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.



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 Members in the News: Tom Turner, Ben Hanback, John Rowley, Rebecca Donner, Top Technology Firms, Nicholas Holland, Michael Brody-Waite & Jolene Dressel

Here’s a roundup of the most recent EO Nashville sightings in the news.

On June 22, the Nashville Post covered DSi’s [Tom Turner] move into Charlotte, North Carolina. DSi also has outposts in Knoxville and Cincinnati.

On the 4th of July, Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss health care, and more specifically changes that individuals can expect in their insurance plans after the Affordable Care Act. You can watch the video here.

John Rowley [Fletcher|Rowley] made two TV appearances on July 6, appearing on Fox News Channel’s Studio B and MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

Rebecca Donner [Inner Design Studio] was featured in a Nashville Medical News article entitled “Designed for Healing” about creating healing environments in health care.

On July 6, the Nashville Business Journal printed its list of the top 25 local technology firms. EO member companies to make the list include:

Download the full list here: NBJ top tech firms.

Fast Company ran an article about Nashville’s quest to fill its open technology positions. The article included a quote by Nicholas Holland about ways that tech companies can attract more talent.

On July 12, the Nashville Post covered Michael Brody-Waite and InQuicker‘s growth. The health care tech company is now working with 135 hospitals around the country.

In other exciting news, Jolene Dressel [Trojan Labor] started a new company, Trojan Environmental. Trojan Environmental is an asbestos abatement staffing company. Jolene has put over 70 employees through a 32-hour asbestos abatement course to get this business off the ground. She is currently supplying several customers with temporary asbestos abatement workers in jobs located in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

EO Nashville and the Inc. 500|5000 List

1 in 4 Nashville Area Companies to Make the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 List are EO Nashville Members

Of the current 88 EO Nashville members, 15% have been named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 25% of Nashville-based companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 12% of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

Member companies who made the Inc. 500|5000 list are:

  • Advanced Network Solutions (#3232), Sonny Clark, Founder and President
  • Concept Technology, Inc. (#2516), James Fields, Founder and President
  • Crosslin & Associates (#3763), Justin Crosslin, Principal
  • Document Solutions, Inc. (#1662), Tom Turner, Co-Founder and President
  • Emma (#1610), Clint Smith, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Fastsigns (#2055), Scott Snoyer, Owner
  • LetterLogic (#2682), Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, Founder and CEO
  • Metova (#492), Kevin Ross, President and Founder
  • Midsouth Consulting Group (#3923), Jason Carpenter, CEO
  • OptiMech (#3911), Tim Page, Executive Vice President
  • Paramore-Redd Online Marketing (#2974), Hannah Paramore, President
  • Randa Solutions (#388), Marty Reed, President and CEO
  • Vaco Resources, LLC (#3895), Jerry Bostelman, Founder

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2007 to 2010. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2007 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2010.

The full list can be accessed here.

EO Members in the News: Rebecca Donner, Clint Smith, Andy Bailey and Sonny Clark

Today’s Nashville Business Journal includes stories on EO members Rebecca Donner, Clint Smith, Andy Bailey and Sonny Clark.

The “Case Study” on Rebecca’s business, Inner Design Studio, features her firm’s turnkey solutions: “Firm offers turnkey design for health care

The “Executive Profile” on Clint of Emma gives insight into the evolution of the email marketing company.

The story on Andy and Sonny is about a new “Kid Terns” program Andy and Sonny’s EO forum cooked up this summer to inculcate a love of all things entrepreneurial in their children. “Nashville entrepreneurs group shares ‘kid-terns’ to teach business

EO Nashville Announces 2011 Board of Directors

Welcome to our new Board of Directors! Thank you for taking on this leadership role.

The new board of directors of the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization is:

Check out the press coverage of the new board appointments:

Tennessean, 3/13/11

The News, GCA Publishing, 3/10/11

The Daily News Journal, 3/13/11

EO Members In The News

EO members Sonny Clark (Advanced Network Solutions) and Arnie Malham (Malham Leverage Group) were featured in yesterday’s City Paper for the role they are playing in creating a new downtown district —  The “Cummins Station District.”  Sonny and Arnie both recently bought or leased buildings in the area and rehabbed them, and Arnie created a new “environmentally sensitive” parking lot. Check out the text of the article, here. The photo that accompanied the article is below.

City Paper, Jan 8-10 2011

(That’s MLG’s new headquarters on the right)