EO Nashville Member News - March 1

March 1, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1. EO Talks: To Hell and Back
April 2nd, 2019- Doors open at 3:30pm and program begins at 4:00pm, Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue

Hope you can join us at the Belcourt Theater to hear nine of our very own EO Nashville members share their journey to Hell and Back. This is a rare, not to be missed moment for our chapter. An in-depth, intimate sharing by EO members for EO members of their unique trek to the abyss and crossing back over.

A reception will be hosted afterwards at Cabana in Hillsboro Village to toast their courage and celebrate the entrepreneurial journey in all us. 

Our speakers will include:

Michael Brody-Waite- A Tale of 2 Divorces
Michael Burcham- Journey to the Abyss
Tony Hatchell- Surviving the Best Worst Year of My Life
Boris Jordanov- The Last Best Hope on Earth – Communism and a New Life in America
Colton Mulligan- Bipolar’s a Bitch when Building a Business
Trey Myers- Overcoming Addiction
Jeff Schneider- When a Single Failure Ruins a Partnership & Business
Scott Scovill- Vegas Shooting – To Hell & Back…and Back Again
AJ Vaden- Still Standing

You will not want to miss this event, so REGISTER NOW.

2. EO Lunch & Learn – Any Interest in Running for Political Office or Getting More Involved?
March 26, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600

Whether you're interested in running for office or just want to understand more about how to get more involved in the conversation, join us for a great discussion with some of Tennessee's past legends and current leaders. Well-respected Tennessee politicians Jim Henry, Jimmy Naifeh, Bill Purcell and Jim Shulman will offer their expertise in a roundtable discussion.

Jim Henry was former Mayor of Kingston, Republican Minority Leader, Chair of the Republican Party, Deputy Governor, Chief of Staff, Commissioner of Department of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities and Commissioner of Children's Services.

Jimmy Naifeh was a State Representative for 38 years, and Speaker of the House for 18 of those years. He was also Majority Leader of the House, and President of the National Speakers Conference.

Bill Purcell was Mayor of Nashville, a State Representative and Majority Leader of the House.

Jim Shulman is current Vice-Mayor of Nashville, and Executive Director of Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. He was previously Councilman At-Large, and Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the House.  

REGISTER TODAY for this informative session!   

3.  SAVE THE DATE- EO All Member Meeting
June 5, 2019, 4pm, Track One, 1201 4th Avenue South

More details coming soon. You will NOT want to miss this one!


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article for HR Technologist about how to use HR technology to optimize the employee lifecycle.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] penned an article for The Staffing Stream on how to hire smarter, not faster.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] was awarded a bronze Stevie award for Customer Service Department of the Year.

In the News:

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Nashville was mentioned in a BizBash article as an organization that has recently hosted an event with the Center for Generational Kinetics’ president, Jason Dorsey.

HGTV Magazine featured a Focus Builders [Seth Argo] project in a recent printed article.

Workforce featured a survey conducted by BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] about small and mid-sized businesses’ use of technology in human resources.

Venture Nashville Connections interviewed Marty Reed [RANDA Solutions] on his business and mentioned that he is finance co-chair and president elect of EO Nashville.

Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] was mentioned in a Tennessean article about the Metro Nashville Public Schools director’s response to the law firm’s recent human resources audit.

Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] was mentioned in a News Channel 5 story about Nashville companies that are using the Enneagram test to help workplace communication.

The Tennessean reported that the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS during the 2019 season. Additionally, MLS Soccer mentioned the team in an article about the process of building their MLS roster.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was mentioned in a Home Health Care news article about its relationship with home health company Amedisys.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Trinisys [David Box] for its patient-data-focused strategy contributing to the company’s recent growth.

Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] was mentioned in a StyleBlueprint round-up of Nashville restaurants with half-price bottles of wine during happy hour.

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] was interviewed in Fox Business on opportunities investors can find in the marketplace and in Reuters about how investors must manage risk in addition to diversifying their portfolios.

The Daily Memphian reported that Anchor Investments [Micah Lachner] has acquired the Millington Plaza shopping center in the Memphis area.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] chairwoman was interviewed by the Nashville Business Journal about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and why she chose the healthcare industry.

The Nashville Post mentioned that a Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] partner will handle the sales and marketing of a new Edgehill townhome project. The Nashville Post also reported that Core Development Services is involved in a three-building project eyed for Wedgewood-Houston.

Concept Technology [James Fields] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal for an employee being named one of Nashville’s 40 Under 40.  

The Nashville Business Journal reported on the burst of development in Antioch, where Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is working on a mixed-use property and Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] purchased a portion of property.

Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] are semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard outstanding restaurateur award as reported by Eater Nashville, News Channel 5, the Nashville Scene, the Tennessean, the Nashville Business Journal, Robb Report, Food & Wine and Eater. The chefs of Bastion and Henrietta Red were also recognized as semifinalists. A Detroit chef was featured at Henrietta Red this week to raise funds for Chefs Cycle for No Kids Hungry, as mentioned in the Nashville Scene. The Nashville Scene mentioned that a Beverly Hills pastry chef will collaborate with the chefs at Catbird Seat for two nights this month. A former Catbird Seat chef is contributing to a St. Patrick’s Day yard party at City House benefiting local nonprofit H.A.R.T Inc., according to the Nashville Scene. Bastion was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for the FMRL show held at the restaurant this week. Pinewood Social was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal reporter’s article bidding farewell to the city before she moves. Fox 17 News reported that construction on the Downtown Sporting Club, which is replacing Paradise Park, is nearing completion.

A Novatech [Darren Metz] employee won a car and a vacation as a contestant on a Nashville-themed series of Wheel of Fortune, as mentioned in the Murfreesboro Post.

The Nashville Post reported on a Melrose building that is being redeveloped by LINES, Inc [Trent Sullivan] and will include an OrangeTheory Fitness [Brigitte Edwards].

Rory Vaden [Brand Builder’s Group] was mentioned in a Travel Pulse article discussing principles of his book Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving Success.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned Claire Haltom [Baker Donelson] among the publication's 40 Under 40.


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Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series – Only 6 spots available!
March 27, 2019 – 7:00am-9:00am – Janet Ayers Conference Center

You are invited to attend the Belmont Executive Learning Series with Jeff Eggers – Humility, Purpose and the Myth of Heroic Leadership.

Jeff is a retired Navy Seal, senior policy advisor, security professional, executive coach and leadership consultant with more than 20 years’ experience leading high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, and the US Navy. A trusted advisor to senior government officials, Eggers served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, where he oversaw critical and sensitive aspects of US foreign and national security policy and served for four years as the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He now leads the McChrystal Group’s Leadership Institute, where he helps Fortune 500 clients train more effective leaders and create a culture that enables peak performance. He will be presenting on Humility, Purpose and the Myth of Heroic Leadership. Often, great leaders are viewed as infallible heroes who operate above mistakes, bad calls, and distress; indeed American culture extols this type of leader—George Washington and Superman immediately come to mind. But, according to Eggers, “heroic leadership” is a myth; he explains why these types of leaders exist “above” those they lead, and why that superior mindset promotes errors and confusion. Believing that “domineering leaders are an impediment to good decision-making,” Eggers explores why a humble leadership style that promotes humility, empowered employees, team mentality and a purpose-driven culture is the antidote to the myth of heroic leadership.