Stuart McWhorter ,  President and CEO

Stuart McWhorter 
President and CEO

Sam Lingo,  Chief Operating Officer LinkedIn

Sam Lingo
Chief Operating Officer

Marty Craighead,  Executive Assistant

Marty Craighead, 
Executive Assistant

John Murdock,  Director of Education

John Murdock, 
Director of Education

Robbie Goldsmith,  Community Engagement LinkedIn

Robbie Goldsmith, 
Community Engagement

Jeff Loucks,  Mentor Coordinator

Jeff Loucks
Mentor Coordinator

Scott Rouse,  Entrepreneur-in-Residence, PitchFixer

Scott Rouse
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, PitchFixer

Jessica Hill, Graphic and Web Design

Jessica Hill,
Graphic and Web Design

Jared Marquette,  Business Partnerships

Jared Marquette, 
Business Partnerships

Kelli Nowers,  Community Coordinator

Kelli Nowers, 
Community Coordinator




Stuart McWhorter, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, President and CEO

As CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Stuart McWhorter has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and early stage investing.  

As Co-Founder, Mr. McWhorter served as Chairman and President of Clayton Associates prior to his appointment as CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Founded in 1996, Clayton Associates serves as an investment management company primarily focused on the early stage investment cycle in the healthcare and technology industries.  Clayton Associates has managed five venture capital funds, which has invested over $150 million in over 80 operating companies in the Southeast.

Mr. McWhorter is also Chairman of privately held Medical Reimbursements of America (MRA), a healthcare revenue cycle management company located in Franklin, TN. Prior to Clayton Associates and Medical Reimbursements of America, Mr. McWhorter was part of the founding management team of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation where he served as Vice President of Managed Care and Vice President of Development. Prior to OrthoLink, Mr. McWhorter served in various management positions with Tenet Healthcare-owned Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.

Mr. McWhorter also serves on the board of directors for FirstBank of Tennessee, 247 Sports Media, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, MedEquities Healthcare REIT, JumpStart Foundry, and Lee Company.

Mr. McWhorter’s civic duties include serving on various past and present boards including: Belmont University, Clemson University Foundation, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Blood Water Mission, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Hospital Hospitality House, St. Luke’s Community Center, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and Nashville’s Agenda.

Mr. McWhorter received his Masters in Health Administration from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and B.S. in Management from Clemson University.