Lead Capital Partners is a multi-family office investment firm that was formed in 2011 by its Managing Partners and a select group of high-net-worth families seeking additional investments in privately owned companies.

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Throughout their careers, Lead Capital’s Managing Partners have actively participated in the investment and management of more than $300 million in over 45 lower middle market companies.

Lead Capital’s experienced team works closely with its investing families who have impressive histories as entrepreneurs and business owners. This partnership provides companies with a unique combination of capital resources, a like-minded approach to building businesses, operating experience, and a long-term investment horizon that creates an optimal environment for continued growth.

The Lead Capital Team

Erick Clifford, Managing Partner

Mr. Clifford is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lead Capital Partners. Prior to LCP, Mr. Clifford was a Director of Investments at Harbert Management Corporation (HMC), a multi-billion institutional alternative asset manager. Mr. Clifford began his investments career in the Investment Banking and Equity Research departments of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (Atlanta) and Bear Stearns (New York). Mr. Clifford received his Bachelor of Arts in College Scholars with an emphasis in History and Finance from the University of Tennessee.

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Pryor Smartt, Managing Partner

Mr. Smartt is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lead Capital Partners. Prior to LCP, Mr. Smartt was a Director of Investments at Harbert Management Corporation (HMC), a multi-billion institutional alternative asset manager. Prior to HMC, Mr. Smartt worked in the Investment Banking department of KeyBanc Capital Markets (formerly McDonald Investments), focusing primarily on lower middle market merger and acquisition advisory. Prior to McDonald, Mr. Smartt worked in the Corporate and Investment Banking department of SunTrust Bank. Mr. Smartt received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

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Tate McNeilly, Vice President

Mr. McNeilly joined Lead Capital Partners in 2014. At LCP, Mr. McNeilly focuses his time and efforts primarily on new deal origination, due diligence, transaction evaluation and execution, and portfolio management. Mr. McNeilly received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South.

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Jonathan Henry, Associate

Mr. Henry joined Lead Capital Partners in 2020. At LCP, Mr. Henry is primarily focused on portfolio management and supporting deal evaluation and execution. Previously, Mr. Henry worked at Citizens Capital Markets (f.k.a. Bowstring Advisors) where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies across a variety of sectors. Mr. Henry received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.

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Lead Capital’s Managing Partners have directly invested and managed in excess of $300 million of capital in 45 platform companies. Lead’s current platform companies are as follows:

Healthcare Services Company

Confidential – December 2012 – Southeast United States
Provides comprehensive healthcare services through on-site health clinics

The Hardenbergh Group

September 2015 – Livonia, MI
Provides staffing and consulting services related to credentialing, peer review, and quality assurance to hospitals and healthcare companies

ApolloLIMS

February 2016 – Nashville, TN
Provides enterprise laboratory information management software to the clinical laboratory sector

Preferred Dermatology Partners

May 2018 – McKinney, TX
Provides physician practice management services to dermatology practices

Behavioral Health Company

Confidential – June 2019 – Southeast United States
Provides adolescent behavioral health and autism services

Dermatology MSO

Confidential – January 2020 – Mid Atlantic United States
Provides physician practice management services to dermatology practices