EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Darek Bell, Nicholas Holland, Alex Tolbert, Amy Tanksley, Evan Austill, Julie and Charles May, Bob Bernstein, The Best of Nashville

It was a busy news week for EO Nashville. Let’s see what our members have been up to:

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] discussed insurance exchanges on Monday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom on Fox. Ben also penned his monthly column for the Tennessean with a focus on how to motivate and inspire employees as an effective manager.

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The Nashville Ledger published an article about City Saver‘s successful fundraising model and the vision of its founders, Tom and Kristin Beach.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was spotlighted in a USA Today article about touring Nashville distilleries.

Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] twitter presence was analyzed as part of a Nashville Business Journal feature on social media use by CEOs.

Alex Tolbert’s Tennessean column focused on five things you should know about the new health care exchange.

Amy Tanksley [Uncle Classic Barber Shop] offered her restaurant opinions in The Nashville Business Journal and was also featured in a Tennessean article about the expansion of McEwen Drive in Cool Springs.

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Alan Young [Armor Concepts] penned an article for The Nashville Business Journal about applying sports mantras to your business.

The Tennessean’s article on the Capital Unconference at Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center featured quotes by Evan Austill and a headlining photo of PatientFocus team members.

The grand opening of bytes of knowledge‘s [Charles and Julie May] new office was a part of “Working the Room” in The Nashville Business Journal.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] shared his book recommendation with The Nashville Business Journal.

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Jerry Baker [Conexess Group] shared his 1977 FJ40 Cruiser in the “Check my ride” section of The Nashville Business Journal.

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Nashville Scene’s “The Best of Nashville” winners were announced this week, and many of our EO members made the list:

First Place

  • The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best reason to be a reservation nerd”
  • The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best bar that makes you feel you’re not in Nashville,” “Best original drink”
  • Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes]: “Best french fries”
  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best place to get a growler filled”
  • Corsair [Darek Bell]: “Best distillery”
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]: “Best barbecue”
  • Sam’s [Sam Sanchez]: “Best sports bar,” “Best trivia night”
  • Fido [Bob Bernstein]: “Best breakfast”

Second Place

Third Place

  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best craft beer retailer”
  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein]: “Best coffeehouse”
  • OZ [Tim Ozgener]: “Best place for a wedding reception”
  • Turf Managers [Nathan Brandon]: “Best lawn service”
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EO Nashville Members in the News: David Waddell, Darek Bell, Ben Hanback, Julie May, Bob Bernstein, George Uribe, JJ Rosen, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Debbie Gordon, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Martin Renkis

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] most recent columns for The Memphis Daily News include an August 28 piece on the rising federal funds rate, and a September 6 piece on emerging markets economies.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was featured on the cover of this month’s Whisky Advocate. The distillery was also included in four articles within the publication: “10 Influential Craft Distillers to Watch,” “Craft Whiskey Moving On Up,” “Craft Nation” and “Craft Whiskey Stills.”

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Corsair also recently received press from Story Magazine, the Shanken News Daily (here and here) and on News Channel 5. You can watch that video here. Darek’s other company, Bell & Associates Construction L.P., also recently won two ENR Southeast 2013 ‘Best Projects’ Awards: one for the Music City Center and the second for the Foothills Parkway Bridge. You can read the full list of award winners here.

Ben Hanback’s [The Hanback Group] monthly Tennessean column ran September 1. The column reminded us to enjoy the present moment.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] also ran a column in the Tennessean. Her piece asked, “Is a virtual team right for your project?”

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Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java] will open a new coffee shop in the Omni Nashville hotel. Bob was also included in today’s Nashville Business Journal in the cover story about interview questions. Fellow EO Nashville members George Uribe [Guestbooker.com], JJ Rosen [Atiba], Ben Hanback, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Burger Up] and Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] were also quoted in the article.

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Andy Bailey’s [Petra] most recent Tennessean column gave tips on purchasing swag.

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The Nashville Business Journal also covered InQuicker [Michael Brody-Waite] landing its first local client, Saint Thomas Health.

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Additionally, congratulations to Martin Renkis [Smartvue], which won a New Product of the Year award from Security Products Magazine for its Cloud Video Surveillance product.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bob Bernstein, Tom Turner, John Rowley, Andy Bailey, Alex Tolbert, John Kepley, Jerry Bostelman, Michael Brody-Waite, David Waddell

Time for another weekly wrap up of what the EO Nashville members have been up to.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java] appeared in the Nashville Business Journal’s Case Study last Friday. Learn how Bob  has expanded his Bongo Java coffee company to five stores and a roasting brand here.

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A recent article in the Nashville Post reported that DSi [Tom Turner] is setting up a Texas office to expand into the large Dallas and Houston markets.

DSi also appeared in Evidence Technology Magazine’s March/April issue. The article discussed how the online data explosion has affected the electronic discovery and digital forensics process.

John Rowley [Fletcher Rowley] was featured in Campaigns & Elections as a shoptalker in their most recent issue. See what John had to say here.

A recent guest blog of Andy Bailey’s [Petra] appeared in SmallBizDaily.com Sunday. In his blog, Andy discussed the importance of leaving your comfort zone.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column appeared in The Tennessean Sunday. He discussed why achieving transparency in health care is not an easy task.

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The Nashville Post announced Friday the opening of Bernard Health’s second Nashville-area retail store this week.

Bernard Health was also mentioned in Catalyst Healthcare Research as one of few consumer-facing businesses in the health insurance industry.

Teknetex [John Kepley] and Vaco Resources LLC [Jerry Bostelman] were featured in a recent Tennessean story. The article mentioned Teknetex and Vaco as two recruiting firms who have seen a change in how companies are hiring and what level of talent they are looking for.

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal in February. Michael also recently sat down with the Nashville Chamber to answer a few questions about the company’s culture. See Michael’s answers here.

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Digital Journal recently announced that the Medical Center of Central Georgia, the second-largest hospital in Georgia, has served more than a total of 25,000 patients using the InQuicker Online Waiting Service.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared in the Nashville Ledger this Tuesday. Read what he had to say here.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Hannah Paramore, Alex Tolbert, James Fields, Bob Bernstein, Ben Goldberg, Michael Brody-Waite, Dan Hogan, David Waddell, Clint Smith, Charles Bone and Andy Bailey

It’s not a surprise that we have lots of news to share with you this week. EO Nashville members have been busy!

In last week’s Nashville Business Journal, Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency] discussed the significant impact DISC profiling had on her business.

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Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was highlighted in last week’s NBJ as one of the companies taking the cue from the retail world and changing how they connect with customers.

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James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] bi-weekly column appeared in The Tennessean on Sunday. In this week’s article, James discussed the benefits of versioned replication as a means to backup your files.

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Nashville Scene posted a “How did Nashville get to be the it city” timeline which mentioned two EO Nashville members’ companies:

  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] which, in 1993, opened as the first coffeehouse to establish a lasting foothold in Nashville. The Scene also noted 1996 as the year Bongo Java’s “Nun Bun” made national headlines.
  • Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg], which opened in the fall of 2011, for getting immediate acclaim from The New York Times, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and more.

InQuicker.com [Michael Brody-Waite] has gotten lots of press recently. Last Friday, the Nashville Business Journal featured the company twice. Click here and here to see the stories. The Phoenix Physicians group invited members of the company on their radio program to do a Q&A. Listen to a replay of the show here. CBS covered InQuicker’s launch in San Antonio. Click to read more here.

News-Line for Home Care Professionals featured Medalogix‘s [Dan Hogan] new software, Medalogix 2.0. The newly-released software is the newest version of the company’s post-acute specific predictive modeling software.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared in this week’s Nashville Ledger. In his column, David discusses the saying “As goes January, so goes the rest of the year” and the likeliness that a strong January predicts a strong annual return.

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Clint Smith [Emma] and Charles Norton [Bone McAllester Norton] were panelists today at NBJ’s Entrepreneur Exchange where attendees were able to get in the minds of real business owners and learn what works…and what doesn’t.

In his column in today’s Tennessean, Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] discussed his love for quotes and how they can have a positive impact in the workplace.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Michael Brody-Waite, Bob Bernstein, Benjamin Goldberg, George Uribe and Nicholas Holland

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] was featured in Southern Alpha on September 21. In the Guest Voices section of the growth and technology blog, Michael discussed three major assumptions he made about funding. InQuicker was also mentioned in a Fast Company piece on October 3. The story highlighted InQuicker’s innovative solution to avoid long wait times in the ER.

Bob Bernstein’s Bongo Java and Benjamin Goldberg’s Patterson House were both listed in the Wall Street Journal’s article about Nashville on Saturday. Bonjo Java was mentioned for its artistic clientele, great coffee and delicious food. Not to mention the improv groups that perform. The Patterson House was listed as a “don’t miss” attraction.

Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] and Bob Bernstein were featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Spotlight section on October 5. In the interviews, the two were asked about the art of the pitch when asking potential investors for money.

George Uribe [GuestBooker.com] was highlighted by the Nashville Hispanic Chamber for the Music City Media Mixers he holds on the third Friday of each month at the Hard Rock Café.

And lastly (not to be outdone), Entrepreneurs’ Organization was mentioned by Forbes this week in its list of the best organizations for entrepreneurs. In the article EO was described as the ultimate toolbox for entrepreneurs.

EO Nashville membership tops 100 for the first time

EO Nashville is growing fast thanks to the efforts of our members. This year, for the first time in our history, we’ve exceeded 100 members. The new class of inductees brings our total to 112. Thanks to everyone for your recruitment efforts and for spreading the word about EO Nashville.

Here is the new membership class for 2012:

Bob Bernstein, founder of Bongo Productions, LLC: Bernstein’s company is a multimillion dollar enterprise comprised of five cafes — Bongo Java, Fido, Grins Vegetarian & Kosher Café, Hot & Cold and Bongo East — and two wholesale businesses, Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Fido Bakery. A former journalist, Bernstein grew up in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s from Northwestern University.

Michael Brody-Waite, founder and COE of InQuicker: InQuicker is an online emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office check-in system. Before starting InQuicker two years ago, Brody-Waite spent seven years with a Fortune 30 company. He graduated from the University of California Davis.

Ed Brown, co-founder of ioStudio: ioStudio is a full service marketing agency with over 200 employees and offices in Nashville and Washington D.C., offering Web design, digital marketing and advertising services. Committed to helping America’s soldiers, ioStudio works for The National Guard, Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC, SAIC, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, GX Magazine and Foundations Magazine.

Patrick Burke, owner Seed Hospitality and Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen: Burk has run the Hillsboro Village area sushi restaurant since 2009. He previously worked as a summer associate at Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper. He is a Vanderbilt University graduate.

Greg Greenwell, president of TotalPrint: A printing company specializing in managed print services and supplies, TotalPrint has become an industry leader. Greenwell also owns a veterinary clinic and a small real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and an master’s from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Carl Haley, Jr., president and CEO, Grand Avenue: Grand Avenue provides ground transportation services for the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt University as well as clients in Middle Tennessee. Haley founded the company in 2009 and oversees business development, operations, reservations, marketing and fleet management. He is a graduate of George Mason University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Nicholas Holland, founder of CentreSource, Inc., Side hobby, LLC and Populr.me: Holland helped launch the annual Nashville StartUp Weekend as well as the city’s first micro-fund, JumpStart Foundry. He has served on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

Elliott Holt, founder Medi-Copy Services: Holt founded Medi-Copy as a way to improve patient care by providing better health information exchange, more accountability and faster turnaround times on authorized disclosures of health information. In 2010, Medi-Copy was named one of the Top 10 Best Employers in Middle Tennessee.

Kimberly Hunter, owner, True Blue Salon: One of the most popular high-end salons, True Blue Salon has been mentioned in the pages of Elle and Marie Claire magazines as one of the best places in the country for color, cut and style. Hunter has been a Nashville business owner for more than 20 years.

Bob Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Equity Express Settlement Services: Jacobs founded the mortgage software company Equity Express Settlement Services in 2011 after becoming a partner in Equity Solutions USA. He is the former director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and a current board member of the Sports 4all Foundation, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation and Special Olympics of Tennessee.

Ben Mankin, founder, Mankin Media Systems: Mankin Media Systems provides audio/video design and installation of technical systems for some of the largest churches in the country. Mankin founded the company to provide design and leadership for organizations and churches pursuing technical and media ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Max Sadler, CEO, Advanced Network Solutions (ANS): ANS provides IT services and network design, implementation and documentation. The company has been named to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Future 50 five times, the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in the Business and Best Places to Work and twice listed in Inc.’s 500|5000 list fastest growing companies.

Jeremy Werthan, chairman, Werthan, LLC: The Werthan family has been associated with entrepreneurship and business in Nashville since the 1800s. Founded in 2002 as a local fabricator of high quality granite countertops, Werthan is now a high-volume national supplier of tile, natural stone, quartz and solid surface materials.

Danny Whetstone, founder, DWP Live: Whetstone has worked closely with both artists and entrepreneurs alike to create onstage excitement through large-scale production and design. Whetstone has worked with musical legends such as Sting, Bon Jovi and Keith Urban, as well as and corporate giants like Lockheed Martin, ESPN and MTV to design and build quality productions for concerts, sports and corporate events.