Meet EO Nashville’s 22 New Members

We’re excited to announce today the addition of 22 new members to EO Nashville.

Our new members bring a combined $209,409,800 in annual sales and 1,023 full-time employees to our group’s ranks. Sixty-eight percent of the new member companies call Davidson County home, and 27 percent are located in Williamson County.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 169 members, which represents at 15 percent year-over-year growth for the chapter.

The 22 new EO Nashville members are:

  • Joshua Boyd, president of Computer PROS, an information technology service provider.
  • Shaun Carrigan, founder and president of NetContent, a technology developer specializing in news aggregation and large-scale email publishing services.
  • Tony Darsinos, owner and partner of Astikon Development and Gondola House Restaurant, LLC, a Hermitage-based restaurant.
  • Jake Fagan, president and founder of Caddis Interactive, a digital agency.
  • Curt Hahn, owner of Film House, Inc., a film production company.
  • Robert Hartline, partner and owner of Call Proof, a mobile application for field salespeople and staff.
  • Tammy Hawes, founder and president of Virsys12, a technology consulting firm specializing in Salesforce implementation and integration services.
  • David Hornsby, president of Executive Travel & Parking, LLC, a business travel agency and airport valet parking service.
  • Randi Lesnick, CEO and founder of Hospitality Consultants, LLC, an event, design and management firm.
  • Heather McCollum, owner of Fruition Salon, a Nashville-based hair salon.
  • Jason McConnell, chef and owner of several area restaurants including Cork & Cow, 55 South and Red Pony. He also co-owns new restaurant Two Ten Jack with fellow EO member Patrick Burke.
  • Dee Northcutt Jr., president and owner of Mid TN Dentistry, an implant and general dentistry.
  • Josh Pittman, president of MediCore Medical Supply, a manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies.
  • Angela Proffitt, co-founder of Angela Proffitt, LLC, an event and wedding planner and business consultant.
  • Greg Siskind, partner and founder of Siskind Susser, PC, an immigration law group.
  • Scott Smith, owner of Solerant LLC, an information technology service provider for churches, schools and ministries across the nation.
  • Doug Stacey, co-owner and vice president of Landscape Services, Inc., a landscape management company.
  • Craig Stanley, co-founder and president, Tennessee Steel Haulers, Inc., a national flatbed carrier.
  • Eddie Stewart, co-founder of Stewart Transportation Solutions, Inc., which provides hotel and convention shuttles and event transportation.
  • Jeff Stockton, owner of ApexWorks, a restoration services and roofing repair company.
  • Jim Thomas, president and CEO of Thomas & Thorngren, Inc., a national provider of human resources and payroll services.
  • Traylor Woodall, CFO and principal of Fivestone Studios, a video production firm.

Jake, Angela and Jeff all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s Catalyst program.

 

Operation EO — This Sunday — Will You Be There?

This Sunday, April 13, EO Nashville members and their families will roll up their sleeves and purchase, pack and deliver the ingredients for an Easter feast to 160 area families in need.

The new “Operation EO” event will take place between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Parmer Park, located at 578 Leake Avenue just off of Belle Meade Boulevard.

“Entrepreneurs give back to our community by creating jobs, and additionally it’s really impactful when entrepreneurs and their next generation can give back to the community in more ways than one. That’s what this event is all about,” said Tim Ozgener, community chair for EO Nashville and president and CEO of OZ Contemporary Arts Center.

Easter-foodOrganized as “a family outing serving other families in our community,” each EO Nashville member and his or her family donated $90 to partake in the event, which will provide two families with a meal box that includes an Easter Ham, green beans, potatoes, etc.

Dry goods and fresh items will arrive en masse at Parmer Park around 1:30 p.m. for EO families to sort, pack and deliver to one of five benefiting nonprofits: KIPP Academy, Martha O’Bryan Center, McNeilly Center and Safe Haven Family Shelter.

“The idea behind this event came from other likeminded entrepreneurs who were frustrated with the lack of charities that would allow children under the age of 10 to volunteer. They started a child-friendly service project to deliver Thanksgiving meals to Nashville families in need,” Tim explained. “It was initiated to expose our young kids to those less fortunate—to give children an appreciation of the gifts they have and to instill the value of empathy through giving back to Nashville’s community.”

Tim continued, “Especially around the holidays, Easter in this case, the lack of funds for these families to enjoy a decent meal becomes even more acute. The few hours your family gives to make this happen you will more than receive back with a full heart.”

 

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EO Nashville Members in the News: David Waddell, Will Newman, Ricky Scott, Darek Bell, John Rowley, Ben Hanback, Charlie Brock, Tim Ozgener, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Alex Tolbert, J.J. Rosen, Martin Renkis, Dan Hogan, Julie May, Nancy Leach, James Fields, Charles Bone, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Patrick Burke, Best in Business

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] was featured in a Commercial Appeal article about new startups in Memphis.

The Nashville Post published a story on Edley’s [Will Newman] expansion in 12 South.

The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] was prominently featured in the most recent issue of Entrepreneur Startups Magazine.

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The Music City Center, which featured Bell and Associates [Darek Bell] on it’s construction team, won the top prize in the Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The Tennessean covered the story.

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] has won the highest honor in craft distilling, the “Bubble Cap” award from the American Distilling Institute. Read the full story at The Nashville Scene.com. The Distillery was also featured in a Nashville Lifestyles article about the booming Tennessee whiskey business.

John Rowley [Fletcher Rowley] was a guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, where he contributed to the discussion on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case dealing with the  a corporation’s religious freedom.

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Ben Hanback’s [Regions Insurance] Tennessean column focused on choosing to change your attitude.

The Memphis Daily News  and Nooga.com wrote about Launch Tennessee‘s [Charlie Brock] “100 Girls of Code” workshop coming to Memphis this summer.

Oz [Tim Ozgener] was featured in the Guardian’s Nashville city guide as one of the top 10 art galleries, art spaces and cultural events. The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene covered Oz’s “Thursday Night Things” series with a feature on artist Herb Williams’ show, “Personal Best”. The event was a huge success, drawing over 500 attendees.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] postcard about Successful vs. Unsuccessful people was featured in a LinkedIn post by Dave Kerpen, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Likeable. The post has now been repurposed and shared across the Web, with articles in BusinessInsider, Yahoo Finance, MediaBistro and OPRAH.com, just to name a few. Andy’s Tennessean column focused on finding was to constantly improve your business, even when you think you are doing well and his column in the Nashville Business Journal addressed setting goals for accountability.

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The Nashville Business Journal caught up with InQuicker‘s [Michael Brody-Waite] headline story from 2013 in which the company detailed its approach to growth. Today, the company has grown from 21 to 30 employees.

The Tennessean quoted Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] in an article about Vanderbilt’s cancer coverage gap through the Affordable Health Care Act. Alex’s most recent Tennessean column focused on the changing face of primary care. Bernard Health was also featured in a Eyewitness News 3 report about the March 31 Healthcare deadline.

J.J. Rosen’s [AtibaTennessean column offered advice on how to be a great project manager.

The Nashville Business Journal reported on Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] raising $3.85 million in a Series A investment round.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was quoted in the Health and Tech Beats section of the Nashville Business Journal.

The Nashville Business Journal covered “Mentoring Monday,” which connected over 150 women with potential mentors, including Julie May [bytes of knowledge], Brittany Lorenzi [Cushman &Wakefield | Cornerstone] and Nancy Leach [Facility Planners].

James Fields’ [Concept TechnologyTennessean column analyzed the benefits of high-tech light bulbs.

Bone McAllseter Norton [Charles Bone] ranked tenth on the Nashville Business Journal’s top law firms list.

Nashville Lifestyles released its list of the 25 best dishes in Nashville, and a few of our EO Nashville members were included on the list. Pinewood Social‘s [Ben Goldberg] Egg in a Jar, the Tuck Special at Edley’s [Will Newman] and the Scallops at Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] were a few of the editor’s favorites.

Winners of the reader’s poll included:

Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] was highlighted in a six-page Nashville Lifestyles story that walks readers through the Izakaya experience.

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Congratulations the following EO Nashville members who were recognized as finalists for  The Nashville Business Journal Best in Business Awards.

1-25 Employees

500+ Employees

 

Recent Catalyst graduate Rhodes Car [Bill Pomakoy] received international attention this week when England’s Price Harry took one of the company’s four-wheeled bikes for a spin. The Tennessean covered the story.

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EO Members in the News: Mark Deutschmann, Ricky Scott, J.J. Rosen, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Ben Goldberg, Jeremy Werthan, Charlie Brock, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Dan Hogan, Glenn McConnell, Jerry Bostelman, Charles Bone, Top Technology Service Firms, Darren Metz, Patrick Burke, James Fields, Tom Beach, David Waddell, InCharge 2014, Bob Bernstein, Andy Bailey, Best Places to Work

The Nashville Post included Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] on its 2014 In Charge list, a recognition of Nashville’s top business leaders, and he was awarded with the Realtor Community Service Award at the GNAR Awards of Excellence. Mark was also mentioned in a Tennessean article about the preservation of Kellytown.

The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] was featured in the South Cheatham Advocate for his restoration of a historic Sylvan Park House into his new office.

J.J. Rosen’s [AtibaTennessean column focused on the future of email.

The Nashville Scene wrote a glowing review of the new Cool Springs location of Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes].

Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf and Daughters offered his picks for the best restaurants in Nashville to Conde Nast Traveler’s The Daily Traveler. The Patterson House [Ben Goldberg] made the list for best signature drink in town.

The Tennessean wrote a profile on the Werthan [Jeremy Werthan] family’s legacy in Nashville.

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Bloomberg Businessweek picked up a story about Launch Tennessee‘s [Charlie Brock] master accelerator program, The TENN. Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily are now accepting applications from startups for the 2014 Southland Conference. The Tennessean had the story.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard HealthTennessean column reviewed apps that provide health care services.

Garden and Gun magazine featured Corsair Rum [Darek Bell] in it’s recipe for a Honey Bunny Hot Toddy. The Bell and Associates Construction/Clark Construction Group partnership was named Contractor of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee for their work on the Music City Center. Darek was also named to the Nashville Post’s In Charge list in the Food Business Category.

The Nashville Business Journal featured a special section on the first class of  the publication’s 40 Under 40 award. The “where are they now” story included Darek Bell [Corsair, Bell and Associates], Dan Hogan [Medlaogix], Glenn McConnell [Music City Tents and Events] and Brian Waller [Vaco] [Jerry Bostelman].

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The Tennessean covered the Evolve Women Panel, “Achieving Success: Inside and Outside the Corporate Walls”, which featured Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Bone] founding member Claire Tucker.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] analyzed the personalities needed for an all-star software team in her most recent Tennessean column.

DSI [Tom Turner], Atiba [J.J. Rosen] , Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler], Beacon Technologies [Bryan Merville], LBMC Technologies [Jeff McCorpin], Centresource [Nicholas Holland] and bytes of knowledge [Julie May, Charles May] all made the Nashville Business Journal’s list of top technology service firms in Nashville. NovaCopy [Darren Metz] was listed in the top technology products category. The story also featured company opinions on bringing top tech talent to Nashville. Medalogix, Beacon Technologies, bytes of knowledge, Atiba, Advanced Network Solutions and NovaCopy all provided quotes for the article.

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Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] was mentioned in a Time Magazine article on Nashville’s culinary scene.

James Fields [Concept Technology] focused his Tennessean column on how changes in the way people listen to music are changing the direction of the music business.

The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle covered a recent school fundraiser celebration hosted by City Saver [Tom Beach] in celebration of $200,000 raised for Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools.

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] Worldly Investor column in the Memphis Daily News provided a investment outlook for 2014, given how the market has performed thus far.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java], Darek Bell [Corsair], Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Burger Up] and Ben Goldberg [Catbird Seat] were all named to the Nashville Post‘s InCharge list for food and beverage, while Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was named to the legal list and Arnie Malham [cj Advertising] to the marketing and PR list. InCharge Real Estate included Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] and Ashlyn Hines [Bristol Development]. In Technology, Andy Bailey [Petra], Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] and Clint Smith [Emma] all made the list.

Andy Bailey’s [PetraTennessean column offered advice on how to delegate as a leader. Andy was also quoted in a Billboard Magazine Country Update article about the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

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The Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places To Work award winners were announced this week and included many of our EO Nashville members! Congratulations to the following companies:

10-25 Employees

26-100 Employees

101-499 Employees

EO Nashville Members in the News: J.J. Rosen, Clay Blevins, James Fields, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Mark Deutschmann, Andy Bailey, Bob Bernstein, Julie May, Charlie Brock, Alex Tolbert, Dan Hogan, Ben Hanback, David Waddell, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell

Check out this week’s top headlines from EO Nashville members:

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] wrote his Tennessean column on the joining of technology and sports.

Snips Magazine  featured Comfort Supply [Clay Blevins] in an article about indoor air quality products.

James Fields [Concept Technology] focused his Tennessean column on the downfall of Windows 8.

Southern Living’s style issue focused on the best of Nashville and included a feature on “Nashville’s New Guard” with Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality].

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Architectural Digest’s “Daily AG” highlighted Pinewood Social as Nashville’s most stylish new eatery and The Huffington Post featured an interview with Chef Trevor Moran of The Catbird Seat.

USA Today profiled the Nashville food scene and released its picks for the best new restaurants in Music City. The list included Pinewood Social, The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] and Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes].

The Tennessean‘s Realtor Spotlight featured Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] realtor Kelly Dougherty.

Andy Bailey [Petra] was the featured speaker at the CRS 2014 Focus and Prioritize To Get S*** Done session. Country Air Check, a leading music industry publication, wrote a story on the event.

022114-Country-Music-AirCheck-Andy’s Tennessean column was also published this week and focused on bi-weekly performance reviews.

The Tennessean wrote an article on the stats of the new Omni Hotel, which include 27,143 cups of coffee served at Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein].

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] was mentioned in a Nashville Ledger article about the local tech boom and focused her Tennessean column on how to prepare for a technology disaster.

BusinessChatt released the speaker line-up for the 2014 Southland Conference and featured a quote from Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] about this year’s event.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned his column for the Tennessean on  why law firms are the first to adopt individual health care plans under the new health care law.

The Nashville Business Journal’s cover story included input from local health care experts, including Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and Dan Hogan [Medalogix].

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Ben Hanback’s [Regions InsuranceTennessean column focused on the value of old school etiquette in today’s business world.

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] column in the Memphis Daily News focused on creating a concentrated portfolio strategy.

Music City Tents and Events [Joe Freedman, JT Terrell] sold its headquarters to a Missouri-based family trust and has signed a lease to become a tenant of the building. The Tennessean covered the sale of the property.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Andy Bailey, Ben Hanback, Bob Bernstein, Julie May, Debbie Gordon, J.J. Rosen, Charlie Brock, Darek Bell, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Dan Hogan, Michael Brody-Waite, Patrick Burke, Alex Tolbert, Scott Snoyer, Tim Ozgener, Nicholas Holland, David Waddell, Arnie Malham, Clint Smith, Brian Murphy, Brad Hill, Michael Hodges

Here’s the rundown for the past week (and a bit)!

The “Entrepreneur Briefs” section of the Tennessean featured EO Nashville’s “Second in Command” program.

Andy Bailey [Petra] tackled the difficult problem of “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out) in his most recent column for the Tennessean. He was also the subject of a Q&A with Business Interviews.com

Ben Hanback [Regions Insurance] wrote his column for the Tennessean about healthy competition, based on his experience with IronTribe Fitness.

Deep South magazine featured an article on Nashville’s coffee shops and highlighted Bongo Java and Fido [Bob Bernstein] as two of the best.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] tacked the topic of “cowboy coders” in her most recent Tennessean column. In addition, The Nashville Business Journal featured Julie in a Women of Influence true or false article that asked: Do female executives have different traits than men? Julie also wrote another column for Young Upstarts about tracking your progress in an IT project.

Julie May and Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] were each honored as Women of Influence by The Nashville Business Journal.

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J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] Tennessean column suggested that it might be time to make the switch from a laptop to a tablet.

The Nashville Post wrote an article on a grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that was given to Launch Tennessee [Charlie Brock]. The grant will allow the organization to launch a pilot program that will allow universities to help support existing accelerators. The story was also written up in the Tennessean, Memphis Business Journal, Knoxville News Sentinel, Chattanoogan and Chattagnooga Times Free Press. Charlie also focused his Tennessean column on the grant.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was listed in the top 50 Craft Distilleries on Thrillist.com and Derek was quoted in a Fortune Magazine article about the bourbon boom.

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The Nashville Scene wrote a review of Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ restaurant Josephine, noting that the new venture takes 12South dining up another notch.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] is part of the TEDx Nashville 2014 lineup, which is scheduled for March 22. The Nashville Post and the Nashville Business Journal reported on the announcement.

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about preparing for growth in Nashville.

The Tennessean offered a glowing review of Two Ten Jack‘s [Patrick Burke] grand opening.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] Tennessean column proved that no matter your level of education, picking a health care plan is tricky.

Brand Imaging Group [Scott Snoyer] created a Winter Wonderland in the Bridgestone Area Rehearsal Hall for the Nashville Predators two-week Olympics break. The event, which is free and open to the public, was covered by the Tennessean.

The Nashville Scene interviewed Wayne McGregor about the dance he created for Oz Nashville‘s [Tim Ozgener] inaugural performance. Oz was also written up in the February edition of Nashville Lifestyles.

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The Silicon Valley Business Journal featured Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] in an article about the top trending startups at 500 Startups.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] focused his Memphis Daily News column on what the federal reserve can, and cannot, control.

Tech executives from across Nashville, including Arnie Malham [CJ Advertising], Clint Smith [Emma] and Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] will be joining Julie May at a bytes of knowledge-sponsored panel event next week. The Nashville Business Journal has the event information and registration.

The 2014 Best in Business Awards finalists were announced by the Nashville Business Journal this week, and a few of our EO Member companies made the cut! Congratulations to the following finalists:

1-25 Employees:

Vertek Soluntions Inc. [Brian Murphy]

Local Search Masters [Brad Hill]

101-500 Employees:

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]