EO Nashville 2013 Moveable Feast Recap

On Oct. 9, the we held our annual Moveable Feast event in downtown Franklin.

The exclusive, EO Nashville members-only affair took place at Red Pony Restaurant, 55 South Restaurant, Cork & Cow and GRAYS On Main. Members enjoyed appetizers at one restaurant, before moving to another for the salad course and the third for the entrée.


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At the after-party, which was held at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, EO Nashville board members announced recent chapter accolades that included:

  • Rock Star Award Winner, 2012-2013
  • Most New Members Worldwide, Third Place, 2012-2013


Dessert at Puckett's

Dessert at Puckett’s

Placing Nashville within the top tier of EO worldwide, 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. This is the fifth consecutive time since 2008 that Nashville has been named a Rock Star chapter.

EO Nashville Membership Chairs John Kepley and Jackson Miller were also presented with the Most New Members award for having the third most new members in all 131 chapters, ranking Nashville as one of the fastest growing EO chapter in the world.

Thanks to everyone who made this special night possible.

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EO Members in the news: Julie May, Charles May, John Kepley, Mark Deutschmann, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Clay Blevins, Greg Greenwell, David Waddell, J.J. Rosen, Tom Turner, Will Newman, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Nancy Leach, John Aron, Charles Bone, Carl Haley, Clint Smith, Scott Snoyer, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Evan Austill, Bryan Ansley, Dan Hogan

Last week was an eventful one for EO Nashville, with award nominations and extensive media coverage for many of our members. Take a look at what your fellow entrepreneurs were up to:

EO Nashville’s Moveable Feast was featured on the Nashville Lifestyles event page, check out photos from the event here.

Julie and Charles May [bytes of knowledge] gave a tour of the new b:ok headquarters to the Nashville Business Journal.  Julie was also quoted in a Tennessean article about the difficulty of finding venture funding in Nashville.

John Kepley [Teknetex] and Julie May shared their insights on starting a business at the Entrepreneur Exchange panel discussion, hosted by the Nashville Business Journal. John was also featured in the Journal’s last Call Section, offering his Pandora playlist to readers.



The Tennessean published an article about Core Development’s [Mark Deutschmann] plans for a mixed-use redevelopment project in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned an article for Business News Daily about the five health benefit tips for startups, and wrote his column for the Tennessean on why employers will shift to individual health coverage. Alex was also quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about health insurance exchanges.

Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] was named Whisky Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” for the second year in a row, adding to its list of awards in 2013. The Nashville Scene wrote an article on the company’s accomplishments.


Distribution Center Magazine mentioned Comfort Supply’s [Clay Blevins] achievement as an Inc. fastest-growing private company on the cover of its October issue.

Greg Greenwell [TotalPrint] offered advice on how to successfully buy a business in this week’s edition of The Nashville Business Journal.


In his monthly column for the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] gave his opinion on media coverage of the rising debt ceiling.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] penned an article for The Tennessean that focused on maintaining the reputation of a business.

Tom Turner [DSi] wrote a morale column for the Nashville Business Journal titled “Three ways to keep your employees happy.”


The Nashville Business Journal quizzed Will Newman [Edley’s Bar-B-Que] about his favorite places to eat and things to do in their Last Call section.
edleys 10.18 nbjAndy Bailey’s [Petra] weekly column in The Tennessean gave advice on how to be a good leader.

In awards news, the Nashville Business Journal announced the nominees for “Most Admired CEO”. Congratulations to the following EO Members:

Private Companies with 10-25 Employees
Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker]
Nancy Leach [Facility Planners]
Julie May [bytes of knowledge]

Private Companies with 26-100 Employees
John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe]
Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton]
Carl Haley [Grand Avenue]

Private Companies with 101-500 Employees
Clint Smith [Emma Inc.]

The NEXT award nominees were also announced this week, and EO Nashville was well represented:

Products and Services
Scott Snoyer [Brand Imaging Group]
Joe Freedman, JT Terrell [Music City Tents]

Health Care
Evan Austill [Patient Focus]

Entrepreneur of the Year
Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants]
Darek Bell [Corsair Artisan]
Dan Hogan [Medalogix]

EO Members in the News: James Fields, Ben Goldberg, Jeff Turner, Julie May, Alex Tolbert

Check out what your fellow EO Members have been up to this week:

James Fields [Concept Technology] offered his thoughts on the new Apple iOS 7 in an article published in Sunday’s Tennessean.


A Nashville Scene article announced that Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] has been selected as a panelist for the New York Food and Wine Festival. He will share his industry knowledge and expertise at an event titled “Will Travel for Food”. The Patterson House’s bourbon cocktail recipe, ‘The Golden Suit’, was spotlighted Men’s Journal as a “MJ Approved: Spicy Bourbon Drink for Fall”.


Jeff Turner [NSS] was featured in an Entrepreneur Magazine article about how to start your own business.


Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] weekly column in the Tennessean highlighted a new technology called the Pebble, a watch that uses bluetooth technology to communicate with your smartphone. Julie also contributed an article to young upstarts.com about how to properly plan for technology projects and was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about the secrets of successful entrepreneurs.

Nashville Medical News published a feature on the Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] and Fifth Third Bank’s Annual Health Reform Seminar. Bernard Health was also featured in a news story from Action News 19 in Cleveland Ohio.


EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Darek Bell, Nicholas Holland, Alex Tolbert, Amy Tanksley, Evan Austill, Julie and Charles May, Bob Bernstein, The Best of Nashville

It was a busy news week for EO Nashville. Let’s see what our members have been up to:

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] discussed insurance exchanges on Monday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom on Fox. Ben also penned his monthly column for the Tennessean with a focus on how to motivate and inspire employees as an effective manager.


The Nashville Ledger published an article about City Saver‘s successful fundraising model and the vision of its founders, Tom and Kristin Beach.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was spotlighted in a USA Today article about touring Nashville distilleries.

Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] twitter presence was analyzed as part of a Nashville Business Journal feature on social media use by CEOs.

Alex Tolbert’s Tennessean column focused on five things you should know about the new health care exchange.

Amy Tanksley [Uncle Classic Barber Shop] offered her restaurant opinions in The Nashville Business Journal and was also featured in a Tennessean article about the expansion of McEwen Drive in Cool Springs.


Alan Young [Armor Concepts] penned an article for The Nashville Business Journal about applying sports mantras to your business.

The Tennessean’s article on the Capital Unconference at Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center featured quotes by Evan Austill and a headlining photo of PatientFocus team members.

The grand opening of bytes of knowledge‘s [Charles and Julie May] new office was a part of “Working the Room” in The Nashville Business Journal.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] shared his book recommendation with The Nashville Business Journal.


Jerry Baker [Conexess Group] shared his 1977 FJ40 Cruiser in the “Check my ride” section of The Nashville Business Journal.


Nashville Scene’s “The Best of Nashville” winners were announced this week, and many of our EO members made the list:

First Place

  • The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best reason to be a reservation nerd”
  • The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best bar that makes you feel you’re not in Nashville,” “Best original drink”
  • Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes]: “Best french fries”
  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best place to get a growler filled”
  • Corsair [Darek Bell]: “Best distillery”
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]: “Best barbecue”
  • Sam’s [Sam Sanchez]: “Best sports bar,” “Best trivia night”
  • Fido [Bob Bernstein]: “Best breakfast”

Second Place

Third Place

  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best craft beer retailer”
  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein]: “Best coffeehouse”
  • OZ [Tim Ozgener]: “Best place for a wedding reception”
  • Turf Managers [Nathan Brandon]: “Best lawn service”

EO Nashville Members in the News: Darek Bell, Andy Bailey, Julie May, David Waddell, Bob Bernstein, Joe Freedman

Here’s what your fellow EO members have been up to this week:

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was featured in the October 2013 edition of Afar Magazine. The article suggested a tour of the facility and a taste of the Pumpkin Spice Moonshine.


Andy Bailey’s [Petra] Tennessean column focused on the key traits of successful entrepreneurs.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] was quoted in a Businessnewsdaily.com article about discontinued Google programs and their new alternatives. Bytes of knowledge was also recognized by the Tennessean this week for the company’s two wins at The American Business Awards.

The Nashville Ledger published an article by David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] that provided “A dose of fiscal truth” regarding the U.S. debt problem. 

Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] was mentioned in numerous publications this week, including the Tennessean, in relation to the grand opening of the new Omni Nashville Hotel where the coffee shop is prominently featured. 



Joe Freedman [Music City Tents] penned an article for the EO Overdrive blog in which he provides tips for entrepreneurs looking to sell their business. 

In event news, on October 10th two of our members will be taking part in the Nashville Business Journal’s second annual Entrepreneur Exchange at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Julie May [Bytes of Knowledge] and John Kepley [Teknetex] will speak on the topic “Lessons Learned: My colossal failures vs. my explosive growth”.