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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Michael T. Cartwright
Michael T. Cartwright
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael T. Cartwright Mr. Cartwright has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since June 2013. Mr. Cartwright has almost 23 years of experience in the addiction treatment industry. In 2009, Mr. Cartwright co-founded Performance Revolution, LLC (d/b/a FitRx), a company focused on weight management and served as its chief executive officer until it merged into Forterus, Inc. in 2011. In 1999, he founded Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, a national alcohol and drug treatment company, and served on its Board of Directors and as its president and chief executive officer until 2009. Additionally, in 1995, Mr. Cartwright founded Foundations Associates, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on its Board of Directors and as its chief executive officer until its purchase by Foundations Recovery Network, LLC in 2007. While at Foundations Associates, Mr. Cartwright conducted over 10 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. Mr. Cartwright also served on the U.S. Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Cartwright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Kirk R. Manz
Kirk R. Manz
Chief Financial Officer
Kirk R. Manz Mr. Manz joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. From 2008 through 2010, Mr. Manz served as Chief Executive Officer of GMD Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Blast Panel), a digital media company. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Manz served as Managing Member of Private Capital Securities, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm. From 2004 through 2006, Mr. Manz served as Vice President of Investments for Piper Jaffray & Co. From 2002 through 2004, Mr. Manz worked as a Fixed Income Specialist for Stephens Inc. From 1988 through 2002, Mr. Manz was co-founder or Chief Executive Officer of four communications companies including Igaea Inc., an international VoIP telecommunications provider.
Thomas W. Doub, Ph.D.
Thomas W. Doub, Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Thomas W. Doub, Ph.D. Dr. Doub joined the Company in August 2016 in a dual role of Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. From 2003 through 2016, Dr. Doub served as in various roles with Centerstone of America, one of the nation’s largest not-for- profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, including, CEO of Centerstone Research Institute (2011-2016), Chief Clinical Officer of Centerstone of America (2015-2016); COO of Centerstone Research Institute (2008-2011); and Vice President of Research (2003-2009). He has also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. Over the past decade, Dr. Doub has been involved in more than 150 studies examining what works in behavioral healthcare and how organizations achieve clinical excellence. More than 50 of these studies specifically addressed addiction treatment and prevention. In his role as Chief Clinical Officer at Centerstone, he led the implementation of clinical best practices across a multistate system with more than 4,000 employees.
Andrew W. McWilliams
Andrew W. McWilliams
Chief Accounting Officer
Andrew W. McWilliams Mr. McWilliams joined the company as Chief Accounting Officer in August 2014 and has over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. From October 1998 through August 2014, Mr. McWilliams worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP, a national public accounting firm. During his tenure with Ernst & Young, Mr. McWilliams served multiple healthcare clients and also gained experience across a variety of corporate transactions, including public offerings of securities and mergers and acquisitions.
Kathryn Sevier Phillips
Kathryn Sevier Phillips
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
Kathryn Sevier Phillips Ms. Phillips joined the Company in December 2013 as General Counsel and Secretary and has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare-related legal and government affairs services. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Phillips served as Managing Partner of Sevier Phillips & Associates, a legal, compliance and political consulting practice focused primarily on healthcare clients. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Phillips was General Counsel and Secretary of National Renal Alliance, LLC, a national renal disease management and dialysis provider, where Ms. Phillips served as the chief legal and government affairs officer. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Phillips practiced with the law firm of Stites & Harbison PLLC. In 1999, Ms. Phillips served as General Counsel for Alexander for President, Inc., the presidential campaign of Senator Lamar Alexander. From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Phillips practiced with the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Auburn University.

Board of Directors

Jerry D. Bostelman
Chief Executive Officer, Vaco Holdings, LLC
Mr. Bostelman joined our Board of Directors in July 2012. Mr. Bostelman is chief executive officer of Vaco Holdings, LLC, a professional staffing firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Prior to co-founding Vaco, Mr. Bostelman was a regional manager for Robert Half International Inc., a provider of staffing services for accounting and finance professionals, where he worked from 1997 through 2001. From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Bostelman served as an auditor for Arthur Anderson. Mr. Bostelman served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, including a five month active tour of duty in the first Gulf War.
Lucius E. Burch
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Burch Investment Group
Mr. Burch joined our Board of Directors in February 2012. Since 1989, Mr. Burch has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Burch Investment Group, formerly Massey Burch Investment Group. Mr. Burch began his tenure at Massey Investment Company (the predecessor of Massey Burch Investment Group), as a financial analyst and portfolio manager in 1968. Mr. Burch is also the chairman and chief executive officer of Collateral Guaranty, a credit enhancement fund. Mr. Burch is the former chairman of CoreCivic, Inc. (f/k/a Corrections Corporation of America) (NYSE:CXW), an operator of private prisons and detention centers and has served on numerous private and public company boards.
Michael T. Cartwright
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AAC Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Cartwright has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since June 2013. Mr. Cartwright has almost 23 years of experience in the addiction treatment industry. In 2009, Mr. Cartwright co-founded Performance Revolution, LLC (d/b/a FitRx), a company focused on weight management and served as its chief executive officer until it merged into Forterus, Inc. in 2011. In 1999, he founded Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, a national alcohol and drug treatment company, and served on its Board of Directors and as its president and chief executive officer until 2009. Additionally, in 1995, Mr. Cartwright founded Foundations Associates, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on its Board of Directors and as its chief executive officer until its purchase by Foundations Recovery Network, LLC in 2007. While at Foundations Associates, Mr. Cartwright conducted over 10 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. Mr. Cartwright also served on the U.S. Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Cartwright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Darrell S. Freeman
Executive Managing Director, Zycron, Inc.
Mr. Freeman joined our Board of Directors in January 2013 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in June 2014. Mr. Freeman currently serves as the executive managing director of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991. Mr. Freeman served as the executive chairman of Zycron, Inc. from the Company's formation in 1991 until April 2017. Mr. Freeman co-founded Tennessee-based Reliant Bank in 2006, and he has served as a board member and a member of the audit and compensation committees of Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Reliant Bank (NASDAQ: CUBN), since 2006. Since 2016, Mr. Freeman has also served as the chairman of the board of S3 Asset Management, a technology and medical equipment recycling company. Additionally, in 2007 Mr. Freeman co-founded Pinnacle Construction Partners, a construction management firm, and has served as the chairman since 2007. In 2017, Mr. Freeman was appointed to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee State University by Governor Bill Haslam. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Freeman served on the Tennessee Board of Regents. Beginning in 2006, Mr. Freeman served two terms as chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 served as the chairman of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. Mr. Freeman was also a founding board member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2010.
David C. Kloeppel
Chairman, Eventa Global; Chief Executive Officer, Domus Hospitality, LLC
Mr. Kloeppel joined our Board of Directors in April 2013. Mr. Kloeppel is chairman of Eventa Global, Inc., a travel services company he founded in 2014. Mr. Kloeppel also serves as chief executive officer of Domus Hospitality, LLC, an entity focused on investment in the hospitality industry he founded in 2013 and as a director of Cloudbeds, a hotel management software company, since 2013. Mr. Kloeppel served as president and chief operating officer of Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE:GET) from 2009 to 2012; as president and chief financial officer from 2008 to 2009; and as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2002 until 2008. Prior to joining Gaylord Entertainment Company, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Deutsche Bank in New York, where he served as vice president and was responsible for that department’s activities in the lodging, leisure and real estate sectors. Mr. Kloeppel served as a director of FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. (NYSE:FCH) from 2005 to 2008, and was a member of the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Kloeppel currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and the Board of Trustees at University School of Nashville.
Jerrod N. Menz
Co-Founder, AAC Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Menz is a Co-Founder of the Company with Michael T. Cartwright and remains a current employee. He formerly served as our President, a position held from June 2013 to July 2015. Mr. Menz has 20 years of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment industry. He previously served as the chief executive officer of American Addiction Centers, Inc. (formerly Forterus, Inc.) from 2011 until 2013. From 2009 until 2011, he served Forterus, Inc. in the roles of Vice President and Secretary. In 2004, Mr. Menz founded ABTTC, Inc. (d/b/a A Better Tomorrow), an alcohol and drug treatment provider in southern California, until Forterus, Inc. acquired A Better Tomorrow in 2008. Prior to founding A Better Tomorrow, Mr. Menz served as general manager of Wits Inn, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Southern California, from 1997 through 2003 and as Vice President of Marketing of Chapman House Addiction Facilities, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Orange, California, from 2003 to 2004.
Richard E. Ragsdale
Private Investor
Mr. Ragsdale joined our Board of Directors in July 2012. Mr. Ragsdale has co-founded and operated 17 healthcare corporations during his career. After beginning his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, Mr. Ragsdale served as president and treasurer of Hospital Affiliates International, Inc., one of the country’s first hospital management firms, from 1973 to 1977, and served as vice president and chief financial officer of INA Health Care Group from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he co founded a hospital management company, Republic Health Corporation, which went public in 1983 and was acquired by an investor group in 1986. In 1985, Mr. Ragsdale co-founded Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH), a rural hospital management company, and served as chairman from 1985 to 1996. In 2000, he co-founded HealthMont Inc., an operator of community hospitals, and served as chairman from its formation in early 2000 until its acquisition by SunLink in October 2003. Mr. Ragsdale has been a private investor since his retirement in 2003. Mr. Ragsdale has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies and from June 2008 to June 2016 served as a director of BreatheAmerica, Inc., an operator of allergy, asthma and sinusitis treatment centers.
Darryl E. Rouson
Florida State Senator and Private Attorney
Since November 2016, Darryl E. Rouson has served as a Florida State Senator and previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from April 2008 to November 2016. In March 2017, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran appointed Sen. Rouson to the Constitutional Revision Commission, and in 2007 then-Governor Charlie Crist appointed Sen. Rouson to a one-year term on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. Since June 2014, Sen. Rouson has also practiced law with the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2003, he was appointed a chair of the Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for the National Bar Association. Sen. Rouson also served as the President of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000 to 2005 and President of the St. Petersburg Black Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2004.
David C. Kloeppel