EO Nashville Member News – May 29

May 29, 2020



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.  



Member to Member Series with Michael Brody-Waite

June 12, 2020, 9:00am-10:00am
Join EO Member Michael Brody-Waite for this keynote on "Why In a Pandemic Great Leaders Do What Drug Addicts Do."



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, hip, how to cocktail you can make at home, followed by fun interactions and prizes. Don’t miss seeing all these EO faces! 

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

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

Rockefeller House- June 16th- 4:30pm-5:30pm- REGISTER 


#NashvilleStrong #EOTogether

From Jacob Greer, 6th Man Movers, Forum 21

Things are obviously difficult, and our business has seen a drastic change in consumer behavior. But we are in the essential services sector of both the Transportation and Housing Industries – so we are just blessed to be able to work. My service is not a work-at-home type of gig, so contradictory to a lot of folks at home, I have been at work probably more than I ever have in the past.  

Our project load is a lot less than what it would be, of course, but my team is hanging in there. I've got 27 employees, so just trying to be supportive to them.

I know things are getting weird out there! But we will make it through this... Lord knows, I would be lost without EO.

I have never felt more prepared professionally for something like this to happen. I mean if this would have happened a few years ago – I am certain this business wouldn't be making it through this environment.

I am so lucky to be a part of EO. 

A lot of my toolbox or network is from our EO chapter here in Nashville. My EO forum has been on point too, and Zoom is just fine. 

I know the EO Nashville staff has been in crisis mode for quite some time, and I just can't thank them enough for what they are doing for our business community. The impact trickles down to real lives and jobs being salvaged, so on behalf of our Forum and everyone at my organization – I thank them for everything they have been doing for us.  

In the meantime, we'll be fighting the good fight over here in Berry Hill. 



Compass East



Articles & Columns

The Financial Brand published a column by Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] about three ways financial marketers can alter their strategies to rebound after the pandemic. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Southwest Airlines, Omnicom Group and Oshkosh Corporation for Forbes. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha.

In the News

The Tennessean, GCA News and Robinson Analytics shared our EO Nashville member survey about the effects of the coronavirus on businesses in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Michael Burcham [Shore Capital Partners] and EO Nashville president Marty Reed [Randa Solutions] were quoted.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] facilitated a defense, stabilize, reset and offense (DRSO) session, according to Business Mirror.

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared on The Stacking Benjamins Show podcast to talk about his journey as a recovering drug addict and how the skills he learned in recovery translate to success with life and money. 

The Cauble Group [Tyler Cauble] is handling the marketing and sale of a mixed-use, two-building development in The Nations, according to the Nashville Post.

Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] has quit its search for additional office space and will allow more employees to work from home on a regular basis, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The CEO of Zander Insurance appeared on the Tennesseans Tennessee Voices segment to speak about navigating uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. It was also published in the Commercial Appeal and Knox News.

Project 615 [Derek Evans] was mentioned by MLSsoccer.com for its Soccer Moses T-shirt.

Architectural Digest featured the residence of Clay Ezell [The Compost Company] and his wife, a former commercial building, as one of the 10 coolest adaptive reuse projects across America.

Commercial Property Executive included a Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] architectural project in its May Nashville commercial real estate wrap-up.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] is implementing safety measures as it reopens its establishments to ensure the safety of employees and guests, according to Community Impact Newspaper, the Wall Street Journal and WKRN.

BluWave [Sean Mooney] has named Katie Marchetti its new managing director, according to the Nashville Post and OA Online

The Nashville Business Journal featured ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage] for its efforts to fight COVID-19 fraud. The article also mentioned that Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] shifted its production to manufacture PPE during the pandemic. 

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

The Athletic: 

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NBC News quoted David Trainer [New Constructs] about passive investments. He was also quoted by U.S. News & World Report about calculations for EBITDA. Trainer was quoted in another U.S. News & World Report article about investing in oil and energy companies.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank was named one of the 2020 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother magazine, according to Clarksville Online and FranklinIs. The honor recognizes companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting multicultural women in the United States. The Tennessean published a guest column in its Sunday, May 24 print edition 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.