EO Member News - July 19

July 19, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. 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 current (under business information). TODAY is the final day to update this information before we begin working on the new directory! 

Thanks in advance for your help! 

2. 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.

3.  EO Nash Dash                                                                                                             

September 17, 2019, 2:00pm, Race starts at Walk of Fame Park

An EO version of the Amazing Race is about to hit LoBro!  House Teams will compete in a 2-hour race around the heart of Music City competing in a series of Nashville themed challenges similar to those seen on the hit television show, The Amazing Race.  

We will also host a celebratory after party from 4pm-6pm….location revealed when your team solves the last clue.  

Your Nash Dash registration automatically registers you for the After Party (no separate registration necessary). This event is limited to 10 teams of 10 participants.  Teams will be randomly assigned according to your EO House. Be sure to REGISTER NOW!

Unable to participate in the Nash Dash?  Then join us for the after party to celebrate the winners and console the losers! You can REGISTER HERE for JUST the after party! 


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article for HR Technologist about HR solutions for small businesses. He also penned an article for Benefits Pro explaining three regulatory changes to share with clients this summer. He published an article on Forbes explaining why HR technology lagged behind sales and marketing software. 

Liza Graves [StyleBlueprint] wrote an article for StyleBlueprint highlighting the Nashville Civic Design Center’s contribution to Nashville’s growth. 

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] provided DIY tips to help small businesses to do public relations on a budget in an article published by Forbes.


The following member companies were named as 2019 Small Business of the Year honorees by the Nashville Business Journal:   

  • Crosslin Technologies [Justin Crosslin]

  • Local Search Masters [Brad Hill]

  • Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin]

  • Petra Coach [Andy Bailey]

Winstead Paine Bone III [Wilson County Hyundai] was mentioned by the Tennessee Ledger as recipient of the Andrew Jackson Award by the Tennessee Automotive Association. 

In the News:

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] was mentioned in an Inc. article about three strategies for finishing what you start, written by Petra Coach Greg Eisen. 

Forbes reported on Micah Lacher’s [Anchor Investments] newest development, The Russell, a historic East Nashville church that has been resurrected into a 23-room hotel.

GHP Environmental + Architecture [Dominique Arrieta] has named David Cripe as a new partner with the company, according to the Nashville Post.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] is celebrating back-to-school season by giving away 100 new backpacks to Clarksville-Montgomery County area students, as reported by Clarksville Online. 

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] was quoted in a Forbes article about underutilized content promotion channels. The article also shared the main platforms to boost B2B content.

Novatech [Darren Metz] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article for being a neighbor to a new west side mixed-use project called Lindsey’s Corner. 

Hardaway Construction Corp [David Eftekhari] will manage the construction of a new assisted-living facility, Harmony at Bellevue, as reported by the Nashville Post. 

An Eater Nashville article included Community Hospitality LLC [Jim Lewis] restaurants Josephine and Burger Up on its roundup of places to eat in the 12 South neighborhood. Josephine chef, Andy Little, was mentioned in a Nashville Ledger article as a participant in The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America culinary pop-up series.

A 10 year-old Hendersonville resident who will be an honorary captain at an upcoming Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] game as a part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation wish, as reported by the Tennessean and WSMV Channel 4. Commercial Appeal reported the news that the team bested Memphis 901 FC for a second time this season. 

A Nashville Business Journal article included Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] on its list of notable Nashville business community members who have made contributions to support Mayor David Briley’s campaign.  Pinewood Social was mentioned in a WKRN Channel 2 article as a neighbor to new southeast development, Rolling Mill Hill. Gay Star News mentioned Downtown Sporting Club in an article about visiting Nashville during Pride week. 

Scott Scovill [MooTV] was on the cover of  Pollstar. The article chronicled his career as co-founder of the concert video production company.  

The owner of Five Points-based Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House, Matthew Charette [MDC Group] has purchased the building in which the restaurant and bar operates, as reported by the Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal. Beyond the Edge was mentioned in the Tennessean as a great place to grab a brew and a game. 

Project 615 [Derek Eftekhari] was mentioned in a Tennessean roundup of East Nashville’s most unique shopping spots. A separate Tennessean article added the company’s popular t-shirt slogan, ‘The Nashville Way,’ to its list of Nashville phrases you should know.  

Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] was featured in a StyleBlueprint article for its redesign of an alley in East Nashville. 

A.Ray Hospitality [Austin Ray] restaurant Sutler Saloon was mentioned in a Country Music Television article as the host location for an event featuring the songwriters for the Eli Young Band. A separate Country Music Television article mentioned the restaurant as the venue where Riley Green and Erik Dylan celebrated the success of their song “There Was This Girl.” 

Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] celebrated National Insurance Day with a luau-themed office party, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

First Tennessee Bank’s Middle Tennessee market president, Carol Yochem, was named as one of the Nashville Post’s 2019 Most Powerful Women. The bank was featured in the 7/19 print edition of Nashville Pride for contributing $25,000 to affordable housing agency New Level Community Development Corporation. Franklin Is published the news that the company has opened a new trust office in Nashville. The Nashville Ledger reported that Stephen Russell, a senior vice president and head of trust and estate administration for the Middle Tennessee region, will oversee the company’s new trust office location. Karla Ronquillo has been named a new financial center manager, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal.




EO Member Spotlight

Dan Cook

Dragon Park LLC

I grew up in Dallas, attended St. Mark’s for high school and found my way to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt and ultimately the Darden School at the University of Virgina. After college, I worked for Goldman Sachs as an analyst in NYC. Post business school, I founded the Gun Barrel Steak & Game House in Jackson, Wyoming (it's still there by the way, should you go).  I founded and lead GreatLodge (later Outdoor Central) which introduced online purchases of hunting and fishing licenses to sportsmen.  Together with my wife Brenda, I operate two event venues in Nashville: Clementine and Ruby.   

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

My grandfather used to say that you should allow everyone a bit of larceny.   It took me a long time to understand what he meant.  Once you accept that people take some liberties in business and life, you can get past the small things.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

My favorite business books relate to the future, technology and a likely prosperity beyond our expectations, including Peter Thiel’s Zero to One, Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near and Peter Diamandis’ Abundance.

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

It’s hard to limit to just one. My big three are:  1) don’t agree to an earn out when selling to a well heeled acquirer, 2) perform the due diligence on your lender that they do on you, and 3) don’t do deals with family.  Yes, plenty of scars there.

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

Apart from bourbon, I play ice hockey and run long distance (usually in sandals).

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

Moveable Feast of course.

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

I pioneered the online sale of hunting and fishing licenses to the sportsman of the U.S. in 1999.

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

We just returned from our annual trip to Jackson Hole where I lived for a decade and met my wife Brenda.  We introduced our three kids to backpacking/ camping in the Teton backcountry and now have a new family pastime. 

Other Upcoming Events

Moderator Training - last chance for 2019!                                                                      

August 14, 2019, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

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