EO Nashville Member News - Mar. 30

March 30, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Join an EO Committee! 
This is a great way to get more involved with EO. Click here to see all of the committees for which we are recruiting members. Most options are not demanding, and they give you the opportunity to expand your EO experience and get to know other members. The new board takes over May 1, so most committees would likely not meet until after that.

2. Moderator Training
Do you need to be Moderator trained? If so, please sign up for this trainingsession 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. Spring 2018 Feedback
Thank you to those who have filled out the Spring 2018 Value & SAP Feedback Form. If you have not yet completed this information, please click here to submit the form.

EO Members in the News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for the Tennessean about how changes to the Affordable Care Act could create two separate insurance markets. Another article from Tolbert was published in BenefitsPRO about tackling the healthcare “tapeworm,” and his recent Employee Benefit Adviser column covered what advisers should know about the first reference-based pricing lawsuit.

In the News:

A Nashville Business Journal article featured Arnie Malham’s [CJ Advertising] decision to sell his advertising company and focus on his other venture, BetterBookClub. The Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post mentioned him as the owner of a property in SoBro.

The Johnson City Press and the Tennessee Tribune announced that Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] opened a second location in Johnson City. The company was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article as one of the companies that uses BetterBookClub [Arnie Malham].

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was featured in a Nibletz article about its new Project Healthcare Portfolio program. Buzzfeed also mentioned the Center in an article about a former employee’s startup.

Mankin Media Systems [Ben Mankin] was featured in Sound & Communications for its innovative approach to production technology for multi-site churches.

The Williamson Source featured Hytch [Robert Hartline] in an article about its reward app as an incentive for carpooling and using public transit.

Bethany Newman [ST8MNT] was featured in a StyleBlueprint article as part of its regular “FACES of the South” section.

BaristaNet mentioned Greg Edwards [HealthPark] who spoke at a planning board meeting about the valet services the company would be providing as part of a possible extension of the Hackensack University Medical Center.

Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] was mentioned by NewsChannel5 as more than 20,000 tickets were sold for the season opener. WSMV compared the club’s opener to other record soccer ticket sales. Nashville Pride highlighted the club’s first league point earned from the season opener. A Tennessean article covered the ramifications of building the soccer stadium somewhere other than the fairgrounds.

An article in Ladders highlighted Sherry Deutschmann [Sunset Ventures] for her investments in women-owned companies.

Josephine [Jim Lewis] was featured in Food & Wine touting its Pennsylvania Dutch-style menu. Josephine was also featured in Nashville Scene as its chef is participating in a “Pizza Crossover Takeover” in St. Louis. The Nashville Scene mentioned the restaurant multiple times in its annual food-industry survey. Josephine’s chef also was nominated for Best Chef in the Beard journalism awards, according to the Nashville Scene. Josephine was also on a Nashville Guru list of brunch spots for Easter Sunday, as well as a Nashville Guru list of best brunch spots in Nashville. The Williamson Source and Nashville Post announced that Burger Up promoted two of its employees to directors.

The Columbia Daily Herald mentioned Vaco [Jerry Bostelman] for its role in consulting the Maury County Board of Education through a 2016 uproar.

Pinewood Social, Merchants and Henrietta Red [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] were mentioned in a Nashville Scene article that recapped the 2018 Iron Fork competition. The Nashville Post mentioned Bastion for its location in the up-and-coming Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, and chef Daniel Gorman listed Bastion as one of his favorite high-end Nashville restaurants in an interview with the Tennessean. Buzzfeed mentioned Pinewood Social in an article about hot spots for Nashville bachelorette parties, and the Williamson Source mentioned The Band Box in an article about the upcoming “Big Guitar Brewfest” event at First Tennessee Park. The Band Box was also featured in a WZTV article about “mouth-watering” food items that will be available during the Nashville Sounds’ home games.


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Joe Freedman
Music City Tents & Events

Joe Freedman is serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies in different industries – four of which have been listed on the Inc. 500/5000 a total of thirteen times, and one of which was included in the Inc. 100.  As an accomplished business executive, he has extensive experience building multi-state, international service businesses. His companies are consistent market leaders, and several have been acquired by the NYSE and NASD-listed publicly traded and privately held companies. 

In addition to the Inc. recognition, Freedman’s companies have received numerous awards including: "Best in Business,” “Top 100,” "Future 50 Award,” "Fast 50” and “Best Places to Work.” He was also a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Freedman has more than 30 years of experience advising and consulting with Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and NLJ 250 law firms. He was involved in Partnership 2010 Entrepreneurship Task Force, which established the concept for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.  He co-founded and served on the board for two technology service companies with offices in Egypt and India. His entrepreneurial spirit has touched many individuals and companies throughout the world.

Freedman is also deeply committed to serving his community and has been an active member and held leadership positions on numerous civic boards including: Entrepreneur's Organization (EO), NALSC, Nashville Technology Council, Entrepreneur Task Force and the Nashville Zoo. He is a Nashville Rotary member, past president of EO Nashville and treasurer of NALSC.

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

Identify a mentor early in your career and convince that person you are worthy of them spending an hour or two each month for a cup of coffee.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

“Good to Great” by Jim Collins. “Perform Like A Rock Star” by Orna Drawas.

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

Once you conclude you have the wrong person in a position make the change quickly.  Allowing a person to stay in a position that he or she is not competent will only harm the company and the person.  

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

Cardio workout.  Specifically, riding the Peloton bike and lifting weights.

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

I’m looking forward to celebrating at the upcoming 30th EO Anniversary Celebration.

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

Over the years I’ve become more of an introvert.

Care to share a New year’s resolution?

Meditation five times a week.

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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