Michael Burcham, President and CEO

Michael has extensive experience in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup venture coaching.  He served as President of ParadigmHealth, a provider and integrator of care and disease management services for health plans and employers, from 2001-2007. He also founded and served as President of Theraphysics, a venture-backed specialty healthcare firm managing rehabilitation services, from 1992-2000.  He is founder and Director of the Accelerator Summer Business Institute, a 4-week intensive immersion program designed to challenge undergraduate students to develop their own personal brands and business skills. At the Owen Graduate School of Management, Michael teaches healthcare innovation and strategy. He is passionate about helping the creative class transform their ideas into real businesses, and looks to the Entrepreneur Center as an opportunity to revolutionize Nashville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and creative venture development on a large scale. Michael received his PhD in Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003.


Sam Lingo, Chief Operating Officer

Sam Lingo is a Nashville entrepreneur specializing in the development of new technologies. He is a founding partner of U. S. Cryogenics, LLC, a solution-focused company extending the usable life of industrial wear parts. At the Entrepreneur Center, Sam oversees operations, business development and the Incubator Studio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 2005. Sam lectures about entrepreneurism and adapting business plans to the real world at both Vanderbilt University and the Owen Graduate School of Management.


John Murdock, Director of Education

John Murdock is the Director of Education at the EC, founder of The Young Professional, former Airport Manager at Enterprise Holdings, and a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University. 

John’s an active teacher and lecturer on startups, mentoring startup companies, cultivating entrepreneurial ecosystems, and taking an entrepreneurial approach to a young professional life. John’s led classes and lectures on startup topics for hundreds of audiences across America, including the South Dakota’s Governor’s Symposium on Entrepreneurship, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Conference on Microbusiness, the Alabama Microenterprise Conference, the South Carolina Minority Business Conference on Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneur Development Center in Jackson, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, numerous Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Chapters, and many more. John is also a winner of the Buckley Silver Medal for Public Speaking.

John is also the founder of The Young Professional, a business John launched to empower young professionals to build passionate, purposed, profitable lives. John is an active author, having authored multiple books and a popular blog that has been ranked by Crisp 360 as a top 15 blog on life after college.

Prior to joining the EC, John had a successful career in Enterprise Holdings management program, culminating in his role as the Airport Manager at the PTI Airport where he successfully managed the operational integration of three rental brands: National, Alamo, and Enterprise. 


Robbie Goldsmith, Community Engagement

Robbie is a young Nashville Entreprenuer and the guru of all things EC membership and programs! He has created several startups, the first while attending college at the University of Tennessee.

Upon graduation with a Business Administration major, he got his corporate experience with Enterprise Holdings, completing their management-training program, becoming a branch manager overseeing multiple locations. Since then, he has launched One4 Ventures, LLC. He created an online platform where visitors to Nashville can customize weekend trips to Nashville! (, He is currently growing One4 Ventures, as well as growing the Entrepreneur Center's community of members and programs, and living life to the fullest!

Cool fact- As a hobby, Robbie travels the world playing professional paintball, ranked in the top 100 in the world! 


Jared Marquette, Business Partnerships

Jared Marquette is a genuinely swell guy specializing in the creation and growth of collaborative partnership and development opportunities.

Prior to coming to the EC, Jared started and operated Elevated Inc, a Denver based clothing and lifestyle brand.  He developed his acumen through both his formal education, which includes a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business, and his experiences working and living internationally in Australia, Costa Rica, and Peru.


Marty Craighead, Executive Assistant

Marty is the lady who keeps things running at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Prior to joining us, she served as Executive Assistant to the Vice President & Managing Executive of the ASCAP Nashville office. She also worked as the Assistant to the CEO at EMI, an executive assistant at Arista Nashville, General Manager of Javelina Recording Studios, and Manager of A&R (and laterDirector of International) at Capitol Records/ Capitol Nashville/ Liberty Records. Check out her desk and see all the Gold Records she has there!


Jessica Hill, Graphic and Web Design

Jessica is a tireless seeker of knowledge, occasional purveyor of wisdom and also, coincidentally, a graphic and web designer. She's a transplant from New York and has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. What she lacks in social  skills, she makes up for with ninja like design skills. She's also done design and illustration work for companies such as Nick Jr, Hot Topic and Good and Evil Skateboards.


Jeff LoucksMentor Coordinator

Jeff runs the mentor program for the EC. Jeff helps connect entrepreneurs to mentors with relevant expertise to help them solve specific problem areas in their business. Prior to joining the EC, Jeff coached startups in designing better pitch decks to make more powerful presentations.


Mitch Evans, Director, Jumpwerx

Jumpwerx accelerates healthcare innovation by applying entrepreneurial solutions to corporate challenges. Prior to Jumpwerx, he served as Program Manager for Startup Tennessee, which is Tenessee’s statewide initiative to support entrepreneurs and help startups drive job creation by coordinating best practices and across business accelerators in the state's nine regions.


Johnathan JonesFacility and Technology Director, Photographer in Residence

Johnathan is no stranger to the EC. He first interned with the center in 2012 and later with Jumpstart Foundry during the summer of 2013. You can find Johnathan on social media, @thephotojones. He is a recent graduate of High Point University with a BS in Entrepreneurship. Contact Johnathan for your professional photography needs.


Dr. David Furse, EC Master Mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Dr. David Furse has 35 years of experience as a marketing professor, business entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He founded NCG Research in Nashville and grew it into an international leader in consulting and healthcare outcomes benchmarking. He is currently Director of the Mentor Program at the Entrepreneur Center and an Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant in strategic planning and leadership development. Furse received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia State University, the Masters in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and the B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He served as an infantry lieutenant with the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg and the Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Purple Heart.


Shawn Glinter, EC Master Mentor

Shawn Glinter is an entrepreneur & senior–level executive with 15 years of experience in all aspects of leadership, management, sales and operations in diverse industries including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, distribution and service. He was recently President and CEO of Special Water Global, an early stage European biotechnology company. He previously served as Vice President of Sales for Emdeon (formerly WebMD). He has built and led sales teams for both products and services for domestic and international markets.


Joe Galante,
Chairman of Sony Music Nashville (Ret.), Entrepreneur-in-Residence Digital Media and Entertainment

Joe Galante brings with him nearly 40 years of experience in the music publishing and entertainment industry, having led some of the biggest labels in the business including RCA and Sony Nashville. In April 2010, Joe Galante stepped down as Chairman of Sony Music Nashville after 39 years with the same label family. He began his career with RCA Records in 1971 and moved to Nashville in 1973. In 1977, Galante was named director of Nashville operations for RCA Records Nashville, then became vice president of promotion and vice president of marketing. In 1982, he succeeded Bradley as head of RCA Nashville, becoming the youngest man ever to lead a major Nashville label.

His impact was immediate; RCA became the #1 country label in 1982 and held onto the top spot for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years. In 1990, Galante moved to New York when he was named president of RCA Records Label - U.S. He successfully tackled the seemingly insurmountable challenge of streamlining the label’s vast roster while restructuring the label so that it became more artist-oriented and focused on creating a lasting catalog. He returned to Nashville in 1994, when he was named chairman of RLG/Nashville.

After restructuring the RCA and BNA labels under the RCA Label Group (RLG) umbrella. In 2001, Arista Nashville emerged as the year’s #1 country promotion label for the first of seven times in eight years. Throughout this time, RLG’s three-label country powerhouse continued to develop its artists and set new benchmarks for the industry – a feat that was on clear display when RLG became the first label group since the inception of SoundScan to have three country albums reach #1 (and debut at #1) on Billboard’s pop sales chart in a calendar year.

In the spring of 2006, Galante oversaw yet another chapter in the evolution of the Nashville music industry as the former Sony Nashville was welcomed into the RCA Label Group along with the Christian label group, Provident, collectively becoming Sony BMG Nashville under Galante’s leadership. Adopting the new name and a fourth label imprint, Columbia Nashville, the roster expanded. At the beginning of 2009, Sony BMG Nashville became Sony Music Nashville. In April of 2010, after 39 years within the same label family, Galante announced his decision to step down from his post as chairman of Sony Music Nashville.


Scott Rouse
IdeaBang, LLC

Grammy nominated producer Scott Rouse began his career working as a session musician in Boston while attending the famed Berklee College of Music.  He learned to write, arrange and produce pop songs as well as market and brand the acts he was involved with from the very best in the business. Outside the music business, Scott is the Founder of IdeaBang, an innovation consultancy and product development-for-license firm. Scott believes developing products and ideas is the same as producing, marketing and branding recording artists, TV shows and movies.

“A startup company is very similar to a band or an artist.  The songs that make up the startup’s album are its business model and product or system prototype.  If you arrange and produce each song so they are attractive to your band’s demographic, you’ve got a shot at having not just a hit single, but a hit album and an band with a long shelf life.  The same goes for a startup.”

Rouse’s main role is to help startups with everything from questions about licensing, branding and copyrighting their products or systems to packaging and marketing so they look good “out in the wild”.  Rouse says “Its important for me to help a person or a new company with their nose pressed against the glass, just staring at their new idea, to take a look at it from another perspective.  If their idea was a song demo we would choose the right instrumentation, tighten up the melody, add as many ‘hooks’ as possible and arrange so it was a pop song.  If it’s a hit, we start on their next idea.”