EO Members Star On NBJ Panel

What does the Nashville Business Journal do when it needs to put together a panel discussion on the business issues shaping Nashville? Call EO, of course!

Three of the five panelists at yesterday’s “Shaping a Greater Nashville” panel discussion were EO members: Jerry Bostelman, Arnie Malham and Shawn Thomas. Jerry, Arnie and Shawn, along with fellow panelists Mike Shmerling of Choice Food Group and the General Counsel of Capella Healthcare, shared their business advice with about 200 business folks who attended the event at the five-star Hermitage Hotel. If you want to know what makes a successful company tick – even in tough economic times – you should have been there.

Among the celebrities in the crowd was former EO Nashville Chairman Jim Dickson.

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Jerry Bostelman, Tony Heard and Shawn Thomas at NBJ's "Shaping A Greater Nashville"

Jim Dickson, Arnie Malham and Farrah Schubmehl at NBJ's "Shaping a Better Nashville"

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EO Nashville welcomes five new members

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville announced today that five new members have joined the local chapter of the global organization for entrepreneurs. The new members are Steve Fultz, founder of All Access Merchandising; Dudley Jacobs, president of Evoluc Communications and president of Sboca Wireless Network; Michael Levine, owner of Levine Group, Inc.; Amith Nagarajan, chairman and CEO of Aptify Corporation; and JT Terrell, a partner with Music City Tents & Events.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization has a global membership that provides information and support to entrepreneurs. Including the new members, the Nashville chapter has 69 members, representing total annual sales of $243 million and 1,324 employees. To join, an entrepreneur must be younger than 50 years old and be founder, co-founder or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

“We’re honored to welcome this new class of entrepreneurs to our chapter,” said Clint Smith, president of EO Nashville and co-founder and CEO of Emma. “These are the business leaders who drive the engine of our economy and I look forward to learning from their experiences.”

Steve Fultz founded All Access Merchandising in 2009 which helps churches, bands, and companies brand their events by providing custom screenprinted, embroidered and promotional items. Fultz holds a doctor of philosophy from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of science from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of divinity from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College.

Dudley Jacobs serves as President of Evoluc Communications and President of Sboca Wireless Network, both of which provide telecommunications services to the hotel and healthcare industries. Jacobs also serves as founder and general manager of the Demolition Derby League, the international sanctioning body for the drivers, car builders and fans of combative motor sports.

Michael Levine is owner of Levine Group, Inc. Levine has been in the financial services business since 1987 and is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He has been a featured speaker at many professional and business seminars. His specialty is working with individuals and businesses in the areas of retirement planning and benefits. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant. He is past president of the Bellevue Exchange Club as well as past president of Congregation Micah.

Amith Nagarajan co-founded Aptify Corporation in 1993. He is responsible for the long term strategy of the organization as well as the day-to-day operational leadership. He is a frequent speaker at many industry events. Prior to founding Aptify Corporation, Nagarajan worked in the R&D laboratories at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. with a concentration in Business Administration.

JT Terrell has been a partner with Music City Tents & Events since 2007 when the company merged with T and M Event Rentals, which Terrell co-founded in 2001. A former studio musician, Terrell continues to play the occasional gig while leading his team in the day-to-day logistics and production. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis.

For more information about EO Nashville, contact Sameera Lowe, executive director, at (615) 309-1755.