EO Nashville Member News - October 26

October 26, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. 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


2. Quarterly Moderator Meeting
November 1, 2018, 7:30am-9:00am, EC, 41 Peabody Stree

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). We hope to have 100% participation from all forums. REGISTER HERE

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 about Tennessee’s healthcare premium rates, which ran in print. He also wrote an article for BenefitsPro about how healthcare brokers can also provide insight on HR issues .

Rebecca Donner [Inner Design Studio] wrote an article for Healthcare Design Magazine offering strategies for branding interior spaces.   

Forbes published an article by Paul Jankowski [New Heartland Group] about business takeaways he took from Garth Brooks’ recent tour.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Chalkline Sports [Joe Kustelski] was shortlisted for two 2018 SBC Awards in the “Best Affiliate Product Innovation” and “Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation” categories.

The Nashville Post shared the news that Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] won two Golden Bridge Awards; a Gold for “Woman Executive of the Year” (for Tina Hodges) and Silver for “Fastest Growing Company of the Year.”

Vice president and executive producer for music videos at Taillight TV [Tom Forrest] was recognized in the Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Music City Awards.

In the News:

BerniePortal [Alex Tolbert] was given an “excellent” rating, receiving 4 out of 5 stars in a PC Mag review. Bernard Health was mentioned in a Kiplinger article about how to get the best individual health policy in 2019.

Nashville PRIDE featured Advance Financial [Mike Hodges] for its $25,025 donation to Best Buddies of Tennessee.

The Nashville Post wrote an article about Nashville-based company GameWisp, whose team often works out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite].

The Tennessean wrote an article about the opening of the Green Pheasant [Patrick Burke] in SoBro this week.

DWC Construction Co. Inc. [John Arndt] was referenced in a Nashville Post article for handling the renovation of downtown’s SunTrust Bank offices.

The Tennessean featured a rave review of Austin Ray’s [A. Ray Hospitality] new Rambler Cocktail Bar under The Sutler. A StyleBlueprint article asked a chef at Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House to share his favorite Halloween candy.   

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was interviewed in a Nashville Business Journal article for his new position as the chairman of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. The Nashville Post also wrote an article about his new position.

A BlueRidgeNow article featured an owner of a Showhomes [Bert Lyles] franchise and her journey to opening the franchise.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] was quoted in a Forbes article about how to build long-lasting relationships with customers.

Nashville Lifestyles released photos of Zander Insurance’s [Shervin Eftekhari] employee event celebrating the winner of the company’s annual scholarship contest for high school seniors.

Paradigm Group [Bob Levy] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Post and Consulting.us about OneDigital Health and Benefits’ recent acquisition of the company.

The Nashville Post mentioned Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] in an article about a mixed-use building that may built on Hermitage Ave.

The Birmingham Business Journal and AL.com listed Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi [Bristol Development Group] as a new leader on the Birmingham-Southern College board of trustees. Juel Salon [Johnna Rightmyer] was also referenced in the article, as Meneguzzi is a co-owner.

Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin and Max Goldberg] was referenced in a Knoxville News Sentinel piece about the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour, which will make a stop in Knoxville on November 1. Patterson House and Bastion were listed in an Eater Nashville article about the best places to drink cocktails in Music City. The Nashville Scene also mentioned Bastion in an article about a new coffee lounge opening in Wedgewood-Houston. Merchants was recommended as a place to eat in Nashville in an Arkansas Democrat Gazette article. The Nashville Business Journal penned an article about a new local axe-throwing bar which mentioned the Downtown Sporting Club.

Representative Mike Sparks’ gives his opinion on Nashville’s traffic crisis in a Newsman article, in which he offers Hytch [Robert Hartline] as a viable solution.

The owners of Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina [Will Newman] have received a permit to open a second location in Sylvan Park, as reported in the Nashville Post.

The Brentwood Home Page mentioned Scarlett Hotel Group [Andrew Scarlett] in an article about the Council on Aging’s Sage Awards, which honored the current vice chairman of the company and his wife for their philanthropic work with the Scarlett Family Foundation.

Financial Advisor IQ quoted Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] in an article about how investors can avoid hidden contagion risks. Luken also appeared in a Reuters broadcast interview about the benefits of investing in international markets.

Core10 [Lee Farabaugh] was featured in a Fast Company article about West Virginia’s new training and job-placement program connecting young West Virginians with careers in technology.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Baker Donelson, along with Nashville Chamber of Commerce's International Business Council, Nashville Technology Council and Nashville Health Care Council, hosted and welcomed the London and Partners' delegation of London-based music, health and creative tech companies to Nashville


EO Strategic Alliance Partner Spotlight

Currently at $325M in annualized revenues, DEX is the largest independent dealer of Kyocera, Konica Minolta, Canon, and HP document imaging equipment in the United States. We sell and service printers, copiers, mailing  systems, and digital data management software. We are document experts.  But what makes us unique is our depth of service experience, the product distribution infrastructure we have created to support our customers locally, and our commitment to the community. DEX’ Employee Profit Sharing program ensures the most committed support team by sharing one third of our company profits with our service and admin teams. Our employees receive a bonus in May, August, and December as part of our family focused profit sharing plan. Every DEX employee has a vested interest in delivering the best support in the industry to our business partners.

DEX' regional warehouses are fully stocked with the most diversified inventory of equipment, parts and supplies in the industry. We do this so we can provide our business partners the best support.  Anyone has an open invite to our local facility at 50 Rachel Drive as we guests. 

DEX' Commitment to the Community program was founded under the principle of supporting the community we work in so it is healthy and vibrant. We give 21 cents of every dollar of profit to the local non-profit community. In the 16 years of our operations DEX has given over $15M through this program.  Combining this program with our Employee Profit Sharing program allows us to guarantee that DEX puts more back into the local community than is taken out.

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

Mark Blaze     

Tara Burt            


Jim Hunter         


Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series
November 16, 2018- 7:30am- 9:00am, Belmont University Janet Ayers Academic Center, 1803 15th Ave S

Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins University, SAIS and Co-Director will speak about the current International Economic Outlook.  We only have 6 spots for this event, so REGISTER NOW

EO Annual Holiday Party
December 1, 2018, 7 pm, The Noelle Hotel, 200 4th Avenue N

Hope you can join us for this Grand Affair to celebrate the Holiday Season!  We'll be roaring like it is 1920.  Black tie/Great Gatsby attire optional!  You will not want to miss this event, so REGISTER HERE