EO Nashville Member News - October 25

October 25, 2019

3 Things for EO Nashville This Week

EO 25th Anniversary Celebration with Jon Acuff

November 12, 2019
City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street


Spousal/Life Partner Forum Information Luncheon

November 6, 2019                     
The Cafe at Thistle Farms, 5122 Charlotte Avenue



Trusted Tech Tools and Cocktails- Gear up for 2020

November 14, 2019                   
Concept Technology, Inc, 1009 3rd Avenue North



Global Benefit Education 

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EO offers The Healthnetwork Foundation-  a non-profit whose mission is to improve medicine for all by connecting CEOs with leading hospitals and their doctors to provide the best access to world-class care and increase philanthropic funding for medical research.

To learn more about this incredible EO benefit, CLICK HERE


Hack of the Week

Crystal is a Gmail plugin that scans the digital footprint for whoever you are emailing, and determines their communication style with about 80% accuracy. It then will dynamically suggest better ways to compose your email (i.e. "Lucy is impatient, delete the emoji, use bullet points, keep the content to less than 7 sentences.")



EO Member Spotlight

Bethany Newman
EO Nashville President

As CEO of ST8MNT, Bethany heads up new business development and the strategic direction of ST8MNT. She’s held positions at graphic design studios, an international consumer product company, an ad agency, a web development firm, a large interactive firm, and was Director of Creative Services at Universal Music Group before founding ST8MNT Brand Agency with husband (fellow EO Member) and Executive Creative Director, Josh Newman.

ST8MNT has 15 years of experience developing brands for a wide range of clients  – from small to large, local to global – in the Hospitality, Entertainment, Spirits, Master Planned Communities, Technology, Professional Services and Consumer Products industries. The ST8MNT team builds brands that aren’t afraid to make a ST8MNT, stand out in their category, and most of all – move people.

Under her direction, ST8MNT has become the premier brand development design team behind Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’, ‘Reputation,’ ‘1989,’ ‘Red,’ and ‘Speak Now’ album and tour cycles. Other notable clients include Bobby Hotel, National Geographic Networks, the Atlanta Braves, TLC Networks, Bonnaroo, Live Nation, CMA, The Egg & I Restaurants, Bread & Co Restaurant, Salesforce, Go Daddy, Toyota, The Union Station Hotel, Westin, Hutton Hotel, Butternut Wines, Goo Goo Cluster and Billy Reid.

Bethany is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Born in Memphis, she currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with husband Josh Newman and Ava (13) and Alex (11). Bethany is currently serving as the President of EO Nashville, leading the best board and chapter there ever was!

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

Say no. a lot. I’ve shifted perspective to celebrating when I’ve said no, because it’s intentionally choosing something else. 

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Well, I’m not really into “bests” because I’m not very reflective, I’m always moving forward. So a few that I’ve gotten a lot out of in the past year : "No Ego," "The Ultimate Sales Machine," and "Essentialism"

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

Sometimes we only see the best in employees, and our growth goal for them (and even if they state it for themselves) might actually be beyond their ability or personality type. The loyalty and desire might be there, but that doesn’t get the job done, nor benefit your company. We’ve had some long standing employees who were great members of the team for their position and the company’s direction at a time, that then at a new growth position and new season of our company were just no longer a fit. With tenure, that can be emotionally tricky, if there is no longer the right position for them for where you’re going; and ultimately it’s better for you and better for them to find that better fit elsewhere. 

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

good wine and Netflix / HBO / Amazon.

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

The Holiday Party, so I can see everyone!

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

In the 7th grade I got a “dance extra” part in the Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” movie (1989), made a whopping $300, and ended up being the photo that ran in US! magazine with the movie review. It was and is the entirety of my movie career. IMBD has yet to credit me.

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

Next week is our Cuba forum retreat! And in four weeks our family is traveling to Fukuoka, Japan to visit my new nephew!


Upcoming Events

Friday with Baker Donelson
November 1, 2019, 4:00pm-6:00pm, The 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!


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

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. 



EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group

Articles & Columns

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned a column in Forbes about the similarities and differences between content marketing and public relations, and which one is right for your business. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] penned articles for Forbes about overpaying for technology stocks, Qualcomm, Western Union, earnings data and Kimball International. He also wrote articles for Equities.com and Seeking Alpha

Awards & Recognitions

The Nashville Post mentioned the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s [Michael Brody-Waite] recent Outstanding Strategic Business Partner Award, which was presented by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Megan Long, Concept Technology’s [James Fields] vice president of finance and business operations, was featured in the Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s Top 40 Under 40. 

In the News

An inauguration for the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation, a nonprofit underwritten by Michael Hodges [Advance Financial] to raise awareness of the philosophy of orientation, will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at The Parthenon, according to the Tennessean

NovaTech [Darren Metz] has named Rebecca Graham as its human resources director, according to the Nashville Post

Eater Nashville mentioned M.L.Rose [Austin Ray] as one of the tenants at 408 11th Avenue, where Central BBQ will open in November. 

The Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] clinched the No. 2 seed for the USL Eastern Conference playoffs, according to the Nashville Post. The Nashville Post also announced that the club will host No. 9 seed Charleston Battery for its Saturday night playoff opener at First Tennessee Park. The Tennessean featured an interview with the Nashville Soccer Club’s first-ever signed player, Matt Pickens. 

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was quoted in the Nashville Business Journal about Amazon’s impact on the healthcare industry. 

The Tennessean featured the five “Spirit of Nashville” prints that Big Visual Group [Scott Snoyer] installed on the exterior wall of Nashville First Baptist Church on Broadway.

Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] was mentioned on Patch.com for designing and constructing the Permanent Supportive Housing Center as part of the mayor’s 2019 Capital Spending Plan. 

StyleBlueprint’s stylist put together example outfits for three upcoming events in Nashville and included jewelry by Judith Bright [Judith Bright]

Michael Burcham [Narus Health] was referenced in the Nashville Business Journal as an executive partner at the new Nashville office of Shore Investments Partners, a private equity firm that recently opened the location to focus on health care. 

The Nashville Post reported that Foxfuel Creative [Colton Mulligan and Michael Hutzel] sold a Rutledge Hill mixed-use building. 

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department has invited area seniors to participate in day trips to local attractions, including a visit to Diskin Cider and Smokin’ Thighs [Matthew Carney], according to the Williamson Source.

Brigette Edwards [OrangeTheory Fitness Nashville] and Jennifer Lee [REN Dermatology & Laser Center] were quoted in a StyleBlueprint article about where to order healthy meals in town. 

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

A local chef who helped open Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] restaurants The Catbird Seat and Bastion has opened an East Nashville eatery containing a walk-up window, according to Eater Nashville. Authors Lisa Taddeo and Stephanie Danler will discuss Taddeo’s new book Three Women at Bastion on Monday, October 28, according to the Nashville Scene. Yahoo Finance announced that Thor Equities Group has acquired a SoBro property located near Pinewood Social. A Nashville Public Radio article about the farm-to-table concept’s effect on one local farmer referenced Henrietta Red as a seller of the farmer’s meat.  

The construction of Peabody Plaza, a new downtown skyscraper built by Eakin Partners [Barry Smith], was featured in the Nashville Business Journal

The Nashville Scene referenced a recent StyleBlueprint [Liza Graves] article about the best places to find avocado toast in town. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Tennessee (rebranding to First Horizon Bank as of 6pm CT today) has added Rob Malin as senior trust advisor and estate planning counsel for the bank’s recently expanded trust division in Nashville, according to the Nashville Post and Nashville Ledger