EO Nashville Member News – May 22

May 22, 2020



Exclusive and Dynamic Conversation with David Spade

May 28, 2020, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Join this unique virtual event opportunity for EO Members from the US West and US East Regions only. Space is limited, so register today!


Lifecycle Panel- Developing Great Sales Teams

June 9, 2020, 9:00am-10:00am
Join EO Members Robert Hartline, Tammy Hawes and Bill McCleskey for a panel discussion on developing great sales teams during these unusual times.  



EO Nashville All Member Meeting

June 10, 2020, 4:00pm-5:00pm
SAVE THE DATE for this newly designed virtual All Member Meeting! Don't miss this opportunity to connect. More details to come.  



House Happy Hours!

We have set up a virtual ZOOM Happy Hour for each House! Bar Bees will kick off the event with a live how-to cocktail class for a delicious summer drink you can make at home, followed by fun interactions to connect and cool prizes. Don’t miss seeing your fellow EO Housemates!

Please see the dates and times below and REGISTER for your House Party!

Rockefeller House- May 28th- 4:30pm-5:30pm- REGISTER 

Ford House- June 2nd- 4:30pm-5:30pm- REGISTER

Carnegie House- June 4th- 4:30pm-5:30pm- REGISTER

Morgan House- June 9th- 4:30pm- 5:30pm- REGISTER


#NashvilleStrong #EOTogether

From Elizabeth Moss, Caregivers by WholeCare

I really don’t know what I would be doing now, or for the past 6 weeks, if it weren’t for Sameera {EO Nashville Executive Director}, her team and the members of EO Nashville! 

As a nurse, and knowing how to triage a situation, the health care needs of our caregivers, those on the front lines caring for our clients (the most vulnerable population) became my first priority. I got busy. However, the need of what to do in a crisis for my business at the very same time, well, just isn’t quite as natural for me! 

I needed to be making decisions about my bottom line, the new CARES Act, the new HR 6120 law, the PPP, or EIDL, and so many other questions I’ve never had to think about! And oh yeah, what about if someone sues WholeCare for contracting COVID-19!  

Thinking about what I would need to do for everyone, including myself, became an emergent situation. COVID-19, like everyone else, has become all-encompassing personally and professionally. I have been in crisis management mode for five weeks and am now working to rest. And all while also working to be in harmony, looking for the opportunities, and pivoting to be sure we can continue into a 24th year. 

If I didn’t have EO Nashville, and I am acutely aware the Nashville chapter is different, I don’t think, in the sixth week of this situation, I would be able to be home, thinking about any of the topics I am now able to contemplate.

In week one, the support, and solutions began pouring in to my email box, the synthesized information that saved me, and others countless hours of reading, deciphering, and processing what we would need to do next. Local companies who were pivoting and creating supplies for health care workers was amazing, who were EO members! This doesn’t surprise me, as my experience since I’ve been an EO member has been nothing but caring, genuinely. 

Sameera, Karen, Marla {EO Nashville professional staff members} and everyone behind the scenes on the Board saved me, that’s for sure. I am so very grateful for these women, and gentlemen. Michael Burcham, Brittany Lorenzi and all of the chapter corporate sponsors have provided such in-depth, quick information to help all of us make decisions none of us have been faced with before, truly uncertain, and unprecedented, the terms we continue to hear.

I am also acutely aware that this all followed a crisis that hit Nashville before the COVID-19 pandemic. March 3rd, when a tornado hit Nashville and destroyed many businesses, several of which are owned by EO members. This crisis didn’t impact me directly except to kick me into gear and begin helping those I could. However, I was still experiencing the level of support and generosity of Sameera, her team and the members of EO were providing.

I know we are resilient, as a species and as business owners, and yet these individuals have shown me a new level of caring, tenacity and perseverance than I’ve ever experienced!

Thank you EO Nashville! Thank you Catalyst! I look forward, as I do, to seeing what “this new world” looks like. I get to create it as I choose, and I get to do it with all of you!



Baker Donelson



Articles & Columns

The Nashville Business Journal published a column by Marty Reed [Randa Solutions] about how EO Nashville members have helped each other through the March tornado and COVID-19. Matt Simms [Advocate Printing Solutions], Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare] and Tim McMullen [redpepper] all offered advice on how to get through difficult times.

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about D.R. Horton, Cracker Barrel and the good and the bad for Forbes. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha.

In the News

Teknovation and FranklinIs shared the news of our EO Nashville member survey about the effects of the coronavirus on Middle Tennessee entrepreneurs.

Martin Renkis [Tagii.io] was quoted in a Forbes article about hidden assets (patents) solving liquidity problems caused by COVID-19. 

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


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WTVF quoted Emmit Martin [Sprocket Rocket] in a story about ‘transportainment’ businesses preparing to return to Broadway.

Don Griffin [Nashville Cosmetic Surgery] spoke with StyleBlueprint about the process and safety of virtual consultations for cosmetic surgery.

StyleBlueprint featured Pinewood Social’s [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] Fried Broccoli dish from the free cookbook Recipe Notes: A Taste of Music City. Pinewood Social’s pig nose negroni was included on Town&Country’s list of 10 campari cocktail recipes. The Nashville Scene reported that local chefs are worried about reopening and their employees’ safety, quoting the chef at Henrietta Red.

Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is asking Metro’s Board of Zoning Appeals to approve designs for a four-story building on Gallatin Pike, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

The Nashville Post and WZTV reported that private event venues are calling for change in Nashville’s reopening plan for their businesses and quoted Dan Cook [Dragon Park], who started the online petition. 

A Sober Chat article featured Michael Brody-Waite’s [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] story as a recovering drug addict and how those habits turned him into a great leader. He also appeared on the Arcane Bear and ODAAT Chat podcasts to speak about his journey.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] appeared on the Tennessean’s Tennessee Voices segment to speak about crisis communications during the coronavirus pandemic. It was also shared in the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Commercial Appeal.

Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] is the construction manager on a bridge replacement project on Interstate 24 in Chattanooga, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Tennessean published a guest column about how Paycheck Protection Loans (PPP) are keeping newspapers afloat, mentioning how fortunate the Tennessee Press Association was to have First Horizon Bank guide them through the process. First Horizon helped more than 13,000 small businesses secure approximately $2.1 billion in PPP loans, as reported by Nashville Medical News, the Nashville Post and Rutherford Source.