EO Nashville Member News - May 17

May 17, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1. EO Nashville All Member Experience
June 5, 2019, Track One, 1211 4th Avenue S, 4:00pm-8:00pm, show at 6
Mingle with members in a way we never have before! Network with new friends & make deeper connections.

REGISTER TODAY to get the most out of your membership! 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to showcase your business through a booth space in an expo-type setting. NO FEE to participate! CLICK HERE to confirm an expo spot!

2.  D.C. Day on the Hill
June 19-20, 2019, Washington, D.C.

EO Nashville will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for our first ever D.C. Day on the Hill!  We have a great event lined up! CLICK HERE for additional details.   

3.  Do you need to book the EO Office at the EC?  

It's easy! Go to www.eonashville.com, click on the Members tab at the top, then the EO Office. From there you just click RESERVE THE EO OFFICE – then choose your time block and date. This is a HUGE benefit of EO membership!


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote an article for Forbes about the 10-year approach to building software. He also wrote an article about time-tracking systems for the EO Octane Blog and a column in Employee Benefit Adviser offering three ways to stand out ahead of open enrollment season. Alex wrote another piece titled “How Small Businesses Can Think About HR Integrations” for HR Technologist.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville announced the 2019 finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards and included employees from:

  • Bell & Associates [Darek Bell]

  • Crosslin [Justin Crosslin]

  • Concept Technology [James Fields]

  • Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann]

  • Anchor Investments [Micah Lacher]

  • LBMC Technology Solutions [Jeff McCorpin]

In the News:

Venture Nashville Connections mentioned that EO Nashville has announced its new board of directors led by Bethany Newman [ST8MNT]. Members from EO Nashville were featured in an Inc. article about business missteps to avoid. Members quoted include:

  • Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics]

  • Julie May [Bytes of Knowledge]

  • Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal]

  • Sherry Deutschmann [Sunset Ventures]

  • Brigette Edwards [OrangeTheory Fitness Nashville]

  • Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare]

  • Paine Bone [Wilson County Motors]

  • Bill McCleskey [Mitech Partners]

  • Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.]

  • Damon Barbieri [Barbieri Orthodontics]

  • Floyd DePalma [DePalma Studios]

  • Scott Anderson [Threadbird Printing]

  • Steve Curnette [Tortola Advisors]

  • John Arndt [DWC Construction]

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] CEO Tina Hodges was featured in a Tennessee Tribune article for winning a Gold award in the 17th Annual American Business Awards. The Tennessee Tribune also featured the opening of its newest store location in Jefferson City. Employee Benefit News announced Advance Financial’s new student loan repayment benefit.

The Nashville Post featured a slideshow from Bernard Health’s [Alex Tolbert] new office opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Nashville Medical News mentioned the announcement of BernieForms in its May print edition.

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] was mentioned in Business Williamson for its recent Bronze Stevie Award as the Fastest-Growing Company of the Year.

M.L.Rose [Austin Ray] was mentioned in the Williamson Source for providing food during the upcoming Beer Quest.

Fox 17 featured Erin Richardson [All-American Pest Control] for implementing a company-wide four-day work week.

Burger Up [Jim Lewis] was included in a Hoodline roundup of the five best spots to score burgers in Nashville.

CNBC, International Business Times and ETF Trends quoted Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] on the recent rise in stocks.

Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare] was quoted in a Nashville Ledger article about Tennessee facing a long-term shortage of healthcare workers.

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was quoted in Pride Publishing Group about the report released by the Metro Tax Increment Financing Study and Formulating Committee .

The Nashville Post featured Project Music’s “Who Knew: Women Who Rock” event backed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite]. A founding board director at the center was named to the Guidehouse board of directors, as reported by Yahoo Finance. A Nashville teacher was interviewed in Chalkbeat about her goal to close the gaps in computer science for women and people of color, and she mentioned an event at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center where students networked with diverse entrepreneurs.

The chefs from Two Ten Jack and The Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke] were listed in Eater Nashville as participants in the Music City Food + Wine Festival, returning for its seventh year this September.

The Nashville Scene featured the Downtown Sporting Club [Ben and Max Goldberg] as a place to drink and also do physical activities. Eater Twin Cities mentioned a former chef from The Catbird Seat for his local guest chef appearance. Eater Los Angeles mentioned The Catbird Seat’s current chef in an article about her former restaurant. Pinewood Social was mentioned in an Elite Daily article suggesting hashtags for a bachelorette trip to Nashville. Robb Report quoted the chef from Bastion about trendy ingredients you’ll start seeing on menus. The restaurant’s former chef was referenced in Atlanta Magazine for his position as head chef at a new bar along the Atlanta BeltLine.

The Nashville Scene released a summer events calendar and mentioned visiting The Band Box [Ben & Max Goldberg] during a July 27 Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] game.

Tim McMullen [redpepper], with the COO of Kirkland’s, offered the key elements of retailers’ success in Retail TouchPoints.

Wellview Health [James Story] was mentioned in the Nashville Ledger about its new program – a full suite of proprietary specialized solutions to support some of the costliest U.S. health conditions.

Williamson Source announced Hytch [Robert Hartline] will be partnering with the Washington Business Alliance to reduce traffic congestion and transportation carbon emissions using positive behavior reinforcement technology.

Project 615 [Derek Evans] was mentioned in GratefulWeb for its participation in the 2019 Bonnaroo festival.

The Memphis Flyer mentioned Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] in an article comparing barbecue in Nashville and Memphis. Sounds Like Nashville also mentioned Edley’s in an article about a local tour company’s “Barbecue, Beer and Bourbon” tour.


EO Member Spotlight

Denis O'Shea

Mobile Mentor

Denis moved his family from New Zealand to Nashville in 2017 to set up the US branch of his mobile service business. He signed HCA as his first client and is rapidly growing the US arm of his 15-year old business. Denis is an active member of EO, Nashville Healthcare Council, Nashville Technology Council, The Disruption Lab and the Entrepreneur Center and he is always eager to meet interesting people.

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

A friend of mine coaches execs on time management and he has taught me several great techniques to optimize how I plan my time, for example, booking time in my own calendar for my highest priority items.
Best business book you’ve ever read? 

The Strategist

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

Setting up our business in China and expecting to avoid corruption. Big mistake.

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

Nashville inspired me to start learning guitar so I practice for an hour each night. That has proven to be a great way to decompress at the end of each day.
What EO event are you most looking forward to attending in the next few months? 

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

I spent 15 weeks in the Alaska wilderness and survived two bear attacks.
Any exciting plans for summer that you would like to share?  

My family is starting to fragment as our kids get more independent so we just bought two jet skis in the hope that they will want to hang out with us a bit more. For vacation, we are doing a road trip in an RV to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore.


Other Upcoming Events

Forum 201 – Moderator & Leadership Training
June 25, 2019, The Thompson Hotel, 401 11th Avenue S, 8:00am-5:00pm

Forum 201 is a one-day advanced education workshop that focuses on advanced forum practices and leadership skills. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to register. Space is limited!  

Think Tank: Aging Parents
June 25, 2019, E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, #417, 7:30am-9:00am

Join your fellow EO members for peer sharing experiences dealing with aging parents.  Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER TODAY