EO Nashville Member News - May 3

May 3, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week  

1.  YOUR EO Experience

May is here and NOW is a great time to “own your own EO experience” and let us know if there’s something we can do to help make it more valuable.

If you feel like you’re no longer a great fit for your forum and would like to discuss other options, Laura- laura@eonashville.com and Sameera- sameera@eonashville.com can help. We have THIRTY forums now, including a brand new one that has room for another member or two. 

We also have a very dedicated board and staff ready to make the coming year fantastic!

2. EO Nashville All Member Experience
June 5, 2019, Track One, 1211 4th Avenue S, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Hope you can join us for a Reinvented, Revamped and Revitalized All Member Meeting! REGISTER TODAY to get the most out of your membership and to encounter EO as never before! 

This year we are also giving EO members an opportunity to showcase their companies through a space in an expo-type setting. This is a VERY rare opportunity to let other EO members learn more about your business and there is NO FEE to participate! CLICK HERE to confirm an expo spot!  

3.  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!  


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned a BenefitsPro article suggesting three self-insuring tools for benefits brokers. He wrote another article for BenefitsPro offering tips when negotiating reference-based pricing.

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] wrote a Forbes article discussing a common mistake that destroys retirement income.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The Stevie® Award winning nominations in the 2019 American Business Awards®  were announced and included:

  • Petra Coach [Andy Bailey], Bronze in Fastest Growing Company of the Year, Up to 100 Employees

  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], Gold in Fastest Growing Company of the Year, Up to 2,500 Employees and Silver in Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, Up to 2,500 Employees. Tina Hodges of Advance Financial also won Gold in Woman of the Year, Consumer Services.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville chapter held its annual Parthenon Awards where Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed] received nine awards and Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin] took home seven awards.

In the News:

Citizen Tribune reported the opening of a new Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] store in Jefferson City, the company’s 104th store location in Tennessee.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was quoted in a Forbes article about reasons your employees might be quitting.

Patrick Burke [Seed Hospitality] was mentioned in a Nashville Scene article about the NFL Draft’s effect on restaurants and businesses located off Broadway. The Green Pheasant was listed in a Forbes itinerary for a trip to Nashville.

The Nashville Post mentioned M.L.Rose [A.Ray Hospitality] in its article about new retailers opening in the Capitol View district.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was mentioned in a Home Health Care News article about the effects of predictive analytics-driven telehealth outreach programs.

WSMV News Channel 4 reported that work is proceeding on the future Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] stadium site at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

The Tennessean featured Parkside Builders [Brian Chastain] in an article about new Sumner County neighborhood homes for sale.

Marcelle Guilbeau [Marcelle Guilbeau Interior Design] was mentioned in a StyleBlueprint roundup of Nashville home trends.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] for selling his majority ownership of Village Real Estate Services. The article also mentioned a shark diving trip with his Entrepreneur’s Organization group including Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] and Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery].

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] is pushing to fund a 22-mile greenway network through urban Nashville, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal.

Becker’s Hospital Review included PatientFocus [David Frederiksen] in a list of healthcare revenue cycle companies to know in 2019.

Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.] was mentioned in CNN Travel, Taste of Country and KCTV News about the business she receives from bachelorette parties in Nashville.

The Tennessean included the Downtown Sporting Club [Ben and Max Goldberg] in its list of restaurants that opened in April. The Nashville Business Journal mentioned the Goldbergs racing to open the venue before the NFL Draft. WKRN mentioned that the restaurant would be prepared for the influx of crowds due to the draft. The Tennessean featured photos of Friday night’s draft events and mentioned the Downtown Sporting Club. The Goldberg brothers were mentioned in the Nashville Scene about the restricted delivery hours during the NFL Draft weekend. Barron’s mentioned Henrietta Red, The Catbird Seat and Bastion as places for tourists to try on a trip to Nashville. The sommelier from Henrietta Red was interviewed in Vine Pair about her wine preferences. The restaurant’s chef was featured in a podcast by Food & Wine. The Nashville Post reported that a former Pinewood Social bartender recently moved to a new position. Forbes featured Pinewood Social as the location of one of the city’s top coffee shops. Merchants was included in a Brit + Co article listing America’s top foodie cities.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] has partnered with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to expand mobility and reduce traffic and carbon output in the Nashville area, as reported by the Brentwood Home Page.

The Herald-Dispatch mentioned that the technology training program NewForce is accepting applications and quoted Lee Farabaugh [Core10], who is one of the program’s employer partners.

Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina [Will Newman] was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for replacing the Local Taco’s original location in Sylvan Park. Edley’s Bar-B-Que was listed in Hoodline as one of the top spots in the Melrose neighborhood. StyleBlueprint featured opinions from three locals on where Nashville is going and mentioned Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina as places the west side can offer newcomers. Green Bay’s Fox 11 News included photos from a presidential candidate’s speech at Edley’s Bar-B-Que last month.

The Nashville Scene featured Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] for hosting May’s 3st of the Month event tonight from 6-9 p.m. The London Free Press mentioned the distillery in an article about Nashville offering more than just classic country music.

Aaron Whitaker [Preventia Security] was quoted in Security Info Watch about the company’s participation in the Resideo Premier Security Dealer Program.


EO Member Spotlight

Falon Scott

Evolution Event Solutions

Falon Veit Scott is CEO and Founder of Evolution Event Solutions (EES), a leading strategic meeting management and special event production company headquartered in Nashville, TN. She has led her team to produce global meetings and events, and receive awards such as one of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. In addition, Falon was just accepted into the EMBA program at Vanderbilt University's Owen Management School for Business. She lives by the promise of: Do what you say you're going to do.  Falon enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Bryan, and son, Cole.

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

"If you are really good at what you do, then you have the freedom to be who you want." - Sam Zell. This quote inspires me to be my best at work, family, relationships, community involvement..you name it! As if I can give my all, then I will reap even more! 

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The Founder's Mentality. This book helped me to understand why it's critical to build a team with a foundation of insurgency.

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

Hiring too fast when I was in the weeds with work. Talk about a back fire!

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

Usually with running, family time or wine...or all three!   

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

All of them! Really looking forward to meeting everyone and diving into my forum! 

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

I love taking risks! So far, I have been skydiving, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain and am looking for more way to push myself!  

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

Travel! Both professionally and personally, I love to travel. This summer, we are heading back to Maui, visiting family in the mountains of North Carolina and planning a trip to Scotland/Ireland/England. Not to mention my forum trip to Cuba (early fall)!


Other Upcoming Events

End of Year Moderator Dinner 
May 15, 2019 – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Sperry's Cool Springs, 650 Frazier Drive

Inviting all outgoing EO moderators to join us for dinner and drinks to celebrate a job well done!  If the current moderator is unable to attend, you may send your moderator-elect. One person per forum. Drinks will be served at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 7:00pm.