EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, Charles Bone, James Fields, Ashlyn Hines, John Rowley, Mark Deutschmann, Ben Goldberg, David Waddell, Patrick Burke, Julie May

EO Nashville was prominently featured in the Tennessean this week with a story about breaking the chapter revenue record and the expected growth in 2014.

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Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was quoted in a BusinessInsurance article on exploring health care benefits through a financial lens.

The Tennessean made its suggestions for the future mayor of Nashville, and mentioned Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] as a possible candidate.

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote his column for the Tennessean about threats to net neutrality.

The Tennessean mentioned Bristol Development [Ashlyn Hines] in a story about site approvals for the new Franklin Park and Ovation projects in Franklin.

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] offered his thoughts on how new health care laws will affect the 2014 midterm elections in a recent Fox News segment.

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The Tennessean quoted Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] in an article about the final phase of Werthan Lofts in the Gulch.

The Nashville Scene featured Trevor Moran, the new chef of The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] in a Q&A article about his background and his transition to the high-profile restaurant.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] wrote about P/E expansion for his Memphis Daily News column. David’s column was also featured in the Nashville Ledger.

Southern Living’s “The Daily South” blog featured Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] as one of five things you need to know in the South. Patrick was also featured on a News 2 Nashville story about the restaurant, which has its grand opening this weekend.

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Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] wrote her Tennessean column on internet privacy and the risks of using social media and retail sites. The bytes of knowledge headquarters was also featured in this week’s Nashville Business Journal.

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6 Business Resolutions for 2014

At the beginning the year, resolutions are on every entrepreneurs’ minds—those annual commitments (and recommitments) that help businesses grow and succeed.

We recently asked six EO Nashville members what their business resolutions were to start 2014 off on the right foot. Read on to learn more.

Show Appreciation

Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

Too often quality work and support goes unrecognized. Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, made a resolution to thank the people that helped his personal and professional growth. This included mentors, employees, board members and even his wife who has allowed him to chase his passion despite the long hours. His goal was to let people know that their time and commitment is appreciated.

Embrace Flexibility

Julie May

Julie May

As Julie May, co-founder and CEO of bytes of knowledge, says, “the times are a changin’.” She has made it her resolution to become more comfortable with the idea of flexible hours and virtual working.

“This new culture of flexibility can be very difficult, making it hard to adapt to the new expectations—even though I enjoy them myself,” Julie said. “With an ERP in place and metrics for each employee, the numbers will speak for themselves. I can entrust management to the numbers and determine the resulting outcomes.”

Invest in Experienced Department Leaders

Shervin Eftekhari

Shervin Eftekhari

When transitioning from a startup to a revenue producing, growing company, you need to invest in experienced department leaders.

As Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, says, “As a founder of a startup, you’re responsible everyday for making decisions large and small. Sometimes this means making decisions about topics that are not your area of expertise. By using common sense and creative thinking, startups can muddle through most sticky situations.”

But, as the size of your company grows, at some point, investing in experienced department leaders ensures that no one spends valuable time on things that are not in their area of expertise, and your focus as a business owner remains on the growth of the business itself.

For Shervin, this means getting an HR manager with proper experience and training. “We made a resolution to do that one year and it changed the culture of our company. There is a science, theory and know-how in human resources that you can’t fake for too long. Getting the right HR expert helps with the difficult task of managing people,” Shervin said. “It also helps with company morale and with handling tough employee issues, freeing us up to focus more on growing the business and enhancing the customer experience.”

Align Your Team

Elliott Holt

Elliott Holt

Aligning your team can mean different things to different people, and for Elliott Holt, CEO of Medi-Copy Services, Inc., it means encouraging employee engagement without wasting resources to give necessary feedback to his management team.

Elliott plans to use the “Start.Stop.Continue.” exercise to find this alignment.

“I have made the resolution to begin the ‘Start.Stop.Continue.’ exercise on a monthly basis and to include all of my staff, not just the managers, on it so that we can get buy-in from all employees,” Elliott said. “In 2013, my managers completed this exercise and I learned what I needed to start, stop and continue. I learned that I needed to start trusting my decisions as an entrepreneur and not listen to all of the noise in the background. I learned that I needed to stop micromanaging every department within my organization and let my managers lead. I also learned that I should I continue to focus my time on the ingenuity and stratagem of the company so that current and potential clients will benefit from our services years to come.”

Take Immediate Action

John Huber

John Huber

It’s easy to delay tasks without pressing deadlines, but as we all know that’s not always a good thing in both our professional and personal lives.

John Huber, COO of Moo Creative Media, has found it easy in the past of push off non-time specific tasks indefinitely. So he made it his goal in 2014 to take immediate action.

“If I see something that needs attention or a process that needs adjusting I will take steps right away to get the situation resolved,” John said. “By challenging myself to take immediate action, I will find time to handle these tasks so I can focus my attention elsewhere without my to-do-list growing out of control.”

Give Back to the Entrepreneurial Community

Bill Faeth

Bill Faeth

This year, Bill Faeth, CEO of Inbound Marketing Agents, made it his resolution to give to the entrepreneurial community by incubating young entrepreneurs and providing ongoing mentorship throughout the year.

“I’ve extended free workspace in our company’s office, provided ongoing mentorship, and access to our staff to support the entrepreneur’s development. So far, the benefits have been fantastic—we hold office-wide strategy sessions, and ‘think tanks’ that provide an environment that most young startups don’t have access to,” Bill said. “Most of all, I love knowing that I’m able to make a real difference for aspiring first-time entrepreneurs while giving back and also learning from them.”

EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, Dan Hogan, Ben Goldberg, Patrick Burke, Julie May, Darek Bell, David Waddell, Charlie Brock, Tim Ozgener

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] focused his Tennessean column on how the new Uber car service can offer lessons for health care.

The Nashville Business Journal‘s Biz Blog offered CTO’s predictions for 2014 and included input from Medalogix [Dan Hogan] CTO Bryan Mosher.

Eater National, the Nashville Scene and Nashville Business Journal each covered the hiring of The Catbird Seat‘s [Ben Goldberg] new chef, Trevor Moran. Moran is a former sous chef at Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, annually hailed as the best restaurant in the word. Men’s Journal wrote an article on Pinewood Social that focused on the venue’s southern-style Irish coffee.

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The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal and The Nashville Scene all published articles on Two Ten Jack‘s [Patrick Burke] preview party and upcoming grand opening celebration.

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Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote an article for FastCasual about how to build a strong restaurant brand.

Food and Wine magazine online wrote a profile of Corsair [Darek Bell] quinoa whiskey in an slideshow titled “How to Drink Quinoa”.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] column in the Memphis Daily News focused on “Selling Momentum, Buying Contrarian”. The column was also published in the Nashville Ledger.

The Chattanoogan published a story on Launch Tennessee‘s [Charlie Brock] Venture Match program that connects some of Tennessee’s innovators and explore opportunities to match entrepreneurs with technologies in order to develop new companies, create sustainable jobs and build value for investors.

OZ  [Tim Ozgener] was a part of the Nashville Scene‘s Winter Arts Preview cover story.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, Ashlyn Hines, Martin Renkis, Clint Smith, Andy Bailey, Darek Bell, Bob Bernstein, James Fields, Tom Beach, J.J. Rosen, Ricky Scott, Ben Goldberg, Charlie Brock, Patrick Burke

Check out the EO Nashville member headlines for this week:

The Nashville Business Journal included Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] in its cover story on shopping for health care.

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Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines] intends to build new condos in the Cool Springs Ovation Development. The story was covered in the Tennessean.

Smartvue [Martin Renkis] closed Series A funding round led by former AT&T and Motorola Chairman David Dorman.

The Nashville Business Journal focused its Biz Blog on Emma‘s [Clint Smith] free service offer to 100 non-profits for the company’s 10th anniversary.

Andy Bailey’s [PetraTennessean column focused on creating a great office environment for your employees.

Corsair [Darek Bell] and Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] were each highlighted in a Tastings Magazine article about food and beverage at the new Nashville Omni Hotel.eo-omni

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote his Tennessean column on the five best technology practices your business should consider in 2014.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle highlighted the City Saver [Tom Beach] Education Funding Campaign that will run from January 17 – February 14, 2014. Last year’s campaign raised over $175,000 for local schools and the Education Foundation.

J.J Rosen [Atiba] wrote his Tennessean column on the next phase of the Internet with an illustration of a near-future George Jetson.

The Tennessean featured The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] in an article about remodeling homes in historic neighborhoods.

The New York Times ranked Nashville as one of its 52 Places to go in 2014 and mentioned Pinewood Social [Ben Goldberg] in the write-up about the city.

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Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] wrote a column for the Tennessean about taking inventory of your business goals for 2014 and was also featured in the Tennessean for Launch Tennessee’s Master Accelerator Program, which will be taking trips to Boston and New York with a group of Tennessee entrepreneurs.

Patrick Burke’s [Seed Hospitality]  new restaurant venture hosted a preview party last weekend that was attended by many EO Nashville members and restaurant connoisseurs. The East Nashville venture, called Two Ten Jack, will open its doors for a grand opening on January 24 and 25.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bob Bernstein, Ben Goldberg, Julie May, Joe Freedman, Darek Bell, J.J. Rosen, Nicholas Holland, Tom Turner, Mark Deutschmann, Andy Bailey, Chris Redhage, James Fields, Charlie Brock, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Alex Tolbert, Dan Hogan, John Cook Jr., Ben Hanback, John Huber, Barry Smith

It might have been vacation time for Nashville EO members, but the news certainly didn’t take a day off for the holidays. News outlets were full of EO member news these past two weeks, read on to see what your fellow members have been up to:

The Tennessean reported on Bongo Java‘s [Bob Bernstein] birthday makeover. The Belmont location is getting a new deck, as well as an expanded front entrance, complete with glass garage doors that will be opened this summer.

Kings Of Leon named Pinewood Social [Ben Goldberg] as one of the new Nashville hotspots they are excited to try in this month’s Nashville Lifestyles. The Goldberg brothers were also featured in an Inc.com article about their “secret sauce” for success.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] focused a Tennessean column on the new digital wallet that could soon make credit cards obsolete, and wrote a second Tennessean column on technology advances in 2014 and what they mean for your privacy.

Joe Freedman [Music City Tents & Events] was the focus of Nashville Business Journal’s “Who to Meet” feature.

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Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was selected to build the new Sounds baseball stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2015. The Tennessean covered the ballpark’s progress.

J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] Tennessean column focused on the “Gamification” of the workplace.

Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] experience with 500 Startups in Silicon Valley was the focus of a Tennessean Q&A article.

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The Nashville Business Journal covered DSi‘s [Tom Turner] expansion to Atlanta in its Nashville Biz Blog. DSi was also featured in a Legal Tech newsletter article about metadata.

Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] ranked third in Nashville Business Journal’s list of top real estate agents.

A Commercial Appeal article about Memphis’ new guard prominently featured David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] and was picked up by Bloomberg Businessweek. David also penned his Worldly Investor column for The Memphis Daily News on the “Naughty and Nice” economy of 2013.

Andy Bailey [Petra] offered advice on how to achieve your 2014 New Year’s resolutions in his Tennessean column.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted Chris Redhage [Provider Trust] in its article about buzz words of the year. Chris hopped on the “standing desk” trend and added one to his office.

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote his Tennessean column on the 5 trends in technology in 2014. Concept Technology was also featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Buzzwords” for the acronym BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Charlie Brock [Launch TN] wrote a 2014 Wish List for TN Entrepreneurs for the Tennessean. Launch TN was also mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal‘s Buzzwords of 2014 article for the words “Entrepreneurship”, and “Accelerator.”

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Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Josephine] was mentioned in relation to the “Farm-to-table” buzzword for her new restaurant in 12 South that focuses on sustainability. Miranda’s new restaurant Prima, set to open in the Gulch in 2014, is already generating significant buzz, with The Nashville Business Journal reporting on its “25 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings” ranking by Zagat.

In his Tennessean column, Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] wrote about President Obama’s expected New Year’s resolutions for health care. Bernard Health was highlighted in an Indy Star article about how to navigate Obamacare and the The Tennessean covered  the opening of Bernard Health’s Cool Springs retail store. The retail store was also highlighted as the buzzword “consumerism” in the Nashville Business Journal cover story.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Dan Hogan [Medalogix]  in its ETC. section where he offered a list of his favorite things.

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John Cook Jr. [Dole Refrigerating Company] was mentioned in a Tennessean article about his daughter, Georgia Cook, who is a young, successful surfer.

Ben Hanback [Regions Insurance Group] focused his Tennessean column on setting an example for your business and your peers through good works.

Moo Creative Media [John Huber] recently purchased new office space in the Fifth and Main building in East Nashville. The Nashville Post and The Nashville Business Journal covered the story.

The Nashville Business Journal penned a story on Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] for their Nashville Biz Blog.