EO Nashville Member News – November 20

November 20, 2020


There will be no newsletter next Friday, November 27 due to the holiday. 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Supersonic Success with Jack Becker

December 2, 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm, Virtual

Jack’s simple and repeatable process will teach your team how to repeat successes and not repeat failures exactly as elite fighter pilots do.

Achieve peak human performance at supersonic speeds! REGISTER HERE

Exclusive Conversation with Annie Duke

December 10, 2020, 3:00 pm CST, Virtual

Annie Duke has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking.

She is a regularly sought-after public speaker, addressing thousands in keynote remarks at conferences for organizations ranging from the Investment Management Consultants Association to the Big Ten Conference. REGISTER


COVID Conversations with Dr. David Aronoff

December 11, 2020, 8:00am-9:00am, Virtual

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 straight from an expert! Dr. David Aronoff will present the latest and greatest on the numbers, plans for the vaccine, what to do when you, your family members or your employees have been exposed or infected, and so much more! 

David Aronoff, MD is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has been highly involved in the diagnosis and clinical care of COVID-19. REGISTER NOW



Forum Offerings!
Free Forum and Moderator Workshops

Free Forum Workshops

The US East Region is offering 48 free forum workshops. You must book these before December 31st, 2020 and the workshop must take place prior to March 31, 2021.  

The topics for these workshops are: 

Forum Essentials
Forum Tools 
Goal Setting and Accountability

Please contact Laura Miller to schedule a session for your forum: laura@eonashville.com

Moderator Workshop Series

Forum Moderators and Moderator-Elects can sign up for this workshop with Lee Prosenjak and Anthony Dimarco. They will guide you through a full year journey, anchored by four, 3-hour interactive, sessions with theory, practical applications, tools, breakout groups, and Q&A session.  

The first session is Dec 14, 2020 from 8am-11am, then three other sessions throughout the EO year – dates TBD.

REGISTER HERE for the first session of the series.

Diversity and Inclusion

CLICK HERE for an EO blog on how to increase diversity and inclusion in your workplace starting TODAY!

This article shares feedback from EO members on best practices for promoting and maintaining these qualities within your organization.



John Cascarano
Beast Brands, Inc.

President and Founder John Cascarano of Beast Brands, Inc., has a passion for brands that make a statement and reflect a sense of humor. Born in Deerfield Beach, Florida, he received his Bachelor's degree at Duke University, where he was a founding member of Mental Floss. He attended law school at the University of Michigan and practiced law for 5 years before returning to startup life. John built the online beauty product retailer Lock & Mane, which grew swiftly and sold in 2015. During his time there, he saw the opportunity to create Beast Brands, Inc. While working on the early stages of BEAST®, he served as E-Commerce Director for ABLE, a women’s apparel and accessories retailer with the social mission of ending generational poverty; he helped triple the company’s online revenue in twelve months. Now, John's dream is to build an iconic, global consumer brand, with products better for the environment and "Beasts of all kinds."

What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others?
Do something that makes you excited to wake up in the morning. -Grandpa Yale

Best business book you’ve ever read?
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?
I leap before I look. I dove into a new business without a plan because I wanted to, not because I saw a real opportunity.

How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day?
Cooking a good dinner with my wife. No screens.

Have you come up with any creative social activities in 2020 that you would like to share? 
Trying to start a Covid segway gang. The best way to look uncool! Who's in?

What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this?
I could dock a boat when I was 7.

What EO benefit has been most valuable to you during these uncertain times? 
I'm new, but hearing other people's stories in business + life is cathartic.


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Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Earnings Distortion Scores for 20 companies, the good and the bad of Intel Corporation & First Industrial Realty Trust and AutoZone for Forbes. He also penned articles for Seeking Alpha

Erin Richardson [All-American Pest Control] penned a column for the Tennessean about why fall is not the time to relax your guard against pests. 

Awards & Recognition

Katie Adkisson, a partner at Reed Public Relations [Lauren Reed], was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

In the News

David Trainer [New Constructs] appeared on CNBC’s Trading Nation to speak about stocks to buy and sell as the markets took a breather this week, and his comments were also published in Yahoo! Finance. Trainer was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, TheStreet and 24/7 Wall St. about Tesla’s addition to the S&P 500. He also offered commentary on the stock market’s reaction to virus worries, published in USA Today, and about the market reaction to Covid-19 vaccine hopes, published in USA Today, Reuters, TheStreet and Yahoo! Finance

Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] is one of the restaurants opening in Assembly Food Hall, part of Fifth + Broadway, according to StyleBlueprint.

The Nashville Post reported that Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] is handling the design on a 12South property which is being updated. Pfeffer Torode Architecture was selected to design a new indoor recreation center and city office complex in Rogersville, Tenn., according to the Times-News.

CareGivers by WholeCare [Elizabeth Moss] was featured in the Nashville Post for its merger with LightWay Home Health Care, becoming one of the largest home health companies in the area. 

The Nashville Post reported that Nathan Hysmith [HY Ventures] is an investor and developer of a mixed-use, three-building development planned for Wedgewood-Houston.

A Nashville Cosmetic Surgery [Donald & Susan Griffin] product was featured in a StyleBlueprint article about getting your skin holiday ready. 

The Nashville Scene and Thrillist reported that Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurants Henrietta Red and The Party Line are offering Thanksgiving meals for takeout. 

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] will serve as the general contractor on a mixed-use project in Wedgewood-Houston, according to the Nashville Post

StyleBlueprint quoted Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.] in an article about getting your skin holiday ready, mentioning that The Blowout Co. now offers airbrush spray tans.

An LLC affiliated with Tyler Cauble [The Cauble Group] sold a two-story property in South Nashville, according to a Nashville Post story, which also quoted Cauble. 

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared as a guest on the Ditch Digger Podcast and the Results Engine Podcast to speak about his journey and the mask-free leadership movement. 

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was mentioned in the Tennessean for being a part of Wedgewood-Houston, a “maker” community of craft manufacturers and artists.

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank was named the Best Bank of the Year and Asset Management Firm of the Year at the inaugural U.S. Captive Awards, according to FranklinIs