EO Nashville Members in the News: Alan Young & Steve Curnutte

Alan Young’s product, EZ Armor, was put to the test by a news station and police department in Michigan. Check out the video to see how EZ Armor held up.

Steve Curnutte and his company Tortola Partners was recently featured in a Nashville Post article about his role in the turnaround story of Allen Printing. Read the full story here.


EO Nashville membership tops 100 for the first time

EO Nashville is growing fast thanks to the efforts of our members. This year, for the first time in our history, we’ve exceeded 100 members. The new class of inductees brings our total to 112. Thanks to everyone for your recruitment efforts and for spreading the word about EO Nashville.

Here is the new membership class for 2012:

Bob Bernstein, founder of Bongo Productions, LLC: Bernstein’s company is a multimillion dollar enterprise comprised of five cafes — Bongo Java, Fido, Grins Vegetarian & Kosher Café, Hot & Cold and Bongo East — and two wholesale businesses, Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Fido Bakery. A former journalist, Bernstein grew up in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s from Northwestern University.

Michael Brody-Waite, founder and COE of InQuicker: InQuicker is an online emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office check-in system. Before starting InQuicker two years ago, Brody-Waite spent seven years with a Fortune 30 company. He graduated from the University of California Davis.

Ed Brown, co-founder of ioStudio: ioStudio is a full service marketing agency with over 200 employees and offices in Nashville and Washington D.C., offering Web design, digital marketing and advertising services. Committed to helping America’s soldiers, ioStudio works for The National Guard, Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC, SAIC, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, GX Magazine and Foundations Magazine.

Patrick Burke, owner Seed Hospitality and Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen: Burk has run the Hillsboro Village area sushi restaurant since 2009. He previously worked as a summer associate at Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper. He is a Vanderbilt University graduate.

Greg Greenwell, president of TotalPrint: A printing company specializing in managed print services and supplies, TotalPrint has become an industry leader. Greenwell also owns a veterinary clinic and a small real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and an master’s from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Carl Haley, Jr., president and CEO, Grand Avenue: Grand Avenue provides ground transportation services for the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt University as well as clients in Middle Tennessee. Haley founded the company in 2009 and oversees business development, operations, reservations, marketing and fleet management. He is a graduate of George Mason University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Nicholas Holland, founder of CentreSource, Inc., Side hobby, LLC and Populr.me: Holland helped launch the annual Nashville StartUp Weekend as well as the city’s first micro-fund, JumpStart Foundry. He has served on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

Elliott Holt, founder Medi-Copy Services: Holt founded Medi-Copy as a way to improve patient care by providing better health information exchange, more accountability and faster turnaround times on authorized disclosures of health information. In 2010, Medi-Copy was named one of the Top 10 Best Employers in Middle Tennessee.

Kimberly Hunter, owner, True Blue Salon: One of the most popular high-end salons, True Blue Salon has been mentioned in the pages of Elle and Marie Claire magazines as one of the best places in the country for color, cut and style. Hunter has been a Nashville business owner for more than 20 years.

Bob Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Equity Express Settlement Services: Jacobs founded the mortgage software company Equity Express Settlement Services in 2011 after becoming a partner in Equity Solutions USA. He is the former director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and a current board member of the Sports 4all Foundation, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation and Special Olympics of Tennessee.

Ben Mankin, founder, Mankin Media Systems: Mankin Media Systems provides audio/video design and installation of technical systems for some of the largest churches in the country. Mankin founded the company to provide design and leadership for organizations and churches pursuing technical and media ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Max Sadler, CEO, Advanced Network Solutions (ANS): ANS provides IT services and network design, implementation and documentation. The company has been named to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Future 50 five times, the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in the Business and Best Places to Work and twice listed in Inc.’s 500|5000 list fastest growing companies.

Jeremy Werthan, chairman, Werthan, LLC: The Werthan family has been associated with entrepreneurship and business in Nashville since the 1800s. Founded in 2002 as a local fabricator of high quality granite countertops, Werthan is now a high-volume national supplier of tile, natural stone, quartz and solid surface materials.

Danny Whetstone, founder, DWP Live: Whetstone has worked closely with both artists and entrepreneurs alike to create onstage excitement through large-scale production and design. Whetstone has worked with musical legends such as Sting, Bon Jovi and Keith Urban, as well as and corporate giants like Lockheed Martin, ESPN and MTV to design and build quality productions for concerts, sports and corporate events.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Alan Looney, Charles May & Michael Brody-Waite

Recently, three of our members have earned some well-deserved press attention.

The Tennessean reported that homebuilder Alan Looney, founder and president of Castle Homes of Brentwood, has been named Custom Builder of the Year by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program.

The Nashville Business Journal’s “Ten Minutes to Better Business” feature profiled Charles May’s company bytes of knowledge.

Michael Brody-Waite, CEO of InQuicker.com was was asked by  the Nashville Business Journal to offer advice for first-time entrepreneurs.

EO Nashville Members Profiled in NBJ’s “Forty Under 40”

John Kepley, Teknetex inc and Kevin Ross, Metova Inc. both made the Nashville Business Journal’s annual list of “Forty Under 40.”

Ross’ profile included answers to the question:  How is your generation shaping your industry? ”I’m not sure it is ‘my’ generation, but we are in an interesting time where the mobile industry is taking shape right before our very eyes. We are living in a time where we have an unprecedented ability to create and distribute our work, impacting people globally.

Kepley’s answer to the same question included the response: I was born in the middle of what is considered Generation X. Gen X took the technology that had been created and began to frame it in ways that are used every day. They made the technology personal, which has shaped every industry in some way.”

Click on the clips below to read the full articles.

Congratulations to John and Kevin.

Chris Kincade – EO Nashville Member Profile

Chris KincadeMy company is…

Bonus Building Care

Alma mater…

Vanderbilt University

Spouse, kids, pet…

Cat (Faulkner Sassafras Billingsworth III)

The town I was born in…

Tupelo, MS

Non-profits I support…

LIFE Program, Martha O’Bryan, Boy Scouts, YWCA, Conexion Americas, Morningstar Sanctuary

Favorite place to vacation…

London, UK

New in my playlist…

Frank Sinatra and Jay Z/Kayne West

What I’m reading…

Delivering Happiness (Zappos story), Blueprint to a Billion, Seven Days in the Art World

Favorite restaurant…

Gramercy Tavern (NYC), Amaya (London), Shalimar (Nashville)

Favorite honky-tonk…

Does Margaritaville in Key West count?

Best business advice you have ever received…

“Cash is King.” Managing cash flow will slow you the opportunity to correct other mistakes you might make along the way to building a company.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

Retired or unemployed.

Wish I had more time for…

Exploring other parts of the world.

I would do just about anything for…

The opportunity for my wife to meet the artist Jasper Johns.

The best thing about EO…

Is the people you meet and the experiences it creates. EO provides access to people and events that would otherwise be nearly impossible to replicate.

EO Nashville Member in the News: Peter Hermann

If you didn’t have the chance to pick up last Friday’s Nashville Business Journal you missed a great article on EO Nashville member Peter Hermann and his company Belmont Software Services. The feature discusses Peter’s channel sales strategy and how that strategy “has allowed the company to focus on what it does best: developing cloud solutions for businesses.” Read the full article below.

Nashville Business Journal clip

Best Chefs in the Southeast

Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson, the the fantastic chefs at EO Nashville member Ben Goldberg’s new restaurant, The Catbird Seat, have been nominated by Food & Wine magazine for The People’s Best New Chef award.

Please take this opportunity to vote for Josh and Erik. A Nashville newcomer restaurant like Catbird has several disadvantages in a survey like this one, but it would be great for the whole food scene in Nashville for these guys to get a little recognition. Thanks!