CEO & President
Serving as Launch Tennessee’s new President & CEO is Charlie Brock. In 1998, Brock helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the nation’s largest mall advertising companies. As the CEO and largest shareholder, he structured two 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. Brock most recently served as a general partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, a Chattanooga-based angel investment group, and as the CEO of CO.LAB, a Chattanooga accelerator that provides advice and mentoring services to entrepreneurs and runs the summer Gig Tank program. Brock 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.
Patricia has over sixteen years of government and non-profit accounting, contracts, budgeting, management, and administration experience. She joins LaunchTN from the Tennessee Department of Health, where she had management responsibility over multiple programs. Patricia is pursuing a doctorate in Health Care Administration and holds an MBA and BBA in Accounting.
Jason coordinates efforts across the nine regional accelerators throughout Tennessee and focuses ondriving entrepreneurial activity while building access to private capital for each region.Jason was formerly a Partner at Angel Capital Group where he led efforts to collaborate withentrepreneurs 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 MorganStanley Smith Barney.
Director of Commercialization
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 over $17 million in both venture capital and SBIR funding. He was involved in every facet of the business, from investor road shows, R&D and 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.
Jill Van Beke
Director of Corporate Engagement
Jill most recently served as a Business Development Consultant at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, focusing 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.
Director of Operations
Henry most recently oversaw the TNInvestco venture capital program at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to his work at ECD, Henry worked at both Evercore Partners and Ondra Partners, two investment-banking firms in New York City. Henry graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Outreach
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.
Director of Communications
Courtney is responsible for leading LaunchTN’s communications efforts. 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.