EO Nashville Member News - June 29

June 28, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. THINK FAST... Who do you know for Catalyst?
We’re ready to kick-off our 8th CATALYST CLASS, and need your help really quick! Think fast…  Think of your friends, neighbors, vendors, favorite restaurants, lawn company – you name it…and then CLICK HERE to refer them! You’d be hard pressed to think of ANY entrepreneur who wouldn’t benefit from this class. 

Shoot them this brochure and invitation, and if you want to join them for the info session, register yourself on the EO site here – but don’t feel like you have to be there. (We’re having an informational session on Tuesday, July 24th from 5:30-7p.m. and then an alternate date will be Tuesday, August 7th from 7:30-9a.m. – both at The EC.)

These classes will be taught by Michael Burcham, and will take place at the Entrepreneur Center from 3-5p.m., followed by an hour of small group discussion from 5-6. The classes take place on Wednesday afternoons, and the schedule for 2018 is as follows:

 August 22nd
 September 12th
 September 26th
 October 3rd
 October 17th October 24th
 November 14th
 December 5th
 December 19th
 January 9th
 January 23rd February 6th February 20th (alternate date if needed)

If you would like to participate, you must be committed to attending at least 10 of the classes, as it is disruptive to have people come in and out, when participants are building a certain comfort level with each other. You must also participate in the small group discussions from 5-6 when asked to do so. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

2.  Moderator Training
August 28th, Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue 8:00am-5:00pm
Do you need to be Moderator trained?  If so, please sign up for this training session with Ellie Byrd! ALL moderators must be trained prior to beginning as moderator. This training session is limited to 12, so please REGISTER NOW!

3.  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


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] penned an article for Forbes about ways to build a stronger relationship with your team. Another column by Bailey about ways to keep a team inspired was published in SmallBizDaily.

A former chef at Josephine [Lim Lewis] wrote an article for the Nashville Scene about the impact Anthony Bourdain had on his life and career.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The following EO Nashville member companies were named as 2018 Small Business Awards honorees by the Nashville Business Journal:

  • Crosslin Technologies [Justin Crosslin and Bryan White]
  • MediCopy Services, Inc. [Elliott Noble-Holt]
  • Moo TV [Scott Scovill]
  • Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed]

In The News:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] was featured in HR Dive and HR Technologist for its recent partnership with human capital management software provider Proliant.

Forbes included insights from Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] in an article about ways to strengthen a story’s reach. Bradford was quoted in another Forbes article about a lesson he learned from a mentor.

Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] was mentioned as a sponsor of the 18th annual Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival in the Tennessee Tribune. The company was also mentioned in a Seeking Alpha article about employers who increased contributions to employees following the new tax cuts.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was mentioned in a Nashville Pride article about one of its Project Music graduates. Brody-Waite was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about how he reset his life to become a successful business owner.

Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations] was also quoted in the same Nashville Business Journal article about how proud she is of starting her own PR firm.

The Tennessean featured Vaco [Jerry Bostelman] for its unique approach to employment consulting.

The Nashville Post featured Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann], which recently named a new managing broker for its East Nashville office. The company was mentioned in another Nashville Post article for handling the sales of new residential projects at Silo Bend in The Nations.

Laura Tunnicliffe [Now Leasing, LLC] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal for her unique perspective on Nashville’s residential real estate market.

The Nashville Post mentioned Southwestern Consulting [Amanda Vaden and Rory Vaden] in an article about its parent company’s new executive vice president and treasurer.

Taylor Milliken [Milosi] was quoted in a Tennessean article about how great landscaping gives homes an edge in the real estate market.

Inspired Living Omaha mentioned The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] for its handcrafted cocktails and Pinewood Social for its offering of food, drinks and entertainment. An employee from Bastion was quoted in a GQ article about the drinks bartenders serve when it’s hot outside. The Band Box was mentioned in a Clarksville Online article about a recent Nashville Honky Tonks game.

The Joint Chiropractic [Chris Kemper] and its new location in Jacksonville, Florida were mentioned in The Florida Times-Union.

A Nashville Business Journal article featured 312 Pizza’s [Staci Bockman] new location in South Nashville.

Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] was mentioned in the New Orleans Advocate for its previous partnership with the New Orleans soccer team.

The Nashville Pride mentioned M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] for taking part in a food truck lunch break happening every week this summer. Melrose Billiard Parlor was listed in Eater Nashville’s list of best burger places to try in town.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] responded to the new European Union whiskey and bourbon export tariffs in Tennessean and Nashville Business Journal articles.

The Tennessean featured Paradigm Group [Bob Levy] for being named to the Top Workplaces list for the fourth year in a row.

Sherry Deutschmann [Sunset Ventures] was quoted in a Harvard Business Review article about female company founders.

Out & About Nashville mentioned Snapshot Interactive [Mark Scrivner], which created a video presentation for the LGBT Chamber 20th Anniversary celebration.

EO Member Spotlight

Bo Hanson, Abound Wealth

Bo Hanson is the co-founder and serves as the CIO and CCO of Abound Wealth while helping drive the long-term strategic vision and planning for the firm. He’s passionate about all things finance, and loves helping people make smart financial decisions. He knows it’s extremely fulfilling when solid financial planning “clicks” for the people he serves.

Bo is also the co-host of the award-winning podcast, The Money Guy Show, where he and Brian Preston share guidance and insight on topics ranging from clipping coupons to saving for retirement -- and everything in between. He has been featured in and contributed to Fox Business, Banrkate.com, Time, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, US News and World Report, and more.

Away from the office, Bo loves spending time with his wife, Jenna, and their two daughters, Barrett and Baylor. They live in Franklin, Tennessee and attend Fellowship Bible Church. He serves on the board of Preston Taylor Ministries, an organization that provides mentoring, education assistance, and discipleship to youth in Nashville. In his spare time, he loves staying active and being outdoors.

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

Hold on loosely. While business and financial successes are great, they are not the most important things in life. Make sure to stay grounded and understand what things in this life truly matter.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie. This should be a must-read no matter the profession, education level,  or business acumen.

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

Don’t feel like, just because you have had some success, you need so start throwing money at “bigger and better” things. We have wasted too many resources thinking we should buy the next latest and greatest thing when doing what had made us successful to start with was the best course.

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

I personally like to de-stress by working out and exercising. However, because of family responsibilities, I get my “de-stress” in first thing in the morning at 5 AM before my day starts. 

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

I think Forum (since ours is brand new) is probably the EO thing/event I am the most excited about. Really looking forward to building solid relationships with the guys in my Forum.

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

I sleep with my eyes open. I would like to say that I trained myself to do it, and there is some really cool reason it happens, but it is just a fluke thing that I figured out in high school. It is still pretty off-putting to my wife when she sees it. 

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

My wife and I are currently planning a trip for just the two of us and are narrowing down destinations. Having little kids makes the getaways with just us that much more special, so that is probably the thing I am looking forward to the most for this summer.