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.
Meet Our Team
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.
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.