EO Member News - June 21

June 21, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Forum 201 - LAST CHANCE to register!  We are finalizing numbers today.

June 25, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm, The Thompson Hotel

Forum 201 is a one-day advanced education workshop that focuses on advanced Forum practices and leadership skills.  Members who participate in this program will receive Moderator Training credit.  For more information and to register CLICK HERE.

2.   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

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

Get a SNEAK PEEK into the innerworkings of launching Nashville SC as the club joins Major League Soccer in 2020.  CLICK HERE for more details and to register.   


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] wrote an article for Forbes discussing the differences between building and buying business growth.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned an article for PR Daily about how to handle a  weather-related crisis. The article also appeared in O’Dwyer’s. He also wrote an article for Forbes on what marketers can learn from the city of Austin.


Sameera Naifeh Lowe [EO Nashville] was named to the 2019-2020 Leadership Nashville class, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal.

The following member companies were named to the Nashville Business Journal Fast 50, recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in Middle Tennessee:

  • Absolute Wireless [Robert Hartline]

  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]

  • Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell]

  • NovaTech [Darren Metz]  

Provider Trust, Inc [Christopher Redhage] was named by the Tennessean as a 2019 Top Workplaces Special Awards winner in the Benefits category.

In the News

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned in an Employee Benefits News article as an employer that has boosted paternity leave benefits. The company was featured by Pride Publishing Group and Tennessee Tribune for awarding college scholarships to 10 Tennessee students.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Smokin’ Thighs [Matthew Carney] as one of the best barbecue spots in Nashville.  

Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] was mentioned in a Go Erie article as one of the writer’s favorite barbecue spots in Nashville.

The Nashville Post mentioned M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] as a neighbor to the new retailer Clean Juice at Capitol View.

Hoodline named Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] to its list of the best steakhouses in Nashville.

Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] was mentioned in articles by the Nashville Post and Nashville Scene about the renovation of Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill in East Nashville.

The Downtown Sporting Club [Ben & Max Goldberg] was featured in an Eater Nashville article for its Pride on the Roof event taking place on Saturday, June 22. Robb Report quoted a Henrietta Red chef praising an old colleague on his talent. Henrietta Red was mentioned in a Tennessean article for being one of Nashville’s most acclaimed restaurants. Hoodline ranked Henrietta Red as one of the top five spots to visit in Germantown. Henrietta Red and Merchants were listed as two of Who What Where’s most recommended spots in Nashville. The Nashville Scene mentioned Henrietta Red, The Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social for their decision to not attend the Music City Food + Wine Festival.

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

Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] was mentioned for entering into an agreement with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s administration regarding a $10 million construction project in downtown Knoxville, as reported by Patch.

Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] was mentioned by the Tennessean and Builder for launching a new townhome community, Oxford Station, in Gallatin. The company was mentioned in a separate Tennessean article about the development of ParkVue condos in Bellevue.

Jeff Rice [Healthcare Bluebook] was quoted in a Nashville Public Radio article about Vanderbilt University Medical Center outpatient clinics.  

The building that houses Orangetheory Fitness [Brigitte Edwards] has been listed for sale, according to a Nashville Post article.

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] was mentioned in a Senior Housing News article for being the general contractor for The Capstone at Station Camp in Gallatin.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Brian Evans [Adams Keegan] penned an article for Home Care Magazine about five ways to heal human resource headaches. The company was also mentioned in a Hotel Interactive article regarding the implementation of a custom solution developed for Chartwell Hospitality LLC.

Jerry Bostelman [Vaco Resources] was named to the Nashville Business Journal Fast 50 list, recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in Middle Tennessee.


EO Member Spotlight

Eric Jackson

Keystone Business Solutions LLC

Hi. My name is Eric Jackson and I’m co-founder of Keystone Business Solutions, LLC. I’ve been a member of EO Nashville since 2008. I was President of EO Nashville in 2018-19 and for that experience, I’m eternally grateful. I live in Oak Hill with my awesome wife, Kadi Jones. My daughter, Kaitlin Jackson, is in graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Word is, she’s moving to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduation in December. I love playing the drums and laughing and taking good and making it better.
What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others? 

“Assume positive intent.” How much trouble I could have avoided had I known this concept in my youth! I’ve learned to approach others assuming they only have the best of intentions for our interaction. It’s something I have to practice daily. Unfortunately I wasn’t hard wired that way. Progress, right?  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why.” My most recent read – even thought you didn’t ask me that – is Arnie Malham’s “Worth Doing Wrong” and I had to tell Arnie that it was better than I thought it would be and I’d have read it two years sooner had I known. Nothing like being authentic, right Arnie?

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

I let myself get too far removed from day-to-day for far too long. I probably got a little lazy, truth be told. I had to rediscover my “Why.” That’s the only way I’m going to put my whole self into something; if it fits my Why.   

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

I practice playing the drums along with Led Zeppelin. Robert, Jimmy…I’m tanned, rested, and ready. Call me.

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

Forum Retreat:  Machu Picchu. Forum Retreat occupies my mind most of the year, which may sound weird. The Ocho likes going on adventures. The week we spend together NEVER disappoints.

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

Everyone? Let’s say 99%, OK? I’ve done two stand-up comedy sets recently at an open mic. And people laughed. Mostly I sucked. But it was AWESOME. And I intend to do more of it. People have asked, “how do you write your jokes?” Since I discovered Richard Pryor and Steve Martin my inner voice is a stand-up comedian. I talk to myself in jokes.

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

Just got back from Aruba and counting the days until we leave for Peru. 

Other Upcoming Events

Mayoral Debate 

June 25th, 2019-6:00pm, McAfee Concert Hall, Belmont University

We have some tickets available for EO Members to attend the 2019 Mayoral Debate next Tuesday. The doors will open at 5:00 pm.  Please email me at Karen@eonashville.com if you would like be added to the list for one of these tickets.  They will be given out on a first come, first served basis and I will email you no later than Monday morning to confirm that you have one.