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.

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

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.


Tate McNeilly

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.


Lamar Stanley

Mr. Stanley joined Lead Capital Partners in 2022.  At LCP, Mr. Stanley focuses primarily on new deal origination.  Prior to LCP, Mr. Stanley was a Director at Gen Cap America, a lower middle market private equity firm based in Nashville.  Prior to Gen Cap America, Mr. Stanley was with Diversified Trust Company, a Nashville-based wealth management firm where Mr. Stanley worked in their private equity strategy group.  Prior to Diversified Trust Company, Mr. Stanley served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy.  He holds a B.A. degree from The University of the South, in Sewanee, TN and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.


Carl Grote

Mr. Grote joined Lead Capital Partners in 2022. At LCP, Mr. Grote focuses on portfolio management, new investment origination, and transaction due diligence and execution. Prior to LCP, Mr. Grote worked in the Investment Banking departments of Janney Montgomery Scott and Robert W. Baird & Co. providing middle market M&A advisory and financing services. Mr. Grote received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University and Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin.


Jonathan Henry

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.


Lead Capital'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


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

Ladd Dental Management

April 2021 – Kokomo, IN
Provides physician practice management services to dental practices