EO Nashville Member News – March 13

March 13, 2020



Coronavirus:  Macro Outlook, Micro Actions

March 19, 2020

Join EO Member and Strategic Alliance Partner, David Waddell, for this ZOOM call.  Any questions you want answered can be emailed to David by Tuesday, March 17th.



You People are AMAZING!  

The response of EO members in the wake of last week's tornado has been incredible and inspiring!  Please watch this video of our very own Matthew Charette.  




Nashville Strong Beyond the Storm

We would love to have your feedback on ways that you are dealing with these challenging times.  Please click the link below to provide information regarding virtual support.



Virtual Forum Info

Forum Meetings – Zoom/Virtual

On the err of being overly cautious, we are encouraging each Forum to review their constitution and consider having Forum meetings scheduled between now through April via remote platforms such as Zoom.  We encourage you to decide on a month-by-month basis whether or not a virtual meeting is best for your Forum.  Some recommended guidelines for virtual forum meetings have been included in the Moderator Toolkit.  You can access the toolkit HERE through the Engage Site (use your EO login).  

For additional information, contact Laura Miller at laura@eonashville.com or 615-293-9550.

Forum Retreats – Virtual Boost/Facilitation

If your Forum was scheduled to have your retreat between now and the end of April, we encourage you to seek alternative options.  Ellie Byrd offers a Virtual Boost, and expenses will be covered by the chapter. 

ForumSherpa website:  https://forumsherpa.com/virtual-forum-meetings/ 

Laura Miller is also available to support you in customizing and facilitating a virtual workshop.  Please assess your current retreat plans and evaluate what is the best decision for the “Health” of your Forum. 

Please stay tuned for more information from Laura Miller and Brittany Lorenzi regarding virtual forum tools!


Susan and Don Griffin
Nashville Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Don Griffin, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee, who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and advanced laser techniques. Don and his wife, Susan, started Nashville Cosmetic Surgery 22 years ago and have worked together ever since. Dr. Griffin has been consistently selected as a “Top Doctor,” “Best Plastic Surgeon,” and named to the RealSelf Top 100 list as a leading expert in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. He also speaks frequently on the use of lasers in aesthetic face and body rejuvenation. Susan Griffin has “worn every hat” in the practice and currently serves as Practice Administrator and CEO of NCS.  She is frequently asked to participate in industry think tank sessions based on her experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. 

According to Don, "It’s a great partnership, I am the artist with surgical skills and Susan is the strategic thinker and manager of the practice."

Dr. Griffin is a member of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is currently Chief of Plastic Surgery at Centennial Medical Center and has served as Chief of Surgery and chairman of multiple committees at Centennial Medical Center.

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

We both are sticklers for honesty and integrity. “Have the courage to say no.  Have a the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.”  I think we have both found that the best/right choices aren’t always the easiest OR the most profitable, but they allow you to sleep at night and live with yourself.  At the end of the day, for us, it’s about people knowing they can trust us to do the right thing.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Don- The Outward Mindset by The Arbinger Institute, Mastering The Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish.  
Susan - I usually have 2 or 3 books going at a time, some fiction and some non-fiction.  I would say the book I go back to a lot is Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle, it takes a lot to calm down my mind!

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

Hiring poorly and letting a bad hire stay on too long.  It has taken us a long time to realize that you can’t train someone to believe in your culture and you can’t motivate them to want to be a part of your team if they don’t inherently possess a positive self-motivated mindset.

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

Exercise, meditation (that one is more Susan), wine, hopefully in that order!

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

Don-I was a car mechanic and drag racer in high school. 
Susan-I sew and actually enjoy it.

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

We are empty nesters starting in August when our last child heads to college in South Carolina. We’re already planning the post-dropoff vacation!



Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about NVR Inc. and Johnson Controls International, Linde’s acquisition of Praxair and Williams-Sonoma for Forbes. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

In the News

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] was mentioned in the media many times this week, including: 




Nashville Business Journal

Nashville Post: 

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The Athletic: 

Yahoo! News: 

Austin Ray [A.Ray Hospitality] was quoted by the Nashville Scene about the resources he has been offered since the tornado. 

Best Brands [Ryan Moses] was mentioned by the Nashville Post and the Nashville Scene about Nashville’s food firms rallying after the tornado. 

The Tennessean and Williamson Source reported that Sprocket Rocket [Emmit Martin] donated $10,000 to tornado relief. 

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] is now accepting applications for its advancing education scholarship program for high school seniors in Tennessee, according to La Campana News. The Tennessee Tribune announced that Advance Financial has launched a new mobile app. 

Eater Nashville reported that Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] plans to announce the new chef of The Catbird Seat in early summer. Patch.com mentioned the Goldbergs are nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur in the James Beard Foundation Awards. 

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will design a mixed-use building in West End Park, according to the Nashville Post.

The Tennessean reported that Project 615 [Derek Evans] is selling “Nashville Strong” T-shirts to raise money for the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and has already raised more than $150,000. The fundraiser was also included in articles by the Tennessean and WTVF about how to help after the tornado.

StyleBlueprint featured a profile on Sherry Deutschmann [BrainTrust], who explained her secret on how she created two successful companies from nothing: putting employees first.

Matt Charette [Beyond the Edge] was quoted in WKRN about a new “Nashville Strong” mural that was painted on the Boston Commons building to inspire the city to keep going after the tornadoes. He was also featured in a photo gallery by the Tennessean showing strength and solidarity in Nashville.

Climb Nashville [Lance Brock] was mentioned by the Nashville Post for its proximity to a Sylvan Heights property that was recently sold.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was quoted by Forbes in an article about solutions that prove it's not too late to course-correct if your company grew too fast.