EO Nashville Member News – April 2

April 2, 2021


EO Exchange: Business for Sale

April 9, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am, Virtual

Join David Jones and Matt Knight with EO Strategic Alliance Partner, First Horizon, along with EO members Drew Goodmanson and Robert Hartline, to discuss the due diligence of the deal when putting your business up for sale!

These events also offer time for smaller group connections and time for members to share and exchange ideas! REGISTER

EO Talks: The Best Advice I Never Took

April 13, 2021, 4:00pm-7:30pm, LIVE at Marathon Music Works or Virtual

Don't miss this annual favorite with an opportunity to hear experiences from our very own EO members. This year's theme of "The Best Advice I Never Took" is sure to leave you with plenty to think about.

CLICK HERE to register for the LIVE event. CLICK HERE to register for the LIVESTREAM.

Arbinger Institute: 2-day Workshop

May 12 & 13, 2021, 8:00am-5:00pm, LIVE or Virtual

This 2-day workshop on developing and implementing an outward mindset is transformational, especially for such a time as this. You will work to reveal two distinct mindsets from which people and organizations operate – a self-focused inward mindset and an others-inclusive outward mindset. Arbinger has a forty-year record of successfully helping organizational change efforts by equipping people to shift to an outward mindset. 

Member Cost: $100
In-person Guest: $300
Virtual Guest: $200
($895 Value)

CLICK HERE for the In-Person Training. CLICK HERE for the VIRTUAL training. 

EO Global Leadership Conference
All EO Members can attend!

The Global Leadership Conference is typically only open to EO Board members, but this year's GLCx Momentum program has been redesigned to allow every EO member to find life-enhancing connections and be inspired by the latest thinking from leaders and experts. GLCx will have a fresh look and feel and has been taken completely virtual so that members can tune in from anywhere in the world. With the help of some amazing technology, every attendee can find a connection and experience the collective momentum of incredible business leaders around the world! 

CLICK HERE to register for the 2021 GLCx to unleash your energy and experience the collective momentum of incredible business leaders around the world.

Upcoming Belmont Executive Learning Events

April 6th, 2021
Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe’s Companies Inc.

Marvin Ellison has served as President and CEO of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., since July 2018. Ellison has more than 30 years of leadership and operational experience in the retail industry, including expertise in managing a large network of stores and employees, and global logistics networks. He most recently served as Chairman and CEO of JC Penney Co., where he implemented a turnaround strategy that improved the company’s balance sheet, increased store productivity, optimized operations and grew key categories. He has extensive experience in the home improvement industry, having spent 12 years in senior-level operations roles with Home Depot Inc., where he served as EVP of U.S. stores from 2008 to 2014. Marvin will discuss Ethics, Strategy and Giving Back.  

(only 6 spots left)

May 4th, 2021
Karen Martin, President of TKMG, Inc.

Clarity: It’s a simple concept, yet strikingly elusive. Lack of clarity collectively costs companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations billions of dollars per year, inserts unnecessary risk into every decision or action, drains organizations of the energy needed for productive effort, and causes customers to question whether the organization is capable of delivering value. Drawing on her latest book, Clarity First, Martin reveals how to use clarity to unleash potential, innovate at higher levels, and solve problems more effectively. As President of the global consulting firm TKMG, Inc. and President and Founder of TKMG Academy, Inc., Martin is a leading authority on business performance improvement, problem-solving, and Lean Management Systems. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry and government agency at local, state, and federal levels. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of Clarity First and four other books.

(12 spots available)


Mary Sobon partners with smart, innovative and culture-driven CEOs to take on the complex challenges of scaling and change in order to take leadership performance to the next level. 

Mary has supported leadership development in more than 200 growth-oriented organizations, with a focus on professional services and technology, since she started m2 in 2003 after leaving the corporate world of marketing. She has served as a strategic coach and consultant for the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization for the last 16 years, where she has also been developing senior leaders through Level Up, a proprietary program specifically designed to optimize the relationship between CEOs and their most senior leaders.

Mary works 1:1 with CEOs and senior leaders, and helps leadership teams go deep on intuitive approaches to driving performance, including smarter use of DiSC, change management, peer coaching and feedback, conflict management and accountability. 

m2 Consulting Forum Topics

• Creating change in uncertainty
• The psychology of an entrepreneur and how to align your team to it
• Leader evolution – developing leaders now for what is next

For more information or to schedule a forum visit, please contact:

Mary Sobon


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Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Verizon’s cash flow, Compass’ IPO valuation and Gilead Sciences for Forbes.

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Post published its 2021 In Charge lists, which included:

  • Marketing: Jeff Bradford [Bradford Dalton Group], Rosemary Plorin [Lovell Communications] and Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations]
  • Technology: The chairman/CEO and COO of Trinisys [David Box], Tammy Hawes [Virsys12] and Martin Renkis [Tagii]
  • Sports: The CEO and general manager for Nashville SC [Christopher Redhage]

A senior project manager at Inner Design Studio [Rebecca Donner] was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 list.

In the News

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in Coin Telegraph about Coinbase’s upcoming debut, in Business Insider about the SPAC boom and in The Real Deal and Forbes about Compass’ IPO. He was also quoted in Business Insider articles about Compass’ IPO price and the surge in its public debut.

The Nashville Business Journal asked Falon Scott [Evolution Event Solutions] what she is doing to protect the mental health and raise the spirits of her team. 

The Nashville Post announced that Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] has added a new senior account manager and a new account coordinator. 

Buzz TV interviewed Angela Proffitt [GSD Creative] about her company for its segment “Making a Difference.”

The Tennessean celebrated one year of its podcast, Tennessee Voices, which in the past year included talks with Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare], episode 43, the CEO of Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekahri], episode 35, and Jeff Bradford [Bradford Dalton Group], episode 38.

Bill McCleskey [Mitech Partners] was quoted in the Nashville Business Journal about what he is doing to protect his team’s mental health and raise their spirits.

The Chatttanoogan.com, the Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post reported that The Gallatin Hotel in East Nashville, which Anchor Investments [Micah Lacher] owns, will open in May.

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is the architect for a mixed-use building planned for West End Park, according to the Nashville Post

The CEO of Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] was quoted in a Tennessean article about flood insurance. 

Sherry Deutschmann's [BrainTrust] book Lunch with Lucy is a Foreword Reviews 2020 finalist for business & economics.

Michael Brody-Waite [Mask-Free Movement] appeared on the Shawn Tabbat Show to speak about the mask-free leadership movement.

WZTV Fox 17 reported that Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] is building a new interchange on I-65 in Spring Hill. 

DWC Construction [John Arndt] is handling the build-out for an upcoming hamburger eatery in East Nashville, according to the Nashville Post

StyleBlueprint featured T-shirts made by Threadbird Printing [Scott Anderson] for the StyleBlueprint shop’s Be Kind Do Good collection.