Alan Young Invited to The White House for Manufacturing Industry Briefing

EO Nashville’s very own Alan Young [Armor Concepts] met with senior White House officials last week as part of a briefing on the state of the manufacturing industry. Representatives of 37 companies from across the country were invited to the White House to share their experiences in the industry and offer insight on how the current administration can help create manufacturing jobs.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker outlined the Department of Commerce’s initiatives to enhance the global competitiveness of American manufacturing, and panel discussions led by industry leaders focused on preparing workers for high-skilled jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. During the discussion, Alan and other business leaders considered ways in which the government can be most effective in helping manufacturers.

Congratulations Alan!


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Senior White House officials participating in the briefing included:

  • Penny Pritzker, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Mark Doms, Undersecretary of Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Jason Miller, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, the White House
  • Mike Molnar, Director, National Institute of Standards & Technology Program Office
  • Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology & Innovation, Office of Science & Technology Policy, the White House
  • Eric Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary of Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Kate McAdams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Gary Yakimov, Manager of Policy Research, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Sam Brown, Director, White House Business Council

white house 3The other business leaders who joined Alan at the White House included:




Meet EO Nashville’s 22 New Members

We’re excited to announce today the addition of 22 new members to EO Nashville.

Our new members bring a combined $209,409,800 in annual sales and 1,023 full-time employees to our group’s ranks. Sixty-eight percent of the new member companies call Davidson County home, and 27 percent are located in Williamson County.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 169 members, which represents at 15 percent year-over-year growth for the chapter.

The 22 new EO Nashville members are:

  • Joshua Boyd, president of Computer PROS, an information technology service provider.
  • Shaun Carrigan, founder and president of NetContent, a technology developer specializing in news aggregation and large-scale email publishing services.
  • Tony Darsinos, owner and partner of Astikon Development and Gondola House Restaurant, LLC, a Hermitage-based restaurant.
  • Jake Fagan, president and founder of Caddis Interactive, a digital agency.
  • Curt Hahn, owner of Film House, Inc., a film production company.
  • Robert Hartline, partner and owner of Call Proof, a mobile application for field salespeople and staff.
  • Tammy Hawes, founder and president of Virsys12, a technology consulting firm specializing in Salesforce implementation and integration services.
  • David Hornsby, president of Executive Travel & Parking, LLC, a business travel agency and airport valet parking service.
  • Randi Lesnick, CEO and founder of Hospitality Consultants, LLC, an event, design and management firm.
  • Heather McCollum, owner of Fruition Salon, a Nashville-based hair salon.
  • Jason McConnell, chef and owner of several area restaurants including Cork & Cow, 55 South and Red Pony. He also co-owns new restaurant Two Ten Jack with fellow EO member Patrick Burke.
  • Dee Northcutt Jr., president and owner of Mid TN Dentistry, an implant and general dentistry.
  • Josh Pittman, president of MediCore Medical Supply, a manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies.
  • Angela Proffitt, co-founder of Angela Proffitt, LLC, an event and wedding planner and business consultant.
  • Greg Siskind, partner and founder of Siskind Susser, PC, an immigration law group.
  • Scott Smith, owner of Solerant LLC, an information technology service provider for churches, schools and ministries across the nation.
  • Doug Stacey, co-owner and vice president of Landscape Services, Inc., a landscape management company.
  • Craig Stanley, co-founder and president, Tennessee Steel Haulers, Inc., a national flatbed carrier.
  • Eddie Stewart, co-founder of Stewart Transportation Solutions, Inc., which provides hotel and convention shuttles and event transportation.
  • Jeff Stockton, owner of ApexWorks, a restoration services and roofing repair company.
  • Jim Thomas, president and CEO of Thomas & Thorngren, Inc., a national provider of human resources and payroll services.
  • Traylor Woodall, CFO and principal of Fivestone Studios, a video production firm.

Jake, Angela and Jeff all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s Catalyst program.


Operation EO — This Sunday — Will You Be There?

This Sunday, April 13, EO Nashville members and their families will roll up their sleeves and purchase, pack and deliver the ingredients for an Easter feast to 160 area families in need.

The new “Operation EO” event will take place between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Parmer Park, located at 578 Leake Avenue just off of Belle Meade Boulevard.

“Entrepreneurs give back to our community by creating jobs, and additionally it’s really impactful when entrepreneurs and their next generation can give back to the community in more ways than one. That’s what this event is all about,” said Tim Ozgener, community chair for EO Nashville and president and CEO of OZ Contemporary Arts Center.

Easter-foodOrganized as “a family outing serving other families in our community,” each EO Nashville member and his or her family donated $90 to partake in the event, which will provide two families with a meal box that includes an Easter Ham, green beans, potatoes, etc.

Dry goods and fresh items will arrive en masse at Parmer Park around 1:30 p.m. for EO families to sort, pack and deliver to one of five benefiting nonprofits: KIPP Academy, Martha O’Bryan Center, McNeilly Center and Safe Haven Family Shelter.

“The idea behind this event came from other likeminded entrepreneurs who were frustrated with the lack of charities that would allow children under the age of 10 to volunteer. They started a child-friendly service project to deliver Thanksgiving meals to Nashville families in need,” Tim explained. “It was initiated to expose our young kids to those less fortunate—to give children an appreciation of the gifts they have and to instill the value of empathy through giving back to Nashville’s community.”

Tim continued, “Especially around the holidays, Easter in this case, the lack of funds for these families to enjoy a decent meal becomes even more acute. The few hours your family gives to make this happen you will more than receive back with a full heart.”


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EO Nashville Members in the News: David Waddell, Will Newman, Ricky Scott, Darek Bell, John Rowley, Ben Hanback, Charlie Brock, Tim Ozgener, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Alex Tolbert, J.J. Rosen, Martin Renkis, Dan Hogan, Julie May, Nancy Leach, James Fields, Charles Bone, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Patrick Burke, Best in Business

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] was featured in a Commercial Appeal article about new startups in Memphis.

The Nashville Post published a story on Edley’s [Will Newman] expansion in 12 South.

The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] was prominently featured in the most recent issue of Entrepreneur Startups Magazine.

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The Music City Center, which featured Bell and Associates [Darek Bell] on it’s construction team, won the top prize in the Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The Tennessean covered the story.

Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] has won the highest honor in craft distilling, the “Bubble Cap” award from the American Distilling Institute. Read the full story at The Nashville The Distillery was also featured in a Nashville Lifestyles article about the booming Tennessee whiskey business.

John Rowley [Fletcher Rowley] was a guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, where he contributed to the discussion on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case dealing with the  a corporation’s religious freedom.



Ben Hanback’s [Regions Insurance] Tennessean column focused on choosing to change your attitude.

The Memphis Daily News  and wrote about Launch Tennessee‘s [Charlie Brock] “100 Girls of Code” workshop coming to Memphis this summer.

Oz [Tim Ozgener] was featured in the Guardian’s Nashville city guide as one of the top 10 art galleries, art spaces and cultural events. The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene covered Oz’s “Thursday Night Things” series with a feature on artist Herb Williams’ show, “Personal Best”. The event was a huge success, drawing over 500 attendees.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] postcard about Successful vs. Unsuccessful people was featured in a LinkedIn post by Dave Kerpen, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Likeable. The post has now been repurposed and shared across the Web, with articles in BusinessInsider, Yahoo Finance, MediaBistro and, just to name a few. Andy’s Tennessean column focused on finding was to constantly improve your business, even when you think you are doing well and his column in the Nashville Business Journal addressed setting goals for accountability.


The Nashville Business Journal caught up with InQuicker‘s [Michael Brody-Waite] headline story from 2013 in which the company detailed its approach to growth. Today, the company has grown from 21 to 30 employees.

The Tennessean quoted Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] in an article about Vanderbilt’s cancer coverage gap through the Affordable Health Care Act. Alex’s most recent Tennessean column focused on the changing face of primary care. Bernard Health was also featured in a Eyewitness News 3 report about the March 31 Healthcare deadline.

J.J. Rosen’s [AtibaTennessean column offered advice on how to be a great project manager.

The Nashville Business Journal reported on Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] raising $3.85 million in a Series A investment round.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was quoted in the Health and Tech Beats section of the Nashville Business Journal.

The Nashville Business Journal covered “Mentoring Monday,” which connected over 150 women with potential mentors, including Julie May [bytes of knowledge], Brittany Lorenzi [Cushman &Wakefield | Cornerstone] and Nancy Leach [Facility Planners].

James Fields’ [Concept TechnologyTennessean column analyzed the benefits of high-tech light bulbs.

Bone McAllseter Norton [Charles Bone] ranked tenth on the Nashville Business Journal’s top law firms list.

Nashville Lifestyles released its list of the 25 best dishes in Nashville, and a few of our EO Nashville members were included on the list. Pinewood Social‘s [Ben Goldberg] Egg in a Jar, the Tuck Special at Edley’s [Will Newman] and the Scallops at Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] were a few of the editor’s favorites.

Winners of the reader’s poll included:

Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] was highlighted in a six-page Nashville Lifestyles story that walks readers through the Izakaya experience.


Congratulations the following EO Nashville members who were recognized as finalists for  The Nashville Business Journal Best in Business Awards.

1-25 Employees

500+ Employees


Recent Catalyst graduate Rhodes Car [Bill Pomakoy] received international attention this week when England’s Price Harry took one of the company’s four-wheeled bikes for a spin. The Tennessean covered the story.