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AAC Holdings Announces Kirk Manz to Depart in December 2017 and Andrew McWilliams to Succeed as Chief Financial Officer

Company Release - 11/9/2017 6:25 PM ET

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AAC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAC) announced that Kirk R. Manz, the company's Chief Financial Officer, will resign as Chief Financial Officer effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Manz has served as the company's Chief Financial Officer since joining AAC in January 2012, after serving the company as an independent consultant in 2011. Andrew McWilliams, who currently serves as the company's Chief Accounting Officer, will be appointed Chief Financial Officer immediately following Manz's departure. 

After over a 15-year career with Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. McWilliams joined AAC in August 2014 to assist with the company's initial public offering and to build a public company accounting and finance department. During his tenure with Ernst & Young, Mr. McWilliams served multiple healthcare clients and also gained experience across a variety of corporate transactions, including debt financings and public equity offerings, as well as and mergers and acquisitions.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Cartwright, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAC Holdings, Inc., said, "Over his seven-year involvement, Kirk has been instrumental in helping AAC grow from $10 million in revenue to over $300 million in revenue in the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2017.  Kirk also played a pivotal role in securing the AdCare acquisition which we currently anticipate will add an additional $50 million in annual revenue.  I am grateful to Kirk for his significant contributions, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together since we started on this journey back in 2011.  Kirk's business and financial expertise has been critical to our strategic initiatives, M&A activity and capital funding.  He has guided us through nine residential and outpatient real estate projects totaling $125 million, nine acquisitions totaling $250 million, and over $700 million in financial transactions, including our public offering in 2014.  AAC has relied on Kirk's business knowledge, integrity and hard work, and he will leave AAC well-positioned to build on our accomplishments in the future.  I wish Kirk the very best in his future endeavors and, on behalf of our Board and everyone at AAC, we thank him for his outstanding service."

Mr. Cartwright added, "I am very pleased that Andrew McWilliams will transition into the role of CFO upon Kirk's departure. Since joining our organization in 2014, Andrew has built an exceptional accounting and finance department and has played a critical role in managing the day-to-day financial responsibilities of AAC.  Andrew will continue to work closely with Kirk to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. I am highly confident in Andrew's ability to help AAC achieve our strategic and financial objectives going forward.  We are off to a solid start in the fourth quarter of 2017.  We also continue to reiterate our 2017 guidance previously issued on November 1, 2017."

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