EO Nashville Member News – October 23

October 23, 2020


Why You're Not Rich Yet with EO SAP Waddell & Associates

October 28, 2020, 4:30pm-6:30pm, LIVE at the EC 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!

Crush That Crystal Ball with Lauren Saidel-Baker

November 10, 2020, 7:30am-9:30am, LIVE at Virgin Hotel, 1 Music Square or VIRTUAL

No need for a crystal ball! Just join Lauren Saidel-Baker with ITR Economics for a first hand forecast on what is happening globally, nationally and locally. Lauren will give in-depth insight regarding various industry trends and great takeaways to help you move forward during these challenging times. CLICK HERE for the LIVE event. CLICK HERE for the VIRTUAL option.

Spousal/Life Partner Forum Informational Luncheon

November 12, 2020, 11:30am-1:00pm, Nashville EC, 41 Peabody Street

If you have a Spouse/Life Partner that is interested in having a forum experience like yours, please register them to join us to learn more about SLP Forums.

They will hear about the benefits first hand from our current SLP Forum members and participate in a mini “Taste of Forum.” You are also welcome to join your Spouse/Life Partner for this event. 

Spouses can register by emailing karen@eonashville.com or you can register them HERE

MyEO Sporting Clay Event!

Join your EO Nashville friends for a day of sport shooting, clay pigeons and shotguns. This will be a great event whether you are an experienced shooter or have never shot a gun before. The cost will be around $75 per person. This price includes everything you need to shoot: 50 targets per person, 2 boxes of ammo per person, gun rentals, safety officers/guides, eye and ear protection and scorecards if you wish to keep score.

November 6, 2020

Nashville Gun Club
1100 County Hospital Road
Nashville, TN 37218


EO Holiday Party – December 5th

Hope you can join your EO friends to celebrate the season at The City Winery with a live concert and socially distanced dinner! More details to come!

REGISTER HERE to attend the LIVE event!

We will also be offering a VIRTUAL option. You can pick up a take and bake meal on Friday and listen to the concert in the comfort of your home on Saturday night with the LIVE group.  




Clay Ezell
The Compost Company

Clay Ezell is CEO and co-owner of The Compost Company, Middle Tennessee's premiere organic waste hauler and processor serving the hospitality, agriculture and construction industries. He is a certified Master Composter, a USCC-Certified Site Operator and graduate of New York’s EarthMatter training program, where he took part in the NYC Compost Project, processing organic waste from the five boroughs of New York City for use in local parks. He serves as President of the Tennessee Composting Council, is a member of the US Composting Council, the Tennessee Environmental Council and the Cumberland River Compact. Clay is a native Nashvillian dedicated to helping realize the dream of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast. He is an active volunteer with Publicolor and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, and serves on the board of FriendsLife Community.

What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others? 
"You can't soar with eagles if you work with turkeys." – Billy Ezell (my father)

Best business book you’ve ever read? 
 What Makes an Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker. It's more like a pamphlet, but most business books could be a third of their length and still say only half of what Drucker manages in a short read.  

One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about? 
 Waiting too long to take the Catalyst Class. 

How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day? 
I'd like to claim jogging and meditation, but since COVID it's more commonly bourbon and... bourbon. 

Have you come up with any creative social activities in 2020 that you would like to share? 
 Some friends and I had virtual blackjack and dice games going early in the pandemic, but that lost its sheen after a while. Now searching for the next big idea.

What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this? 
I am undefeated in pickup basketball on the streets of NYC.*
*I won the only game I ever played and retired a champion. 

What EO benefit has been most valuable to you during these uncertain times? 
Forum. Before and during and after uncertain times, Forum rules. 


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Articles & Columns

David Trainer [New Constructs] wrote about earnings distortion scores, the good and the bad for BJ's Wholesale Club and Ceridian HCM holding, Snowflake and BWX Technologies for Forbes. He also penned articles for Seeking Alpha

Inc. published a column by Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Dalton Group] about six ways tech companies can enhance PR coverage. 

Awards & Recognition

The Nashville Business Journal announced its 2020 Most Admired CEOs. On the list are:

  • John Arndt [DWC Construction Company]
  • Andy Bailey [Petra Coach]
  • Judith Bright [Judith Bright]
  • Antoine Agassi of Trinisys [David Box]
  • Adam Capps [ACS Commercial Roofing]
  • Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.]
  • James Fields [Concept Technology, Inc.]
  • Ginger Jones [Jones Therapy Services]
  • Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments]
  • Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations]
  • David Waddell [Waddell & Associates]

The Nashville Business Journal published its 2020 Power 100 Trendsetters and Dealmakers. Benjamin & Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] were named Trendsetters, and Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] was named a Dealmaker. 

In the News

David Trainer [New Constructs] was quoted in a Reuters article about stimulus bets driving Wall Street higher. 

Bowman Richards [Richards & Richards Secure Shredding] has been appointed as chair of the International Secure Information Governance & Management Association’s Complaint Resolution Council, according to Recycling Today

ProviderTrust [Christopher Redhage] was listed by the Nashville Business Journal as an office tenant in the Capitol View development.

The Nashville Scene mentioned Von Elrod’s [Austin Ray] for its collaboration with Nashville Brewing Company for a virtual dinner event on October 29th. 

The Nashville Post reported that Pfeffer Torode Architecture [James Pfeffer] has been enlisted to handle the design of the Stadium Inn renovation.

A Madison property owned by Anchor Investments [Micah Lacher] will be home to a new bowling facility, as reported by the Nashville Post.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] CEO Tina Hodges is the CEO of Tennessee Action 24/7, a sports wagering company that plans to enter Tennessee’s online-only sports betting market, according to Gambling.com

The Nashville Post reported that Hardaway Construction [David Frazier] is the general contractor for a two-building apartment development near The Fairgrounds Nashville.

The Tennessean mentioned The Compost Company [Clay Ezell] for its compost drop-off partnership with the Metro Nashville Public Works department.

Steve Curnette [Tortola Advisors] was hired by Diamond Coach in June to lead the company’s restructuring, according to the Nashville Post

BioWorld reported that Ursa Health [Robin Clarke] has released a version of its Ursa Studio analytics development platform.

Authority Magazine published an interview with Michael Brody-Waite [Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts] discussing his career path, leadership style and tips for improving work culture. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Horizon Bank’s Middle Tennessee Region President Carol Yochem was named a 2020 Power 100 Dealmaker by the Nashville Business Journal