EO Nashville Member News - January 25

January 25, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1. Family Feud - EO Style!
February 16, 2019, 7:00pm-11:00pm, Ole Red, 300 Broadway

Let’s step back to the 80s and your TV set – whether it had bunny ears or a slide cable box! And, what better way to celebrate and build house camaraderie than with the classic television game show Family Feud – LIVE with EO Houses competing! Questions will be EO Nashville tailored ranging from informative to frivolous, serious, funny or anywhere in between! We will even transition from Family Feud to MTV with tunes from the 80's! 

You won't want to miss this LIVE game show complete with show set center podiums, buzzers and SURVEY SAYS game board. So dress the part, grab your favorite date and join us to celebrate the 80s!

2.  3rd Annual EO Day on the Hill
February 19, 2019

Our 3rd Annual Day on the Hill event is quickly approaching on February 19th. We will begin setting up appointments with our legislators next week, but we still need members to sign up to attend these appointments. If interested, you should be prepared to commit to the entire afternoon. 

There will also be a cocktail party folliowing our Day on the Hill from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Musician’s Hall of Fame. You must register for each of these events separately.  

Please consider volunteering for this incredible community event! We are super excited to have the opportunity to continue to make EO Nashville’s presence known.  

CLICK HERE to participate in the Day on the Hill visits (entire afternoon of the 19th)

CLICK HERE to register for the Day on the Hill Cocktail Reception (5:30pm-8:00pm on the 19th)

3.  Learning from Legends - Rob McCabe, Ron Samuels and Terry Turner of Pinnacle Financial
March 7, 2019, Pinnacle Learning Center, 150 3rd Avenue S, Nashville, TN.  37201

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. 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? Join the chapter on March 7th at the Pinnacle Financial Learning Center to learn more from these three iconic banking and community Hall of Fame legends.




EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned an article for Inc. about the benefits of a CEO being involved in his community.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Trinisys [David Box] received the top honor as Company of the Year in the 10th annual Nashville Technology Council Awards announced last night.

In the News:

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was mentioned in a Recruiter article about using Rockefeller Habits to elevate your company recruiting.

Solutions Review featured the results of a survey of HR leaders at U.S. small and mid-sized organizations conducted by BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert]. A Bernard Health executive wrote an article for Financial Advisor about why advisors should prioritize healthcare.

Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser PC] was quoted in a Newsweek article about one of his cases involving a high-risk pregnant immigrant.

A mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in the Nashville Post for his new position. A different Nashville Post article referenced an executive’s former position at a company involved in the center’s Project Music initiative.

Allen Huggins [WH Properties] was quoted in a Mansion Global article about the Green Hills area benefiting from increased attention as an elite location to buy homes.

The Nashville Post reported on a new Germantown mixed-use office building designed by Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee]. In a different Nashville Post article about an Atlanta-based company seeking to buy a Germantown property, a source mentioned the company will use Smith Gee Studio as its architect.

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was featured in a Live Kindly article about their new vegan-friendly whiskey made from quinoa.

The Nashville Scene featured Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] for celebrating its fifth anniversary with a week of dining deals.

The president and CEO of The Hardware Company [Steve Curnutte] was quoted in a Smokey Barn article about the Springfield, Tenn. Ace Hardware’s new leadership.

WSMV reported on a community event hosted by Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] that honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Tennessee Tribune reported on the Nashville Business Incubation Center’s graduating class, which includes Ken Thomas [Archangel Protective Services].

Tennessee Cheesecake, Inc. [Will Wilson] will have their Winter Dock Sale this weekend, as reported by The Tennessean.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] announced it will open a restaurant featuring shaved ice, dumplings and beer in 12South this year, as reported by the Nashville Post, Eater Nashville, the Tennessean and the Nashville Scene. The company was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for the chefs from Bastion and Henrietta Red hosting a “power lunch” as a fundraising effort for Chefs Cycle for No Kids Hungry, a 300-mile bike ride supporting No Kids Hungry. The chef of Bastion was interviewed in a Skift Table article about designing the restaurant for diner interaction. Next Avenue featured Catbird Seat in an article about how to enjoy dining alone in restaurants. The Nashville Business Journal mentioned the Downtown Sporting Club will replace Paradise Park on Broadway.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Skip Hindman [Baker Donelson] was quoted in the AdAge article "McCann Retreats from Army Review.” Nashville Medical News’ "InCharge Healthcare 2019," an annual publication highlighting leaders in the Nashville healthcare field, featured six Baker Donelson attorneys: Ashby Burks, Dick Cowart, Christy Tosh Crider, Tonya Mitchem Grindon, Claire Cowart Haltom and John Hicks. Nashville Medical News also noted that Dick Cowart, along with his wife Becky, will be honored at the Greater Nashville American Heart Association's 45th Annual Middle Tennessee Heart Gala with the annual Martin E. Simmons Award honoring their impact on the mission and tradition of the Heart Gala.


EO Member Spotlight

Julie May

bytes of knowledge

Julie May is the founder and former CEO of bytes of knowledge, a computer-networking company that specializes in managed services, help desk support, technology maintenance and security solutions. 
She remains Chairman of the Board. With over 30 years of business and technology experience, Julie began her own business “coachsultancy” in 2016 and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt. She uses culture, technology and communication to create teams that iterate, execute, are accountable to each other and leverage each other’s skill sets. Her process leads to high-functioning teams, low attrition and the obtainment of personal, professional and company goals.

In 2018, Julie received a patent for a product she is taking to market. 

Julie earned a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University and her B.A. in Advertising from the University of Alabama. She has served as a mentor for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and for JumpStart Foundry. She has been the Leadership Chair for Nashville Chamber West, a part of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Julie has held numerous positions on boards such as the Nashville Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization and YWCA. She loves tennis, travel and spending time with her family. Julie and her husband Charles reside in Nashville with their two boys Alex & Christopher. 

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

When you do what you do, be meaningful.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

That’s sooooo tough. I have so many favorites. My recent favorite is Ray Dalio, Principles.

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

Limiting my vision. Not thinking big enough.

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

Sit on the couch, in my pajamas, in front of the fire (in the winter, of course), dinner with family and then watch a most recent binge-worthy series.

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

EO Nerve in Charleston September 24-26 with an add-on couple of days for additional exploration of this amazing city full of history, food & revitalization.

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

I have patented a product I am taking to market. I have completed initial beta testing and I'm moving into my first investment round.

I am an adjunct professor for a class at Vanderbilt: Developing, Practicing & Analyzing Organizational Effectiveness

Any exciting plans for 2019 that you would like to share?   

2019 is exciting for me in general. I am looking forward to making traction on two new business ventures that have been in the research & prep stages for the last 12-18 months. Yahoo!


Other Upcoming Events

EO Think Tank, Exit Strategies
February 21, 2019 - 7:30-9:00am at E|Spaces

Join your fellow EO members for a Think Tank on exit strategies and how to choose the best options for your unique situation.