W. Bruce Lunsford

W. Bruce Lunsford

W. Bruce Lunsford is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lunsford Capital, LLC, a private investment company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ventas, Inc., a healthcare real estate investment company (REIT), listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Mr. Lunsford is also the founder, former Chairman, President and CEO of Vencor, Inc., a Fortune 500 healthcare company, now known as Kindred Healthcare based in Louisville, Kentucky.  During his 15-year tenure, Vencor became the largest full-service, long-term healthcare provider in the United States.  The Vencor network consisted of 61 long-term acute care hospitals, 293 skilled nursing centers and employed over 65,000.

Mr. Lunsford, as an investor, is the former Chairman and interim CEO of Valor Healthcare, Inc., a company that develops and operates outpatient clinics for military veterans under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  He continued to serve on the Board of Directors until the company was sold in July 2012.  In addition, Mr. Lunsford is Chairman of Deyta, Inc., a leader of healthcare satisfaction management and clinical quality improvement program services.   He is also the Chairman of Arcadia Communities, LLC, a Louisville-based real estate development company. Mr. Lunsford joined the Board of Directors of Lightyear Network Communications in 2010, and he became a member of the Board of Directors of Zirmed, Inc., a medical technology company, in 2012.

In 1996, Mr. Lunsford founded Atria Communities Inc., the third largest assisted living company in the U.S.  He served as Atria’s Chairman and recruited its original management team.  In 1998, Atria was sold to Lazard Freres, and the company continues to maintain its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 1999, Mr. Lunsford was one of the original investors and initial chairman of Xodiax, Inc., a supplier of data center and Internet services that grew a customer base of nearly 150 companies in the Louisville area.  Xodiax was purchased by Peak 10, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2004.

An individual with varied interests, Mr. Lunsford, as a thoroughbred owner, raced the brilliant Grade I filly, Madcap Escapade, the outstanding Grade I two-year old colt, First Samurai, the Grade II filly, Bel Air Beauty, the Grade III filly, Tessa Blue, and the Illinois Derby winner, Vision and Verse, who also finished second in the 1999 Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes.  Additionally, as a breeder, he bred Grade I winner, Golden Missile, and multiple Grade I winner, Arravale, who was named Canadian Horse of the Year in 2006.  Mr. Lunsford is a former member of the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Breeders’ Cup Limited.

Mr. Lunsford is a co-founder of Hart-Lunsford Pictures, a production company that has produced nine feature films with casts that include Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Billy Crudup, John Cusack, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Frank Langella, Lucy Liu, William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Tim McGraw, Mandy Moore, Matthew Perry, Mary Steenburgen, Hilary Swank, Juno Temple and Dianne Wiest. Two of Hart-Lunsford’s first pictures, “Dedication” and “Grace is Gone” were accepted into the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 2007 and received significant critical acclaim.  In addition, “Grace is Gone” received the coveted Audience Award and its screenwriter received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.  In 2008, “Birds of America” and “Diminished Capacity” were accepted at Sundance, while “Trucker” and “Bart’s Got a Room” were accepted at the Tribecca Film Festival.  In 2009 and 2010, respectively, “Me and Orson Welles” and “Dirty Girl” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2012, HLP co-financed “Great Expectations” featuring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine and Robbie Coltrane.

Throughout his career, Mr. Lunsford has had a strong interest in public service,  beginning with his service in the administration of Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. as Kentucky’s Secretary of Commerce from 1980 to 1983.  From 1983-1997, he served a variety of organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky, Bellarmine College, Centre College and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, as well as Chairman of Kentucky Country Day School and the Kentucky Economic Development Corporation. 

Mr. Lunsford is a former member of the Board of Directors of ResCare, Inc., a leading provider of support services for persons with special needs and at-risk youth, as well as a former member of the Board of both National City Bank, Kentucky and National City Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. 

A native of the Greater Cincinnati area, Mr. Lunsford, a CPA and an attorney, was employed by Alexander Grant & Company of Cincinnati from 1969 to 1974.  In 1974, he joined the law firm of Keating, Muething and Klekamp of Cincinnati. 

Mr. Lunsford was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1969 with a B.A. degree and from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1974 with a J.D. degree.  He has three daughters, Amy, Cindy and Brandy, and five grandchildren, Isabella, William, Noah, Degife and Leo.

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