EO Nashville Member News - May 24

May 24, 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

URGENT – LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR A BOOTH! DEADLINE IS MAY 28th AT NOON. 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.  Level Up Informational Luncheon
June 7, 2019, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody Street, 11:00am-12:30pm

Hope you can join us to learn about our newest EO program – Level Up! Level Up was custom designed with entrepreneurs in mind and uses your organization's challenges as the basis for the participating leader's growth and development. CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the luncheon. 

3.  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.   


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] penned an article for Recruiter on creating a millennial-friendly workplace.

In the News:

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was featured in a Franklin Home Page article about its company-wide community service day. The company was also mentioned by Employee Benefits News and Employee Benefits Advisor for its new paternity leave policy.

Nashville Medical News mentioned Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] for its launch of BernieForms.  

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] was mentioned in Contractor Magazine for its business coaching work with CAC Industries.

The Nashville Post hosted a launch party for its Q2 tech-focused magazine and featured a live recording of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s [Michael Brody-Waite] “Navigate” podcast. The Tennessee Tribune featured the office opening of a marketing and PR agency that was once housed in the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. An investor and advisor at the center was mentioned in the Nashville Post for joining AllianceBernstein’s Nashville team.

Virsys12 [Tammy Hawes] was mentioned as a sponsor of the Nashville Post’s Techie event, which celebrated the launch of its summer print edition.

The Nashville Post featured Inner Design Studio [Rebecca Donner] in its summer print edition for health care design’s direct contribution to outcome and patient satisfaction.

The Bradford Group [Jeff Bradford] and Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin] were included in O’Dwyer’s magazine’s “Annual Rankings Issue,” which published in May. The Bradford Group ranked #1 in Tennessee among firms specializing in finance, #2 among Tennessee firms specializing in technology and is the 6th fastest growing firm in the U.S. in the under $2 million revenue category. Lovell Communications ranked #2 in Tennessee among firms specializing in healthcare. In the Southeast, Lovell ranked #14 and Bradford ranked #19. Nationally, Lovell ranked #83 and Bradford ranked #112. All rankings are based on 2018 net fees.

Pinewood Social [Ben and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in the Daily Star as a great dining option in Nashville. Nashville Lifestyles selected Henrietta Red as its 2019 best restaurant and recently hosted a dinner featuring the restaurant’s best menu options, as reported by Hoodline. Yahoo News listed Nashville’s top five new American restaurants and included Henrietta Red.

The Nashville Post referenced Novatech [Darren Metz] as the neighbor of a new building eyed for the Sylvan Heights area.

Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] was mentioned in a Tennessean article about a new development in Hendersonville.

Yahoo Finance featured Wellview Health’s [James Story] new reporting and analytics tool for predictive healthcare management.

Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] defender Taylor Washington served as a guest speaker for the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games on May 17, as reported by Fox 17 Nashville.

The Nashville Post announced that Medalogix [Dan Hogan] will move its headquarters to SunTrust Plaza.  

Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments] was quoted in a News Channel 5 article about the renovation of an East Nashville church into a boutique hotel.

The Nashville Post featured a fintech investment firm that is currently invested in Core10 [Lee Farabaugh].

Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] was mentioned in a StyleBlueprint article about the best Nashville steakhouses.

Uproxx featured the best summer beers for 2019 and quoted the bar manager at Josephine [Jim Lewis]. A different Uproxx article quoted Josephine’s bar manger on the best cocktail to drink for the rest of your life.

Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] was mentioned in the Nashville Post as the developer of SunTrust Plaza. The company was mentioned in a separate Nashville Post article as the developer of a mixed-use Peabody Place project.


EO Member Spotlight

Michael Brody-Waite

Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Michael's unique perspective, from a background in overcoming addiction, allows him to drive change from a simple and pragmatic perspective. He regularly defies the status quo and permeates passion through his leadership. His superpower is guiding leaders and their companies through uncomfortable and challenging growth. He firmly believes that growth starts from within and can ultimately manifest incredible personal and organizational success.

In 2009, Michael left a fortune 50 company at the height of the recession to co-found and lead InQuicker, a healthcare SaaS company that allows patients to self-schedule appointments. His leadership grew the organization from two employees to 50 employees and 20,000% revenue growth in less than six years. This exceptional growth landed InQuicker a spot on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. Additionally, InQuicker was named "Best Place to Work" by the Nashville Business Journal four times and recognized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Healthcare Company of the Year. In 2015, InQuicker was sold to a publicly traded company.

Brody-Waite's accomplishments include being named Most Admired CEO, Top 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal, and recognized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year.

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

Master The 3 Principles of Authentic Leadership:

1. Practice Rigorous Authenticity

2. Surrender the Outcome

3. Do Uncomfortable Work

As a leader, these principles require a courage and vulnerability that is simply too scary for most to summon. And therein lies the competitive advantage. These principles save a ton of time, accelerate growth, reclaim happiness, intensify connection and create a more significant impact on the lives of the people we interact with more than we ever imagined possible.

Best business book you’ve ever read?

As a young leader, I wanted to base my leadership style on the authenticity practices I learned as a recovering addict. I was criticized for being naive or idealistic; therefore, I thought it wasn’t possible. Then I read "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown.

She gave me permission to use this different approach to leadership. Sure it’s not dollars and cents business advice, but the process of learning to lead oneself always has more of a profound business impact than anything else

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

Trying to be someone that I wasn’t. It’s amazing how much we can obscure our unique strengths by trying to be the leader others think we should be instead of the leaders we are.

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

I meditate which allows me to be more mindful and conscious every day. When a stressful event happens and I am unable to detach, I reach out to a recovering addict in need. Hearing their challenges puts mine in perspective and gives me the gratitude that can be so easily lost in the day to day. In the event that doesn’t work, I reach out to one of my mentors, lay out what is challenging me, and work the 3 Principles of Authentic Leadership with them to isolate what I can do to resolve the stressor.

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

I am really looking forward to visiting several forums to share about the Nashville Entrepreneur Center or the role of Authentic Leadership in scaling our teams. I love interacting in a small group setting and really getting to know others on an intimate level.  Getting to do this at an EO Forum is something that is always special.  

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

Sometimes I struggle with the level of importance people give ME in my role at the NEC. I have always believed the strength of a leader is not how much people respect and value you, but to what degree they value the result of you having empowered an amazing team with an amazing strategy that makes an amazing impact. 

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

Outside of some really exciting stuff going on at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, this summer is all about posting “Authenticity Nuggets” to social media to inspire other leaders, spending quality time with my wife and daughter, and of course writing my book on…….you guessed it…... the 3 Principles of Authentic Leadership.


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