EO Member News - August 2

August 2, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Spousal/Life Partner Event with Kelly Clements                                            

August 22, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm, 135 Harlinsdale Court at Andy and Nicole Bailey's home in Franklin

EO Spouses and Life Partners are invited  for cocktails and a light dinner around the Bailey's pool followed by a conversation with Kelly Clements, author of "The Power of Play, Praise & Purpose - The Best Kept Secrets of Thriving Entrepreneurial Couples"               

Please email karen@eonashville.com to register your Spouse/Life Partner.  

2. Legacy is for the Living - Matthew Weiss, EO South Florida Member          

August 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Belcourt Theatre

Hope you can join us to watch the story of a real American hero from 9/11, Welles Crowther. Prior to the movie, Matthew will explain how EO provided him with the skills and best practices to pivot from entrepreneur to award-winning filmmaker. REGISTER HERE.

3.  EO Nash Dash                                                                                                             

September 17, 2019, 2:00pm, Race starts at Walk of Fame Park

An EO version of the Amazing Race is about to hit LoBro!  House Teams will compete in a 2-hour race around the heart of Music City competing in a series of Nashville themed challenges similar to those seen on the hit television show, The Amazing Race.  

We will also host a celebratory After Party from 4pm-6pm….location revealed when your team solves the last clue.  

Your Nash Dash registration automatically registers you for the After Party (no separate registration necessary). This event is limited to 10 teams of 10 participants.  Teams will be randomly assigned according to your EO House. Be sure to REGISTER NOW!

Unable to participate in the Nash Dash?  Then join us for the After Party to celebrate the winners and console the losers! You can REGISTER HERE for JUST the after party! 


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote a column for HR.com offering three ways for HR professionals to find more quality applicants. He also wrote an article in Employee Benefit Adviser about the Zenefits founder’s new company and an article in BenefitsPro about using mass customization to maximize small group benefits. BerniePortal was featured in PC Mag’s August 2019 Startup Toolkit, showcasing smart tools and solutions for entrepreneurs.  

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] contributed a piece to Inc. on how to develop your personalized ideal client profile. 

David Trainer [New Constructs, LLC] penned an article for Forbes about recognizing the flaws in accounting earnings. He also wrote a Forbes piece about New York-based analytics company Verint and a separate Forbes article on Shake Shack’s growth, which also appeared in Seeking Alpha

In the News:

WATE Channel 6 covered the news that Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] held a free backpack giveaway in Knoxville. The company was also mentioned in a Nashville Pride piece as a supporter of Rep. Harold Love’s Back to School, Healthy Start Festival at Hadley Park.  

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was mentioned in Nashville Medical News for its partnership with Elder Law of Nashville. HR Exchange Network shared a column written by Tolbert in its list of July’s top 10 articles for the everyday HR practitioner. 

Forbes included advice from Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] in its roundup of 12 key things entrepreneurs commonly omit from their business plans. 

Met Media, Politico and Fox 17 included quotes by John Rowley [CounterPoint Messaging] regarding Joe Biden’s performance during the 2020 Democratic debate in Detroit, Michigan. 

Allen Huggins [WH Properties] was mentioned as the lister for a home featured in the Nashville Ledger’s ‘Sale of the Week’ section. 

NovaTech [Darren Metz] has announced a partnership with global cybersecurity software company Apptega, as reported by the Nashville Post

The Nashville Ledger and the Nashville Post announced the new FiftyForward board members, which includes Neil Amrhein [All About Care] and an employee of School Facility Management [Chris Corby].

Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was mentioned in Brentwood Home Page for its handling of an Edmondson Pike construction project. 

The Nashville Post announced five new TEDxNashville board members and mentioned Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] as an existing board member. 

Michael Burgdorf [Music City Plastic Surgery] was quoted in The Week about the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. 

Under the Radar listed Drifters BBQ [Matthew Charette] as a performance location for Americana musician Kevin Daniel. 

Speedway Motorsport and the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] are working together to utilize the Fairground Speedway, as reported in a Bristol Herald Courier article

The Nashville Business Journal referenced Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] as a supporter of Mayor David Briley. A South Nashville Core Development building was also mentioned in the Nashville Post as the neighbor to the Red Bicycle, which recently sold. 

New Constructs, LLC [David Trainer] provided images for an Equities.com article covering featured stocks in July. 

The Nashville Post mentioned that Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] designed a future office building in Germantown. 

Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Nashville Scene’s 31st annual “You Are So Nashville If…” article. The Catbird Seat and Bastion were included in the Nashville Scene’s 30 Years of Plates – a roundup of Nashville’s food scene since 1989. A former chef at The Catbird Seat was mentioned in Eater San Francisco for his new position and in Eater Chicago for the same chef returning to Chicago for a collaboration meal. The Atlanta Journal Constitution mentioned the former chef at Bastion for his new role in an Atlanta restaurant. Henrietta Red was mentioned in OK Magazine as the location of Jana Kramer’s launch party for a new app. The Nashville Post referenced the Downtown Sporting Club in an article about a new axe-throwing venue opening downtown. 

The Nashville Post mentioned that Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] will handle the design of the former Stadium Inn renovation. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Mark Ford, vice president of the music industry group at First Tennessee Bank was quoted in a Nashville Ledger cover story about the music festival industry.   




EO Member Spotlight

Chris Corby

SFM Facility Management

After several years teaching at Father Ryan High School, Chris moved into technical/management work as Facility Manager of the new Father Ryan High School campus in 1991. Here, he developed the concept for a better model of service delivery, and soon after leaving Father Ryan, he founded SFM.

Since its inception in 1998, the mission of SFM has been to become the preeminent model of facility management and maintenance for schools, churches and other non-profits.  SFM’s undeterred vision has been excelling in the areas of:

Customer service

Knowledgeable solutions & advice

Effective results and efficient means and

Meaningful, challenging and sustainable careers for its employees

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

Maybe the two concepts that influence me and my business style are balance and patience. These are nicely related. If I am going to maintain balance (i.e., resist the urge to keep my nose to the grindstone unceasingly), I am going to have to be more patient to reap the rewards of my labor. When I see a quarterly financial report that is disappointing, sure I analyze it and react appropriately, but first I take a look at my favorite "KPI".  It is a graph that shows revenue growth since inception 21 years ago. I've been maintaining that same graph for at least 15 years, and except for a very small plateau in 2009, it shows a stable incline.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Wow. That's tough. I think I will go back a long way, not because the books are so profound, but because they had a profound effect on me in my formative years and therefore have had lasting impact. The Road Less Travelled by M.Scott Peck and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Admittedly, neither of these books fits well into the "business book" genre, but this goes back to "balance" in my answer to the first question.  

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

I've made (and make) mistakes aplenty, but in the vein of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.....since I'm not dead, I struggle to come up with an answer to this question.  I've heard (and believe) that I am more likely to regret the things that I didn't do with my life than the things that I did do. I'm 57 years old. I have been aware of the importance of living intentionally since I was in college.  But I think I am just now really starting to take a very strong inventory of those ideas and aspirations that I have allowed to percolate in my mind with that thought that I would like to act on them one day. I don't want to run out of "one days" without making some great efforts toward those aspirations.

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

I love to hike. We just got back from nearly 3 weeks of hiking coast to coast in Scotland, along with several days of walking through Edinburgh and Glasgow.  On my first day back I decided to walk, rather than drive, down suburban area Charlotte Pike to a restaurant to meet some friends. It Sucked. It was almost comical....walking on a 2' shoulder with cars screaming past me at 50+ MPH. Oh well. Living in suburban Nashville means that I have to drive to the park or to the urban core in order to get in a nice walk.

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

Always Moveable Feast, but this movie premier sounds like fun.  Respect to all who come up with such a varied event schedule.  I don't know how you do it.

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

I have to fight (what I think might be) a genetic predisposition toward being snide and even mean to people with whom I disagree.  While being nice and civil certainly makes my life more enjoyable, it is not instinctual for me.  My greatest fear is that I am going to become an old curmudgeon.  

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

My first grandchild is due Oct 1. I LOVE being around children. They are my super-power anecdote for curmudgeonry. If I were a woman, I would be accused of RBF.  But whenever I hear a child talk or laugh I have an involuntary physical reaction: I smile and look toward the child. We recently moved from Germantown to the suburbs and now live next door to my daughter and son-in-law. So yes, I have exciting plans for Fall.

Other Upcoming Events

Moderator Training - last chance for 2019!                                                                         

August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

We have scheduled one final moderator training session for 2019. If you are an incoming moderator and have not been trained, please REGISTER NOW.

MyEO International Golf Tournament- St. Andrews, Scotland                                          

May 11, 2020- May 16, 2020

Calling all golfers to participate in this MyEO event in Scotland!  Space is limited to 72, so CLICK HERE for more information and to register.