EO Nashville Members in the News: Charlie Brock, Ben Hanback, John Rowley, Hart Weatherford, Darek Bell, Mark Deutschmann, Barry Smith, Nicholas Holland, Alex Tolbert

Happy holidays! Before you head out of town, take a moment to browse the news of the week.

EO Nashville made big news this week with its addition of 23 new members, a 30% jump from last year. The Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post covered the story and noted that EO Nashville is one of the fastest-growing EO chapter in the world.

A few of our members met with Senior Economic Advisors at the White House this week as part of a national summit on the Nation’s economy. The Tennessean covered the event and the Tennessee delegation of business men and women, which included Charlie Brock [LaunchTN], Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] and John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley].

Hart Weatherford [Farmington Financial Group] was profiled in the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 section.

HART-WEATHERFORDCorsair Artisan [Darek Bell] was prominently featured in the Winter 2013 edition of Artisan Spirit Magazine.

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Mark Deutschmann [Core Development] was featured in a Nashville Post story about the conversion of Germantown’s Werthan Lofts into condominiums.

Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal blog about HCA’s move to the Gulch.

SouthernAlpha congratulated Nicholas Holland and the Populr.me team for being ranked 3rd out of the 30 entrepreneurial businesses participating in 500 Startups.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned a column for the Tennessean that offered his tips for enrolling on Healthcare.gov.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Mark Deutschmann, Charlie Brock, Ben Hanback, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Ricky Scott, Julie May, William Newman, James Fields, J.J. Rosen, Alex Tolbert, Andy Bailey, Clint Smith, Nicholas Holland

Mark Deutschmann’s [Village Real Estate] charitable organizations and revitalization projects were featured in the Nov./Dec. edition of The Residential Specialist Magazine.

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Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] wrote a column for the Tennessean about startup activity that was also picked up by the Knoxville Times and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Ben Hanback’s [The Hanback GroupTennessean column offered great ideas on how to thank your business partners, clients or co-workers.

“12 South Lands Another Pontes Restaurant” was the third most read article on the NashvillePost.com this year. Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ [Josephine] new venture opened last week.

The Nashville Business Journal ran a “Top 3” article by Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group] about recruitment strategies. 120613-NBJ-Top-3---Recruitment-Strategies-for-Your-Business

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] penned a guest column for the Nashville Business Journal about lessons she learned during the bytes of knowledge office move.

Edley’s Bar-B-Q [William Newman] was highlighted in the Nashville Scene for its “Battle of the Carolers” event in East Nashville. The event benefited the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.

James Fields’ [Concept TechnologyTennessean column focused on the phase-out of Windows XP, and the risks of holding on to the software after Microsoft has ended customer support and security updates.

Sunday’s Tennessean featured a column by J.J. Rosen [Atiba] about the evolution of Christmas shopping via mobile devices.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was interviewed in a Tennessean news video regarding confusion over the Affordable Care Act. Bernard Health was also highlighted in a MidLevelU.com blog series called the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] Tennessean column provided advice on how to cope with your startup’s roller-coaster ride.

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Join us in congratulating Clint Smith [Emma] and Nicholas Holland [Populr.me], who have each been named a finalist for the 2013 Technology Council Awards. Clint is up for Company of the Year and Nicholas is in the running for Innovator of the Year.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] is a finalist in the Data Analytics category for the Fierce IT Awards, sponsored by the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthCare and FierceMoblieIT.

Fall Membership Drive: Welcome EO Nashville’s 23 new members

We’re happy to announce today the addition of 23 new members to our group of Middle Tennessee business owners.

The new members bring a combined $177,340,000 in annual sales and 760 full-time employees to the group’s ranks. Though 61% of the new member companies call Davidson County home, the new members represent seven different counties in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 147 members, which represents at 30% year-over-year growth for the chapter. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

Entrepreneurs are constantly faced with new challenges and obstacles to success. By engaging with their peers in organizations like EO, entrepreneurs can learn new skills and ideas to help grow their businesses in healthy and strong ways.

The 23 new EO Nashville members are:

  • Sam Aguiar, founder of Aguiar Law Office, PLLC, a personal injury law firm.
  • Tim Akers, founder and president of Akers Advisory Group, LLC, a janitorial and building maintenance company.
  • Tyler Alkins, owner of American Earth Solutions, a manufacturing company that makes erosion control products for highway construction projects.
  • Charlie Brock, partner and owner of Four Bridges Capital Advisors, an investment services company that provides an array of services to middle-market companies.
  • John Cook, Jr., president of Dole Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of transport refrigeration and commercial freezing equipment.
  • Chris Crimmins, owner of Crimmins Construction, a professional remodeling and restoration firm.
  • Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, a full-service insurance agency.
  • Bill Faeth, co-founder of Inbound Marketing Agents, a digital marketing and demand generation agency.
  • Brad Hill, owner of Local Search Masters, an SEO and social media firm.
  • John Huber, co-founder and president, Moo Creative Media, Inc., a video marketing and creative firm.
  • Will Huynh, co-founder of Shoe Metro, a discounted online shoe retailer.
  • Rom Kellis IV, owner of NaturChem Inc., a vegetation management company for governmental, municipal, industrial and private markets.
  • David King, president and CEO of King Jewelers, a leading independent couture jeweler specializing in wholesale diamonds, fine jewelry and Swiss watches.
  • Brittany Lorenzi, CFO and principal of Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone, a commercial real estate services firm.
  • Jeff McCorpin, partner and founder of LBMC Technologies, an IT consulting firm.
  • Wade McMinn, owner and partner of Capital Wealth Advisors, LLC, a private wealth management firm.
  • Bob Murphy, president and founder of RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consultant.
  • Bethany Newman, co-owner and president of st8mnt, a brand design studio that offers print, Web and interactive design services.
  • Jason Patrick, owner of Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency that provides full-time and temporary job placement, human resources services and consulting.
  • Erin Richardson, president and owner of All-American Pest Control, Inc., a pest control company serving homeowners and businesses.
  • Mark Richter, president of MAX Mobility, a manufacturer of products that maximize the mobility of those with disabilities .
  • John Rosen, owner of Wildkin, a manufacturer of bags and accessories for kids.
  • Barry Smith, president and co-founder of Eakin Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate firm.

Brad Hill, John Huber and Bethany Newman all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s Catalyst program. Catalyst provides classes, peer-to-peer forum groups and mentorship and is designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Rebecca Donner, Alex Tolbert, Tom Turner, Steve Curnutte, Tom Beach, Dan Hogan, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Julie May, Bob Bernstein, Darek Bell, Patrick Burke, Charles Bone, Michael Brody-Waite, Nancy Leach, John Aron, Clint Smith

The Tennessean featured James Fields [Concept Technology] in a full page spread about gifts for technology lovers. James offered his picks for the “12 Hottest Tech Gifts.”

Inner Design Studio [Rebecca Donner] was featured in Healthcare Design Magazine for its redesign of a former Wal-Mart store into the T.J. Health Pavilion medical office building.

inner-designAlex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was featured in a Tennessean article about a new wave of health care execs bringing fresh ideas to Nashville. Alex also focused his Tennessean column on the dynamics of health care reform. Bernard Health sales team member Brent Whitaker also penned an article for LifeHealthPro titled “Administering cutting edge benefits administration.”

The Bernard Health team was also featured on a Fox 17 Nashville news story about Healthcare.gov glitches and fixes.

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Tom Turner [DSi] was quoted in an Entrepreneur Magazine article about unique commercial vehicles.

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Steve Curnutte and Steve Moore [Tortola Advisors] contributed to a Tennessean article about the need for business restructuring, even as the economy shows signs of improvement.

Ms. Cheap of The Tennessean highlighted City Saver‘s [Tom Beach] buy-one-get-one free sale.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was spotlighted in a Q& A for The Tennessean. Dan spoke about breaking into the Nashville health care industry, his background in the limo business and how his product surprises him.

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The Tennessean
 announced the openings of Pinewood Social [Ben Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality] in Rolling Mill Hill and Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] in 12 South. The Nashville Scene also gave readers a glimpse into Pinewood Social’s eclectic offerings, which include a karaoke room, bowling alley and outdoor swimming pool.

Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] Tennessean column shed some light on how targeted ads show up on your computer, especially during holiday shopping season.

Nashville Lifestyle’s “101 Reasons to Eat Up Music City” Issue prominently featured a number of EO Nashville Members:

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Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] was featured in the issue for his newest Bongo Java location in the Omni Hotel on 5th Avenue South. He was also recognized for his charitable giving through The Bongo Employee Assistance Fund, which supplies short-term financial support to employees of Bongo Productions who face life-altering situations.

Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Josephine] was spotlighted in the issue for her work in rejuvenating the 12 South area with her great restaurants, including her highly anticipated new venture, Josephine.

Pinewood Social [Ben Goldberg] chef Josh Habinger, who has contributed his talents to both The Patterson House and The Catbird Seat with Strategic Hospitality, was interviewed about the new all-day restaurant and bowling alley.

The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] chef Erik Anderson, offered his favorite places to eat out in Nashville.

An article about Corsair Artisan [Darek Bell] highlighted brewer-distiller Andrea Clodfelter.

Patrick Burke’s [Seed Hospitality] was featured for his unique new venture Two Ten Jack, the first Japanese pub, or “izakaya”, in Nashville.

The Nashville Business Journal recognized its Most Admired CEO’s of 2013 this week, and we would like to extend a big congratulations to Julie May [bytes of knowledge] and Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] who were each selected as CEO of the year. Julie was honored in the Private Company with 10-25 employees category and Charles was honored in the Private Company with 26-100 employees category.

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We are also proud to announce the following EO Members who were finalists for the award. Congratulations to all!

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Private Company with 26-100 Employees

Private Company with 100-500 Employees

  • Clint Smith [Emma]