EO Nashville Member News - Mar. 16

March 16, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. EO Happy Hour, Anyone?
Eric Jackson (EO Nashville, president-elect) and Jay Murchison (EO St. Louis) request the pleasure of your company at the Great Room Bar in the Park25 Bistro at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, 2555 West End Ave on Thursday, May 22 at 5pm. This coincides with the end of Day 1 of the EO Moderator Summit at the Marriott.

2. Moderator Training
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. This training session is limited to 12, so please register today! April 24 at the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel from 8am-5pm
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3. EO Topgolf Tournament
Join us for our first-ever EO Topgolf Championship 
to showcase the competitive side of our members in this fun, state-of-the-art facility. April 4 from 4:15pm-8pm at 500 Cowan Street.
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EO Members in the News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for the Tennessean about reducing health care costs in the US. Another article from Tolbert was published in Employee Benefit News about the future of HR technology.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Ross Booher [Latitude] and Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] were included in the Nashville Post’s “In Charge” list in its annual Leaders issue.

In the News:

Seth Argo [Focus Builders] was quoted in the March/April issue of Greater Nashville House & Home & Garden about outdoor kitchen trends.

Brian Tolbert of Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was quoted in an Employee Benefits Adviser article about industry strategies for young advisers.

Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] was mentioned in the Tennessee Tribune about applications for its scholarship program.

DWC Construction Company, Inc. [John Arndt] was mentioned twice in the Nashville Post for handling the interior build-outs of new spaces in the 505 and L&C buildings.  

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was listed by Fox 17 News as a potential contender for the 2018 mayoral race. Fox 17 News also listed the favorability of potential candidates, including Bone. The Nashville Business Journal shared a recap of a panel discussion about transit in which Bone participated, and the Nashville Scene shared details of David Briley's final moments in the Bone McAllester Norton office before stepping into his new role as mayor. The firm was also mentioned by Pride Publishing Group for sponsoring a local gala.

Total Landscape Care quoted a representative of The Greathouse Company [William Greathouse] about how she got into the horticultural and landscaping industry. Another Total Landscape Care article quoted the same representative about her favorite part of the landscaping business.

The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post featured stories about Village Real Estate Services’ [Mark Deutschmann] new commercial real estate wing.

The Nashville Scene mentioned Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] for their recent nominations as James Beard Award semifinalists. Benjamin Goldberg was featured in a Nashville Business Journal recap of a recent panel where he shared what he has learned about being a young boss. The Catbird Seat was mentioned in SFWeekly as a “beloved” Nashville restaurant. Chefs from Henrietta Red and Le Sel were featured in a Nashville Scene article, which also mentioned Pinewood Social and Bastion, about this year’s Iron Fork Competition. The Band Box was mentioned in a Clarksville Online article about an upcoming Nashville Sounds event, and a chef from Henrietta Red was featured in the Nashville Scene for being a successful woman in the food and beverage industry.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in a Williamson Source article for working to combat Nashville commute times.

The Times Free Press covered Nashville Soccer Club’s [Chris Redhage] game against Chattanooga FC. Another Times Free Press article shared photos of the game against Chattanooga. LEO Weekly announced that Louisville City FC will play its home opener against the club. The Tennessean also talked about the game against Louisville and shared details about how to watch it live or stream it. The Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post, Williamson Source and Fox 17 News featured the club’s new themed beer from Mill Creek Brewing.

Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about its partnership with a national construction company for the Nashville Yards project.

NewsFix and Physicians News Digest mentioned Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] in articles about finding the right medical provider for a procedure.

Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese [Dan Stephenson] was mentioned in a NewsChannel5 story as it will be part of the new food truck park in The Nations.

NovaCopy [Darren Metz] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about Sylvan Station, which is being developed in part by Metz.

The Williamson Source featured LMBC’s [Jeff McCorpin] growth over time in an article profiling the business.


EO Nashville Member Spotlight

Monique Muri, RAM Scientific

unnamed.pngMonique Muri is the CEO of RAM Scientific, a medical device company specializing in micro blood collection systems. It’s main product line is capillary blood collection tubes which are used in the clinical lab, primarily in the hematology/oncology, pediatric and NICU specialties, as well as in research institutions. RAM also customizes tubes for a variety of point of care companies.

The company was founded by her father in 1991 in her childhood home, but he passed away unexpectedly before it had a chance to get off the ground. With no one else to take the reins, Monique found herself running the business. She acquired the company outright in less than a year and over the past 25 years has transformed RAM into one of the most competitive companies in its category.

Monique is EO Nashville’s most tenured member. She joined the NYC chapter of (Y)EO in 1996 and has been a member of EO Nashville since 2015, participating actively in both.

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

I heard a great quote this week, “I am not in this alone and it does not need to be perfect.”   

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

We launched a line extension once – 3 tubes of varying sizes. We forecasted the customer preferences wrong when stocking up on inventory. It was the equivalent of buying lots of size large t-shirts when what was needed were some mediums and mostly smalls. It was an $80K mistake. It hurt, but we learned a valuable lesson on thoroughly researching and understanding the needs of our customers.

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

I don’t have a TV, but I do watch plenty of Netflix and YouTube. I love Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton. They both make me laugh so much.

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

The Memphis retreat looked great, but I couldn’t manage the dates. I must confess I have a lot of travel booked for the next 3 months so sadly, I’m not sure I’ll be attending anything. I’ve heard such good things about Topgolf so that would be my pick. The TedTalk style event sounds great too.

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

I was a big jock in high school and college. I played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, was an All-American, made it to the Olympic try-outs (it was an exhibition sport that year) and then played and coached in Australia for 3 years after graduating.

Care to share a New year’s resolution?

I heard Ann Patchett interviewed right around the New Year. In 2017, she gave up shopping. She had a short list of things she allowed herself to buy – food, airplane tickets, things like that. It was okay when things would truly run out, but she’d think twice if the item was really necessary. This wasn’t just about not buying, but also about not shopping. It opened a lot of space and time in her life.

I found this very inspiring and an interesting challenge. I haven’t gone to her extreme, but I’ve extracted the part about using up stuff completely before repurchasing – face creams, shampoos, candles, stuff in the kitchen pantry, etc. I’m having fun with it and it feels good.

Upcoming Events

EO Topgolf Tournament
April 4 from 4:15pm-8pm at 500 Cowan Street. Join us for our first-ever EO Topgolf Championship The fast-paced Top Contender-style tournament will be led by the In-House Golf Pro, with event ambassadors available at each bay to answer questions and offer helpful hints. Topgolf is one of the hottest destinations in the city, so don’t miss this experience, regardless of your swing or handicap!
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Moderator Training
April 24 at the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel from 8am-5pm. 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. This training session is limited to 12, so please register today! 

EO Talks
May 8 at 3pm at Belmont University's Troutt Theater. Following the platform used by the TED Talks global community, we are hosting our very own version featuring EO NASHVILLE MEMBERS ONLY! An off-site cocktail reception will be held nearby for EO Members and their spouses/significant others following the event.
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EO Happy Hour
May 22 at 5pm. Eric Jackson (EO Nashville, president-elect) and Jay Murchison (EO St. Louis) request the pleasure of your company at the Great Room Bar in the Park25 Bistro at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, 2555 West End Ave. This coincides with the end of Day 1 of the EO Moderator Summit at the Marriott.

Save the Date – EO's 30th Anniversary Celebration
June 5 from 4pm - 8pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame. What better way to celebrate the 30th EO Anniversary than with founding member Verne Harnish! Our Nashville celebration includes hearing firsthand from one of EO's founders, a brief State of the Chapter to look to our own future and a cocktail reception. Spouses/significant others are welcome.
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