EO Member News - July 12

July 12, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Legacy is for the Living - Matthew Weiss, EO South Florida Member                                                        

August 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Belcourt Theatre

Hope you can join us to hear the story of a real American hero from 9/11, Welles Crowther. Matthew will also explain how EO provided him with the skills and best practices to pivot from entrepreneur to award-winning filmmaker. Be sure to REGISTER HERE.

2.  It's Directory Time!  

Could you please take 5 minutes to update your member profile at www.eonashville.com

Once you are logged in, click on UPDATE PROFILE to check your information and make any changes.   

In addition to your personal information, we also need you to confirm that your Annual Sales and Full Time Employees are also current (under business information). All updated information should be entered by Friday, July 19th. 

Thanks in advance for your help! 

3.  Malcolm Gladwell at Belmont University                                                                          

 October 22, 2019, 6:45am - 9:00am, Massey Performing Arts Center

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell offer an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. His book, Talking to Strangers, is his first since the launch of his enormously popular podcast, Revisionist History and his music podcast, Broken Record. In this classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, he starts by asking a question: “What happens when we have to deal with the unfamiliar?” Guests are also welcome for a $35 fee. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article for Recruiter about what hiring should look like considering the low unemployment rate. 

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] penned an article for Forbes on the importance of following investment models in managing financial portfolios.


Bob Scott’s Insights recognized LBMC technology [Jeff McCorpin] as a 2019 top 100 value-added reseller for the ninth consecutive year, as reported by Bensinga.

In the News:

HR Daily Advisor mentioned Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] in an article about the company’s new student loan repayment program. 

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] was mentioned in an article written by Petra Coach JT Terrell for AllBusiness.

TecHR Series referenced BerniePortal’s [Alex Tolbert] 2019 recruitment report in an article about why small businesses should invest in HR technology. 

New Constructs [David Trainer] was mentioned in a Barron’s article giving advice on the safest stocks to buy according to their top 10 safest dividend stocks list. Integrity Research Associates featured the company in an article outlining its newly released data API. Trainer was quoted in a CNBC article that highlights flaws in Netflix’s tendency to rent and not own its content.

A Nashville Scene article highlighted Strategic Hospitality [Ben & Max Goldberg] restaurant Bastion’s recent addition of Hip Hop Karaoke nights. The Band Box was featured in a Nashville Scene article as a popular spot during the Nashville Sounds home series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes this weekend.

Crosslin, PLLC [Justin Crosslin] was mentioned in a Tennessee Ledger article announcing that one of its previous senior accountants has joined the audit division at LBMC’s Brentwood office.

Gatersports.com announced the Florida Gators App has partnered with SSB [Jay Graves] to offer data warehousing and advanced analytics to transform the gameday experience at the University of Florida. 

Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a new software-as-a-service platform, Jammber, that was developed by an alum of their Project Music program. 

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article as the company managing the construction of Harmony at Bellevue, a senior living facility that is expected to break ground later this month. 

A News Channel 5 Nashville article referenced Dr. Michael Burgdorf [Music City Plastic Surgery] as an expert on a popular plastic surgery procedure. 

The St. Louis Business Journal and KSDK 5 On Your Side reported that Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi] leased a Louisville property to International Tap House that will house its first location outside of Missouri. 

The Nashville Post mentioned that Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] will co-handle the construction of the Nashville Yards Grand Hyatt Hotel slated to open late summer or early fall 2020. Bell & Associates will also handle construction on the first of two Amazon towers in Nashville Yards, according to the Nashville Post.

Austin Ray [A. Ray Hospitality] was featured in a Sounds Like Nashville article listing Nashville’s Best Burgers, coining the Melrose Billiard Parlor’s double cheeseburger one of the best burger bargains in Nashville. A StyleBluePrint article about the Capitol View neighborhood featured M.L. Rose as one of the first restaurants to open in the new development. Broadway World mentioned Sutler Saloon as one of the first places Nashville-based band Hudson Valley began playing shows.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned in a WSMV News 4 article about the ongoing construction of its future stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Fox 17 Nashville featured the Women’s World Cup Final viewing party that the Nashville Soccer Club hosted at TailGate Brewery.

A StyleBluePrint article listed Community Hospitality LLC [Jim Lewis] restaurant Burger Up as a Nashville location where you can find custom goods displayed from the Oil/Lumber brand. Franklin Home Page featured Burger Up Franklin for adding allergy-friendly options to its menu. A Jospehine team member was mentioned in the Tennessee Ledger for their participation in The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America culinary pop-up series. WSMV News 4 featured Josphine in a recent article offering the recipe to its Earl Grey Panna Cotta.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

First Tennessee Bank has opened an expanded trust office in Nashville, as reported by the Nashville Post, Business Williamson, Brentwood Home Page, Franklin Home Page, Nolensville Home Page and Spring Hill Home Page. The Murfreesboro Voice and Patch Lavergne-Smyrna reported on the bank’s community celebration for its new HOPE Inside location in Smyrna. Nashville Pride and the print edition of Tennessee Banker Magazine featured articles regarding First Tennessee’s name change to First Horizon. The bank also was featured in Nashville Pride for being recognized as one of the top workplaces of 2019 in the state and nation, and in the print edition of Tennessee Banker Magazine for First Tennessee Foundation’s support of the Martha O’Bryan Center Bike Ride.  



EO Member Spotlight

Ann Johnson

Waste Tech Services, Inc. 

Ann is on a personal mission as an environmentalist to find solutions to keep plastics out of landfills and reduce / or eliminate waste from clients’ processes. 

Founder and President, Waste Tech Services, Inc.
- More than 7,500 corporate properties with service delivery reaching all 50 states. 

Founder, Moonshine Hill Inn
- An award-winning Bed and Breakfast located in the community of Leipers Fork, in Franklin, Tennessee. Recognized by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the top 10 places to stay in the country.

Founder, Money Pit LLC 
- a residential rental properties company that restores blighted properties throughout the country.

- Member, Women’s Presidents Organization, Nashville Chapter
- Member, WBENC
- Certified Woman Owned Business
- Graduate, Executive Strategic Growth Program- Tuck-Dartmouth School of  Business      
- Board member, Advisory Board of Keep TN Beautiful
- Board member, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

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

*I meditate EVERYDAY to calm my mind.   

*Don’t know what I don’t know until I know it.

*It's most likely a top down understanding with the bottom up approach!!!

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Any book by Abraham Hicks “The Vortex”. Brene Brown “Dare to Lead”

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

My one/several missteps in business is not knowing about EO in the very beginning.  My life, my business life, my emotional life has changed in such amazing ways from being a part of this organization.

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

I do a lot of work on myself! When I have had a particularly hard day, I’m gentle with myself, process what is/has gone on that day. Meditate, process, then take a bath!

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

I quite enjoyed Think Tank!

I am looking forward to the next “To Hell and Back." If it is not on the calendar for 2020, my hope is that it will be!

I am looking forward to Catalyst 9.

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

*I believe in the law of attraction, manifesting positivity in my life. 

*I enjoy shooting Glock competition when I can.

*I’m a Democrat with a lifetime gun permit! 

*I love history, rescue dogs and old houses. 

*My favorite band all day long is Bishop Gunn.

*My favorite city in the entire country is Natchez, Mississippi

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

Spending time with my extremely sweet Pit Bull Buddy Blue Brown Eyes!

I am buying a house in Leipers Fork and my plans are to create the most amazing, comfortable, warm & cozy home to come to every day to get away from it all. I am absolutely going to do it!

Other Upcoming Events

 Belmont Executive Learning Series - Retaining Good People - Trends for 2019          

July 23, 2019, 11:30am - 1:00pm, Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall

Register today for this panel discussion with Kevie Mikus, Senior VP for HR & Consulting Gallagher; Tracey Power, Chief People Officer, Vaco; and Andrea Yanicky, Director of Human Resources, InfoWorks. Space is limited to 6, so CLICK HERE to secure a spot!

Moderator Training - last chance for 2019!                                                                        

August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 4:30pm, location TBD

We have scheduled one final moderator training session for 2019. If you are an incoming moderator and have not been trained, please REGISTER NOW.