EO Nashville Member News – March 6

March 6, 2020



MyEO Navigating Partnerships Event- Protect Your Business Assets

April 8, 2020

Bradley, 1600 Division Street, Suite 700
Step 1:  Join the MyEO Navigating Partnerships Group HERE
Step 2:  Register for the event HERE


EO Talks- The Best Advice I Never Took

April 16, 2020

The Cowan at Top Golf, 500 Cowan Street 
Don't miss this annual event to hear experiences from our very own EO Members!



Strategic Partner Event with Navigate the Journey- Get a Grip on Your Business

May 7, 2020

Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody St.
                                                                            Attend this EOS event to learn the Six Key Components of a successful

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How Can You Help Nashville?

What a week it has been here in Nashville....our hearts go out to all of those dealing with losses. Per Mayor Cooper, below are the preferred methods for donating time, money and immediate needs:

-To volunteer your time, sign up with Hands On Nashville at hon.org.

-To donate money, visit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee as they have activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, online at cfmt.org.

-To donate everything EXCEPT clothing, stop by Community Resource Center, located at 218 Omohundro Pl, Nashville, TN 37210. IMMEDIATE NEEDS INCLUDE: Windex, tarps, large trash cans, laundry detergent, box cutters, work gloves, underwear (all sizes), cleaning supplies (trash bags, work gloves, bleach, cleansers), personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant), and diapers.

-For those who have non-emergency clean-up requests, call 3-1-1.

-For those who have been affected by the tornado and need services, call 2-1-1 and the Crisis Center will connect you to services you need.  


Additional Ways to Help/Donate  

The Nashville Convention & Visitors’ Center is accepting donations via its Music City Inc. Foundation, which will be distributed to families most impacted. Options to donate include:

-PayPal at donate@visitmusiccity.com

-Make a check to Music City Inc. Foundation and send to One Nashville Place, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite G-250, Nashville, TN 37219

To donate water, clean towels, blankets and catered food (they do NOT need clothing, dog food or cat food), the American Red Cross is accepting donations at:

-East High School at 110 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

-Victory Baptist Church at 1777 Tate Ln, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

-Highland Heights Church of Christ at 505 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon TN 37087-2307

Donate blood to the American Red Cross.

Make monetary donations to the Salvation Army to help with their efforts to provide community meals via the nonprofit’s mobile kitchen as well as emotional and spiritual care.

Donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are always welcome and will be needed during this time.

There will be plenty of opportunities for many months to come. Let's continue to take care of each other!




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Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series Events- only 6 spots available for each!

Women in Leadership Event- March 10, 2020, Belmont University, Williamson County Campus, 310 Billingsly Court, Franklin,  7:30am-9:00am- REGISTER HERE (4 spots left)

"Ethics, Strategy and Giving Back" with Marvin Ellison, CEO of Lowe's Companies- April 1, 2020, Janet Ayers Conference Center, 1803 15th Avenue South, 7:00am-9:00am- REGISTER HERE



Articles & Columns

Recruiter published an article by Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] about how to make giving part of your company culture year-round. He also wrote a column for HR.com about evaluating your leadership style. 

Forbes published an article by Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] about why your business should be doing content marketing. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about abnormal tax ratesthe Allstate Corp, Fidelity SAI U.S. Quality Index, Mattel's losses, Papa John's and Transamerica Capital for Forbes. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Post announced that one of Bell & Associates[Darek Bell] senior project managers earned the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals credential from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Foundation.

Darek Bell [Bell & Associates] and Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] were appointed by Mayor John Cooper to the Nashville Sustainability Advisory Committee, according to the Nashville Ledger.

The Nashville Business Journal announced its Best in Business Awards honorees and asked them to submit art based on the question, "If your company were a band, what would the design on your drum set look like?" Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark], Crosslin [Justin Crosslin], ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage], Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] and Evolution Event Solutions [Falon Scott] submitted art designs, which were featured in a gallery

In the News

We are devastated by the tornadoes that struck our city and region this week, but the efforts put forth by our chapter and the city of Nashville give hope to all those involved. This week’s news covers EO Nashville members affected by the tornado, followed by regular news updates. 

EO Nashville members rallied to help each other in wake of the tornadoes that tore through Middle Tennessee early Tuesday morning. A story by the Tennessean, which was also included in the print edition, featured Matt Charette [Beyond the Edge], who had customers and fellow EO member Jeff Stockton [AccuWorks] show up to help him in wake of the tragedy. The story also mentions Scott Gardner [Red Dog Dumpsters] who brought dumpsters to assist Reed Shandoff [Germantown Cafe] with cleanup – see the video by the Tennessean. Move On [Bryce Adkins] helped redpepper [Tim McMullen] move from its ravaged offices in Germantown. 

Eater Nashville, the Tennessean and Williamson Source released lists of businesses affected, damaged or closed by the tornadoes. EO Nashville members that were affected are Beyond the Edge, Boston CommonsDrifter’s BBQ [Matt Charette], Henrietta Red [Benjamin & Max Goldberg], Burger Up [James Lewis], Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] and Germantown Cafe [Reed Shandoff].

Juel Salon [Johnna Bates], Bush Insurance & Financial Services [Leighton Bush] and Double Diamond Marketing + Communications [Angela Evans] are accepting donations on behalf of the Community Resource Center in response to the Nashville tornado, according to StyleBlueprint. The article also mentions that Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on March 14 will also donate $1 per drink sold to Visit Music City’s tornado relief fund.

Food & Wine quoted Matt Charette [Beyond the Edge] in a story about Nashville restaurants coming together after the tornado. 

Project 615 [Derek Evans] is selling “Nashville Strong” T-shirts and donating all profits to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, according to KWQC and WTVFWSMV and WTVF reported that Project 615 has already raised more than $60,000. 

The Burger Up [James Lewis] East Nashville location sustained significant damage in the tornado, as reported by the American Songwriter, Bisnow, CMT News, Food & Wine, the Tennessean here, here and here, the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post, the Nashville SceneNewsweek, WSMV, WZTV and Variety.

The Nashville Post featured a slideshow of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Legislative Reception, organized in part by EO Nashville.

Engineering News-Record reported that the 25-story office tower at Nashville Yards being built by Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] was not impacted by the tornado. 

The Tennessean mentioned Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] and Michael Burcham [Narus Health] as previous CEOs of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in a story about the center’s new CEO.

The Travel mentioned Pinewood Social [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] as one of celebrities’ favorite spots in Nashville. 

Donald Griffin [Nashville Cosmetic Surgery] and a dermatologist at REN Dermatology [Jennifer Lee] were quoted in a StyleBlueprint article about myths of aging skin. 

Clarksville Online announced the first 2,000 fans at First Horizon Park on Memorial Day will receive a backpack, presented by Advance Financial [Michael Hodges].

The Kirkland Company [William Kirkland] was mentioned by The News Enterprise for handling the sale of two apartment buildings in Elizabethtown. 

Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] is a supporter of Tennessee Flavors, a fundraiser for the Nashville State Community College Foundation, according to the Nashville Scene.

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


Nashville tornado: Devastating storm brings impact to Nashville SC players

Nashville SC’s first MLS match provides plenty to build on

Here’s how Nashville SC are supporting Middle Tennessee tornado relief efforts 

Nashville SC supporters rock out to Lzzy Hale’s guitar riff at inaugural match

Power rankings: Colorado Rapids surge after dramatic win at DC United 

From Baby Yoda to Wolf of Wall Street, MLS supporters bring it in week 1

NBC Sports: 

3 things to know about Inter Miami and Nashville SC

New York Times: 

MLS hits two milestones: 25 years and 26 teams

Sports Illustrated: 

Nashville SC’s David Accam shows damage to his apartment after tornado


MLS commissioner, in town for Nashville SC opener, says soccer is sport for a new South

La Brigada del Oro debuts as Nashville SC’s first Latino supporters’ group

A week after debut, days following tornado: Nashville SC focuses on next match against Portland Timbers 

Two Nashville SC players experience direct impact of tornado: ‘I’m just happy to be alive’

Nashville SC coach Gary Smith reacts to the Tennessee tornado, its effect on players

Watch highlights from Nashville SCs MLS season-opening game vs. Atlanta United

Nashville SC: Fans celebrate the team’s home opener

Nashville SC vs Atlanta United: The best photos from Nashville’s MLS debut

Nashville’s athletic community reacts after tornado with offers to help, damage reports

Titans pune Brett Kern, son Bryce ‘all hyped up’ for Nashville SC’s MLS debut

USA Today Sports: 

Nashville SC’s David Accam shares video after tornado destroyed his home

Yahoo! Sports: 

Nashville SC wins over fans during team’s first MLS match