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!

Let’s formally welcome EO Nashville’s 2014/2015 board of directors

The new board of directors of Nashville EO includes:

  • President: Dan Hogan, CEO, Medalogix
  • Incoming President: Charles May, principal, bytes of knowledge
  • Finance Chair: John Aron, president and CEO, The Pasta Shoppe
  • Finance Co-chair: Bethany Newman, co-owner and president, st8mnt
  • Membership Chair: John Rowley, owner, Fletcher Rowley Inc.
  • Membership Co-chair: Alan Young, CEO, Armor Concepts LLC
  • Catalyst Chair: Bryan Ansley, CEO, FNB Merchants
  • Catalyst Co-chair: Glenn McConnell, owner, Music City Tents & Events, LLC
  • Learning Chair: Evan Austill, COO, PatientFocus, Inc.
  • Social Chair: Will Newman, proprietor, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and The Filling Station
  • Forum Chair:  Bryan Merville, president and director of sales, Beacon Technologies
  • Forum Co-chair: Elliott Holt, CEO, Medi-Copy Services, Inc.
  • Sponsorship Chair: Bob Jacobs, president and managing partner, Equity Solutions USA
  • Sponsorship Co-chair: John Kepley, CEO, teknetex inc
  • Engagement Chair: Eric Jackson, managing partner, Keystone Business Solutions, LLC
  • Engagement Co-chair: Sonny Clark, entrepreneur
  • Nerve Chair: Joe Freedman, founder and chairman, Music City Tents & Events and Peachtree Tents & Events
  • Nerve Co-chair: Alex Tolbert, owner, Bernard Health

With NERVE coming to Nashville in September 2015, we’ve added two new seats to this year’s board. Joe and Alex will guide our planning for the event, during which we expect more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship.

The 2014/15 board term runs May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. All off our board members are looking forward to a great new year for the chapter.

 

6 Business Resolutions for 2014

At the beginning the year, resolutions are on every entrepreneurs’ minds—those annual commitments (and recommitments) that help businesses grow and succeed.

We recently asked six EO Nashville members what their business resolutions were to start 2014 off on the right foot. Read on to learn more.

Show Appreciation

Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

Too often quality work and support goes unrecognized. Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, made a resolution to thank the people that helped his personal and professional growth. This included mentors, employees, board members and even his wife who has allowed him to chase his passion despite the long hours. His goal was to let people know that their time and commitment is appreciated.

Embrace Flexibility

Julie May

Julie May

As Julie May, co-founder and CEO of bytes of knowledge, says, “the times are a changin’.” She has made it her resolution to become more comfortable with the idea of flexible hours and virtual working.

“This new culture of flexibility can be very difficult, making it hard to adapt to the new expectations—even though I enjoy them myself,” Julie said. “With an ERP in place and metrics for each employee, the numbers will speak for themselves. I can entrust management to the numbers and determine the resulting outcomes.”

Invest in Experienced Department Leaders

Shervin Eftekhari

Shervin Eftekhari

When transitioning from a startup to a revenue producing, growing company, you need to invest in experienced department leaders.

As Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, says, “As a founder of a startup, you’re responsible everyday for making decisions large and small. Sometimes this means making decisions about topics that are not your area of expertise. By using common sense and creative thinking, startups can muddle through most sticky situations.”

But, as the size of your company grows, at some point, investing in experienced department leaders ensures that no one spends valuable time on things that are not in their area of expertise, and your focus as a business owner remains on the growth of the business itself.

For Shervin, this means getting an HR manager with proper experience and training. “We made a resolution to do that one year and it changed the culture of our company. There is a science, theory and know-how in human resources that you can’t fake for too long. Getting the right HR expert helps with the difficult task of managing people,” Shervin said. “It also helps with company morale and with handling tough employee issues, freeing us up to focus more on growing the business and enhancing the customer experience.”

Align Your Team

Elliott Holt

Elliott Holt

Aligning your team can mean different things to different people, and for Elliott Holt, CEO of Medi-Copy Services, Inc., it means encouraging employee engagement without wasting resources to give necessary feedback to his management team.

Elliott plans to use the “Start.Stop.Continue.” exercise to find this alignment.

“I have made the resolution to begin the ‘Start.Stop.Continue.’ exercise on a monthly basis and to include all of my staff, not just the managers, on it so that we can get buy-in from all employees,” Elliott said. “In 2013, my managers completed this exercise and I learned what I needed to start, stop and continue. I learned that I needed to start trusting my decisions as an entrepreneur and not listen to all of the noise in the background. I learned that I needed to stop micromanaging every department within my organization and let my managers lead. I also learned that I should I continue to focus my time on the ingenuity and stratagem of the company so that current and potential clients will benefit from our services years to come.”

Take Immediate Action

John Huber

John Huber

It’s easy to delay tasks without pressing deadlines, but as we all know that’s not always a good thing in both our professional and personal lives.

John Huber, COO of Moo Creative Media, has found it easy in the past of push off non-time specific tasks indefinitely. So he made it his goal in 2014 to take immediate action.

“If I see something that needs attention or a process that needs adjusting I will take steps right away to get the situation resolved,” John said. “By challenging myself to take immediate action, I will find time to handle these tasks so I can focus my attention elsewhere without my to-do-list growing out of control.”

Give Back to the Entrepreneurial Community

Bill Faeth

Bill Faeth

This year, Bill Faeth, CEO of Inbound Marketing Agents, made it his resolution to give to the entrepreneurial community by incubating young entrepreneurs and providing ongoing mentorship throughout the year.

“I’ve extended free workspace in our company’s office, provided ongoing mentorship, and access to our staff to support the entrepreneur’s development. So far, the benefits have been fantastic—we hold office-wide strategy sessions, and ‘think tanks’ that provide an environment that most young startups don’t have access to,” Bill said. “Most of all, I love knowing that I’m able to make a real difference for aspiring first-time entrepreneurs while giving back and also learning from them.”

2013 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 19 EO Nashville member companies

Fifteen percent of the 131 members comprising the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the magazine announced today.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 42 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 22 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

“We consistently see a high number of EO Nashville member companies on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In 2011, 13 member companies made the list and last year 19 member companies were included,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and president of Music City Tents & Events. “This year, with 19 members honored, is our best showing yet, which demonstrates that EO companies are invested in growing their economic footprint in Nashville and beyond.

EO is a global network that connects business owners to improve and enhance their lives and businesses through learning and sharing experiences. The Nashville EO chapter has 131 members and is one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

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These 19 companies employ 1,569 individuals; grew at an average rate of 279 percent from 2009 to 2012; and have combined 2012 revenues of $362.7 million.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2009 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2012.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.

EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, Martin Renkis, Mark Deutschmann, Hannah Paramore, Nancy Leach, David Waddell and Andy Bailey

Our week in review. Here’s a look at what EO Nashville members have been up to.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column in The Tennessean listed five places where you shouldn’t cut corners in your IT infrastructure.

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies who were highlighted for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards:

In partnership with Boeing, Smartvue [Martin Renkis] has been chosen to protect the US Open with remote video surveillance.

Village Real Estate and Core Development Services [Mark Deutschmann] won an ULI Nashville Excellence in Development award at the recent gala at Music City Center.

Paramore | the digital agency [Hannah Paramore] recently announced its move from the Gulch. Paramore has used EO Nashville member company Facility Planners [Nancy Leach] in the process. The Nashville Post published the news.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column was published in the Memphis Daily News today. This week’s column was titled “Glacial Job Creation Equals Glacial Stimulus Reduction.”

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] bi-weekly column for The Tennessean, published today, detailed his family’s economy plan, which was designed as an accountability system that includes his daughters in the business of operating a household.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Martin Renkis, John Arndt, Jeff Turner, Andy Bailey, James Fields, Elliott Holt and David Waddell

It’s time for our weekly wrap-up. Here’s a look at what’s been keeping EO Nashville members busy.

Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] recently won the contract to provide video surveillance for the Philadelphia Marathon and a chain of Toby Keith’s restaurants and bars across the U.S.

Congratulations to John Arndt [DWC Construction] who was featured in the Nashville Business Journal as one of the power leaders in Architecture/Construction/Engineering.

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National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] was mentioned in Monday’s Columbia Daily Herald for its partnership with several local small businesses to offer storm shelters. The Elk Valley Times also mentioned the partnership.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column appeared in the Tennessean Sunday. In his column, Andy discussed the top apps to boost efficiency.

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Andy Bailey was also featured on SmallBizDaily.com where he contributes regularly. His most recent blog detailed the steps to make your daily meeting meaningful.

The Nashville Post and Nashville Business Journal mentioned Scout Staffing, a new information technology staffing company that James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Inc.] is launching.

James Fields’ column in The Tennessean ran last week. In his column, James provided tips on how to create strong passwords to protect your accounts.

Elliott Holt [Medi-Copy Services Inc.] was quoted in a Tennessean story Wednesday about a young Nashville entrepreneur who won $100,000 to focus on his startup — and drop out of college. Elliott was quoted praising the program’s approach, saying it’s better suited for the startup business.

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David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared on FBN Money with Melissa Thursday, May 23. The segment focused on Bernie Madoff speaking out from prison.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Tom Turner, Mike Rustici, Martin Renkis, Elliott Holt, Andy Bailey, James Fields, Nicholas Holland, Julie May, Charles May and Darek Bell

EO Nashville members stay busy. This week’s no exception.

Tom Turner [DSi] was featured in Document Media where he detailed the seven steps to building an information management policy.

Rustici Software [Mike Rustici] announced the launch of Tin Can API version 1.0 after three years of work.

At the 2013 International Security Conference, Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] launched its Smartvue S9i cloud video surveillance server, powered by Intel NUC and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure.

Congratulations to Smartvue Corporation who won the 2013 Security Products’ Government Security award for cloud computing. The awards honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories.

MedCityNews reported last week that Medi-Copy Services [Elliott Holt] became a partner with BOX.

Congrats to Andy Bailey [Petra Coach], who was a Williamson County Impact Award winner.

EO andy bailey impact

Andy Bailey’s regular column in The Tennessean appeared in today’s paper. Andy wrote about improving your focus so that you can get more done in less time.

050213 Tennessean Getting more done in less time is a matter of focus

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. This week James discussed changes to Microsoft’s Small Business Server.

042813 Tennessean Microsoft changes mean move to cloud

The Nashville Business Journal reported Wednesday that Concept Technology plans to join Germantown’s fair share of techies. Concept Technology will occupy 8,700 square feet inside the renamed BowTruss Building. The article mentions CentreSource and Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] who lease space at 1312 5th Ave. North in Germantown. EO Nashville members Julie and Charles May [bytes of knowledge] were also noted. The company will be relocating to 1212 6th Ave. North in the next five weeks from its current location at 3310 West End Ave.

Bell and Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was mentioned by World Interior Design Network for being one of the three construction companies that completed the construction of the Music City Center.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] was also featured on CBS today and was interviewed on the boom in craft spirits.