EO Nashville Member News - April 12

April 12, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1. David Rendall – Freak Factor for Families
April 28, 2019, Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Join us for this presentation that will show you how to help your kids become more of who they are, not turn them into someone else. You will learn how to:

  • Discover your child’s distinctive strengths and weaknesses
  • Frame their unique characteristics in a positive way
  • Find or create situations that highlight their strengths


2. Lunch and Learn – Recession 2020 – What Are You Going To Do About It?
May 6, 2019, The Palm, 140 5th Avenue South, 11:30am-1:00pm

Join your fellow EO members for lunch at The Palm with Strategic Partner Waddell & Associates to hear David Waddell’s latest “Bottom Line” briefing on the global macro environment. David will also share an outline of actions you can take now to prepare for a coming recession. CLICK HERE for more information and to register!  

3. EO Nashville All Member Experience
June 5, 2019, Track One, 1211 4th Avenue S, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Hope you can join us for a Reinvented, Revamped and Revitalized All Member Meeting! Grab a date and REGISTER TODAY to get the most out of your membership and to encounter EO as never before!   

This year we are also giving EO members an opportunity to showcase their company through a space in an expo-type setting. This is a VERY rare opportunity to let other EO members learn more about your business and there is NO FEE to participate! CLICK HERE to confirm an expo spot!   


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] penned an article for Business.com about shifting your mindset on the fear of missing out and another column for Forbes regarding tips to improving accounts receivable collections.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Michael Burcham [Narus Health] was awarded a Nashville Business Journal 2019 Health Care Award.

In the News:

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] suggested an entrepreneurship book you can read in a weekend in a recent Forbes article. He also offered tips on how to fix high employee turnover in another Forbes piece.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was mentioned in the Nashville Post for launching BernieForms, a software solution for health questionnaires. BenefitsPro mentioned that BerniePortal recently partnered with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] was mentioned in articles in the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post and the Nashville Scene as an investor in the Bob Dylan-affiliated Heaven’s Door Spirits and Center for the Arts, set to open in 2020 in the SoBro neighborhood.

Music City Miracles featured a roundup of food and drink spots to enjoy as a visitor during the NFL Draft and included M.L.Rose [A.Ray Hospitality], Beyond the Edge [Matthew Charette], Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman], Downtown Sporting Club, Henrietta Red, Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, The Band Box, Pinewood Social and Merchant’s [Ben and Max Goldberg].

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development] was quoted in Urban Land about a Wedgewood-Houston site the company is transforming into a mixed-use project containing condos, dining and commercial space. Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] was quoted about why he chose to move his headquarters to the area.

Mortgage Professional America mentioned that a former Trinisys [David Box] board member was nominated to the Reliant Bancorp, Inc. board of directors.

Burger Up [Jim Lewis] was mentioned in a Hoodline article about the top three spots to check out in the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood.

The Rutherford Source mentioned Scott Scovill [Moo TV] as a board member of The Store, a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store led by Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Freight Waves mentioned Craig Stanley [Tennessee Steel Haulers] in an article about the company’s partnership with Addison, Texas-based flatbed and specialized transportation company Daseke.

Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] was mentioned in the Nashville Post for hiring its new executive vice president.

News Channel 5 quoted David Frederiksen [Patient Focus] on the rising cost of medical bills and the difficulty of knowing costs ahead of treatment.

Music City Tents and Events [Joe Freedman] was mentioned in the Columbia Daily Herald as a vendor participating in the upcoming bridal open house at Puckett’s.

The Nashville Post mentioned that Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will design the overhaul of Germantown’s Neuhoff complex. The Nashville Post also referenced that Smith Gee Studio will assist in the rezoning of a different Germantown building.

Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Scene and Eater Nashville for the announcement of the Downtown Sporting Club’s head chef. The Advocate featured the opening of a new gathering place in Baton Rouge similar to Pinewood Social. The Las Vegas minor league baseball team recently opened a new stadium with an area modeled after The Band Box, as reported by Ballpark Digest and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The chief operating officer of AllianceBernstein mentioned Henrietta Red as his favorite local restaurant in the Nashville Business Journal.

The Band Box [Ben and Max Goldberg] was featured in the Nashville Scene for releasing a list of guest chefs who will cook special ballpark foods throughout the Nashville Sounds’ season. The list includes chefs from Bastion, Josephine [Jim Lewis] and the Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke].

The Whiskey Wash featured Pennington Distilling Co.’s [Jeff Pennington] Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey for its embrace of the charcoal filtering process.   

An employee of Wilson County Hyundai [Pain Bone IV] was quoted in News Channel 5 about Hyundai’s Blue Link Stolen Vehicle Recovery program after a stolen SUV was remotely powered down and returned to its owner.

The Rutherford Source listed the businesses hosting watch parties for the Nashville Predators’ playoff run and included Pancho and Lefty’s Cantina [Will Newman].


EO Member Spotlight

Bill McCleskey


Bill McCleskey currently serves as Founder and CEO at Mitech Partners, LLC – a start-up tech company based in Nashville, Tennessee that helps IT Consultants and Tech Sales Professionals earn money on business telecom/cable services like internet, phone and TV service by providing a white label platform to sell these services to end users.

Mitech also enables companies and partners to shop, order and get support for telecom in one platform (http://mytechquote.com) with one company, saving them time and money. 

Under Bill's leadership in year one, Mitech Partners attracted over 300 clients like Fairfield Marriott Hotels, Comfort Suites, NES, US Army and Zaxby's. 

Currently, Mitech holds a portfolio of over 1200 clients from California to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between with over 200 IT Partners in their Mitech Partner Program. In 2018, Mitech was ranked the 16th largest minority firm in Nashville according to the Nashville Business Journal.

Bill also serves as a board member of the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and speaks often to business groups and students about ‘Building Momentum in your Life or Business.’ Students at Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University have enjoyed his insights as an entrepreneur.

Bill recently published his first business book GOYA: Get Off Your Assets, a story of his entrepreneurial journey with 12 success principles included. A native of Nashville, a graduate of Hume Fogg High class of 1994 and Fisk University ’98, Bill’s roots remain firm in this thriving community with a mission to serve and add massive value to the business community.

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

I once heard a comedian explain how stand up comedy works. There's a SETUP that leads to a PUNCHLINE. The setup is the story people follow. The punchline is unexpected but leads to joy in the form of laughter. His point was our lives as entrepreneurs have a setup and a punchline too. Although most people only experience the setup, our biggest objective is to deliver an amazing punchline, defy the odds and change the world!

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The Autobiography of Reginald Lewis: How Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Empire

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

Trying to diversify too quickly was a misstep for me. Become a master first, then diversify.

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

I sometimes ask my 10-year-old son what I should do about a business problem. His answers range from hilarious to nonchalant to heavily insightful. Explaining my day to a 5th grader helps me simplify any issues and sometimes realize they're not as complex as I thought.

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

Think Tank: Work Life Balance

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

I wrote and published a personal development book in 2018 titled GET OFF YOUR ASSETS for aspiring entrepreneurs. It's a really expensive business card, but a super-fulfilling side hustle.

Any exciting plans for summer that you would like to share?

I'm headed to NYC in June for birthday foolery and to see my sister (Anastacia McCleskey) in the Broadway musical SECRET LIFE OF BEES!


Other Upcoming Events

End of Year Moderator Dinner 
May 15, 2019 – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Sperry's Cool Springs, 650 Frazier Drive

Inviting all outgoing EO moderators to join us for dinner and drinks to celebrate a job well done!  If the current Moderator is unable to attend, you may send your moderator elect. One person per forum. Drinks will be served at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 7:00pm.