EO Nashville Member News – February 28

February 28, 2020



EO Connectivity

March 5, 2020

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmont Street




EO Talks- The Best Advice I Never Took

April 16, 2020

Top Golf, 500 Cowan Street
Come hear first hand experiences from our very own members.



Operation EO with Hands on Nashville

April 19, 2020

Haywood Elementary School, 3790 Turley Drive
Members and their children 12-up are invited for an afternoon of service.




Upcoming MyEO Event

MyEO Navigating Partnerships Event:
Protect Your Business Assets: Insurance and Legal Agreements

April 8, 2020- 4:00pm-5:30pm, Bradley, 1600 Division Street

STEP 1:  You must join the Navigating Partnerships Group if you are not already a member- CLICK HERE

STEP 2:  Register for the MyEO event HERE


Favorite Hacks 

-Sanebox.com - sorts email into different folders-Sane later, Sane newsletters, etc.  It is a great tool to help declutter the inbox.- Tammy Hawes

-I keep a book on me at all times, so that I can turn any unexpected downtime into learning time.- Ginger Jones

 Cut the cable! YouTubeTV is better than Comcast or DirectTV or anything else.... Unlimited DVR.- Eric Jackson

-Trello- A collaboration tool that helps organize and prioritize your projects.- Robert Hartline



Derek Gunn
Elan Skin

Derek Gunn grew up in Franklin, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2002 with a degree in Finance, followed by a Master of Finance degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife Shayna (along with a very good chocolate lab named Liz) moved to Jackson, WY immediately after their wedding in 2004. After a couple of wonderful months working at the Orvis fly-fishing shop, Derek joined StreetAccount, a start-up investment research firm that was later acquired by publicly owned FactSet.  After spending 15 years at StreetAccount, specializing in company-level analysis and managing teams in Jackson Hole and Boston, he made a move into business ownership with the purchase of Elan Skin in 2019, a medical spa located in Green Hills.  He is a full-time owner/operator and wife Shayna is also an integral part of the team. They are very excited about their new venture and being a part of the local business community. When not still getting acclimated to entrepreneurship, you might find Derek playing golf or hanging out with three kids ages 9-13.

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

 My father always encouraged me to actively seek out the counsel of others, particularly those who might have traveled your path beforehand. I spent over two years looking for a business to purchase and was constantly reaching out to acquaintances and friends-of-friends during that time for advice and also to keep my spirits up. Every single conversation proved fruitful – there were a number of instances that I assumed were going to be boring or vanilla, but ended up being some of the most helpful. When looking back, I’m still amazed at the willingness of people to carve out a little time to help someone. I’d encourage others to be bold in seeking out conversations for advice, people are often very generous when approached for counsel (and usually like to talk about themselves!).

Best business book you’ve ever read

I wish I had one book that unlocked the best in me, led to a lot of great decisions and that I could recommend to the group to potentially do the same thing. Unfortunately that’s not the case, so I’d probably go with The Big Short by Michael Lewis. While a 10+ year bull market has erased a lot of memories from the subprime crisis, I’ll always be fascinated and impacted by having worked in the investment world during that time and watching it unfold. Lehman Brothers was one of our biggest clients. Plus I think there are great takeaways on boldness and conviction, balanced by the fact that timing often matters more than anything. “The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.” (John Keynes).

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

In my old job, I let a bad manager impact my enthusiasm for the company and became too disconnected from others across the company to avoid  him. I should have fought harder for the different teams I was managing so that they would be impacted much less by a difficult presence.

How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day

Currently by watching the Ken Burns documentary on Country Music, so interesting having been born here and with the musical influence on the city. More often though, hopefully playing some golf or spending time outdoors with my kids – and trying to get our new border collie to be as obedient as our old lab.

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

As a new member, I was very interested in the Connectivity event but had a last-minute work trip pop up. I attended the first We Built This City and thought it was great – seems like a great potential series and am hoping to catch more of them.

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

I worked out of a home office for StreetAccount and some of my work could be done with music in the background. I was so intrigued when Spotify launched and offered the ability to listen to whatever you want on demand that I decided to tackle Rolling Stones’ Top 500 Albums list from top to bottom. I’d guess around ~450 were available and took me about a year.

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

Heading to Telluride to ski with my family for spring break, always some of our favorite times together as a family. Otherwise very excited for a new season and hopefully a little less rain this spring.


Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series- Women in Leadership
March 10, 2020, 7:30am-9:00am, Belmont Williamson County Campus, 310 Billingsly Court

Sign up to attend the Women in Leadership Coffee Connect on Resilience, Champions and Finding Your Path!  REGISTER HERE.  Space is limited to 6.


Belmont Executive Learning Series- Ethics, Strategy and Giving Back
April 1, 2020, 7:00am-9:00am, Janet Ayers Conference Center, 1803 15th Avenue South

Hope you can attend this fireside chat with Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's Companies.  CLICK HERE to register for one of our 6 spots. 



Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about the earnings season, hidden expenses, Korn Ferry and Omnicom Group for Forbes. He also wrote articles for Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

BOSS Magazine published an article by Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] about ways leaders can identify and overcome blind spots. Bailey wrote a column for SmallBizDaily with four steps to get your business goals back on track. He also penned an article on how to turn weaknesses into strengths for Forbes.

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal announced its Health Care Awards winners, which included Michael Burcham [Shore Capital] and Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare].

In the News

Big Visual Media Group [Scott Snoyer] is a sponsor of Taste of Williamson, according to Williamson Source.

Erin Richardson [All American Pest Control] was quoted in the Tennessean about combating common winter house pests. 

The Nashville Post announced that Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] appointed a new CEO and founder Jeff Rice transitioned to the role of executive chairman.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned in the media many times this week:

Bleacher Report:

MLS Season Preview: Expert Predictions on Big Storylines for 2020


Major League Soccer has a 25-year plan, but it needs to secure huge media deals first


MLS Power Rankings: Seattle on top, LAFC No. 2; Inter Miami has a long way to go

MLS Multiplex: 

Nashville SC: 2020 Preview – Welcome to MLS

MLS: Power Rankings – Seattle Sounders on top


Nashville SC talk expectations, anticipation ahead of long-awaited MLS opener

Nashville SC: What it means to be the Music City's club | J. Sam Jones

Nashville SC signs four selections from 2020 MLS SuperDraft

Nashville SC surpass 50,000 tickets sold for MLS debut, ready for big party

Nashville SC hope the timing is right to face Atlanta United in MLS opener

Nashville SC confident in oft-questioned attack heading into debut season

Under pressure: 10 MLS teams feeling the heat in 2020 | Greg Seltzer

Gregg Berhalter: MLS can reach "next level" by continuing to export players

Nashville Business Journal:

From the Editor: Nashville’s new kid on the block 

Fat Bottom Brewing Co. buys beer company

Nashville Post:

Ayre, Nashville SC can finally take a breath as MLS debut nears

Nashville SC inches closer to Nissan Stadium sellout

Ayre confident in NSC roster despite ‘MLS constraints’

Of Note: 28 February 2020

Fat Bottom buys Music City Beer 

Nashville Scene:

Net Results: The Inside Story of Nashville SC and the City’s Stadium Agreement

#Goals: How Nashville SC Was Built

Talking to Nashville SC's Ian Ayre

Fat Bottom Buys Music City Beer


Predicting the 2020 MLS standings

Sounds Like Nashville:

Nashville Scoop: What To Expect At Your New Favorite Team’s Opening Game


Nashville SC expecting 50,000-plus crowd at inaugural MLS home game


“If you’re going to build a show, what a place to build it”: Ian Ayre talks up Nashville’s MLS debut


Setting expectations for Nashville SC's first season in MLS 


Judah Akers on how Judah & The Lion wound up composing the theme song for Major League Soccer's Nashville SC and more (Exclusive)


How Labor Deal, Soccer Stadium Battle Affected Nashville SC's Preparations For First MLS Season

Who Will Be Nashville SC's Captain, Starters And Top Scorer?

Nashville SC returns home after completing preseason camp in Florida

How to watch, stream Nashville SC's MLS season-opening game vs. Atlanta United

Nashville SC weather: Mostly clear skies for opener as temperatures dip below freezing Saturday

English Premier League rivalry turns into MLS bond for Nashville SC's Ian Ayre, Atlanta United's Darren Eales

Nashville SC releasing 2,500 tickets to Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees

Nashville SC makes first roster cuts, confirms Shak Adams release

Nashville SC players hope to build southern rivalry with Atlanta United, starting in MLS opener

How to get tickets to inaugural Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium

Nashville SC 2020 MLS schedule: Dates, times and opponents for first MLS season

The Pick: The sun's out (finally), but it's raining ACM Awards in Nashville

'Plugged In' Episode 1: Nashville SC's expansion season expectations with Fox Soccer's John Strong

What you need to know about Nashville SC's MLS opener vs. Atlanta United

Oddsmakers warn: Don't expect much from Nashville SC this season | Estes

Fox Sports' Sara Walsh will serve as Nashville SC game day host

What you need to know about Nashville SC's MLS opener vs. Atlanta United

The Athletic:

State of Nashville SC: The biggest question marks ahead of their inaugural MLS season

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Major League Soccer’s top new players in 2020

The Setonian:

Nashville SC bring fresh club culture to Major League Soccer


Defense team for Nashville soccer stadium gets bigger ahead of fairgrounds trial

Nashville SC receives warm welcome from fans at BNA


Nashville SC kicks off season Saturday


Nashville SC fans ready for MLS home opener

5 things to do this weekend in Middle Tennessee: February 29 - March 1

Yahoo! Sports:

Atlanta United-Nashville Preview

Chris Janson’s song “Done” was inspired by the first time he saw his wife at Melrose Billiard Parlor [Austin Ray], according to Taste of Country.

William Kirkland [The Kirkland Company] brokered the sale of an apartment complex in Spring Hill, Tennessee, according to Multihousing News and the Nashville Business Journal.

The Nashville Post, Nashville Pride and La Campana News announced that Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] has launched a mobile app to help customers manage their loan transactions. This year’s Governor’s Volunteer Star Awards were sponsored by Advance Financial, according to WJLE.

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is the architect for a Wedgewood-Houston apartment complex built from shipping freight containers, according to the Nashville Post.

Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] and some of their partners are semifinalists in several categories for the prestigious James Beard Awards, recognizing the country’s most talented chefs and restaurants, as reported by the Tennessean, Eater Nashville, the Nashville Scene, Eater.com, Food and Beverage Magazine, FSR Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Lexington Herald LeaderPatch.com and Grub Street. The Goldbergs are in the running for Outstanding Restaurateur, The Catbird Seat’s chefs are nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year and the chefs at Bastion and Henrietta Red are finalists for Best Chef: Southeast. The Patterson House’s “Old Fashioned” and Bastion’s “Barrel Boulevardier” were featured in a StyleBlueprint article about Nashville’s most over-the-top cocktails. AL.com included The Patterson House as a stop in it’s guide on how to plan the perfect Nashville bachelorette party. Locust was included on Food & Wine’s list of highly anticipated restaurant openings in the spring. Front Office Sports noted the success of The Band Box at First Horizon Park as inspiration for a new restaurant at the ballpark. The Band Box was mentioned by Clarksville Online as an entertainment option on its list of weekly promotions at First Horizon Park.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Tennessean featured First Horizon Bank’s managing director, speciality healthcare group Sameer Gupta in its people in business section.