EO Nashville Member News - Apr. 20

April 20, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. EO Talks Transit
Join your fellow EO members on Wednesday, April 25th 7:30-9 a.m. at the EC Learning Center (41 Peabody Street) for a lively discussion about the pros and cons of the transit vote. Dan Hogan will moderate a panel including EO members Charles Robert Bone, Mark Deutschmann, Robert Hartline & Jackson Miller. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Up to 3 guests are also welcome to join you!
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2. EO Talks
Come to Belmont's Troutt Theater on May 8th at 3 p.m. to listen, learn, heckle or hound, but don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a select group of EO Nashville members. Drinks to follow at Chago’s where you can engage, challenge or learn more about each speaker’s unique brand of crazy. 
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3. Spring 2018 Feedback
Thanks to all members who have filled out the Spring 2018 Value & SAP Feedback Form. If you have not yet completed this information, please click here at your earliest convenience to do so.


EO Members in the News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote a column for HR Technologist about what kitchen appliances and human resources technology have in common.

A principal at Eakin Partners LLC [Barry Smith] wrote an article about the Nashville transit debate on the NAIOP blog and quoted Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton], who is an influential voice in the debate.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The following members or their companies were listed in a Nashville Business Journal article celebrating the past 10 years of Nashville’s “40 Under 40” list:

  • Darek Bell [Bell and Associates Construction]
  • Dan Hogan [Medalogix]
  • Tim McMullen [Redpepper]
  • Justin Crosslin [Crosslin Technologies]
  • James Fields [Concept Technology Inc.]
  • Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center]
  • Bone McAllester Norton employee Andrea Perry [Charles Robert Bone]

A senior account manager at Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] was named one of PR Week’s 2018 U.S. Champions of PR.

In the News:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] was featured in HR Dive for its new applicant tracking system, BerniePortal Jobs. The Nashville Post ran a photo gallery from BerniePortal’s first-ever users’ conference, and Crain’s Nashville featured Bernard Health in an article about Nashville companies that have embraced technology to change their business strategies.

The print edition of Johnson City News and Neighbor featured a photo of Advance Financial’s [Mike Hodges] grand opening event at their newest location in Johnson City.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in a Hypepotamus article about an entrepreneur who joined the center’s Project Music program. The center was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a new nearby construction project.

The Williamson Source mentioned All About Care [Neil Amrhein] for its participation in a job fair on April 17.

The Tennessean and WSMV mentioned Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] in articles about the April 10 public transit debate. The Tennessean also posted a photo gallery from the event, and Bone was mentioned in a Tennessean “letter to the editor” article for his role in the debate. The Nashville Scene, the Tennessean and the Belmont Vision mentioned a Bone McAllester Norton employee as the favored candidate for a judicial position in Nashville’s upcoming election, and the Nashville Post mentioned the law firm in an article about a former employee. A Bone McAllester Norton employee was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about networking outside of one’s industry.

The Nashville Scene announced Josephine’s [Jim Lewis] participation in the Nashville Mint Julep Tours. Burger Up was listed as one of the best places in Nashville to get french fries in a Tennessean article. Burger Up was also mentioned in a Nashville Post article that announced the addition of organic wines to its beverage menu. The restaurant was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal interview with one of the 40 Under 40 winners.

An SB Nation blog mentioned M.L. Rose Craft Burgers and Beer [Austin Ray] as a good place to get a burger in Nashville. Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House was included on a list of Nashville restaurants with great patio areas in Nashville Eater. Oh Boy Records held an album release party at Melrose Billiard Parlor, and the photos appeared in CMT News.

Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] was listed as a fancier restaurant to check out in Nashville in an SB Nation blog. Sperry’s was also mentioned in StyleBlueprint as a great date night spot. Sam’s Sports Bar was included on a list of Nashville restaurants with great patio areas in Nashville Eater.

A Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] employee was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for participating in the annual Generous Helpings tasting event. The restaurant was also mentioned in a StyleBlueprint article about favorite local dishes.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] was mentioned in an SB Nation blog about things to do in Nashville. Another SB Nation blog mentioned the club’s loss to Indy Soccer Club. The club was also mentioned in a Tennessean article about the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s partnerships with Nashville sports teams.

A Nashville Business Journal article recapping awards from the past decade mentioned Absolute Wireless [Robert Hartline] as last year’s winner for Nashville’s fastest-growing company. Hytch was featured in the Nashville Business Journal for its work fighting against Nashville’s traffic problem, and Mt. Juliet News featured an article about the Wilson County mayor trying the rideshare app.

Darek Bell [Bell & Associates Construction] was mentioned in Nashville Post and Nashville Business Journal articles about new property acquisitions in The Nations near Stocking 51. He was also mentioned in the San Diego Reader, as a local distiller there was inspired by Bell’s book “Alt Whiskey.”

Jennifer Lee [REN Dermatology] chose her favorite inexpensive skin care product in a StyleBlueprint article.

The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal featured a church in East Nashville that Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments] plans to convert into a boutique hotel.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] was mentioned in a StyleBlueprint article about favorite dishes at local restaurants.

The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal announced Eakin Partners LLC’s [Barry Smith] new Rolling Mill Hill mixed-use development project.

Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC Hyundai [Paine Bone IV] was mentioned in The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet for sponsoring the 20th annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program.

The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Daily News Journal for helping a new Murfreesboro restaurant create a list of wine offerings. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentioned a Catbird Seat chef in an article about an upcoming all-star chef dinner event, and the San Francisco Chronicle mentioned the restaurant in reference to a former employee. Pinewood Social was mentioned in Rolling Stone due to a recent visit by country duo Brothers Osborne. The restaurant was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a nearby construction project. Paradise Park was mentioned in Outkick the Coverage in a Q&A with the building’s owner, and Bastion was mentioned in a Toronto Star article about the growing Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. WZTV mentioned The Band Box, as it was declared the official pre-party destination for the Predators’ playoff opener. The Nashville Business Journal featured an interview with a chef at Henrietta Red, and We Heart featured the restaurant for its approach to American cuisine.


EO Member Spotlight

John Rowley, Counterpoint Messaging

What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others?

I wish I had mastered earlier the art of asking provocative open ended questions of my team, clients and friends. It’s life-changing in terms of getting real feedback and having meaningful, soulful conversations with about anyone. Conversations can be amazingly informative with a coach, a CEO or a cab driver when we ask killer questions.  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Coach Phil Jackson’s “11 Rings.” It’s about basketball but it gives great insight into how to lead a team of high performing individuals. He pulls more than he pushes. A more traditional business book is “The Greatest Business Decisions of All-Time” by Verne Harnish – it’s an inspiring collection of business stories from Apple, Zappos, GE, Intel, Nordstrom and so many others.

One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

I narrowed it down to a few dozen, When I’ve made big decisions on a “single thread” of information it’s been a big problem.  One meeting, one person’s opinion, or one article can be a dangerous thing if other data points don’t support my conclusions. It could be a new hire, a new vertical or a new platform - I’ve wasted time and money on all three based on that “single thread” of information blind spot.  Some thoughtful due diligence could have saved a lot of time and money.

How do you de-stress after a particularly hard day?

When I’m traveling, a single beer.  When I’m at home, just being at our house with Mary and our dogs usually does it. Of course, many people think the “de-stressed” version of me is intense - so it’s relative.

What EO event are you most looking forward to attending in the next few months?

The next social gathering with Forummates. I undervalued this time early in my EO/YEO experience but it’s SO valuable.  It’s where I really get to know them. They get to know me.  And the result is we can help each other so much more.

What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this?

I’m a very distant relative of John Brown who led the famous slave rebellion at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia and of Lt. Jimmy Doolittle who led “Doolittle’s Raid,” later called “Bombs over Tokyo,” which changed the tide of American morale during World War II.

Care to share a New year’s resolution?

Hire an executive coach.

Upcoming Events

Moderator Training
April 24 at the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel from 8am-5pm. Do you need to be Moderator trained?  If so, please sign up for this training session with Ellie Byrd! ALL moderators must be trained prior to beginning. This training session is limited to 12, so please register today! 

EO Talks
May 8 at 3pm at Belmont University's Troutt Theater. Following the platform used by the TED Talks global community, we are hosting our very own version featuring EO NASHVILLE MEMBERS ONLY! An off-site cocktail reception will be held nearby for EO Members and their spouses/significant others following the event.
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Save the Date – EO's 30th Anniversary Celebration
June 5 from 4pm - 8pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame. What better way to celebrate the 30th EO Anniversary than with founding member Verne Harnish! Our Nashville celebration includes hearing firsthand from one of EO's founders, a brief State of the Chapter to look to our own future and a cocktail reception. Spouses/significant others are welcome.
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