Nashville, TN – (May 13, 2015) – Clayton Associates, a Nashville-based private investment firm, announced today that it has acquired local start-up Staffing as a Mission, LLC (SaaM). 

Staffing as a Mission is a socially responsible, Business as Mission (BAM), agency formed to provide clients with staffing and recruiting solutions. The company focuses on staffing IT, clinical, and professional positions through contract, contract to hire, and direct placement. 

In addition to staffing and recruiting, SaaM partners with non-profit organizations to support mission and ministry initiatives in Nashville, the US, and around the world. As a part of this commitment, SaaM donates ten percent (10%) of every dollar earned to support charities and ministries in Nashville and around the world. 

“We truly believe that this partnership with Clayton Associates will allow us to leverage their resources and talent in a way that will help us rapidly expand our operations,” said Jonathan Barnes, founder and CEO of SaaM. Larry Kloess, Chairman of Clayton Associates added, “The acquisition of Staffing as a Mission is extremely well aligned with our firm’s culture and commitment to building great businesses and giving back to the community. We are very excited about the future of this new venture.” 

About Staffing as a Mission 

Staffing as a Mission (SaaM) is a socially responsible employment agency based in Nashville, TN. Founded in 2014 by healthcare staffing veteran Jonathan Barnes, SaaM was formed to provide a fresh approach to staffing and recruiting solutions. Part of the Clayton Associates family of companies, SaaM fills a variety of positions and gives back to the local community through its charity partners. For more information, visit 

About Clayton Associates 

Clayton Associates is an investment firm founded in 1996 by R. Clayton McWhorter, former founder of HealthTrust, Inc. and former Chairman of Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE:HCA). The firm has built on its extensive operating experience and relationships to partner with entrepreneurs and help them build successful businesses. Clayton Associates makes seed, angel, and venture stage investments in healthcare IT and technology companies. Since inception, Clayton Associates and its affiliates have invested in more than 100 companies, representing over $7B in annualized revenue and the creation of over 20,000 jobs. For more information, visit 

Contact: Jade Beazley 

Clayton Associates