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NASHVILLE – John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, said today Michael Brody-Waite, former CEO of InQuicker.com, will be the EC’s new CEO, effective August 1, 2016.
Today’s announcement follows a search of several months that considered candidates both from Nashville and around the U.S., Mr. Ingram noted.
“Going into this process, I did not know Michael, but he impressed me not only with his business success but also with his character and his thoughts about the future of the EC,” Mr. Ingram said.
Mr. Ingram co-chaired the search committee with Beth R. Chase, the CEO of c3/consulting and Chair-elect of the EC Board.
“Mike brings a great mix of entrepreneurial and big company success, at a time when those talents are a great fit for the EC,” Ms. Chase said. “He is excited about the strategic direction of the EC and has a passion for leading teams and organizations to the next level. I am looking forward to working with him to do just that.”
Mr. Brody-Waite began his career at Dell Inc., working in sales. In 2009, he was co-founder and CEO of Nashville-based InQuicker, an EC alumnus. He shepherded the company through extensive growth until it was acquired in 2015.
Mr. Brody-Waite said today the EC has an important future of service to the city of Nashville and to all entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams.
“It's a unique opportunity to be able to inherit an organization that is already succeeding and being effective,” he said. “I see my role as a facilitator - to make it an excellent place to work, to preserve and enhance a world-class culture based on giving back, and to help other people achieve their dreams."
At the EC, Mr. Brody-Waite will succeed former CEO Stuart McWhorter, who stepped down in April, after the passing of his father, to return to Clayton Associates, the company he started with his father in 1996.
“Michael is an entrepreneur and understands what it takes to succeed,” said Mr. McWhorter. “With his previous company he was able to see first hand what the EC can offer to a young business and entrepreneur. His leadership will provide others the kind of opportunity that he has had - to create, launch and grow something very meaningful.”
Mr. Brody-Waite attended the University of California-Davis.
ABOUT THE NASHVILLE ENTREPRENEUR CENTER
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 public- private partnership, was founded in 2010 as an economic development initiative of the Nashville business community with a vision to become the best place in America for entrepreneurship. The EC’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs with the critical resources to create, launch and grow businesses. The EC community includes over 325 alumni and more than 750 members. The Center’s advisor program connects entrepreneurs to over 250 mentors, service providers and industry experts. Core programming includes community events, entrepreneur education and tech focused industry-immersion accelerator programs in healthcare, music and content publishing. For more information visit www.ec.co.