21.14 | Speaking at the Inc. GrowCo Conference: Combine Culture and Community for Profit and Purpose
2014: Mark Cuban I Nashville
May 2014 | Had the opportunity to visit with Mark Cuban during his visit to Nashville for the Inc. Magazine GrowCo Conference. We had over 1,000 people participate in the event!
2014: Keynote I Schneider Electric
06.05.14 | Keynote speaker for Schneider Electric's innovation conference. Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Corporate Environment.
2014: Keynote I Alijeel
06.21.14 | Keynote speaker. Entrepreneurship & Economic Development for Emerging Markets. Aljeel Conference in London, England.
2014: Steve Case I Nashville
06.27.14 | Hosted Steve Case in Nashville for his "Rise of the Rest" Tour - A celebration of cities building entrepreneurial economies.
2014: Rise of the Rest
06.28.14 | With Steve Case, TN Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Economic Development Bill Hagerty.
2014: Keynote I HIMSS Summit
09.17.14 | Keynote speaker for HIMSS Summit of the Southeast. Thirving in the New Healthcare Environment: Positioning Your Organization for Successs.
2014: KEynote I FedEx Ground
10.15.14 | Keynote speaker for FedEx Ground Meeting for Key Logistics & Transportation Partners. Building a Business: You're Not a Startup Anymore.
2014: Tennessean of the Year
12.28.14 | I was honored by being named Tennessean of the Year for 2014. An incredibly humbling recognition.
2015: JPMorgan Conference
01.12.15 | Sharing the Vision for Narus Health with potential investors at the JPMorgan Healthcare Investor Conference.
2015: Keynote I Merrill Lynch
01.28.15 | Keynote speaker for Merrill Lynch's "The Year Ahead" Advisor Summit. The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Workplace.
2015: Presidents Clinton & Bush
02.19.15 | Had the opportunity to hear 2 former Presidents - Bill Clinton & George Bush as a guest of UBS. Was an incredible evening.
2015: Keynote I Mega-Conference
02.24.15 | Was the Keynote speaker for the Mega-Conference in Atlanta. Creating the Next New Thing: Building Innovation within your Organization.
2015: Keynote I Emdeon
03.04.15 | Keynote speaker for Emdeon's Customer and Partner Conference. Disruption: Healthcare's New Business Model.
2015: Keynote I PNC Bank
03.30.15 | Keynote speaker for PNC Bank's Strategy Conference. Using Your Creativity, Relationships & Skills to Build New Products & Services.
2015: Speaker I Select USA
04.03.15 | Had the opportunity to speak at Select USA. Also heard President Obama over lunch. Creating an Environment for Innovation.
2015: Kentucky Derby
05.02.15 | Was in the stands at the 2015 Kentucky Derby when American Pharoah crossed the finished line in his first win of the Triple Crown!
2015: Keynote I Dentsply Client Conference
05.15.15 | Keynote Speaker for Dentsply Client Conference. The Future of Healthcare: And It's Impact on the Dental Business.
2015: Keynote I Vanderbilt Medical Center
05.21.15 | Keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Annual Meeting. Transformational Leadership: Leading In Times of Disruption & Change.
2015: Keynote I Pioneer News Group
06.22.15 | Keynote speaker for Pioneer News Group's Annual Strategy Meeting. Harnessing & Advancing Cultural Innovation.
2015: Keynote I Encompass Group
07.17.15 | Keynote speaker for Encompass Group's Annual Meeting. New Business Models in Health Care - And How To Position Ourselves for the Market.
2015: Workshop I Thinking Like a CEO
Workshop | Thinking Like a CEO. Led 50 business leaders in an intense 1 Day seminar on thinking and leading like a CEO.
2015: Keynote I PPAI
08.11.15 | Keynote speaker for PPAI's Annual Meeting. Disruptive Innovation: Continuing to Do Well in a Changing Supply Chain.
2015: Founder I Narus Health
08.20.15 | Launched Narus Health at the Health:Further Conference. Our Strategic Aim: To deliver execptional care support to individuals facing life-limiting conditions.
2015: Keynote I EO Nerve
09.17.15 | Keynote speaker for Entrepreneur Organization's Nerve Conference. Lessons Learned in Launching & Scaling New Businesses.
2015: Keynote I Asset Plus
10.19.15 | Keynote speaker for Asset Plus Company's Annual Meeting. Building a Powerful Leadership Team: Focus on Your Strengths.
2016: Hal & I Are Married
02.20.2016 Hal & I were honored and delighted to be married by Mayor Megan Barry.
2016: Keynote I Disruption
04.29.16 | Keynote speaker for Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield's management team on the Power of Disruptive Innovation.
2016: Judge I EOY
05.18.16 | Judge for EY's Entrepreneur of the Year - Southeast Region. Awesome Experience!
2016: Panel I NHCC
06.14.16 | Panelist for Nashville Healthcare Council's June Forum: Shaping the New Continuum of Care.
2016: Stop Building Portals!
06.15.16 | Published discussion of Innovations in the Continuum of Care and Care Management in Healthcare.
2016: US Secretary of Commerce
10.05.16 | Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with US Secretary of Commerce Pritzker
2016: EY Entrepreneur of the Year
11.18.16 | Participating in EY's Strategic Growth Forum & Entrepreneur of the Year Event
2017: Complia User Conference
02.08.17 | Keynote speaker for Complia User's Conference: Innovations in Post-Acute Care