EO Nashville Member News - October 18

October 18, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1.  EO 25th Anniversary Event      
November 12, 2019 – 11:30am-1:30pm, City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street

We are celebrating EO Nashville’s Silver Anniversary – 25 years of entrepreneurship in Nashville. This lunch event will be a celebration with toasts and memories of all we've accomplished as well as an opportunity to learn and grow from New York Times Best Selling Author, Jon Acuff, teaching us about "Giving Yourself the Gift of Done!"  

Hope you can join us for this milestone event! REGISTER TODAY

2.  EO Special Access, Von Elrod's Winter Beer Garden
November 20, 2019, 5:30pm-7:30pm, 1004 4th Avenue North

Be one of the first to experience the Von Elrod's Winter Beer Garden. This will be our very own EO Apres-Ski Style Happy Hour. Come toast the season with your fellow EO members amid all the excitement of winter fun activities in that area. REGISTER HERE

3.  EO Annual Holiday Party 
December 7, 2019, 7:00pm-11:00pm, The Parthenon

Join us for a special evening to celebrate the holiday season! We'll ring in the winter season with a winter white theme. You can show up in a white toga (We're at The Parthenon!), a white fur or anything in between! Use your imagination and have some fun with this Winter White Out! REGISTER HERE


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote columns for Forbes about Skechers’ stock, PacWest Bancorp and Scholastic Corporation and the coming trouble for Netflix. The article about Netflix was also featured in MarketWatch. Trainer also wrote articles for Equities.com and Seeking Alpha.  

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] offered a step-by-step guide to social media success in the Credit Union Times. The article also appeared in print. 

Awards/Professional Recognition

For the fourth year in a row, Montgomery & Associates Insurance and Financial Services [Will Montgomery] has been selected to participate in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America "Best Practices" Study Group, according to Digital Journal.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] received the Outstanding Strategic Business Partner Award at the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business and Community Excellence Awards, according to the Tennessean.

In the News

The Nashville Post mentioned that NovaTech [Darren Metz] hired Rebecca Graham as its human resources manager.

Josphine [James Lewis] was mentioned as one of the must-eat spots in Nashville by Lavender Magazine. The Tennessean featured photos from the fifth annual Men’s Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn, which was held at Josephine earlier this month. 

The Tennessean, the Nashville Post and SoccerWire.com announced that the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] is launching an elite youth soccer program. Another Tennessean article featured the purpose of the program, to develop a pipeline of youth talent with strong core values. The Nashville Post reported that the club will host its first-ever USL playoff match. WSMV mentioned that members of the Nashville Soccer Club volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  

Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] has been awarded the contract for designing the Permanent Supportive Housing Center, a building featuring living units and voluntary social services for those experiencing chronic homelessness in Nashville, according to News Channel 5

The Nashville Post featured the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s [Michael Brody-Waite] Project Healthcare cohort, which recently partnered with the Nashville Health Care Council to speak with local executives about succeeding as startups in the healthcare industry. 

Michael Burgdorf [Music City Plastic Surgery] was referenced in Broadway World for accompanying the author of “Plastic,” a satire about a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, during his book launch and speaking engagement in Nashville. 

The Nashville Post reported that Core Development [Mark Deutschmann] has purchased an Inglewood property and will begin planning efforts before the end of the year.  

Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] was mentioned in the Nashville Post as the tenant of an East Nashville property owned by the founders of Double A Development LLC.

Pasadena Travels featured a trip to Nashville and mentioned The Downtown Sporting Club [Ben and Max Goldberg] as a great new place to eat in town. Sports journalist and radio host Clay Travis mentioned in Outkick the Coverage that he recorded a podcast at The Downtown Sporting Club. Eater Nashville announced that chef Tom Bayless, who helped open The Catbird Seat and Bastion, is opening his own restaurant in East Nashville.

The Nashville Post mentioned that Smith Gee Study [Hunter Gee] was enlisted to help with the rezoning and design of an East Nashville property eyed for a mixed-use building. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Tennessee Bank was featured in the Tennessean for its name and branding change to First Horizon Bank, which will become effective on October 25. The Tennessee Tribune recognized First Horizon as one of the 100 best adoption-friendly workplaces in the country. As part of Hispanic American Heritage Month, the Williamson Herald spotlighted First Tennessee Bank’s (Parkway Commons branch) Karla Ronquillo who moved to Tennessee from Costa Rica to pursue a career in finance. The Tennessean print edition included an article from Rebuilding Nashville Together’s executive director, who mentioned First Tennessee as a grant facilitator. The Tennessean also reported the promotion of Matthew Harrison to SVP of First Tennessee’s Medical Banking Group. Additionally, First Tennessee Bank ranked second in the Nashville Scene's “2019 Best of Nashville” readers poll for “Best Financial Institution.”


EO Strategic Alliance Partner Spotlight 


The Firm's Emerging Companies lawyers are not only seasoned legal professionals, but also possess deep experience in working with entrepreneurs. We provide a range of legal services that focus on the strategic business goals of our clients. We work with growing companies at all stages and in a wide range of industries, including information technology, hospitality, digital media, life sciences, health care, alternative energy/cleantech, telecommunications and technology-enabled services.

Examples of our services for entrepreneurs include: 

Contracts – We advise clients on contracts covering many types of relationships and transactions. Baker Donelson lawyers regularly assist companies in developing, managing and negotiating customer and vendor agreements forms to cover frequent interactions that are important to their business. 

Capital – Capital is a precious resource and the lifeblood for emerging companies. We have significant experience advising clients on both debt and equity financing, including convertible notes and venture capital and angel investments. We can advise on which options may be best for each company’s particular situation, and we can assist with planning and conducting negotiations to ensure that our clients obtain the best terms.

Technology – Technology allows emerging companies to grow and work smarter. Our firm maintains a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to assist clients with the wide-ranging issues of business technology law. With more than 150 years of cumulative experience within the Business Technology Group, Baker Donelson advises on all types of business transactions involving the purchase, sale and licensing of technology products and services.

Intellectual Property – Emerging companies rely on the potential of their ideas, which means IP must be protected to confidently move forward. Our firm's team includes skilled patent lawyers with deep experience developing and protecting emerging clients' intellectual property rights. In addition, we work with clients to leverage their IP through licensing, development, reseller, distribution and other strategic agreements that generate revenue streams and other business opportunities.

Employment – Growing companies need to pay special attention to supporting and providing proper incentives for employees. Our firm's team of experienced attorneys have advised many emerging businesses on issues such as preparing executive employment agreements; implementing stock option and other employee incentive plans; structuring employee benefit plans; establishing consulting or contractor agreements; and developing human resource polices and handbooks.

Compliance – Emerging businesses have numerous legal and regulatory compliance risks to consider. Baker Donelson lawyers provide counsel regarding taxation and regulatory compliance at the local, state, federal and international levels. We also regularly assist our clients with confidentiality, HIPAA and proprietary information agreements.

M&A – As emerging businesses grow, many pursue deals to expand operations, acquire other companies or secure new revenue streams. We have experienced corporate attorneys on our team to ensure that the deals we do for clients are not only legally and technically sound, but that they also fit with the company's strategic objectives. Our focus is always on doing the deal that helps our clients meet their goals.

Baker will be hosting an event for EO members on November 1, 2019.....details and registration link below.  

For further information on how Baker Donelson can assist you with your legal needs please contact one of our skilled attorneys.

Chris Sloan                          Martha Boyd                        Steve Wood

Other Upcoming Events


Friday with Baker Donelson                                                        
November 1, 2019, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Sutler Saloon, 2600 8th Avenue South

Come celebrate the end of the week with a Happy Hour hosted by Strategic Alliance Partner Baker Donelson. This is a great opportunity to access their legal expertise and ask any questions you might have! REGISTER HERE 

Trusted Tech Tools and Cocktails – Gear up for 2020 by Concept Technology
November 14, 2019, 5:30pm-7:30pm, 1009 3rd Avenue Nort

EO Nashville Strategic Partner, Concept Technology Inc., will host a collaborative cocktail party to discuss 3-5 “table topics” on technology such as Best Productivity Apps of 2019,  Parenting in this Crazy Tech world, Password Managers – How to Stay Out of “Reset Your Password” Limbo, etc.! This event will be interactive, fluid and fun! REGISTER HERE