Fall Membership Drive: Welcome EO Nashville’s 23 new members

We’re happy to announce today the addition of 23 new members to our group of Middle Tennessee business owners.

The new members bring a combined $177,340,000 in annual sales and 760 full-time employees to the group’s ranks. Though 61% of the new member companies call Davidson County home, the new members represent seven different counties in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 147 members, which represents at 30% year-over-year growth for the chapter. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

Entrepreneurs are constantly faced with new challenges and obstacles to success. By engaging with their peers in organizations like EO, entrepreneurs can learn new skills and ideas to help grow their businesses in healthy and strong ways.

The 23 new EO Nashville members are:

  • Sam Aguiar, founder of Aguiar Law Office, PLLC, a personal injury law firm.
  • Tim Akers, founder and president of Akers Advisory Group, LLC, a janitorial and building maintenance company.
  • Tyler Alkins, owner of American Earth Solutions, a manufacturing company that makes erosion control products for highway construction projects.
  • Charlie Brock, partner and owner of Four Bridges Capital Advisors, an investment services company that provides an array of services to middle-market companies.
  • John Cook, Jr., president of Dole Refrigerating Company, a manufacturer of transport refrigeration and commercial freezing equipment.
  • Chris Crimmins, owner of Crimmins Construction, a professional remodeling and restoration firm.
  • Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, a full-service insurance agency.
  • Bill Faeth, co-founder of Inbound Marketing Agents, a digital marketing and demand generation agency.
  • Brad Hill, owner of Local Search Masters, an SEO and social media firm.
  • John Huber, co-founder and president, Moo Creative Media, Inc., a video marketing and creative firm.
  • Will Huynh, co-founder of Shoe Metro, a discounted online shoe retailer.
  • Rom Kellis IV, owner of NaturChem Inc., a vegetation management company for governmental, municipal, industrial and private markets.
  • David King, president and CEO of King Jewelers, a leading independent couture jeweler specializing in wholesale diamonds, fine jewelry and Swiss watches.
  • Brittany Lorenzi, CFO and principal of Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone, a commercial real estate services firm.
  • Jeff McCorpin, partner and founder of LBMC Technologies, an IT consulting firm.
  • Wade McMinn, owner and partner of Capital Wealth Advisors, LLC, a private wealth management firm.
  • Bob Murphy, president and founder of RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consultant.
  • Bethany Newman, co-owner and president of st8mnt, a brand design studio that offers print, Web and interactive design services.
  • Jason Patrick, owner of Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency that provides full-time and temporary job placement, human resources services and consulting.
  • Erin Richardson, president and owner of All-American Pest Control, Inc., a pest control company serving homeowners and businesses.
  • Mark Richter, president of MAX Mobility, a manufacturer of products that maximize the mobility of those with disabilities .
  • John Rosen, owner of Wildkin, a manufacturer of bags and accessories for kids.
  • Barry Smith, president and co-founder of Eakin Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate firm.

Brad Hill, John Huber and Bethany Newman all join EO Nashville as alumnae of EO Nashville’s Catalyst program. Catalyst provides classes, peer-to-peer forum groups and mentorship and is designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Best Places to Work Honorees, Nashville Post 2013 In Charge, Clint Smith, Nicholas Holland, Ben Goldberg, Darek Bell, Darren Metz, Clay Blevins, Dan Hogan and Jeff Turner

It’s time for this week’s wrap up. Take a look at what your fellow EO Nashville members have been up to. A few congratulations may be in order.

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for being named Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work honorees:

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville and Catalyst members for being named to the Nashville Post’s 2013 In Charge list.

Emma [Clint Smith] and Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] were mentioned in last week’s Nashville Post story titled “A network of hard-charging startups has the potential to remake Nashville as the next big tech city.” Click here to read the full story.

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Clint Smith was also mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal’s article last Thursday. Clint was one of a few panelists at last week’s Nashville Business Journal Entrepreneur Exchange event. He, with the other panelists, agreed that to make a sale, try giving it away first.

Patterson House‘s [Ben Goldberg] cocktail, Smoking in the Armchair, was named Esquire‘s cocktail of the week Feb. 18. The cocktail includes Nashville’s own Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] spiced rum.

NovaCopy‘s [Darren Metz] 3D printers made it on WKRN-TV News 2 Nashville. Click here to watch the indepth report on 3D Printers with NovaCopy’s Melissa Ragsdale and Jamey Tucker.

Comfort Supply [Clay Blevins] was featured in HVACR Business’ January/February issue. The article focused on why and how to use YouTube to expand your brand awareness.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was highlighted in Caring Magazine’s recent issue. The article was an exploration of three leading health care technology innovators who have responded to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Jeff Turner’s [National Storm Shelters] game plan for staying safe this storm season with the right shelter appeared in Acreage Life Magazine this month.

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WKRN recently visited National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] to learn about the increase in customer calls and storm shelter sales after the latest wave of tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee. Watch the video clip here.

Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization Announces Second Catalyst Class Membership

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

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

The second Catalyst class consists of 16 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 72 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $560,793.

“The new participants represent a great cross section of Nashville entrepreneurs,” said Andy Bailey, president of EO Nashville and founder of Petra. “We have businesses operating in industries like manufacturing and health care to event planners and a boutique law firm. Some of the companies are over 20 years old and some are still in their first year. Each Catalyst member brings a unique perspective, which is truly valuable for our program.

The second class of the EO Nashville Catalyst program includes:

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 with the first six meetings led by two EO Nashville members. Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

Catalyst participants can also take advantage of in-kind gifts totaling up to $37,000 from new program sponsors. Sponsors and benefits include:

  • NovaCopy: Free lease of copier equipment for the length of the program, $5,000 value
  • teknetex: Free technology and strategic planning, $20,000 value
  • First Payment Services: Ten-percent off current credit card processing expenses for 18 months, up to $10,000 value.
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP: Five free hours of consult or legal work during the first 90 days of the program, $2,000 value.

‘Catalyst’ Business Accelerator Accepts 20 Entrepreneurs into Inaugural Class

CatalystThe EO Nashville chapter and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced yesterday the local business owners who will partake in the inaugural ‘Catalyst’ class, a program designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

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

The first Catalyst class consists of 20 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 88 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $386,000.

The class includes:

  • Evan Austill, Co-Founder and COO, PatientCredit, Inc.
  • Jeff Bradford, President and CEO, the Bradford Group
  • Blake Chaffin, Owner and General Manager/President, Nashville Event Lighting
  • Frank Drummond, Founder and CEO, mimijumi
  • Diane Durand, Managing Director, Alphachimp Studio, Inc.
  • Trevor Emerson, President, Local Search Masters
  • David Frederiksen, CEO, PatientCredit, Inc.
  • Brad Hill, Owner, Local Search Masters
  • Alicia Jones, President, West End Interiors, LLC
  • Boris Jordanov, Owner, Valuant Technologies
  • Jake Jorgovan, Co-Founder and President, Rabbit Hole Creative, LLC
  • Joe Kustelski, Co-Founder and CTO, Rockhouse Partners
  • Brian Law, President, Global Technology Advisory Group
  • Scott Mele, President, SolarTek Energy of Nashville, Inc.
  • Bethany Newman, Co-Owner and President, ST8MNT, Inc.
  • Kate O’Neill, Founder and CEO, [meta]marketer, Inc.
  • William Paddock, Founder and Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
  • Christopher Redhage, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, ProviderTrust
  • Amy Tanksley, Founder and Owner, Uncle Classic Barbershop
  • Lisa York, Founder and Chief Manager, puka, LLC

With industries ranging from energy and manufacturing, to marketing and design, this first Catalyst class will bring a wide range of experiences and interests to the table. At the same time it’s a distinctly Nashville group, with the health care, technology and entertainment industries well represented.

The program offers three distinct benefits: education, experience sharing and mentorship.

  • Education: The program will kickoff with 12 biweekly classes taught by EO Nashville member Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the EC.
  • Experience Sharing: 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.
  • Mentorship: Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.