#1 In The World!

EO Nashville’s Recruitment Efforts Outpace Every Other Chapter Worldwide


The Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization is in first place globally for adding the most new members since July 2010.

EO Global includes 7,500 entrepreneurs, from 118 chapters in 38 countries. The Nashville chapter has 82 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.

“This is a huge accomplishment, especially considering the size of Nashville compared to many other EO chapters,” said Debbie Gordon, founder of S3 Asset Management and Snappy Auctions and new EO Nashville president. “I couldn’t be more proud to represent such a healthy and vibrant group. This is really due to the hard work of our membership co-chairs Joe Freedman and Dan Hogan who tirelessly spread the good word.”

Nashville gained global bragging rights by adding 25 new members this fiscal year, edging out South Florida, which added 24. Other contenders for the top spot included Atlantic Canada with 22, New York City with 21 and South Africa with 21.

Founded in 1994, Nashville is also the oldest top-performing chapter. The South Florida chapter was founded in 1997, Atlantic Canada in 2010, New York in 1998 and South Africa in 2005.

“When it comes to entrepreneurship development, Nashville is doing something right,” said Dan Hogan, Medalogix CEO and membership co-chair. “Not only is Nashville adding and supporting entrepreneurs at a rate that outpaces much of the world, but Nashville also has a long-standing tradition and commitment to entrepreneurship.”

The new Nashville EO members include: John Arndt Jr., DWC Constructions Company, Inc.; Jerry Baker, Conexess Group, LLC; Michael Berman, Network Contract Solutions; Michael Burcham, Nashville Entrepreneur Center; Robert Collins, Wealth Management of Tennessee; Justin Crosslin, Crosslin & Associates, PC; Jolene Dressel, Trojan Labor of Nashville, LLC; Vicki Hill, Mosaic Consulting Group, LLC; Aimee Johns, Flavour/Flavour Men; Brian Jones, J&H Consulting; Robert Levy, Paradigm Group; Alan Looney, Castle Homes; Austin Meibers; Conexess Group, LLC; Bryan Merville; Beacon Technologies; Jackson Miller, L2M, LLC; Jason Moore, HealthDataSource; Tim Page, OptiMech, LLC; Gene Robertson, U.S. Lawns; Kevin Ross, Metova, Inc.; Suzanne Rowland, Sevier Skirts; Sam Sanchez, Sam’s Sports Bar and Sperry’s Restaurant; Alex Tolbert, Bernard Health; George Uribe, Guestbooker.com; Hart Weatherford, Farmington Financial Group, LLC; Lee Williams, Digital Connections, Inc.


Entrepreneurs’ Organization Media Coverage (3/18-3/20)

EO Nashville members peppered media coverage over the weekend; here are the highlights of what you might have missed:

“Nashville entrepreneurs group world’s fastest-growing chapter” – The Nashville Business Journal ran coverage of EO Nashville’s unsurpassed recruitment success. The article includes all the details, plus an interview with EO membership chair Joe Freedman (RFx Legal LLC, American Legal Search LLC, American Financial Search LLC, Music City Tents & Events).

“Investors give nod to smaller deals” – Friday’s Business Journal also included coverage of Michael Burcham’s (Nashville Entrepreneur Center) partnership with Clayton Associates partners John Ingram and Stuart McWhorter – Bullpen Ventures. Read the article here.

Michael was also included in the NBJ Q&A “Investors, entrepreneurs offer advice to aspiring startups.”

“Welcome to TECH City” – Jerry Bostelman (Vaco) was quoted in the Sunday Tennessean feature on the emerging Nashville technological marketplace. Check out Jerry’s article here.

John Rowley’s firm wins 9 Pollie Awards

Congratulations to EO Nashville member, John Rowley. His firm, Fletcher Rowley, won nine awards at the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) “Pollie” Awards last weekend in Washington D.C.

Fletcher Rowley was recognized in a diverse set of categories:

  • U.S. Senate Independent Expenditure TV (2)
  • Bi-Lingual Radio
  • Initiative & Referendum TV
  • Congressional Radio
  • Statewide Downticket TV
  • State Legislative TV
  • Non-broadcast TV Production

All nine winning spots can be viewed and heard below.

EO Members Profiled in NBJ’s ‘Forty Under 40’

If you haven’t seen this week’s Nashville Business Journal, be sure to grab a copy and check out the Q&As of EO Nashville members James Fields (Concept Technology Inc.) and Jason Moore (HealthDataSource).

The profiles are part of NBJ’s 2011 ‘Forty Under 40’ feature.

For convenience, I’ve clipped James and Jason’s sections and provided them below.

EO Nashville Announces 2011 Board of Directors

Welcome to our new Board of Directors! Thank you for taking on this leadership role.

The new board of directors of the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization is:

Check out the press coverage of the new board appointments:

Tennessean, 3/13/11

The News, GCA Publishing, 3/10/11

The Daily News Journal, 3/13/11