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 Nashville Members in the News: Justin Crosslin, J.J. Rosen, Darek Bell, Julie May, Jeff Turner, Hart Weatherford, Clint Smith, Charlie Brock, Ricky Scott, Scott Snoyer, Andy Bailey, Ben Goldberg, Patrick Burke, David Waddell

Crosslin & Associates [Justin Crosslin] gave the Nashville Business Journal a tour of its new office in Green Hills.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] focused his Tennessean column on a new wave of customer service apps that really work.

The Tennessean wrote an article on the selection of Bell & Associates Construction [Darek Bell] as builder for the new Nashville Sounds ballpark.

Darek’s Corsair Distillery was the big name at the 2014 Wizards of Whisky awards, winning American Craft Distiller of the Year as well as a number of other honors. The full award count for the distillery included American Whisky of the Year, American Other Grain of the Year and Gold Medals for Corsair Nashville Bourbon and Corsair Quinoa. The Tennessean penned an article on the big win.

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Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote a column for Young Upstarts about how to prevent your technology project from being poorly managed, She also wrote about the future of virtual technology in her Tennessean column.

Jeff Turner [Turner Machine Co] penned an article on the recruitment and retention of manufacturing employees for IMPO Magazine.

Hart Weatherford has sold his company, Farmington Financial Group, to CapStar Bank, and will transition to Capstar’s mortgage group as executive vice president. The Nashville Post reported on the sale.

The Tennessean featured Clint Smith [Emma] in its Business Section cover story about the benefits of companies offering sabbaticals to its employees.

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Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] provided a preview of the 2014 Southland Conference in the Tennessean.

The Tennessean‘s Builder Spotlight featured an interview with Ricky Scott and Robbie Edwards of The Kingston Group.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] wrote his Tennessean column on the lack of equality in socialized health care.

Pearl Drums commissioned Brand Imaging Group [Scott Snoyer] to create a customized NFL wrap for a drum set for the Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime Show Appearance. The Nashville Business Journal covered the story.

brand-imagingAndy Bailey [Petra] focused his Tennessean column on how good leaders understand the lessons of history. Andy also penned an article for SmallBizDaily on leadership traits.

Southern Living named Pinewood Social [Ben Goldberg] one of the South’s best new bars for 2014.

The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene covered Two Ten Jack‘s [Patrick Burke] grand opening.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] wrote his Worldly Investor column for the Memphis Daily News about financially preparing for 2014.

6 Business Resolutions for 2014

At the beginning the year, resolutions are on every entrepreneurs’ minds—those annual commitments (and recommitments) that help businesses grow and succeed.

We recently asked six EO Nashville members what their business resolutions were to start 2014 off on the right foot. Read on to learn more.

Show Appreciation

Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

Too often quality work and support goes unrecognized. Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, made a resolution to thank the people that helped his personal and professional growth. This included mentors, employees, board members and even his wife who has allowed him to chase his passion despite the long hours. His goal was to let people know that their time and commitment is appreciated.

Embrace Flexibility

Julie May

Julie May

As Julie May, co-founder and CEO of bytes of knowledge, says, “the times are a changin’.” She has made it her resolution to become more comfortable with the idea of flexible hours and virtual working.

“This new culture of flexibility can be very difficult, making it hard to adapt to the new expectations—even though I enjoy them myself,” Julie said. “With an ERP in place and metrics for each employee, the numbers will speak for themselves. I can entrust management to the numbers and determine the resulting outcomes.”

Invest in Experienced Department Leaders

Shervin Eftekhari

Shervin Eftekhari

When transitioning from a startup to a revenue producing, growing company, you need to invest in experienced department leaders.

As Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, says, “As a founder of a startup, you’re responsible everyday for making decisions large and small. Sometimes this means making decisions about topics that are not your area of expertise. By using common sense and creative thinking, startups can muddle through most sticky situations.”

But, as the size of your company grows, at some point, investing in experienced department leaders ensures that no one spends valuable time on things that are not in their area of expertise, and your focus as a business owner remains on the growth of the business itself.

For Shervin, this means getting an HR manager with proper experience and training. “We made a resolution to do that one year and it changed the culture of our company. There is a science, theory and know-how in human resources that you can’t fake for too long. Getting the right HR expert helps with the difficult task of managing people,” Shervin said. “It also helps with company morale and with handling tough employee issues, freeing us up to focus more on growing the business and enhancing the customer experience.”

Align Your Team

Elliott Holt

Elliott Holt

Aligning your team can mean different things to different people, and for Elliott Holt, CEO of Medi-Copy Services, Inc., it means encouraging employee engagement without wasting resources to give necessary feedback to his management team.

Elliott plans to use the “Start.Stop.Continue.” exercise to find this alignment.

“I have made the resolution to begin the ‘Start.Stop.Continue.’ exercise on a monthly basis and to include all of my staff, not just the managers, on it so that we can get buy-in from all employees,” Elliott said. “In 2013, my managers completed this exercise and I learned what I needed to start, stop and continue. I learned that I needed to start trusting my decisions as an entrepreneur and not listen to all of the noise in the background. I learned that I needed to stop micromanaging every department within my organization and let my managers lead. I also learned that I should I continue to focus my time on the ingenuity and stratagem of the company so that current and potential clients will benefit from our services years to come.”

Take Immediate Action

John Huber

John Huber

It’s easy to delay tasks without pressing deadlines, but as we all know that’s not always a good thing in both our professional and personal lives.

John Huber, COO of Moo Creative Media, has found it easy in the past of push off non-time specific tasks indefinitely. So he made it his goal in 2014 to take immediate action.

“If I see something that needs attention or a process that needs adjusting I will take steps right away to get the situation resolved,” John said. “By challenging myself to take immediate action, I will find time to handle these tasks so I can focus my attention elsewhere without my to-do-list growing out of control.”

Give Back to the Entrepreneurial Community

Bill Faeth

Bill Faeth

This year, Bill Faeth, CEO of Inbound Marketing Agents, made it his resolution to give to the entrepreneurial community by incubating young entrepreneurs and providing ongoing mentorship throughout the year.

“I’ve extended free workspace in our company’s office, provided ongoing mentorship, and access to our staff to support the entrepreneur’s development. So far, the benefits have been fantastic—we hold office-wide strategy sessions, and ‘think tanks’ that provide an environment that most young startups don’t have access to,” Bill said. “Most of all, I love knowing that I’m able to make a real difference for aspiring first-time entrepreneurs while giving back and also learning from them.”

EO Nashville Members in the News: Mark Deutschmann, Charlie Brock, Ben Hanback, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Ricky Scott, Julie May, William Newman, James Fields, J.J. Rosen, Alex Tolbert, Andy Bailey, Clint Smith, Nicholas Holland

Mark Deutschmann’s [Village Real Estate] charitable organizations and revitalization projects were featured in the Nov./Dec. edition of The Residential Specialist Magazine.

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Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] wrote a column for the Tennessean about startup activity that was also picked up by the Knoxville Times and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Ben Hanback’s [The Hanback GroupTennessean column offered great ideas on how to thank your business partners, clients or co-workers.

“12 South Lands Another Pontes Restaurant” was the third most read article on the NashvillePost.com this year. Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ [Josephine] new venture opened last week.

The Nashville Business Journal ran a “Top 3” article by Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group] about recruitment strategies. 120613-NBJ-Top-3---Recruitment-Strategies-for-Your-Business

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] penned a guest column for the Nashville Business Journal about lessons she learned during the bytes of knowledge office move.

Edley’s Bar-B-Q [William Newman] was highlighted in the Nashville Scene for its “Battle of the Carolers” event in East Nashville. The event benefited the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.

James Fields’ [Concept TechnologyTennessean column focused on the phase-out of Windows XP, and the risks of holding on to the software after Microsoft has ended customer support and security updates.

Sunday’s Tennessean featured a column by J.J. Rosen [Atiba] about the evolution of Christmas shopping via mobile devices.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was interviewed in a Tennessean news video regarding confusion over the Affordable Care Act. Bernard Health was also highlighted in a MidLevelU.com blog series called the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] Tennessean column provided advice on how to cope with your startup’s roller-coaster ride.

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Join us in congratulating Clint Smith [Emma] and Nicholas Holland [Populr.me], who have each been named a finalist for the 2013 Technology Council Awards. Clint is up for Company of the Year and Nicholas is in the running for Innovator of the Year.

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] is a finalist in the Data Analytics category for the Fierce IT Awards, sponsored by the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthCare and FierceMoblieIT.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Darek Bell, Jeff Turner, J.J. Rosen, Andy Bailey, Arnie Malham, Alex Tolbert, Ashlyn Hines, Debbie Gordon, Justin Crosslin, Scott Snoyer, Julie May and Tim Ozgener

EsquireTV focused a segment of their show Alternate Route on Corsair Artisan [Darek Bell] called “Renegade Whiskeys at Corsair.”corsair-esquire

Jeff Turner [National Storm Shelters] offered four tips to AGBeat on how to survive as a seasonal business.

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J.J. Rosen [Atiba] penned his Tennessean column on the most common flubs made by start-up companies.

Andy Bailey [Petra] focused on three reasons why you should stop micromanaging your business in his Sunday Tennessean column.

Arnie Malham [CJ Advertising] was quoted in a CNN Money/Fortune Magazine article about business trends for 2014. cj-ad

In his Tennessean column, Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] provided information on the Medicare Shared Savings program and how it effects seniors.

Bristol Development [Ashlyn Hines] was written up in the Nashville Business Journal for their new 236-unit apartment project in Louisville.

Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] was prominently featured in the Nashville Post’s Entrepreneurs Issue with contributions to an article titled “Don’t Fear the F-Word,” which focused on the benefits of failure in a business venture.

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Crosslin & Associates [Justin Crosslin] was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal’s Corporate Giving Awards for their employee volunteer hours with organizations like The United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Brand Imaging Group [Scott Snoyer] was recognized by the Nashville Next Awards as top growth company in the products and services category.

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Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote a column for the Tennessean about technology lingo, defining technical words like “Spaghetti,” “Cookie” and “Java.”

The Nashville Scene penned a profile on Oz, Tim Ozgener’s new art center in North Nashville, calling it “the space that could galvanize the local arts scene.”

EO Members in the News: Ashlyn Hines, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, David Waddell, Tim Ozgener, Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, Arnie Malham, Debbie Gordon, Alex Tolbert, Nicholas Holland, Julie May, Ben Goldberg

Ashlyn Hines [bristol development group] was quoted in a Tennessean article about the popularity of “Cottage Developments” in Nashville.

Josephine, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ new restaurant, was featured in a Nashville Scene article anticipating the restaurant’s grand opening.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] penned his column for the Memphis Daily News about “Keeping Your Eye on the Ball” when it comes to the financial market.

Tim Ozgener’s Oz, a new contemporary arts and special event center, was covered on the front page of The Tennessean in an article titled “For Art Lovers, There is no Place like Oz in Nashville”. Tim was also interviewed by WSMV on their 6 o’clock broadcast.

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Dan Hogan’s [Medalogix]partnership with IBM was written up  in a Nashville Post article and was featured as a profile story in their 2014 Entrepreneurs Issue .

dan-hogan-nashville-postAndy Bailey [Petra] write a blog for smallbizdaily.com about creating a winning game plan and was quoted, along with Arnie Malham [cj advertising], in The Nashville Post Entrepreneur Issue article about letting your company go, whether in selling or in turning over control. nashville-post-entreprenuer-issue

Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] was also prominently featured in the Entrepreneurs Issue with contributions to an article titled “Don’t Fear the F-Word”, which focused on the benefits of failure in a business venture.

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Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] provided insight into President Obama’s announced change to the health care reform law in a Nashville Business Journal Biz Blog and was quoted along with Nicholas Holland [populr.me] and Julie May [bytes of knowledge] in this week’s Nashville Business Journal Cover Story. The three EO Nashville members explained what they would do if they were mayor for a day.

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Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality], and his brother Max, were featured in The Nashville Business Journal’s photo of the week section.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Darek Bell, Ben Goldberg, Bob Bernstein, Rebecca Donner, Ben Hanback, Julie May, Alex Tolbert, J.J. Rosen, James Fields

Take a look at what your fellow EO Nashville members were up to this week:

Darek Bell [Corsair Artisan] was mentioned in a New York Times article called “The Gin Goes Back into the Barrel,” about distilleries focused on aged spirits.

Ben and his brother Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] were spotlighted in the “Who to Meet” section of The Nashville Business Journal and offered their thoughts on the Nashville restaurant scene.

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A CNN Travel article about unique aspects of Nashville mentioned Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java] and the infamous Mother Teresa cinnamon bun found at his coffee shop in 1996.

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Medical Construction & Design posted a story about Inner Design’s [Rebecca Donnner] transformation of a Wal-Mart into an upscale health center.

Ben Hanback’s [The Hanback Group] Tennessean column focused on the importance of building and maintaining relationships. The Tennessean also penned an article about Regions Insurance partnering with The Hanback Group to expand its employee benefits practice in Middle Tennessee.

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Julie May’s [bytes of knowledgeTennessean column focused on the new Healthcare.gov website, and why a lack of communication secured its downfall. Julie also wrote a blog for the Nashville Business Journal about the migration to a new spam filter.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was mentioned in a Tennessean article about health insurance costs for families. Alex also wrote his column for The Tennessean about glitches in the Medicare website before Healthcare.gov even began.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] penned his column for The Tennessean about the change in the 9-to-5 work schedule.

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James Fields’ [Concept Technology] Sunday column in the Tennessean focused on wearable technology like the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch and the Google Glass.