EO Nashville Member News - March 20

March 20, 2020

We have created a Slack Group for EO Nashville Members!
Please join this group to receive valuable information and resources at this uncertain time. 


Global Resources
EO Global is offering additional resources for EO members...some are industry specific, others more general.  This information is being updated constantly, so be sure to check in often. 


WebEx with Strategic Alliance Partner, Pinnacle Financial
March 23, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Join EO Strategic Alliance Partner, Pinnacle Financial, for this WebEx Event on Pandemic Loan Options. We will send the link to members as soon as it is available. 


Virtual Forum Info

Forum Meetings – Zoom/Virtual

If your forum has not made plans to meet virtually, do so today! 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. 


Pinnacle Financial Partners



Articles & Columns

A coach at Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] penned a column in Startup Nation about how to maneuver smoothly through the COVID-19 frenzy. Another Petra coach wrote an article in Digital Insurance offering five ways tech leaders can manage the COVID-19 crisis.  

Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations] offered advice for business survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and aftermath of the tornadoes in StyleBlueprint.

David Trainer [New Constructs] penned articles in Forbes about how ignoring the real earnings season puts investors in danger, three safe stocks right now, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson, avoiding bad ROIC stocks and seeking strong ROIC in turbulent markets and GlaxoSmithKline’s profits. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha and Equities.com.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] wrote a column for the Nashville Business Journal about what the coronavirus means for Nashville’s economy. 

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Post released its annual In Charge list, which included: 

  • Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] 
  • Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group]
  • Justin Crosslin [Crosslin]
  • Eakin Partners [John Eakin]
  • Benjamin & Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality]
  • Deborah Gordon [Master Key Consulting Company]
  • Tammy Hawes [Virsys12]
  • Advance Financial [Tina Hodges]
  • Rosemary Plorin [Lovell Communications]
  • Austin Ray [A.Ray Hospitality]
  • Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations]
  • Ben Rigsby [SnapShot Interactive]
  • Barry Smith [Eakin Partners]
  • Smith Gee Studio [Fleming Smith]

In the News

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] has halted normal production to make hand sanitizer and give it away for free in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Tennessean, WTVF, WSMV, WZTV, and the Cheatham County Exchange. The Tennessean also released a photo gallery of how the virus is impacting businesses and included several images of the distillery.  

StyleBlueprint featured an article about how to support local businesses during the pandemic and mentioned Judith Bright [Judith Bright], Orangetheory Fitness [Brigette Edwards], Blowout Co. [Leslie Embry] and Nashville Cosmetic Surgery [Donald and Susan Griffin].

Eater Nashville listed the local restaurants that added delivery and takeout options as coronavirus precautions, and included Smokin’ Thighs [Matthew Carney], Henrietta Red [Ben and Max Goldberg] and Burger Up [James Lewis]. The article also mentions that Strategic Hospitality has launched Strategic Delivers, which offers food from select restaurants delivered by the company’s staff. 

Core Development [Mark Deutschmann] has partnered with a Houston-based real estate firm to build a Wedgewood Houston mixed-use property, according to the Nashville Business Journal

WZTV announced that Project 615 [Derek Evans] stores would be closed until March 27, but online shopping remains open. 

People, the Nashville Scene and the Tennessean announced that Party Line [Ben and Max Goldberg] is offering a meal subscription service and bumping up its delivery offerings. The Nashville Scene mentioned that Strategic Hospitality is ramping up Party Line’s offerings and launching Strategic Delivers to offer food from Merchants, Pinewood Social and Paradise Park menus. Two Nashville Scene food writers discussed reviews and “best of” lists and mentioned The Catbird Seat. Eater Nashville, the Nashville Business Journal and WTVF mentioned that the chefs of Henrietta Red and Bastion have been working with lobbyists and representatives to get support for the industry. The two chefs were also surveyed for a Nashville Scene article about local chefs’ guide to eating in Nashville. The Nashville Business Journal included Strategic Hospitality restaurants in a list of entertainment and hospitality businesses currently closed. 

The Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] restaurants and Josephine [James Lewis] were listed in the Tennessean and Eater Nashville as restaurants and bars that are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Nashville Scene also mentioned that carryout and meal-prep services are emerging from places like Henrietta Red and Josephine. 

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] is now accepting applications for its Advancing Education Scholarship program, according to the Tennessee Tribune and Clarksville Online

WTVF mentioned that Sprocket Rocket [Emmitt Martin] suspended its operations for at least two weeks before COVID-19 became a public health emergency. Refinery29 featured a writer’s trip to Nashville, on which she completed the Run Nash 5k. 

The Washington Post released a video of the tornado that tore through Germantown, which shows the redpepper [Tim McMullen] office in the background. 

Dave Puncochar [Good Wood] was quoted in StyleBlueprint for his help in finding masks to donate to a Franklin physician.

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


Nashville Post


Tennessee Tribune



Michael Rustici [Watershed] has been stranded in Peru following the country’s border closings as reported by Today, the Tennessean, WZTV and WREG. WZTV also mentioned that Rustici is a member of EO Nashville

WREG quoted a financial planner at Waddell & Associates [David Waddell] about coronavirus-related investment scams. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News 

First Horizon’s Middle Tennessee Region President Carol Yochem was named to the Nashville Post’s 2020 In Charge list. Knox TN Today featured a presentation on leadership by Yochem during a luncheon for women leaders. The Tennessean mentioned that repairs have begun on the scoreboard at First Horizon Park following the tornado.