EO Nashville Member News - September 13

September 13, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

NEW TIME: 4-8 p.m.                
September 17, 2019, Starts at Walk of Fame Park

Join us for an amazing Scavenger Hunt type event only EO can pull off in LoBro. This HOUSE EVENT will involve all teams beginning at the Walk of Fame Park on 4th, where they will receive cryptic clues and head off in different directions. They will try to outwit, out scheme and out play the other teams to reach four secret destinations. The fifth and final challenge will determine the winner!

Once the winning team has arrived, the location for the After Party will be revealed.

*Please register by 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 15th to secure a spot on your House team.* 

We have also opened registration to include spouses/significant others/a guest or child over 21, so feel free to bring someone along for the fun! REGISTER HERE.

Unable to participate in the Nash Dash? Just join us for the after party to celebrate the winners and console the losers! CLICK HERE to register for JUST the After Party!

2.  EO Moveable Feast                                                                                                           
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 always at full capacity, so REGISTER TODAY to confirm your spot.

3. 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 for a $35 fee.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


David Trainer [New Constructs] penned an article for Forbes about avoiding micro-bubble stocks. He wrote another Forbes column about what investors need to know about Smile Direct Club’s IPO. Other Forbes columns written by Trainer discuss long-term trends in Oshkosh Corp stock, what investors need to know about the Cloudflare IPO and the profitability of Tesla. Trainer also wrote articles in Seeking Alpha and Equities.com

Awards/Professional Recognition

Siskind Susser, PC [Greg Siskind] was awarded the College of Law Practice Management InnovAction Award for its Visalaw.ai initiative, a group of artificial intelligence-based applications that automate complex immigration law processes.

In the News

Liza Graves penned an article in StyleBlueprint about EO Nashville member companies accounting for one-third of all Nashville companies on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. The article quoted EO Nashville President Bethany Newman [ST8MNT Brand Agency] and vice president of marketing and communications at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. EO members mentioned include: 

  • Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] 

  • Petra Coach [Andy Bailey] 

  • Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] 

  • Evolution Event Solutions [Falon Scott] 

  • Provider Trust [Christopher Redhage] 

  • REN Dermatology [Jennifer Lee] 

  • Mosaic Consulting Group [Vicki Hill] 

  • Crosslin Technologies [Justin Crosslin]

  • Jones Therapy Services [Ginger Jones] 

  • Milosi [Taylor Milliken] 

  • The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] 

  • Snapshot Interactive [Ben Rigsby and Mark Scrivner] 

  • redpepper [Tim McMullen] 

  • All-American Pest Control [Erin Richardson]

HR Technologist 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.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was quoted in a Forbes article about overlooked strategies for growing your business profits. 

WSMV mentioned Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] as a partner of Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville, which Keith Urban will headline. Advance Financial’s CEO was also mentioned in the Tennessee Tribune for being an honorary co-chair of Nashville NAACP’s centennial anniversary banquet. 

The Nashville Business Journal featured Sherry Deutschmann [LetterLogic] for her new company, BrainTrust, which facilitates small groups for female entrepreneurs to learn from each other and grow their businesses. Deutschmann mentioned that she wants to help women get their companies to $1 million so they can join the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Brentwood Home Page featured Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] as a participant in a local program providing construction training for prisoners.   

DWC Construction Company [John Arndt] will build out Warner Music Group’s additional downtown office space, according to the Nashville Post. The Nashville Scene mentioned that the Nashville Burlesque Festival is this weekend at Corsair Distillery. Hoodline listed a WhistlePig Records event at the distillery as something to do in Nashville this week.  

The Nashville Post mentioned that the Neuhoff building that recently suffered a fire will be fully salvageable, and Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] will still design the future buildings on the site. 

NovaTech [Darren Metz] announced its expansion into Louisiana with the acquisition of Copy & Camera, a leading managed print servicer, as mentioned by Industry Analysts, Inc.

The Nashville Scene noted that Josephine [James Lewis] is set to host an upcoming Nashville Wine Auction event called “The Men’s Event,” benefiting various cancer charities. 

Greg Luken [Luken Analytics] was featured as a guest on TD Ameritrade’s “The Watch List” segment discussing Boeing’s growth after signing an Air Force contract. 

The Nashville Post reported that the Nashville Entrepreneur Center [Michael Brody-Waite] hosted a pop-up bakery shop. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Music program was highlighted in another Nashville Post story.  

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] and Sherry Deutschmann [BrainTrust] were listed in the Nashville Business Journal as some of David Briley’s top donors in the mayoral campaign runoff. A realtor with Village Real Estate Services is vying for a District Metro Council seat, according to the Tennessean

The Futon Critic mentioned that the special “CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow & Friends," which premieres later this month, is executive produced by Tom Forrest [Taillight TV]

Josephine [James Lewis], Bastion and The Catbird Seat [Ben and Max Goldberg] were included in Eater Nashville’s roundup of places to splurge on a meal in Nashville. 

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation recently sold a property to the owner of multiple properties, including the building that houses The Patterson House and The Catbird Seat [Ben and Max Goldberg], according to the Nashville Post. WinCountry.com mentioned that Kelsey Ballerini posted a photo with the Jonas Brothers at Pinewood Social. Thrillist listed a karaoke night at Bastion as something to do in Nashville this weekend. Axe-throwing at the Downtown Sporting Club was featured in StyleBlueprint as a fun Nashville meet-up idea. In an article about Nashville’s tourism, Travel Pulse mentioned that the city has recently welcomed new hotels like the Downtown Sporting Club. 

A.Ray Hospitality [Austin Ray] restaurant The Sutler Saloon celebrated its five year anniversary at the re-imagined Melrose, as reported by the Tennessean. CMT News also mentioned that country artist Lee Brice celebrated his fifth number-one single “Rumors” with a party at The Sutler Saloon.

The Tennessean included a response from Ginny Welsch, executive assistant to managing partner at Space Inch [Joshua Segall] in it’s article about where District Metro Council candidates stand on issues facing Nashville. 

Demolition of The Nashville Fairgrounds will begin in October to make way for the construction of the Nashville Soccer Club’s [Christopher Redhage] new stadium, as reported by WSMV

Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines] has opened its newest apartment building in Richmond, Virginia, according to the Nashville Post

According to the Daily News JournalGary Wisniewski [Landmark Homes of Tennessee] promised that turn lanes will be built early in the development of the new Pretoria Falls subdivision. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

First Tennessee Bank was mentioned in the Tennessean for the expansion of its music industry banking team, and again in the Tennessean for Rachel Wilson’s promotion to financial center manager. The Murfreesboro Voice featured First Tennessee’s Rutherford County president, Yolanda Greene, being named 2019 Volunteer of the Year by United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The Nashville Ledger noted Matthew Harrison’s promotion to senior vice president, team lead, private client relationship manager for the company’s Medical Private Banking office. New roles for Jarrod Grubb, Stephen Russell, Rachel Wilson and Karla Ronquillo were mentioned in The Tennessee Banker's Sept./Oct issue, in addition to First Tennessee Foundation’s partnership with The Nashville Food Project. 


EO Member Spotlight

Mark Scrivner

SnapShot Interactive

Mark Scrivner, Co-Founder & CEO of Snapshot Interactive, is a dynamic and accomplished entrepreneur in Nashville. His vision and award-winning leadership have grown Snapshot to become one of the premier digital marketing agencies in a vibrant city known for its world-class creativity and entrepreneurialism. He has built and nurtured a team of unparalleled creative talent while enjoying years of double and triple-digit sales growth.

Before Snapshot Interactive, Scrivner learned and refined the art of customer service in both the hospitality and marketing industries. He excelled in delivering measurable results and achieving superior customer satisfaction while gaining broad experience and the necessary exposure to understand all facets of nurturing a growing business.

Mark thrives on helping those around him to achieve their highest potential and appreciates his supportive and loving family, great friends, and incredibly talented teammates.

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

“The Man in the Arena – It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber – Work on your business rather than in your business. “I understand the technical work of a business, therefore, I understand a business that does that technical work.” This is a costly assumption new entrepreneurs make. Understand that everybody who goes into business has three identities: An entrepreneur, a manager and a technician. You need all three to build a company that can thrive without you.

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

When we first started and it wasn’t worth anything, we gave away some ownership to someone that didn’t share the same passion for building the business. Luckily, we were able to exit them and buy it back before it was worth too much. Would be much more painful now.

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

I go on a long run, ride or swim to get the blood flowing and clear my mind. It puts me in my happy place which brightens the mood.

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

The Moveable Feast and Holiday Party for sure. Both are so well done and it gives me a chance to see a lot of members I don’t normally run into.

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

I caught more snakes as a kid than Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin.

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

I’m competing in Ironman Louisville in October. This comprises of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and then followed by a 26.2 mile run all requiring between 12 – 13 hours of my full attention. The rigorous training I’ve put in allows this to just be one big celebration. 


Other Upcoming Events

We have two partner-sponsored events coming up:

Friday with Baker – Happy Hour
September 13, 2019, 4-6 p.m., M.L. Rose Capitol View, 431 11th Avenue North  

Hope you can join your fellow EO members for a happy hour hosted by Strategic Alliance Partner Baker Donelson. REGISTER HERE.

Continuum Planning Partners invites you to Defend Your Turf 
September 19, 2019, 8-9:30 a.m., Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody

8,000 jobs are coming to Nashville in the next seven years. As these national giants move in with more resources and bigger budgets, learn how to defend your market share and align your team to push toward your strategic goals, using accountability and execution as a part of your company culture.

In this workshop, led by Jennifer Faught with Petra Coach, you’ll walk away with at least three things you can take action on now to defend your turf. REGISTER NOW.