EO Nashville Member News - September 6

September 6, 2019

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1.  EO NASH DASH! 11 days away!
NEW TIME: 4-8 p.m. on September 17, 2019, Starts at Walk of Fame Park

WE LISTENED and moved back the time to 4 p.m. hoping YOU can join us now! You do NOT want to miss this event! From the producers of EO Family Feud, Destination Musick City brings us the EO NASH DASH! Clear your calendar for an amazing race only EO can pull off in LoBro. The race will consist of over-the-top challenges and, of course, bragging rights and prizes at the after party celebration for the winning House team.

This event is limited to teams of 10 participants. Teams will be randomly assigned according to your EO House. 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. It's Membership Referral/Event Time!

We have two EO membership events coming up on September 20th and September 23rd, and we need your referrals! CLICK HERE to recommend someone for consideration and we will take it from there! 

We also need members to attend these events to meet our Fall prospects.  

REGISTER HERE to attend the September 20th breakfast –7:30-9 a.m. at the EC

REGISTER HERE to attend the September 23rd luncheon – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Palm

3.  EO Moveable Feast                                                                                                           
October 2, 2019- 6:30-11 p.m., Downtown Nashville

Hope you can join us for this annual EO Nashville favorite – in Downtown Nashville this year! Plan on a date night and book the sitters – we will spread out over multiple restaurants for three separate courses and then meet up all together for dessert on the roof of Bobby Hotel. It is sure to be an incredible night, so REGISTER TODAY!


EO Member News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group


Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] wrote a column for the print edition of America’s Benefit Specialist offering tips for brokers to help clients solve hiring challenges through benefits. 

David Trainer [New Constructs] penned an article for Forbes about not paying for overvalued “growth” stocks. He wrote another Forbes column about WeWork’s plan to go public. Other Forbes columns written by Trainer discuss how to find attractive stocks in the undervalued industry, micro-bubble winners that continue to outperform and a fund that recognizes the flaws in accounting earnings. Trainer also wrote articles for Seeking Alpha about the telecom services ETFs and mutual funds in Q3, utilities ETFs and mutual funds in Q3, MarineMax and WeWork. Several of these articles also appeared on Equities.com

The CEO of Zander Insurance [Shervin Eftekhari] penned an article for the Tennessean about National Preparedness Month for natural disasters and emergencies.

Awards/Professional Recognition

Nashville EO members made up 20% of the Nashville Business Journal’s list of the most admired CEOs in 2019, including: 

  • John Arndt [DWC Construction]

  • Andy Bailey [Petra Coach]

  • Jeff Bradford [the Bradford Group]

  • James Fields [Concept Technology]

  • Ginger Jones [Jones Therapy Services]

  • Elizabeth Moss [Caregivers by WholeCare]

  • Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations]

  • Mark Scrivner [Snapshot Interactive]

  • George Uribe [guestbooker.com]

In the News

HCM Technology Report featured its podcast with Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] in its weekly roundup. America’s Benefit Specialist mentioned BerniePortal’s recruitment report findings in its recent print edition. 

A Forbes article quoted Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] discussing how to know if your business idea is viable. 

Nashville Pride featured the opening of Advance Financial’s [Michael Hodges] newest Tennessee location in Brownsville. 

The Tennessee whiskey trail, which includes Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell], has gained more interest from tourists, according to Tullahoma News.

The Nashville Business Journal announced that Dolly Parton is part of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s [Michael Brody-Waite] 2019 Hall of Fame class. The Nashville Business Journal also reported that a volunteer at the center has been named the CEO of Aloompa.

The Tennessean named Beyond the Edge [Matthew Charette] as one of the top two places you should go watch the Chicago Bears games.

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development Services] and Sherry Deutschmann [LetterLogic] were mentioned in a Nashville Post article about the sale of a West End apartment house.

The Nashville Post mentioned that Smith Gee Studio [Hunter Gee] is set to design the Hume House and The Hamilton, two new apartment complexes in Germantown. Smith Gee Studio was mentioned in a second Nashville Post story about the complexes, noting that the project will be called Peabody Union.

A building inspired by the home of Novatech [Darren Metz] will be built on a recently sold Charlotte Avenue property, according to the Nashville Post

Eater Nashville listed the most anticipated fall 2019 restaurant openings and featured the newest Strategic Hospitality [Ben and Max Goldberg] restaurant, Locust. The Nashville Post mentioned the sale of a Music Row property, which was formerly owned by the owner of the building housing The Patterson House and The Catbird Seat. A former chef at The Catbird Seat has been named executive chef at a Napa Valley restaurant, as reported by Hospitality Net, the North Bay Business Journal and the Napa Valley Register. The same chef will make a guest appearance at a Chicago restaurant, according to the Journal Sentinel, which noted that he received a James Beard Foundation Award nomination while at The Catbird Seat. The chef of a new East Nashville restaurant was interviewed by the Tennessean and mentioned Henrietta Red as one of her favorite local restaurants. A writer for Outkick the Coverage recommended The Downtown Sporting Club as a place to visit in Nashville. The same writer from Outkick the Coverage mentioned that the restaurant was packed with Georgia fans in town for the Vanderbilt game last weekend. The chef from The Downtown Sporting Club mentioned her favorite way to use summer tomatoes in The Takeout

A.Ray Hospitality [Austin Ray] restaurant M.L.Rose was mentioned as a participant of the Nashville Food Truck Fest in the Nashville Ledger

The Nashville Business Journal featured the general manager of the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] for his strategy of signing players. The UT Daily Beacon mentioned the club for hosting FIFA qualifiers soon. 

Strategic Alliance Partner News

Leading national music industry magazine Pollstar included expert commentary from Bryan Bolton, SVP of First Tennessee Bank's Music Industry Group, in a story about why young Americans are willing to spend more than ever before on attending music festivals. The Nashville Business Journal featured First Tennessee's Middle Tennessee market president, Carol Yochem, and commercial banking manager Renee Drake in a special print edition for its 2019 Power Leaders in Finance list. The list appeared online in the Nashville Business Journal on July 25. 


EO Strategic Alliance Spotlight


Novatech, Inc. is an award-winning technology consulting, Managed IT Solutions and Printer Services provider offering on-site and remote support of network infrastructure and peripherals. Recognized 12 times as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine, Novatech offers free cost analysis so you may easily choose the exact solutions, equipment and software to meet your needs – within your budget. Headquartered in Nashville and a leader in its industry, Novatech has also been recognized as one of the 101 "Best and Brightest Companies in the Nation to Work For."

Novatech’s inauspicious start began in 1998 as a simple copier sales and service business. Owners Darren Metz, Alex Brandon and Carolyn Stafford realized customers needed workflow specialists who could integrate business solutions with their IT departments. From this concept, Novatech (then NovaCopy) began to incorporate state-of-the-art technology and workflow add-ons.

Copiers & Document Solutions: Recognized as one of Konica Minolta's largest dealers in the United States (top in the South) as well as an authorized Canon Office Imaging Products dealer and service provider, Novatech helps improve organizational effectiveness by providing simple, yet comprehensive content management workflow solutions. Accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight, Novatech is truly a "one-stop shop" for any business seeking to enhance its bottom line.

3D Printer Technology Solutions: Recognized as the 3D printing expert in the South, Novatech offers 3D printing, short-run manufacturing services to any and all businesses and individuals seeking this innovative technology. A certified 3D printer solutions reseller for HP and Markforged, Novatech's 3D part-building systems, and engineered materials are the output tool of choice for designers, engineers, marketers, artists, architects and educators. Novatech is the top dealer for Markforged in the South (and their #2 provider in the world). 

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

Darren Metz

Novatech Forum Topics:
*How to make your mark as an entrepreneur on Nashville’s newest landmark. 
*How document management systems prevent catastrophe and improve efficiency. 
*To the cloud and beyond – why outsourcing your IT makes sense. 


Other Upcoming Events

We have two partner-sponsored events coming up in September:

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.