EO Member News - June 28

June 28, 2019

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1. Malcolm Gladwell at Belmont      

October 22, 2019, 6:45am-9:00am, Massey Performing Arts Center

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell offer an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. His book, Talking to Strangers, is his first since the launch of his enormously popular podcast, Revisionist History and his music podcast, Broken Record. In this classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, he starts by asking a question: “What happens when we have to deal with the unfamiliar?”  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

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. 

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


Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned an article for SmallBizDaily on how to streamline the recruiting process for small businesses. He also wrote an article for HR Technologist on choosing the right performance management system for your business and a column for BenefitsPro outlining some red flags to address before open enrollment season.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] penned an article for SmallBizDaily on ways tto know your team better.  

David Trainer [New Constructs LLC] penned a Forbes article on what you need to know about Change Healthcare’s expected IPO. This article was also featured in Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

Jeff Bradford’s [the Bradford Group] recent article for PRDaily about handling a weather-related crisis was featured in Ragan.

In the News

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned as a sponsor of the Les Gemmes, Inc. Nashville Chapter’s 12th Annual Literary Luncheon, as reported by the Tennessee Tribune

Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi] was mentioned by the Richmond Times Dispatch as the developer of a 15-acre apartment complex in North Richmond.  

Michael Moscardelli [PFP] was featured in the Wilson Post for being elected as a new trustee to the Cumberland University Board of Trust. 

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] discussed technology funds that could weather geo-political disruptions in CNBC’s Nightly Business Report.

Northshore Magazine mentioned Josephine [Jim Lewis] in its guide to Nashville. Community Impact featured the restaurant for its modern Pennsylvania Dutch fare. 

LeanKit [Chris Hefley] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article for being one of a few Nashville tech companies that have been sold in recent years. 

The Spring Hill Home Page mentioned Hytch [Robert Harline] as an option for an incentive-based ridesharing program to combat traffic. 

Mankin Media Systems Inc. [Ben Mankin] was featured in a Worship AVL article for installing a sound system in Franklin Avenue Baptist Church’s new 3,500-seat venue. Entertainment Technology Now also featured Mankin Media Systems Inc. for this installation. 

The Nashville Post mentioned Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] for its involvement in designing a major upcoming Wedgewood-Houston development.

Eater Nashville featured Bastion [Ben & Max Goldberg] and The Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke] on a list of the top 10 places to sip on a Negroni in Nashville. 

Hoodline named Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] as one of the six most popular spots in Lockeland Springs. Two local chefs interviewed by Eater Nashville mentioned Two Ten Jack as one of their favorite restaurants in town. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

First Tennessee Bank announced its company name change to First Horizon, as reported by Columbia Daily Herald, Business Williamson,Upper Cumberland Business Journal, The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Post, FranklinIs, Murfreesboro Voice, Williamson Herald, Tennessee Ledger, WKRN News 2 (ABC), WZTV Fox 17 and U.S. News & World Report. The company was mentioned by Patch.com and Murfreesboro Voice for being named one of the best places to work in the state and in the nation. 




EO Member Spotlight

Dominique Arrieta

GHP Environmental + Architecture

With more than 18 years of industry experience, Dominique Arrieta, AIA, is a born builder. Screen-Shot-2019-06-28-at-8-48-25-AM.png

An architect by trade, Dominique is ultimately an entrepreneur at heart and passionate about cultivating sustainable development in the structures, companies and communities around her.

Forward-thinking and growth-minded, Dominique has reimagined GHP Environmental + Architecture as a historic company with a pioneering spirit after assuming leadership as president and CEO in 2015. Infusing GHP’s more than 40-year-old legacy of client commitment, environmental expertise and industry innovation with modern-day efficiencies, she led the initiative to transform Gobbell Hays Partners (GHP) into GHP Environmental + Architecture, a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). 

Growing GHP into a multimillion-dollar company, Dominique and her team continue to scale for success and mobilize the company down a strategic growth path. Her approach to leadership centers around active listening and learning—driven by a commitment to create positive impact on both the company and community levels. 

A long-standing supporter of local arts and culture, Dominique remains active in the development of Nashville’s 5th Avenue of the Arts and invested in other civic and community-building initiatives. 

Her passion for building follows her home to the Tennessee countryside, where she and her husband of nearly 14 years—Jorge Arrieta—custom-designed and built their “modern farmhouse”-style home. There, the two can be found reading, hiking or building forts with their 11-year-old daughter, Frances, and 7-year-old son, Nikolas.

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

My advice to business owners is to surround yourselves with a community of people who share similar experiences and can provide informed, relevant feedback during the different stages of your business. It goes without saying that EO Forum is a solid place to start. As my company has grown, I’ve also added an executive coach, advisory board and talented outside accountants and legal representation to help me think through big decisions—while also giving me the chance to learn from their own experiences and mistakes.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

I am an avid Audible listener and have listened to many valuable business books. While I can’t narrow them down to one top pick, I really enjoyed Principles by Ray Dalio. You can glean many insights from his business experience, and his system for recruiting the right team members particularly resonated with me. 

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

Transitioning our company’s documentation too quickly to a cloud-based system. We have a sizable collection of data and software which presented challenges when re-locating files to cloud storage. Ultimately, we learned the hard way that technology is ever evolving and not as stable as we think. Moving forward, we realized having a strong document control process in place would have avoided many headaches. 

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

I have found that the smartest, most fruitful way for me to de-stress is by working out with a personal trainer. It is a luxury I didn’t give myself for the longest time but now wish I had done sooner. Spending quality time with family and friends also helps remind me that work-related stress should never be a higher priority than my health, family and community.

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

I most look forward to EO’s learning events—especially when we hear from each other—so I can’t wait to see what the Board and Learning Committee come up with for this year!

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

I live out in the country—Burns, TN—where my family shares a little slice of Tennessee paradise. While we believe the paradise is worth the commute, we are waiting on the development of the fully self-driving car to make our lives complete.    

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.