EO Member News - June 14

June 14, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. It's Membership Dues Time! 

All members should have received a dues invoice for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Our chapter is NOT raising dues this year, and Global is only raising by $70, which makes the total $4570. We have also extended the Forum Olympics bonus points through today, June 14th!  You will receive 50 Forum Olympics points if you renew by today, and if your entire forum renews by end of day, you get a BONUS of 300 MORE POINTS! Lots of prizes to be had for our winners! 

2.  Interested in our new Level Up program?  Application deadline is TODAY!
Level Up (formerly the Second-In-Command program) was custom designed with entrepreneurs in mind and uses your organization's challenges as the basis for the participating leader's growth and development. If you are interested in submitting an application for your key leader(s) to participate, CLICK HERE to apply. The program will begin on June 20th. 

3.  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.   


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned a column for Recruiter about five things HR professionals should be doing instead of admin work. He also wrote an article in America’s Benefit Specialist’s June print edition about why brokers are still the future of benefits.  


Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was named to the insideARM 2019 Best Places to Work in Collections list.

In the News

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] recently released a recruitment report which analyzed companies’ hiring process and was featured in HR Dive, Solutions Review and New Jersey Business Magazine. The company also recently launched its broker partner network which was mentioned in the Nashville Post, HRD Connect and Nashville Medical News’ June print edition.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned by the Murfreesboro Voice and the Nashville Post for awarding scholarships to 10 Tennessee students. World at Work Journal mentioned the company in a piece about how to revamp company culture, written by Advance Financial’s Director of Customer and Employee Experience.

Project 615 [Derek Evans] was mentioned as a retail tenant of the L&L Marketplace opening on Charlotte Avenue in the Nashville Business Journal and the Tennessean.

The Rutherford Source listed Barbieri Orthodontics [Damon Barbieri] as a sponsor of the Simply Smyrna Celebration.

Music City Tents and Events [Joe Freedman] was mentioned as a vendor in a StyleBlueprint article offering tips on easy bridesmaids’ brunch decor.

The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post has reported that Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments] has bought another church in East Nashville as a sister project to The Russell boutique hotel.

Community Hospitality, LLC [James Lewis] restaurant Josephine was mentioned in a Tennessean article about five not so hot chicken sandwiches to try in Nashville. Burger Up was mentioned in a separate Tennessean article about Nashville’s expanding restaurant chains.

The Nashville Post featured a mixed-use project being eyed for Wedgewood-Houston that will be planned by Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee].

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about new developments in the SoBro neighborhood of Nashville. The company was mentioned in a separate Nashville Post article about a mixed-use project in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Hoodline listed Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] as one of the most popular spots in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood.

Realtor.com quoted Erin Richardson [All-American Pest Control] about how warm, wet weather can bring termite swarms.

M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] was mentioned in the Nashville Post as the neighbor of a new massage therapy spa in Nashville’s Capitol View. All Access Music Group mentioned that the restaurant will be participating in WRLT (Lightning 100)’s 615 Day. The Christian Beat mentioned the Melrose Billiard Parlor as the location for Crowder’s music video for the song “Let It Rain (Is There Anybody).” The Nashville Ledger mentioned Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen as a premier place to eat before or after a Nashville Sounds or Nashville Soccer Club game.

Maxim featured singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd’s guide to Nashville’s hotspots which included The Patterson House [Ben and Max Goldberg] as the best high-end bar. The Nashville Business Journal listed Le Sel as a Nashville restaurant that closed in 2019. The Band Box was mentioned in a Nashville Ledger article describing a day in the life of the Nashville Sounds. Grub Street interviewed the chef at Henrietta Red about the negative environment that can be found in the kitchens of high-end restaurants and how some chefs are working to create healthier atmospheres.

The former lead generations manager at Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] will oversee a new East Nashville realty office, according to the Nashville Post. A Village agent sold a 12South home which was chosen as the Nashville Ledger’s sale of the week.

Whiskey from Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] was used for cocktails during the Nashville Food Project’s Simmer Series, according to the Nashville Scene.

Pepperdine University mentioned that the new chair of the Pepperdine Board of Regents is also the board chair of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite].

Move On [Bryce Adkins] was mentioned in a Digital Journal article for being the top-rated professional moving company in Nashville

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was listed in the Nashville Business Journal as the chairman of the new Historic Capitol Corridor Foundation, launched to help preserve the historic, cultural and architectural integrity of the Capitol corridor.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted Brian Hoppes [Elevation Search Solutions, LLC] in its May 31 print edition about how he is preparing for the arrival of Amazon’s operation center coming to Nashville.

Rebecca Donnner [Inner Design Studio] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article for her opinion of the shift towards patient-centered design in the healthcare design industry.



EO Member Spotlight

Greg Edwards

Cypress Healthcare Valet


Currently helping 85 healthcare locations dramatically increase their patient satisfaction and loyalty, Cypress Healthcare Valet offers valet parking that wows patients, visitors and guests. The tone set for a hospital visit begins the moment your patients and guests arrive and ends only when they leave your healthcare facility grounds.

As established healthcare valet and patient service expert, Greg helps achieve a balance in delivering patient happiness while dramatically improving operational efficiency and reducing the costs necessary to manage services in-house.
He believes their singular focus on the patient’s first and last impression sets them apart.

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

“The harder you work… the luckier you get!”

In general – the more you are out there talking to others, listening to others experiences  - the more good things you will discover and the more new business you will get. 

Best business book you’ve ever read?

I’d have to go with the classic… Good to Great by Jim Collins.

But lately – my favorite is Gary Keller’s “The One Thing” – which has really helped me commit to time blocking and focusing on my MOST important goals first. 
One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

Many years ago – I had a commercial embroidery business. Operated it for 11 years. It ended up crashing – causing me to go into personal bankruptcy. The number one lesson… Cash is king. Focus on cash. If you are always short on cash… perhaps your business model needs tweaking.  I tried to grow and added debt to a poor business model… and ended up over my head with lots of debt and little cash. If I had focused on how much cash I was generating … then I would have realized that my model was weak… and not tried to “buy a bigger truck” – which just made me lose more money on more orders!
How do you de-stress after a particularly hard day?

Chill out with my wife and a glass of wine!

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

I love any event where speakers share their story. I always seem to walk away with some nugget I can apply to my business.  

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

Though I own a company that valet parks cars at hospitals around the country (80 locations) I still love working as a valet guy… greeting patients and running for cars.

And when I track my steps… at times – I’ve run 13 miles in a day… back and forth to the valet lot!

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

In my sales career / life .. I’ve been to every state in the US – except one. Montana.

July 6th our family is going to – you guessed it… Montana!

I’m excited.

Other Upcoming Events

Forum 201 – Moderator & Leadership Training
June 25, 2019, The Thompson Hotel, 401 11th Avenue S, 8:00am-5:00pm

Forum 201 is a one-day advanced education workshop that focuses on advanced forum practices and leadership skills. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to register. Space is limited!  

Think Tank: Aging Parents
June 25, 2019, E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, #417, 7:30am-9:00am

Join your fellow EO members for peer sharing experiences dealing with aging parents.  Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER TODAY