EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Darek Bell, Nicholas Holland, Alex Tolbert, Amy Tanksley, Evan Austill, Julie and Charles May, Bob Bernstein, The Best of Nashville

It was a busy news week for EO Nashville. Let’s see what our members have been up to:

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] discussed insurance exchanges on Monday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom on Fox. Ben also penned his monthly column for the Tennessean with a focus on how to motivate and inspire employees as an effective manager.

Image

The Nashville Ledger published an article about City Saver‘s successful fundraising model and the vision of its founders, Tom and Kristin Beach.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was spotlighted in a USA Today article about touring Nashville distilleries.

Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] twitter presence was analyzed as part of a Nashville Business Journal feature on social media use by CEOs.

Alex Tolbert’s Tennessean column focused on five things you should know about the new health care exchange.

Amy Tanksley [Uncle Classic Barber Shop] offered her restaurant opinions in The Nashville Business Journal and was also featured in a Tennessean article about the expansion of McEwen Drive in Cool Springs.

Image

Alan Young [Armor Concepts] penned an article for The Nashville Business Journal about applying sports mantras to your business.

The Tennessean’s article on the Capital Unconference at Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center featured quotes by Evan Austill and a headlining photo of PatientFocus team members.

The grand opening of bytes of knowledge‘s [Charles and Julie May] new office was a part of “Working the Room” in The Nashville Business Journal.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] shared his book recommendation with The Nashville Business Journal.

bongo

Jerry Baker [Conexess Group] shared his 1977 FJ40 Cruiser in the “Check my ride” section of The Nashville Business Journal.

conecess

Nashville Scene’s “The Best of Nashville” winners were announced this week, and many of our EO members made the list:

First Place

  • The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best reason to be a reservation nerd”
  • The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best bar that makes you feel you’re not in Nashville,” “Best original drink”
  • Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes]: “Best french fries”
  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best place to get a growler filled”
  • Corsair [Darek Bell]: “Best distillery”
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]: “Best barbecue”
  • Sam’s [Sam Sanchez]: “Best sports bar,” “Best trivia night”
  • Fido [Bob Bernstein]: “Best breakfast”

Second Place

Third Place

  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best craft beer retailer”
  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein]: “Best coffeehouse”
  • OZ [Tim Ozgener]: “Best place for a wedding reception”
  • Turf Managers [Nathan Brandon]: “Best lawn service”
Advertisements

EO Nashville Members in the News: Best in Business, Top 50 Restaurants, Sam Sanchez, James Fields, Darek Bell and Dan Hogan

Many congratulations are in order for the members of EO Nashville. See how they’ve been keeping so busy.

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members who were named Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business:

best in busiess-BNH farmington

Snapshot

  Best in business-advance financial

Best in Business-vaco

Nashville Lifestyles’ April issue listed the top 50 restaurants in Nashville. Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for making the list:

catbird seat best restaurants

Catbird Seat

burger up best restaurants

Burger Up

Sperrys best restaurants

Sperry’s

Sam Sanchez [Sperry’s Restaurant] appeared in last week’s Nashville Today. The story reported that Sam and his business partner plan to expand their two restaurant concepts to Florence, Ala.

Sams Sperrys Nashville Today

The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg] appeared in The Tennessean’s Five to Try section Friday. Ben Goldberg also appeared in Inside Vandy, Vanderbilt’s student newspaper and the Nashville Business Journal. You can read these stories here and here.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] column appeared in The Tennessean last Sunday. In his column he discussed the importance of and how to choose the right business software.

033113 Tennessean Find the right business software

Congratulations to Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell], who recently won the #1 gin in the 50 Best Gins competition.

Congratulations to Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] and Dan Hogan [Medalogix], both honorees of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 class of Health Care Heroes. Honorees were selected for their contributions to Nashville’s community and health care industry by a panel of judges.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Nashville Post Tech 25, Andy Bailey, Charles Robert Bone, Phyllis Shelton, John Kepley, David Waddell, James Fields, Dan Hogan and Sam Sanchez

It’s time for another weekly roundup. This week’s entry is extra long as it covers the past two weeks. Lots going on for members of EO Nashville.

The Nashville Post recently named the 2012 Tech 25. The list is comprised of the Nashville area’s most distinctive and fascinating IT entities that will continue to help drive Nashville’s fast-changing tech scene. Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for making the 2012 Tech 25:

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] bi-weekly column appeared in last Sunday’s Tennessean. His column discussed the importance of making business personal.

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal November 16. Charles Robert was one of four entrepreneur leaders speaking about the message of persistence and perseverance at panel discussion.

Catalyst member company Rhoades Car International was recently featured in The Tennessean. Rhoades Car, owned by Bill Pomakoy and wife, Phyllis Shelton, manufactures 10 residential pedal push models and eight industrial models from their Hendersonville warehouse, each with a sticker reading ‘Proudly Made in the USA’. Rhoades Car International was also featured in Daily Helmsman earlier in the month.

John Kepley [Teknetex] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 on November 23.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column appeared in the Memphis Daily News on November 27th. The column can be read here. David Waddell was also quoted in a feature report in Barron’s on November 10. The special report on retirement focused on managed payout funds.

In his most recent weekly column for the Tennessean, James Fields [Concept Technology Inc.] raised the question, “Do Macs make sense for your business?” In his column James lists five hurdles companies may face when switching from Windows to Macs.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was featured in News-Line yesterday in a story that discussed Medalogix’ Predictive Modeling Software. The software helped a home health company decrease 30-Day readmissions by a 35.9% average rate from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter three of 2012. Medalogix was also featured in News-Line for Nurses and Home Health Care Today.

Sam’s Sports Grill [Sam Sanchez] was recently featured in the Gluten-Free Cat for its new gluten-free menu. You can read the full story here.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Bob Bernstein, Nicholas Holland, Kevin Ross, Mike Rustici, Ben Hanback, Tim Ozenger, Jason Moore, David Waddell, Sam Sanchez, James Fields, Alex Tolbert, Rebecca Donner and Benjamin Goldberg

This week’s recap of press mentions and awards is a long one. Here we go!

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions], Nicholas Holland [Populr.me], Kevin Ross [Metova] and Mike Rustici [Rustici Software] were all featured in Forbes on Oct. 15. Forbes asked company founders their big “aha” moments. Bob is #17, Nicholas #22, Kevin #22 and Mike #73.

Forbes Article

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] and Tim Ozenger [OZ Nashville] were featured in the Nashville Post on Sunday. The story mentioned Ben and Tim as two of many local investors looking to increase portfolios with alternative investing.

The Nashville Technology Council Gala Awards took place Tuesday, Oct. 23. Congratulations to the following EO member finalists and winners:

  • Kevin Ross [Metova] accepted the Software Developer of the Year award on behalf of his company’s development team
  • Jason Moore [Stratasan] won Early Stage Company of the Year
  • Tod Fetherling [also of Stratasan] was the newest member to be inducted in the NTC Hall of Fame
  • Jessica McDougal [of EO member company Teknetex] was a finalist for Volunteer of the Year
  • Carl Pottkotter [of EO member company NovaCopy] was a finalist for CTO of the Year
  • Jason Levkulich [also of NovaCopy] was a finalist for Company of the Year

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column was featured in the Memphis Daily News on Wednesday. The article discussed the possible alternatives to dividends.

Sam’s Sports Grill [Sam Sanchez] was voted one of America’s Best Sports Bars by The Daily Meal.

The Daily Meal

On Wednesday, the Nashville Business Journal wrote about Jame Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] creative idea to turn to valet parking to solve its growing parking issues.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was featured in Wednesday’s Tennessean. Alex was mentioned in response to BlueCross ending its plan to open a retail store in Nashville.

Rebecca Donner’s [Inner Design Studio] article was featured in Healthcare Design Magazine. Her article included tips to reduce patient room noise with design materials.

Adam Platt mentioned Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] in his blog today for Conde Nast Traveler. Adam met Benjamin on his Southern States Food Tour. He also mentioned the excellent food he tried at the Patterson House and the Catbird Seat.

EO Nashville Members in the News: John Aron, Benjamin Goldberg, Alex Tolbert, Kevin Ross, Steve Curnutte & Toast of Music City Awards

On Aug. 26, John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe] was interviewed for a Tennessean article about the impact that rising wheat costs has on his business.

Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] helped the Tennessee Titans kick off the season with two new sandwich options created by Merchants Restaurant Executive Chef Jason Brumm as part of the latest food offerings at LP Field. You can read the Tennessean story (and watch the video with Ben) here.

Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was included in a Nashville Ledger story about local technology companies bringing health care into the digital future.

News of Kevin Ross [Metova] bringing on a new investor was covered in several outlets last week. You can read the Nashville Post coverage here.

Steve Curnutte [Tortola Partners] was profiled in the August 31 print edition of the Nashville Business Journal. Steve’s printing company, Allen Printing, was also featured in a Harvard Business Review piece the month. The piece asked the question: Are you growing too fast?

And lastly, in the Tennessean’s 2012 Toast of Music City Awards, the following EO Nashville member companies were honored:

Lots of EO Nashville Members in the News

The Thanksgiving holiday and week after saw lots of EO Nashvillians in the news.

In national news, John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] was on CNN and Fox News on 11/25. Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Burger Up] was included in a piece about giving convicts a second chance in the workplace, reported by Fox News. Check out the video transcript of Miranda’s video here.

Ben Goldberg’s Catbird Seat has been featured a couple times recently. First, it was mentioned on the Today Show along with Yellow Porch and Mas Tacos Por Flavor. (View clip here). Second, it was reviewed by The City Paper this week. Read the complete review here. Sam Sanchez’s [Sam’s Sport Grille] debuted a new drink this week, which was covered (among other places) on the Nashville Scene’s Bites blog.

The Nashville Business Journal’s 11/12 edition included a “Case Study,” where Marty Reed [Randa Solutions] reveals the key to success as “take what you know from one area and apply it elsewhere.” In a “Spotlight on Venture Capital,” Steve Curnutte [Tortola Partners] comments on the recent shift to “fewer, bigger” VC deals. Articles inserted below.

Meet Our Newest Members

Nashville EO experienced an extremely successful recruitment year in 2010. Check out the recent Nashville Post blog entry about our newest recruitment class.

Or read the full release below:

Nashville’s Entrepreneurs’ Organization Recruitment Class Is Largest in Chapter’s History

Thanks to a record-breaking fall recruitment, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Nashville has become one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the nation.

Fourteen new members joined last fall. When combined with the five new members who joined in the spring, for a total of 19 new members last year, 2010 has been the most successful in the chapter’s history.

“Our recruitment success is due to several factors: excellent recruitment chairs in Joe Freedman and Dan Hogan, great publicity, and the economy to name a few,” said Clint Smith, president of EO Nashville and co-founder and CEO of Emma. “The economy is making entrepreneurs really take a step back and understand the necessity of working on their business, instead of just in their business.”

Entrepreneurs’ Organization has a global membership that provides information and support to entrepreneurs. Including the new members, the Nashville chapter has 71 members. To join, an entrepreneur must be younger than 50 years old and be a founder, co-founder or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

The fourteen new members of EO Nashville are:

John Arndt

John Arndt Jr. is president and chief executive officer of DWC Construction Company, Inc. He began his engineering career 33 years ago as a field engineer for Turner Construction Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State University.

Jerry Baker

Jerry Baker started Conexess Group, LLC, a Fortune 500 software organization, in 2009 with his partner, Austin Meibers – who also recently joined EO (See Austin’s information below.) Baker has been in the IT consulting business for over 15 years.

Michael Burcham

Michael Burcham is president and chief executive officer of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which provides resources to help Middle Tennessee’s entrepreneur community. A serial entrepreneur, Burcham is on the board of four start-up firms.

Justin Crosslin

Justin Crosslin is the chief operating officer of Crosslin & Associates, PC, an accounting and consulting firm. Justin received his bachelor’s degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a master’s from the Owen School of Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jolene Dressel

Jolene Dressel launched Trojan Labor of Nashville, LLC in 2004. She is president and founder of Women in Networking & Construction, and an active member in the Association of General Contractors of Middle Tennessee. Dressel is on the board of trustees for the Nashville State Community College Foundation as well as a recent graduate of Turner School of Construction Management.

Vicki Hill

Vicki Hill co-founded J&H Consulting, a provider of systems implementation resources, in 2007. She earned her associate’s degree at Champlain College in Vermont and bachelor’s degree in accounting at Lipscomb University.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones co-founded J&H Consulting, a provider of systems implementation resources, in 2007.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Lipscomb University, before spending 11 years with Accenture.

Bob Levy

Bob Levy founded Paradigm Group, an employee benefits, retirement services and HR consulting firm, in 1996 after a successful career with Prudential Healthcare. He graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University. He is a certified employee benefits specialist and past president of the Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council.

Austin Meibers

Austin Meibers of software company Conexess Group, LLC.  Meibers graduated from Michigan State University where he studied engineering. The Detroit native moved to Nashville to open an IT staffing company. His partner, Conexess co-founder Jerry Baker, formerly competed against Meibers in the Nashville IT staffing industry.

Bryan Merville

Bryan Merville is president and director of sales of Beacon Technologies, a premier low voltage and technology integration company. He has more than 10 years of experience in sales and management. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received a master’s degree in family counseling, and a bachelor’s in psychology.

Jason Moore

Jason Moore founded HealthDataSource, a software-as-a-service company that gathers and delivers healthcare data. He is a founding director of Nashville Startup Weekend; founding member and advisory board member of the Catholic Business League; and co-founder of Friends4Cures, a non-profit raising funds for testicular cancer research.

Tim Page

Tim Page is a founding and managing member of OptiMech, LLC, which provides design-build construction services to industrial and institutional customers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee’s School of Engineering in Knoxville.

Sam Sanchez

Sam Sanchez opened Sam’s Sports Bar in 2000, Sperry’s Restaurant of Cool Springs in 2006 and a second Sam’s location in Hendersonville in 2009. Sanchez received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.

Lee Williams

Dawson “Lee” Williams is chairman and chief executive officer of Digital Connections, Inc. He holds an associate’s degree from Dalton State College, a bachelor’s from Jacksonville State University and a master’s from Emory University. He also attended California State University at Long Beach, studying filmmaking, screenwriting, and the electronic visual arts.