EO Nashville Member News - February 22

February 22, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1. Learning from Legends with Rob McCabe, Ron Samuels and Terry Turner of Pinnacle
March 7, 2019, 11:30am-1:00pm, Pinnacle Learning Center, 150 3rd Avenue South, 8th Floor

Hope you can join us for lunch to hear three local banking giants who have used their incredible insights, talents, and values to create Pinnacle Financial. Leading Nashville forward with a legendary culture that attracts and retains many of the best in the banking industry, these three have scaled up what was once an upstart “nobody” in banking to a powerful regional player that still operates on a personal level. How did they do it? What do these three have in common? How do they use their differences to strengthen rather than divide their teams? And where do they see their bank, this economy and the future of the region going?

You won't want to miss this informative session with three banking legends! Only five spots left, so REGISTER NOW!

2.  EO Lunch & Learn – Any Interest in Running for Political Office or Getting More Involved?
March 26, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600

Whether you're interested in running for office or just want to understand more about how to get more involved in the conversation, join us for a great discussion with some of Tennessee's past legends and current leaders. Well-respected Tennessee politicians Jim Henry, Jimmy Naifeh, Bill Purcell and Jim Shulman will offer their expertise in a roundtable discussion.

Jim Henry was former Mayor Kingston, Republican Minority Leader, Chair of the Republican Party, Deputy Governor, Chief of Staff, Commissioner of Department of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities and Commissioner of Children's Services.

Jimmy Naifeh was a State Representative for 38 years, and Speaker of the House for 18 of those years. He was also Majority Leader of the House, and President of the National Speakers Conference.

Bill Purcell was Mayor of Nashville, a State Representative and Majority Leader of the House.

Jim Shulman is current Vice-Mayor of Nashville, and Executive Director of Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. He was previously Councilman At-Large, and Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the House.  

REGISTER TODAY for this informative session!   

3.  EO Talks: To Hell and Back
April 2nd, 2019- Doors open at 3:30pm and program begins at 4:00pm, Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue

Eight of EO Nashville's very own will share their journey to Hell and Back. This is a rare, not to be missed moment for our chapter with in-depth, intimate sharing by EO Members for EO Members.  Hear about their unique trek to the abyss and crossing back over to the other side. 

A reception will be hosted afterwards in Hillsboro Village to toast their courage and celebrate the entrepreneurial journey in all us. 



EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article for BenefitsPro about the need for an agreed-upon set of terms to explain surprise billing.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] wrote an article for SmallBizDaily on steps to creating a healthier team in 2019.

In the News:

The Citizen Tribune reported on Advance Financial’s [Michael Hodges] Morristown, Tenn. store grand opening.

The Nashville Post and the Nashville Ledger mentioned that Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] has partnered with Chicago-based benefits network United Benefit Advisors.

DWC Construction [John Arndt] was mentioned in the Nashville Post for renovating IQTalent Partners’ downtown Nashville office space.

Anchor Investments, LLC [Micah Lacher] announced the purchase of the Emerge Memphis building in Memphis, according to the Commercial Appeal and the Daily Memphian.

Music City Miracles featured a visitor’s guide to enjoying the NFL draft in Nashville, which included Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman], M.L.Rose [Austin Ray], Beyond the Edge [Matthew Charette], Merchant’s, Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, The Band Box, The Downtown Sporting Club, Paradise Park, Pinewood Social and Henrietta Red [Benjamin and Max Goldberg].

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in Hypebot for its Project Music program bridging the gap between local music and tech communities.

Austin Ray [A. Ray Hospitality] was mentioned in the Nashville Post for being appointed as District 18 Metro Councilmember Burkley Allen’s campaign treasurer.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Columbia Daily Herald, ESPN, Forbes, Fox 17, Nashville Business Journal, News Channel 5, Paris Post-Intelligencer, Sports Illustrated and the Tennessean for unveiling its new logo and branding.

The Nashville Post mentioned that Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] will handle the market and sales efforts of a North Nashville condominium project eyed for a summer finish.

OrangeTheory Fitness [Brigitte Edwards] was touted as a top place to make treadmill training more fun in Runner’s World.

StyleBlueprint featured an article about three Nashville services that make life easier and included The Blowout Co. [Leslie Embry].

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will design the new construction and adaptive reuse of Germantown’s Werthen Packaging warehouse, as reported by the Nashville Post. The Nashville Business Journal mentioned that Smith Gee Studio will assist in the building of a new condo building on Music Row.  

The Nashville Ledger reported that Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] expanded its leadership team with two new hires.

The Catbird Seat [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in Condé Nast Traveller for its former chef’s participation in an eight-hand dinner in Mumbai. The eatery’s former beverage director was quoted in a Food & Wine article for the restaurant’s use of a master bladesmith’s knives. The Band Box was referenced in a Fox 17 News article about the Nashville Sounds’ 2019 weekly offers and promotions.

The Nashville Post interviewed Darren Metz [Novatech] on the company’s status after six months of operating at Sylvan Station and one year with its national director of sales.

Pennington Distilling Company [Jeff Pennington] will host March’s 3st of the Month event featuring 20 distilleries, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, as reported by the Nashville Scene.


EO Member Spotlight

Sherry Deutschmann

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann is the founder of Sunset Ventures, an angel investment firm supporting women-owned businesses, and LetterLogic, Inc, a company she grew to $40 million before selling it in 2016. LetterLogic was named an Inc. 5000 company (fastest growing privately held US businesses) for eleven consecutive years. Sherry attributes the success of the company to its unique culture in which the needs of the employees come before those of the customer or shareholder. That culture led the company to be recognized by the NY Times, Forbes Magazine, Business Leaders, Inc., Fast Company and E&Y.

Sherry is on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and is the President of the Board of Thistle Farms. Sherry’s instructional memoir, Lunch With Lucy, will be on bookshelves in 2019. 

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

You’re only a leader if others WANT to follow you. Empathy and human kindness are essential traits that will cause others to WANT to follow your lead.  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Essentialism. By Greg McKeown is #1.

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

There was a period in our history where I started “chasing the shiny object,” moving the company out of the sphere of our core competencies. Had I not taken corrective action decisively, it is likely I would have derailed our strong little company. I’ve seen other entrepreneurs make the same mistake: We have some success and think we have the magic formula, that we are invincible… until we crash and burn.  

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

I rehash it all with my best friend (Mark Deutschmann) while sipping some good tequila. Or mediocre tequila.

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

My forum retreat is coming up soon! We’re heading to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I’m so excited about sharing that fabulous city with my forum mates.

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

I’m an introvert.   


Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series – Only 1 spot left!
February 27, 2019 – 7:00am-9:00am – Janet Ayers Conference Center

We have six spots at this leadership panel discussion moderated by Dr. Bob Fisher, president of Belmont University. The panel will consist of: Jeff Drummonds, Managing Partner, LBMC, Jaynee Day, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, Senior Executive of Change Healthcare and Senior Executive of AllianceBernstein.