EO Nashville Member News - August 31

August 31, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Jason Dorsey – Crossing the Generational Divide
September 20, 2018, 7:30am-9:30am, The Listening Room Café, 618 4th Ave South
As entrepreneurs, we work in a time of unprecedented generational challenge. Four generations in our workforce. Five generations in the marketplace. Making matters worse, there is a tremendous amount of false information about generational differences.
What we know for a fact: Strategies that work for one generation can be a complete turn-off for others. This costly generational divide makes your role more difficult and important than ever. In this powerful presentation, bestselling author Jason Dorsey reveals brand new generational truths and step-by-step solutions you can use immediately. He’ll show you exactly how to solve the cross-generation communication, recruiting, retention and innovation challenge.These insights will drive immediate ROI for you and your business. This is also a great event opportunity for your Second-In-Command or leadership team!
Jason has appeared on 200 TV shows, received over 1,000 standing ovations, and is a passionate advocate for helping EO members to drive fast growth. He’s the most sought-after Millennials and Gen Z researcher and speaker. Learn more about his Center’s research at GenHQ.com
“Generational expert Jason Dorsey has studied the strange new species known as Gen Z (humans born 2000 to present). I guarantee you that his insight into how they see the world will have a lasting impact on both your business and your family.” – Arnie Malham, Learning Co-chair. REGISTER NOW

2.  It's Membership Referral Time! 
We need your HELP!  And, it's really simple: spend 2 minutes and think of a couple names - friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, customers, vendors - anyone who wants to learn and grow in the BEST EO Chapter in the world and someone who could HYPOTHETICALLY add value to a forum. Then, CLICK HERE and enter the requisite information.  We'll take it from there!  

3.  VIP Behind The Scenes Tour of the Nissan Plant in Smyrna
September 6, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm, 983 Nissan Drive
We have just been given access for a VIP Behind the Scenes tour of the Nissan Plant in Smyrna! The opening of the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983 was a groundbreaking moment, bringing automotive production to Tennessee for the first time. The plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of jobs and inspiring other auto companies and suppliers to set up operations in the state. 
Don't miss this rare opportunity to tour their one million square foot facility that currently produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan LEAF, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue and Infiniti QX60. Only a few spots remain, so REGISTER NOW!


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned an article in Forbes about using vision and mission statements to boost a company’s brand.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The following EO member companies were ranked as the largest technology services firms in Nashville by the Nashville Business Journal:

  • Atiba [JJ Rosen]
  • Beacon Technologies [Brian Merville]
  • Concept Technology Inc. [James Fields]
  • LBMC Technology Solutions [Jeff McCorpin]
  • Novatech, Inc. [Darren Metz]
  • Virsys12 [Tammy Hawes]

The Nashville Business Journal listed Trinisys [David Box] as one of the largest technology products firms in Nashville.

The former vice president of Leankit [Chris Hefley] was elected to chair the board of the Nashville Technology Council, as reported in the Nashville Post.

In the News:

The Tennessee Tribune and Markets Insider announced that Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] made the Inc. 5000 list for the seventh year in a row.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] was quoted in a Forbes article about important storytelling lessons that came from unexpected places.

Venture Nashville featured Jackson Miller [L2M LLC] in a story about his plans to raise $2MM capital to advance the company’s RetailAI software solution. The article also mentioned EO Nashville for the value its forums have brought to Jackson.

Dominique Arrieta [GHP Environmental + Architecture] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about women with ownership stakes in Nashville commercial real estate companies.

Articles published in the Tennessean and News Channel 5 mentioned Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] for taking on an investigation involving Metro Nashville Public Schools. The firm’s location was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal feature about the history of Studio Bank.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael-Brody Waite] was mentioned in Nashville Post and Tennessean articles featuring one of the center’s board members. The center was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a new Google-backed app, which has a workspace in the center. The Tennessean mentioned the center for hosting the welcome ceremony for Google Fiber in Nashville in 2015, and another Tennessean article mentioned the center’s upcoming Periscope Pitch event.

Eater Nashville listed The Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke] as one of Nashville’s most anticipated restaurant openings of fall 2018. The Green Pheasant was also mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article for its plans to open a location in the 222 tower in SoBro. Two Ten Jack was mentioned in StyleBlueprint for participating in the Music City Food + Wine Festival.

Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article for adding a new realtor to its Hillsboro Village office.

WKRN featured Hytch [Robert Hartline] for its recent partnership with WeGo Public Transit.

Will Newman [Edley’s Bar-B-Que] was featured in the Tennessean, the Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal for his plans to open a new Mexican restaurant in Sylvan Park.

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette mentioned Thomas & Company [Jim Thomas] in a feature article about the company’s intern.

Preventia Security [Aaron Whitaker] was featured in the Columbia Daily Herald for its recent inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Eater Nashville mentioned The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] in an article about the restaurant’s former pastry chef. Pinewood Social was mentioned in a New York Times article about new trends in cocktail bars, and Cosmopolitan mentioned the restaurant in an article about how to have a “boozy” bachelorette party in Nashville. Clarksville Online mentioned Paradise Park and The Band Box in an article about the Nashville Sounds’ final series of the season. The Band Box was also mentioned in a Ballpark Digest article about the successes of First Tennessee Park. The Wall Street Journal mentioned Henrietta Red in an article about classy ways bars are handling beer pong games, and Richmond Magazine mentioned a dish from the restaurant that was featured during ChefsFeed Indie Week in Richmond, Virginia. Henrietta Red was also featured in a Sounds Like Nashville Q&A with local designer Sarah Bartholomew as one of her favorite dining spots in Nashville.

The Nashville Post featured statistics from Novatech [Darren Metz] about how the company has been doing since its April rebrand.

Michael Burcham [Narus Health] was quoted about his relationship with Studio Bank CEO Aaron Dorn in a Nashville Business Journal article featuring the bank’s history.

StyleBlueprint mentioned the chef from Josephine [Jim Lewis] as a participant in the Music City Food + Wine Festival. Sounds Like Nashville blog noted Burger Up as a place to dine with kids when enjoying free time in Nashville.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] was featured in a Fox 17 News article about the game against Bethlehem Steel last Saturday. The Tennessean reported that the club’s owners agreed to the city’s proposal to make sure the new stadium provides benefits such as good-paying jobs, a child care center and affordable housing. Another Tennessean article announced that the Metro Council voted to advance the fairgrounds rezoning proposal. The Daily Herald announced that the vice president of the Nashville Sounds was honored with a recognition and mentioned the soccer club, whose officials work closely with him.

Eater Nashville mentioned A. Ray Hospitality, Sutler Saloon and Melrose Billiard Parlor [Austin Ray] in an article about the most anticipated restaurant openings in Nashville, as A. Ray Hospitality is opening a new bar soon. M.L. Rose was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about a new retailer opening near the restaurant in the North Gulch.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was featured in Home Health Care News, Nashville Post, Seeking Alpha, Zacks.com and PharmiWeb.com articles about its new investor, Amedisys, Inc.

The Memphis Daily News announced that a new family-based immigration and removal attorney has joined the Memphis office of Siskind Susser PC [Greg Siskind].

Barry Smith [Eakin Partners, LLC] was mentioned in a Decatur Daily article about the sale of some of his Bank Street properties in Decatur.

Transport Topics quoted Craig Stanley [Tennessee Steel Haulers, Inc.] about the company’s approach to training and incentives to keep drivers and their cargo safe.

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was mentioned in a CBS News segment, as well as NPR and Kaiser Health News articles, about excessive hospital bills and how to mitigate them.

KMTV 3 News Now featured Scarlett Hotel Group’s [Andrew Scarlett] plan to provide complimentary Uber rides to and from the airport instead of shuttles.


EO Member Spotlight

Micah Lacher, Anchor Investments, LLC

Micah Lacher is the President and Founder of Anchor Investments, LLC. Micah focuses on identifying and underwriting real estate investment opportunities for Anchor and other private real estate partnerships of which he is a partner. Prior to forming Anchor Investments, he was a local partner in a regional development and brokerage firm as a developer of new retail facilities and residential communities. Along with a local partner, Micah founded and ran the Nashville office. Prior to that partnership, he had several successful years in brokerage in the Nashville office of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, which is now called Cushman & Wakefield. Over the course of the last twelve years, Micah has been involved in over $250 million of transactions as a principal including the acquisition and development of close to 2 million square feet of commercial real estate.   

Micah stays extremely involved in his community through his board and volunteer positions with the Nashville House Foundation for Young Life, Team Chad, Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Pursue Ministries. He is also a past board member of the Davidson County Chapter of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association and the Ronald McDonald House. He is also actively involved in Young Life and was a leader at John Overton High School. Micah is one of the founders of Team Chad (www.teamchad.us), a non-profit that raises money to support leukemia-based charities. Since its founding in the fall of 2007, Team Chad has raised over $1.3 million. He and his wife Brit are currently in the early stages of founding a new charity which provides basic essentials and Christmas presents for underprivileged children. Mr. Lacher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others? One of my favorite verses is Luke 12:48, "To whom much is given, much will be required".  As an entrepreneur, I feel like I have been entrusted with a lot and thus feel called to give back of my time, talent and resources.  

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

One of my favorite verses is Luke 12:48, "To whom much is given, much will be required".  As an entrepreneur, I feel like I have been entrusted with a lot and thus feel called to give back of my time, talent and resources.  

Best business book you’ve ever read? 

Cliche to say, but Good to Great, which is an all time favorite. I read it when I started my company and gained significant insight from it. It is a must read for entrepreneurs.   

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

Choose your lenders wisely. Heading into the last recession, I had a very big bank as a lender who saw us as a number on a spreadsheet and not as a relationship. For their own internal reasons, they tried to cut our legs from out under us instead of partnering with us. It led to a couple painful years.  I now borrow from smaller banks where I personally have access to the CEOs and top leaders.   

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

I know it sounds crazy, but these days it is by playing with our 11 month old daughter. She is a character and it is great to come home play with her and get her ready for bed. As you can tell, I am a first time dad....ha. 

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

I am excited about the Jason Dorsey event and Moveable Feast, which is always one of Brit and my favorites. 

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

I am a world champion at ninja throwing stars.... actually, I made that up to sound interesting.... ha. 

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

We are looking forward to the weather changing, college football, Lizzie's first birthday party and a trip in November.

Other Upcoming Events

The EO NERVE Conference
September 12-14, Buffalo, NY
One of the very best ways to get more out of your EO membership is to get out of Nashville and enjoy the regional and global opportunities of EO.  So register for NERVE now
SPEAKERS: They have a schedule full of great speakers, such as Jim Kelly (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Rhonda Kallman (Samuel Adams Brewery), Megan Bruneau (The Failure Factor), among many others.
SOCIAL: How cool is this??? The opening ceremony is at Niagara Falls! The other nighttime events will be fantastic, plus there are lots of cool MyEO events available such as salmon fishing, sailing, golfing, and foodie events.
PRICE: $1,495.00
FURTHER DISCOUNTS: If your entire forum attends (this is a great opportunity to tack onto your forum retreat!) the forum gets $1000! Also, new members can use their event voucher of $500 off.
REGISTER HERE: www.eonerve.com

Moveable Feast
October 3rd in the GULCH!
Hope you can join us for this annual EO Nashville favorite- back where it all began 10 years ago- in the GULCH!  We will be dining at Del Frisco's, Fin & Pearl, Kayne Prime, Little Octopus, Marsh House and Sambuca, Plan on a date night and book the sitters - we will spread out over these restaurants for three separate courses and meet up all together for dessert at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Bar, LA Jackson.  REGISTER NOW