EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Best Places to Work, Andy Bailey, Tom Turner, David Waddell and John Rowley

Here’s the EO Nashville wrap-up for this week and last.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. In his column, James discussed how Internet users can protect their privacy online.

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Congratulations to the following EO Nashville companies who were honored with Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work awards:

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In his most recent Tennessean column, Andy Bailey [Petra] discussed how inspiration is a catalyst for growth. Read his story here.

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Andy Bailey’s bi-weekly column on SmallBizDaily.com detailed the importance of understanding your team members’ strengths to grow your business.

In his recent column in the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] discussed how it has been a particularly tough stretch for sage taxicab investors.

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] was quoted in Campaigns and Elections. Read what he had to say here.


Mayor Karl Dean Addresses the EO Nashville Annual All Member Meeting

On Wednesday, April 10 the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization kicked off its 2013/2014 calendar year with a breakfast at Cabana. The featured speaker was Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who addressed Nashville’s entrepreneur community.

This came on the heels of EO’s recent announcement that Nashville is the fastest growing EO chapter in the world—it has grown 185 percent since 2010. Most of EO Nashville’s 131 members who run regional businesses with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million were in attendance at the breakfast.

Here are some pictures from the event.

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Mayor Karl Dean

Mayor Karl Dean

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Charles May and Tim Ozgener

Charles May and Tim Ozgener

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Joe Freedman

Joe Freedman

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EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, Tim Ozgener, Alex Tolbert, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Alan Young, Mark Deutschmann, Justin Crosslin, Hannah Paramore and Jeff Turner

Another busy week for the members of EO Nashville.

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Executive Profile section last week. Read the Q&A here.

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OZ [Tim Ozgener] was voted Best New Venue by nFocus Magazine.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. In this week’s column, Alex discussed the pros and cons between medical pay models.

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Alex Tolbert was also mentioned in Wednesday’s Tennessean. Read more here.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column also appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. Andy discussed the sacrifices his wife has made as an entrepreneur’s spouse and Andy’s wife provides a few words of advice from her experiences.

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Andy Bailey also appeared in Business Daily.com. Read his blog here.

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] and Alan Young [Armor] were featured in the Nashville Business Journal last week. The two will talk at the upcoming Nashville Business Journal Entrepreneur Exchange.

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Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate Services], Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker], Crosslin and Associates [Justin Crosslin] and Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency] appeared in this week’s Nashville Business Journal, where they shared their best advice with readers.

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National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] appeared on News Channel 5 on Wednesday. You can view the video and read more here.

EO Nashville Leads Global Organization in Recruitment Efforts

The Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization chapter has grown 185 percent since 2010

Since the start of 2013, 21 new members have joined the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), ranking Nashville as the fastest growing EO chapter in the world.

According to EO Global, EO Nashville has the most new members in all 122 chapters, including other high-growth areas such as Toronto, Edmonton, Los Angeles, the Netherlands and Dallas.

“Nashville’s vibrant and growing entrepreneurial community, and our accomplishments as a chapter give us all energy and proof that our work is worthwhile,” said Andy Bailey, EO Nashville president and entrepreneur coach at Petra. “There were a lot of folks who helped in this effort: John Kepley and Jackson Miller as the membership chairs, along with many, many members that worked to make this growth possible.”

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 131 members. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million. The chapter added 19 new members in 2010, 29 in 2011 and 23 new members in 2012. The chapter’s membership almost doubled in that timeframe, growing 185 percent since 2010.

The 21 new members are:

Austill, Chaffin, Frederiksen, Jordanov, Redhage and Tanksley all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s inaugural Catalyst class, a program that includes classes, peer-to-peer forum groups and mentorship that is designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

“Members of the first Catalyst class grew an average 53 percent last year, and increased hiring anywhere between 30-100 percent,” said Bryan Ansley, president and CEO of FNB Merchants and EO Nashville board chair responsible for the Catalyst program. “This is certainly welcome news in our current economy. We couldn’t be happier to welcome this inaugural class of Catalyst graduates into the EO family.”

The second Catalyst class kicked of in August 2012, and applications are currently being accepted for the third Catalyst class, which will begin in August 2013.

Last month, EO Global also added its 1,000th female member for the first time in the organization’s history. EO Nashville’s three new women members helped the organization achieve this milestone.

“Based on our chapter’s excellent history of retaining new members, this solid growth will add significant value to the chapter for years to come,” Bailey said.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of more than 8,700 business owners in 122 chapters and more than 35 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The organization’s vision is to build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, which aligns with its mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

For more information about Catalyst or EO Nashville, contact Sameera Lowe, executive director, at eo@eonashville.com.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Best in Business, Top 50 Restaurants, Sam Sanchez, James Fields, Darek Bell and Dan Hogan

Many congratulations are in order for the members of EO Nashville. See how they’ve been keeping so busy.

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members who were named Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business:

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Nashville Lifestyles’ April issue listed the top 50 restaurants in Nashville. Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for making the list:

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Sam Sanchez [Sperry’s Restaurant] appeared in last week’s Nashville Today. The story reported that Sam and his business partner plan to expand their two restaurant concepts to Florence, Ala.

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The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] appeared in The Tennessean’s Five to Try section Friday. Ben Goldberg also appeared in Inside Vandy, Vanderbilt’s student newspaper and the Nashville Business Journal. You can read these stories here and here.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] column appeared in The Tennessean last Sunday. In his column he discussed the importance of and how to choose the right business software.

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Congratulations to Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell], who recently won the #1 gin in the 50 Best Gins competition.

Congratulations to Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] and Dan Hogan [Medalogix], both honorees of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 class of Health Care Heroes. Honorees were selected for their contributions to Nashville’s community and health care industry by a panel of judges.