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!

EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, JJ Rosen, Dan Hogan, John Rowley, Ricky Scott, Andy Bailey, Tom Beach, James Fields, Fastest-Growing Companies, Inc. 500|5000

In this week’s roundup:

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and JJ Rosen [Atiba] both had columns run in Sunday’s Tennessean. Alex’s piece discussed the insurance options available on the new health care exchange, while JJ talked about turning your idea for an app into a reality.

Alex was also featured in two articles on Becker’s Spine Review. The first asked “What Spine Surgeons Need to Know About Insurance Premiums Next Year” and the second set up “6 Expectations for Spine Surgeons After Health Insurance Exchanges.

On Friday, two EO Nashville members had columns run as part of EO Nashville’s partnership with the Nashville Business Journal. Dan Hogan’s [Medalogix] column gave advice on launching a startup in Nashville, while John Rowley’s [Fletcher Rowley Inc.] piece listed five ideas to apply the political playbook to corporate branding. You can read both columns below.

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Rowley clipRanking 148th, The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] made Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Remodeling 550: Full-Service Remodelers list.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] spoke about his Aligntoday.com software on the SouthernAlpha blog. You can read the interview here. Andy’s Aug. 21 column in the Tennessean reminded us all that we need more gratefulness in our lives.

The Nashville Post recently reported that City Saver [Tom Beach] would soon launch its product in Seattle, the company’s sixth market.

On Aug. 18, James Fields [Concept Technology] published a column in the Sunday Tennessean on protecting our online and mobile conversations. You can read the column here.

Earlier this month, the Nashville Business Journal announced its 2013 25 Fastest-Growing Companies winners. The list included EO Nashville members:

And finally, though we already told you about the 19 EO Nashville members who were included in the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list, a few of those members shared the secrets of their success with the Tennessean on Sunday. You can read their interviews below.

Reboot Marketing [Allen Baler]

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Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]

Advance Financial clipTeknetex [John Kepley]

Teknetex clipConcept Technology [James Fields]

Fields clipRustici Software [Mike Rustici]

Rustici clipMankin Media Systems [Ben Mankin]

Mankin clipVaco [Jerry Bostelman]

Vaco clipComfort Supply [Clay Blevins]

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2013 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 19 EO Nashville member companies

Fifteen percent of the 131 members comprising the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the magazine announced today.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 42 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 22 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

“We consistently see a high number of EO Nashville member companies on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In 2011, 13 member companies made the list and last year 19 member companies were included,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and president of Music City Tents & Events. “This year, with 19 members honored, is our best showing yet, which demonstrates that EO companies are invested in growing their economic footprint in Nashville and beyond.

EO is a global network that connects business owners to improve and enhance their lives and businesses through learning and sharing experiences. The Nashville EO chapter has 131 members and is one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

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These 19 companies employ 1,569 individuals; grew at an average rate of 279 percent from 2009 to 2012; and have combined 2012 revenues of $362.7 million.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2009 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2012.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.

20 EO Nashville Companies Recognized by Inc. 500|5000

Once again, EO Nashville members had a solid showing on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year, 20 EO Nashville member companies were included on the list. That represents 40% of Middle Tennessee companies on the list, and 23% of all Tennessee-based companies on the list. Not bad, when you consider that EO companies represent just 0.7% of the 15,000 businesses in Nashville.

EO Nashville members who made the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

These 20 companies employee 1,326 individuals; grew at an average rate of 199% from 2008 to 2011; and have combined 2011 revenues of $287 million. Furthermore, of the three Tennessee companies that made the Inc. 500, two were EO member companies: Medicare.com and Teknetex.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2008 to 2011. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2008 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2011.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000.

EO Nashville membership tops 100 for the first time

EO Nashville is growing fast thanks to the efforts of our members. This year, for the first time in our history, we’ve exceeded 100 members. The new class of inductees brings our total to 112. Thanks to everyone for your recruitment efforts and for spreading the word about EO Nashville.

Here is the new membership class for 2012:

Bob Bernstein, founder of Bongo Productions, LLC: Bernstein’s company is a multimillion dollar enterprise comprised of five cafes — Bongo Java, Fido, Grins Vegetarian & Kosher Café, Hot & Cold and Bongo East — and two wholesale businesses, Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Fido Bakery. A former journalist, Bernstein grew up in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s from Northwestern University.

Michael Brody-Waite, founder and COE of InQuicker: InQuicker is an online emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office check-in system. Before starting InQuicker two years ago, Brody-Waite spent seven years with a Fortune 30 company. He graduated from the University of California Davis.

Ed Brown, co-founder of ioStudio: ioStudio is a full service marketing agency with over 200 employees and offices in Nashville and Washington D.C., offering Web design, digital marketing and advertising services. Committed to helping America’s soldiers, ioStudio works for The National Guard, Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC, SAIC, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, GX Magazine and Foundations Magazine.

Patrick Burke, owner Seed Hospitality and Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen: Burk has run the Hillsboro Village area sushi restaurant since 2009. He previously worked as a summer associate at Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper. He is a Vanderbilt University graduate.

Greg Greenwell, president of TotalPrint: A printing company specializing in managed print services and supplies, TotalPrint has become an industry leader. Greenwell also owns a veterinary clinic and a small real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and an master’s from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Carl Haley, Jr., president and CEO, Grand Avenue: Grand Avenue provides ground transportation services for the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt University as well as clients in Middle Tennessee. Haley founded the company in 2009 and oversees business development, operations, reservations, marketing and fleet management. He is a graduate of George Mason University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Nicholas Holland, founder of CentreSource, Inc., Side hobby, LLC and Populr.me: Holland helped launch the annual Nashville StartUp Weekend as well as the city’s first micro-fund, JumpStart Foundry. He has served on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

Elliott Holt, founder Medi-Copy Services: Holt founded Medi-Copy as a way to improve patient care by providing better health information exchange, more accountability and faster turnaround times on authorized disclosures of health information. In 2010, Medi-Copy was named one of the Top 10 Best Employers in Middle Tennessee.

Kimberly Hunter, owner, True Blue Salon: One of the most popular high-end salons, True Blue Salon has been mentioned in the pages of Elle and Marie Claire magazines as one of the best places in the country for color, cut and style. Hunter has been a Nashville business owner for more than 20 years.

Bob Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Equity Express Settlement Services: Jacobs founded the mortgage software company Equity Express Settlement Services in 2011 after becoming a partner in Equity Solutions USA. He is the former director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and a current board member of the Sports 4all Foundation, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation and Special Olympics of Tennessee.

Ben Mankin, founder, Mankin Media Systems: Mankin Media Systems provides audio/video design and installation of technical systems for some of the largest churches in the country. Mankin founded the company to provide design and leadership for organizations and churches pursuing technical and media ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Max Sadler, CEO, Advanced Network Solutions (ANS): ANS provides IT services and network design, implementation and documentation. The company has been named to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Future 50 five times, the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in the Business and Best Places to Work and twice listed in Inc.’s 500|5000 list fastest growing companies.

Jeremy Werthan, chairman, Werthan, LLC: The Werthan family has been associated with entrepreneurship and business in Nashville since the 1800s. Founded in 2002 as a local fabricator of high quality granite countertops, Werthan is now a high-volume national supplier of tile, natural stone, quartz and solid surface materials.

Danny Whetstone, founder, DWP Live: Whetstone has worked closely with both artists and entrepreneurs alike to create onstage excitement through large-scale production and design. Whetstone has worked with musical legends such as Sting, Bon Jovi and Keith Urban, as well as and corporate giants like Lockheed Martin, ESPN and MTV to design and build quality productions for concerts, sports and corporate events.