EO Nashville Member News – May 8

May 8, 2020




Redefining How Work Gets Done with Brad Stevens

May 12, 2020, 9:00am-10:30am
Join this webinar to learn how to reposition and future-proof with outsourcing, virtual assistants and tech tools.




The Economic Unknown with First Horizon

May 13, 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join Strategic Alliance Partner, First Horizon, for this webinar on what's around the next COVID-19 corner. 



Lifecycle Panel- Developing Great Sales Teams

May 20, 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join EO Members Robert Hartline, Tammy Hawes and Bill McCleskey for a panel discussion on developing great sales teams during these unusual times. 



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#NashvilleStrong #EOTogether

From EO Member, Tim McMullen, CEO, redpepper advertising

Tornado Virus 2020 is what we call it. redpepper was hit by the Nashville tornadoes and had to move out of our office the next day. It was a fellow EOer that showed up and moved us out: Glenn McConnell from MoveOn. 

About two weeks later, the COVID impact started really ramping up in Nashville. Luckily, we were already working from home. redpepper's Tornado Virus 2020 Crisis Mode truly began. 

I have to say it was a bit overwhelming. I had only fears and worries and zero answers. The only thing that helped me was to get a plan together. And that plan came together in large part thanks to three key EO factors: 1) my EO Forum immediately began meeting weekly, 2) the Nashville EO Chapter started communicating and pulling resources together through email and Slack. And finally, 3) EO Global had a Slack group with around 4,000 global members in the conversation.

These three sources equipped me and my leadership team to put together the redpepper COVID plan. And until that plan was in place... I was freaking out. I am still very concerned about the next 12 months, but at least we have a plan and do our best to survive Tornado Virus 2020! 

Fight on!




First Horizon 



Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Emerson Electric and SYSCO Corporation for Forbes. He also penned columns for Seeking Alpha.

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal released its list of largest minority-owned businesses in Nashville by 2019 revenue, which included Archangel [Ken Thomas] and MitechUSA.com [Bill McCleskey]

In the News

The Nashville Post reported that Ozark River Portable Sinks [Martin Watts] cut the prices of its portable skin and handwashing stations to help customers combating the coronavirus.

David Trainer [New Constructs] appeared on CNBC to talk about three stock picks that he considers to be solid bets. He was also quoted by TheStreet in an article about stocks finishing higher. 

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

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Burger Up [James Lewis] will continue takeout and delivery services in spite of the green light from the city to reopen, according to the Tennessean.

The chef at Henrietta Red [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] was named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast award, according to the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post, the Nashville Scene, Eater, Grub Street, the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Business Journal, the News & Observer and Restaurant Hospitality. The Nashville Business Journal reported that Metro Nashville officials held a webinar to discuss restaurant reopenings, in which Ben Goldberg spoke as part of the peer-to-peer portion. The chef at The Catbird Seat is participating in a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to provide meals for families in need during the pandemic, according to WZTV. The Patterson House was mentioned by the Oxford American for using chocolate in a cocktail. Pinewood Social was included in StyleBlueprint’s list of places to order takeout from on Mother’s Day. The chef at Henrietta Red and The Party Line was quoted in a House Beautiful article about celebrating holidays and birthday at home. 

Judy Gatena [REP Interactive] was quoted in a CNBC article about the problems and successes the company had while applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan. 

WZTV reported that Project 615 [Derek Evans] has donated more than 6,500 masks to healthcare workers in Middle Tennessee. 

The Cauble Group [Tyler Cauble] handled the sale of a property in East Nashville, according to the Nashville Post

The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post announced that Smokin’ Thighs [Matthew Carney] plans to add a second level to its establishment.  

Judith Bright [Judith Bright] was included in StyleBlueprint’s Mother’s Day jewelry gift guide. Bright was also quoted by StyleBlueprint about what she’s most looking forward to post-quarantine. 

WZTV featured Juel Salon [Johnna Bates] in a story about salon reopenings in Tennessee and what steps the business is taking to safely reopen.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank provided tips for businesses to navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the Nashville Business Journal. A Nashville restaurant owner used First Horizon to secure PPP loans for his business, according to the Nashville Business Journal. Williamson Homepage reported that a Franklin nonprofit was able to secure a PPP loan through First Horizon. The Green Hills branch vice president and manager was quoted in an article by the Tennessee Tribune about the PPP. First Horizon distributed $8 million in PPP loans in the Upper Cumberland region, according to the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. FranklinIs, Murfreesboro Voice, the Nashville Post, Rutherford Source and the Upper Cumberland Business Journal announced that the bank is now offering its free financial wellness programs online.