EO Nashville Member News - May 24

June 7, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. It's Membership Dues Time! 

Many of you attended the All Member Experience and paid your membership dues. If you did not, you should have received an invoice to pay. Our chapter is NOT raising dues this year, and Global is only raising by $70, which makes the total $4570. Remember you will receive 50 Forum Olympics points if you renew by June 10th, and if your entire forum renews by June 10th, 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?

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. 

3.  D.C. Day on the Hill
June 19-20, 2019, Washington, D.C.

EO Nashville will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for our first ever D.C. Day on the Hill! We have a great event lined up! CLICK HERE for additional details.   


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group

In the News:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] released a recruitment report which was mentioned by HR Technologist. HCM Technology Report and Employee Benefit News and featured BerniePortal’s recently launched broker partner network.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned in an Employee Benefits News article about companies who have student loan repayment benefits.

Sean Mooney [BluWave] was quoted in a Mergers & Acquisitions dealmaker’s guide to service providers.

The Nashville Post mentioned that Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is handling the architecture work for a previously eyed mixed-use project on Dickerson Road.

Climb Nashville [Lance Brock] was mentioned in a Blue Ridge Outdoors article in which locals from various cities revealed their go-to adventure spots.

The Nashville Post featured a panel discussion hosted by the Women in Technology in Tennessee and quoted Debbie Gordon [Cloud Range] about cybersecurity in health IT.

A chef at Josephine [James Lewis] was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for his upcoming involvement in the Nashville Food Project on Aug. 6. Josephine was also featured in an UPROXX article for a bartenders’ opinion on the best tiki style drinks this summer. A Nashville Sounds player mentioned he enjoyed going to Burger Up with his kids in a Tennessee Ledger article.

The Nashville Post mentioned Michael Burcham [Narus Health] as an executive partner of the new local private equity firm Shore Capital Partners. The article mentions that Burcham is the former CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite].

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was referenced in a Nashville Scene article about ad expenditures in Nashville’s mayoral race.

Hoodline featured the best places for barbecue in Nashville and included Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] and Drifters [Matthew Charette].

The Nashville Post mentioned that a boutique hotel is planned for East Nashville near Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman].

The Catbird Seat [Ben and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Columbia Daily Herald for sourcing its products from a farm participating in the Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market. An Atlanta chef has several Nashville restaurants opening and mentioned that he admires Bastion in a recent Tennessean article. The chef from Henrietta Red offered tips for hosting a last-minute dinner party in Chowhound.

The Nashville Post mentioned Derek Bell [Corsair Distillery] in a recent article about a recent $1.25M real estate listing near the Bob Dylan themed distillery in SoBro.

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article announcing 2020 season-ticket pricing and plans for the MLS Stadium coming to Nashville in 2022.

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned Remar Inc [Nelson Remus] in an article about the company’s recent sale to Illinois-based Fidelitone.


EO Member Spotlight

Drew Hart, Inflammo

Drew Hart is the founder & CEO of Inflammo LLC, a provider of outsourced CFO, Controller and other on-demand financial consulting solutions. Originally from Memphis, TN, Drew received his B.S. and Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee before moving to Nashville to start his professional career with Ernst & Young. Following three years in public accounting, Drew left Ernst & Young to join Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc. within their investment banking group, where he spent nearly six years focused on mergers & acquisitions and other transaction advisory services. Drew then spent time leading finance at a local healthcare company before launching Inflammo in 2015. 

When Drew is not working, he loves spending time with his best friend and wife, Julie, and their three daughters – Lilli (9), Maggie Ann (7) and Sadie (4). They love trying out Nashville’s newest restaurant concepts, taking in live sports (including one too many losses in Neyland Stadium) and loading up the car for a road-trip getaway. Drew also enjoys all things F3 and supporting their mission and mindset at a local level, and with that he might be one of the few folks who loves to spend his Saturday mornings hiking throughout the Percy Warner steps and trails while sporting a rucksack.

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

Since our launching, Inflammo has held close to the following quote by Woodrow Wilson: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope & achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” We’ve found the closer we stay true to this initial mindset, the simpler our business issues become.  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win – phenomenal read on leadership skills regardless of the given leadership environment

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

Just one??!! There have been countless missteps and mistakes along the journey, and we try to be very intentional as a team in understanding that those same mistakes can lead to our greatest learnings and growth. However, I’d say that the biggest trap I consistently fall into is being so consumed and worried about the events of tomorrow that I fail to recognize the successes of today. I have to constantly remind myself, and I would encourage all of us, to take time to enjoy the “now” of it all. We’re all on a journey in which the grind is real – and we all know that the battles we lose seem to carry more weight than those we win. So be intentional about celebrating the wins; be intentional about enjoying the process and appreciating the grind.

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

At the end of each day I get to go home and be Daddy to three little girls, none of whom care a thing about any shortcomings I had during my workday. So, be it a good day or bad day in the office, it’s tough to complain. But also, bourbon.

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

Being the foodie wannabe that I am, I’ve heard great things and am certainly looking forward to the EO Moveable Feast night in October. I’d also love to make EO Nerve 2019 happen.

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

I love this – let’s turn this into two truths and a lie. Here goes:
i. As a kid I appeared in Sports Illustrated for Kids “Faces in the Crowd” for winning a nation-wide 3-point shooting contest
ii. I was born on Leap Day, and am getting close to turning 10 years old
iii. I once appeared in an extremely low budget film called Beach Movie, starring Balki from Perfect Strangers.

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

Nothing too crazy on the calendar – though I am doing a father/daughter weekend getaway with my oldest to celebrate her turning 10 this year. Is this an okay spot to ask for experience shares – all are welcome!


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