The 2021 Laureate Inductees

Dr. Laurence N. Benz

President and CEO

Confluent Health

David A. Jones, Jr.

Chairman and Managing Partner

Chrysalis Ventures

Winston R. Pittman, Sr.

President

Pittman Enterprises

The Late Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne

Founder

TKT & Associates Inc.

Dr. Laurence N. Benz

Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, is the President / CEO of Confluent Health, a Louisville-based health services company that includes multiple subsidiary brands in outpatient physical therapy with over 320 locations in 25 states, an education-focused company, and a worksite injury management company located in over 800 employer sites.

Dr. Benz’s interests include conducting research and integrating empathy, compassion, and positive psychology interventions within physical therapy. His 2020 released book, Called to Care: Bringing Humanity Back to Healthcare, highlights this research and is an Amazon best seller.  With over 175 invited presentations to Physical Therapy programs, national conferences, and MBA programs throughout the country, Dr. Benz has been on the American Physical Therapy Foundation’s Advisory Panel on Practice, Board of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.

A strong supporter of education, Dr. Benz is a former Trustee and Chairman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and currently serves on the board of Bellarmine University where he chairs Academic Affairs and is active on the Evolve502 Scholars Foundation Board of Directors.  

He is the recipient of numerous business and physical therapy award including the Kentucky Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Physical Therapists Award and Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in this region. His Foundation is the co-developer of Jacmel Rehabilitation in Haiti which can be found at PThelpforHaiti.org.

David A. Jones, Jr.

David is one of the leading venture capitalists in mid-America and a well-respected voice in healthcare business and innovation. He founded Chrysalis Ventures in 1993, after realizing that the absence of resident venture capital managers in Mid-America represented an opportunity to find and partner with promising growth companies in the region. He currently focuses primarily on healthcare investing and chairs the management company and funds’ investment committees.

At Chrysalis Ventures, David has worked over the years with some of the most exciting growth companies in the Midwest and South, including Appriss (sold to Bain Capital), Advanced Academics (sold to Devry), Tritel (merged with Telecorp and sold to AT&T Wireless), Regent Communications (sold to Jacor Communications which was sold to Clear Channel Communications), ActaMed (merged with Healtheon and then with WebMD), Tech Republic (sold to Gartner Group) and High Speed Access Corp (IPO and later sold to Charter Communications).

In addition, David has served on the Board of Directors of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) since 1993, serving as Vice Chairman from 1996 to 2005 and as Chairman from 2005 to 2010.

David brings a strong and well-rounded background in business, law and banking to his work at Chrysalis Ventures. Prior to Chrysalis Ventures, David’s law practice included both domestic and international work, the latter with the U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser’s (general counsel’s) office in Washington (1988-1992). Before law school, he worked as a commercial banker for Bank of Boston in Hong Kong, New York and Boston.

David has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Yale University Law School.

David is active in civic and charitable affairs on both national and local levels. Recognizing the critical role education plays in catalyzing American innovation and competitiveness, as well as its potential to improve public health, David recently served as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education for four years and also served as chairman for two years in 2015-2016. He is a member of the board of Business Leaders for Education and the invitation-only Healthcare Executive Network, which collectively examines the strategies necessary to create and sustain a world-class healthcare delivery system.

In addition, David is a director of the Humana Foundation, Inc. and is active on the grants committee of a private foundation.  David lectures frequently in Chrysalis’ region on topics related to venture capital and the changing healthcare industry.

Winston R. Pittman, Sr. 

Winston R. Pittman Sr. is the President and CEO of Pittman Enterprises, the sixth-largest Auto Group in Black EnterpriseMagazine. He owns automotive dealerships in Savannah and Rincon, Georgia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, including Toyota, Subaru, Chevrolet, and Lexus.

Winston was born in Grenada, Mississippi and graduated from Montgomery County High School. Later, he attended Jackson State University. His profession was developed from several career paths including an unloader with the United Parcel Service, a UPS Hub Manager, a salesman, Used Car Manager, New Car Manager, F&I Manager, and General Manager.  The career opportunities groomed Pittman for the Chrysler Dealer Development Program in 1986. In 1988, Winston acquired his first dealership, Cardinal Dodge in Louisville, KY.  The initial dealership purchase led to the attainment of Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Pontiac, GMC, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Mercedes, BMW, Lincoln, Mercury, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet automotive dealerships. 

Winston has served on several national automotive boards including being chairman of Toyota/Lexus Minority Dealers Association (TLOMDA), National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NADA), Daimler Chrysler Minority Dealers Association (CMDA), as well as, being National Dealer Council of Dodge, Toyota, and Lexus. Additionally, Winston has served as a board member of the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, the trustees of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, the Louisville Riverport Board, and Fifth Third Bank. 

Pittman has received several recognitions including an Honorary Doctorate in Business from his alma mater, Jackson State University, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association’s Shirt Off the Back Award, the 2002 Black Enterprise Dealer of the Year Award, the Isaac Murphy Image Award for Business, and the Legendary Leadership award for “Exemplary leadership and service to the church and community”. 

Winston Pittman resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Alma, in a loving marital union of forty-eight years. They have three children, Winston R. Pittman Jr., Misty V. Withers, and Jabari D. Pittman, as well as a son-in-law, Marcus D. Withers, a daughter-in-law, Sarita K. Pittman, and six beautiful grandchildren, Kennedy S. Withers, Marcus D. Withers II, Jayce M. Pittman, Hardt S, Withers, Jabari D. Pittman, II, and Winston R. Pittman III.

The Late Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne

The late Tierra Kavanaugh (Turner) Wayne, CEO, a native of Danville, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Louisville, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  A prominent member of Louisville’s business community, Wayne died unexpectedly at the age of 45.  Wayne founded TKT & Associates Inc. in 2006. The company, based in Louisville, specializes in workforce diversity management and professional talent attraction, recruitment and development in the public and private sectors and employs more than 250 people.  In 2019, Wayne’s company was named the No. 2 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies in the U.S.

In addition to establishing TKT & Associates, Wayne launched TKT-nectir Global Staffing LLC in 2012, a temporary staffing firm now known as ASTUTE Sourcing, and co-founded TKTKonnect LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary workforce-management service provider in 2013. 

Wayne also served as the executive director of minority empowerment at the Kentucky Governor’s Office from 2004 until 2006, and founded Executive Courier Express, which she led from 2000 to 2004. Wayne was also a 1997 graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Wayne’s community service included executive committee membership of Greater Louisville Inc. and chair of GLI’s Public Policy Committee; executive committee and board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and chair of its business education committee; executive committee board member of Leadership Kentucky; and a member of the board of directors for TARC.

Always an encourager for women in business, Wayne wrote a column for Louisville Business First, encouraging women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and be mentors for others: “To women considering starting their own business, I say do your research. Investigate the market and the product or service you’re interested in pursuing. Decide how much time you want to devote to your business. Are you looking to do this part-time, full-time, in conjunction with existing employment?  And then, just do it! Ignore the naysayers and surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you. Focus on being the best in your industry.  Perseverance and a willingness to adapt to change is key. Get out of your comfort zone and take a risk. This journey is not for the faint of heart but, it’s a ride well worth taking.”.