EO Nashville crowned ‘Rock Star’ again

eo nashville logoGlobal EO recently crowned EO Nashville as a 2014 ‘Rock Star’ chapter, placing Nashville in the top tier of all 131 chapters. This marks EO Nashville’s sixth Rock Star award since 2008.

For 20 years, EO Nashville has served as the chief catalyst for regional entrepreneurs. The Rock Star distinction awards the hard work of successful chapters by evaluating them against 27 benchmarks of chapter health, including growth, renewals, learning, communications, forum and finance.

It’s always energizing to see Nashville at the top of EO’s global rankings. We appreciate global EO’s recognition of our hard work and success, none of which could have been possible without our board and last year’s EO Nashville President Joe Freedman.

Capitalizing on the chapter’s growth and success, in 2015, EO Nashville will host the NERVE conference, the east coast regional conference for EO. During NERVE, more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship. The event is set to take place Sept. 16-18, 2015 at the Music City Center.

Rock out EO Nashville!

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Andy Bailey, Bob Bernstein, John Rowley, Charlie Brock, Mark Deutschmann, Ben Goldberg, Ashlyn Hines, James Fields, David Waddell, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Barry Smith, Bert Lyles, Julie May, Allen Baler, Patrick Burke, Michael Brody-Waite, Jerry Baker, John Rosen, Brian Murphy, Michael Hodges, Ricky Scott, Elliott Holt, Michael Rustici, James Fields, Steve Curnutte, Ben Mankin, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Glenn McConnell, Tom Turner, Darren Metz, Joe Freedman, Jerry Bostelman

Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote an article in Business Insider on why a letter is the most effective form of communication. Also, Bailey wrote an article in the Tennessean about what numbers businesses should prioritize.

The Jackson Sun credited Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] as the provider of roasted coffee for Alba, Jackson’s newest coffee shop. A Yahoo! Music article mentioned an American Idol producer’s visit to Nashville’s favorite coffee house, Bongo Java. Nashville Business Journal’s article on the Melrose entertainment district reported on Bernstein’s yet-to-open coffee shop and diner venture.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.12.46 PMTravel and Leisure mentioned Two Ten Jack [Patrick Burke] in its T + L Guide to Nashville, citing the restaurant as one of the places you should eat and drink while in town. The guide follows an article about Nashville’s transition back into the spotlight.

John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] was on the O’Reilly Factor’s segment on tension between Hillary and Obama.

Charlie Brock [Launch TN] wrote an article in the Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel on what happens after demo days for graduating entrepreneurs. Brock’s article about the rise of auto manufacturing startups was published in the Tennessean and the OakRidger. The American Genuis quoted Brock in an article about how to stand out to investors.

Nashville Business Journal quoted Mark Deutschmann [Village Real Estate] in an article on Core Development Service’s new project in the Wedgewood-Houston area. The Tennessean had an article on the popularity of cottage communities, quoting Barbara Browning, a broker with Village Real Estate.

The Tennessean’s article on Strategic Hospitality’s involvement with Printers Alley hotel quoted Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality]. Nashville Business Journal featured an article on a new restaurant in Midtown, praising Ben Goldberg for introducing seated bar concepts like Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social. Southern Living named Strategic Hospitality’s Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social in the Top 100 Restaurants in the South. The Tennessean reported that Strategic Hospitality’s Pinewood Social chef Josh Habiger will be participating in Music City Food and Wine Festival.

The Tennessean quoted Ashlyn Hines [Bristol Development Group] in their article on the popularity of cottage communities in Nashville.

James Fields [Concept Technology] wrote an article in the Tennessean on the top five gadgets for back-to-school shopping.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] wrote an article in the Memphis Daily News about the forecast for the aging bull market.

Nashville Scene announced that Josephine’s [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes] Andrew Little will be one of the local chefs in the Music City Food and Wine Fest. Nashville Scene also announced Josephine’s addition of pastry chef Kayla May.

Nashville Business Journal mentioned Eakin Partners [Barry Smith] in an article about Nashville’s boom-and-bust cycle. Tennessean mentions Eakin Partners’ new buildings coming to the Gulch in an article about the Pinnacle building. Nashville Post reported on Eakin Partners’ project in the Gulch.

Showhomes [Bert Lyles] was featured on Fox Business’s segment on luxury homes. Sun News mentioned Showhomes in an article about the importance of home staging.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] wrote an article in the Tennessean about the journey of software innovation.

Allen Baler [Reboot Marketing/4 Patriots] was quoted in a Digital Journal article about disaster preparedness.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.11.49 PMThe Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies included 16 EO Nashville companies. These 16 companies grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013 and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

Just released — 2014 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 16 EO Nashville member companies

inc5000Inc. magazine released its highly regarded Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America today, and 16 EO Nashville member companies made the cut. That’s 10 percent of the 168 members that make up EO Nashville.

These 16 companies employ 2,118 individuals; grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013; and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members also make up 31 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 20 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

Companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2010 to 2013. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2010 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2013.

You can access the full list here.

Congratulations on your success!

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: Joe Freedman, George Uribe, Alex Tolbert, Ben Goldberg, J.J. Rosen, Ben Hanback, Hart Weatherford, James Fields, Bert Lyles, Charles Bone, Darek Bell, Charlie Brock, Ashlyn Hines, David Waddell, Julie May, Darren Metz, Bethany Newman

It has been a big week for our members, with a trip to Greece for the EO Leadership Conference and lots of news stories to boot. Read on for the latest:

The Tennessean published a story on the state of entrepreneurship in America, with quotes from Joe Freedman [Music City Tents and Events] about the strong start-up community in Nashville.

Fox Business featured George Uribe [Guestbooker.com] in an article about promoting your brand through TV appearances.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and James Blumstein, an American legal and health scholar at Vanderbilt University, wrote an op/ed for Forbes magazine detailing why the government is able to make changes to the Affordable Care Act without congressional approval. Alex also wrote a column for the Tennessean about health care problems in other countries and offered four ways to protect your profitability from health care costs for the Austin Business Journal.

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The Catbird Seat’s [Ben Goldberg] new chefs are living up to the hype, according to a recent Nashville Scene article.

J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] latest Tennessean column taught readers about “The Deep Web” a part of the Internet unsearched by Google and other popular search engines.

Ben Hanback’s [Regions InsuranceTennessean column focused on how to keep things simple and streamlined when you face a big challenge.

The Nashville Business Journal penned an article about the success of Capstar Bank’s purchase of Farmington Financial Group [Hart Weatherford].

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] latest Tennessean column offered tips on how to fight cell phone addiction.

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The Nashville Post published a Q&A with Showhomes [Bert Lyles] COO Matt Kelton.

Charles Robert Bone of Bone McAllester Norton [Charles Bone] announced his candidacy for mayor. The Tennessean had the story.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the craft distillery’s blurred line between beer and spirits and quoted Darek Bell [Corsair]. Whiskey Advocate wrote a story on a new whiskey, created through collaboration of distilleries including Corsair, called Four Kings. The Nashville Scene also had the story. Corsair was also mentioned in a New Yorker Article and an article in The Spirits Business, where the company was ranked one of the top ten pioneering distilleries in the nation.

Bell and Associates [Darek Bell] was featured prominently in the Nashville Business Journal last week. The construction company was ranked fourth on the list of general contractors in Nashville and was highlighted in the “Best and Brightest” section, which detailed the project the company was post proud of in the past few years. The publication’s cover story focused on the year in review for the Music City Center, also built by Bell and Associates.

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Charlie Brock’s [Launch TennesseeTennessean column focused on smart investments in early stage companies. Nooga.com published a story on Tennessee’s selection as one of the most competitive states for economic development and mentioned Launch Tennessee’s role in that ranking.

Al.com wrote about Bristol Development Group [Ashlyn Hines] pursuing a new apartment project in downtown Birmingham. The Birmingham Business Journal also had the story.

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] Memphis Daily News column explained the components of a return to value in the stock market.

Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] recent Tennessean column focused on how to handle a cyberbully.

The Williamson County Public Library held a Make-a-thon that featured exhibitors like NovaCopy [Darren Metz] and the Tennessean covered the event. The company displayed its 3D Printing capabilities.

The Nashville Business Journal profiled ST8MNT‘s [Bethany Newman] success over the past ten years.

EO Nashville Members in the News: J.J. Rosen, Clay Blevins, James Fields, Ben Goldberg, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Mark Deutschmann, Andy Bailey, Bob Bernstein, Julie May, Charlie Brock, Alex Tolbert, Dan Hogan, Ben Hanback, David Waddell, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell

Check out this week’s top headlines from EO Nashville members:

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] wrote his Tennessean column on the joining of technology and sports.

Snips Magazine  featured Comfort Supply [Clay Blevins] in an article about indoor air quality products.

James Fields [Concept Technology] focused his Tennessean column on the downfall of Windows 8.

Southern Living’s style issue focused on the best of Nashville and included a feature on “Nashville’s New Guard” with Benjamin and Max Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality].

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Architectural Digest’s “Daily AG” highlighted Pinewood Social as Nashville’s most stylish new eatery and The Huffington Post featured an interview with Chef Trevor Moran of The Catbird Seat.

USA Today profiled the Nashville food scene and released its picks for the best new restaurants in Music City. The list included Pinewood Social, The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] and Josephine [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes].

The Tennessean‘s Realtor Spotlight featured Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] realtor Kelly Dougherty.

Andy Bailey [Petra] was the featured speaker at the CRS 2014 Focus and Prioritize To Get S*** Done session. Country Air Check, a leading music industry publication, wrote a story on the event.

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The Tennessean wrote an article on the stats of the new Omni Hotel, which include 27,143 cups of coffee served at Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein].

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] was mentioned in a Nashville Ledger article about the local tech boom and focused her Tennessean column on how to prepare for a technology disaster.

BusinessChatt released the speaker line-up for the 2014 Southland Conference and featured a quote from Charlie Brock [Launch Tennessee] about this year’s event.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned his column for the Tennessean on  why law firms are the first to adopt individual health care plans under the new health care law.

The Nashville Business Journal’s cover story included input from local health care experts, including Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and Dan Hogan [Medalogix].

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Ben Hanback’s [Regions InsuranceTennessean column focused on the value of old school etiquette in today’s business world.

David Waddell’s [Waddell and Associates] column in the Memphis Daily News focused on creating a concentrated portfolio strategy.

Music City Tents and Events [Joe Freedman, JT Terrell] sold its headquarters to a Missouri-based family trust and has signed a lease to become a tenant of the building. The Tennessean covered the sale of the property.