EO Nashville Member News - April 5

April 5, 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. Think Tank:  Work Life Balanc
April 17, 2019 – 7:30am-9:00am – E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, #417- 2 spots left!

Join your fellow EO members for peer sharing experiences dealing with work life balance. 
Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER TODAY

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! 


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for Employee Benefits Adviser offering three HR questions to ask your prospects. He also wrote a column in the America’s Benefit Specialist April print edition about how to boost ancillary revenue with technology.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Brittany Lorenzi [BluePrint Strategy] was named as a 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award nominee.

In the News:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] received an “excellent” 4-star review in PC Mag. America’s Benefit Specialist covered the company’s partnership with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in its April print issue. Bernard Health recently launched BernieForms, a software solution for health questionnaires, as reported by HR Technologist and Virtual Strategy Magazine.  

The Tennessean featured the status of Nashville startups founded from 2010 to 2015 and mentioned the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite], Hytch [Robert Hartline], Mitech Partners [Bill McCleskey] and Narus Health [Michael Burcham].

A Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] attorney was mentioned as the 2019 chair of the Nashville ATHENA Leadership Awards, as mentioned in the Nashville Post.

MarketWatch and StreetInsider.com mentioned that a former Trinisys [David Box] board member was nominated to the Reliant Bancorp, Inc. board of directors.

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen [Austin Ray] debuted a new limited express lunch menu for lunchtime diners in Germantown, as reported by Eater Nashville.

Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] and Josephine [Jim Lewis] were mentioned in the Nashville Scene as contributors in The Nashville Food Project’s upcoming guest chef series.

The Whiskey Wash mentioned Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] in its article about using smoke wood in whiskey.  

Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] was mentioned in a Tennessean article about real estate options in Sumner County.

Bloomberg Law quoted Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser, PC – Immigration Lawyers] in a story about a Canadian physician who is able to practice in the U.S. without a visa.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was mentioned in a Nasdaq article about its partnership with Amedisys.

ClarksvilleNow included Trojan Labor [Jolene Dressel] in a list of employers who will be present at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center job fair next week.

Novatech [Darren Metz] recently acquired its domestic rival DynaSis Technologies, as reported by Nearshore Americas and CHANNELe2e. The Nashville Post featured a Charlotte Avenue property near Novatech recently sold by the State of Tennessee.

The upcoming opening of the Downtown Sporting Club [Ben and Max Goldberg] was featured in Eater Nashville after the venue has been active on social media and recently applied for a beer permit. According to the Nashville Scene, the Generous Helpings Chefs’ Dinner to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will take place at Le Sel and feature the chefs from Bastion and Henrietta Red. The Detroit News mentioned the chef from Henrietta Red will participate in a Detroit collaboration dinner. The Tennessean featured the Nashville Sounds’ 2019 promotions and mentioned the Band Box as a place for attendees to watch the games. WKRN mentioned a new Band Box menu item in an article about the Sounds’ season opener. Fox 17 included the Band Box in a list of what to expect during the Sounds’ first homestand. BakingBusiness.com referenced the Band Box in an article about the Sounds’ official bread partner.

The Tennessean mentioned Milosi [Taylor Milliken] as an employer participating in this week’s Youth Job Fair hosted by the City of Gallatin.

Sounds Like Nashville featured an article on things to do in the 12South neighborhood and included Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman].

Burger Up [Jim Lewis] was mentioned in a Nashville Scene article about its source of peaches for its Peach Truck Margarita.

HR Technologist mentioned James Story [Wellview Health] in its article about Wellview Health’s newest reporting and analytics tool.


EO Member Spotlight

Paine Bone

Wilson County Hyundai

Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC


Paine Bone is an owner at Wilson County Hyundai and Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC in Lebanon, TN with his brother and father. Wilson County Chevrolet has been a family business since 1927. Paine’s dealerships are among the largest in Middle Tennessee and they serve customers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and beyond. Providing great service and being a positive force in the community is key to Paine’s success.

Paine has served on the Dealer Council for Hyundai and he currently serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee as well as Leadership Middle Tennessee.

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

For me, it is the Golden Rule. It does not matter if you are talking personal or business, treat others how you want to be treated. I believe that the concept of Karma is a real thing and what you put out in the world is what you should expect to get back. I am in Rotary and we have the 4-way test which I really like:

Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Best business book you’ve ever read?

I'm a big fan of Getting Things Done by David Allen. It is a little dated now with references to Palm Pilot, etc. but the ideas are good for keeping track of what you need to do. I started using the ideas in this book a long time before I got in the car business and the concepts work for me both professionally and personally.
One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

I have made so many missteps, it's hard to pick one as the most useful. I'd say one that really sticks out for me is that I have hung on to employees who were either not performing or were negative influences because I thought they were fixable. Now if I realize there is a problem, I have a process of coach, council, cut which seems to be effective. I now realize that someone sewing negativity has to go for the good of the group no matter how well they are performing personally.

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

I have a vinyl record collection and a great sounding analog setup in a dedicated room at my house. I like to come home and put on a great record to de-stress. If it was a really stressful day, I add Jack Daniel's on the rocks...

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

There are so many events! I am still getting my feet wet with EO and one of the things I have to do is try to make more of the events. The next one I am going to is the All Member Meeting on June 5. Every event I have been to so far has been great.

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

I had a career in System and Network Administration prior to joining the family business. I have been certified in a bunch of networking technologies including Cisco, Sun Solaris, CISSP (security), and others. I started buying in to the family business at the young age of 40. It has been a big learning curve moving from a world I tightly controlled to dealing with the public on a daily basis. My computer experience is helpful every day in my business and the experience of running car dealerships for the past 10 years has taught me a lot about dealing with people.

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

My oldest son goes to UCLA and when his Spring quarter is done, I am flying out with my wife and my 16 year old son and we are going to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.The kids are rock climbing in Yosemite and I am excited to take them to a place I think everyone should visit at least once. After that, my 16 year old son is flying with a group called Wilderness Adventures to climb Kilimanjaro and I am super excited for him.


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.