The EO Nashville chapter and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced yesterday the local business owners who will partake in the inaugural ‘Catalyst’ class, a program designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.
The EO/EC organized 18-month Catalyst program began yesterday.
The first Catalyst class consists of 20 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 88 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $386,000.
The class includes:
- Evan Austill, Co-Founder and COO, PatientCredit, Inc.
- Jeff Bradford, President and CEO, the Bradford Group
- Blake Chaffin, Owner and General Manager/President, Nashville Event Lighting
- Frank Drummond, Founder and CEO, mimijumi
- Diane Durand, Managing Director, Alphachimp Studio, Inc.
- Trevor Emerson, President, Local Search Masters
- David Frederiksen, CEO, PatientCredit, Inc.
- Brad Hill, Owner, Local Search Masters
- Alicia Jones, President, West End Interiors, LLC
- Boris Jordanov, Owner, Valuant Technologies
- Jake Jorgovan, Co-Founder and President, Rabbit Hole Creative, LLC
- Joe Kustelski, Co-Founder and CTO, Rockhouse Partners
- Brian Law, President, Global Technology Advisory Group
- Scott Mele, President, SolarTek Energy of Nashville, Inc.
- Bethany Newman, Co-Owner and President, ST8MNT, Inc.
- Kate O’Neill, Founder and CEO, [meta]marketer, Inc.
- William Paddock, Founder and Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
- Christopher Redhage, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, ProviderTrust
- Amy Tanksley, Founder and Owner, Uncle Classic Barbershop
- Lisa York, Founder and Chief Manager, puka, LLC
With industries ranging from energy and manufacturing, to marketing and design, this first Catalyst class will bring a wide range of experiences and interests to the table. At the same time it’s a distinctly Nashville group, with the health care, technology and entertainment industries well represented.
The program offers three distinct benefits: education, experience sharing and mentorship.
- Education: The program will kickoff with 12 biweekly classes taught by EO Nashville member Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the EC.
- Experience Sharing: At the conclusion of the classes, Catalyst participants will be broken into smaller peer-to-peer forum groups. The groups will meet monthly for 12 months.
- Mentorship: Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.