EO Nashville Member News - March 15

March 15, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

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

Join us at the Belcourt Theater to hear nine of our very own members share their journey to Hell and Back. A reception will also be hosted afterwards at Cabana in Hillsboro Village to toast their courage and celebrate the entrepreneurial journey in all of us. CLICK HERE for more information on our speakers and to register!  

2. David Rendall – Freak Factor for Families
April 28, 2019, Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Join us for this presentation that will show you how to help your kids become more of who they are, not turn them into someone else. You will learn how to:

  • Discover your child’s distinctive strengths and weaknesses
  • Frame their unique characteristics in a positive way
  • Find or create situations that highlight their strengths


3. It's Requal time – 100% Participation Needed

EO requires that we get updated numbers from every member, every year, to requalify for membership. Please CLICK HERE to complete a very quick survey to get this done.
Your feedback is mandatory and VERY IMPORTANT to us.


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article in HR Technologist about the differences between an HRIS and PEO for HR administration. He also wrote an article about the management and complexity of health questionnaires in BenefitsPro.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Novatech [Darren Metz] recently won a gold ADDY award for “online/interactive – social media campaign” and a silver ADDY award for “film, video and sound – internet commercial” at the 54th Annual American Advertising Awards.

In the News:

EO Nashville’s recent survey which discovered members are optimistic about Middle Tennessee’s economy but mildly pessimistic about the national outlook was featured in the Nashville Business Journal and the Memphis Business Journal. The articles quote Eric Jackson [Keystone Business Solutions] as president of the chapter.

A BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] survey of HR administrators was referenced in a Workforce article about the four myths of healthcare cost reduction. The Nashville Post mentioned that the company recently partnered with insurance provider The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America.

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] spoke at Maryville College’s 200th anniversary event at Woolworth on 5th about the historical significance of the location, according to the Daily Times.

StyleBlueprint featured a Judith Bright [Judith Bright] pendant as a great March find.

The cities of Brentwood and Franklin have recently partnered with Hytch [Robert Hartline] to incentivize their employees to share rides and reduce traffic, as mentioned in the Williamson Source and Brentwood Home Page.

A part-owner of Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] was interviewed in a Nashville Business Journal boss feature.

Brian Hoppes [Elevation Search Solutions] was quoted in the Nashville Post’s Spring 2019 print edition about how Amazon’s arrival affect Nashville’s tech scene. The magazine also featured insights from a partner at the company into keys to the kingdom of tech leadership.

Clarksville Now featured Trojan Labor [Jolene Dressel] as an employer represented at the Goodwill Career Solutions job fair in Clarksville.

The COO of Showhomes [Bert Lyles] was mentioned in an Entrepreneur article about what franchises should look for in a law firm.

Brentwood Home Page listed Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] as a vendor at the Whiskey Warmer event later this month.

Pinewood Social [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in The Irish News and This Is Wiltshire articles about Nashville’s food scene. The restaurant was also mentioned as a great spot in Nashville in a New Zealand Herald article about Nashville’s hot chicken. Bastion was referenced as a performance venue for artist Bill MacKay in Stereogum.

Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] and Henrietta Red [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] were referenced as first date locations in StyleBlueprint’s new “Diaries” series.

M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article for opening a new location in the Capital View building.

Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned in Black Press USA for partnering with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to build a small soccer field, also known as a mini-pitch, in the culturally rich community of North Nashville.

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] was mentioned in the Tennessean and MultiHousing Pro as the general contractor for a new senior living facility slated to open in Gallatin in 2020.


EO Member Spotlight
Blanding Beatty

When Blanding founded Vitality Living with his partners, Blanding’s personal mission was to have an impactful relationship with the people for which he works with and serves. This manifests itself through both the team members working in the buildings and the families entrusting the care of their loved ones.  For team members, his goal is that each one realizes their passion and that our collective platform can serve as the means for such personal and professional growth. For residents and their families, Blanding desires to educate and inform them of what their options are during a potentially stressful stage of life by serving as a resource in helping them toward the best solution for their family rather than our communities.     

Blanding has more than fourteen years of institutional real estate investment management experience ranging across multiple product types and geographies. The last four years have been focused on acquisitions and developments for private pay senior housing communities in the southeastern United States. Formerly, he was a Director of Real Assets for Arlington Family Offices. In his role, he was responsible for investment identification, due diligence and portfolio monitoring with a focus on Real Estate for the $2 Billion multifamily office. Prior to Arlington, Mr. Beatty was an Associate at Harbert Management Corp in their US Real Estate group where he worked from 2005-2011. Blanding attended Southern Methodist University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance and History from the University of Tennessee

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

The only thing that I can guarantee is that I will be flawed in my execution, but I will be relentless in the pursuit of continual improvement. 

Best business book you’ve ever read? 

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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

Early in the evolution of the business, I felt that I was willing to take on greater risks out of necessity to survive even when logic or intuition gave me hesitation. This came in the form of taking on clients and a partner because of the perceived benefits without giving enough thought to the potential downsides. Ultimately, this left me in a position having to address the problems from each in order to move the business forward and achieve its maximum potential. 

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

I like to spend time in the outdoors hunting or fishing.

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

Being a new member to EO, I am looking forward to my forum meetings where I hope to build close bonds with my forum partners.

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

I have never had a cup of coffee and avoid caffeine in entirety.


Other Upcoming Events

Think Tank:  Work Life Balance
April 17, 2019 – 7:30am-9:00am – E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, #417

Join your fellow EO members for peer sharing experiences dealing with work life balance.

Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER TODAY