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.

 

EO Members in the News: Will Newman, David Waddell, James Fields, Ben Goldberg, J.J. Rosen, Jeremy Werthan, Charlie Brock, Nicholas Holland, Taylor Woodall, Clint Smith, Jake Fagan, Greg Siskind, Martin Renkis, Joe Freedman, Andy Bailey, Clay Blevins, Bryan Ansley, Corey Lile, Ricky Scott, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Barry Smith, Danny Whetstone, Tim Ozgener, Julie May, Bob Bernstien

What a week! EO Nashville members have been featured in local and national news for their accomplishments and expertise. Read on for a round-up of this week’s news.

Travel + Leisure has named Nashville the best city in America for barbecue and the magazine mentioned Edley’s [Will Newman] Tuck Special as one of the most delicious dishes.

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CNBC released its list of Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms and Waddell and Associates [David Waddell] ranked 39th.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] latest column for the Tennessean explained the importance of antivirus protection as a part of your computer’s security system.

With Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo taking place in Nashville this week, the publication took a look back at Nashville companies it had profiled in the last year and Strategic Hospitality [Ben Goldberg] was featured on the list. USA Today  published a profile on the Goldberg brothers and St. Louis ABC News 10 named The Catbird Seat as one of the best places to eat in Nashville.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s sports minute section with his two sons.

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The Nashville Business Journal‘s cover story on Nashville’s tech startup scene featured quotes from Nicholas Holland [Populr.me], Taylor Woodall [Fivestone Studios] and Charlie Brock.

Clint Smith [Emma] took part in a GrowCo panel and explained Nashville’s appeal for the conference to the Nashville Business Journal.

Werthan  [Jeremy Werthan] was featured in the May/June issue of Nashville House & Home & Garden for an article about kitchen design trends.

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Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] wrote an article for CNBC and Entrepreneur about how to pitch your company to angel investors. Charlie also wrote about the growth of start up support in Knoxville for the Knoxville News Sentinel and was quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about Nashville startups at Southland.

The Tennessean quoted Jake Fagan [Caddis Interactive] in an article about Williamson County technology companies.

Greg Siskind’s [Siskind Susser, PC] column for the  American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine  focused on how writing a book can be the best marketing tool for your firm. Greg also wrote an article for the ABA’s Health Lawyer journal on the impact of pending immigration legislation on the health care industry.

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Smartvue [Martin Renkis] won the Security Products’ Government Security Award for Cloud Surveillance. Security Today had the story.

Joe Freedman [Music City Tents and Events] was quoted in a Tennessean article about the spirit of an entrepreneur.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] latest Tennessean column offered a challenge to review your 2014 goals and make them happen.

Comfort Supply‘s [Clay Blevins] partnership with Hiller Plumbing, Heating and Cooling was written about in Contractor Magazine, The Tennessean and The Daily News Journal after Hiller was honored with the Ruud Reliable Top Contractor Award for 2014.

Bryan Ansley [Secure Identity] wrote about virus protection from the government’s perspective for The Tennessean.

The Nashville Business Journal published and article about workers’ compensation reform featuring Corey Lile’s [Occusure] expert opinion.

Remodeling Magazine featured The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] in it’s “Big 50” for 2014.

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In his latest Tennessean column, Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] explored the options for our nation’s doctor shortage.

The Tennessean covered the expansion of the Wedgewood-Houston section of Nashville and talked with Darek Bell [Corsair] about his decision to move his distillery to the area. The Nashville Business Journal also covered the distillery’s expansion.

The Tennessean and The Nashville Business Journal covered the progress of  Eakin Partners‘ [Barry Smith] new tower, slated for Demonbreon Street in the Gulch. The Nashville Post covered the firm’s involvement with the Amsurg Project in Green Hills and a recent transaction involving Lowes Vanderbilt Plaza Office Space. Barry also offered his opinion on the expansion of retail in the North Gulch to The Tennessean and took part in a panel on commercial real estate for The Nashville Business Journal.

DWP Live [Danny Whetstone] was profiled in a  Projection, Lights and Staging News article.

Critically acclaimed play The Suit opened at Oz [Tim Ozgener] this week. The Nashville Scene had the story.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] shared her highlights from the GrowCo conference for The Tennessean .

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] plans to open a new diner in The Melrose mixed-use project on Franklin Pike. The Nashville Business Journal had the story.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Dan Hogan, Eric Jackson, Alex Tolbert, Tom Turner, Jeff McCorpin, Charles Bone, Elliott Holt, Andy Bailey, Charlie Brock, Clint Smith, Will Newman, Julie May, Tim Ozgener, Derek Bell, David King, Jeff Turner, Patrick Burke, James Fields, Bryan Ansley, Nicholas Holland, Martin Renkis, David Frederiksen, J.J. Rosen, John Rowley, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb-Pontes, Bob Bernstein, David Waddell, Curt Hahn, Catalyst Graduate Nathan Brandon

EO Nashville is growing, and so are its news stories! Read on for all the headlines from your fellow members.

The EO Nashville survey hit the news last week and offered a glimpse into entrepreneurial growth in music city. The Nashville Business Journal reported on the story and included quotes from Dan Hogan [Medalogix] and Eric Jackson [Keystone Business Solutions].

Southern Alpha introduced our newest EO Nashville members with “22 New Nashville Entrepreneur Organization Members you Should Know” and the Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post each wrote an article on the organization’s rapid growth.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] recent Tennessean column focused on Christian alternatives to health care reform including Medi-Share, an insurance program that is exempt from health reform’s tax penalties and Essential Health Benefit mandates. He also wrote about the coming changes in health insurance for the Tennessean.

Tom Turner [DSi] offered advice on “How to Act Like a Startup, Even When You’re Not” for Inc. magazine.

Team members from LBMC [Jeff McCorpin] and Concept Technology [James Fields] each offered insight into the recent Heartbleed encryption bug for a Nashville Business Journal article.

Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was the subject of the Nashville Business Journal’s “Who to Meet” section.

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The Nashville Business Journal and The Nashville Post covered Bone McAllester Norton‘s expansion into law regarding the use of drones.

Medi-Copy [Elliott Holt] was mentioned in an international publication, Programmes, le magazine du developpeur.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] latest Tennessean column focused on the power of the hand written word.

Charlie Brock’s [LaunchTennesseTennessean column built anticipation for the upcoming Southland Conference, taking place June 9-11. Charlie also wrote a blog for SouthernAlpha that provided an update on LaunchTennesse’s Phase 0/00  and an article for the Tennessean that outlined the success of the program. The Tennesseean also announced the addition of Christy Turlington to the Southland Conference lineup.

The Nashville Post and Nooga.com mentioned LaunchTennessee and Emma [Clint Smith] in their articles about Hackeroo, a hackathon sponsored by organizers of the Bonnaroo music festival and Emma.

The Huffington Post ranked Nashville eighth on its list of best bar-b-que cities in America, mentioning Edley’s [Will Newman] as one of the best in town.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote about the emotional highs and lows of software development and about the changes that come with living in an on-demand world in her recent Tennessean columns. Julie also wrote an article for the Nashville Business Journal about how to boost your e-commerce business.

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New York-based string quartet Ethel paid a visit to OZ Nashville [Tim Ozgener] for a two night engagement. The Nashville Scene had the story.

The Music City Center has earned LEED Gold certification, a recognition of commitment to environmental sustainability in design construction, which was led by Bell and Associates [Derek Bell].The Tennessean, the Nashville Post and News Channel 5 covered the story.

Corsair [Derek Bell] received two gold medals for it’s Corsair Artisan Gin and one silver for its Steampunk from The Fifty Best.com‘s blind tasting.

Elite Traveler Magazine featured a story on King Jewelers’ [David King] new rental program. Nashville Lifestyles also featured King Jewelers in its spring fashion trends section.

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Jeff Turner [National Storm Shelters] wrote a blog for the Nashville Business Journal about how to prepare your business for severe weather.

The Nashville Scene wrote a glowing review of Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] and published his letter about authenticity and the experiences that have led him to open two of Nashville’s most popular Japanese restaurants. Nfocus also included Two Ten Jack in its Epicurean issue as Nashville’s newest tradition.

Concept Technology’s [James Fields] new Germantown office was the subject of the Nashville Business Journal‘s office tour section. James’ most recent column for the Tennessean focused on health care security.

Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants] wrote a guest blog for the Nashville Business Journal about to facilitate change as a leader.

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The Nashville Business Journal covered a recent entrepreneurship panel that featured advice from Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] and Centresource] and Martin Renkis [Smartvue].

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] and David Frederiksen [PatientFocus] were quoted in the Nashville Business Journal’s “The List” section which focused on the challenges of hiring tech talent. PatientFocus was also ranked on The List of top healthcare IT companies in Nashville.

DWC Construction [John Arndt] has been hired to build Dixon Hughes Goodman’s new office in Brentwood. The Tennessean had the story.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] covered mobile etiquette at work in his latest Tennessean column.

John Rowley [Fletcher Rowley] was called upon for his advertising knowledge in a recent FoxNews article about the rebranding of hate groups.

Pinewood Social and The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] were both mentioned in a St. Louis Times-Dispatch article about how to eat your way through Nashville. USA Today chose Pinewood Social as one of its favorite places in America to eat eggs for Easter brunch.

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Nfocus’ Epicurean issue featured many of Nashville’s favorite restaurants and drinking spots, including those owned by EO Members. Josephine and Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes], Pinewood Social, The Catbird Seat, Merchants and The Patterson House [Ben Goldberg], Fido [Bob Bernstein], The Filling Station [Will Newman] and Corsair Distillery [Derek Bell] were all mentioned in the article.

 David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] column for the Memphis Daily News covered dips in the stock market leading to a return to value. David will also serve as a panelist for an upcoming Memphis Daily News seminar about the state of the economy.

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned Curt Hahn [Film House] in an article about the Entreprenuer Center’s Periscope Program for artists.

Pure Green [Nathan Brandon] was featured in a Tennessean profile.

EO Members in the news: Julie May, Charles May, John Kepley, Mark Deutschmann, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Clay Blevins, Greg Greenwell, David Waddell, J.J. Rosen, Tom Turner, Will Newman, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Nancy Leach, John Aron, Charles Bone, Carl Haley, Clint Smith, Scott Snoyer, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Evan Austill, Bryan Ansley, Dan Hogan

Last week was an eventful one for EO Nashville, with award nominations and extensive media coverage for many of our members. Take a look at what your fellow entrepreneurs were up to:

EO Nashville’s Moveable Feast was featured on the Nashville Lifestyles event page, check out photos from the event here.

Julie and Charles May [bytes of knowledge] gave a tour of the new b:ok headquarters to the Nashville Business Journal.  Julie was also quoted in a Tennessean article about the difficulty of finding venture funding in Nashville.

John Kepley [Teknetex] and Julie May shared their insights on starting a business at the Entrepreneur Exchange panel discussion, hosted by the Nashville Business Journal. John was also featured in the Journal’s last Call Section, offering his Pandora playlist to readers.

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The Tennessean published an article about Core Development’s [Mark Deutschmann] plans for a mixed-use redevelopment project in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned an article for Business News Daily about the five health benefit tips for startups, and wrote his column for the Tennessean on why employers will shift to individual health coverage. Alex was also quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about health insurance exchanges.

Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] was named Whisky Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” for the second year in a row, adding to its list of awards in 2013. The Nashville Scene wrote an article on the company’s accomplishments.

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Distribution Center Magazine mentioned Comfort Supply’s [Clay Blevins] achievement as an Inc. fastest-growing private company on the cover of its October issue.

Greg Greenwell [TotalPrint] offered advice on how to successfully buy a business in this week’s edition of The Nashville Business Journal.

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In his monthly column for the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] gave his opinion on media coverage of the rising debt ceiling.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] penned an article for The Tennessean that focused on maintaining the reputation of a business.

Tom Turner [DSi] wrote a morale column for the Nashville Business Journal titled “Three ways to keep your employees happy.”

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The Nashville Business Journal quizzed Will Newman [Edley’s Bar-B-Que] about his favorite places to eat and things to do in their Last Call section.
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In awards news, the Nashville Business Journal announced the nominees for “Most Admired CEO”. Congratulations to the following EO Members:

Private Companies with 10-25 Employees
Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker]
Nancy Leach [Facility Planners]
Julie May [bytes of knowledge]

Private Companies with 26-100 Employees
John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe]
Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton]
Carl Haley [Grand Avenue]

Private Companies with 101-500 Employees
Clint Smith [Emma Inc.]

The NEXT award nominees were also announced this week, and EO Nashville was well represented:

Products and Services
Scott Snoyer [Brand Imaging Group]
Joe Freedman, JT Terrell [Music City Tents]

Health Care
Evan Austill [Patient Focus]

Entrepreneur of the Year
Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants]
Darek Bell [Corsair Artisan]
Dan Hogan [Medalogix]

Third Catalyst Class Launches

The Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization announces membership for its business growth program

Logo - Catalyst newNashville EO and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced today the local business owners who will partake in the third Catalyst class, a program designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

The third Catalyst class consists of 30 members, which is nearly double last year’s class of 16. The inaugural Catalyst class graduated 20 members.

Members are founders, co-founders, owners or controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 161 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $526,222.

“The business owners who joined this year’s Catalyst class are a diverse group. We have members as young as 25-years-old, to members who’ve been in business for 20 or more years,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and co-owner of Music City Tents & Events. “Each member needs to better understand how to control and drive the growth of his or her company, and how to avoid the many pitfalls of rapid growth. Catalyst can teach these skills.”

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

The third class of the EO Nashville Catalyst program includes:

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EC President and CEO Michael Burcham will again lead the 12 biweekly classes that kick off the program. 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 and be led by EO Nashville members. Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

“Catalyst participants start by taking classes. Then they break into discussion groups, which are led by Nashville business leaders. The following week, participants meet with topical experts in a mentorship capacity and work through how to best apply the previous week’s lesson to their specific businesses,” explained Bryan Ansley, president and CEO of FNB Merchants. Ansley and Alex Tolbert, owner of Bernard Health, are the EO Nashville board members responsible for the Catalyst program.

The Nashville business community has also rallied behind the Catalyst program, providing in-kind gifts and sponsorships. For example, sponsors and benefits include:

  • NovaCopy: Free lease of copier equipment
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings: Free legal work
  • Century II: Free human resources consulting

“Like EO, Catalyst provides a sounding board and a place to connect with and learn from business leaders right here in Nashville,” said Ansley. “We all can use some business coaching, mentoring and advice to grow smart, stable organizations.”

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.