EO Nashville Members in the News: Benjamin Goldberg, Joe Freedman and David Waddell

RFx Legal [Joe Freedman] announced last Friday that it sold the analytics division of the company. Elevate Services Inc., a global provider of consulting, managed services and technology solutions for law firms and corporate legal departments acquired the division.

Benjamin Golberg’s [Strategic Hospitality] Patterson House was featured in Monday’s Nashville Ledger. The story told of the successes Benjamin has had opening multiple restaurants and bars in Nashville, while highlighting the great success of Benjamin and Max Goldberg’s newest project, the Patterson House.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column was featured in the Memphis Daily News on September 27. You can read the story here.


Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization Announces Second Catalyst Class Membership

Nashville EO and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced today the local business owners who will partake in the second 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 last month.

The second Catalyst class consists of 16 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 72 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $560,793.

“The new participants represent a great cross section of Nashville entrepreneurs,” said Andy Bailey, president of EO Nashville and founder of Petra. “We have businesses operating in industries like manufacturing and health care to event planners and a boutique law firm. Some of the companies are over 20 years old and some are still in their first year. Each Catalyst member brings a unique perspective, which is truly valuable for our program.

The second class of the EO Nashville Catalyst program includes:

EC President and CEO Michael Burcham will again lead the 12 biweekly classes that kick off the program. 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 with the first six meetings led by two EO Nashville members. Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

Catalyst participants can also take advantage of in-kind gifts totaling up to $37,000 from new program sponsors. Sponsors and benefits include:

  • NovaCopy: Free lease of copier equipment for the length of the program, $5,000 value
  • teknetex: Free technology and strategic planning, $20,000 value
  • First Payment Services: Ten-percent off current credit card processing expenses for 18 months, up to $10,000 value.
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP: Five free hours of consult or legal work during the first 90 days of the program, $2,000 value.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Miranda Pontes, Andy Bailey, Bill Kimberlin and Darek Bell

Burger Up’s [Miranda Pontes] new executive chef, Philip Shyatt, was interviewed by the Tennessean on September 18. Philip also will host Burger Up’s third farm supper featuring Noble Springs Dairy.

In his bi-weekly Tennessean column, Andy Bailey [Petra] highlights 4 steps for business success in the 4th quarter.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Bill Kimberlin [Medicare.com] in its weekly “Case Study” feature. The story talked about how Bill’s URL—he purchased the Medicare.com domain name in 2000—has led to a million-dollar venture. You can read the full story here.

Lastly, Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was awarded two of the highest honors in the world of whiskey this week. The company received two awards for Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whiskey awards in Louisville—the Craft Distillery of the Year and the Innovator of the Year awards.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Dan Hogan, Jeremy Werthan, Elliot Holt, Michael Brody-Waite and James Fields

In last Tuesday’s Tennessean, Dan Hogan [Medalogix] discussed how Medalogix directly addresses the Affordable Care Act’s challenge to reduce hospital readmissions in the Tennessee Voices section of the paper. The Nashville Business Journal also addressed local companies, including Dan’s, that are innovating to meet the needs of the ACA. Read that story here.

Jeremy Werthan [Werthan LLC] was profiled in the September 14 edition of the Nashville Business Journal. Jeremy has seen a 35% increase in revenue after merging his countertop company with his brother’s tile business.

Elliot Holt [Medi-Copy Services] was also interviewed by the Nashville Business Journal for last week’s issue. You can read the interview here.

The Nashville Post once again covered Michael Brody-Waite’s [InQuicker] impressive growth. You can read that post here.

Lastly, James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Inc.] article about virtualization, a best practice for green IT, was featured in The Tennessean on Sunday.

EO Nashville President Andy Bailey Recognized by Global EO with Leadership Award

Congratulations to EO Nashville President Andy Bailey, who was recently honored by EO Global for his leadership and service to our organization in 2011. The Member Leadership Award also recognized Andy’s ongoing commitment to EO Global and EO Nashville.

Under his administration, the eastern U.S. region of EO achieved 116 percent of its membership goal, growing by 8.7 percent overall.

“Andy worked tirelessly to support struggling chapters, accelerate the momentum of healthy chapters and share the best practices of the most successful chapters,” said Miranda Barrett, vice president of membership development for EO. “His commitment to excellence, ability to overcome obstacles and development of relationships made him an inspiration for our team. This year, we ‘exported’ him to work with our chapters in the western U.S., having left the eastern chapters in a great place for his successor.”

Robert Wagnon, CEO of Republic State Mortgage in Houston, TX and global EO Membership Director 2011/2012 presented Andy with the Member Leadership Award.

EO Nashville Members in the News: John Aron, Benjamin Goldberg, Alex Tolbert, Kevin Ross, Steve Curnutte & Toast of Music City Awards

On Aug. 26, John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe] was interviewed for a Tennessean article about the impact that rising wheat costs has on his business.

Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] helped the Tennessee Titans kick off the season with two new sandwich options created by Merchants Restaurant Executive Chef Jason Brumm as part of the latest food offerings at LP Field. You can read the Tennessean story (and watch the video with Ben) here.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was included in a Nashville Ledger story about local technology companies bringing health care into the digital future.

News of Kevin Ross [Metova] bringing on a new investor was covered in several outlets last week. You can read the Nashville Post coverage here.

Steve Curnutte [Tortola Partners] was profiled in the August 31 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal. Steve’s printing company, Allen Printing, was also featured in a Harvard Business Review piece the month. The piece asked the question: Are you growing too fast?

And lastly, in the Tennessean’s 2012 Toast of Music City Awards, the following EO Nashville member companies were honored: