It’s time for this week’s wrap up. Take a look at what your fellow EO Nashville members have been up to. A few congratulations may be in order.
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for being named Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work honorees:
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville and Catalyst members for being named to the Nashville Post’s 2013 In Charge list.
Emma [Clint Smith] and Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] were mentioned in last week’s Nashville Post story titled “A network of hard-charging startups has the potential to remake Nashville as the next big tech city.” Click here to read the full story.
Clint Smith was also mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal’s article last Thursday. Clint was one of a few panelists at last week’s Nashville Business Journal Entrepreneur Exchange event. He, with the other panelists, agreed that to make a sale, try giving it away first.
Patterson House‘s [Ben Goldberg] cocktail, Smoking in the Armchair, was named Esquire‘s cocktail of the week Feb. 18. The cocktail includes Nashville’s own Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] spiced rum.
NovaCopy‘s [Darren Metz] 3D printers made it on WKRN-TV News 2 Nashville. Click here to watch the indepth report on 3D Printers with NovaCopy’s Melissa Ragsdale and Jamey Tucker.
Comfort Supply [Clay Blevins] was featured in HVACR Business’ January/February issue. The article focused on why and how to use YouTube to expand your brand awareness.
Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was highlighted in Caring Magazine’s recent issue. The article was an exploration of three leading health care technology innovators who have responded to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Jeff Turner’s [National Storm Shelters] game plan for staying safe this storm season with the right shelter appeared in Acreage Life Magazine this month.
WKRN recently visited National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] to learn about the increase in customer calls and storm shelter sales after the latest wave of tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee. Watch the video clip here.
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.
Here’s the weekly roundup:
In last Sunday’s Tennessean Business Q&A, reporter Bill Lewis interviewed James Fields [Concept Technology, Inc.] on his company’s growth, philosophy and upcoming technology trends.
On Tuesday, Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was featured in a Tennessean health care story about what local tech companies are doing to help cut health costs. The article talked about how Medalogix and Brentwood-based NaviHealth are among companies helping hospitals and other providers take care of patients at the right time with the right care in the right setting.
EO member company DSi [Tom Turner] was included in a Nashville Business Journal article on health care litigation and federal fraud inquires. Tom’s employees Jeff Stoneking and Austin Maddox were interviewed for the story.
And finally, the Nashville Business Journal announced its list of the 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies of the region. EO Nashville member company Vaco [Jerry Bostelman] made the cut. You can see the whole list here.
We’ve seen a great number of EO Nashville members and member companies in the news recently, and wanted to share these sightings.
First off, the Nashville Post covered InQuicker.com [Michael Brody-Waite] and its recent announcement of a new partnership with Team Health.
Nashpreneur.com also recently listed its Top 30 Influential Nashville Entrepreneurs, a collection of local business owners who Nashpreneur believes “are influencing the local community and in some cases, other parts of the world.” The list includes the following EO Nashville members,
Nicholas Holland was also recently profiled in the Nashville Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 series.
And lastly, the Nashville Business Journal hosted its annual Best Places to Work competition, highlighting the honored companies in its May 25 print edition. Click the links below to download the story clips.
Last night, the Nashville Business Journal honored the finalists and winners of its annual Best in Business Awards.
EO Nashville member Arnie Malham and his company cj Advertising won the 26-100 employee category.
Five EO Nashville members also received recognition as finalists.
Below you can find clips of all finalists. Congratulations to all Best in Business honorees.
Here’s a recap of recent EO Nashville members who’ve been seen in the news.
The Goldbergs’ newest eatery, The Catbird Seat, was named one of 10 finalists for Best New Restaurant in America by the James Beard Foundation. Also, GQ magazine placed The Catbird Seat at No. 5 on a list of Top 10 New Restaurants.
Two EO Nashville members were featured in the Feb. 12th edition of the Tennessean:
- Andy Bailey [Rock Habits] talks about organizing a trip to Cuba for his EO forum in a story about Nashvillians’ reactions to an easing of travel restrictions to the communist island.
- Susan Marlow [Smart Data Strategies] is featured in a story about how innovation and a global search for talent have been key to her business rebounding from the recession.
Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was also featured in the Feb. 10th edition of the Nashville Business Journal in an article that explores Dan’s newest health care tech venture.
Jolene Dressel [Trojan Labor] was included in the Tennessean’s Feb. 5 edition, in a story about her company and Nashville’s construction industry.
Finally, the Nashville Business Journal announced today finalists for its 2012 Best in Business Awards. Finalists include EO Nashville member companies:
In the November/December issue of Nashville Post magazine, which came out Friday, four EO Nashville members and their companies were honored as part of the Best Employes and Tech 25 lists.
Best Employers 2011
Jerry Bostelman, Vaco
Clint Smith, Emma
Tom Turner, Document Solutions Inc.
The Post used employee research company, The Work Institute, to help build its Best Employer list. Employees of nominated companies had to fill out a questionnaire that collected information on employee benefits, financial incentives, job satisfaction and a variety of information that was designed to gain perspective on the employees’ view of the company.
2011 Tech 25
Kevin Ross, Metova
Clint Smith, Emma
Tom Turner, Document Solutions Inc.
Companies were chosen for the Tech 25 list based on a variety of factors, including business size and scope, markets served, how the company’s technology affects the marketplace and future plans.
Congratulations to all highlighted companies.
Locally and nationally, EO Nashville was all over the news last week.
Friday’s Nashville Business Journal has three stories about and one mention of EO Nashville companies:
- A full-page story on page 2 covers the EO Nashville Fall Economic Survey, highlighted by comments from EO members Andy Bailey of Rock Habits and Chris Glaser of Focus Technology Group.
- EO member Kevin Ross of Metova is featured in today’s NBJ Case Study, where he talks about how employee empowerment has been key to his firm’s success.
- EO member Jerry Bostelman of Vaco was profiled for having one of Nashville’s 25 fastest growing companies. Like Kevin Ross, Jerry attributes a large portion of his company’s success to engaging and listening to his employees.
- EO member Darren Metz’s company, Novacopy was listed as a member of the NBJ 100, which are the 100 largest privately held companies in Nashville by revenue. This is Novacopy’s first year on the list and it came on at the 93 spot. (Vaco, mentioned above, moved up from 54 to 40 on the list this year.)
And, on the national front, EO member Miranda Pontes’ restaurant, Burger Up, had its now-famous Jack Daniels Maple Ketchup featured in the most recent issue of People magazine in an article about the new food trend of fancy ketchup.
We wanted to let everyone know about a couple of EO members who are doing great things.
Congratulations go to Jerry Bostelman and Vaco for being named one of the 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Nashville Business Journal. The NBJ will host an awards luncheon 11:30 am, Aug. 26 at the Renaissance Hotel. If you’d like to attend, you must register by Aug. 20.
Next, Joe Freedman has started a new company called Rfx Legal. You can read all about it in the latest issue of Law Technology News.
This week, we will be posting flood stories from EO members. Today’s entry is about EO members raising money for flood relief.
Even those whose businesses remained dry recognize the need to help with recovery. Matt Simms, owner of Advocate Marketing and Print, said his company is selling posters designed by Nashville artists with all proceeds going to the United Way.
“So far we’ve raised about $5,000, but we’re hoping to be in the $20,000 range in the next few weeks,” said Simms. Those interested in buying prints can check them out at http://tinyurl.com/28jp4c2.
On May 20, Jerry Bostelman, founder of Vaco, was asked to sponsor Jeff Ramsey in their Nashville office for every sleeve of Oreos he could eat in two hours.
“It started off just in Nashville, but we added a live internet video to all the offices across the country,” said Bostelman. “Over the two hours Jerry ate five sleeves and raised $11,000.”
Bostelman issued a challenge to the women in the company, offering to double the donation if someone would eat half as many Oreos in two hours. Gina Utria in Orange County, Calif. ate three sleeves.
“The Vaco flood contribution totaled $20,000,” said Bostelman. “It was inspiring because it wasn’t a corporate initiative. Jeff saw his community was in need and came up with a creative way to spark the generosity of his peers. It is inspiring and humbling to be part of such a caring and creative team.”