Health care entrepreneurs Michael Cartwright and Jerrod Menz launch AAC after successful careers in the behavioral health and addiction space.

Known for its dual-diagnosis philosophy and high-end facilities, AAC quickly builds the foundations for a national brand. Cartwright is named chairman of the board seven years later and readies the company to go public. The Brentwood-based company completes its IPO in October 2014, easily surpassing its goal of $65 million.

AAC uses the IPO as a springboard for a rapid acquisition phase, working toward the goal of a national, coordinated network — and satisfying stockholders along the way.