Nashville Chosen as Site of 2015 NERVE Conference

eo nashville logoStep aside musicians, it’s time for Nashville’s entrepreneurs to take center stage. Leadership from the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization announced today that the city has been chosen to host NERVE, the east coast regional conference for the organization.

During NERVE, more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship. The event is set to take place Sept. 16-18, 2015 at the Music City Center.

“Nashville has a long history of being an entrepreneurial community and increasingly is receiving national recognition as one of the best places in the United States to start and grow a business,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Our city has one of the fastest growing Entrepreneurs’ Organizations chapters in the world, and I want to thank the Entrepreneurs’ Organization for selecting Nashville for its 2015 Nerve Conference. We look forward to showing off Nashville and all that our vibrant downtown has to offer to this great organization and its members.”

In the first quarter of 2013, the global EO organization honored EO Nashville as having the most new members in all 131 chapters, ranking Nashville as the fastest growing EO chapter in the world. For the third consecutive year, the EO Nashville chapter also earned “Rock Star” designation for it 2012-2013 year, placing Nashville within the top tier of EO.

“Nashville is becoming a city known not just for its music, but also for its entrepreneurs. This is one more big validation of Nashville as an entrepreneurial center, building on the success of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Southland Conference sponsored by Launch Tennessee,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and co-owner of Music City Tents & Events.

Freedman continued, “We’re in the process of putting together a list of keynote speakers, learning programs, networking opportunities and social events that will show off the amazing minds, talent and venues that make Nashville unique. For example, the conference will take advantage of the Music City Center’s new convention facilities and the new Omni Hotel.”

Dan Hogan, EO Nashville’s incoming president and founder of Medalogix added, “Not only is downtown Nashville a vibrant urban center, it is also laid out nicely for EO

NERVE attendees to easily move from their hotel, to restaurants, honky-tonks, the convention hall and back. EO NERVE 2015 will be weekend full of once-in-a-lifetime events and activities for entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern United States.”

The 2013 NERVE Conference took place in Charlotte, N.C. in April, and the 2014 conference will be June 11-14 in Philadelphia. Nashville beat out a bid from Boston to host the 2015 conference.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, JJ Rosen, Dan Hogan, John Rowley, Ricky Scott, Andy Bailey, Tom Beach, James Fields, Fastest-Growing Companies, Inc. 500|5000

In this week’s roundup:

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and JJ Rosen [Atiba] both had columns run in Sunday’s Tennessean. Alex’s piece discussed the insurance options available on the new health care exchange, while JJ talked about turning your idea for an app into a reality.

Alex was also featured in two articles on Becker’s Spine Review. The first asked “What Spine Surgeons Need to Know About Insurance Premiums Next Year” and the second set up “6 Expectations for Spine Surgeons After Health Insurance Exchanges.

On Friday, two EO Nashville members had columns run as part of EO Nashville’s partnership with the Nashville Business Journal. Dan Hogan’s [Medalogix] column gave advice on launching a startup in Nashville, while John Rowley’s [Fletcher Rowley Inc.] piece listed five ideas to apply the political playbook to corporate branding. You can read both columns below.

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Rowley clipRanking 148th, The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] made Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Remodeling 550: Full-Service Remodelers list.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] spoke about his Aligntoday.com software on the SouthernAlpha blog. You can read the interview here. Andy’s Aug. 21 column in the Tennessean reminded us all that we need more gratefulness in our lives.

The Nashville Post recently reported that City Saver [Tom Beach] would soon launch its product in Seattle, the company’s sixth market.

On Aug. 18, James Fields [Concept Technology] published a column in the Sunday Tennessean on protecting our online and mobile conversations. You can read the column here.

Earlier this month, the Nashville Business Journal announced its 2013 25 Fastest-Growing Companies winners. The list included EO Nashville members:

And finally, though we already told you about the 19 EO Nashville members who were included in the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list, a few of those members shared the secrets of their success with the Tennessean on Sunday. You can read their interviews below.

Reboot Marketing [Allen Baler]

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Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]

Advance Financial clipTeknetex [John Kepley]

Teknetex clipConcept Technology [James Fields]

Fields clipRustici Software [Mike Rustici]

Rustici clipMankin Media Systems [Ben Mankin]

Mankin clipVaco [Jerry Bostelman]

Vaco clipComfort Supply [Clay Blevins]

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2013 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 19 EO Nashville member companies

Fifteen percent of the 131 members comprising the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the magazine announced today.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 42 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 22 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

“We consistently see a high number of EO Nashville member companies on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In 2011, 13 member companies made the list and last year 19 member companies were included,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and president of Music City Tents & Events. “This year, with 19 members honored, is our best showing yet, which demonstrates that EO companies are invested in growing their economic footprint in Nashville and beyond.

EO is a global network that connects business owners to improve and enhance their lives and businesses through learning and sharing experiences. The Nashville EO chapter has 131 members and is one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

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These 19 companies employ 1,569 individuals; grew at an average rate of 279 percent from 2009 to 2012; and have combined 2012 revenues of $362.7 million.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2009 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2012.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, Christopher Redhage, Debbie Gordon, Clint Smith, Alex Tolbert, Charles Robert Bone, Julie May, James Fields, John Rowley

Happy Monday EO Nashville members. Here’s your weekly wrap-up for everything that you want to know about EO Nashville members in the news.

In August, Dan Hogan [Medalogix] wrote an article for Health Management Technology magazine on incorporating analytics into EMRs. You can read the piece here.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column for the Journal Star also posted on Monster.com and the Orange County Register. The article detailed “5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Boss Today.”

In another installment of EO Nashville guest columns for the Nashville Business Journal, Christopher Redhage [ProviderTrust] published an article about discovering the authentic leader within you.

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Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] also published an NBJ column. Hers was titled “Top 7 steps to cultivate leaders within your organization.”

Clint Smith [Emma] was featured in The New York Times on Aug. 14 in an article about Emma’s reinvention of its marketing and communications platform.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] opened a third Nashville-area retail store in Cool Springs. The NBJ and Nashville Post covered the news.

Twelve Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, including EO Nashville member Charles Robert Bone, have been named to the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2014. Check out the clip here.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote a column for yesterday’s Tennessee on responsive Web design.

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James Fields [Concept Technology] also wrote a column for the Sunday Tennessean. His column was on protecting your online and mobile conversations. You can read it here.

Finally, in ongoing coverage of Fletcher Rowley‘s [John Rowley] inclusion in the season premiere of AMC’s “The Pitch,” which ran Aug. 15, AdAge covered the post airing twist: while it looked like Fletcher Rowley “lost,” ultimately, they “won” and was hired. You can read the breakdown here.

EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, Andy Bailey, Justin Crosslin, Ben Hanback, Benjamin Goldberg, Julie May, Jerry Bostelman, Martin Renkis

Fletcher|Rowley [John Rowley] was in the Tennessean on Thursday for the company’s inclusion on AMC’s “The Pitch.” Fletcher|Rowley’s episode will air Thursday, Aug. 15. The Nashville Post also picked up the news.

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John Rowley also appeared on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show on FOX News on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column ran in the Tennessean on Thursday. In the column, Andy tackled multitasking, encouraging people to “flex their focus muscle.”

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Crosslin & Associates [Justin Crosslin] announced Wednesday that the company has created an entrepreneurial business services division. The Nashville Post covered the news.

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] penned a column in the Tennessean on the topic of “visualization.”

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The NBJ interviewed EO Nashville member Benjamin Goldberg and his brother Max about the upcoming two-year anniversary of The Catbird Seat. You can read the clip here.

Technology blog Southern Alpha ran a conversation with bytes of knowledge CEO Julie May about IT projects, their deadlines and costs.

Southern Alpha also covered Vaco’s [Jerry Bostelman] new technology scholarship program. Check out the details here.

Lastly, Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y. recently selected Smartvue [Martin Renkis] as its cloud surveillance systems to keep students safe.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Darek Bell, Alan Looney, JJ Rosen, Alex Tolbert, William Kirkland

It’s Friday, which means EO Nashville Members in the News wrap-up time. Read on to find out what EO Nashville members are up to. (If you have updates to share, please email them to Erin at erin@bradfordgroup.com).

Here we go:

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] wrote an article on smoked whiskeys for Distiller Magazine.

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USA Today also featured Corsair in its “Spirited journey along Tennessee’s Whiskey Trail.” Additionally, Liquor.com included Corsair Red Absinthe in an article about 9 Category-Defying Spirits. Read the article here.

Castle Homes [Alan Looney] has been featured several times in various publications and newspapers over the last few weeks for Southern Living’s 2013 Idea House, which the company built.

JJ Rosen [Atiba] wrote a column for the Tennessean on BYOD and mobile devices. JJ also had a column run in today’s NBJ, titled “Top 5 Simple Ways to Get More Leads Online.”

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] also penned a column for the Tennessean. His was on the new health insurance exchanges.

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Alex was also interviewed by Yahoo! Small Business Daily for an article in which he advised employers (with 50 employees or less) to drop their group health plan.

The Nashville Post covered The Kirkland Company’s [William Kirkland] representation of the seller of Murfreesboro’s Stones Creek Apartments. You can read about the deal here.