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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 Circle Members

Jane and Greg Allen
David Baxter
Lucius Burch
Betsy and Ryan Chapman
Beth and Randy Chase
Dan Crockett
Dana and David Curtis
Mark Deutschmann
Sherry Deutschmann
Jamie and Jimmy Granbery
Guy Brown/Jay Chawan and Tera Vazquez
Angela Humphreys and Joe Cashia
Stephanie and John Ingram
Joy and Tinker Kelly
Darren Metz
Phylanice and Turner Nashe
Anissa Nelson-Carlisle
Pam and Phil Pfeffer
Linda and Art Rebrovick
Joe and Dorothy Scarlett
Dee Anna and Hubie Smith
Leah and Jim Sohr
Jimmy and Frances Spradley
Kathy and Jon Yarbrough

Gold Circle Members

Erin and Allen Baler
Bo Bartholomew
Angela and Jerry Bostelman
Pamela Bollinger
Jean and Denny Bottorff
Mary and Bill Brennan
Judith Bright
Cathy and Martin Brown
Howard and Karen Burris
Katherine and Mike Cannata
Trudy and Bill Carpenter
Sandra and Dean Chase
Katie and Kevin Crumbo
Gina and Jeff Drummonds
Meg Epstein
Susan and Jason Epstein
Jennifer and Andy Faught
FCA Venture Partners/Nancy Allen, John Burch, & Matt King
Stephanie Fletcher/AllianceBernstein
Elizabeth and Bryan Frist
Melissa and Bobby Frist
Kimberly Pace-Furse and David Furse
Joe Galante
Christi and Landon Gibbs
Debbie Gordon
Carlana and Aubrey Harwell
Kelly Baker-Hefley and Chris Hefley
Martha Rivers Ingram
Malinda and Joe Ivey
Ann Johnson
Denice and Milton Johnson
Rebecca and David Klements
Meredith and Jimmy Leach
Anne and Arnie Malham
Kate Malone Jackson
Katherine McElroy
Leigh Anne and Stuart McWhorter
Janet and David Miller
Jason and Mary Moore
Nick Odgen
Tom Raney/JE Dunn Construction
Nancy Schultz/northhighland
Laurie and Jim Seabury
Wesley Shutt
Saurabh Sinha
Holly and Clint Smith
Abby Spaulding
Nancy Stabell
Eric Thrailkill
Judy and Steve Turner
Kelli Turner
Mary Glenn and Dave Vreeland
David Waddell/Waddell & Associates
John West
Noel Williams

McWhorter Circle Members engage through:

  • Invitation to the annual McWhorter Circle Reception
  • Invitations to leadership-level, mission-centric events and discussions
  • Recognition at the EC’s NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame annual event
  • Year-long recognition on the EC’s website and digital welcome screens at the EC facility
  • Participation on the Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame Selection Committee
  • Executive updates by the EC CEO 

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McWhorter Circle Co-Chairs

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

Mr. John Ingram is the Chairman of Ingram Industries, Inc. Board of Directors. He was appointed in 2008, having served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 1999. He also serves as Chairman of Ingram Content Group, which includes Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source, Inc. and Ingram Digital.

Beth R. Chase is a Senior Managing Director with more than 25 years of professional services experience helping organizations navigate critical inflection points. A trusted advisor recognized for her influence and expertise, she has successfully partnered with the leadership teams of Fortune 500 and private-equity-owned companies to identify, create, and implement strategies for value-building innovations and transformational growth. Beth was the founder and CEO of c3/consulting prior to its acquisition by Ankura Consulting Group in 2018. She is based in Nashville.

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

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