EO Nashville Members in the News: Benjamin Goldberg, Andy Bailey, Susan Marlow, Dan Hogan, Jolene Dressel & Best in Business Finalists

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:

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Kevin Ross – EO Nashville Member Profile

Kevin RossMy company is…

Metova, Inc.

Alma mater…

Iowa State University

Spouse, kids, pet…

Jen Porter Ross. 0 kids. 1 dog and 3 cats.

The town I was born in…

Des Moines, Iowa

Non-profit I support…

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Favorite place to vacation…

What is this vacation thing you speak of?

New in my playlist…

Warren Buffet’s 37-hour life story audiobook.

What I’m reading…

Stocks for the Long Run

Favorite restaurant…

Buca di Beppo

Favorite honky-tonk…

I neither honky nor tonk.

Best business advice you have ever received

People perform how they are measured.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

A software developer.

Wish I had more time for…

Reading and vacation.

I would do just about anything for…

Financial freedom.

The best thing about EO…

Meeting the few others that can understand and share experiences.

Susan Marlow – EO Nashville Member Profile

Susan MarlowMy company is…

Smart Data Strategies

Alma mater…

White County High School, University of TN

Spouse, kids, pet…

Two children: Rob, married to Natalina, one grandson JoJo who’s 3-years-old and Paige, single living and working in Atlanta.

The town I was born in…

Nashville

Non-profits I support…

  • Chairman of Institute for GIS Studies
  • Giving Circle (Christian Women’s Ministry)
  • Mercy Ministries (Christian Ministry supporting young girls with eating disorders and other self destructing problems)

Favorite place to vacation…

I love the beach – but also like all kinds of other vacations!

New in my playlist…

Blessing by Laura Story

What I’m reading…

Nothing special right now

Favorite restaurant…

Mack and Kate’s and Kayne Prime

Favorite honky-tonk…

Tin Roof

Best business advice you have ever received…

Start with the end in mind.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

Not sure.

Wish I had more time for…

Vacation

I would do just about anything for…

Diet Coke every morning. Would also do just about anything for my grandson, JoJo.

The best thing about EO…

I am so new I can’t really say what I think the best thing is about EO. I think the relationships will be the best thing for me.

Nancy Leach – EO Nashville Member Profile

Nancy LeachMy company is…

Facility Planners Inc.

Alma mater…

Belmont University and O’More College of Design

Spouse, kids, pet…

William J. (Bill) Hoskins, Stephanie J. Hoskins and Sydney J. Hoskins (grandson) Pets: Stevie, female 2.5-year-old Golden Retriever (rescue) and Bernice (Bernie) 6-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua (rescue)

The town I was born in…

Haddonfield, NJ just across the river from Philadelphia.

Non-profits I support…

The American Red Cross, Firefighters, Police Youth Camp, Junior League of Nashville, YWCA

Favorite place to vacation…

Anywhere with beach and/or mountains.

New in my playlist…

Adele

What I’m reading…

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Favorite restaurant…

MK in Chicago

Favorite honky-tonk…

Bluebird or Puckett’s Grocery

Best business advice you have ever received…

Don’t wait until you have to make a decision to be knowledgeable about the options.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

A nurse.

Wish I had more time for…

Sleeping, reading and boating.

I would do just about anything for…

A YEAR OFF WORK 🙂

The best thing about EO…

Is how genuine everyone is and how willing to help at a moment’s notice.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Hart Weatherford, Chris Glaser, Jolene Dressel & Darek Bell

It seemed like wherever you looked last week, you saw an EO Nashville member
in the news:

Click on clips below to catch up.

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Alan Looney – EO Nashville Member Profile

Alan LooneyMy company is…

Castle Homes

Alma mater…

Tarleton State University

Spouse, kids, pet…

Spouse: Heather, Kids: Alexander and Anna Claire, Family Dog: Wilee

The town I was born in…

Arlington, TX

Non-profit I support…

The Ronald McDonald House Charities

Favorite place to vacation…

Aly’s Beach

New in my playlist…

Sailing the BVI

What I’m reading…

The Fred Factor, by Mark Sanborn and Epic Tales of Home Sales, by Tom Richey

Favorite restaurant…

Miel

Favorite honky-tonk…

Rodeo Exchange in Fort Worth, TX

Best business advice you have ever received…

Pursue the career you have the most passion for and you will be successful.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

A professional golfer (in my dreams).

Wish I had more time for…

Family and golf.

The best thing about EO…

My forum and meeting and learning from business owners in different industry.

John Aron – EO Nashville Member Profile

John AronTell us about your company

The Pasta Shoppe is finishing year 17. It is an e-commerce company with 75%+ of revenues transacting online…differentiation and competitive advantages are driven from our manufacturing capabilities.

Alma mater…

University of Vermont, BA Political Science & Minor in Debate

Tell us about your family, spouse, kids, pets…

Wife & business partner is Carey, 2 boys soon to be 13 & 9, and a great little Malti-Pooh named Keely.

Where did you grow up? What brought you to Nashville?

Born in NYC, raised in suburbs, worked in NYC for 8 years in printing business. Fell in love with Carey & Nashville in 1990…compared to the coasts, Nashville is Opportunity.

Non-profits I support…

Lipscomb Business School, Vandy Peabody School, Susan G. Komen, Wounded Warriors, Room @ the Inn, Nashville Child’s Alliance

Favorite place to vacation…

Paris

What music are you listening to these days?

Wide variety, but lack depth of knowledge.

What have you read lately?

David McCullough, Americans in Paris

Favorite restaurant…

Café Margot

Favorite honky-tonk…

Robert’s

Best business advice you have ever received

A salty older investor, “All I’ve Wished for was an Unfair Competitive Advantage.”

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

Bored.

Wish I had more time…

To play harder.

Finish this sentence, “I would do just about anything for a…”

High potential person in trouble, in need of support.

The best thing about EO…

The energy, the hope, and laying it all on the line.