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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






Lawrence H. Kloess, III, FACHE - Chairman

Mr. Kloess serves as Managing Director for Clayton Associates. He also serves on the FCA Advisory Board and is a Special Operating Partner of FCA V. Mr. Kloess is a healthcare executive with 38 years of leadership experience in hospital and physician group management. He retired from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in December, 2011, after 28 years of senior leadership responsibility, most recently serving as President of HCA’s TriStar Division from 2005-2011, with operational responsibility for 20 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky. (Click for full bio)







Stuart McWhorter - Co-Founder

As co-founder and Chairman of Clayton Associates, Stuart McWhorter has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and early stage investing. In addition, Mr. McWhorter served for one year as CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC). Prior to Clayton Associates, Mr. McWhorter was part of the founding management team of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation and served as VP of Managed Care and VP of Development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of FirstBank of Tennesee, Medical Reimbursements of America, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, PharmMD, ProxsysRx, MedEquities Healthcare REIT, Jumpstart Foundry, and Lee Company. (Click for full bio)






Jim Fitzgerald - Senior Advisor

Mr. Fitzgerald serves as a Senior Advisor for Clayton Associates and serves on the Advisory Board for FCA Venture Partners as a Special Operating Partner. He is the founder and former President of HealthTrust Purchasing Group where he oversaw its initial formation in 1999, its financial and operational functions and managed the contracting for clinical supplies, pharmaceuticals and capital equipment, totaling approximately $20 billion annually. Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Federation of American Hospitals and serves as a board member of the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council.







Landon Gibbs - Advisor

Mr. Gibbs serves as an Advisor to Clayton Associates where he identifies and manages early-stage equity investments. He is also co- Managing Director of Rolling Hills Ventures. Mr. Gibbs serves on the Board of Directors for JourneyPure, eClinic, and Ballparc, as well as Jumpstart Foundry and Bullpen Ventures where he also serves on the Investment Committees. Prior to Clayton Associates, he served as an aide to President George W. Bush at The White House. Mr. Gibbs recently received the Governor Winfield Dunn Award for philanthropic leadership. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.