EO Nashville Member News - September 28

September 28, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. EO Think Tank – How to be a Leader vs. a Manager

October 23, 2018- 7:30am- 9:00am, E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike, Suite 417

Join a small group of your fellow EO members for a Think Tank to discuss how to be a leader vs. a manager.  Space is limited to 12, so REGISTER NOW

2. 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

3.  Spousal Forum Informational Luncheon

November 15, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm, Fin & Pearl, 211 12th Avenue S

Hope you can join us for lunch to learn about one of the most important EO Member benefits- Spousal Forum!  Members are welcome to join their spouses, or spouses can attend without the member.  Whatever works for you! REGISTER HERE

EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


HR Technologist published an article by Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] about why an employer’s paid time off approach matters when choosing a time-tracking human resources software. Tolbert also penned an article for the Tennessean evaluating where the Tennessee gubernatorial candidates stand on health care.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Robert Hartline [Absolute Wireless] was on the cover of last week’s Nashville Business Journal for Absolute Wireless being Nashville’s fastest growing private company two years in a row. The Williamson Source reported that Hartline’s other company Hytch, which earned a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award.

In the News:

Wealth Management and the Nashville Post featured Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] in articles about the company’s recent partnership with international financial services company Baird.

Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] was featured in the Nashville Post for making its first international move by expanding to England.

The Nashville Scene quoted Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] in an article about Mayor David Briley – a former law partner of Bone’s – and the 2019 mayoral race. Bone McAllester Norton was mentioned in a Tennessean article about a case involving Nashville’s public school district, which the firm is investigating.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was featured in a Nashville Business Journal article about the center’s new InFlight program, which recently tapped two of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs – one of which is Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] – to help pilot it. The center was also mentioned in a Politico article about the local entrepreneur scene.

Matthew Charette [MDC Group, LLC], Jacob Greer [6th Man Movers] and Leslie Embry [The Blowout Co.] gave their advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in a StyleBlueprint article.

Thrillist included Beyond the Edge [Matthew Charette], M.L. Rose and Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House [Austin Ray] on its list of the best sports bars in Nashville.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in a Hypepotamus article about how the app functions.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] in an article about its upcoming Jacksonville, Florida location.

M.L. Rose [Austin Ray], Bastion [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] and Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] were included in a Tennessean list of the top five nacho dishes in Nashville, and another Tennessean post shared a video on that same top 5.

The Commercial Appeal quoted David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] in an article about finding skilled workers in Memphis. Another Commercial Appeal article about an agency that aims to aid entrepreneurs in the Memphis area quoted Waddell, who is a board chairman for the agency.

Novatech [Darren Metz] was mentioned in a Nashville Business Journal article about a new construction project in the works near its headquarters on Charlotte Avenue.

The Lebanon Democrat quoted Michael Moscardelli [PFP, LLC] in an article about a candidate for the Lebanon City Council.

The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg] was featured in Nashville Scene and Eater Nashville articles for an upcoming event featuring a chef from Copenhagen. Politico mentioned Pinewood Social in an article about a Nashville entrepreneur who often works out of the restaurant. Henrietta Red was mentioned in a Nashville Scene article about an upcoming fundraiser dinner, in which a chef from the restaurant is participating.

Total Landscape Care quoted William Greathouse [Greathouse Company, LLC] in an article about finding quality bids and being more selective.

Leankit [Chris Hefley] was listed as a company that has operations in the U.K. in a Nashville Business Journal article about a London tech company launching a Nashville office.

Sperry’s [Sam Sanchez] was mentioned as the location for one of the Franklin Wine Festival events in a Nashville Pride article.

The Nashville Business Journal, the Nashville Scene, the Tennessean and the Nashville Post featured details about Austin Ray’s [A. Ray Hospitality] new underground cocktail bar opening next week. The articles also mention his other restaurants: The Sutler, Melrose Billiard Parlor, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House.

Darek Bell [Bell & Associates Construction] and Corsair Distillery were highlighted in a Nashville Post article about the fast growth of The Nations neighborhood. Corsair Distillery was mentioned in another Nashville Post article for its proximity to a new development in Wedgewood-Houston.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Sherry Deutschmann [Sunset Ventures] in an article about her success as a female business owner.

Healthcare Bluebook [Jeff Rice] was featured in a Nashville Post article about its new contract with the Florida Department of Management Services to market its price comparison tools to people enrolled in Florida’s employee health plan.

A Nashville Ledger article shared a photo of a Caregivers by WholeCare [Elizabeth Moss] employee helping transport a senior from her nursing home.

Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser, PC] was quoted in a Medical Economics article about the challenges immigrant physicians are facing. Siskind was also quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about a proposed visa ban for people who use public assistance programs, such as food stamps or Medicaid.

Strategic Alliance Partner News:

Chris Sloan [Baker Donelson] spoke with The Daily Record about Baker Donelson joining The Accord Project to set standards for smart contracts. CC Drayton was profiled among the Memphis Business Journal's Super Women in Business.

EO Member Spotlight

Rebecca Donner, Inner Design Studio

Rebecca Donner is the founder and principal of Inner Design Studio. Rebecca began her career designing primarily health care projects and in 1993 she used her healthcare design experience to form Inner Design Studio.

Certified with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) in 1994, Rebecca holds licenses as a registered interior designer in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. 

She is a graduate of the O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tenn., where she earned a Bachelor of Interior Design. Around the office she is known for her mouth-watering guacamole, love of handbags and as the proud parent (with her husband, Mark) to two Shih Tzu puppies Birdie and Bea.

Rebecca has published articles in Healthcare Design Magazine, Medical Construction & Design Magazine, Floor Focus Magazine and Health Facilities Management Magazine.

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

I have an old Post It Note with Reinhold Niebuhr’s quote on my monitor that states:  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.  I probably have read this twice a week for over 10 years. 

Best business book you’ve ever read? 

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham.  When joining EO I felt pressure to continue to keep growing.  But I believed I had found my sweet spot.  This book gave me the insight and permission to simply be GREAT.  

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

“Knee-jerk” hiring . . . I have done this when not prepared to lose a key employee – and I typically make a bad hire.  I find myself so anxious to fill the position that I fail to do my due diligence and vetting for the proper fit. So now I keep a “bench” of potential candidates that have been interviewed while not in panic mode. 

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

Exercise. But when on the road without exercise clothes .. . . Absolute Citron, tonic and two limes.  

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

I would typically answer the Moveable Feast but this year I can’t make it.  It is by far my favorite event every year. 

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

I took a year off from College to be a flight attendant for Delta Airlines.  A great life experience to understand what you do not want to do when you grow up. 

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

Probably a few trips down to the beach house as we had an extended summer vacation in France, Switzerland and Croatia this year.

Other Upcoming Events

Belmont Executive Learning Series

October 24, 2018- 11:30-1:00pm, Janet Ayers Academic Center

Carey Lohrenz, first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy will present on High Performing Teams and Developing a Culture of Learning.  Only 6 spots available, REGISTER NOW

Quarterly Moderator Meeting

November 1, 2018, 7:30am, EC, 41 Peabody Street

Calling all Moderators to attend this quarterly breakfast meeting to enhance best practices and other Forum related topics.  If you cannot attend, please send your Moderator-Elect (or someone else from your Forum).  REGISTER HERE