EO Nashville Member News – December 18

December 18, 2020


There will be no newsletter Friday, December 25 or Friday, January 1.
Happy Holidays!

Jumpstart January

January 25, 2021-February 14, 2021, Virtual

Looking for a way to overcome the January blues and kick off the new year with intention and energy? Join your fellow EOers for this action-packed 21 day challenge aimed at starting the new year right.

You can choose your own adventure by either jumping into "The Social Influencer Lab" or "The Run Lab."

Both labs will include weekly coaching sessions, expert led learning, daily action steps, and lots of fun! MORE INFO

Rob Lime: Why Salespeople Fail

January 21, 2021, 7:30am-11:15am, JW Marriott

Join Rob Lime to learn the myriad of reasons salespeople (and sales organizations) fail more than they succeed, and what you can do about it immediately. This session will place special emphasis on the application of  solutions in a virtual environment.

CLICK HERE for the virtual option. REGISTER

Chester Santos: International Man of Memory

February 9, 2021, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Chester Santos has left an impression on all corners of the earth. With his unique ability to not only demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, but also to educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded to be the world’s leading memory skills expert and  has helped millions of people around the world realize the benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind. REGISTER NOW


New Bi-Weekly Series

Our new bi-weekly event, EO Exchange, begins in January!   
These events are designed so the experts start the conversation, but we highly encourage members to exchange ideas and experiences throughout the event in order to connect and learn from each other.

Here is more info on our first 4 events:

PPP Forgiveness + Tax Implications
January 8, 2021


Join Kevin Roddey of Pinnacle Financial Partners and Sasan Zamani of Frazier & Deeter to talk through the very latest in the world of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), and the tax implications you can expect from this loan.


Pandemic, Pandemonium, and Payoff
January 22, 2021

Join Jim Cumbee of Tennessee Valley Group to learn how a roaring stock market, ridiculously low interest rates, and a new vaccine might affect the sellability of your business over the next 18 months.


EO Exchange – Blockchain / Bitcoin – not one in the same
February 5, 2021


Join this collaborative discussion with three diverse perspectives on the world of Blockchain. What is blockchain technology? Should I use it? Is it really just a phantom commodity? How are people using it today and what does it mean for the future of technology?


The Realities of Current Employee Expectations
February 19, 2021


Join Martha Boyd of Baker Donelson plus Brian Evans and Charles Rodriguez (VP, Human Capital Management) of Adams Keegan to explore the realities of current employee expectations from a legal and cultural perspective... as it relates to COVID-19. 


EO Forum Tools

Check out this Forum Bite from Rod Sinclair for hints and tips on how to have a successful Brainstorming Presentation in Forum!

CLICK HERE to watch the video!

Chris Blair
The Listening Room

Chris Blair is the owner and founder of one of the most renowned music venues, The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, and can be best described as an innovator, a philanthropist, and a music lover. A successful entrepreneur, Blair sits on the board of the Nashville MS Society, DISMAS House, and is involved and volunteers in other non-profits and community service activities. As an entrepreneur he also owns and operates artist management company Emerge Nashville and is co-owner of many other businesses. A singer-songwriter by nature, Blair has had a love and appreciation for music as long as he can remember. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where his passions began, learning to sing at the ripe age of six and play guitar. He spent many of his formulative years working in the hospitality industry while expressing his creativity through songwriting, performing, and traveling for shows on the road. Blair attended Southeast Missouri State College.

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

There are literally so many books or quotes I have read over the years that I could mention. Way too many to pick one as a favorite. But through the struggles and building of multiple business there is a Winston Churchill quote that I absolutely love: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” I love that and it’s how I work – have the courage and never give up.  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Again, so many greats here but I gravitate towards what I’m currently reading, which is “Canoeing The Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger. It’s a Christian Leadership book that my pastor Kevin Queen at Crosspoint Church gave me and it’s perfect for the times we are in. It talks about the exploration of Lewis & Clark and how their expectations were shattered by the unexpected and they had to pivot and lead in different ways. 

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

In the early days, I did it all. It was hard for me to delegate and let go because I felt like nobody else would do it how I would. I was wrong in so many ways. I am far from perfect and my success would not have happened if it weren’t for my team. I now try to be the best leader and still make hard decisions but I trust those around me. I surround myself with team members who do things better than me in their areas of expertise. And it’s truly paid off. 

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

Family time and a good glass of red wine. 

Have you come up with any creative social activities in 2020 that you would like to share?

Gosh, this year has been a dagger to the social life. I’m so tired of the zoom calls because I love to be in large groups with lots of friends and family. But some of my buddies and I started a weekly zoom happy hour that grew to college buddies we hadn’t seen in awhile and that’s been pretty great to catch up with friends like that. It’s something that may not have happened if it weren’t for COVID. 

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

Many don’t know that I’m a commercial rated pilot and love aviation. 

What EO benefit has been most valuable to you during these uncertain times?

I’m still new to this but so far I have loved the zoom meetings with incredible industry leaders like Kevin O’Leary. I’m just looking forward to meeting more of the Nashville EO leaders and building great relationships and friendships. 


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Articles & Columns

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Dalton Group] wrote about five ways business jargon steals your soul for Forbes. He also penned a column for Construction Best Practices about how the construction industry can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about the good and the bad for State Street Corp and MGM Resorts International, three S&P 500 sectors’ price-to-economic book values and 2020 core earnings for Forbes. He also penned articles for Seeking Alpha.

In the News

Armstrong Building Group [Kyle Armstrong] will handle the renovation of two structures that are planned for a restaurant in The Nations, according to the Nashville Post.

Senior Housing News reported that Vitality Living [Blanding Beatty] opened a new location in Madison, Georgia, and has welcomed its first residents.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Dalton Group] offered ways to market strong company culture in a Forbes article.

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared on the DivingDeepEDU Podcast to speak about the mask-free leadership movement.

Sunset Ventures [Sherry Deutschmann] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal for its investment in Nodat, a technology startup.

Fox Business quoted the CEO of Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] in an article about home insurance. He was also quoted by Rate.com about disaster insurance and mistakes to avoid.

The Nashville Scene included Strategic Hospitality’s [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurant Locust in an article about Nashville dumplings. The wine director of Bastion offered his sparkling wine pick for New Year’s Eve to SevenFiftyDaily. Wine Enthusiast featured a chocolate and fig tart recipe by the pastry chef of Henrietta Red and The Party Line.

Donald Griffin [Nashville Cosmetic Surgery] was quoted in a StyleBlueprint article about why interest in cosmetic surgery is on the rise.

Michael Hodges [Advance Financial] is hosting a virtual fundraiser on behalf of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia, according to the Nashville Post.

The Nashville Post announced that Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] won 12 awards in three 2020 tasting competitions.

M.L.Rose, Melrose Billiard Parlor, Rambler Cocktail Bar, The Sutler Saloon and Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] will be open for carryout on Christmas night, according to Thrillist.

The Nashville Business Journal reported that the Metro Sports Authority issued bonds for the Nashville SC [Christopher Redhage] stadium.

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was named as a finalist for Technology Company of the Year at the Greater Nashville Technology Council’s 12th annual NTC Awards, according to the Nashville Post.

Authority Magazine featured an interview with Erin Richardson [All-American Pest Control] about her business and leadership.

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in Investing.com and The Irish Times about DoorDash’s IPO. Business Insider quoted Trainer about Tesla’s inclusion in the S&P 500.