EO Nashville Member News – February 26

February 26, 2021

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. 

EO Level Up Informational Event

March 10, 2021, 7:30am-9:30am, LIVE or Virtual

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.

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

Upcoming EO Exchange Events

SEO is the New CEO
March 26, 2021


Join David Ross of Dev Digital for this conversation about SEO as the new CEO. A good CEO can help a company grow to its fullest potential by providing support and expertise to its employees. SEO is no different. A successful SEO campaign can gain your company's reputation with strategic backlinking and on-page content. These backlinks and content help your website drive your ideal customer straight to you by letting the search engines know you are not only supported in your industry, but that you are an expert in your field. 


Real Estate and Alternative Investment Strategies
April 2, 2021

Join two of our EO Strategic Alliance Partners for this Exchange event to find out what's up with Nashville real estate as well as other alternative timely investments you might want to learn about right now! Deborah Vahle and Mark Deutschmann will be participating from VILLAGE and Abby Spaulding and Andy Faught from Continuum Planning Partners!


Business For Sale! A Discussion of the Due Diligence of the Deal
April 9, 2021

Join EO Strategic Alliance Partner, David Jones with First Horizon, along with EO members Drew Goodmanson and Robert Hartline, to discuss the due diligence of the deal when putting your business up for sale!


Liability Exposure in the COVID Environment
April 16, 2021

Join EO Strategic Alliance Partner, Chan Dillon with WC Dillon/Insight Risk Management, and EO Member Ginger Jones to discuss Business Liability Exposure in the new COVID Environment.  


Cyber Security – Protecting Your Business
April 23, 2021

Register for this EO Exchange event led by EO Strategic Alliance Partner, Paul Steele with Martin & Zerfoss. EO member Debbie Gordon will also participate in the discussion!


EO Nashville GSEA Competition

We hosted our GSEA Competition on February 5th with nine INCREDIBLE student entrepreneurs. Check out their presentations below!

Our EO Nashville winner, Ian Hill, made it to the final five in the U.S. National Competition! 

First place ($3,500): Ian Hill, Mente, Inc.
2nd Place ($1,500): Zoe Antell & Jessica Kaplan, readydressgo
Finalist ($500): Brionna Davis, SHADES
Finalist ($500): Brandon Pierce, Pure Legacy
Finalist ($500): Porter Kennedy, SOstraws

Other competitors:

Ash Rai, Camelot
Chima Onwuka, Grind City Kicks
Sarah Bethany Nilsen, Local Island Co.
Eduardo Gonzalez, Music City Sanitizing Services, LLC


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Articles & Columns

Jeff Bradford [Bradford Dalton Group] penned a column with three tips to help contractors emerge from the pandemic strong for ConstructConnect.

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Airbnb, Lockheed Martin and Bio-Rad for Forbes

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal published its list of the largest health care IT companies in Nashville, ranked by the number of local-area IT employees. Included on the list are Trinisys [David Box] at #13 ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage] at #17.

In the News

Senior Housing News mentioned Vitality Living [Blanding Beatty] in a story about the impact of the pandemic on the senior living industry and how active adult communities are performing better than traditional living facilities. 

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared on TheInquisitor Podcast with Marcus Cauchi to speak about his story and the mask-free leadership movement. 

Matthew Charette’s [MDC Group] restaurant Boston Commons re-opened this week after being damaged by last year’s tornado, according to the Nashville Scene, StyleBlueprint and WKRN. Beyond the Edge and Drifters are still undergoing renovations. 

The Nashville Post reported that Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] is supporting the disaster relief efforts of Team Rubicon with a $60,000 donation. 

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is the architect of a mixed-used building planned for Germantown, according to the Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post. The Nashville Post also reported that Smith Gee Studio is designing a residential and retail building to be located on 21st Avenue South. 

The Manual included Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurant Henrietta Red as part of its Nashville travel guide. 

Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] has hired a new sales manager, plant manager and head distiller, according to the Nashville Post

The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal reported that Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] purchased the performance analytics division of South Carolina-based Quantros. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in Benzinga about the GameStop hearings. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Teresa J.W. Bailey [Waddell & Associates] was interviewed by Authority Magazine about five things you need to know to survive and thrive after a divorce.