EO Nashville crowned ‘Rock Star’ again

eo nashville logoGlobal EO recently crowned EO Nashville as a 2014 ‘Rock Star’ chapter, placing Nashville in the top tier of all 131 chapters. This marks EO Nashville’s sixth Rock Star award since 2008.

For 20 years, EO Nashville has served as the chief catalyst for regional entrepreneurs. The Rock Star distinction awards the hard work of successful chapters by evaluating them against 27 benchmarks of chapter health, including growth, renewals, learning, communications, forum and finance.

It’s always energizing to see Nashville at the top of EO’s global rankings. We appreciate global EO’s recognition of our hard work and success, none of which could have been possible without our board and last year’s EO Nashville President Joe Freedman.

Capitalizing on the chapter’s growth and success, in 2015, EO Nashville will host the NERVE conference, the east coast regional conference for EO. 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.

Rock out EO Nashville!

Let’s formally welcome EO Nashville’s 2014/2015 board of directors

The new board of directors of Nashville EO includes:

  • President: Dan Hogan, CEO, Medalogix
  • Incoming President: Charles May, principal, bytes of knowledge
  • Finance Chair: John Aron, president and CEO, The Pasta Shoppe
  • Finance Co-chair: Bethany Newman, co-owner and president, st8mnt
  • Membership Chair: John Rowley, owner, Fletcher Rowley Inc.
  • Membership Co-chair: Alan Young, CEO, Armor Concepts LLC
  • Catalyst Chair: Bryan Ansley, CEO, FNB Merchants
  • Catalyst Co-chair: Glenn McConnell, owner, Music City Tents & Events, LLC
  • Learning Chair: Evan Austill, COO, PatientFocus, Inc.
  • Social Chair: Will Newman, proprietor, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and The Filling Station
  • Forum Chair:  Bryan Merville, president and director of sales, Beacon Technologies
  • Forum Co-chair: Elliott Holt, CEO, Medi-Copy Services, Inc.
  • Sponsorship Chair: Bob Jacobs, president and managing partner, Equity Solutions USA
  • Sponsorship Co-chair: John Kepley, CEO, teknetex inc
  • Engagement Chair: Eric Jackson, managing partner, Keystone Business Solutions, LLC
  • Engagement Co-chair: Sonny Clark, entrepreneur
  • Nerve Chair: Joe Freedman, founder and chairman, Music City Tents & Events and Peachtree Tents & Events
  • Nerve Co-chair: Alex Tolbert, owner, Bernard Health

With NERVE coming to Nashville in September 2015, we’ve added two new seats to this year’s board. Joe and Alex will guide our planning for the event, during which we expect more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship.

The 2014/15 board term runs May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. All off our board members are looking forward to a great new year for the chapter.

 

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.

 

Everything you need to know about our new Second in Command program

In partnership with Larry Linne, founder and chairman of Intellectual Innovations, this month, EO Nashville will roll out “Second in Command,” a Noise Reduction Program for EO Nashville member second-in-commands (SiCs).

This new resource for growing business leaders is based on The Noise Reduction SystemTM, which Linne first detailed in his book, Make The Noise Go Away. Linne’s ideas and training tools have been implemented in organizations ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

The typical CEO spends less than 20 percent of his or her time engaged in thinking and activities that bring the greatest value to their businesses. This program gets your SiC in a organized and peer-supported program where he or she can maximize job efficiency, allowing CEOs to be much more strategic.

EO Nashville SiC participants will engage in 10 monthly seminars led by Mary Sobon, principal of the executive coaching firm, M2 Consulting. The classes will begin February 12.

Following the seminars, SiC participants will be placed in a peer-to-peer forum group and will continue to meet monthly. The cost for the entire program is $2750 per SiC participant. The inaugural class has been limited to 12 members to ensure maximum support and engagement.

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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.”