EO Nashville Member News - December 7

December 7, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1.  Belmont Joint Event with Chip Conley – Airbnb 
December 13, 2018, 6:30am-9:00am, Belmont Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd

The Belmont University Executive Learning Network presents Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy of Airbnb, CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality. Chip is a New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. After being CEO of his innovative company for 24 years, Chip accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform their promising home-sharing start-up into the world's largest hospitality brand. In four years as Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, he taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts and created the world-renowed Airbnb Open. 


2.  Operation EO – Salvation Army Angel Tree
December 15, 2018,12:15pm- 4:00pm, Salvation Army Warehouse, 530 Donelson Pike

Operation EO is still looking for some jolly elves to sort, organize and tag angel tree gifts for the Salvation Army. The Angel Tree Program is a Christmas Assistance program for families who need help providing gifts and basic needs to their children at Christmas.  Families are registered in October, and children and seniors are placed for adoption on the Angel Tree in November. This is a great service project to involve your children – ages 12 and up are welcome to fill one of our spots. As volunteers, you will be doing various tasks in the warehouse such as sorting, organizing, and tagging Angel Tree gifts for Salvation Army family recipients, so that their gifts can be located during distribution day.  

Please note that upon registration, you are committing yourself and any family members/guest to volunteering for the entire block from 12:15pm-4:00pm.   We must fulfill our commitment for this incredible holiday program!  


3.  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 pulls back the curtain in her one of a kind combination of songs and stories from her legendary career. She will reveal pivotal experiences and epiphanies that led to enduringly meaningful success both on and off the stage. Her provocative stories, insight, and exercise will unmask your own perspectives about life, work, love, loss, courage, perseverance and what matters most. Dinner will also be served!



EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for the Tennessean about the nearing end of healthcare open enrollment. The article ran both in print and online.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] won a gold Best in Biz award for Executive of the Year in the small companies category, making Petra the only Tennessee company to win in the category and the only business coaching provider to win any award.

Trinisys [David Box] is a Company of the Year finalist in the 10th annual Nashville Tech Council Awards, which will be held January 24, 2019.

Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] were listed as one of Observer’s 55 most influential people in dining and nightlife.

Rambler Cocktail Bar [Austin Ray] was named Readers’ Choice Design of the Year by Eater Nashville.

In the News:

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was referenced in the Panama City News Herald for his donation to a friend’s charity efforts to buy Christmas presents for those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Realtor.com quoted Seth Argo [Focus Builders] in an article about the value of extended warranties in your home. The story was also featured in the Danbury News Times, The Stamford Advocate and the CT Post.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] donated $500 to the Carter County 4-H Club to celebrate their new store opening in Elizabethton, Tennessee, as reported in the Johnson City Press.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] in an article about Bone’s real estate client involved in Amazon’s upcoming downtown development. The law firm was mentioned in the Nashville Post for one of its members being named Metro’s first chief compliance officer, and in another Nashville Post article for one of its members applying to fill the seat of Davidson County chancellor.

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] was featured by Reuters to discuss this week’s stock slide.

Eater Magazine announced hiring for a new upscale sports bar, Sam’s Place [Sam Sanchez] opening in Nippers Corner in early 2019.

Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was included in the Tennessean’s article about why Nashville was named to WalletHub’s Top 25 Best Sports Cities list.

Burger Up [Jim Lewis] was featured in the Williamson Source for being the first certified allergy-friendly restaurant in Williamson County.

The Nashville Post reported that a property owned by Anchor Investments [Micah Lacher] was issued a key permit for its conversion into a boutique hotel. The Memphis Business Journal and The Memphian also reported that Anchor Investments has sold an office building to California-based LPC Forest Hill LLC.

The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post quoted Debbie Gordon [Cloud Cyber Range LLC] about a new program for cybersecurity training and incident response simulation exercises as well as cybersecurity higher education and workplace development. The chairman of S3 Asset Management was featured in the Tennessee Tribune as one of Nashville’s most powerful African-Americans.

The Tennessean mentioned Michael Burcham [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] as a previous winner of the 2018 Person of the Year award.

Judith Bright [Judith Bright LLC] was mentioned in StyleBlueprint as the neighbor of a new boutique on 12th Avenue South.

The Nashville Business Journal referenced Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] for designing a new North Nashville mixed-use building which will begin construction in mid-2019.

Catbird Seat [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in Chowhound as a fine dining restaurant outside of America’s top food cities.The chef and beverage director at Catbird Seat are leaving their positions, and the restaurant will announce a new chef in the coming weeks, according to the Tennessean, the Nashville Post and Eater Nashville. Birmingham Magazine referenced Pinewood Social as inspiration for a new social house in Birmingham. Henrietta Red was featured in the Los Angeles Times for offering some of the best seafood in Music City.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was mentioned in the Tennessean as an option commuters can take to decrease traffic in Nashville.

The Nashville Post referenced Virsys12 [Tammy Hawes] as a sponsor of the 10th annual Nashville Tech Council Awards.  

StyleBlueprint featured a past Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin] employee for authoring a new book about thriving as a mother.

Scott Scovill [Moo TV] will serve on the CMA 2019 board of directors, as reported by All Access Music Group.

Core10 [Lee Farabaugh] was featured in WKMS, The Pacer and the Jackson Sun for its new branch opening in Martin, Tenn. The Nashville Post also mentioned the company’s hiring of a new vice president of talent and organizational development.

The Tennessee Ledger featured the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, which includes Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] and Pennington Distilling Company [Jeff Pennington].

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

The article “The U.S.-China Trade War Will Continue Hurting the U.S. Economy,” written by John Scannapieco and Frank Xue [Baker Donelson], was published on Manufacturing.net on November 30.


EO Member Spotlight

Damon Barbieri

Dr. Damon Barbieri was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA. After stops in Boulder, San Diego, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, he and his wife, McLean, chose to land in her hometown of Nashville. Barbieri Orthodontics was established in 2010 and has become a local leader for high quality patient-centric care in Middle Tennessee. He has three children and enjoys live music, travel, fly fishing, tennis and Predators hockey.

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

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you." --Maya Angelou 

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The one I've used the most in my business is Take The Stairs by our own Rory Vaden. We organized an entire company retreat around it and it was powerful for many in my company on both personal and professional levels.

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

Buying my business while still in residency was an exercise in self-deception. I found a practice available in Nashville, identified every problem with the business' numbers and upcoming transition, then looked past them all so as to not rock the boat on the sale. I don't regret diving in, but I certainly paid for it over the first few years. After becoming a more seasoned businessman, I've learned the power of negotiation. Don't try to be the nice guy. Be the polite guy who knows what he wants and can poke holes in others' analyses.     

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

Part of the reason I don't mind having a 25 minute drive home is that I can use that time to recenter myself a bit. It can be a call to my dad in CA, getting lost in a podcast or cranking some tunes. Once I get home, my wife and kids always know how to make me smile.  That and bourbon. Really good bourbon.

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

Really looking forward to taking my twin girls to help out at the Salvation Army warehouse for Operation EO. We did the food bank together last year, too. I'm extremely proud of the passion my kids have shown for giving back. 

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

Not a lot, to be honest. My friends know I'm a pretty transparent person. No third nipples or hidden love children. Sorry for the disappointment. 

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

My family and I go skiing in Vail every March. I swear it's the absolute best thing to do with your kids. Always a great time!


Other Upcoming Events

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

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 a LIVE 80s band.  

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!  REGISTER HERE