EO Nashville Member News – February 12

February 12, 2021


EO Exchange: The Realities of Current Employee Expectations

February 19, 2021, 9:00am-10:00am, Virtual – Zoom

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.  Can you require employees to get vaccinated? Can you require them to return to the office? Lots of ground to cover! REGISTER

Happy Hour with International Mentalist Keith Barry

March 2, 2021, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Virtual – Zoom

Register now to join your fellow EO Nashville members for Happy Hour and a presentation from International Mentalist Keith Barry, as seen on The Ellen Show!

There will also be some time to make connections in a smaller group setting! REGISTER



What's the REAL DEAL with 2020's Effect on Nashville

March 5, 2021, 7:30am-9:30am, LIVE or Virtual

The past year has wreaked havoc on our city, with the tornado, the pandemic, and then the bomb. We are bringing you the industry experts in the things that matter so much to our city: healthcare, music, tourism, and our metro schools. 

Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell will moderate this amazing panel of experts: Bobby Frist, Co-Founder and CEO of HealthStream; Sarah Trahern, CEO of Country Music Association; Benjamin Goldberg, Founder and Co-Owner of Strategic Hospitality; Laquita Stribling, Co-Chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Report Committee.

CLICK HERE for the in person event at The Listening Room. CLICK HERE for the VIRTUAL option. 

Level Up Informational Event
March 10th!


JOIN US to find out more about EO's Level Up program!

Level Up is a leadership skills development program designed to give experienced leaders tools and a peer group for experience and resource sharing that will help them take your company to the next level.

Most entrepreneurs don’t have the time to develop their leaders and give them all the tools they need to take the company to the next level. Level Up gets these leaders to think more like entrepreneurs and delivers leadership skill-building to leaders who may be wired differently than the founder of a company.

Hope you and your potential Level Up participant can join us for this informational event.

REGISTER HERE for you + your leaders.
This event will be held virtually.

Who Wants a FREE Staycation + Dinner?

How does a FREE staycation for your forum with one night at the brand new Virgin Hotel + dinner on us sound? (You’d have until 12/1/21 to use it.)

Did you know our Strategic Alliance Partners bring in almost as much revenue as your member dues?  

Can you imagine what we would have done without the expertise of our partners during the past year?

Don’t you want to support those who support YOU?

We are asking every forum to host at least 4 SAPs per year. This is a tricky year, and we want to make sure they feel this partnership is valuable enough to continue for years to come.

All forums that have had at least 4 SAPs visit them between July 1, 2020 – June 1, 2021 will get their forum # in a hat for a chance to win the prize mentioned above… rooms at The Virgin Hotel + dinner for your forum.

CLICK HERE to let us know how many you’ve had so far, and who else you’d like to host. We’re happy to help connect you if you’d like.

CLICK HERE  to view a list of some of the topics they’d be happy to discuss with you. Also understand they’re perfectly happy to customize a topic to the specific needs of your forum. We always recommend you chat with them ahead of time to let them know what you need during their visit.

To qualify, you must have had all 4 SAPs visit prior to June 1, 2021, and the visits should have been a minimum of 20 minutes each. We will follow-up in May to ask you to complete a final form indicating who you’ve hosted and you must complete that form to qualify.




The Firm's Emerging Companies lawyers are not only seasoned legal professionals, but also possess deep experience in working with entrepreneurs. We provide a range of legal services that focus on the strategic business goals of our clients. We work with growing companies at all stages and in a wide range of industries, including information technology, hospitality, digital media, life sciences, health care, alternative energy/cleantech, telecommunications, and technology-enabled services.

Examples of our services for entrepreneurs include:

Contracts – We advise clients on contracts covering many types of relationships and transactions. Baker Donelson lawyers regularly assist companies in developing, managing, and negotiating customer and vendor agreement forms to cover frequent interactions that are important to their business.

Capital – Capital is a precious resource and the lifeblood for emerging companies. We have significant experience advising clients on both debt and equity financing, including convertible notes and venture capital and angel investments. We can advise on which options may be best for each company’s particular situation, and we can assist with planning and conducting negotiations to ensure that our clients obtain the best terms.

Technology – Technology allows emerging companies to grow and work smarter. Our Firm maintains a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to assist clients with the wide-ranging issues of business technology law. With more than 150 years of cumulative experience within the Business Technology Group, Baker Donelson advises on all types of business transactions involving the purchase, sale and licensing of technology products and services.

Intellectual Property – Emerging companies rely on the potential of their ideas, which means IP must be protected to confidently move forward. Our Firm's team includes skilled patent lawyers with deep experience developing and protecting emerging clients' intellectual property rights. In addition, we work with clients to leverage their IP through licensing, development, reseller, distribution, and other strategic agreements that generate revenue streams and other business opportunities.

Employment – Growing companies need to pay special attention to supporting and providing proper incentives for employees. Our Firm's team of experienced attorneys have advised many emerging businesses on issues such as preparing executive employment agreements; implementing stock option and other employee incentive plans; structuring employee benefit plans; establishing consulting or contractor agreements; and developing human resource policies and handbooks.

Compliance – Emerging businesses have numerous legal and regulatory compliance risks to consider. Baker Donelson lawyers provide counsel regarding taxation and regulatory compliance at the local, state, federal, and international levels. We also regularly assist our clients with confidentiality, HIPAA and proprietary information agreements.

M&A – As emerging businesses grow, many pursue deals to expand operations, acquire other companies or secure new revenue streams. We have experienced corporate attorneys on our team to ensure that the deals we do for clients are not only legally and technically sound, but that they also fit with the company's strategic objectives. Our focus is always on doing the deal that helps our clients meet their goals.

For more information or to schedule a forum visit, please contact:

Chris Sloan

Baker Donelson Forum Topics:

• Top 3 issues employers should know about for operating during Covid-19.
• Make your workplace a hard target: Practical strategies to prevent and prepare for violence in the workplace
• Choose your own adventure: If another question or topic is of interest to your forum, we will customize a presentation just for you! Or we could bring a couple of folks for an “AMA."


CLICK HERE if you’d like to submit an item for EO Member News.

Articles & Columns

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Dalton Group] penned a column for Forbes about nine public relations lessons he learned from 2020. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about micro-bubble stocks and Bumble’s IPO for Forbes

In the News

WSMV News 4 featured Vitality Living [Blanding Beatty] in a story about life after the COVID-19 vaccine for residents of senior living communities. 

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

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development] co-listed and sold a property in Sylvan Park that was the Nashville Ledger’s “Sale of the Week.”

The Nashville Scene reported that the Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] cocktail bar The Patterson House has added a Sunday brunch service, provided by The Catbird Seat. Merchants was mentioned in the Nashville Post for being next to an undeveloped property on Lower Broadway that was recently sold. 

StyleBlueprint featured a before-and-after of a historic home that Marcelle Guilbeau [Marcelle Guilbeau Interior Design] interior designed. 

Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] was featured on WSMV News 4’s Working Wednesday.

NewsChannel 5 mentioned M.L.Rose [Austin Ray] in a story about how bars adjusted to keep Super Bowl customers safe.

The Nashville Post reported that ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage] received an investment from a technology-centric growth equity fund. Nashville SC announced that it has selected the architecture and construction firms to work on its South Nashville training facility, according to the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post and the Tennessean

A partner at Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] was quoted in Senior Housing News about a new senior housing newsletter and lessons the industry can take from it. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in the Washington Post and the New York Post about Tesla’s investment in Bitcoin, in The Verge about DoorDash’s stock and in Business Insider about Bumble’s IPO. Reuters, Nasdaq and Yahoo! Finance quoted Trainer about the Nasdaq and S&P 500 gains this week.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared on CNBC Europe’s Squawk Box to speak about GameStop.

Strategic Alliance Partner News 

First Horizon Bank Executive Vice President Andrew Kintz was quoted in a Pollstar article about the various funding programs for the music industry. FranklinIs, KnoxTNToday.com and The Metro Buzz reported that First Horizon Bank has hired Greg Hays as senior vice president, where he will oversee its Middle and East Tennessee mortgage groups.

The Business Journals quoted Teresa J.W. Bailey [Waddell & Associates] in an article about six important enterprise risk management lessons wise leaders will learn from the pandemic.