EO Nashville Members in the News: John Rowley, James Fields, Alex Tolbert, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Andy Bailey, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Gabriel Smith and Will Newman

Happy Friday! Here’s our weekly wrap up of EO Nashville members in the news.

AMC The Pitch announced it will feature Fletcher | Rowley [John Rowley] on its first episode August 15.

The Tennessean featured James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column Sunday. In this week’s column, James discussed 3-D printing.


The Nashville Business Journal featured Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] executive profile Friday.

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The Nashville Post mentioned Bernard Health’s new Midtown lease.

The Tennessean featured Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] in an article titled “Nashville is home to many new tastes.”

CAL SAE the Executive featured a column written by Andy Bailey [Petra] in this month’s issue.

The Tennessean published Andy Bailey’s column Thursday titled “If/Then method helps evaluate workers.”

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The Tennessean reported that Legacy Instruction Media [Gabriel Smith] recently purchased the historic Rose-Acuff building that once was home to some of Nashville’s most famous recording companies.

Style Blueprint ran a piece about how to host a beer garden party and featured The Filling Station [Will Newman] as a great spot to fill up your growler for a backyard gathering.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Gabriel Smith, Scott Snoyer, Michael Burcham & Ben Goldberg

This week’s Nashville Business Journal included stories with three EO Nashville members.

  • Gabriel Smith (Legacy Learning Systems) was subject of this week’s “Executive Profile.”
  • Scott Snoyer (Fastsigns) was featured in the “Case Study” section on the “10 Minutes to Better Business” page.
  • Entrepreneur Center CEO Michael Burcham was included in an article about the EC’s move to the Trolley Barn. The article also included a quote from Jason Moore (Stratasan), owner of the first company to join the EC. This week, Stratasan was also included in an article in The City Paper about “Public entrepreneurship.” The EC will also act as the Northern Middle Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator under Governor Haslam’s recent economic development strategy.

(Click on the images below to read the articles.)

Also, Ben Goldberg sat down with The City Paper Editor Steve Cavendish for a Q&A about the newly opened Catbird Seat restaurant. The article published in this week’s edition of the publication, and is inserted below.

EO Member in the News: Gabriel Smith

On Sunday, EO Nashville member and Legacy Learning Systems CEO Gabriel Smith was interviewed for a spot on WKRN (Channel 2) about the launch of Legacy Learning Systems’ new guitar instruction technology, GuitarApprentice.com. The new video game technology teaches guitar to musicians of all skill levels. Ch. 2 deemed the technology “Positively Tennessee.”

To learn more, watch the video clip here.

Congratulations Gabriel.

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How I Got Where I Am Today

Gabriel Smith couldn’t find a guitar instructional video that lived up to its hype, so he set out to make one.

As a teenager, Gabriel Smith wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but the “learn guitar overnight” instructional tape be bought proved ineffectual and downright disappointing.

Years later, with learning how to play guitar still on his bucket list, Gabriel quit his job in concrete work to start Legacy Learning Systems, a multimillion dollar company that produces learning solutions for the guitar, piano, ballroom dance, etc.

Gabriel filmed his first instructional series in a friend’s living room, with no experience and home video recording equipment. Gabriel’s grassroots approach paid off. Within its first six months of operation, Legacy Learning Systems achieved one million in sales, clearing four million in its second year.

Today, Legacy Learning Systems’ award-winning courses are sold in 98 countries. Through a partnership with Gibson Guitar, Legacy Learning Systems created the Gibson’s Learn & Master© Guitar iPhone App, which won Billboard’s 2010 Music App Award. Recently, Gabriel signed a distribution deal with Hal Leonard, the largest music print publisher, which expanded Legacy Learning Systems’ distribution to retail stores by the end of 2010.