It’s time for this week’s roundup. Here’s what EO Nashville members have been up to this week.
According to a story in the Nashville Post on February 2, Allen Printing [Steve Curnutte] recently bought Nashville Bindery Co., a venerable player in Nashville’s printing sector.
Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management & S3 Consulting] will be presenting at the Nashville Business Journal’s Crash Course on Advancing Through Leadership on March 20, 2013. Learn more here.
Music City Tents & Events [JT Terrell] was featured in a Nashville Business Journal story about new event venues recently popping up in Nashville. JT Terrell was quoted saying he anticipates the events market to grow by as much as 50 percent in part because of developments including Music City Center, the new Omni hotel and the Country Music Hall of Fame expansion.
Nashville tech firms Metova [Kevin Ross], Concept Technology Inc. [James Fields], CentreSource [Nicholas Holland] and Emma [Clinton Smith] appeared in The Tennessean on Sunday. Click here to see how the firms are finding ways to fill tech jobs.
The good work never stops for EO Nashville members. Take a look at what they’ve been up to this week…
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies who were named Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 Best in Business Awards finalists. Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], Bernard Health LLC [Alex Tolbert], Farmington Financial Group LLC [Hart Weatherford] and Vaco Resources LLC [Jerry Bostelman].
Steve Curnutte [Tortola] was featured in The Tennessean’s Executive Q&A section Sunday. To read to Steve had to say, click here.
John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday morning to discuss GOP lines on immigration reform and the history of America as an immigrant society.
George Uribe [GuestBooker.com] announced the launch of his new business, MyDailyRunDown, an innovative new Web product tracking television news. For more information, check out
Sunday’s Tennessean featured James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column about cloud migrations. To read more, view the full article online.
Petra Coach‘s Mandy Burage also appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. The article discussed Mandy’s vast knowledge of DiSC personality assessment.
Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column “Make the Decision to be Decisive” appeared in MWorld Magazine this month. The column can be read here on Petra Coach’s blog. Andy also had a column in The Tennessean today. In today’s column, Andy discussed how Nashville, now nicknamed “Nowville,” is growing and you need to be prepared.
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members and member companies who recently won NEXT 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 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.
James Fields’ column in the Tennessean
On Aug. 26, John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe] was interviewed for a Tennessean article about the impact that rising wheat costs has on his business.
Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] helped the Tennessee Titans kick off the season with two new sandwich options created by Merchants Restaurant Executive Chef Jason Brumm as part of the latest food offerings at LP Field. You can read the Tennessean story (and watch the video with Ben) here.
Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was included in a Nashville Ledger story about local technology companies bringing health care into the digital future.
News of Kevin Ross [Metova] bringing on a new investor was covered in several outlets last week. You can read the Nashville Post coverage here.
Steve Curnutte [Tortola Partners] was profiled in the August 31 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal. Steve’s printing company, Allen Printing, was also featured in a Harvard Business Review piece the month. The piece asked the question: Are you growing too fast?
And lastly, in the Tennessean’s 2012 Toast of Music City Awards, the following EO Nashville member companies were honored:
Once again, EO Nashville members had a solid showing on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year, 20 EO Nashville member companies were included on the list. That represents 40% of Middle Tennessee companies on the list, and 23% of all Tennessee-based companies on the list. Not bad, when you consider that EO companies represent just 0.7% of the 15,000 businesses in Nashville.
EO Nashville members who made the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list are:
- #416, Bill Kimberlin, Medicare.com
- #485, John Kepley, Teknetex
- #797, Peter Hermann, Belmont Software Services
- #1003, Adam James, Wyndham Group
- #1133, Martin Reed, RANDA Solutions
- #1165, Michael Hodges, Advance Financial
- #1498, Brian Prentice, Ingenuity Associates
- #1614, Kevin Ross, Metova
- #1665, Elliot Holt, Medi-Copy Services
- #2577, Ben Mankin, Mankin Media Systems
- #2884, James Fields, Concept Technology
- #3281, Nicholas Holland CentreSource
- #3679, Tom Turner, DSi
- #3706, Max Sadler and Sonny Clark, Advanced Network Solutions
- #3924, Justin Crosslin, Crosslin & Associates
- #4160, Jerry Bostelman, Vaco
- #4445, Darren Metz, NovaCopy
- #4718, Steve Curnutte Allen Printing
- #4956, Jeremy Werthan, Werthan
- #5000, Hannah Paramore, Paramore | The Digital Agency
These 20 companies employee 1,326 individuals; grew at an average rate of 199% from 2008 to 2011; and have combined 2011 revenues of $287 million. Furthermore, of the three Tennessee companies that made the Inc. 500, two were EO member companies: Medicare.com and Teknetex.
According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2008 to 2011. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2008 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2011.
The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000.
Congratulations to four of our Nashville EO members for being front and center in the media recently.
Dan Hogan, CEO of Medalogix, has written an op ed for the Tennessean about how the Affordable Care Act will have a positive affect on entrepreneurial activity.
MooTV was named by Pollstar the Video Company of the Year, the industry’s highest honor, for the second year in a row. MooTV owner Scott Scovill said his LA-based company CenterStaging was voted Top Dog rehearsal facility of the year for the second year in a row.
Steve Curnutte and his company Tortola Partners was recently featured in an Inc. magazine article about his role in the turnaround story of Allen Printing. The story was used as a case study in fast growth in a slow economy.
And last, but not least, Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger, the chefs at Ben and Max Goldberg’s newest establishment The Catbird Seat were named Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine. Read the article here.
Congratulations to all from EO Nashville.
Alan Young’s product, EZ Armor, was put to the test by a news station and police department in Michigan. Check out the video to see how EZ Armor held up.
Steve Curnutte and his company Tortola Partners was recently featured in a Nashville Post article about his role in the turnaround story of Allen Printing. Read the full story here.
The Thanksgiving holiday and week after saw lots of EO Nashvillians in the news.
In national news, John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] was on CNN and Fox News on 11/25. Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Burger Up] was included in a piece about giving convicts a second chance in the workplace, reported by Fox News. Check out the video transcript of Miranda’s video here.
Ben Goldberg’s Catbird Seat has been featured a couple times recently. First, it was mentioned on the Today Show along with Yellow Porch and Mas Tacos Por Flavor. (View clip here). Second, it was reviewed by The City Paper this week. Read the complete review here. Sam Sanchez’s [Sam's Sport Grille] debuted a new drink this week, which was covered (among other places) on the Nashville Scene’s Bites blog.
The Nashville Business Journal’s 11/12 edition included a “Case Study,” where Marty Reed [Randa Solutions] reveals the key to success as “take what you know from one area and apply it elsewhere.” In a “Spotlight on Venture Capital,” Steve Curnutte [Tortola Partners] comments on the recent shift to “fewer, bigger” VC deals. Articles inserted below.
A Nashville Business Journal article that published today, entitled “Business turnarounds fuel big business,” featured EO Nashville member Steve Curnutte, and his business Tortola Partners.
Steve, who is in “the business of getting companies back on track,” to quote the paper, announced the expansion of Tortola this week and the addition of four new principals.
You can read the full article here.
EO Nashville member Steve Curnutte was featured in the Nashville Post last Friday in a story about his new investment fund, The Capstan Fund.
According to the story, the fund
“will focus on buying claims and notes from distressed circumstances, providing debtor-in-possession financing to operating companies in Chapter 11, and making direct equity or debt investments.”