EO Nashville Member News – December 4

December 4, 2020


Coaches Series: Inside the Huddle with Phil Fulmer

December 8, 2020, 3:00pm CST, Virtual

EO Strategic Alliance Partner, First Horizon, is the official bank of the Vols and they are offering you a special glimpse inside the University of Tennessee athletic program... and what better way to do that than hearing from the coaches themselves? 

Hear from Coach Fulmer as he discusses his standout moments and motivational insights with Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling. You won’t want to miss this exclusive interview. REGISTER HERE

COVID Conversations with Dr. David Aronoff

December 11, 2020, 8:00am-9:00am, Virtual

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 straight from an expert! Dr. David Aronoff will present the latest and greatest on the numbers, plans for the vaccine, what to do when you, your family members or your employees have been exposed or infected, and so much more!

David Aronoff, MD is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has been highly involved in the diagnosis and clinical care of COVID-19. REGISTER

Rob Lime: Why Salespeople Fail

January 21, 2021, 8:00am-9:00am, Virtual

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.

Rob Lime is a sales development expert and works primarily with entrepreneurs, CEOs, company presidents and other business leaders who are succeeding, but believe their salesforce is the largest barrier to further growth and profitability. CLICK HERE for the virtual option. REGISTER NOW


New Bi-Weekly Series


We asked you how you were doing and what you were needing, and we are responding with a brand new bi-weekly series, called EO Exchange!

We are working through topics and speakers, but here’s what you can plan on:

The series will get kicked off on Friday, January 8th at 9am with “The Latest with PPP + Tax Implications,” presented by Kevin Roddey of Pinnacle Financial Partners and Sasan Zamani of Frazier & Deeter.

Additional topics being planned include:

What’s Up With Nashville Real Estate Now?

Pandemic Parenting: Taking Care of Our Kid’s Emotional Health

What’s the Future of Blockchain & Bitcoin?

How is COVID Affecting Exits?

Maintaining & Growing Culture in a Remote Environment

The New Normal for Employees – Navigating When to Require They Be In-Person, Can You Require Vaccines, etc.? 

SEO is the New CEO

Preparing Now for 2030

More details to come soon!


Holiday Gift Idea!

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Colin Callahan
Acklen Avenue

Colin Callahan has a passion for creating an environment where employees thrive. As the CEO and co-founder of Acklen Avenue, which was formed in 2011, he has made this his primary focus. Colin was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 where he attended Musician’s Institute. In 1999 he attended programming classes and discovered his love of building software. Soon after he moved to Nashville and started working as a software engineer. During the next ten years, he noticed there was an absence of great places to work for software developers. And so he formed Acklen Avenue with his business partner, Byron Sommardahl, to create that great place.

What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others?
“Strategy requires you to make trade-offs in competing - to choose what not to do.” Michael Porter

Best business book you’ve ever read?
This is impossible to answer. One of the best books I’ve ever read was "Drive," by Dan Pink. 

One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?
 A good example of the Near Miss Bias: In the past, I had always come up with a way to not have to lay people off, which gave me false confidence about my approach. In 2018, I believed that I could figure it out again, but I was wrong. I waited too long to let people go and caused a lot more stress than was necessary.

How do you de-stress after a particularly hard day?
A long walk, then some wine.

Have you come up with any creative social activities in 2020 that you would like to share? 
Not my idea, but “virtual happy hour” has been fun.

What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this?
About 30 years ago, I did extra work on films in Los Angeles. I have a very brief close up in the first minute of a Doogie Howser episde called “Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail.”

What EO benefit has been most valuable to you during these uncertain times? 
Having a large network of smart business people. 


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Articles & Columns

Scott Scovill [Moo TV] wrote an article for Billboard encouraging readers to support the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives COVID-19 fund for GivingTuesday. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Box Inc., AutoZone, Sprouts Farmers Market, Kellogg's, Tesla's addition to the S&P 500, Airbnb's IPO and DoorDash for Forbes. He also penned articles for Seeking Alpha

Awards & Recognition

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] Jennifer Faught was featured in the Nashville Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree. 

The Nashville Business Journal released its list of the largest Nashville-area property management firms by square footage managed, ranking Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] at number 13. 

In the News

DWC Construction [John Arndt] is handling the build-out of a space in Green Hills, according to the Nashville Post.

The Nashville Post mentioned Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] for its proximity to a warehouse for sale in Wedgewood-Houston. 

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared as a guest on the Brave Masters Podcast to speak about his journey and the mask-free leadership movement. 

Tyler Cauble [The Cauble Group] purchased an East Nashville car wash property from Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi], which he is planning to lease to food and beverage businesses, according to the Nashville Post

Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] is donating 25 percent of its ID theft protection sales this month to Team Rubicon, a veteran-founded disaster response organization, the Nashville Post reported. Insurance News Net announced that Zander Insurance has established a strategic partnership with Tellus Brokerage Connections, an independent life insurance marketing organization. 

The Tennessean quoted Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.] about how she adapted her business in response to the pandemic. 

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] is the general contractor for an apartment complex near Marathon Village, the Nashville Post reported. 

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is handling the design for an apartment complex planned in the Hillsboro West End district, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The Nashville Post reported that Smith Gee Studio is helping with the design of a complex planned for Germantown.

Robb Report quoted the chef at Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurant Henrietta Red about a Thanksgiving side she can’t go without. Bastion contributed a chess pie to a Thanksgiving bake sale, benefitting The Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders, according to Eater Nashville.

The Nashville Business Journal announced that Liza Graves [StyleBlueprint] has launched an online shopping guide for local businesses throughout the South.

A mixed-use project in Wedgewood-Houston led in part by Nathan Hysmith [HY Ventures] is expected to be completed in summer 2022, according to the Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post. The Commercial Observer reported that HY Ventures has received a loan for the project. 

Emmit Martin [Sprocket Rocket] will be featured in the Music Row episode of the new CNBC series, “Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis,” which airs January 5. 

The Nashville Business Journal and Williamson Source announced that CareGivers By WholeCare [Elizabeth Moss] has merged with LightWay Home Health Care and will continue operations under the WholeCare brand. 

The Nashville Post reported that Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] has been enlisted to potentially reinvent a structure up for sale in Wedgewood-Houston. 

Dave Puncochar [Good Wood Nashville] spoke with the Tennessean about his March tornado experience, how it sparked a new idea for his business and the “Nashville Strong” campaign, which raised money for other businesses affected by the events in March. 

Eater Nashville featured M.L.Rose’s [Austin Ray] December burger of the month, the Arnold’s Fried Chicken Sandwich. 

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was mentioned by the Nashville Post for its claims data about the price of a knee replacement in Nashville. 

Williamson Source mentioned Franklin Bridge Golf Club [Brooks West] in a story about golfing year-round. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank was named the Best Bank of the Year and Asset Management Firm of the Year at the inaugural U.S. Captive Awards, according to the Nashville Post