EO Nashville Members in the News: Bryan Ansley, Darek Bell, Bill Kimberlin, Randi Lesnick, Charles Bone, Tim Ozgener, Traylor Woodall, David Waddell, Stephen Tallent, Charlie Brock, Steven Curnette, Benjamin Goldberg, Dan Hogan, Brittany Lorenz, Arnie Malham, Alan Young, Julie May, Bruce Buchanan, Ricky Scott, Barry Smith

Medicare.com [Bill Kimberlin] was listed by Business Insider as one of the most expensive domain names of all time, selling for $4.8 million this May.

Patrick Burke [Seed Hospitality] was on HLN discussing a new reservation app that’s making waves.

Randi Lesnick [Randi Events] was named one of the “World’s 40 Best High-End Luxury Event Planners” by The International Man.

Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser] wrote on the VA physician shortage for his USA Today column.

Darek Bell [Corsair] was featured in Distiller Magazine about winning the Bubble Cap Award for distillery of the year. Corsair’s barrel-aged gin was highlighted on the Tasting Table, The distillery was named on one Nashville’s best by Nashville Lifestyles and were also quoted in the Upstart Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. Corsair Distillery was also featured in a Louisville Business Journal’s piece on starting a distillery.

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The Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post reported that Launch Tennessee [Charlie Brock] will be the presenting sponsor of Tennessee’s state accelerator The TENN. Charlie Brock also wrote on Tennessee startups focusing on the automotive industry for the Knoxville News Sentinel and regional accelerator preparations for pitch day for his Tennessean column.

The Tennessean reported on OZ Nashville’s [Tim Ozgener] inaugural Family Day will feature Dan Zanes and Friends, whose music has been featured on Sesame Street, Disney, Nickelodeon and others.

In the Memphis Daily News and Nashville Ledger, David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] explained Asia’s dependence on US growth.

A news app developed by Mercury Intermedia [Stephen Tallent] was featured on Talking New Media.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s “25 Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2014”.

Arnie Malham [cj Advertising] and Alan Young [Armor Concepts] spearheaded an internship partnership with EO Nashville and the Vanderbilt football team, which was reported by the Tennessean

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Nashville Business Journal wrote about Secure Identity Systems’ [Bryan Ansley] expansion to the direct-to-consumer market.

David Frederisken [PatientFocus] spoke on his company’s recent partnership with Franklin-based Verus Healthcare for the Nashville Post.

Bruce E. Buchanan’s [Siskind Susser] was appointed to the Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee of American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Tennessean had the story.

Cushman & Wakefield [Brittany Lorenzi] brokers Dick Fleming and Buck Haltiwanger spoke on the convention center redevelop for the Nashville Business Journal. The firm was also hired by North Gulch Partners for a new Church Street development according to the Tennessean.

The Nashville Business Journal reported on The Kingston Group’s [Ricky Scott] new office space in West Nashville.

Strategic Hospitality’s [Benjamin Goldberg] Pinewood Social opened their pool area with an airstream for separate food service. According to the Nashville Business Journal, they will be involved in the food and beverage side of a new Printer’s Alley boutique hotel development.Showhomes’ [Bert Lyles] luxury staging strategies were featured in articles for Inc., My Suburban Life, Zillow as well as a video spot for Fusion TV.

Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was selected to serve as the United Way of Sumner County’s 2014 Campaign Chair. The Tennessean had the story.

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Dan Hogan [Medalogix] says his new Series A capital raise brings Nashville investment issues into focus in an Venture Nashville Connections interview.

Julie May discussed the increased use of medical apps as a diagnosing solution in her Tennessean column.

Steven Curnutte [Tortola Advisors, LLC and Capstan] advised Iceline Logistics during their acquisition by Tennessee Steel Haulers. The Nashville Post had the story.

Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] spoke to Tennessean about renovations at L&C tower, Nashville’s first skyscraper. The article also names DWC Construction [John Arndt Jr.] as the selected contractor for the renovations.

The Tennessean wrote an article about the purchase of the Tower at Renaissance. Barry Smith [Eakin Partners] represented the seller.

Fivestone Studio’s [Traylor Woodall] projection mapping for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas was featured in Display Central.

Mark Scrivner [Snapshot Interactive], Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group], Christopher Redhage [ProviderTrust], David Frederiksen [PatientFocus], Mike Rustici [Rustici Software], Elliot Holt [Medi-Copy Services], James Fields [Concept Technology], Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health], Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery], and Joshua Boyd [Computer Pros] were all featured in Nashville Business Journal’s piece on if these small business winners could travel back five years.


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.


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

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, Charles May, David Waddell, Michael Brody-Waite, Alan Young, James Fields and Dan Hogan

A look at what EO Nashville members have been up to the last couple weeks.

In his column in The Tennessean, Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] discussed whether U.S. health care is a growth driver or value destroyer.


Charles May [bytes of knowledge] appeared in the Nashville Business Journal’s executive profile section May 2.

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David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column appeared in the Memphis Daily News Friday. In his column he discussed the “no-growth rally.”

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] and Alan Young [Armor Concepts LLC] were featured in last week’s Nashville Business Journal. The two were noted as panelists for the upcoming NBJ Entrepreneur Exchange on June 6.

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In his bi-weekly column in The Tennessean, James Fields [Concept Technology] discussed whether or not your data is safer within your business or in a public cloud.

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Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post for inking a deal with Alacare Home Health & Hospice, an Alabama-based company with 23 locations. This deal will triple Medalogix’s client base. Click here and here for coverage.

Dan Hogan was also mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal‘s article, “Apps techies can’t live without.”

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EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, Tim Ozgener, Alex Tolbert, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Alan Young, Mark Deutschmann, Justin Crosslin, Hannah Paramore and Jeff Turner

Another busy week for the members of EO Nashville.

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Executive Profile section last week. Read the Q&A here.

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OZ [Tim Ozgener] was voted Best New Venue by nFocus Magazine.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. In this week’s column, Alex discussed the pros and cons between medical pay models.

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Alex Tolbert was also mentioned in Wednesday’s Tennessean. Read more here.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column also appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. Andy discussed the sacrifices his wife has made as an entrepreneur’s spouse and Andy’s wife provides a few words of advice from her experiences.

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Andy Bailey also appeared in Business Daily.com. Read his blog here.

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] and Alan Young [Armor] were featured in the Nashville Business Journal last week. The two will talk at the upcoming Nashville Business Journal Entrepreneur Exchange.

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Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate Services], Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker], Crosslin and Associates [Justin Crosslin] and Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency] appeared in this week’s Nashville Business Journal, where they shared their best advice with readers.

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National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] appeared on News Channel 5 on Wednesday. You can view the video and read more here.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville Announces New Board of Directors

Join us in welcoming our 2013/14 board of directors. The 2013/14 board term runs May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

The new board of directors of the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization includes:

The Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a growing, vibrant group of successful business owners who are all doing what they can to contribute to the regional economy. All of our board members work extremely hard to accommodate the growing needs of this diverse group. We want to thank the board for volunteering their time to make this chapter one of the best within EO.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Inc. 500, NEXT Awards, Ben Goldberg & Michael Brody-Waite

It has been an award heavy week for EO Nashville members (not that we’re complaining)!

On Wednesday, Inc. magazine announced its newest list of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies. Of the three Nashville companies that made the list, two were members of EO Nashville: Teknetex [John Kepley] and Medicare.com [Bill Kimberlin].

Also this week, the Nashville Chamber announced its finalists for the company and individual NEXT awards. EO Nashville members and member companies that were honored included:

Company Awards:

Individual Awards:

The Catbird SeatBen Goldberg’s The Catbird Seat also landed on Bon Appetit’s Hot 10 List of America’s Best New Restaurants this week. The Catbird Seat ranked fifth on the powerhouse list.

And lastly, Inquicker received national press attention, appearing in an Entrepreneur magazine piece on the “7 Deadly Sins of Business Meetings.” In the article, Michael Brody-Waite talks about how his company did away with unproductive meetings.