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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fall Membership Drive: Welcome EO Nashville’s 23 new members

We’re happy to announce today the addition of 23 new members to our group of Middle Tennessee business owners.

The new members bring a combined $177,340,000 in annual sales and 760 full-time employees to the group’s ranks. Though 61% of the new member companies call Davidson County home, the new members represent seven different counties in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 147 members, which represents at 30% year-over-year growth for the chapter. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

Entrepreneurs are constantly faced with new challenges and obstacles to success. By engaging with their peers in organizations like EO, entrepreneurs can learn new skills and ideas to help grow their businesses in healthy and strong ways.

The 23 new EO Nashville members are:

  • Sam Aguiar, founder of Aguiar Law Office, PLLC, a personal injury law firm.
  • Tim Akers, founder and president of Akers Advisory Group, LLC, a janitorial and building maintenance company.
  • Tyler Alkins, owner of American Earth Solutions, a manufacturing company that makes erosion control products for highway construction projects.
  • Charlie Brock, partner and owner of Four Bridges Capital Advisors, an investment services company that provides an array of services to middle-market companies.
  • John Cook, Jr., president of Dole Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of transport refrigeration and commercial freezing equipment.
  • Chris Crimmins, owner of Crimmins Construction, a professional remodeling and restoration firm.
  • Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, a full-service insurance agency.
  • Bill Faeth, co-founder of Inbound Marketing Agents, a digital marketing and demand generation agency.
  • Brad Hill, owner of Local Search Masters, an SEO and social media firm.
  • John Huber, co-founder and president, Moo Creative Media, Inc., a video marketing and creative firm.
  • Will Huynh, co-founder of Shoe Metro, a discounted online shoe retailer.
  • Rom Kellis IV, owner of NaturChem Inc., a vegetation management company for governmental, municipal, industrial and private markets.
  • David King, president and CEO of King Jewelers, a leading independent couture jeweler specializing in wholesale diamonds, fine jewelry and Swiss watches.
  • Brittany Lorenzi, CFO and principal of Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone, a commercial real estate services firm.
  • Jeff McCorpin, partner and founder of LBMC Technologies, an IT consulting firm.
  • Wade McMinn, owner and partner of Capital Wealth Advisors, LLC, a private wealth management firm.
  • Bob Murphy, president and founder of RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consultant.
  • Bethany Newman, co-owner and president of st8mnt, a brand design studio that offers print, Web and interactive design services.
  • Jason Patrick, owner of Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency that provides full-time and temporary job placement, human resources services and consulting.
  • Erin Richardson, president and owner of All-American Pest Control, Inc., a pest control company serving homeowners and businesses.
  • Mark Richter, president of MAX Mobility, a manufacturer of products that maximize the mobility of those with disabilities .
  • John Rosen, owner of Wildkin, a manufacturer of bags and accessories for kids.
  • Barry Smith, president and co-founder of Eakin Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate firm.

Brad Hill, John Huber and Bethany Newman all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s Catalyst program. Catalyst provides classes, peer-to-peer forum groups and mentorship and is designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

Catalyst Program Presented By EO Nashville and the Entrepreneur Center Embarks on Second Class

Majority of first year Catalyst participants see increased revenue, business growth

Building off a highly successful inaugural year, the Nashville EO and the Nashville EC announced today the kickoff of their second Catalyst program, geared towards helping local entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

To qualify you must be the founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a local company grossing between $250,000 and $999,999 in annual revenue. The program will again cost $2,500, which includes participation in the 12 biweekly classes and up to one year of experience sharing and mentorship for a total of 18 months.

This year’s class will include 25 members, up from 20 last year.

“We’re increasing the class size this year to meet growing interest in the program. Our initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we wanted to give more businesses the opportunity to be involved,” said Andy Bailey, EO Nashville chapter president and entrepreneur coach at Petra. “We recently surveyed our current Catalyst members and asked them if their participation in Catalyst was worth the investment, and if they would recommend the program to others. One hundred percent of the survey takers, which represented 80 percent of the class, said that the program was worth their investment and they’d recommend it. More importantly, a majority of Catalyst participants have seen increased revenues since starting Catalyst.”

One such success story is Bethany Newman, co-owner and president of ST8MNT, Inc., a brand design studio offering print, Web and interactive services. Since starting Catalyst, Newman’s monthly average revenue has increased 54 percent. She has also hired two new full-time employees.

“Catalyst has helped me clarify my business model, streamline my operations and hire great team members,” Newman said. “It offers such a learning and sharing environment. You gain so much knowledge from the leaders, teachers and your peers.

EC President and CEO Michael Burcham will again lead the 12 biweekly classes that kick off the program. EO members will also be invited to attend and participate.

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‘Catalyst’ Business Accelerator Accepts 20 Entrepreneurs into Inaugural Class

CatalystThe EO Nashville chapter and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced yesterday the local business owners who will partake in the inaugural ‘Catalyst’ class, a program designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

The EO/EC organized 18-month Catalyst program began yesterday.

The first Catalyst class consists of 20 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 88 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $386,000.

The class includes:

  • Evan Austill, Co-Founder and COO, PatientCredit, Inc.
  • Jeff Bradford, President and CEO, the Bradford Group
  • Blake Chaffin, Owner and General Manager/President, Nashville Event Lighting
  • Frank Drummond, Founder and CEO, mimijumi
  • Diane Durand, Managing Director, Alphachimp Studio, Inc.
  • Trevor Emerson, President, Local Search Masters
  • David Frederiksen, CEO, PatientCredit, Inc.
  • Brad Hill, Owner, Local Search Masters
  • Alicia Jones, President, West End Interiors, LLC
  • Boris Jordanov, Owner, Valuant Technologies
  • Jake Jorgovan, Co-Founder and President, Rabbit Hole Creative, LLC
  • Joe Kustelski, Co-Founder and CTO, Rockhouse Partners
  • Brian Law, President, Global Technology Advisory Group
  • Scott Mele, President, SolarTek Energy of Nashville, Inc.
  • Bethany Newman, Co-Owner and President, ST8MNT, Inc.
  • Kate O’Neill, Founder and CEO, [meta]marketer, Inc.
  • William Paddock, Founder and Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
  • Christopher Redhage, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, ProviderTrust
  • Amy Tanksley, Founder and Owner, Uncle Classic Barbershop
  • Lisa York, Founder and Chief Manager, puka, LLC

With industries ranging from energy and manufacturing, to marketing and design, this first Catalyst class will bring a wide range of experiences and interests to the table. At the same time it’s a distinctly Nashville group, with the health care, technology and entertainment industries well represented.

The program offers three distinct benefits: education, experience sharing and mentorship.

  • Education: The program will kickoff with 12 biweekly classes taught by EO Nashville member Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the EC.
  • Experience Sharing: At the conclusion of the classes, Catalyst participants will be broken into smaller peer-to-peer forum groups. The groups will meet monthly for 12 months.
  • Mentorship: Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.