Team

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Charlie Brock

CEO & President -

In his role as CEO & President of Launch Tennessee, Charlie takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee.

In 1998, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the nation’s leading mall advertising companies. As the CEO and largest shareholder, he structured three rounds of private financing before selling the company in 2006 to Australia-based EYE Corp., one of the world’s leading out-of-home media companies. After selling Foxmark, Brock helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisors, a lower-middle market investment bank based in Chattanooga where Brock served as Managing Director.

Charlie was also a founding partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Chattanooga’s first organized angel fund, as well as the CEO of CO.LAB, a Chattanooga accelerator that provides advice and mentoring services to entrepreneurs and runs the summer GIGTANK program. He is an organizer and director of CapitalMark Bank and Trust in Chattanooga and also serves as a director of The Dixie Group and Park Media Software.

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Patricia Beavers, DHA, MBA/ACC

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Patricia is responsible for ensuring Launch Tennessee is fiscally accountable and maximizes every dollar it has to pursue its mission. Patricia also plays a huge role in managing the INCITE Co-Investment Fund as well as leading the team in all matters of compliance.

Patricia has more than sixteen years of government and nonprofit accounting, contracts, budgeting, management and administration experience. She joins LaunchTN from the Tennessee Department of Health, where she managed multiple programs. Patricia recently completed a doctorate in Health Care Administration and holds an MBA and BBA in Accounting.

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Brittany Burgess

Specialist Recruiter -

Brittany is responsible for coordinating the Blackstone Specialist Program and recruiting interns for Tennessee’s nine regional accelerators. She recently worked as an Account Executive and recruiter for an IT recruiting firm in Nashville. Prior to that, Brittany worked with the Development team at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Brittany is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Courtney Corlew

Courtney Corlew

Director of Communications -

As Director of Communications, Courtney is responsible for leading all of LaunchTN’s communications efforts. This includes marketing, media relations and promotions for all of LaunchTN’s programs and events.

Prior to joining LaunchTN, Courtney worked as an Account Supervisor for Athlon Sports Communications, which specializes in sports marketing, and as the Community Relations Director for Primary Care & Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro. Courtney graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Communications.

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Lindsey Cox

Accounting, Finance & Compliance Manager -

Under the role of Accounting, Finance & Compliance Manager, Lindsey oversees many fiscal responsibilities for the organization. She also works with each of the nine regional accelerators to ensure proper fiscal reporting and compliance measures are in place.

Lindsey most recently served as a grant administrator and grant coordinator at Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands. Prior to this role, she served as a legislative accountant in the Office of the Tennessee State Comptroller. In this role she served as staff to the Tennessee Local Development Authority and was responsible for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program.

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Jason Denenberg

Director of Entrepreneurship -

As Director of Entrepreneurship, Jason coordinates efforts across the nine regional accelerators throughout Tennessee. He focuses on driving each region to develop sector focus and collaboration to enhance the overall network.

Jason was formerly a Partner at Angel Capital Group where he led efforts to collaborate with entrepreneurs and investors to fund early-stage high-growth investment opportunities. Prior to his tenure at ACG, Jason spent five years as a financial advisor, managing client portfolios at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

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Henry Gindt

Director of Capital Formation -

As Director of Capital Formation, Henry is responsible for the management of the INCITE Co-Investment Fund and coordinating outreach for out-of-state investors.

Henry most recently oversaw the TNInvestco venture capital program at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to his work at ECD, he worked at Evercore Partners and Ondra Partners, both investment banking firms in New York City. Gindt graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Andrew Hogin

Director of Outreach -

As Director of Outreach for LaunchTN, Andrew’s primary role is the production of the Southland conference. He also manages LaunchTN’s sponsorship fund to support various state-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

Andrew previously served as legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to that role, Andrew served as Field Director for Governor Bill Haslam, helping plan and organize all of the Governor’s events across the state both during the gubernatorial campaign and the Governor’s first year in office. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Jim Stefansic

Jim Stefansic, PhD, MBA

Director of Commercialization -

As Director of Commercialization for Launch Tennessee, Jim provides assistance and mentorship to Tennessee entrepreneurs who have developed technology and are trying to commercialize it into a business. Jim is particularly focused on introducing various capital alternatives to the companies.

Jim previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company he co-founded. He was instrumental in helping the company raise more than $17 million in both venture capital and SBIR funding. He was involved in every facet of the business, including investor road shows, R&D, clinical trials, regulatory approval, business development, financial management, pricing, and commercialization. Jim received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Belmont University.

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Jill Van Beke

Director of Corporate Engagement -

As Director of Corporate Engagement, Jill works to build statewide corporate connections and works to identify strategic partnership opportunities for LaunchTN, it’s programs and the regional accelerator network.

Jill most recently served as a Business Development Consultant at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She focused on Innovation and Workforce Development-related initiatives in the East Region. Jill graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies and concentrations in Economics and Anthropology.

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