Brock, McWhorter to oversee Launch Tennessee

Pair will guide public-private partnership aimed at creating companies

Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership focused on supporting the creation and development of high-growth companies in Tennessee, today announced Charlie Brock as its new president and chief executive officer and Stuart McWhorter as its vice chairman.

Brock (on right in photo) 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. 

McWhorter is co-founder and president of Clayton Associates, a venture capital firm based in Brentwood. He is also chairman of the board of both Medical Reimbursements of America and Censis Technologies as well as a board member of FCA Venture Partners, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, 24/7 Sports, and FirstBank of Tennessee

“Charlie’s experience as both an entrepreneur and investor will be critical in advancing our state’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, over time helping create jobs and economic prosperity for Tennesseans,” Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and chairman of the LaunchTN Board of Directors, said in a release. “We are also very fortunate to have an entrepreneur of Stuart's caliber contributing his expertise and leadership to the Board.”