All signs point to a healthy, growing EO Nashville

EO NashvilleFor the third consecutive year, the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) earned “Rock Star” designation for it 2012-2013 year, and was honored by the global EO organization.

This is the fifth time since 2008 that Nashville has been named a Rock Star chapter. Additionally, 90 percent of existing EO Nashville members renewed their memberships this year.

Placing Nashville within the top tier of EO, Rock Star status is given to chapters that achieve overall excellence by successfully completing 27 benchmarks in the areas of chapter health, including growth, renewals, learning, communications, forum and finance. The benchmarks are a set of common metrics that the most successful chapters consistently hit when growing vibrant, valuable organizations.

“Global EO developed the Rock Star program to provide EO chapters with an organized way to measure success within the organization,” said Joe Freedman, EO Nashville president and president of Music City Tents & Events. “We appreciate global EO’s recognition of our hard work and success, none of which could have been possible without the EO Nashville board, Past President Andy Bailey and last year’s Membership Co-Chairs John Kepley and Jackson Miller.”

In the first quarter of 2013, EO Global also honored EO Nashville as having the most new members in all 122 chapters, ranking Nashville as the fastest growing EO chapter in the world.

“We appreciate the hard work that the Nashville chapter board has done throughout the year, and we hope that this accomplishment motivates the incoming board to continue your Rock Star performance,” said Dana Bradley, regional director for the EO U.S. East region and principal of Performance Holdings in Huntersville, N.C. “Once again, congratulations on your Rock Star status.”

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 EO Nashville, contact Sameera Lowe, executive director, at, or visit our website at


EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, James Fields, Alex Tolbert, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Andy Bailey, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Gabriel Smith and Will Newman

Happy Friday! Here’s our weekly wrap up of EO Nashville members in the news.

AMC The Pitch announced it will feature Fletcher | Rowley [John Rowley] on its first episode August 15.

The Tennessean featured James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column Sunday. In this week’s column, James discussed 3-D printing.


The Nashville Business Journal featured Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] executive profile Friday.

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The Nashville Post mentioned Bernard Health’s new Midtown lease.

The Tennessean featured Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] in an article titled “Nashville is home to many new tastes.”

CAL SAE the Executive featured a column written by Andy Bailey [Petra] in this month’s issue.

The Tennessean published Andy Bailey’s column Thursday titled “If/Then method helps evaluate workers.”

EON Andy Bailey Tennessean

The Tennessean reported that Legacy Instruction Media [Gabriel Smith] recently purchased the historic Rose-Acuff building that once was home to some of Nashville’s most famous recording companies.

Style Blueprint ran a piece about how to host a beer garden party and featured The Filling Station [Will Newman] as a great spot to fill up your growler for a backyard gathering.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Max Sadler, Julie May, Charles May, James Fields, Tom Turner, Andy Bailey, Mike Rustici, Alex Tolbert, Michael Brody-Waite, Dan Hogan, Darek Bell, JJ Rosen, Nicholas Holland, Darren Metz, John Aron, Charles Bone, David Waddell and Benjamin Goldberg

A week in review. Here’s the latest news on EO Nashville members.

The Tennessean published Ben Hanback’s [the Hanback Group] guest column titled “Businesses must have plan to deal with unexpected.”

Ben Hanback

The Tennessean featured an article about City Saver‘s [Tom Beach] 10 year anniversary last Friday.

Last week, the Nashville Business Journal quoted Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler], DSi [Tom Turner], bytes of knowledge [Julie May, Charles May] and Concept Technology [James Fields] in an article titled “Protecting your data.”

DSi, BOK, CTI, Advanced

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned Andy Bailey [Petra] in an article titled “Learn to control your cell phone–before it controls you.” The article published last Friday.

Andy Bailey

The Nashville Business Journal published Mike Rustici’s [Rustici Software] guest column titled “Top 7 ways to create a culture that attracts top talent.” Mike’s column is part of the partnership between EO Nashville and the NBJ.

Mike Rustici

The Nashville Business Journal also featured Rustici Software in an article published Wednesday. The article discussed Rustici’s unique company benefits, which include the services of part personal assistant, part company concierge Jena Lawing who facilitates and schedules her coworkers’ errands.

The Tennessean published Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column Sunday. This week’s column was titled “Rising costs spur rush to opt out of health reforms.”


Daily featured InQuicker [Michael Brody-Waite] this week as the free online service responsible for Stafford Hospital’s reduced ER wait times.

Healthcare Call Center Times published an article written by Dan Hogan [Medalogix] in it’s July issue.

Travel + Leisure Magazine named Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] to it’s list of America’s Coolest Distilleries.

The Nashville Business Journal named DSi [Tom Turner], Atiba [JJ Rosen], Centresource [Nicholas Holland], Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler], Concept Technology [James Fields], bytes of knowledge [Julie May, Charles May] to the list of top technology service firms in Nashville. The Nashville Business Journal also named NovaCopy Inc. [Darren Metz] to the list of top technology product firms in Nashville.

EO NBJ The List-Technology firms

The Nashville Business Journal also ran a special piece online on the top 5 tech service firms, which included DSi.

John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe] appeared on WRKN Nashville July 9.

The Nashville Post published a story about Bone McAllester Norton’s [Charles Bone] launch of a criminal defense and government investigations practice.

The Memphis Daily News published David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column Thursday. This week’s column was titled “Two Acts Remain in Bernacke’s Screenplay.”

The Nashville Scene’s food blog mentioned Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin Goldberg] as the newest team members of Green Hills’ The Food Company. The Food Company owner Jackie Daniel recently turned over some of the daily restaurant operations to Strategic Hospitality.

EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Eric Jackson, Darek Bell, Darren Metz, Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, Nashville Business Journal Small Business Awards finalists

A look at EO Nashville members’ news and accomplishments for the week.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Scout Staffing] column in The Tennessean published Sunday. In his column, James discussed how to backup your home computer to preserve important records.

Concept Technology | James Fields

Eric Jackson’s [Keystone Business Solutions] guest column appeared in the Nashville Business Journal Friday. He discussed the meaning behind acronym TANSTAAFL.

Eric Jackson quoted Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] in its article about the trend in high proof spirits. Slate also mentioned Corsair Distillery in an article titled, “Craft Whiskey Isn’t Necessarily Better.”

The Caribbean Journal named Corsair’s Spiced Rum one of the 10 best American rum’s. The Daily Meal also named Corsair one of the 25 top craft distillery tours in the US.

USA Today and BBC featured NovaCopy‘s [Darren Metz] work on the 3D prosthetic foot for duck Buttercup. News shows Fox and Friends, CNN and NBC’s The Today Show also mentioned the story.

Southern Alpha featured a Q&A with Dan Hogan [Medalogix] Tuesday.

The Tennessean featured Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column this morning. In the article, Andy talked about how a cell phone can be more of a distraction than a tool.


The Journal Star featured Andy Bailey’s column “5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Boss Today.”

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members who were named 2013 Small Business Awards finalists by the Nashville Business Journal:

3-9 employees

10-19 employees

30-49 employees

EO Nashville Members in the News: Andy Bailey, Eric Jackson, James Fields, Alex Tolbert, Joe Freedman, Chris Corby, Darek Bell and Darren Metz

It’s time for the EO Nashville round-up. This week’s post covers news from the past two weeks.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] was featured in Small Biz Daily twice recently. His guest blog, “4 Steps to Building an Executable Business Plan” published June 19. Another of Andy’s guest blogs, “Learning When to Say No in Business” appeared July 1.

Andy’s regular column for The Tennessean published last week. His column discussed the importance of work-life balance.

Andy Bailey | Petra Coach

Congratulations to Eric Jackson [Keystone Business Solutions] who was named a Sumner County Impact Awards winner by the Nashville Business Journal.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc./Scout Staffing] bi-weekly column in The Tennessean published Sunday June 23. In his column, James discussed why HR and corporate culture are important factors in tech hiring.

James Fields | Concept Technology Inc.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] regular column in The Tennessean appeared in Sunday’s paper. In his column, Alex discussed the problems with Medicare.

Alex Tolbert | Bernard Health

Joe Freedman [Music City Tents] recently wrote an article for The Tennessean on how Nashville’s entrepreneurs benefit from wealth of support programs such as EO Nashville, Launch Tennessee’s inaugural startup/technology conference, Southland, and Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center.

Joe Freedman | Music City Tents

Chris Corby’s [School Facility Management] guest column on creating a culture of stability published in last week’s Nashville Business Journal. His column was the third in a new partnership between EO Nashville and the Nashville Business Journal.

Chris Corby | School Facility Management

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was mentioned by The Daily Meal as one of five American single malts to check out.

NovaCopy [Darren Metz] appeared in The Tennessean twice this week for their volunteer work on creating the 3D prototype of a prosthetic foot for an injured duck. You can view the Tennessean articles here and here.

NovaCopy | Darren Metz

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Congratulations to NovaCopy whose Jason Levkulich was named one of the Nashville Business Journal Chief Marketing Officer Award winners in the small private company category.