Our Story

Who We Are

The Tri-State Angel Investment Group works with local investors and partner angel groups to advance entrepreneurs in their respective industries. We are led by a group of skilled and experienced business leaders who find, fund and mentor private companies that demonstrate the potential for sustainable, profitable, growth-capable operations while providing a suitable return for investors.

We provide capital and lead entrepreneurs in establishing deal structures and proven business routines for success and a thriving culture beyond startup. We do this through our team of dedicated local business and community leaders who continue to work toward job and economic growth in the region.

Experts

Meet Our Team

The Tri-State Angel Investment Group leadership team is led by the following members who assist with membership and investment activities.
Kevin Halter

Kevin Halter

TSAIG — Executive Committee

Kevin Halter is the Chief Executive Officer for Bon Secours Kentucky Health System in Ashland, Kentucky, a position he has held since February 2009, when he was promoted from the position of interim Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Halter has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Our Lady of Bellefonte campus comprised of a 174-bed acute care hospital, ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, diabetes and wound care center, home care, and a 40-bed behavioral health center.

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Halter previously served as vice president of planning and operations for Bon Secours Kentucky Health System.  He formed and was Past Chair of the Eastern Kentucky Healthcare Coalition, which is made up of six hospitals:  Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Highlands Regional Medical Center, St. Claire Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, UK HealthCare, and Appalachian Regional Medical Center.  He brings 30 years of health care management experience ranging from large city hospitals to small rural facilities.  He has expertise in managing cardiac facilities, operations, planning, master facility planning, and management engineering.

Prior to coming to Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Halter served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, West Virginia.  He also was Vice President of Planning and Operations at a 400-bed facility for ten years and Administrator for a large cardiac center.  Halter has had great success in bringing unprofitable hospitals back into the black.

Halter earned a Master of Health Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1987 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.  He serves on several state and local boards and community organizations.  In 2015, Halter was elected chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees.

Mick Fosson

Mick Fosson

TSAIG — Executive Board

Fosson founded TSAIG in 2014. He is a member of the Executive Committee, serves as general manager for the group and helps with the Dare to Dream high school pitch contest.

Fosson held various positions in the steel, oil and health care businesses- working for large corporations. He started up and exited two technology and sales based businesses as well as serving as N E KY Innovation Center Director for the KY Economic Development Cabinet until 2018- assisting entrepreneurs in starting up and/or growing their businesses. Currently, he owns and operates LMMJ, a business consulting business while serving on several boards in the region.

Fosson has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A.

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

TSAIG — Treasurer

An executive with the Tri-State Angel Investment Group, Thompson is also director of the high school Dare To Dream program.

Thompson was in the restaurant business for 36 years, completing his career as a vice president and officer of a billion dollar company. Currently, he is owner of the Tri-State Executive Coaching Service, works with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation and Tech Growth Ohio.

Carl Darling

Carl Darling

TSAIG — Secretary

Darling spent over 40 years in chemical manufacturing , retiring as a plant manager with The Dow Chemical Company and then with Americas Styrenics. He served stints in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut and, again, Ohio.

Currently he is a member and past two-term board chairman of the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, the chemical industry trade organization in Ohio. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation.