EO Nashville Member News - September 7

September 7, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Jason Dorsey – Crossing the Generational Divide- 2 weeks away!
September 20, 2018, 7:30am-9:30am, The Listening Room Café, 618 4th Ave South
As entrepreneurs, we work in a time of unprecedented generational challenge. Four generations in our workforce. Five generations in the marketplace. Making matters worse, there is a tremendous amount of false information about generational differences.
What we know for a fact: Strategies that work for one generation can be a complete turn-off for others. This costly generational divide makes your role more difficult and important than ever. In this powerful presentation, bestselling author Jason Dorsey reveals brand new generational truths and step-by-step solutions you can use immediately. He’ll show you exactly how to solve the cross-generation communication, recruiting, retention and innovation challenge.These insights will drive immediate ROI for you and your business. This is also a great event opportunity for your Second-In-Command or leadership team!
Jason has appeared on 200 TV shows, received over 1,000 standing ovations, and is a passionate advocate for helping EO members to drive fast growth. He’s the most sought-after Millennials and Gen Z researcher and speaker. Learn more about his Center’s research at GenHQ.com
“Generational expert Jason Dorsey has studied the strange new species known as Gen Z (humans born 2000 to present). I guarantee you that his insight into how they see the world will have a lasting impact on both your business and your family.” – Arnie Malham, Learning Co-chair. REGISTER NOW

2.  It's Membership Referral Time! 
We need your HELP!  And, it's really simple: spend 2 minutes and think of a couple names - friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, customers, vendors - anyone who wants to learn and grow in the BEST EO Chapter in the world and someone who could HYPOTHETICALLY add value to a forum.   Then, CLICK HERE and enter the requisite information.  We'll take it from there!  Our first membership event is just one week away, so please fill this out NOW!

3.  10th Annual Moveable Feast- in the GULCH! 
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 sitters  - we will spread out over these restaurants for three separate courses and meet up all together for dessert at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop Bar, LA Jackson. REGISTER NOW

EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned an article for BenefitsPRO about how benefits brokers can help employers understand auto-adjudication. America’s Benefit Specialist included an article from Tolbert on items to cover during this year’s renewal meetings in its August/September issue. An article about helping clients with short-term health insurance plans was included in the September edition of BenefitsPRO Magazine.

Forbes published an article by Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] about qualities to look for when hiring new team members.

Awards/Professional Recognition:

The following EO members were listed among the most admired CEOs of 2018 by the Nashville Business Journal:

  • Alan Young [Armor Concepts LLC]
  • Elliott Noble-Holt [MediCopy Services Inc.]
  • James Fields [Concept Technology, Inc.]
  • Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group]
  • Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations]
  • Micah Lacher [Anchor Investments, LLC]
  • Hytch’s CEO Mark Cleveland [Robert Hartline]

Rebecca Donner [Inner Design Studio] was recognized with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Tennessee Chapter Legend Award, as reported by the Nashville Post.

Seventeen lawyers from Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] were recognized on this year’s list of the Best Lawyers in America, according to the Nashville Ledger.

In the News:

The Nashville Ledger reported on EO Nashville welcoming 40 entrepreneurs into its 2018-19 Catalyst business accelerator program. An employee from Brilliant Sky Toys and Books [Baxter Lee] was listed as a participating entrepreneur. EO Nashville was also mentioned in an Inc. article about how to overcome the daily challenges of working in a remote team, which included quotes from Ginger Jones [Jones Therapy Services], Julie May [Bytes of Knowledge] and Tom Turner [DSi].

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in the Nashville Post for its recent partnership with WeGo Public Transit.

A Nashville Business Journal article announced that the former LeanKit [Chris Hefley] co-CEO joined a Nashville startup.

Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Robert Bone] was mentioned in a Tennessean article for taking on a legal case involving Metro Nashville Public Schools.

The Tennessean featured Michael Brody-Waite [Nashville Entrepreneur Center] in an article about Tennessee residents who found opportunities during the Great Recession. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Michael Burcham [Narus Health] were mentioned in a Nashville Ledger article about the upcoming class of EO Catalyst members, as the classes are taught by Burcham. The center was also mentioned in a TechCrunch article about its Project Music program.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article about plans for a tiki bar near its East Nashville location.

A new downtown venture by Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal, the Tennessean, the Nashville Post, Eater Nashville, News Channel 5, WKRN, WZTV and the Nashville Scene. These features also mentioned the Goldbergs’ other local ventures, including Pinewood Social, The Catbird Seat, Le Sel, Bastion, The Band Box, Henrietta Red and Merchants.

Eater Nashville mentioned Greko [Tony Darsinos] and Josephine [Jim Lewis] on a list of restaurants at which guest chefs from the Music City Food + Wine Festival can’t wait to eat during their time in Nashville.

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] was quoted in a Forbes article about how to make the transition to an in-house marketing team. Another Forbes article offered insights from Bradford on underappreciated traits to look for in a sales hire.

3D Printing Industry mentioned Novatech [Darren Metz] for its open employment opportunity of national 3D sales manager.

Austin Ray [A. Ray Hospitality] was featured in a Nashville Business Journal 40 under 40 Q&A.

Built in Austin cited Snapshot Interactive’s [Mark Scrivner] expansion to Austin in an article about companies relocating to the city.

312 Pizza Company [Staci Bockman] was mentioned in a WSMV article about how the new MLS stadium might affect the Nolensville Pike Corridor, where one of its pizza stores is located.

ProSoccerTalk mentioned the Nashville Soccer Club [Chris Redhage] in a blog about the approval process for the new Nashville stadium. NBC Sports and the Tennessean mentioned the club in articles about the stadium’s final approval. Another Tennessean article explained what will happen to the club once the official MLS team is formed.

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was featured in Nashville Post, the Nashville Business Journal, Business Facilities Magazine, The Spirits Business, the Tennessean, Area Development and the Nashville Scene articles announcing its expansion to a new facility in The Nations. WVXU reported on the distillery’s closing of its Bowling Green location to consolidate production in Nashville.


EO Strategic Partner Spotlight

Bradley is a full-service regional law firm with a global perspective. We offer skilled legal counsel with exceptional client service and integrity to assist a diverse range of corporate and individual clients in achieving their business goals. Our regional footprint includes offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia. We represent local, national and international clients in various industries, including technology, healthcare, real estate, financial services, life sciences, food and beverage, hospitality, and entertainment, among many others. 

And most of all, we enjoy using our talents, work ethic, and experience to go above and beyond expectations in addressing your legal needs.  Bradley has been a long-time supporter of EO Nashville and we appreciate the opportunity to be an EO strategic partner!

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

Doug Franck




Sarah Clark Hannah




Russ Morgan




Phil Walker




Phil Walker




Other Upcoming Events

The EO NERVE Conference
September 12-14, Buffalo, NY
One of the very best ways to get more out of your EO membership is to get out of Nashville and enjoy the regional and global opportunities of EO.  So register for NERVE now
SPEAKERS: They have a schedule full of great speakers, such as Jim Kelly (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Rhonda Kallman (Samuel Adams Brewery), Megan Bruneau (The Failure Factor), among many others.
SOCIAL: How cool is this??? The opening ceremony is at Niagara Falls! The other nighttime events will be fantastic, plus there are lots of cool MyEO events available such as salmon fishing, sailing, golfing, and foodie events.
PRICE: $1,495.00
FURTHER DISCOUNTS: If your entire forum attends (this is a great opportunity to tack onto your forum retreat!) the forum gets $1000! Also, new members can use their event voucher of $500 off.
REGISTER HERE: www.eonerve.com

Belmont Executive Learning Series- Only 2 spots left!
September 26, 2018- 7:00am-9:00am, Belmont University Janet Ayers Academic Center
The Belmont Executive Learning Network Presents: Kelli Hinshaw – No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results
7:00am -7:30am: Breakfast and Networking
7:30am - 9:00am: Kelli Hinshaw Presentation