Join Our Annual Giving Society

The McWhorter Circle is an annual giving society of leaders and visionaries committed to advancing our mission. These leaders help promote economic development through entrepreneurial job growth and revenue, while also playing a vital role in changing individual lives of each entrepreneur served.


R. Clayton McWhorter

R. Clayton McWhorter, the EC’s founding chair, helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and leaders throughout his life.

His four guiding principles are his legacy to those he mentored:

  • Be Prepared
  • Find a Mentor and Be a Mentor
  • Act Like an Owner
  • Give Back

Platinum Members:

Jane and Greg Allen
Erin and Allen Baler
Niki and David Baxter
Clay Blevins
Judith Bright
Lucius Burch
Dr. Michael Burcham
Beth and Randy Chase
Amy Buckner Chowdhry and Pankaj Chowdhry
Brittany and Joseph Cole
Dan Crockett
David and Dana Curtis
Katie and Kevin Crumbo
Sherry and Mark Deutschmann
Gina and Jeff Drummonds
Andy and Jennifer Faught
Melissa and Bobby Frist
Joe Galante
Angela Humphreys and Joe Cashia
John and Stephanie Ingram
Collette Mahmood
Antonia and Rod McDaniel
Janet and David Miller
Phylanice and Turner Nashe
Jill and Brent Pearson
Linda and Art Rebrovick
Joe and Dorothy Scarlett
Michael and Lisa Shmerling
Saurabh Sinha
Clint and Holly Smith
Dee Anna and Hubie Smith
Leah and Jim Sohr
Abby and J.B. Spaulding
Jimmy Spradley
Steve Turner
Jon and Kathy Yarbrough

Gold Members:

Sarah and Bo Bartholomew
Pamela Bollinger
Angela Bostelman and Jerry Bostelman
Mary and Bill Brennan
Cathy and Martin Brown
Karen and Howard Burris
Trudy and Bill Carpenter
Sam and Mary Helen Davidson
Meg and Stephen Epstein
Susan and Jason Epstein
Nancy Allen & John Burch & Matt King / FCA Venture Partners
Christie and Landon Gibbs
Debbie Gordon
Carlana and Aubrey Harwell
Chris Hefley and Christel Alvarez Hefley
Pamela and Joe Jeffries
Ann Johnson
Milton and Denice Johnson
Jessa and Jay Kelley
Coco Kyriopoulos
Jimmy and Meredith Leach
Katherine and Jim McElroy
Stuart and Leigh Anne McWhorter
Elise Mitchell
Jason and Mary Moore
Richard Moscardelli
Anissa Nelson-Carlisle
Nick Ogden and Katrina Welty
Mark Parker
Pam and Phil Pfeffer
Rosemary and Wayne Plorin
Tom Raney / JE Dunn Construction
Jim and Laurie Seabury
Wesley Shutt
Tim and Darlene Sinks
Nancy Stabell
Michael Stayton
Eric and Nanci Thrailkill
Jorge Titinger
Kelli Turner
Tom Turner
Mary Glenn and Dave Vreeland
Noel Williams Geer
Ed Woodside

McWhorter Circle Membership

Platinum Level Members: ($10,000+ contribution)

Gold Level Members: ($5,000+ contribution)

Platinum Level engages through:


  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame event
  • Member Photos included in the EC Annual Report
  • Invitation to participate in “The Room”, a quarterly gathering to hear from a leader shaping Nashville’s future and EC entrepreneurs with high-potential ideas

Gold and Platinum Level engages through:


  • Invitation to the annual McWhorter Circle Legacy Celebration
  • Invitations and special opportunities to participate in EC VIP events
  • Invitation to submit nominations for the Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame
  • Recognition at the annual EC NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame event
  • Recognition on the EC website and digital welcome displays
  • Recognition in the EC Annual Report
  • EC CEO Executive updates and news

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McWhorter Circle Co-Chairs

We are grateful to our McWhorter Circle co-chairs for their support and leadership.

Judith Bright, originally from Washington, DC, graduated with a BSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She worked as an RN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for 3 years but ultimately decided to switch careers and pursue a freelance career in TV and Film Production with Warner Bros. and Disney. Ultimately she landed a dream job with legendary Music Producer Quincy Jones where she became the President of his music publishing company, working with him for 12 years.

Following the birth of her third son, Judith decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream of designing jewelry. She and her family moved to Florence, Italy for a year where she took jewelry making classes. Upon returning to the States, Judith and her family relocated to Nashville where she founded Judith Bright Jewelry in 2005. What was initially a home-based business, blossomed into to three retail locations and an e-commerce store, shipping hand-made jewelry produced by Nashville artisans nationwide, with 30 full and part-time employees. She describes it as, “Jewelry made by women, for women, one piece at a time.”

She has served on board of the Entrepreneur’s Organization of Nashville as the Social Chair and Community Chair and has participated in the membership, learning, and strategic partnerships committee. She served as the programming chair of the the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) board and currently serves on the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Board. She is a founding member of Soho House Nashville and is a member of Leadership Nashville’s Best Class Ever, 2023.

During the pandemic, Judith circled back to her nursing roots and studied to become an End-of-Life Doula, certified by the Conscious Dying Institute. She does her doula work at Alive Hospice each week. She enjoys spending time with her three adult sons, William (26), James (23), and Henry (21). She loves to hike and travel internationally and particularly loves adventure travel. She successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2018 and is headed to Antarctica in November. She is passionate about hot yoga and has just become certified RYT 200 yoga instructor.

Andy Faught is the co-founder of Continuum Planning Partners (CPP). CPP was created in 2015 to serve clients with complex situations with their financial planning. Prior to CPP, Andy was affiliated with Capital Financial Group, where he started their financial planning department in 2007. He also served as the Regional Director of Financial Planning for Lincoln Financial Group/Sagemark Consulting from 2001 through 2007. Andy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville with majors in Finance, Economics and Accounting. He has also achieved the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations.

On a personal note, Andy and his wife Jennifer live in Nashville, with their two dogs, where he enjoys golfing, traveling, and the restaurant scene. He is on the board of the Martha O’Bryan Center, an organization that helps families break the line between poverty and potential. As part of the service to the Martha O’Bryan Center, Andy chairs the committees that support East End Preparatory School and Explore, which are charter schools in East Nashville.

Join the McWhorter Circle online or by mail.

When you join online, we will email you a receipt. Please keep this as your official record to claim this donation as a tax deduction.

Joining by mail? Make checks payable to:

Nashville Entrepreneur Center,  Attention: Donna Mattick
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210

We will mail a receipt to you.