EO Nashville Member News - August 30

August 30, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

September 17, 2019, 2–6 p.m., Starts at Walk of Fame Park

From the producers of EO Family Feud, Destination Musick City brings us the EO NASH DASH! Clear your calendar for an amazing race only EO can pull off in LoBro. The race will consist of over-the-top challenges and, of course, bragging rights and prizes at the after party celebration for the winning House team.

This event is limited to 10 teams of 10 participants. Teams will be randomly assigned according to your EO House. REGISTER HERE

Unable to participate in the Nash Dash? Just join us for the after party to celebrate the winners and console the losers! CLICK HERE to register for JUST the After Party!

2. Malcolm Gladwell at Belmont                                                                                           
October 22, 2019, 6:45–9 a.m., Massey Performing Arts Center

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell offer an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. His book, Talking to Strangers, is his first since the launch of his enormously popular podcast, Revisionist History, and his music podcast, Broken Record. In this classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, he starts by asking a question: “What happens when we have to deal with the unfamiliar?” For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

3. It's Membership Referral Time!

We have two EO membership events coming up on September 20th and September 23rd and we need your referrals! CLICK HERE to recommend someone for consideration and we will take it from there!  


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group

In the News

The Nashville Post mentioned that one-third of the 43 Nashville-area companies on the 2019 Inc 5000 list are EO Nashville members, including:

  • Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] 

  • Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] 

  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] 

  • Evolution Event Solutions [Falon Scott] 

  • Provider Trust [Christopher Redhage] 

  • REN Dermatology [Jennifer Lee] 

  • Mosaic Consulting Group [Vicki Hill] 

  • Crosslin Technologies [Justin Crosslin]

  • Jones Therapy Services [Ginger Jones] 

  • Milosi [Taylor Milliken] 

  • The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] 

  • Snapshot Interactive [Ben Rigsby] 

  • redpepper [Tim McMullen] 

  • All-American Pest Control [Erin Richardson] 

Moultrie News referenced the partnership between EO Nashville and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] as a model for EO Charleston and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s partnership 

Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] was featured in an HCM Technology Report podcast, where he discussed BerniePortal and the current HR tech landscape. 

Forbes quoted Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] in an article offering tips for overcoming a life crisis. Another Forbes article quoted Bailey about how CEOs can hold themselves accountable. 

AF HoldCo LLC, the holding company for Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], received $17 million in funding, according to the Nashville Business Journal

The Tennessee Ledger quoted Falon Scott [Evolution Event Solutions] about the company’s recent ranking on the Inc 5000 list.

Dominique Arrieta [GHP Environmental + Architecture] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal as one of the few women owners of an architectural business in Nashville. GHP Environmental + Architecture was featured as the architect for the Green Distillery in the Nashville Post.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] recently purchased a building near Silo Bend in The Nations according to the Nashville Post, the Nashville Business Journal and the Kansas City Business Journal.

StyleBlueprint featured Wedgewood Urban Gardens and mentioned its proximity to Smokin’ Thighs [Matthew Carney].

A Music City Tents [Joe Freedman] employee was featured in the Aiken Standard for getting married this month.

A Neuhoff building designed by Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will be a large-scale adaptive reuse effort, as noted in Nashville Post. The Nashville Post also reported that a building in the Neuhoff complex recently suffered fire damage. 

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was featured as a key partner of The Arts and Business Council, according to Pride Publishing Group. A volunteer at the center was mentioned in the Nashville Post as the newly appointed CEO of Aloompa. 

A previous intern at Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] was hired by MP&F Strategic Communications, according to the Nashville Post. The Nashville Scene reported that The Catbird Seat has invited a guest chef from Washington for a two-night appearance. The chef who opened The Catbird Seat was featured in Eater San Francisco for his new role at a Napa Valley restaurant. The Band Box was included in a Thrillist article as a Nashville experience you need to do this weekend. StyleBlueprint mentioned The Band Box as a place to go when visiting First Tennessee Park for the Nashville Brew Festival. Clarksville Online listed The Band Box as something to do during the Sounds games this weekend. The Los Angeles Times featured a group of pastry chefs raising money for Planned Parenthood, which included the pastry chef from Henrietta Red

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was featured in a PBS article about employers’ efforts to drive healthcare reforms. 

The Tennessean featured the best places to eat in Nashville no matter what you’re craving and included:

  • Burger Up [Jim Lewis], best french fries 

  • Edley’s Barbecue [Will Newman], best pulled pork sandwich, best nachos 

  • M.L.Rose [Austin Ray], best nachos 

  • Bastion [Ben and Max Goldberg], best nachos 

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned as a local professional sports team in a Nashville Business Journal article about a major league baseball team moving to Nashville. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Associated Press reported that First Tennessee Park will be renamed First Horizon Park before the 2020 season. The story was picked up by more than 100 outlets including the Washington Times and News Channel 5. First Tennessee has announced the hire of Karla Ronquillo as a financial center manager, according to the Tennessean. Bryan Bolton, SVP of the Music Industry Group, was quoted in the Pollstar print edition about the financial perspective of putting together a music festival. Nashville Pride’s weekly print edition reported on First Tennessee Bank volunteers stocking The Nashville Food Project’s new delivery van with 470 nourishing meals for those less fortunate. The van was purchased with part of a $100,000 grant from First Tennessee Foundation. 


EO Member Spotlight

Kelly Roney

Action DME

I was born and raised in Murfreeesboro, TN. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in logistics. After a couple years in Atlanta working for McKesson Pharmaceuticals, I moved back to Nashville in 2007. I met my wife, an LSU Alum, while she was at Vanderbilt for her clinical rotations as an OT. We have one daughter, MaryLu, who is now 16 months old and we live in Oak Hill. I started Action DME with a partner in 2014. We started it in a small town called Woodbury, TN, home of Short Mountain Distillery (which wasn't a "business" until moonshine became "legal"). 

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

"Plan your work and work your plan." A simple quote/thought that goes a long way. So much of what we do is prioritizing our time in order to be efficient. So having a road map via planning has been my way of staying organized.

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

Allowing a team member to stay on way too long when it's apparent they are well past the point of positive returns. I had misguidings about his worth versus the pressure he put on the culture and morale of the entire team. I was aware but chose not to act and it frustrates me frequently.   

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

My de-stress activity starts first thing in the morning. I like to exercise before the sun comes up. This melts away stress and anxiety throughout the day and maintains a healthy energy. However, after a particularly hard day, my favorite relaxer is turning off my brain by watching sports (Braves, Vols, Preds!).  

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

Nash Dash!

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

Up until 2014, I never imagined myself owning my own business.  

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

Looking forward to Forum retreat in November. As well as watching college football and hoping this is the year the Vols win the National Championship (Hey...as of 8/27/19 they're still undefeated and tied for first place)


Other Upcoming Events

We have two partner-sponsored events coming up in September:

Friday with Baker – Happy Hour
September 13, 2019, 4-6 p.m., M.L. Rose Capitol View, 431 11th Avenue North  

Hope you can join your fellow EO members for a happy hour hosted by Strategic Alliance Partner Baker Donelson. REGISTER HERE.

Continuum Planning Partners invites you to Defend Your Turf 
September 19, 2019, 8-9:30 a.m., Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody

8,000 jobs are coming to Nashville in the next seven years. As these national giants move in with more resources and bigger budgets, learn how to defend your market share and align your team to push toward your strategic goals, using accountability and execution as a part of your company culture.

In this workshop, lead by Jennifer Faught with Petra Coach, you’ll walk away with at least three things you can take action on now to defend your turf. REGISTER NOW.