EO Nashville Member News – October 2

October 2, 2020


Think Tank- Politics' Effect on Your Business

October 21, 2020, 7:30am-9:00am, Nashviile Entrepreneur Center

Join your fellow EO Members for a Think Tank on how politics might affect your business, as government and commerce are often intertwined.  This will be a bipartisan discussion on how to plan your business moving forward after the election. REGISTER

The Diversity Advantage with Anton Gunn

October 23, 2020, 7:30am-9:30am, Saint Elle, 1420 3rd Avenue South

Anton J Gunn is an authority on why diversity and inclusion is important to your business. He will present "The Diversity Advantage- How Understanding Racial Justice Can Build Your Company’s Culture and Boost Your Bottom Line."  Don't miss this timely discussion! REGISTER


Why You're Not Rich Yet with EO Strategic Alliance Partner Waddell & Associates

October 28, 2020, 4:30pm-6:30pm, LIVE at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center or Virtual

Join David Waddell and Teresa JW Bailey as they discuss the cognitive and behavioral biases that often keep entrepreneurs from optimizing their net worth. Learn how to recognize these entrepreneurial attributes and what to do once you identify a need for change. CLICK HERE for the LIVE event. CLICK HERE for the VIRTUAL option.


Remote Work Resources

The fate of your company depends on the wheels that turn it, which makes it imperative that you know how to identify the qualities of a strong remote employee.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur eager to get your business off the ground, or you’re a business owner exploring ways to rechart your company’s course in light of this crisis, prioritize these qualites in your next remote hire!

CLICK HERE for an EO blog on these 5 qualities!


Belmont Executive Learning Events!

Belmont will be hosting 3 Executive Learning Series events in October… details and registration links are below.

Hyatt Brown, CEO of Brown & Brown – A lasting culture, retaining culture through high growth & change

Wednesday, October 7th, 8:00am-9:00am
Virtual Zoom Meeting

8 spots left

What the Election Means for the Economy & Markets

October 19th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting

6 spots left

Shawn DuBravac  The Future of Technology: Trends and the Changing Face of Business

October 30th, 8:00am-9:00am
Virtual Zoom Meeting

6 spots left





Tennessee Valley Group, Inc. is the state’s only lawyer-led, retainer based business brokerage and mediation firm.  The firm serves businesses with annual revenue of $2 to $20 million. TVG clients are business owners who want to take all/some of their chips off the table, or corporate owners who want to sell a non-core business unit. TVG will quarterback the process from valuation to selection of the right buyer, then coordination with the seller’s lawyer and accountant to ensure the transaction meets tax and financial objectives.

TVG, Inc., is owned by Jim Cumbee. Jim has enjoyed considerable success as a senior level corporate executive and as an entrepreneur. Business owners retain Jim because they trust his judgment, rely on his experience, and value his connections. 

The best way to appreciate how Jim can work with you is to understand the “why” of what he does. Here’s how he describes it:

“I've been personally involved in the buying and selling of businesses for more than 30 years, from Main Street to Wall Street. I’ve seen it up close, even selling my own business.  I know the transfer of a business can be an emotional process, even scary, for both buyer and seller. I've seen a lot of mistakes made that simply could have been avoided. When my Dad first tried to sell his business, a business broker with little experience and even fewer scruples hurt him, and since then I vowed I'd be different. I achieved my lifelong dream to be a lawyer, but a few years ago I decided the world had enough good lawyers. I love to help people buy or sell a business. With an MBA from Harvard Business School and as a TN Supreme Court Rule 31 trained mediator, I offer experience, judgment and a sensitivity that helps me get deals completed, quietly and efficiently.”

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

Jim Cumbee
(615) 390-9966

TN Valley Group Forum Topics:

Selling your business in a post-COVID environment. 

How to prepare to sell your business in five years. 

Maximizing valuation trends.



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Articles & Columns

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Dalton Group] wrote a column for Forbes about how to successfully handle your merger. The Credit Union Times published an article by Bradford about four ways for credit unions to use content marketing. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about Snap, Palantir, Seagate Technology and two S&P 500 sectors for Forbes. He also penned articles for Seeking Alpha

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal published a list of the largest women-owned businesses in Nashville, ranked by 2019 revenue. On the list are GHP Environmental + Architecture [Dominique Arietta], ranked fifth, and Virsys12 [Tammy Hawes], ranked 24th. Arietta and Hawes shared advice for other women wanting to start their own business. Arietta and Hawes also answered the biggest challenge they see to sustaining company culture with a remote workforce. 

The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal reported that the Urban Land Institute Nashville recognized several local projects with Excellence in Development Awards: 

  • Dragon Park [Dan Cook] venue Clementine Hall won in the Small Private Sector. Steelhead Building Group [Kyle Armstrong] was also part of the project team. 
  • Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee], part of the project team for Kirkpatrick Park, which won in the Large Public Sector.
  • Eakin Partners [Barry Smith], part of the project team for 225 Polk Avenue, which won in the Small Private Sector. 

In the News

Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] was mentioned by the Nashville Post and Hospitality Net for constructing the downtown Nashville Grand Hyatt. The Nashville Ledger and Nashville Post announced that Bell & Associates has promoted partner Eric Pyle to serve as manager of its building division. 

Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] appeared on Leadercast Podcast to speak about authenticity in leadership. He also appeared on the Small Business Radio Show to talk about how to make your city an entrepreneurial hotspot. 

Tyler Cauble [The Cauble Group] has purchased a commercial property on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville with Sixty Four Investments, according to the Nashville Post

Core Development Services [Mark Deutschmann] received a loan to kickstart construction of its High View project in East Nashville, according to the Nashville Business Journal

Food & Wine featured a pottery collaboration by the chef at Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin & Max Goldberg] restaurant The Catbird Seat

Josephine [James Lewis] was listed in Nashville Scene as one of the restaurants partnering with the Nashville Wine Auction to provide a special takeout meal for the virtual event.

The Nashville Post reported that Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] will oversee the redesign of a property on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville. 

Moo TV [Scott Scovill] was featured in Live Design Online for its collaboration with Bandit Lites in creating a full lighting and video set up at Bandit’s Venue One space. 

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] was quoted by CNBC and ETF Trends about the stock market fall on Tuesday. Unseen Opportunity quoted Waddell in an article about how the presidential debate could hurt or help stocks. Waddell was also quoted by the Commercial Appeal about the new Greater Memphis Chamber economic development director and his plans to elevate the profile of the city. 

Ozark River Portable Sinks [Martin Watts] was mentioned in Progressive Grocer for manufacturing portable sinks that can be installed in stores for customers to conveniently wash their hands while they shop. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Tennessee Banker reported that First Horizon Bank has promoted Lucas Doppler to relationship manager, vice president.