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5312-5320 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN, 37027
United States

615 320 3070

is an investment firm that is passionate about building businesses



Clayton Associates is an investment firm that is passionate about building businesses.

We make seed, angel, and venture stage investments in healthcare and technology companies. 



Recent news from Clayton Associates


Clayton Associates announced that Larry Kloess has been named Chairman of the firm. This follows the recent announcement that the firm’s co-founder, Stuart McWhorter, will leave his day-to-day role as president and chairman of Clayton Associates to become CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Ventas announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned Ardent Medical Services, Inc. (with its affiliates “Ardent Health Services”), a premier provider of health care services and one of the ten largest for-profit hospital companies in the U.S., for $1.75 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Ventas’s normalized funds from operations (“FFO”) per share by $0.08 to $0.10 in the first full year after close.

John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, said today Stuart McWhorter, Chairman and Co-Founder of Clayton Associates, will be the EC's new President & CEO, effective April 9.

The announcement follows a months-long national search, Mr. Ingram said. He commended the board's Search Committee for its thorough process of understanding the leadership qualities the EC will need in the years ahead.