EO Nashville Members in the News: Mike Hodges, Susan Marlow, Mark Deutschmann, Bob Levy, Most Admired CEOs & Andy Bailey

In last week’s Nashville Business Journal, Mike Hodges [Advance Financial] was interviewed for a story about payday lending and how traditional players are disappearing as other competitors — from banks to convenience stores and beyond — jump into the fray. Mike says he is ready for the changing competitive field.

Competitors cut into payday lending market article

On Friday, Aug. 3, Susan Marlow [Smart Data Strategies] was included in a Tennessean article about the increased demand for foreign tech workers. Susan, who has faced difficulty finding qualified American computer programmers, hired her first international employee a year ago.

Also last week, Mark Deutschmann’s company, Village Real Estate, was recognized as the winner of an Inman News 2012 Innovator Award. Village Real Estate is the first company from Tennessee to receive this award. You can learn more about the award here.

In other award news, Bob Levy’s Paradigm Group was recognized by Outside magazine as one of the 30 Best Places to Work. Outside ranked Paradigm 21st, highlighting the company’s Music Row office, flexible schedule and annual trip to help with a local community project.

EO Nashville members Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency], Dan Hogan [Medalogix], John Kepley [teknetex inc] and Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants] were all nominated for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2012 Most Admired CEOs and Their Companies Awards. One of the 20 total nominees will also secure a lifetime achievement nod. That lucky individual will be announced in the 12/7/12 issue of the Business Journal.

Lastly, in Andy Bailey’s [Petra] regular column for the Tennessean, he discussed the important role respect plays in growing a business. You can read the column here.

EO Nashville Member in the News: Bob Levy

In last week’s Nashville Business Journal, EO Nashville member Bob Levy (Paradigm Group) was included in a list of insurance “Power Leaders” in Middle Tennessee. Check out Bob’s profile below where he answers questions about the health care industry and Paradigm Group’s bootstrapped roots.

Congratulations Bob on your inclusion in the list.

Meet Our Newest Members

Nashville EO experienced an extremely successful recruitment year in 2010. Check out the recent Nashville Post blog entry about our newest recruitment class.

Or read the full release below:

Nashville’s Entrepreneurs’ Organization Recruitment Class Is Largest in Chapter’s History

Thanks to a record-breaking fall recruitment, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Nashville has become one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the nation.

Fourteen new members joined last fall. When combined with the five new members who joined in the spring, for a total of 19 new members last year, 2010 has been the most successful in the chapter’s history.

“Our recruitment success is due to several factors: excellent recruitment chairs in Joe Freedman and Dan Hogan, great publicity, and the economy to name a few,” said Clint Smith, president of EO Nashville and co-founder and CEO of Emma. “The economy is making entrepreneurs really take a step back and understand the necessity of working on their business, instead of just in their business.”

Entrepreneurs’ Organization has a global membership that provides information and support to entrepreneurs. Including the new members, the Nashville chapter has 71 members. To join, an entrepreneur must be younger than 50 years old and be a founder, co-founder or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

The fourteen new members of EO Nashville are:

John Arndt

John Arndt Jr. is president and chief executive officer of DWC Construction Company, Inc. He began his engineering career 33 years ago as a field engineer for Turner Construction Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State University.

Jerry Baker

Jerry Baker started Conexess Group, LLC, a Fortune 500 software organization, in 2009 with his partner, Austin Meibers – who also recently joined EO (See Austin’s information below.) Baker has been in the IT consulting business for over 15 years.

Michael Burcham

Michael Burcham is president and chief executive officer of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which provides resources to help Middle Tennessee’s entrepreneur community. A serial entrepreneur, Burcham is on the board of four start-up firms.

Justin Crosslin

Justin Crosslin is the chief operating officer of Crosslin & Associates, PC, an accounting and consulting firm. Justin received his bachelor’s degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a master’s from the Owen School of Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jolene Dressel

Jolene Dressel launched Trojan Labor of Nashville, LLC in 2004. She is president and founder of Women in Networking & Construction, and an active member in the Association of General Contractors of Middle Tennessee. Dressel is on the board of trustees for the Nashville State Community College Foundation as well as a recent graduate of Turner School of Construction Management.

Vicki Hill

Vicki Hill co-founded J&H Consulting, a provider of systems implementation resources, in 2007. She earned her associate’s degree at Champlain College in Vermont and bachelor’s degree in accounting at Lipscomb University.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones co-founded J&H Consulting, a provider of systems implementation resources, in 2007.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Lipscomb University, before spending 11 years with Accenture.

Bob Levy

Bob Levy founded Paradigm Group, an employee benefits, retirement services and HR consulting firm, in 1996 after a successful career with Prudential Healthcare. He graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University. He is a certified employee benefits specialist and past president of the Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council.

Austin Meibers

Austin Meibers of software company Conexess Group, LLC.  Meibers graduated from Michigan State University where he studied engineering. The Detroit native moved to Nashville to open an IT staffing company. His partner, Conexess co-founder Jerry Baker, formerly competed against Meibers in the Nashville IT staffing industry.

Bryan Merville

Bryan Merville is president and director of sales of Beacon Technologies, a premier low voltage and technology integration company. He has more than 10 years of experience in sales and management. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received a master’s degree in family counseling, and a bachelor’s in psychology.

Jason Moore

Jason Moore founded HealthDataSource, a software-as-a-service company that gathers and delivers healthcare data. He is a founding director of Nashville Startup Weekend; founding member and advisory board member of the Catholic Business League; and co-founder of Friends4Cures, a non-profit raising funds for testicular cancer research.

Tim Page

Tim Page is a founding and managing member of OptiMech, LLC, which provides design-build construction services to industrial and institutional customers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee’s School of Engineering in Knoxville.

Sam Sanchez

Sam Sanchez opened Sam’s Sports Bar in 2000, Sperry’s Restaurant of Cool Springs in 2006 and a second Sam’s location in Hendersonville in 2009. Sanchez received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.

Lee Williams

Dawson “Lee” Williams is chairman and chief executive officer of Digital Connections, Inc. He holds an associate’s degree from Dalton State College, a bachelor’s from Jacksonville State University and a master’s from Emory University. He also attended California State University at Long Beach, studying filmmaking, screenwriting, and the electronic visual arts.