Tennessee business leader Charlie Brock is leaving Launch Tennessee but he doesn’t plan to stray too far from the work he’s done in the past.
“I don’t have any definitive plans right now,” he said. “I do want to spend more time in Chattanooga; that’s certainly part of the plan. What that looks like, I’m not sure. I love this work of being around entrepreneurs…I don’t expect to stray too far [from that].”
Since taking the helm of Launch Tennessee—a public-private partnership that supports high-growth companies in the state—in 2013, Brock has been spending time in both Chattanooga, where he has a home, and in Nashville, where he has a condo and where the organization is based.
He’s looking forward to not spending as much time on Interstate 24 and coming back to Chattanooga, he said.
As for the timing of his departure, Brock said he stayed longer than he initially expected and the organization is finishing up its strategic plan in the next 45 days.
It makes sense to have a new leader come in and start implementing the new plan, Brock said.
“I think we set an incredible platform in place and it feels like the time is right,” he said.
Brock said he’s enjoyed his time working with people across the state and he appreciates the fact that there are so many Chattanooga residents who are dedicated to seeing entrepreneurs succeed.
Before he took over at Launch Tennessee, Brock was the executive entrepreneur at The Company Lab in Chattanooga.
Before that, he was a managing partner at FourBridges Capital Advisors. When he took the Launch Tennessee position, FourBridges said Brock would take a leave of absence and become the chairman of the business’ board of directors.
In a prepared statement to Launch Tennessee supporters he also said:
My time as CEO of Launch Tennessee has been the most rewarding period in my professional career.
Working with an amazing group of colleagues and many partners across Tennessee, we’ve created a best-in-class collaborative network across the state, substantially increased the availability of and access to resources and developed national relationships that have elevated Tennessee as a great place for entrepreneurs to launch and grow a startup.
This will lead to continued future job growth and economic prosperity for citizens and communities across Tennessee.”