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.


EO Nashville Members in the News: Miranda Pontes, Andy Bailey, Bill Kimberlin and Darek Bell

Burger Up’s [Miranda Pontes] new executive chef, Philip Shyatt, was interviewed by the Tennessean on September 18. Philip also will host Burger Up’s third farm supper featuring Noble Springs Dairy.

In his bi-weekly Tennessean column, Andy Bailey [Petra] highlights 4 steps for business success in the 4th quarter.

The Nashville Business Journal featured Bill Kimberlin [Medicare.com] in its weekly “Case Study” feature. The story talked about how Bill’s URL—he purchased the Medicare.com domain name in 2000—has led to a million-dollar venture. You can read the full story here.

Lastly, Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] was awarded two of the highest honors in the world of whiskey this week. The company received two awards for Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whiskey awards in Louisville—the Craft Distillery of the Year and the Innovator of the Year awards.

20 EO Nashville Companies Recognized by Inc. 500|5000

Once again, EO Nashville members had a solid showing on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year, 20 EO Nashville member companies were included on the list. That represents 40% of Middle Tennessee companies on the list, and 23% of all Tennessee-based companies on the list. Not bad, when you consider that EO companies represent just 0.7% of the 15,000 businesses in Nashville.

EO Nashville members who made the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

These 20 companies employee 1,326 individuals; grew at an average rate of 199% from 2008 to 2011; and have combined 2011 revenues of $287 million. Furthermore, of the three Tennessee companies that made the Inc. 500, two were EO member companies: Medicare.com and Teknetex.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2008 to 2011. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2008 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2011.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000.

EO Nashville members in the News: Michael Brody-Waite, Clint Smith, Hannah Paramore, David Waddell, Andy Bailey, Scott Scovill, Green Greenwell & Small Business Awards

It’s time for another “In the News” recap:

On August 20, Forbes ran a story about InQuicker [Michael Brody-Waite] and its lack of venture capital fundraising. The article “Health Tech Start-Up InQuicker Shuns Venture Money and Hype” talks about the company’s growth sans VC money.

A Sunday Tennessean article talked about Emma’s [Clint Smith] new digs in the Trolley Barns and new initiatives as a company.

Paramore | the digital agency [Hannah Paramore] is opening an outpost in West Virginia, a fact covered by the Nashville Business Journal on Tuesday.

If you haven’t had a chance to read David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column in the Memphis Daily News, take a few minutes to do so. His August 15 column, “Economic Outcomes Remain Up in Air,” discusses how the economy remains uncertain, and in his August 23 column, “Facts, Feelings Go Hand in Hand,” David gives us all an investment lesson.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] weekly column for the Tennessean stresses the importance of daily meetings.

On Thursday, August 23, Variety profiled Scott Scovill and the path he took to start Moo Creative and Moo TV.

Friday’s Nashville Business Journal included a story about Nashville-based mergers and acquisitions, using Greg Greenwell’s [TotalPrint] recent purchase of Brooks Technology Management as an example of the trend.

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And lastly, the Nashville Business Journal recently announced it’s 2012 Small Business Awards. EO Nashville companies to make the list included:

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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.

EO Nashville’s Founding President Rejoins Chapter

EO Nashville is happy to welcome back the chapter’s founding president, Bill Kimberlin, as one of our new crop of members. In addition to serving as our chapter’s first president, Bill also served on the YEO international board for two terms. (When Bill started our chapter back in 1994, EO was known as the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization – YEO.)

Bill started the Nashville YEO chapter in October 1994 after meeting a YEO member in Chicago. Eager to join, Bill contacted the international office and set in motion the process for starting a chapter. In its infancy, Nashville YEO had just nine members.

Starting Nashville’s YEO is just one of Bill’s many achievements. He has a knack for spotting demographic and consumer trends and using them to create successful businesses. He was the founder and president of OBJ Marketing Corporation, a company that grew into a 300-store distribution channel before negotiating its sale. He was also a partner and investor in Sixteenth Ave Sound, the second largest recording studio on Music Row, which recorded artists such as Hank Williams, Jr., Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and Vanessa Williams. Furthermore, he served as president and CEO of Concorde Holdings, a business acceleration and private investment firm. He was also an early investor in Homegrocer.com, before its $1.2 billion sale to WebVan.

From 2004-09, Bill acted as founder and president of MedCareMD, a national diabetic shoe and supplies company. Currently, he serves as founder and CEO of Medicare.com, which performs online marketing and lead generation services for national healthcare suppliers and carriers.

Bill is excited to be back in a group that’s become everything he dreamed about in 1994. He recently attended an event for new candidates and described its impact on him, “For me, it was an out of body of experience. The group has its own life. It’s maintaining and growing. I’m excited to see how all the members benefit from it.”

To learn more about Bill, check out his member profile here.

Bill Kimberlin – EO Nashville Member Profile

Bill Kimberlin

Bill Kimberlin

My company is…


Alma mater…

Brentwood High School, Belmont University

Spouse, kids, pet…

Wife: Amy

The town I was born in…


Non-profit I support…

EO, Church, Whoever knocks on the front door

Favorite place to vacation…

Machu Picchu, Peru

New in my playlist…

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Mind Killer by Freeland
Shark Attack by Limp Bizkit (Explicit) It’s a wakeboarding thing… 😉
Raise Up by Saliva (Another wakeboarding tune.)

What I’m reading…

Email’s mostly

Favorite restaurant…

Virago, Kayne Prime Steakhouse

Favorite honky-tonk…

Tootsies, TinRoof 2

Best business advice you have ever received…

I have three things that are the best:

  1. If it doesn’t look good on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, don’t do it.
  2. Never carry someone longer than their Mother did.
  3. Crazy always wins. (long story)

If I wasn’t an entrepreneur I’d be…

Homeless and unemployable

Wish I had more time for…

Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Fishing, Sleeping

I would do just about anything for…

Cigarette, but I won’t. Quit years ago.

The best thing about EO…

Not having to search far for experienced advice.

To learn more about Bill, and his long history with EO (Hint: He was the chapter’s founding president), click here.