EO Nashville Member News – May 7

May 7, 2021

EO Powerhouse Speaker Series with Magic Johnson 

May 27, 2021, 10:00am, Virtual- Zoom

From setting records in the NBA to setting standards in the world of business, learn first-hand the skills and tenacity Magic Johnson has employed to become a world-class leader and unwavering champion. REGISTER

EO Nashville All Member Meeting

June 3, 2021, 4:00pm-8:00pm, Nissan Stadium

Register today for the EO Nashville All Member Meeting at Nissan Stadium! This event is always an annual favorite. More exciting details to come soon... REGISTER NOW

House Happy Hours for Edgehill and Five Points

We hosted 3 House Happy Hours this week and we have 2 more coming up in June for Edgehill and Five Points!

Edgehill House (Forums 5, 11, 12, 16, 20, 33 and 36) 
June 15, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm, M.L.Rose – Melrose

Five Points House (Forums 2, 9, 10, 21, 27, 32 and 35)
June 16, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Boston Commons

Get Involved with EO Nashville...
Join a Committee TODAY!

We would LOVE for as many EO members as possible to get engaged beyond just your forum and hop on a committee! HERE’S THE LINK to choose whatever sounds good to you!

Committees really are a great way to connect with other EO members, get a taste of the board and determine if you’d like to pursue a leadership role at some point. We’d really love for every forum to at least have one person either on the board or on a committee.

It takes a village to run this EO machine and we are grateful for each and every one of our committee members! Sign up today!

Upcoming Belmont Executive Learning Events

Mridu Parikh: Women's Connect Meeting
June 8, 2021

Women of EO are invited to this Women's Connect Meeting to get ready to Recharge and Thrive! To say the last 18 months have been challenging may feel like an understatement. Fortunately, positive changes are on the horizon. If you're ready to reset, step back into your power, and thrive, join Mridu in this motivational talk to get control of your time and energy and crush your goals.

You'll leave inspired and equipped to use tools, strategies and insights to: bust through self-imposed limitations; squash distractions and focus on what really moves the needle; and think more clearly so your leadership gets noticed.


Ketch Secor: Old Crow Medicine Show
June 22, 2021
Virtual or a few in-person spots!

Join Ketch Secor (lead singer of Old Crow Medicine Show) for Will the Circle Be Unbroken: A reflection on life, country music, Nashville and diversity’s place “In the Circle.” You will get to watch Ketch's TEDxNashville presentation and have one-on-one time with him discussing diversity, equity and “pulling out a chair” of inclusion. 

Ketch Secor co-authored the Grammy Award Winning song ‘Wagon Wheel’ with Bob Dylan, and, in 2014, launched Episcopal School of Nashville in the East Nashville area.

There are limited in-person spots for this event. If you wish to attend in person, please email karen@eonashville.com, so that we can get you on that list ASAP! 



Meet our newest Strategic Alliance Partner
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)


CLA was established as a different kind of professional services firm, built to create opportunities for private businesses, public companies, governments, nonprofits, and the people who own and lead them. What’s more, we want to be known for our inclusive family culture, for careers that inspire people, for an equitable workplace, for the results of our work, and by our integrity. That’s why we uphold the CLA Promise: to know you and help you.

The CLA Promise is a commitment to put relationships first, while always working to exceed expectations. We make it our business to understand the motivations, dreams, fears, and goals in any relationship we encounter, inside or outside the CLA family. We demonstrate our promise through our industry-driven, seamless approach — and our industry-leading financial results. And we do all this while inspiring our CLA family and impacting the communities around us.

We offer 3 main service areas:

• Create – a strong foundation through entity and tax structure and financial technology stack
• Build and Scale – tax strategy, financial reporting, and financial modeling
• Exit – Tax strategy, valuation, and quality of earnings

CLA is unique in that we have created a model to serve entrepreneurs and their organizations with the resources of a top 10 public accounting firm. Our passion is helping the entrepreneur leave their legacy by partnering with the entrepreneur throughout the entire life cycle of their organization. The capabilities of CLA including back-office accounting outsourcing, fractional CFO or controller services, strategic business, tax and raising capital planning, as well as entity value enhancement were created to assist the entrepreneur. We are here to help! 

CLA Forum Topics:

• Questions you should be asking your CPA: What all taxpayers should know/own the plan to execute
• How to become bankable: Numbers matter, but what else can help?
• How do you know when you are ready to sell your business?
• Trends in financing start-ups

For more information or to schedule a forum visit, please contact:

Mike Slavik

Mark Wyzgowski

Marcus Bowman

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Articles & Columns

JJ Rosen [Atiba] penned a column for the Tennessean about how businesses and people can spend their time wisely.

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about first-quarter earnings, Flowers Foods and the Honest Company for Forbes. Trainer co-authored a column for MarketWatch about if you should buy Netflix.

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal announced its 2021 Best in Business honorees, which included:

  • Move On [Bryce Adkins & Glenn McConnell]
  • Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark] 
  • Caregivers by WholeCare [Elizabeth Moss]
  • pH-D Feminine Health [Deeannah Seymour]

The Nashville Business Journal published its list of the largest general contractors in Nashville, ranked by 2020 construction billings, which included Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] at #8.

CounterPoint Messaging [John Rowley] won seven American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Pollie Awards this year.

  • TV for State Legislature (T'wina Nobles for State Senate)
  • TV for State Legislature (T'wina Nobles for State Senate)
  • TV for Local/Municipal/Mayoral (Sharon Weston Broome for Mayor)
  • TV For Local/Municipal/Mayoral (Sharon Weston Broome for Mayor)
  • Best Use of Humor (Tim Ryan for Congress)
  • Web Video (Montgomery Education Tax)
  • Radio (Non-Federal) (New Mexico Native Voices)

In the News

Michael Brody-Waite [Mask-Free Movement] appeared on the Break The Chain Podcast to speak about his journey and the mask-free leadership movement.

Behavioral Health Business reported that Shore Capital Partners [Michael Burcham] is financially backing an Ohio SUD treatment providers acquisition.

An employee at Evans Glass Company [Austin Evans] was quoted in a Glass on Web article about how to enhance worker performance with automation.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurant Locust is helping raise awareness and money for the Asian American Advancing Justice this month, according to the Nashville Business Journal, NewsChannel 5 and the Tennessean. Bastion was mentioned as one of the favorite restaurants of a Nashville city council member in Main Street Nashville.

Our Sports Central reported that Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] is presenting the Stars and Stripes Backpack giveaway at a Nashville Sounds game this year.

A Nashville city council member mentioned Josephine [James Lewis] as one of his favorite restaurants in town in an interview with Main Street Nashville.

Gail Peace [Ludi] was profiled in the Nashville Business Journal as part of its 2021 Women of Influence series.

Samantha Pyle [Green Apple Strategy] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal for judging its 2021 Best in Business Awards.

Nashville Lifestyles mentioned M.L.Rose [Austin Ray] in Capitol View for its burgers and beers as part of its downtown Nashville neighborhood guide.

WZTV Fox 17 reported that Nissan Stadium will open near full capacity for Nashville SC [Christopher Redhage] matches.

All-American Pest Control [Erin Richardson] announced its 2021 Hometown Hero Award recipient, according to Pest Control Technology.

The Commercial Appeal reported that The Peach Truck [Stephen Rose] will be in Memphis twice this season.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted JJ Rosen [Atiba] in an article about how 2021 has surprised Nashville’s top executives. Trail Runner reported that Atiba purchased ultrasignup.com last year.

The director of operations at Sam’s Place [Sam Sanchez] was quoted in a WSMV News 4 story about how restaurants are struggling to bring back employees.

Joel Sanders [Apartment Locators] has launched Apartment Insiders, a free apartment locating service, according to the Nashville Post.

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in Markets Insider, TheStreet about Honest Co. Trainer appeared on Coindesk to speak about valuations. Insights from New Constructs were included in a Benzinga article about Coinbase and in a MarketWatch article about Honest Co.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank is sponsoring several Nashville Sounds games at First Horizon Park this year, according to Our Sports Central.