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 Member in the News: Peter Hermann

If you didn’t have the chance to pick up last Friday’s Nashville Business Journal you missed a great article on EO Nashville member Peter Hermann and his company Belmont Software Services. The feature discusses Peter’s channel sales strategy and how that strategy “has allowed the company to focus on what it does best: developing cloud solutions for businesses.” Read the full article below.

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Chapter adds eight new members to close out 2011

EO Nashville added 29 new members in 2011, making 2011 the most successful recruitment year in our 17-year history. This recruitment success comes on the heels of a banner year in 2010, when we added 19 new members. EO Nashville currently has 97 members, double the size we were just two years ago.

In addition to ranking second globally for percentage growth in 2011, EO Nashville also ranked third for adding the most new members, making the chapter one of the fastest growing in the world.

A special thanks to our membership co-chairs, Joe Freedman and Michael Burcham, who worked tirelessly to get the word out about EO Nashville and our peer support system for local entrepreneurs.

Meet the eight new members of EO Nashville that were added in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Adam James co-founded Wyndham Group, Inc., a consulting group specializing in enterprise resource planning solutions for the hi-tech and professional services industries. He previously worked as an independent consultant, providing SAP software for Fortune 1000 companies including IBM, Deloitte and Bertelsmann. He earned his master’s in accounting from the University of North Carolina.

Alan Young founded Armor Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer that develops and distributes security and repair products. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Alan played football for Vanderbilt and briefly professionally before founding ProQuest Sports Management. Alan also previously worked as an investment banker for Banc of America Securities.

Brian Biesman is director of the Nashville Center for Laser and Facial Surgery where he specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. He also serves as clinical assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and clinical associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Brian Prentice is founder and senior partner of Ingenuity Associates, an IT management consulting firm. With more than 20 years of experience in information technology and business management, Brian began his career on Wall Street. He later worked for Sony Music Entertainment, HCA and a private medication management company. He attended Fordham University.

Darek Bell is a partner of Corsair Distillery, which he started in 2007 with his wife Amy Lee Bell and Andrew Webber. Darek is a graduate of Bruichladdich Distilling Academy in Islay, Scotland. He has authored one book, “Alt Whiskeys: Alternative Whiskey Recipes and Techniques for the Adventurous Distiller,” which published in 2011.

Mark Deutschmann founded Village Real Estate Services in October 1996. He then formed Core Development Services in 2003, and in 2006 Mark partnered with Wells Fargo to create CityLife Lending Group. He serves as sustainability chair for the Nashville chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and on the boards of Greenways for Nashville and the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

Randy Holland is founder and managing partner of Fitness Holdings, LLC. His personal training business Delta Coaching includes Deltatrac, the first online coaching product that uses an individual’s genetic profile to prescribe a workout program. He previously ran Bullet Recording and earned a Grammy in 1989 for his song “Giving You The Best That I Got” sung by Anita Baker. He is a graduate of Belmont University.

Peter Hermann is founder and managing partner of Belmont Software Services, an IT company that provides solutions for enterprise service automation and cloud infrastructure initiatives. His previous experience includes stints at Marimba and BMC Software. He completed his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College and received an MBA from Duke University.