EO Nashville Members in the News: Andy Bailey, Bob Bernstein, John Rowley, Charlie Brock, Mark Deutschmann, Ben Goldberg, Ashlyn Hines, James Fields, David Waddell, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Barry Smith, Bert Lyles, Julie May, Allen Baler, Patrick Burke, Michael Brody-Waite, Jerry Baker, John Rosen, Brian Murphy, Michael Hodges, Ricky Scott, Elliott Holt, Michael Rustici, James Fields, Steve Curnutte, Ben Mankin, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Glenn McConnell, Tom Turner, Darren Metz, Joe Freedman, Jerry Bostelman

Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote an article in Business Insider on why a letter is the most effective form of communication. Also, Bailey wrote an article in the Tennessean about what numbers businesses should prioritize.

The Jackson Sun credited Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] as the provider of roasted coffee for Alba, Jackson’s newest coffee shop. A Yahoo! Music article mentioned an American Idol producer’s visit to Nashville’s favorite coffee house, Bongo Java. Nashville Business Journal’s article on the Melrose entertainment district reported on Bernstein’s yet-to-open coffee shop and diner venture.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.12.46 PMTravel and Leisure mentioned Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] in its T + L Guide to Nashville, citing the restaurant as one of the places you should eat and drink while in town. The guide follows an article about Nashville’s transition back into the spotlight.

John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] was on the O’Reilly Factor’s segment on tension between Hillary and Obama.

Charlie Brock [Launch TN] wrote an article in the Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel on what happens after demo days for graduating entrepreneurs. Brock’s article about the rise of auto manufacturing startups was published in the Tennessean and the OakRidger. The American Genuis quoted Brock in an article about how to stand out to investors.

Nashville Business Journal quoted Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] in an article on Core Development Service’s new project in the Wedgewood-Houston area. The Tennessean had an article on the popularity of cottage communities, quoting Barbara Browning, a broker with Village Real Estate.

The Tennessean’s article on Strategic Hospitality’s involvement with Printers Alley hotel quoted Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality]. Nashville Business Journal featured an article on a new restaurant in Midtown, praising Ben Goldberg for introducing seated bar concepts like Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social. Southern Living named Strategic Hospitality’s Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social in the Top 100 Restaurants in the South. The Tennessean reported that Strategic Hospitality’s Pinewood Social chef Josh Habiger will be participating in Music City Food and Wine Festival.

The Tennessean quoted Ashlyn Hines [Bristol Development Group] in their article on the popularity of cottage communities in Nashville.

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote an article in the Tennessean on the top five gadgets for back-to-school shopping.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] wrote an article in the Memphis Daily News about the forecast for the aging bull market.

Nashville Scene announced that Josephine’s [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] Andrew Little will be one of the local chefs in the Music City Food and Wine Fest. Nashville Scene also announced Josephine’s addition of pastry chef Kayla May.

Nashville Business Journal mentioned Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] in an article about Nashville’s boom-and-bust cycle. Tennessean mentions Eakin Partners’ new buildings coming to the Gulch in an article about the Pinnacle building. Nashville Post reported on Eakin Partners’ project in the Gulch.

Showhomes [Bert Lyles] was featured on Fox Business’s segment on luxury homes. Sun News mentioned Showhomes in an article about the importance of home staging.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote an article in the Tennessean about the journey of software innovation.

Allen Baler [Reboot Marketing/4 Patriots] was quoted in a Digital Journal article about disaster preparedness.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.11.49 PMThe Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies included 16 EO Nashville companies. These 16 companies grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013 and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:



EO Nashville Members in the News: Joe Freedman, George Uribe, Alex Tolbert, Ben Goldberg, J.J. Rosen, Ben Hanback, Hart Weatherford, James Fields, Bert Lyles, Charles Bone, Darek Bell, Charlie Brock, Ashlyn Hines, David Waddell, Julie May, Darren Metz, Bethany Newman

It has been a big week for our members, with a trip to Greece for the EO Leadership Conference and lots of news stories to boot. Read on for the latest:

The Tennessean published a story on the state of entrepreneurship in America, with quotes from Joe Freedman [Music City Tents and Events] about the strong start-up community in Nashville.

Fox Business featured George Uribe [Guestbooker.com] in an article about promoting your brand through TV appearances.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and James Blumstein, an American legal and health scholar at Vanderbilt University, wrote an op/ed for Forbes magazine detailing why the government is able to make changes to the Affordable Care Act without congressional approval. Alex also wrote a column for the Tennessean about health care problems in other countries and offered four ways to protect your profitability from health care costs for the Austin Business Journal.

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The Catbird Seat’s [Ben Goldberg] new chefs are living up to the hype, according to a recent Nashville Scene article.

J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] latest Tennessean column taught readers about “The Deep Web” a part of the Internet unsearched by Google and other popular search engines.

Ben Hanback’s [Regions InsuranceTennessean column focused on how to keep things simple and streamlined when you face a big challenge.

The Nashville Business Journal penned an article about the success of Capstar Bank’s purchase of Farmington Financial Group [Hart Weatherford].

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] latest Tennessean column offered tips on how to fight cell phone addiction.


The Nashville Post published a Q&A with Showhomes [Bert Lyles] COO Matt Kelton.

Charles Robert Bone of Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Bone] announced his candidacy for mayor. The Tennessean had the story.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the craft distillery’s blurred line between beer and spirits and quoted Darek Bell [Corsair]. Whiskey Advocate wrote a story on a new whiskey, created through collaboration of distilleries including Corsair, called Four Kings. The Nashville Scene also had the story. Corsair was also mentioned in a New Yorker Article and an article in The Spirits Business, where the company was ranked one of the top ten pioneering distilleries in the nation.

Bell and Associates [Darek Bell] was featured prominently in the Nashville Business Journal last week. The construction company was ranked fourth on the list of general contractors in Nashville and was highlighted in the “Best and Brightest” section, which detailed the project the company was post proud of in the past few years. The publication’s cover story focused on the year in review for the Music City Center, also built by Bell and Associates.



Charlie Brock’s [Launch TennesseeTennessean column focused on smart investments in early stage companies. Nooga.com published a story on Tennessee’s selection as one of the most competitive states for economic development and mentioned Launch Tennessee’s role in that ranking.

Al.com wrote about Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines] pursuing a new apartment project in downtown Birmingham. The Birmingham Business Journal also had the story.

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] Memphis Daily News column explained the components of a return to value in the stock market.

Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] recent Tennessean column focused on how to handle a cyberbully.

The Williamson County Public Library held a Make-a-thon that featured exhibitors like NovaCopy [Darren Metz] and the Tennessean covered the event. The company displayed its 3D Printing capabilities.

The Nashville Business Journal profiled ST8MNT‘s [Bethany Newman] success over the past ten years.

Bert Lyles – EO Nashville Member Profile

Bert LylesMy company is…

Showhomes Franchise Corp. & Cumberland Real Estate Services

Alma mater…

Duke (BA History & Economics); Vanderbilt (MBA Finance & Accounting)

Spouse, kids, pet…

Jeanne 32 years; Thomas 19-years-old Sewanee Sophomore; Frank 16-years-old Hume Fogg junior

The town I was born in…

Spartanburg, SC

Non-profits I support…

BSA, Family & Children Services, Trinity Pres

Favorite place to vacation…

Travel to new places; mountains

What I’m reading…

Atlas Shrugged

Favorite restaurant…

Firefly, City House, Margo’s

Best business advice you have ever received…

Create value and everything else will follow.

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

A fish out of water.

Wish I had more time for…

Family, travel, weekends at Center Hill Lake.

I would do just about anything for…

A stronger team and a more mature Showhomes system.

The best thing about EO…

Bright people with common drive yet diverse experiences to share.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bert Lyles, JJ Rosen & Benjamin Goldberg

Last week, EO Nashville member Bert Lyles received some very exciting news — his company, Showhomes Franchise Corporation, ranked well in three categories of the recent Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 rankings: #256 in the overall Franchise 500 list, #100 in the category of Fastest-Growing Franchises and 45th for the second year in a row in the Low-Cost Franchises category. Read the full release here.

Venture Nashville Connections broke the news of JJ Rosen’s company Atiba acquiring Cabedge.com to add a design team to the tech company’s services.

And last (but certainly not least), Benjamin Goldberg’s newest venture, The Catbird Seat, received a shout out in the most recent issue of Bon Appetit. In the article, the author compares dining at The Catbird Seat to an experience “you’d expect to find in New York or even Copenhagen.”

EO Nashville Grows 32%

Adds 21 new members since start of 2011

Following a record-breaking fall recruitment, the Nashville EO chapter again broke recruitment molds, adding 21 members since the beginning of 2011, and securing its place as one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world.

EO Nashville has grown 32% over the last 12 months. The growth is due to more than just adding new members—96% of existing members recently renewed their memberships as well.

The 21 new members of EO Nashville are:

Michael Berman is founder and CEO of Network Contract Solutions, a leading provider of contract management solutions. He has worked as general counsel for Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc., Tecniflex, Inc. and Imagic Corporation. He holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Tennessee.

Robert Collins III founded Wealth Management Group of Tennessee in 2001, after nine years in the insurance and investment industry. His practice focuses on investment strategy, wealth preservation, retirement distribution and legacy planning for the next generation. He attended the University of Mississippi and Belmont University.

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann founded LetterLogic, Inc. in 2002 from in the basement of her home. The fast-growing manufacturing and business services provider, prints and mails statements, letters and invoices for other business, primarily in the healthcare sector. Deutschmann also speaks for national women’s organizations, publicizing the benefits of employee-centric cultures.

Michael Hodges has been president and CEO of Advance Financial since 1998. He has grown the company from three locations to 26 with over 200 employees, making it the leading provider of alternative financial services in Middle Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee.

Aimee Johns is well known in the music industry, not for her music, but for her unique style and unmatched client service. Her award-winning designer boutiques, Flavour and Flavour Men, cater to the music industry as well as professional athletes and everyone in between. Johns previously worked at RCA Records and Arista.

Bill Kimberlin is a proven entrepreneur, founder and investor of numerous businesses. By the age of 27, both Forbes and US News & World Report had recognized him as a leading entrepreneur. Kimberlin currently serves as founder and CEO of Medicare.com. He was the founding president of the Nashville chapter of EO, at the time called Young Entrepreneurs Organization.

Chris Kincade is chief executive officer of The Kincade Group, Inc., a master franchisor in commercial cleaning. He’s led and company for 12 years, managing more than 300 franchises for Bonus Building Care in Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham and South Florida. He attended Vanderbilt University.

Nancy Leach founded Facility Planners, Inc. in 1995, under the concept of coordinating the fields of architecture, interior design, construction and project management with furniture specification, procurement and installation. Leach got her bachelor’s from O’More College and her master’s from Belmont University.

Alan Looney is founder and president of Castle Homes. He serves as the Custom Builders Council president for the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee. He is also a member of Builder 20, U.S. Green Building Council, Christian Leadership Concept and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

Bert Lyles has spent his career in commercial and residential real estate. Currently the CEO of Showhomes Franchise Corporation, the country’s largest provider of staging services to high-end houses for sale. He has also served for more than 10 years as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School of Business.

Susan Marlow is founder and CEO of Smart Data Strategies, Inc. She is familiar with all facets of the parcel conversion industry, having completed GIS and parcel conversion projects for cities and counties across the United States. She is active in multiple professional organizations, including the Institute for GIS Studies and the Transportation Research Board.

Jackson Miller is an innovative technologist turned entrepreneur. He currently owns Plato’s Closet franchises and is CEO of Bizen, a web-based dashboarding tool that provides insight into the workings of franchises. He has also made significant contributions to many of Nashville’s most noteworthy startups, including Emma, Magazines.com, centresource and BorderJump.

Taylor Milliken is president and CEO of Elite Landscape Company, Inc., a turnkey provider for residential and commercial landscape services. He previously worked for The Tess Company, and attended Volunteer State Community College for engineering.

Miranda Whitcomb Pontes owns Burger Up in the 12South neighborhood. She’s passionate about using organic, locally sourced meat and produce in her establishments. She is currently fostering plans for a second Burger Up location in Cool Springs.

Gene Robertson has owned U.S. Lawns of Nashville, a commercial landscape management franchise, for 12 years. In addition to two Nashville locations, he has locations in Clarksville and Murfreesboro. Robertson graduated from Middle Tennessee State University.

JJ Rosen is the CEO and founder of Atiba Software LLC. He founded Atiba in 1992 to provide IT, programming, Web development, database design, and project management services to clients of all types and sizes including the District Attorneys Office and the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services. He graduated from Vanderbilt University.

Kevin Ross is an entrepreneur with a passion for bootstrapping and building profitable, sustainable companies that make a difference. He founded the mobile software company, Metova, Inc. in 2006. Three offices later, Metova now ranks among the best in the world in mobile application development. He graduated from Iowa State University.

Suzanne Sevier Rowland always had a passion for sewing clothes, but didn’t consider making a career out of the hobby until her late 20s, when she moved to New York City, enrolled in The Fashion Institute of Technology and took a job at the city’s top fabric store, Mood Fabrics. Rowland’s skirts-only line took off in 2004, and sales of Sevier Skirts have doubled every year thereafter.

Alex Tolbert is a team member at Bernard Health, a health insurance advisor. Founded in 2006, Bernard Health now employs 12 employees with offices in Nashville, Indianapolis and Louisville. Tolbert attended the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University.

George Uribe is president of Guestbooker.com. His television experience includes stints at Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN. He serves on the board of governors for The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-South Chapter. He holds degrees from George Washington University and North Carolina State University.

Hart Weatherford is the founder of Farmington Financial Group LLC. He has personally originated and closed over $500 million in mortgage loans in his career. Weatherford has consistently been a “Diamond” and “Platinum” awards of excellence winner by the Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.