EO Nashville Members in the News: Marty Reed, Michael Brody-Waite, Hart Weatherford, Dan Hogan, Ben Goldberg, Charles May, Hannah Paramore, Ricky Scott, James Fields and Andy Bailey

EO Nashville members always have great things happening. Take a look at what they’ve been up to this week.

Randa Solutions [Marty Reed] was mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal last week. To read the story, click here.

EO- Software firms

Congratulations to Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker.com] and Hart Weatherford [Farmington Financial Group LLC] who were named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Read more about them here.

40 under 40

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] was mentioned in a Chattanooga Free Times Press article for his reasons in backing the TennCare expansion.

Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality LLC] was featured in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, which described Ben and his brother Max as two who have almost single-handedly ignited Nashville’s food scene.

ben goldberg

Bytes of Knowledge [Charles and Julie May] was highlighted in Sunday’s Tennessean. The story details how Bytes of Knowledge turned their business around after a certain interaction with author Joe Calloway. Read the full story here.


Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency] appeared in The Tennessean’s Executive Q&A Sunday. Read her answers here.


Two members of The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] were featured in a Q&A with The Tennessean. The article was published Sunday.

Kingston Group

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column appeared in The Tennessean Sunday. In his column, James discussed the importance of backing your business’ data and provided steps with how to do so.

Protect sensitive data James Fields

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] bi-weekly column in The Tennessean Thursday. He discussed his top 10 business books. To see what they are, click here.

Andy Bailey's Top 10.5 Business Books

Andy also appeared in Small Biz Daily where he is a guest blogger. His blog detailed the steps to finding your star clients.


EO Nashville Members in the News: Nicholas Holland, David Waddell, James Fields, Tom Beach, Alex Tolbert and EO Nashville 2013/2014 Board of Directors

It’s time for another weekly wrap up. Here’s what EO Nashville members have been up to this week.

Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal this week. The story told how a client request led CentreSource Inc., a company Nicholas founded and is now led by Evan Owens, to a new direction.

Nicholas Holland Nashville

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] was featured in the Memphis Daily News Friday. The paper reported on David’s recent speaking engagements where he gave his company’s annual state of the union address. Read more here. David Waddell appeared in the Memphis Daily News again on Tuesday. His weekly column for the publication was titled “Urbanization Equals Global Opportunities.”

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. In this week’s column, James discussed the ways Internet is changing the way we view TV.

James Fields: Internet is changing the way we view TV

City Saver [Tom Beach] appeared in The Leaf Chronicle this weekend. The story reported on Saturday’s Mega Party celebrating the Clarksville City Saver coupon book fundraiser’s recent success. More than 200 Clarksville elementary students were invited to attend.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] announced this week a capital raise of $1.9 million, with the money to be used to open five health care retail stores. The Nashville Post reported the story.

Another congratulations to our 2013/2014 board of directors. The Tennessean, City Paper and Southern Alpha reported the news.

Catalyst Program Prooves Big Resource for Small Businesses

Logo - Catalyst newGreat write up in Sunday’s Tennessean about our Catalyst program. The article featured Amy Tanksley who joined Catalyst to boost her small business, Uncle Classic Barbershop. By the end of the program, Tanksley said she felt more confident as a business owner, and has even gained the momentum to open up a third location. The article also included quotes from EO member Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants].

The Tennessean article has been posted below for your viewing.

Catalyst program boosts small businesses

A chance encounter in her commercial real estate broker’s office lobby helped Nashville entrepreneur Amy Tanksley put her business on the fast track.

It was in that lobby that Tanksley met James Fields, owner of Concept Technology and a member of the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

When he learned she also was a small-business owner, Fields invited her to visit the EO group, which targets high-growth entrepreneurial companies. The organization has more than 120 chapters worldwide; Nashville is one of the organization’s fastest-growing chapters.

Tanksley, owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, was too small to join the group initially (companies need at least $1 million in annual revenue to join), but she seemed the perfect fit for the group’s new Catalyst program, an 18-month program aimed at helping grow fledgling startups into fast-growing companies.

She was interested right away, but also skeptical about what she could learn from other small-business owners like herself. “I wondered if this was just going to be a case of the blind leading the blind.”

Instead, she found a roomful of entrepreneurs who knew her struggles.

“Regardless of industry, we all were having some of the exact same problems,” Tanksley said. “I don’t feel like I’m out here on an island anymore.”

Most importantly, Tanksley said the program helped contribute to her bottom line. Overall, companies involved in the chapter’s first Catalyst program grew annual revenue by 53 percent.

Now, a second group of entrepreneurs is going through the program, and EO is taking applications for a third group that will start this August.

Bryan Ansley is co-chairman of the Catalyst program, which is unique to the Nashville EO chapter.

“If (entrepreneurs) take time to sharpen the saw, it’s going to definitely pay dividends,” Ansley said.

Still, Ansley said the program does require a big commitment. Over an 18-month period, a company must commit to about 100 hours of meeting time, and a fee of $2,500.

“That 100 hours is an intimidating number, but that’s what it takes. And if you asked most people, ‘Would you be willing to sacrifice 100 hours of your time to see your income grow by 50 percent?’ I think you’d get a lot of takers.”

He said the program’s participants had annual revenue between $250,000 and $1 million before the program started. By the end, more than 40 percent had crossed the $1 million mark.

He said the program’s fee was designed to be affordable, but substantial enough to make business owners get serious about the program. “If you just give something away for free, it’s not as appreciated as much,” Ansley said.

The Catalyst program begins with a series of classroom lessons with Michael Burcham, head of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center.

“We are trying to teach them the habits that will allow them to work on their business, rather than just in their business,” Ansley said.

Following the intensive series of classroom sessions, the next several months focus on group meetings where entrepreneurs share their experiences and give each other feedback and support.

For Tanksley, entrepreneurship was an entirely new experience. As the daughter of a doctor, she always thought her path would be to get an education and go work for a corporation for her entire career.

“I grew up in a low-risk, no-risk household,” Tanskley said. “Risk was just not in my family’s DNA.”

But when she thought about returning to school to get her MBA, Tanksley and her husband decided to pursue a dream of opening up a barber shop. Instead of using the money for graduate school tuition, they used it as seed money to launch her business (her husband remained in his corporate job after the launch).

“We were moving forward, but going at a very slow pace,” she said. “I was making lots of insecure decisions.”

By the end of the program, Tanksley said she felt more confident as a business owner, and has even gained the momentum to open up a third location.

“It was worth taking the risk,” she said.

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.

Hannah Paramore

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.

Bernard Health Nashville Business JournalBernard Health Nashville Business Journal

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.

James Fields versioned backup systems

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.

David Waddell

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.

Andy Bailey Quotes can offer tidbits of wisdom

Andy Bailey quotes offer wisdom in workplace

EO Nashville Members in the News: Best in Business, Steve Curnutte, John Rowley, George Uribe, James Fields and Andy Bailey

The good work never stops for EO Nashville members. Take a look at what they’ve been up to this week…

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies who were named Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 Best in Business Awards finalists. Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], Bernard Health LLC [Alex Tolbert], Farmington Financial Group LLC [Hart Weatherford] and Vaco Resources LLC [Jerry Bostelman].

Steve Curnutte [Tortola] was featured in The Tennessean’s Executive Q&A section Sunday. To read to Steve had to say, click here.

Steve Curnutte Tortola

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday morning to discuss GOP lines on immigration reform and the history of America as an immigrant society.

George Uribe [GuestBooker.com] announced the launch of his new business, MyDailyRunDown, an innovative new Web product tracking television news. For more information, check out https://mydailyrundown.com/.

Sunday’s Tennessean featured James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column about cloud migrations. To read more, view the full article online.

James Fields Concept Technology Inc.

Petra Coach‘s Mandy Burage also appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. The article discussed Mandy’s vast knowledge of DiSC personality assessment.

Petra Coach Mandy Burage

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column “Make the Decision to be Decisive” appeared in MWorld Magazine this month. The column can be read here on Petra Coach’s blog. Andy also had a column in The Tennessean today. In today’s column, Andy discussed how Nashville, now nicknamed “Nowville,” is growing and you need to be prepared.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Nicholas Holland, David Waddell, Benjamin Goldberg, James Fields, Miranda Pontes, Darren Metz, Darek Bell, Andy Bailey and Dan Hogan

Hey EO Nashville members, here’s your weekly wrap up.

Nicholas Holland [Populr], who launched Populr last Tuesday, was featured in VentureBeat last week.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column appeared in last week’s Nashville Ledger. In his column, Waddell discussed three keys to determining stock success.

David Waddell

Benjamin & Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] were featured in the Nashville Ledger on Friday. Read the article here.

Benjamin Goldberg

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] bi-weekly column appeared in The Tennessean on Sunday. This week’s article discussed 4 more trends for 2013: cloud migration, 3D printing, the ideal viewing experience and insourcing.

James Fields, Concept Technology

Miranda Pontes [Burger Up] was featured in The Tennessean yesterday. The article announced her plan to open a new restaurant in the 12South Flats. The restaurant will be called Josephine.

Miranda Pontes to open Josephine

NovaCopy [Darren Metz] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s “case study” section on Friday. The case study detailed how NovaCopy fueled its growth by building, not buying.

NovaCopy Case Study

Congratulations to Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell], whose Triple Smoke Whiskey won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award for Whisky Advocate Magazine. The Tennessean announced the news yesterday.

Corsair Dilstillery

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column appeared in The Tennessean this morning. This week’s column discussed five routines to incorporate into your business practices.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was mentioned in today’s Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s local companies that has sprung up to bridge that gap between patients at home and their clinicians.

EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, James Fields, Dan Hogan and Kevin Ross

It’s time for another weekly roundup. Here’s what your fellow EO Nashville members have been up to.

John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] appeared on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry Show” last Monday morning with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Howard Dean and Karen Finney. Topics covered on the segment included: “Rebuilding the Democratic Party,” “Politics of Food” and “Politics of the Poor.”

James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column appeared in The Tennessean last Sunday. This week’s column described four technology trends for 2013.

"Here are 4 trends to expect in 2013"

Dan Hogan [Medalogix] appeared in the January issue of Predictive Modeling News. In the article, Dan discussed predictive modeling in healthcare.

Metova [Kevin Ross] was featured in The Tennessean last Tuesday. According to the story, “Metova recently announced the hiring of a squad of developers, noting that there is more hiring to come.”