Brian Cressey

Bryan Cressey

BOARD CHAIR

Bryan C. Cressey is co-founder at Cressey & Company, a private investment firm specializing on investing in and building leading healthcare businesses. Based in Chicago and Nashville, the firm focuses on investments in healthcare services, providers, facilities, and information technology.

Cressey began his career with First Chicago Equity Group; was one of the founders of the firm that became Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner; and established Cressey & Company in 2008 along with co-founding Frist Cressey Ventures in 2015 with longtime friend and business partner, Senator Bill Frist. With deep expertise in the healthcare reimbursement and regulatory environments, the Cressey & Company team has invested in almost every for-profit niche of healthcare, and is well known for his consistently strong investment returns. He served as Chairman of a New York Stock Exchange company, Belden, and is a Director of several others. In addition, Cressey’s 30-plus years in the healthcare industry consolidation leadership has been recognized by Fortune and Time magazines.

He has been inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame and the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, is a Stanley C. Golder Medal award winner from the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and is a recipient of the Healthcare Lifetime Achievement award from HCPEA. Cressey earned his B.S. degree in economics at the University of Washington and earned an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In addition to his private equity firm, Cressey is the founder of Above and Beyond Recovery Center, a donor-funded addiction treatment facility in Chicago providing free and innovative services to the homeless and uninsured who would otherwise have no access to treatment. Above and Beyond employs evidence-based techniques, encouraging its clients to see the consequences of their behavior as something they can change by changing their beliefs about their lives—often complicated with challenging circumstances of poverty, homelessness, abuse, and addiction.