Chief Executive Officer, Harden Healthcare, LLC
As founding CEO of Harden Healthcare, LLC, a company that he cofounded in 2002, he was instrumental
in guiding the company from zero revenues and its initial acquisition of six skilled nursing facilities in Austin
to more than $800M in revenue in 2013. Driving that revenue growth was a visionary expansion of the
company’s mission from that of an operator of skilled nursing facilities to a broadly based provider of a full
range of post-acute care services that included home health, hospice, and community care services from more
than 200 sites nationwide. Over the nearly 12 years of continuous profitability and almost uniform growth, Mr.
Little led the acquisition and successful integration of more than 20 organizations, many with operations in
multiple states, as well as the successful organic scaling of existing operations. In 2013, he initiated and
participated in negotiations that led to the sale of the home health, hospice, and community care services to
Gentiva for more than $400M. While stepping down as CEO following that sale, Mr. Little remains on the
Board of Directors of Harden Healthcare and retains an ownership interest in the firm.
A master’s program graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, Mr. Little holds both an MBA
and a BBA from that school. He began his career in banking that same year in Houston with the JPMorgan
Chase organization. In 1984, he and his wife, Jeanne, also a UT grad, returned to Austin for Lew to join
InterFirst Bank, Austin which ultimately became what is today Bank of America, Austin. Mr. Little remained
with the Austin bank until December 1999, serving in a variety of roles and leading successful teams in such
areas as Real Estate, Trusts and Investments, Private Banking, Commercial Banking, and Special Assets. In all
instances, he led successful growth strategies and ultimately rose to the position of President.
In 2000, Lew cofounded and became President of Capstar Partners LLC, an investment entity for R.
Steven Hicks, formerly the CEO of Capstar Broadcasting and Vice Chair of AMFM, Inc., which was acquired
by Clear Channel Communications in 2000. Lew led strategies for entity investments and managed other
investments for Mr. Hicks and his family. One of the key investments was in the founding of Harden
Healthcare, and that investment led directly to his successes as CEO of that firm.
Mr. Little’s career has led to significant involvement in the business communities in many areas and with
senior executives worldwide. He has been a member of both the Young Presidents and World Presidents
Organizations since 1998 and served as Chair of the Austin Chapters of both. The memberships have yielded
important professional relationships with CEOs worldwide. He has been a member of the Greater Austin
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2012 and presently serves as its Volunteer Chair. He is
formerly a Director and Chair of the Public Relations Task Force of the Alliance for Home Health Quality &
Innovation. In 1999, he chaired the United Way Campaign in Austin and set a record for similarly sized
communities by increasing donations 31% over the previous year.
Mr. Little has served on other private and public boards of directors, been recognized by the Austin
Business Journal as Best CEO of a Large Company in 2013, by Concordia University for Excellence in
Leadership in 2013, and by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in Austin and San Antonio in 2005.
Mr. Little and Jeanne have 3 adult children.