EO Nashville Member News - December 21

December 21, 2018

Due to the holidays, there will be no newsletter on Friday, December 28. The newsletter released Friday, January 4 will cover news from the previous two weeks.

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1.  Sandra Joseph – Unmasking What Matters – 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway
January 8, 2019, 6:00pm-9:30pm, Clementine, 4710 Charlotte Avenue

Plan for an evening with your spouse to learn from Sandra Joseph, longest running leading lady in Broadway's longest running show Phantom of the Opera and a best selling author. 

“Sandra Joseph has been jaw dropping awesome at event after event including recent EO EMP Alumni Gatherings and Gazelle’s Scaling Up Summit. Bring your significant other and experience this unique and mind shifting event at Nashville’s newest and most unique venue.” —Arnie Malham, EO Learning Chair

2.  Buyers and Sellers - Dream it, Build it, Sell it!
January 31, 2019- 7:30am-9:30am, Belmont University Massey Center, 1600 Belmont Blvd.

EO’ers across the globe work tirelessly in chase of what some call the pinnacle of the entrepreneurial experience, “Selling the Business”.  So many in our own chapter have completed this trifecta and this Member Exclusive Event will allow them to share their experiences with the entire chapter.  Business turnaround savant, Steve Curnutte, will moderate a legendary panel of Nashville EO’ers (Michael Brody-Waite, Sherry Deutschmann, Joe Freedman, Arnie Malham, Mike Rustici and Tom Turner) about the successes, regrets, and lessons learned from these business transactions. 

3.  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!  Our first Spring membership event is January 30th.

EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] penned an article for Wealth Management.com about surviving the next financial downturn as a financial advisor.

Inc. published an article by Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] about becoming your best self in 2019. Forbes published his article about how the “self-made person” is a myth.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

EO Nashville member companies swept the Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Best in Business Awards – comprising 11 of the 28 total finalists (40%), half of the finalists in the 1-25 employee category and ALL BUT ONE of the finalists in the 26-100 employee category! The members on the list are:

  • Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark]
  • Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert]
  • Crosslin [Justin Crosslin]
  • Local Search Masters [Brad Hill]
  • Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin]
  • MediCopy Services, Inc. [Eliott Noble-Holt]
  • Petra Coach [Andy Bailey]  
  • ProviderTrust Inc. [Chris Redhage]
  • Snapshot Interactive [Mark Scrivner]
  • St8mnt [Bethany Newman]
  • Village real Estate [Mark Deutschmann]

In the News:

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, Von Elrod’s, The Sutler Saloon, Melrose Billiard Parlor, Rambler Cocktail Bar along with A. Ray Hospitality [Austin Ray] were mentioned in a Nashville Scene article about a special beer being sold as a fundraiser for the Camp Fire victims in Northern California.

NY Sports Day  and Front Row Soccer mentioned that Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] will play a preseason game against New York City FC in February. The Tennessean announced the club’s season opener at First Tennessee Park in March.

Bristol Development Group’s [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi] Dickerson Pike project was featured in the Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal.

The Tennessean mentioned Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] regarding its development of single-family cottages in Hendersonville.

Jennifer Lee [REN Dermatology] appeared on HLN News to comment on how to prevent freckles and skin damage from sun exposure.

Forbes mentioned Hytch [Robert Hartline] in an article about loyalty programs and their effect on public transit.

Redpepper [Tim McMullen] was included on AdWeek’s list of the best agency holiday cards of 2018.

Packaging World featured Pennington Distilling Co.’s [Jeff Pennington] new guitar neck-embossed bottle design.

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] was named as the architect for a new Wedgewood-Houston development in a Nashville Post article. Another Nashville Post article mentioned the company as the designer of a new Dickerson Pike project.

The Nashville Scene mentioned Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] in an article about a chef who left Gray & Dudley to work for the company – also mentioning Merchants. A Nashville Business Journal about 2018’s restaurant closures mentioned Paradise Park. Henrietta Red and Geist were listed as good places to eat in Germantown in a Complot article.

Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] was quoted in a Tennessean article about Virginia realtor who donates regularly to the Village Fund, Village Real Estate’s charitable initiative.

The Franklin Homepage featured Rebecca Donner [Inner Design Studio] for the scholarship that she and her firm donated to her alma mater, O’more School of Design, which is now part of Belmont University.

Justin Crosslin [Crosslin Technologies] was mentioned in an Inc. article about how rapidly-growing companies are using technology to speed up workflow.

The Nashville Business Journal, Brentwood Homepage and Williamson Source mentioned the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] as a partner in the new entrepreneur center coming to downtown Franklin.

Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] was included on Eater Nashville’s list of best sushi places in Nashville.

EO Member Spotlight

Leslie Embry

Leslie graduated from Sewanee with a BA in History in 2000. She taught history for 12 years and coached soccer, cheerleading, and lacrosse.  In 2011, she wandered into a locally owned blowout bar in Santa Barbara for her first blowout and that changed everything.  She came back to Nashville and immediately began plans to open her own blowout bar.  The Blowout Co.of Nashville opened it's doors in 2012 and now has four locations in Tennessee. Leslie still enjoys coaching lacrosse and watching her husband coach basketball and cross country at Harding Academy. She and her husband have 5 children to keep them busy when they aren't at work.

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

1) Work ON your business not IN your business. (Thanks Catalyst)

2) Live your life so that if someone says something bad about you, no one will believe it. 

Best business book you’ve ever read?

I am more of a Podcast girl. People have been telling me for years to listen to them and I finally gave in this year.  I listen to them on the way to my Chattanooga location and it makes the time fly. The one that initially got me hooked was How I Built This.

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

Don't make decisions based on fear.  I grew too quickly at first because I was scared that a competitor was coming into the market.  Once you've made a mistake, which you will, learn from it. I knew that I needed to change things before I opened my third location and so I waited two years and completed the Catalyst Program before I went into the Gulch.  I had all of my systems and processes in place and that made opening number three much easier.  Also, follow your gut.  It you don't think a decision is good for you or your business, figure out why.  If you think the market is too small, it probably is.  If you think the hire is a "panic hire", they probably are.  Every time I have gone against my gut, it has cost me.
How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day?

Music, family, and probably wine if I'm being honest.  I love to make big dinners for my family with the music playing and the wine flowing. We have to put all electronics away. If I'm having a particularly bad week, I hike. I can really clear my head while I am hiking and I dictate notes on what I need to do to fix the current problem. 

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

I was looking forward to the Christmas Party last weekend, and it did not disappoint. Next on the agenda is the Chapter Retreat. 

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

I didn't own a hair dryer or curling iron when I opened The Blowout Co. I basically let my hair air dry for 33 years. Ask my old students, I always came to school with wet hair pulled back in a ponytail. Actually, I just brought my first full sizer dryer home the other day. It was a free sample from one of our product lines.
Any exciting plans for Winter that you would like to share?   

My family and I are going on a cruise for New Years Eve and I can't wait to be on a boat with little to no internet service!  However, someone ALWAYS quits while I am on vacation. It has been a running joke for years. I haven't told my entire staff that I am leaving yet, but I am sure it will still happen.

Other Upcoming Events

Family Feud- EO Style!
February 16, 2019, 7:00pm-11:00pm, Ole Red, 300 Broadway

Let’s step back to the 80s and your TV set- whether it had bunny ears or a slide cable box! And, what better way to celebrate and build house camaraderie than with the classic television game show Family Feud- LIVE with EO Houses competing! Questions will be EO Nashville tailored ranging from informative to frivolous, serious, funny or anywhere in between!  We will even transition from Family Feud to MTV with tunes from the 80's! 

You won't want to miss this LIVE game show complete with show set center podiums, buzzers and SURVEY SAYS game board. So dress the part, grab your favorite date and join us to celebrate the 80s!

SAVE THE DATE- EO Nashville Chapter Retreat- Austin, TX.- March 28-30, 2019

We are still finalizing the itinerary...more details to come soon