EO Nashville crowned ‘Rock Star’ again

eo nashville logoGlobal EO recently crowned EO Nashville as a 2014 ‘Rock Star’ chapter, placing Nashville in the top tier of all 131 chapters. This marks EO Nashville’s sixth Rock Star award since 2008.

For 20 years, EO Nashville has served as the chief catalyst for regional entrepreneurs. The Rock Star distinction awards the hard work of successful chapters by evaluating them against 27 benchmarks of chapter health, including growth, renewals, learning, communications, forum and finance.

It’s always energizing to see Nashville at the top of EO’s global rankings. We appreciate global EO’s recognition of our hard work and success, none of which could have been possible without our board and last year’s EO Nashville President Joe Freedman.

Capitalizing on the chapter’s growth and success, in 2015, EO Nashville will host the NERVE conference, the east coast regional conference for EO. During NERVE, more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship. The event is set to take place Sept. 16-18, 2015 at the Music City Center.

Rock out EO Nashville!

EO Nashville Members in the News: Andy Bailey, Bob Bernstein, John Rowley, Charlie Brock, Mark Deutschmann, Ben Goldberg, Ashlyn Hines, James Fields, David Waddell, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Barry Smith, Bert Lyles, Julie May, Allen Baler, Patrick Burke, Michael Brody-Waite, Jerry Baker, John Rosen, Brian Murphy, Michael Hodges, Ricky Scott, Elliott Holt, Michael Rustici, James Fields, Steve Curnutte, Ben Mankin, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Glenn McConnell, Tom Turner, Darren Metz, Joe Freedman, Jerry Bostelman

Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote an article in Business Insider on why a letter is the most effective form of communication. Also, Bailey wrote an article in the Tennessean about what numbers businesses should prioritize.

The Jackson Sun credited Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] as the provider of roasted coffee for Alba, Jackson’s newest coffee shop. A Yahoo! Music article mentioned an American Idol producer’s visit to Nashville’s favorite coffee house, Bongo Java. Nashville Business Journal’s article on the Melrose entertainment district reported on Bernstein’s yet-to-open coffee shop and diner venture.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.12.46 PMTravel and Leisure mentioned Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] in its T + L Guide to Nashville, citing the restaurant as one of the places you should eat and drink while in town. The guide follows an article about Nashville’s transition back into the spotlight.

John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] was on the O’Reilly Factor’s segment on tension between Hillary and Obama.

Charlie Brock [Launch TN] wrote an article in the Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel on what happens after demo days for graduating entrepreneurs. Brock’s article about the rise of auto manufacturing startups was published in the Tennessean and the OakRidger. The American Genuis quoted Brock in an article about how to stand out to investors.

Nashville Business Journal quoted Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] in an article on Core Development Service’s new project in the Wedgewood-Houston area. The Tennessean had an article on the popularity of cottage communities, quoting Barbara Browning, a broker with Village Real Estate.

The Tennessean’s article on Strategic Hospitality’s involvement with Printers Alley hotel quoted Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality]. Nashville Business Journal featured an article on a new restaurant in Midtown, praising Ben Goldberg for introducing seated bar concepts like Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social. Southern Living named Strategic Hospitality’s Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social in the Top 100 Restaurants in the South. The Tennessean reported that Strategic Hospitality’s Pinewood Social chef Josh Habiger will be participating in Music City Food and Wine Festival.

The Tennessean quoted Ashlyn Hines [Bristol Development Group] in their article on the popularity of cottage communities in Nashville.

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote an article in the Tennessean on the top five gadgets for back-to-school shopping.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] wrote an article in the Memphis Daily News about the forecast for the aging bull market.

Nashville Scene announced that Josephine’s [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] Andrew Little will be one of the local chefs in the Music City Food and Wine Fest. Nashville Scene also announced Josephine’s addition of pastry chef Kayla May.

Nashville Business Journal mentioned Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] in an article about Nashville’s boom-and-bust cycle. Tennessean mentions Eakin Partners’ new buildings coming to the Gulch in an article about the Pinnacle building. Nashville Post reported on Eakin Partners’ project in the Gulch.

Showhomes [Bert Lyles] was featured on Fox Business’s segment on luxury homes. Sun News mentioned Showhomes in an article about the importance of home staging.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote an article in the Tennessean about the journey of software innovation.

Allen Baler [Reboot Marketing/4 Patriots] was quoted in a Digital Journal article about disaster preparedness.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.11.49 PMThe Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies included 16 EO Nashville companies. These 16 companies grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013 and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

Just released — 2014 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 16 EO Nashville member companies

inc5000Inc. magazine released its highly regarded Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America today, and 16 EO Nashville member companies made the cut. That’s 10 percent of the 168 members that make up EO Nashville.

These 16 companies employ 2,118 individuals; grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013; and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members also make up 31 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 20 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

Companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2010 to 2013. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2010 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2013.

You can access the full list here.

Congratulations on your success!

EO Nashville Members in the News: David Waddell, Alex Tolbert, Barry Smith, J.J. Rosen, Gene Robertson, William Newman, Jeff McCorpin, Julie May, Corey Lile, John Huber, Dan Hogan, Jessica Demas, Ronnie Lee Booth, Ashlyn Hines, John Brittle, Steve Curnutte, Mark Deutschmann, Bob Bernstein, John Crosslin, Jessika Leigh Poirier, Patrick Burke, Stephen Zralek

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] recent article in the Nashville Ledger and Memphis Daily News explained the need for defense strategies as U.S. enters bull market.

The Tennessean quoted Bernard Health’s CEO [Alex Tolbert] in an article covering millennials’ perceptions of health insurance. The Nashville Business Journal and Tennessean covered Bernard Health’s health care reform breakfast that showcased a panel of health care providers. In the Tennessean, Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] wrote an article on this year’s fourth quarter and why it is the busiest in history for health insurers and brokerages.

The Tennessean announced Primrose School’s purchase of a 17,000-square-foot building from the Sheats family who was represented by Eakin Partners [Barry Smith].

J.J. Rosen [Atiba, LLC] wrote an article in the Tennessean on today’s currency, domain names.

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The U.S. Lawn [Gene Robertson] annual conference in Nashville was featured in Lawn and Landscape.

Clarksville Online announced that Edley’s Bar-B-Que [William Newman] will participate in Nashville Zoo’s annual Sunset safari.

Intacct, a leader in cloud financial management and accounting software, recognized LBMC Technologies [Jeff McCorpin] as a company that delivers comprehensive, high quality services. According to Insurance News, LBMC is one of the initial members of Intacct’s new Premier Partner Program.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote an article in the Tennessean on valuable apps that are allowing doctors, physical trainers and individuals to avoid health related issues and cut down on expensive medical costs.

Corey Lile [OccuSure] wrote an opinion article on Transport Topics regarding Worker’s Comp Strategies for Trucking.

The Tennessean featured an article written by John Huber [Moo Creative] on director Roman White’s latest video for Colbie Caillat.

The Tennessean’s Nashville People in Business reported on Medalogix’s [Dan Hogan] recent growth. The article also announced that Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] was appointed to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.’s board of directors. The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors recognized Jessica Demas and Ronnie Lee Booth [Village Real Estate Services] as graduates of Leadership GNAR.

Ashlyn Hines [Bristol Development Group] was quoted in the Tennessean article covering Bristol’s “pocket neighborhood” development in Franklin.

The Nashville Ledger outlined an interview with John Brittle, covering Village Real Estate Service’s well-known presence in Nashville and Brittle’s projections for where Nashville real estate is headed.

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Capstan Fund acquired three hardware stores north of Atlanta. Steve Curnutte has a quote in the Nashville Post article.

The Nashville Post had an article on the rapid sales of Melrose condos, an effort spearheaded by Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann].

The Tennessean and Nashville Scene mentioned Bongo After Hours Theatre, an extension of Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein].

The Nashville Ledger and Nashville Post reported that The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville named John Crosslin [Crosslin and Associates, PC] the Emerging Leader in Financial services, noting that he had contributed to the 325 percent that the firm has grown. The chamber also recognized Jessika Leigh Poirier [Vaco Resources, LLC] as the Emerging Leader in Human Resources. Poirier was promoted to partner this year and is the No. 2 producer nationwide in the staff division.

The Nashville Scene reported on Patrick Burke’s [Seed Hospitality] journey to Japan, recognizing the emphasis placed on authentic cuisine in his restaurants, specifically Two Ten Jack.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted Stephen Zralek [Bone McAllester Norton] in an article on the Republican primary for the state’s 4th Congressional District seat.

 

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bryan Ansley, Darek Bell, Bill Kimberlin, Randi Lesnick, Charles Bone, Tim Ozgener, Traylor Woodall, David Waddell, Stephen Tallent, Charlie Brock, Steven Curnette, Benjamin Goldberg, Dan Hogan, Brittany Lorenz, Arnie Malham, Alan Young, Julie May, Bruce Buchanan, Ricky Scott, Barry Smith

Medicare.com [Bill Kimberlin] was listed by Business Insider as one of the most expensive domain names of all time, selling for $4.8 million this May.

Patrick Burke [Seed Hospitality] was on HLN discussing a new reservation app that’s making waves.

Randi Lesnick [Randi Events] was named one of the “World’s 40 Best High-End Luxury Event Planners” by The International Man.

Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser] wrote on the VA physician shortage for his USA Today column.

Darek Bell [Corsair] was featured in Distiller Magazine about winning the Bubble Cap Award for distillery of the year. Corsair’s barrel-aged gin was highlighted on the Tasting Table, The distillery was named on one Nashville’s best by Nashville Lifestyles and were also quoted in the Upstart Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. Corsair Distillery was also featured in a Louisville Business Journal’s piece on starting a distillery.

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The Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post reported that Launch Tennessee [Charlie Brock] will be the presenting sponsor of Tennessee’s state accelerator The TENN. Charlie Brock also wrote on Tennessee startups focusing on the automotive industry for the Knoxville News Sentinel and regional accelerator preparations for pitch day for his Tennessean column.

The Tennessean reported on OZ Nashville’s [Tim Ozgener] inaugural Family Day will feature Dan Zanes and Friends, whose music has been featured on Sesame Street, Disney, Nickelodeon and others.

In the Memphis Daily News and Nashville Ledger, David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] explained Asia’s dependence on US growth.

A news app developed by Mercury Intermedia [Stephen Tallent] was featured on Talking New Media.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s “25 Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2014″.

Arnie Malham [cj Advertising] and Alan Young [Armor Concepts] spearheaded an internship partnership with EO Nashville and the Vanderbilt football team, which was reported by the Tennessean

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Nashville Business Journal wrote about Secure Identity Systems’ [Bryan Ansley] expansion to the direct-to-consumer market.

David Frederisken [PatientFocus] spoke on his company’s recent partnership with Franklin-based Verus Healthcare for the Nashville Post.

Bruce E. Buchanan’s [Siskind Susser] was appointed to the Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee of American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Tennessean had the story.

Cushman & Wakefield [Brittany Lorenzi] brokers Dick Fleming and Buck Haltiwanger spoke on the convention center redevelop for the Nashville Business Journal. The firm was also hired by North Gulch Partners for a new Church Street development according to the Tennessean.

The Nashville Business Journal reported on The Kingston Group’s [Ricky Scott] new office space in West Nashville.

Strategic Hospitality’s [Benjamin Goldberg] Pinewood Social opened their pool area with an airstream for separate food service. According to the Nashville Business Journal, they will be involved in the food and beverage side of a new Printer’s Alley boutique hotel development.Showhomes’ [Bert Lyles] luxury staging strategies were featured in articles for Inc., My Suburban Life, Zillow as well as a video spot for Fusion TV.

Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was selected to serve as the United Way of Sumner County’s 2014 Campaign Chair. The Tennessean had the story.

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Dan Hogan [Medalogix] says his new Series A capital raise brings Nashville investment issues into focus in an Venture Nashville Connections interview.

Julie May discussed the increased use of medical apps as a diagnosing solution in her Tennessean column.

Steven Curnutte [Tortola Advisors, LLC and Capstan] advised Iceline Logistics during their acquisition by Tennessee Steel Haulers. The Nashville Post had the story.

Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] spoke to Tennessean about renovations at L&C tower, Nashville’s first skyscraper. The article also names DWC Construction [John Arndt Jr.] as the selected contractor for the renovations.

The Tennessean wrote an article about the purchase of the Tower at Renaissance. Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] represented the seller.

Fivestone Studio’s [Traylor Woodall] projection mapping for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas was featured in Display Central.

Mark Scrivner [Snapshot Interactive], Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group], Christopher Redhage [ProviderTrust], David Frederiksen [PatientFocus], Mike Rustici [Rustici Software], Elliot Holt [Medi-Copy Services], James Fields [Concept Technology], Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health], Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery], and Joshua Boyd [Computer Pros] were all featured in Nashville Business Journal’s piece on if these small business winners could travel back five years.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Taylor Miliken, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Alex Tolbert, Tim Ozgener, Stephen Tallent, Traylor Woodall, James Fields, J.J. Rosen, Will Newman, Barry Smith, Tammy Hawes, Andy Bailey

Lawn and Landscape wrote an article about Taylor Miliken’s [Milosi Landscaping] rebranding process from Elite Landscape Company to Milosi.

Chef Andrew Little of Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] has been invited to cook at City Grit in New York City. a permanent pop-up supper club that gives chefs from across the country the chance to cook in the big city. The Nashville Business Journal had the story.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] broke down the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision in his latest Tennessean column. Matt Kleymeyer of Bernard Health was quoted in an Indianapolis Business Journal article about employees rebelling against Obamacare.

Tim Ozgener [Oz Nashville] graced the cover of The Nashville Business Journal and was featured in a story about the success of his contemporary arts and entertainment space.

7.18-oz-nbj The Nashville Business Journal profiled Mercury Intermedia’s [Stephen Tallent] rise to the top of the mobile application world.

Traylor Woodall [Fivestone Studios] wrote an article for Display Central about projection mapping.

In his latest Tennessean column, James Fields [Concept Technology] described how to integrate the cloud into your company’s tech strategy.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] wrote about the unsung heroes of the office for his Tennessean column, the help desk technician.

Esquire Magazine wrote an article on Nashville for their American style guide series and included Edley’s [Will Newman] as one of the top spots in town. 7.18-edleys Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about more office buildings moving to the Gulch.

The Nashville Business Journal wrote an article on Virsys12′s [Tammy Hawes] work with Accountable Care Organizations.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] Tennessean column focused on growing your employees to grow your business.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Max Sadler, David Waddell, Charlie Brock, Michael Hodges, Alex Tolbert, Mark Scrivner, Will Newman, Ben Hanback, Andy Bailey, Darek Bell, Ben Goldberg, Julie May, John Huber

Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler] landed on the Nashville Business Journal’s list of Top Technology Employers.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about investors fears of a declining stock market.

The Nashville Post reported that Launch Tennessee [Charlie Brock] became one of 22 state and local economic agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to receive the FAST grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Charlie’s column for the Tennessean focused on the state’s Accelerator Program.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was voted Best Place to Cash a Check in Maury County. The Columbia Daily Herald had the story.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be opening its first retail store in Nashville, signaling another change in the insurance industry. Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] discussed how the move affects health care consumers in his latest Tennessean column.

Mark Scrivner [SnapShot Interactive] spoke to the Nashville Business Journal about how his company is preparing for large-scale growth.

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The Nashville Scene covered Edley’s [Will Newman] expansion at the 12 South location. The restaurant added over 900 square feet of space and 40 seats.

Ben Hanback’s [Regions Insurance] column for the Tennessean focused on how to build trust in business.

Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote an article for AllBusiness.com that was also picked up by Fox Small Business “bongo java.”

Corsair [Darek Bell] was featured on the cover of Beverage World Magazine and chosen as one of the breakout brands of 2014.

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TIME Magazine mentioned The Patterson House [Ben Goldberg] in its feature on 7 Great American Vacation Spots.

Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] column for the Tennessean introduced a new marketing concept for retailers called Beacons.

Nick Palladino of Moo Creative [John Huber] wrote a guest blog for the Nashville Business Journal on four tips for working with freelancers.