EO Member News – September 20

September 20, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1.  EO Moveable Feast – Only a few spots left!

October 2, 2019 – 6:30-11 p.m., Downtown Nashville

Make plans now to join your EO friends for a BIG night out on the town at our annual EO MOVEABLE FEAST. We will spread out among many restaurants, including Deacon’s New South, Gray & Dudley, The Green Pheasant, Liberty Common, Makeready L & L, Merchants and Tavern at Bobby.

Everyone will rotate through three venues for three courses and cap off the night at our Moveable Feast After Party hosted on the rooftop of Bobby Hotel for desserts and a 25th Silver Anniversary Toast!

This event is almost full, so REGISTER TODAY to confirm your spot.

2.  Interested in being the next EO President?  CLICK HERE to apply! 

Deadline is October 1st!

3.  LAST Fall Membership Event!                                                                                      

September 23, 2019, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Palm

Do you know someone you think would be a great candidate for our EO chapter?  If so, 
please CLICK HERE to submit a referral and invite them to attend our membership event on Monday!

EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] penned a column for Inc. about why business owners should prepare for the new overtime rule. 

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] wrote an article in Forbes about creating a skills-building plan to keep employees happy and protect profits. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] penned articles for Forbes about The RealReal, Target’s innovation, the economy’s effect on stocks and the Fidelity Advisor Mid Cap Value Fund. His column about the WeWork IPO appeared in Fox Business and ValueWalk. Trainer also wrote articles for Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] wrote an article for Forbes about how to more effectively market a B2B company.

In the News

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal as a financial supporter of OZ Arts. 

HR Dive and Small Business Trends featured BerniePortal’s [Alex Tolbert] 2019 First Class PTO Report, which found that a modern and flexible PTO policy is one way HR professionals can boost their overall compensation package.

The Nashville Post referenced DWC Construction Company [John Arndt] for handling the buildout of Warner Music’s downtown office space expansion. 

Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was featured in the Nashville Post for participating in a local program providing construction training for prisoners.   

The Tennessean referenced The Catbird Seat [Ben and Max Goldberg] for being included in Bon Appetit’s 2012 nationwide Hot 10 list in an article about a new Nashville restaurant making the 2019 list. The Nashville Scene reported on a guest chef dinner at Pastaria featuring the chef from Locust. Bon Appetit featured an upscale toilet that can be found at The Catbird Seat. CultureMap Dallas reported on all the social restaurants opening in the city and mentioned Pinewood Social as a similar concept outside of Dallas. Eater Nashville asked guest chefs at the Music City Food + Wine Festival where they were most excited to eat while in town, and one chef mentioned Henrietta Red. 

Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group] was pictured in a gallery from the Nashville Post’s 2019 fall magazine launch party. 

The former COO at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] was listed in the Nashville Business Journal for his work to renovate the Morris Memorial Building. A cross between the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and WeWork was referenced in the Nashville Business Journal as the goal of a new Wedgewood-Houston facility.

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development] was quoted in a Nashville Post article about the city’s No. 3 ranking on the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate list. 

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was mentioned in Home Health Care News as one of the companies helping technology and data agencies navigate changes in the industry. 

CNBC quoted Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] in an article about stocks closing flat after the Federal Reserve failed to signal another rate cut in 2019. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

The Murfreesboro Post featured First Tennessee’s Rutherford County president, Yolanda Greene, being named 2019 Volunteer of the Year by United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Matthew Harrison's promotion to senior vice president, team lead, private client relationship manager for the company’s Medical Private Banking office was featured in the Nashville Business Journal's print edition. First Tennessee Bank Middle Tennessee market president Carol Yochem was honored as one of the Nashville Post's 2019 Most Powerful Women at a luncheon held September 18 at the JW Marriott. Carol is one of only five women to be honored this year. She is also featured in the Nashville Post's Fall 2019 issue and the September issue of Nfocus.


EO Member Spotlight

Debbie Gordon

Cloud Range Cyber

Debbie Gordon has been an EO member since 2005. She has been an entrepreneur since she was a child, but being the daughter of two scientists, it is still unclear where she actually came from. She is passionate about business in all forms, and always strives to define new categories of business and industry. 

Debbie founded Cloud Range Cyber in early 2018 to solve a grave challenge in the cybersecurity industry. Cloud Range provides enterprise cybersecurity defense teams with a simulation-based training platform that addresses the ever-increasing cyber skills shortage. Cloud Range is establishing "cyber ranges" around the world, both within large companies as well as publicly accesible facilities where cyber defenders can train and practice on defending against the growing cyber threat landscape. Currently, Cloud Range works customers  including a division of the US Navy, major universities, a global bank, a global risk management firm, airlines, health case organizations, and other Fortune 100 companies to ensure their cyber defenders have the hands-on preparation they need.  

Prior to Cloud Range, she  founded S3 Asset Management, an IT asset management software and services company focusing on end-of-life IT equipment recycling and secure data destruction for businesses, government and higher education. S3 was sold in early 2016.  

In 2003, Debbie founded Snappy Auctions, which she bootstrapped from a simple idea to a technology driven international franchisor of brick and mortar online consignment centers with locations both in the US and Japan. With no investors, she and her team grew the company to $18,000,000 in annual system sales within three years through franchising and licensing where she sold over 100 franchises both in the US and Asia. 

Debbie is currently serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where whe works with post-revenue start-ups to help take them to the next level.   

She has been active in EO Leadership, having served as President of EO Nashville as well as holding regional and global roles within EO.

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

Question EVERYTHING. Never assume a prospective customer actually knows what they want when they ask you for something. It's all they know, so you must educate them.  

Best business book you’ve ever read?

Recently, I read "Play Bigger." It is about how to establish your company as a category leader using very deliberate tactics. The tried and true book was How to Win Friends and Influence People. 

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

Oh wow. Just one? There was a time 13 years ago when I "fired myself" and hired a new CEO.  I thought I was doing the right thing, but it completely backfired. Badly. That had ramifications that couldn't be undone for so many reasons. Culture tanked, I was considered "rogue" (in my own business) and I felt like I just couldn't win. We judge ourselves by our intentions, but sometimes that has no bearing on the outcome.  

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

I walk my dogs. It always relaxes me. They are so silly and happy.

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

Moveable Feast! Always!

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

I like cats. Just kidding!

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

I am going to Madrid to spend two days with a new customer (a big bank) at their annual conference in November. The bad news is that  it's on Thanksgiving. We obviously can't fault them for the scheduling given that they are Spanish, so it looks like Cloud Range will have a Spanish Thanksgiving!

Other Upcoming Events

EO Think Tank:  Productivity and Peace                                                                                       

October 16, 2019, 7:30am-9:00am, E|Spaces, 4322 Harding Pike #417

Join your fellow EO members for a discussion about business and personal productivity and the peace that can come from these accomplishments. Only 7 spots remain – REGISTER HERE

Malcolm Gladwell at Belmont                                                                                                

October 22, 2019, 6:45-9 a.m., Massey Performing Arts Center

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Malcolm Gladwell offer an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. His book, "Talking to Strangers," is his first since the launch of his enormously popular podcast, Revisionist History and his music podcast, Broken Record. In this classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, he starts by asking a question: “What happens when we have to deal with the unfamiliar?”

Members are allowed to bring up to 3 guests- $35 guest fee
For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.