EO Nashville Member News - July 5

July 5, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Behind the Scenes- Arrington Vineyards- ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! 
July 31
, 2019, 4:00pm- 7:30pm

Hope you can join your fellow EO members for a Behind the Scenes, private tasting and tour of Arrington Vineyards. Dinner will also follow! CLICK HERE for more information and to grab one of the remaining spots! 

2.  Sneak Peek with Nashville Soccer Club
July 16th, 2019, 7:30am - 9:30am, Nashville Sporting Club

Get a SNEAK PEEK into the inner workings of launching Major League Soccer in Nashville with CEO, Ian Arye, and enjoy some axe throwing to follow! CLICK HERE for more details and to register. If there's a wait list, get on it! It's summertime, and plans change.

3.  Legacy is for the Living- Matthew Weiss, EO South Florida Member                           
August 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Belcourt Theatre

Fulfilling one of EO's core values, Matthew Weiss has "made a mark" by completing his first film "Man In Red Bandana," narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow. This private screening and keynote will be a unique opportunity to hear how EO provided Matthew with the skills and best practices to pivot from entrepreneur to award-winning filmmaker. REGISTER HERE.


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group

In the News:

The July print edition of America’s Benefit Specialist featured a Q&A with Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] for his impact on the insurance industry. The issue also mentioned the launch of BerniePortal’s broker partner network. 

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned in Employee Benefit News for its recently updated paid parental leave policy. The company was also featured in Tucson.com and The Mercury News for increasing its matching contributions to employees’ 401(k) plans.  

VegasOdds.com and the Bristol Herald Courier quoted the co-founder of Chalkline Sports [Joe Kustelski] about online sports betting in Tennessee. 

The development group that owns the building housing Novatech [Darren Metz] purchased another West Nashville property, as reported by the Nashville Post.

The Tennessean featured Pinewood Social [Ben & Max Goldberg] as a place with a pool to cool off this summer. Pinewood Social was also crowned the popular attraction for 20-somethings in a Noble Nashville article. Bastion was mentioned in Eater Nashville and the Nashville Scene as a neighbor to two new bars joining the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Forbes featured The Band Box in an article about putt-putt courses reinvented around the United States. The Downtown Sporting Club was featured in Forbes for its Sesame Citrus Salad keeping summer diets on track.  

A new cocktail-focused restaurant set to open in Wedgewood-Houston later this month will serve a signature drink featuring gin from Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell], as reported by the Nashville Post

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] was quoted in a Tennessean article about residential developments gravitating toward greenways and parks.  

The Nashville Scene mentioned that the chef from Josephine [Jim Lewis] will be featured in an East Tennessee culinary weekend. Yahoo Finance listed the chef as a participant in the James Beard Foundation Taste America National Culinary Series. Forbes featured a Josephine dish in an article about fresh summer corn dishes. 

Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] will step down as CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center at the end of this year, according to the Nashville Post. Michael Burcham [Narus Health] was mentioned in the article as a previous CEO of the center.

The Tennessean featured the impact Dell has had on the growing tech scene in Nashville and mentioned that Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] began his career with the computer company. The Tennessean also reported on Brody-Waite’s decision to move on from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to focus on helping the addiction recovery community.

The Nashville Ledger mentioned the launch of Wellview Health’s [James Story] new integrated health engagement program, Wellview Tech Connect.

The Tennessean Editorial Board asked candidates for mayor, vice mayor and at-large and district Metro Council seats their top recommendations for Nashville visitors, and candidates mentioned the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage]

The Nashville Post mentioned that the Metro Development and Housing Agency would vote this week on a five-story boutique hotel proposed for East Nashville near Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]. The plan for the unnamed hotel was approved by the agency, also reported by the Nashville Post.

A Tennessean article about the housing boom along I-65 in Williamson County mentioned Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] for the company’s well-priced Columbia townhomes.

Tom Forrest [Taillight TV] was featured in Broadway World for his executive production role on a recent CMT Crossroads episode featuring Brooks and Dunn, Luke Combs and other country music artists.


EO Member Spotlight

Jason Childs

Onora Group


Jason Childs is the husband of Julie and father to three very active kids; Grace (14), Avery (12) and Cooper (10). He is the President/Co-Owner of Onora Group, a Brentwood-based recruiting company that specializes in recruiting IT professionals. Jason began his work in the recruiting industry in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. In 2008, Jason started Onora Group with the goal of becoming a "Strategic Partner" to his clients in the area of talent acquisition. Jason has worked with many different industries including healthcare, automotive, energy, architecture, insurance, aerospace, manufacturing, service and distribution, among others.  

Jason is very active in the local community and is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville 2020 Partnership, Nashville Technology Council, Entrepreneurs Organization and a former Board Member of Brentwood United Methodist Church Foundation.

In his spare time, Jason enjoys coaching his son in basketball and football. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

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

If you don’t believe in yourself chances are nobody else will.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Built to Sell – John Warrilow
One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

When we launched our business we were trying to be too many things to too many types of clients. We have focused our offerings and become more intentional about what we do best and how we bring value to our clients. Our employees are happier, our clients value us more and our company is growing from the focus.
How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day? 

Playing sports with my kids and coaching. I find that is the only way I can get my mind off of work.
What EO event are you most looking forward to attending in the next few months?

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

We spent a week up in Michigan. I spent three days on Lake Michigan. I highly recommend everyone visit Michigan in the summer…not the winter. 😉


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.