EO Nashville Members in the News: NEXT Awards, Hannah Paramore, Steve Curnutte and James Fields

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members and member companies who recently won NEXT Awards:

Company Awards:

Individual Awards:

In the news, Hannah Paramore’s [Paramore | the digital agency] column appeared in the Nashville Business Journal. Hannah discussed how our social media translates overseas.

Shannon Heffington, CFO of Allen Printing [EO Nashville member Steve Curnutte's printing company] appeared in the Nashville Business Journal’s Executive Profile section last Friday.

Shannon Heffington

Shannon Heffington in the Nashville Business Journal

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] weekly column was featured in Sunday’s Tennessean. In this week’s column, James discussed three common IT mistakes you’re bound to come across that you should consider before it’s too late.

The Tennessean

James Fields’ column in the Tennessean

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bob Bernstein, Nicholas Holland, Kevin Ross, Mike Rustici, Ben Hanback, Tim Ozenger, Jason Moore, David Waddell, Sam Sanchez, James Fields, Alex Tolbert, Rebecca Donner and Benjamin Goldberg

This week’s recap of press mentions and awards is a long one. Here we go!

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions], Nicholas Holland [Populr.me], Kevin Ross [Metova] and Mike Rustici [Rustici Software] were all featured in Forbes on Oct. 15. Forbes asked company founders their big “aha” moments. Bob is #17, Nicholas #22, Kevin #22 and Mike #73.

Forbes Article

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] and Tim Ozenger [OZ Nashville] were featured in the Nashville Post on Sunday. The story mentioned Ben and Tim as two of many local investors looking to increase portfolios with alternative investing.

The Nashville Technology Council Gala Awards took place Tuesday, Oct. 23. Congratulations to the following EO member finalists and winners:

  • Kevin Ross [Metova] accepted the Software Developer of the Year award on behalf of his company’s development team
  • Jason Moore [Stratasan] won Early Stage Company of the Year
  • Tod Fetherling [also of Stratasan] was the newest member to be inducted in the NTC Hall of Fame
  • Jessica McDougal [of EO member company Teknetex] was a finalist for Volunteer of the Year
  • Carl Pottkotter [of EO member company NovaCopy] was a finalist for CTO of the Year
  • Jason Levkulich [also of NovaCopy] was a finalist for Company of the Year

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column was featured in the Memphis Daily News on Wednesday. The article discussed the possible alternatives to dividends.

Sam’s Sports Grill [Sam Sanchez] was voted one of America’s Best Sports Bars by The Daily Meal.

The Daily Meal

On Wednesday, the Nashville Business Journal wrote about Jame Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] creative idea to turn to valet parking to solve its growing parking issues.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was featured in Wednesday’s Tennessean. Alex was mentioned in response to BlueCross ending its plan to open a retail store in Nashville.

Rebecca Donner’s [Inner Design Studio] article was featured in Healthcare Design Magazine. Her article included tips to reduce patient room noise with design materials.

Adam Platt mentioned Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] in his blog today for Conde Nast Traveler. Adam met Benjamin on his Southern States Food Tour. He also mentioned the excellent food he tried at the Patterson House and the Catbird Seat.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Michael Brody-Waite, Bob Bernstein, Benjamin Goldberg, George Uribe and Nicholas Holland

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] was featured in Southern Alpha on September 21. In the Guest Voices section of the growth and technology blog, Michael discussed three major assumptions he made about funding. InQuicker was also mentioned in a Fast Company piece on October 3. The story highlighted InQuicker’s innovative solution to avoid long wait times in the ER.

Bob Bernstein’s Bongo Java and Benjamin Goldberg’s Patterson House were both listed in the Wall Street Journal’s article about Nashville on Saturday. Bonjo Java was mentioned for its artistic clientele, great coffee and delicious food. Not to mention the improv groups that perform. The Patterson House was listed as a “don’t miss” attraction.

Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] and Bob Bernstein were featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Spotlight section on October 5. In the interviews, the two were asked about the art of the pitch when asking potential investors for money.

George Uribe [GuestBooker.com] was highlighted by the Nashville Hispanic Chamber for the Music City Media Mixers he holds on the third Friday of each month at the Hard Rock Café.

And lastly (not to be outdone), Entrepreneurs’ Organization was mentioned by Forbes this week in its list of the best organizations for entrepreneurs. In the article EO was described as the ultimate toolbox for entrepreneurs.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Greg Greenwell, James Fields, Darek Bell, Alan Looney, David Waddell, Michael Brody-Waite, Bob Bernstein, John Aron, Greg Greenwell, Dan Hogan and Hannah Paramore

On Friday, TotalPrint [Greg Greenwell] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Case Study section. The story covered how the young startup company has been growing rapidly while others have been standing still or struggling. Since its inception in late 2007, TotalPrint has bought three companies, expanding its size, service offering and market share.

In his column in the Sunday Tennessean, James Fields [Concept Technology Inc.] discussed the steps to take if your business partakes in the Bring your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon.

Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] was recently awarded two very honorable “Best Rye” 2012 awards at an American Rye Tasting hosted by TheFiftyBest.com. TheFiftyBest.com announced that Corsair’s  Ryemageddon was awarded a gold medal. Corsair’s Wry Moon was awarded a double gold medal.

Castle Homes’ [Alan Looney] Idea House was a focus in Tuesday’s Nashville Business Journal. The Idea House at Fontanel Mansion will be built by Castle Homes. It will be open to the public from June 2013 to December, when it will then become a bed and breakfast or event venue for Fontanel Mansion.

In his weekly article in the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] discussed public and private reforms taking place as a requirement for survival due to the financial crisis in 2008.

Congratulations to the NEXT Award winners. Here’s a list of the EO Nashville members who won:

Growth

Market Mover

Entrepreneurs of the Year

To see the complete list of all winners click here.
Lastly, the Nashville Business Journal announced Nashville’s Most Admired CEOs finalists. Congrats to the following EO Nashville members for making the cut.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Inc. 500, NEXT Awards, Ben Goldberg & Michael Brody-Waite

It has been an award heavy week for EO Nashville members (not that we’re complaining)!

On Wednesday, Inc. magazine announced its newest list of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies. Of the three Nashville companies that made the list, two were members of EO Nashville: Teknetex [John Kepley] and Medicare.com [Bill Kimberlin].

Also this week, the Nashville Chamber announced its finalists for the company and individual NEXT awards. EO Nashville members and member companies that were honored included:

Company Awards:

Individual Awards:

The Catbird SeatBen Goldberg’s The Catbird Seat also landed on Bon Appetit’s Hot 10 List of America’s Best New Restaurants this week. The Catbird Seat ranked fifth on the powerhouse list.

And lastly, Inquicker received national press attention, appearing in an Entrepreneur magazine piece on the “7 Deadly Sins of Business Meetings.” In the article, Michael Brody-Waite talks about how his company did away with unproductive meetings.

EO Nashville membership tops 100 for the first time

EO Nashville is growing fast thanks to the efforts of our members. This year, for the first time in our history, we’ve exceeded 100 members. The new class of inductees brings our total to 112. Thanks to everyone for your recruitment efforts and for spreading the word about EO Nashville.

Here is the new membership class for 2012:

Bob Bernstein, founder of Bongo Productions, LLC: Bernstein’s company is a multimillion dollar enterprise comprised of five cafes — Bongo Java, Fido, Grins Vegetarian & Kosher Café, Hot & Cold and Bongo East — and two wholesale businesses, Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Fido Bakery. A former journalist, Bernstein grew up in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s from Northwestern University.

Michael Brody-Waite, founder and COE of InQuicker: InQuicker is an online emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office check-in system. Before starting InQuicker two years ago, Brody-Waite spent seven years with a Fortune 30 company. He graduated from the University of California Davis.

Ed Brown, co-founder of ioStudio: ioStudio is a full service marketing agency with over 200 employees and offices in Nashville and Washington D.C., offering Web design, digital marketing and advertising services. Committed to helping America’s soldiers, ioStudio works for The National Guard, Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC, SAIC, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, GX Magazine and Foundations Magazine.

Patrick Burke, owner Seed Hospitality and Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen: Burk has run the Hillsboro Village area sushi restaurant since 2009. He previously worked as a summer associate at Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper. He is a Vanderbilt University graduate.

Greg Greenwell, president of TotalPrint: A printing company specializing in managed print services and supplies, TotalPrint has become an industry leader. Greenwell also owns a veterinary clinic and a small real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and an master’s from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Carl Haley, Jr., president and CEO, Grand Avenue: Grand Avenue provides ground transportation services for the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt University as well as clients in Middle Tennessee. Haley founded the company in 2009 and oversees business development, operations, reservations, marketing and fleet management. He is a graduate of George Mason University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Nicholas Holland, founder of CentreSource, Inc., Side hobby, LLC and Populr.me: Holland helped launch the annual Nashville StartUp Weekend as well as the city’s first micro-fund, JumpStart Foundry. He has served on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

Elliott Holt, founder Medi-Copy Services: Holt founded Medi-Copy as a way to improve patient care by providing better health information exchange, more accountability and faster turnaround times on authorized disclosures of health information. In 2010, Medi-Copy was named one of the Top 10 Best Employers in Middle Tennessee.

Kimberly Hunter, owner, True Blue Salon: One of the most popular high-end salons, True Blue Salon has been mentioned in the pages of Elle and Marie Claire magazines as one of the best places in the country for color, cut and style. Hunter has been a Nashville business owner for more than 20 years.

Bob Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Equity Express Settlement Services: Jacobs founded the mortgage software company Equity Express Settlement Services in 2011 after becoming a partner in Equity Solutions USA. He is the former director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and a current board member of the Sports 4all Foundation, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation and Special Olympics of Tennessee.

Ben Mankin, founder, Mankin Media Systems: Mankin Media Systems provides audio/video design and installation of technical systems for some of the largest churches in the country. Mankin founded the company to provide design and leadership for organizations and churches pursuing technical and media ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Max Sadler, CEO, Advanced Network Solutions (ANS): ANS provides IT services and network design, implementation and documentation. The company has been named to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Future 50 five times, the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in the Business and Best Places to Work and twice listed in Inc.’s 500|5000 list fastest growing companies.

Jeremy Werthan, chairman, Werthan, LLC: The Werthan family has been associated with entrepreneurship and business in Nashville since the 1800s. Founded in 2002 as a local fabricator of high quality granite countertops, Werthan is now a high-volume national supplier of tile, natural stone, quartz and solid surface materials.

Danny Whetstone, founder, DWP Live: Whetstone has worked closely with both artists and entrepreneurs alike to create onstage excitement through large-scale production and design. Whetstone has worked with musical legends such as Sting, Bon Jovi and Keith Urban, as well as and corporate giants like Lockheed Martin, ESPN and MTV to design and build quality productions for concerts, sports and corporate events.