EO Nashville Member News - October 19

October 19, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Dave Delaney – Improv, The Master Communicators Secret Weapon - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! 

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Dave Delaney's Improve with Improv is a brilliant presentation that has already left audiences impressed at Hubspot's Inbound Conference, Craft Content Conference, and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Nashville. He will share three key ways you and your team can take lessons from improv and apply them to your business and life. Dave's keynote presentation will teach us all how to improve our communication and company cultures. He promises some big laughs from his presentation as well! CLICK HERE for a special message from Dave!


2.  Scaling Up Cash Master Class with Alan Miltz and Greg Crabtree

November 7, 2018- 7:30am-10:45am, Wellspire, 907 Gleaves Street

Are you regularly asking the tough questions to drive business performance, such as ... do you have the right people in the right seats doing the right things? Are you able to scale revenue and gross margin as your business grows? Do you have a strategy and business model that can scale? Do you have the right data at the right time to make critical management decisions? Is your business model generating enough cash so you can scale up?

The ‘Scaling Up Cash Master Class’ is a great place to put your complete cash strategy in order, From profitability to cash flow to true wealth creation. Greg Crabtree and Alan Miltz were the core contributors to the cash section of Verne Harnish’s book ‘Scaling Up’ and they will present an expanded process to applying the principles in the book. They will help you to implement the concepts to scale your business to its full potential!

The schedule for the morning will run as follows:

7:30am- Breakfast
8:00 am- 90 minute joint keynote presentation
9:30 am- 15 minute break
9:45 am- 60 minute workshop for those able to stay


3.  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


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for the Tennessean discussing Tennessee healthcare premium rates. He also wrote pieces for America’s Benefit Specialist and BenefitsPRO about three things to cover during insurance renewal meetings this year. Both of these articles were featured in print.

The EO Octane Blog shared an article by Floyd DePalma [DePalma Studios] about how he grew his business.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] article on how to lead like a business coach was published in SmallBiz Daily. Bailey had another Small Biz Daily column published on how to “nip the problem players in the bud.” He also penned an article in Inc. about fostering positive accountability in your business. BOSS Magazine shared his article about using self-assessment to improve your leadership skills.

In the News:

The Nashville Post and Franklin Home Page shared the announcement about Petra Coach’s [Andy Bailey] expansion to England, the company’s first international location.

The Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] Foundation was featured in Virtual Strategy Magazine for its $100,000 donation to East End Prep. The Foundation was also featured in The Tennessee Tribune for its $25,025 donation to the Best Buddies of Tennessee. Nashville PRIDE shared that Advance Financial opened a new location in Jackson in Union City. The company was listed as a sponsor of the Wine Down Main Street festival in the Williamson Source.

The Nashville Business Journal shared an article introducing the 2018 Power 100 Trendsetters, which included Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] and Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery and Bell & Associates Construction].

Matthew Carney [Smokin’ Thighs] was featured in a slideshow of photos from the 45th annual Heritage Ball in a Nashville Lifestyles article.

The Nashville Ledger featured Caregivers by WholeCare [Elizabeth Moss] and quoted Elizabeth Moss in an article about how seniors are struggling to get transportation because most transportation modes available today are geared to a younger market.

Greko [Tony Darsinos] was recognized as the writers’ choice in a Nashville Scene article about the best Greek food in the “Athens of the South.”

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was quoted in a Nashville Post article about features that should be considered in future public transit discussions. Bone was recognized in The Nashville Business Journal as a member of the newly formed committee dedicated to studying the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal mentioned Bone for his thoughts on the midterm election. The Tennessean penned an article about the law firm’s new office opening in Hendersonville.

The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post mentioned Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] as part of the organizing committee for the NFL draft being held in Music City in April. Catbird Seat [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] was mentioned in Chowhound, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the nation’s leading high-end restaurants. The restaurant was also referenced in Food & Wine as an inspiration to a new Minneapolis restaurant and in an Australian Financial Review article about a master sommelier who spent part of her career working at the Nashville restaurant. The Nashville Scene wrote about a special event in November at the JW Marriott showcasing world-famous chefs, including one of the opening chefs at Catbird Seat. The Henrietta Red chef will also contribute to the preparation for this event. Pinewood Social, Bastion and Catbird Seat were featured in a Nashville Business Journal article about what the top local chefs think you should order at their restaurants. The Nashville Post referenced Bastion in an article about a new coffee lounge opening in Wedgewood Houston. Henrietta Red was chosen as a local food lover’s favorite place to grab a cocktail in StyleBlueprint and as one of Kristian Bush’s local favorites in Sounds Like Nashville.

Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] and Burger Up [Jim Lewis] were named in a StyleBlueprint article for having a Nashville food lover’s most craved dish.  

A Tennessean article about the growing number of steakhouses in Nashville named Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] as one of them.

A Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] player was featured in a Manx Radio article for winning the Defensive Player of the Year award. The club was featured in News Channel 5 article and video about its participation in the All Sport Sort event at Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Nashville Post shared the list of Nashville-area companies that were listed on the most recent Inc. 5000 list, including Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert], Crosslin Technologies [Justin Crosslin], Jones Therapy Services [Ginger Jones], Local Search Masters [Brad Hill], MediCore Medical Supply [Josh Pittman], Milosi [Taylor Milliken], Mosaic Consulting Group, LLC [Vicki Hill], Novatech [Darren Metz], Petra Coach [Andy Bailey], Preventia Security [Aaron Whitaker], ProviderTrust [Chris Redhage], Scout Properties [Jonathan Harris], SnapShot Interactive [Mark Scrivner], The Hardware Company [Steve Curnutte] and XCI Building Services [Daniel Brimer].

Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about a new Hyatt Regency they will build. Another Nashville Post article also shared the news of the permit for the new Hyatt Regency.

The Nashville Post  and Nashville Business Journal featured a story about OneDigital Health’s recent acquisition of Paradigm Group [Bob Levy]. Mergers & Acquisitions also shared the news on its list of recent transactions.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in a Workforce article about the company and its environmental and user benefits.

StyleBlueprint wrote an article about Tennessee Cheesecake [Will Wilson] and the success of the family-run business.

Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser PC] was quoted in a Politico article about Trump’s proposal to limit benefits to immigrants.

The Nashville Post mentioned Virsys12 [Tammy Hawes] and quoted Tammy Hawes on hiring two new executives for the company.

Debbie Gordon [CloudRange Cyber] was named one of the entrepreneurs-in-residence for a new program at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite], as reported in the Nashville Business Journal.

NBC 10 News shared a photo taken by Colton Mulligan [FoxFuel Creative] of the damages caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Core10 [Lee Farabaugh] was recognized as a partner of a new West Virginia-based coding program in the Associated Press, the Charleston Gazette Mail, the Herald Dispatch and MetroNews.

WNDU featured Moo TV [Scott Scovill] in an article about the company’s partnership with Garth Brooks on his current tour.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Steve Eisen and Mark Miller [Baker Donelson] presented a seminar to the Nashville Bar Association's Business Law Institute in Nashville, discussing practical suggestions for organizing, holding, and documenting Board meetings including some best practices for being effective, efficient and energetic.



EO Member Spotlight

Steve Curnutte

Tortola Advisors/ Capstan Fund 

Steve_Curnutte_Headshot.jpgPrior to founding Tortola and Capstan in 2009, Steve spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in industries ranging from music publishing, mortgage and SBA lending, and financial services.

Steve has navigated operational and financial restructurings of companies ranging in size from $1 million in revenue and 20 employees to half a billion in revenue with nearly a thousand employees. Specialties include retail, printing, aluminum smelting, manufacturing, real estate, construction, trucking, scrap metal, automotive, healthcare, oil and gas, and financial services. He has served as Interim CEO/Chief Restructuring Officer for multiple businesses, assisted law firms in investigating cases of fraud and check kiting, and provided expert testimony in State and Federal cases. Steve also has advised investors who have deployed capital into circumstances that have fallen into distress, worked through multiple distressed acquisitions, and helped distressed companies sell to 3rd parties.

At Capstan, Steve has sourced, negotiated and led private equity investments in the manufacturing, retailing, consumer products and other sectors.

Steve is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

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

Hoard cash, avoid borrowing when possible and manage business with forward looking tools, not retrospective tools
Best business book you’ve ever read?

Embarrassed to say I have started a bunch of business books, but never been able to finish one. But the best book on economic systems is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

Try to avoid moving your own goal posts
How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day?

Get into the woods – hike, hunt, explore

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

I think the programs EO Nashville produces are fantastic – but I usually focus on my Forum of 14 or 15 years. Still proud to be a part of a chapter with peerless programming, and hope to attend more events in the future, just not in the plan now. 

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

Exciting for me? Hoping to watch one of my oldest son’s college Rugby games. Hoping to spend some time in the woods with my other boys. Getting married in Whistler, Canada.



Other Upcoming Events

EO Think Tank – How to be a Leader vs. a Manager
October 23, 2018- 7:30am- 9:00am, E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, Suite 417
Join a small group of your fellow EO members for a Think Tank to discuss how to be a leader vs. a manager.  Only 1 spot left, so REGISTER NOW

Quarterly Moderator Meeting
November 1, 2018, 7:30am, EC, 41 Peabody Street
Calling all Moderators to attend this quarterly breakfast meeting to enhance best practices and other Forum related topics.  If you cannot attend, please send your Moderator-Elect (or someone else from your Forum). REGISTER HERE