EO Nashville Member News - July 6

July 6, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. The EO NERVE Conference
September 12-14, 2018, Buffalo, NY
One of the very best ways to get more out of your EO membership is to get out of Nashville and enjoy theregional and global opportunities of EO.  So register for NERVE now!
SPEAKERS:  They have a schedule full of great speakers, such as Jim Kelly (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Rhonda Kallman (Samuel Adams Brewery), Megan Bruneau (The Failure Factor), among many others.
SOCIAL: How cool is this??? The opening ceremony is at Niagara Falls! The other nighttime events will be fantastic, plus there are lots of cool MyEO events available such as salmon fishing, sailing, golfing, and foodie events.
PRICE: $1,495.00
FURTHER DISCOUNTS: If your entire forum attends (this is a great opportunity to tack onto your forum retreat!) the forum gets $1000! Also, new members can use their event voucher of $500 off.
REGISTER HERE: www.eonerve.com

2. Learning From Legends Series with Jim Ed Norman
July 26, 4-6 p.m. at Quonset Hut (34 Music Square East)
Here are two things you don't often hear in the same sentence: "really creative" and "great manager." Unless you are talking about Jim Ed Norman – a man who has led two huge record labels and written arrangements for and/or produced some of the most iconic albums ever recorded. This is a man who gets stuff done and is also one of the best storytellers you will ever hear. Don't miss this rare chance to meet and hear from a true legend of Nashville's music industry! We will also be hosting a happy hour after the event at The Rusty Nail (formerly South), 1524 Demonbreun Street. REGISTER NOW

3. August House Parties
The Sutler Saloon, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
We will be hosting 4 Cocktail Parties in August- one for each House!  But, these will be more than just your typical cocktail party! As you’ve likely heard, we really want to honor the fact that EO members are in different “lifecycles.” During your Cocktail Party, we will be dividing you into different life cycle groups so you’ll have the opportunity to talk with those facing the same challenges – and also look to those who’ve already made it to the other side! We want you all to get beyond just your forum and benefit from the experience of a larger group of EO members.
CARNEGIE HOUSE (Forums 3,7,11,16,20,24,27) – August 29th REGISTER HERE
FORD HOUSE (Forums 1,5,10,18,22,26,29) – August 21st REGISTER HERE
MORGAN HOUSE (Forums 4,8,12,17,21,25,28) – August 22nd REGISTER HERE
ROCKEFELLER HOUSE (Forums 2,6,9,14,15,19,23) – August 30th REGISTER HERE


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for the Tennessean about questions patients should ask before scheduling a medical procedure.

Forbes published an article from Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] about ways to establish great relationships with journalists.

In The News:

The Nashville Post featured Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] for hiring five new members.

Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] was featured in the Nashville Post, the Chattanoogan and Virtual Strategy Magazine for hiring its 1,000th employee.

Barron’s mentioned David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] in an article about fund managers’ optimism despite the stock market ending on a sour note in the second quarter.

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was mentioned in the Tennessean for its ability to show price and quality estimates for different hospitals.

The Nashville Post featured Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] for expanding its education team.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a startup launched by a former employee.

The Nashville Post mentioned Smith Gee Studio, LLC [Hunter Gee] as the architect for a new townhome project in West End Park.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal for being a potential vendor for the Nashville International Airport. The Robb Report mentioned The Catbird Seat for its hot chicken-inspired dish, and the Nashville Scene mentioned the restaurant for hosting an award-winning chef in its guest chef series. Pinewood Social was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for its frosé drink, and Eater Nashville included the restaurant on its list of where to drink cocktails in Nashville. Pinewood Social and The Band Box were included on the Nashville Scene’s list of the best cool summer drinks in Nashville. Boston.com mentioned Pinewood Social for its industrial-chic vibes, and another Boston.com article described Merchants as a “culinary oasis amid Broadway’s bustle.” Paradise Park was featured in the Tennessean for hosting one of its final events before closing later this month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution mentioned a chef from Bastion in an article about upcoming Atlanta food scene events, and Clarksville Online mentioned The Band Box in an article about upcoming Nashville Sounds games.

Eater Nashville included Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman], Burger up [Jim Lewis] and Coco’s Italian Market [Charles Cinelli] on its list of great kid-friendly restaurants in Nashville. Edley’s Bar-B-Que was also mentioned in a Nashville Post article about a new development near its east side location.

Viki Hill [Mosaic Consulting Group, LLC] was quoted in Markets Insider and Nashville Business Journal articles about the company’s efforts to raise money for cancer research through an employee giving platform.

The Daily News Journal listed Sam’s Sports Bar [Sam Sanchez] as a place to dine outdoors in Murfreesboro or Smyrna.

Arnie Malham [Better Book Club] was named in a Nashville Business Journal article as the former owner of a SoBro property that was recently sold.

ScotchWhiskey.com quoted Derek Bell [Corsair Distillery] in an article about cannabis whiskey.

506 Lofts [Micah Lacher] was mentioned in the Running in Heels blog as a great place to stay in Nashville.

A Nashville Post article about a church property in the 12 South neighborhood mentioned Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi] as a previous potential buyer.

The vice president of Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] was quoted in a Tennessean article about how millennials are affecting the real estate market in Nashville, which was also picked up by Builder. The company was mentioned in another Tennessean article about the popularity of townhomes in the Nashville area.

Nashville Cable featured Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare] in its member spotlights.


EO Member Spotlight

Andy Bailey, Petra Coach

Andy Bailey is a serial entrepreneur who spends the majority of his time coaching other entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders and teams to grow dynamic businesses that focus on: people, strategy, execution and cash. When he’s not coaching, Andy is relaying his business and leadership experiences to readers of his recurring Forbes, Huffington Post, SmallBizDaily and AllBusiness columns and to audience members at professional events and conferences.

He is Founder and Head Coach at Petra Coach, an entrepreneurial coaching firm. Based on his years of entrepreneurism (he started his first company in college and achieved Inc. 500 status as one of the fastest growing businesses in America) and facilitating company planning sessions around the globe, Andy can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife though warm butter. He shows organizations the logjams thwarting their success and coaches them past urgent day-to-day fire drills so they can address and execute important higher-level business strategies.

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

Well the first thing that comes to mind is NO TRY! only DO! Which has been a mantra I’ve lived by for as long as I can remember. However I keep a sign up on the wall in my office that I refer to when I begin to slip into the realm of self pity. ‘Don’t feel sorry for yourself - Only assholes do that! I’ve had the opportunity to travel globally and truly see people in desperation and poverty. When I slip into negativity I often reflect on these experiences and that simple saying. ‘Enjoy’

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The big obvious one is The Rockefeller Habits... as it gave me an operating system for my business way back in the early 2000’s when I had none and was overwhelmingly frustrated. The construct made sense and, over time allowed me to get out of my own way. However most recently I’ve read From Good to Great to RELENTLESS by Tim Grover. This book taught me a lot about myself and as I told someone recently was like me watching my reflection in a broken mirror. I believe most entrepreneurs are in a state of relentless and this book could  help them better understand themselves.

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

One.... there are 100’s and I’m positive will be many more. Business is an iterative process by nature. The role is to go, make a mistake, adjust, go again. It’s just how it is. Yes, we plan but plans are always a best guess. One instance that left a mark was in early 2000 we had sold our business but financed the sale vs collecting the cash at closing. It’s a much longer story as to why and I put the details in my book NO TRY! but the short version is we ended up with no business and after 6 months no payments either. The buyer not only defaulted but ran up some very big bills in that period. We negotiated the return of the business assuming a larger amount of the debt and worked for two years to return it to its former state. Sounds ridiculous every time I recap that ‘misstep’ but you had to be there.

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

Easy... I run, workout or if I can I get out on the water on a paddle board. I find that strenuous physical activity clears my mind. I solve more issues in the places that in my office.

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

Well, I have the honor of being the leader of the EO@Harvard event in November on the Harvard campus. I’ve been working with the professors and leaders of the executive education programming there for a few months and I’m looking forward to making that program a long term success for the organization. I also know I will learn a ton!

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

I have a distinct fear of public speaking. While not nearly as debilitating as a decade ago when I would do anything to not be in the front of the room it’s always there. For 10+ years I’ve taken classes, read books, practiced, signed up for every speaking opportunity I could... basically ran directly into that fear. Today I speak close to 100 times a year to all types of audiences and have learned how to use the ‘feeling’ of fear which I’ve learned is nothing more then anxiety of the unknown to my benefit. I’ve asked a bunch of speakers if they have this as well. Most do... some said no... I think if you don’t you don’t care enough.

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

Every July 4th week Nicole and our two girls go somewhere as a family. With Madison now in college and Gracen with one more year of high school we want these weeks to be memorable, maybe selfishly, to keep them wanting to continue the tradition. This year we are headed to St. Lucia for the week and looking forward to hanging with them in the sunshine!