EO Nashville Member News - November 9

November 9, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Spousal Forum Informational Luncheon 
November 15, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm, Fin & Pearl, 211 12th Avenue S

Hope you can join us for lunch to learn about one of the most important EO Member benefits- Spousal Forum! Members are welcome to join their spouses, or spouses can attend without the member. Whatever works for you! CLICK HERE to view a video invitation from Marion Ingram, our Spousal/Life Partner Forum Chair.  

REGISTER HERE for the luncheon.

2. MyEO Apple Event
November 15, 2018- 8:30am- 10:00am, 2126 Abbott Martin Rd, Nashville, TN.  3721 

Ever feel like you are barely scratching the surface of using your Apple products to their fullest capability? Wish you could have a little quality time with Steve Jobs himself to ask questions? Knowing that is not possible the next best thing is the Apple Team at the  newly remodeled Green Hills store. Angela Proffitt has created a MyEO event just for you! On November 15th at 8:30am. Angela and the Apple Team will share some cool tips & tricks, so you’ll walk away with some take-aways you can immediately apply to your own life. REGISTER HERE

3. EO Annual Holiday Party- only 3 weeks away
December 1, 2018, 7 pm, The Noelle Hotel, 200 4th Avenue N

Join us for a grand affair to celebrate the holiday season. We will be roaring like it’s 1920 in an era of speakeasys, flappers, and champagne toasts at the historic Noelle. This classical revival style hotel, completed in 1929, retains original architectural details preserving the elegance of the era. REGISTER HERE


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] offered tips for finding the right health insurance plan in 2019 in the Tennessean, which appeared both in print and online.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned a Forbes article offering three strategies that helped his business grow.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The Nashville Business Journal recapped the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s [Michael Brody-Waite] 2018 Next Awards. Winners of the night included:

  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]

  • 312 Pizza Company [Staci Bockman]

  • Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark]

  • Moo TV [Scott Scovill]

  • Music City Tents & Events [Joe Freedman]

  • Hytch [Robert Hartline]

  • Narus Health [Michael Burcham]

In the News:

Focus Middle Tennessee Magazine announced the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards, hosted by EO Nashville, which will be held at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] at the end of the month. The competition’s judges will be Brody-Waite, Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics], Nancy Leach [Facility Planners, Inc.], Monique Muri [RAM Scientific, Inc.] and Brittany Lorenzi [BluePrint Strategy].

Seth Argo [Focus Builders] was quoted in the Tennessean about the rise of functional features in homes. Freshome featured the company in an article about using wallpaper to update bathrooms.

The Citizen Tribune shared the news that Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] opened a second location in Morristown. The Nashville Post highlighted the company’s 100th store opening. Virtual Strategy Magazine also featured the 100th store opening and the company’s plan to give Thanksgiving turkeys to the first 100 visitors.

Inner Design Studio [Rebecca Donner] celebrated its 25th anniversary by granting a $2,500 scholarship to a student at Belmont University’s O’More School of Design, as reported by the Nashville Post.

The Nashville Post reported that BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] has established a partnership with job website Indeed.

The Nashville Post, TN Ledger, Brentwood Home Page, Business Williamson and Franklin Home Page shared the news that Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] opened its first overseas office in England.

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] for a local CEO’s participation in the center’s InFlight program designed for early-stage startups.

Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke] was featured in an Eater Nashville article taking a look inside the new restaurant. The Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post also featured the opening of the restaurant.

The Nashville Post mentioned Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] in an article for his role as the chair of the Metro Development and Housing Agency Board. Bone was also referenced in another Nashville Post article  as a presenter at NAIOP Nashville's November membership meeting

A Judith Bright, LLC [Judith Bright] necklace was listed as a great November find in Style Blueprint.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] is exploring the idea of and received a permit for a shaved ice eatery in 12South, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post and Eater Nashville. A Patterson House bartender was quoted in a Uproxx article about the best budget-friendly drinks to try this holiday season. Catbird Seat was referenced in an Eater Denver article about a new Denver restaurant for its unique dining model and in the Napa Valley Register, as the restaurant’s former chef will be participating in a local guest chef series. CMT referenced Pinewood Social as a meeting place between the CMT writer and rising artist Brandon Stansell. A Bastion bartender offered his favorite fall beer in a GQ article, and the Nashville Post reported that a Wedgewood-Houston property just a block away from Bastion recently sold. Henrietta Red was referenced in Robb Report about a new boutique hotel located in Music Row and in the Nashville Scene for the restaurant’s former chef participating in the World Food Championships.

Josephine [Jim Lewis] was mentioned in Eater Nashville on their list of local restaurants that had election day food and drink specials. Forbes also included the restaurant in an article offering twelve things not to miss in Nashville.

The Tennessean reported that Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] will offer discounts for veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] is the legal counsel for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and was quoted in a Nashville Public Radio article about the legal gray area involving industrial hemp.

The Nashville Post announced a Redpepper [Tim McMullen] employee’s promotion to vice president of sales and marketing.

Novatech [Darren Metz] is the neighbor of a newly listed three-acre Nations property, as reported by the Nashville Post.

The Tennessean highlighted that one of the Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] players is a finalist for a United Soccer League (USL) award. Another of the club’s players was featured in a Nashville PRIDE article about his naming to the USL All-League Second Team.

Rambler Cocktail Bar [Austin Ray] was featured in the Nashville Scene article about one of its signature cocktails, the Haymaker.

The Nashville Business Journal shared a Q&A with Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations], one of the 2018 Most Admired CEOs.

Pennington Distilling Co. [Jeff Pennington] was mentioned in the Nashville Scene as a participant in the upcoming Winter Warmer beer festival.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

An article by Jimmie Strong [Baker Donelson], "Equity Basics: How Vesting Provides Upside Potential for Team Members and Downside Protection for Your Startup", was published in Startup Nation.



EO Member Spotlight

Floyd DePalma
DePalma Studios

After spending 25 years working for large corporate IT organizations, I realized life is too short for bad UX design. So I founded DePalma Studios to create applications that people love to use. 

DePalma isn’t just another dev shop. As founder and CEO, I’ve been laser-focused on building a team of accomplished designers with deep experience in user interface and experience design. 

My goal for the company is to design and build applications employees actually enjoy using, so they can be more productive and feel better about their work. Our processes can be adapted for clients of any size. 

In many cases, we help people re-imagine the fundamental ways technology supports their business processes. 

The road to DePalma Studios took me through the U.S. Army, Detroit’s auto industry, Nashville’s health care industry, ownership of a successful internet marketing company and a few other stops. These experiences shaped my knowledge of technology, the people who use it and how they should - and can - complement each other. 

My career started as an applications programmer for the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. From there, I attended Kansas State University and then the University of Michigan at Dearborn and graduated with a B.S. in computer information systems. The need for capable software engineers in Michigan’s auto industry was huge, and I worked at or consulted for multiple enterprises, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Commerce One and Covisint. 

After moving to Nashville in 2004, I worked at digiChart Inc., Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and Industrial Strength Marketing before starting NetEffect Services, an online marketing company. 

I founded DePalma Studios in August 2012. I love what I do and where I do it and know it shows in our work.

Floyd was recently featured in the EO Octane Magazine about his experience in Catalyst:  CLICK HERE to check it out!  


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

Entrepreneurs need to focus on doing one thing better than anyone else in their market. This is especially true for anyone who’s just starting out. 

If you align your specialty with the needs of your customers, then your expertise in that one area will be the difference that persuades people to choose you over your competition. 

Best business book you’ve ever read? 

"Launching a Venture,” by Michael Burcham is the one that’s had the biggest impact on my career as an entrepreneur. I was so impressed with the material in the book that I decided to attend EO’s Catalyst program, which is taught by Michael. 

Over the last year, the combination of the Catalyst program and Michael’s book fundamentally changed how I approach being an entrepreneur and growing my business. 

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

Not hiring the right people in key leadership roles early on. Building a leadership team of smart, dedicated people is the most important part of launching and scaling a successful business. You really need A-players who are self-starters and feel a sense of ownership about growing the business. 

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

Our office is in the heart of downtown Nashville, so there’s no shortage of things to do after a busy day to unwind. I don’t have a particular routine. Some days I’ll catch a Preds or Sounds game and others I’ll have a libation at one of the many craft cocktail bars and restaurants within walking distance of the office. 

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

The holiday season is almost here, so I’m most looking forward to the EO holiday party. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, and it’s always great to see everyone there. 

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

One of my favorite hobbies is precision long range shooting, and I’m now shooting consistently out to 1200 yards. Just give you an idea, that’s about 12 football fields in a row between me and the target. 

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

My fiance and I tend to take more impromptu trips in the later part of the year. Last year we decided to spend New Year's Eve in Miami, and the year before that we spent Christmas in Mexico. We don’t any big plans for this fall, but I’m sure we’ll do something fun. 


Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series
November 16, 2018- 7:00am-9:00am- Belmont University Janet Ayers Academic Center

Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins University, SAIS and Co-Director will speak about the current International Economic Outlook.  Only 3 spots remain, so REGISTER HERE

EO Think Tank
December 5, 2018- 7:30am-9:00am- E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, Suite 417 

EO Think Tank on Partner Relations- How to Select a Partner.  Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER NOW