EO Member News – December 20

December 20, 2019



MyEO Navigating Partnerships with Jim Cumbee of TN. Valley Group

January 7, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Step 1: You must join the Navigating Partnerships MyEO Group HERE
Step 2: Register for the event at the link HERE


MyEO: Women of EO Brunch

January 26, 2020, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Sperry's: Cool Springs

All women of EO Nashville are invited to a Sunday Brunch at Sperry's. Come visit with old friends and meet new ones. Please also bring along a girlfriend that might be interested in learning more about EO.
Register HERE


EO Strategic Alliance Sponsored Event: What's Your Number?

January 24, 2020, 7:15am-9:00am
Frazier & Deeter, 222 2nd Avenue South





Favorite Business/Personal Growth Books


5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Never Split the Difference

Are My Kids on Track (anything Dave Thomas and Sissy Goff)


Favorite Forum SAP Presentation

Continuum Planning Partner's presentation on trusts - mindblowing! 
Eric Jackson: Forum 8

Pinnacle Bank's presentation on how they are different and how they have built their culture 
William Kirkland: Forum  15



Lance Brock
Climb Nashville

Lance Brock grew up in middle TN, went to the University of Tennessee and studied architecture.  He practiced architecture for about 7 years before deciding to open Climb Nashville.  He was a sponsored climber for about 10 years and served on the board of directors for the Access Fund.

Back in 2003, Lance and his business partner, Drew Sloss had a vision for indoor climbing as a form of fitness and included workout space as well as yoga and fitness classes in the first gym they built.  They bought their first gym in 2003 and opened the second in 2004.  Over the last 16 years they have bought and sold gyms, opened and relocated gyms and built more.  They have seen the industry grow from a tiny niche market to a large industry and are glad to be part of the excitement. 

Lance still climbs as much as his old, decrepit body will allow and is still into fitness.  He has 4 children with his beautiful wife Carrie and loves seeing the world through their eyes as they travel together.  

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

Pause when agitated or doubtful.  I consistently make a mess when I push forward in anger or fear.  I am not very good at it but I love it!

Best business book you’ve ever read? 

Good to Great by Jim Collins was a game changer for me back in the day.

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

Read the contracts yourself.  Never assume someone has your best interest.

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

I don't often feel stressed about work for long and I try not to carry it into family time. A house with 4 kids has it's own challenges.

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

Strategic Storytelling and What's Your Number both look incredible to me!

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

I have really nice feet. Seriously, I should be a foot model or something which is saying something because climbers have really gnarly feet and toenails. 

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

My winter plans are to plan a month long family roadtrip this summer!

Lance will be featured in the first ever event: Get Stoked! : An Evening at The Belcourt  featuring stories that move you. There will be a screening of three films about entrepreneurship, living intentionally & adventure, followed by Q+A with some of the film’s subjects and the filmmakers. 

For more information, visit www.thecruxstory.com


Other Upcoming Events

Kindra Hall: Strategic Story Telling

January 29, 2020, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Listening Room, 618 4th Avenue South

Hope you can attend our Signature Learning event with Kindra Hall to hear The Irresistible Power of Strategic Story Telling. The presentation will be based on Kindra's brand new book, "Stories that Stick." Kindra will focus on the strategic application of storytelling to today's communication challenges. She will inspire you to better communicate the value of your company and individuality, while teaching you to harness and leverage the power of your stories. 





David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote in Forbes about investing in NVR Inc. and an Earnings Distortion Alert. He also penned columns in Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

Awards/Professional Recognition 

The Nashville Business Journal announced its 2020 Best in Business Awards finalists. Included are: 

  • Evolution Event Solutions [Falon Scott]
  • Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed]
  • Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark]
  • Crosslin [Justin Crosslin]
  • ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage]
  • SnapShot Interactive [Mark Scrivner]

Becker’s Hospital Review announced that Gail Peace [Ludi Inc.] was named to the 2020 “Women to watch in health IT.”

In the News

The Tennessean, the Nashville Business Journal, WSMV, WKRN and Fox17 Nashville covered EO Nashville’s presentation to Mayor John Cooper about top concerns and suggestions to make Nashville an even greater city, and quoted Bethany Newman [st8mnt] and Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group]. The story was picked up by multiple outlets across the country, including: 

The Chattanoogan mentioned that an Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] loan facility was remodeled from a fast-food restaurant.

Yahoo! Finance and Digital Journal announced that WisdomTree is now using New Constructs' [David Trainer] proprietary core earnings data to rebalance and weight constituents in WisdomTree's Domestic Core Indexes. 

The Nashville Post mentioned Anchor Investments [Micah Lacher] as the buyer of a Gallatin Pike church property in June, which will be renovated into a boutique hotel.

Benzinga announced that Joe Kustelski [Chalkline Sports] became a member of the Advisory Board for Project Admission, a Nashville-based ticketing technology company.

The Sutler and Rambler Cocktail Bar [Austin Ray] were mentioned in StyleBlueprints list of 40+ ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Nashville. 

The Tennessean featured the top 10 MLS games that Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Rehage] fans must see. 

Darek Bell [Bell & Associates] sold a property in Wedgewood-Houston to Hines, a real estate company, according to the Nashville Post. Bell & Associates is co-leading the building effort on Amazon’s downtown tower, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal. Corsair Distillery was mentioned in the Tennessean for its location, and the chief operations officer was quoted by the Tennessean about Nashville distillers pushing for tax cut extension from congress. The Roanoker featured a bourbon nib brittle that is aged in barrels from Corsair Distillery in their stocking stuffer guide. 

Michael Burgdorf [Music City Plastic Surgery] was quoted by The Wall Street Journal about how to solve the breast implant recall problem. 

The Nashville Post and WSMV reported that Mark Deustchmann [Core Development Services] and Sherry Deustchmann [BrainTrust] matched donations to a fundraiser supporting Safe Haven Family Shelter.

Community Impact Newspaper announced the reopening of Paradise Park Trailer Resort, owned by Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin and Max Goldberg]. Patterson House and The Catbird Seat were mentioned in the Nashville Post as tenants of a space owned by Jane Chera. A Bastion bartender was quoted in a Mash Viral article about the 10 best winter stouts.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank was listed in the Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s largest banks. The Nashville Post featured highlights from a panel of extraordinary female leaders, which included First Horizon Middle Tennessee President Carol Yochem. Sameer Gupta has joined First Horizon as managing director for the company’s specialty healthcare group in Nashville, according to the Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal. First Horizon has appointed Glenn Bradley as senior vice president, private client relationship manager for Middle Tennessee’s Medical Banking Group, as reported by the Nashville Ledger and Nashville Business Journal. Rob D. Malin has been  named senior trust officer and estate planning counsel, according to the Tennessean