EO Nashville Member News - September 21

September 21, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. 10th Annual Moveable Feast- in the GULCH!- Less than 2 weeks away!
October 3rd, 2018- 6:30pm
Hope you can join us for this annual EO Nashville favorite- back where it all began 10 years ago- in the GULCH!  We will be dining at Del Frisco's, Fin & Pearl, Kayne Prime, Little Octopus, Marsh House and Sambuca, Plan on a date night and book the sitter - we will spread out over these restaurants for three separate courses and meet up together for an amazing dessert party at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Bar, LA Jackson. Space is limited, so REGISTER NOW

2. VILLAGE Lunch & Learn - Navigating Nashville's Rental Market
September 28, 2018- 11:30am-1:00pm, 2206 21st Avenue South

 Our newest Strategic Alliance Partner, VILLAGE, will be hosting a Lunch & Learn for you on How to Navigate Nashville's Rental Market-Both short term (vacation) rentals and long term rentals. During this event, you will learn about current market conditions and what is available, financing options for investment properties (and how to think outside the box), laws, regulations, changes and challenges with short term rental law and best practices for managing long term and short term rentals!  REGISTER HERE

3. Dave Delaney- Improv, The Master Communicators Secret Weapon
October 24, 2018- 11:30am-1:00pm, Third Coast Comedy, 1310 Clinton Street

Dave Delaney's Improve with Improv is a brilliant presentation that has already left audiences impressed at Hubspot's Inbound Conference, Craft Content Conference, and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Nashville. He will share three key ways you and your team can take lessons from improv and apply them to your business and life. Dave's keynote presentation will teach us all how to improve our communication and company cultures. He promises some big laughs from his presentation as well!  REGISTER NOW

EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


BenefitsPRO published a column by Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] about how benefit brokers can help employers in the face of low unemployment rates. Another column by Tolbert about how to evaluate association health plan prospects was published in Employee Benefit Adviser.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization shared an article in Inc., which profiled Tina Hodges, Chief Executive and Chief Experience Officer of Advance Financial [Mike Hodges], and her company’s secret to healthy growth.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] penned an article in Forbes about harnessing the power of word of mouth marketing.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The following EO member companies made the top 50 on Nashville Business Journal’s list of Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies:

  • #1. Absolute Wireless [Robert Hartline]
  • #4. Advance Financial [Mike Hodges]
  • #22. Novatech [Darren Metz]

The 2018 NEXT Awards, presented by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite], recognized the following EO members and member companies as finalists for this year’s awards:

  • 312 Pizza Company [Staci Bockman]
  • Acumen Technology [Sonny Clark]
  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]
  • Andy Bailey [Petra Coach]
  • Chris Hefley [Leankit]
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]
  • Hytch, Absolute Wireless [Robert Hartline]
  • Michael Burcham [Narus Health]
  • Moo TV [Scott Scovill]
  • Music City Tents & Events [Joe Freedman]
  • Project 615 [Derek Evans]
  • Scout Properties [Jonathan Harris]

Hytch [Robert Hartline] earned a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award, as reported by the Nashville Post and the Chattanoogan.

In the News:

Seth Argo [Focus Builders] was quoted in a Freshome article about the everchanging importance of a formal living room in the home. An interior designer at the company was quoted in another Freshome article about the rules of decorating.

Nashville Medical News and BenefitsPRO mentioned Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] in articles about how companies can get more transparency and better control over their health care costs.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in a WSMV article for its recent partnership with WeGo Public Transit.

The Memphis Business Journal, the Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post featured Novatech [Darren Metz] for purchasing e/Doc Systems, a document management and copier dealership based in Memphis.

Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] was quoted in a Nashville Post article about the center’s upcoming Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame inductions. The center was mentioned in another Nashville Post article about its fifth annual Periscope Pitch event.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch mentioned Core10 [Lee Farabaugh] in an article about a certified coding specialist program, which the company helped create.

Music City Tents & Events [Joe Freedman] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about a former employee.

Australian Hospitality Magazine and the Australian Financial Review mentioned The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] in articles about the restaurant's former beverage director. Pinewood Social was mentioned on Eater Nashville’s list of places to eat and drink near Nissan Stadium. The Nashville Scene mentioned Bastion in an article about an upcoming music show at the restaurant, and it was also mentioned in the Nashville Scene’s 2018 Fall Food and Drink guide. Henrietta Red was mentioned in Modern Farmer for its baked ricotta with chives recipe, which is featured in The Staub Cookbook.

Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article for hiring a new realtor for its Wedgewood-Houston office.

Clarksville Now mentioned Adventureworks [Jennifer Halverson] in an article about the 2019 class of Leadership Clarksville, which will be completing the ropes course at Adventureworks during its Orientation Retreat.

Lovell Communications [Rosemary Plorin] was mentioned in The Holmes Report for hiring a new senior advisor.

The Nashville Post featured Wellview Health [James Story] for landing $1.5 million in funding to grow its sales and marketing teams.

M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] was listed as a vendor in the new Capitol View development in a Nashville Post article. Ray was featured as “The Brewmaster” in a Nashville Lifestyles article about Nashville’s beer scene and how he compiles a good beer list.

A Portada article announced that Pinnacle Financial Partners has signed on as a sponsor of the Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage].

Bell & Associates [Darek Bell] was named as the contractor for the construction of the new Hillwood Boulevard bridge in a WSMV article.

StyleBlueprint shared a skincare product recommended by REN Dermatology [Jennifer Lee] in an article about “maintaining your summer glow in fall.”

Good Wood Nashville [Dave Puncochar] was mentioned in a Times Free Press article, as it lent its name to Jason Eskridge’s 2013 album.

A Nashville Post article about a new development project in West End Park mentioned WH Properties [Allen Huggins] as the marketing and sales coordinator for the project.

Sherry Deutschmann [Sunset Ventures] was profiled in a Tennessean feature about entrepreneurial women in Nashville. Her previous company, LetterLogic, was also mentioned. Another Tennessean article featured the “SheEO funding model” – of which Deutschmann is a participant – and how it’s helping female entrepreneurs in Nashville.

MedPage Today, Health Data Management and HealthPayer Intelligence articles about price transparency in health care mentioned Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] as a helpful service to check health pricing. The senior vice president of the service was a participant in a Senate hearing on how transparency can lower health care costs for patients and payers, according to Mondaq. A Modern Healthcare article also shared details from the Senate hearing. Creators of the service appeared on Nashville Public Radio to talk about price transparency.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

The Nashville Post shared a photo gallery from a recent First Tennessee Bank client event held in Sumner County. The Brentwood Homepage featured the bank in an article about its partnership with the American Red Cross to match donations for Hurricane Florence relief. The Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post mentioned the bank in articles about newly released data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).

Baker Donelson was recently named a Gold Standard Firm by Women in Law Empowerment Forum. The company also announced that it joined the Accord Project, a legal industry organization for smart legal contracts. Adam Severson presented at the Buying Legal Council North America Legal Procurement Conference in New York about how “Relationships Aren't Dead.”

EO Strategic Alliance Partner Spotlight

Baker Donelson’s Emerging Companies lawyers are not only seasoned legal professionals, but also possess deep experience in working with entrepreneurs. They provide a range of legal services that focus on the strategic business goals of their clients. Baker Donelson works 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, manufacturing, telecommunications and technology-enabled services. 

Examples of their services for entrepreneurs include:

 •Contracts – We advise clients on contracts covering many types of relationships and transactions. Baker Donelson lawyers regular 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 achieve their goals.

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

Chris Sloan


Direct: 615.726.5783
Mobile: 615.412.9870




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Spousal Forum Informational Luncheon- November 15, 2018, 11:30am, Fin & Pearl, 211 12th Ave S

Spousal Forum Training- December 13, 2018- 8:30am-5:00pm with a Cocktail Reception to follow

More details to come....