EO Nashville Members in the News: Darren Metz, J.J. Rosen, Mark Deutschmann, Small Business Awards, Nicholas Holland, James Fields, Julie May

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s what your fellow EO Nashville members were up to last week.

Darren Metz [Novacopy] was quoted in an AP story about the TVA’s solar energy program.

In J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] mobile column for the Tennessean, J.J. wrote about marketing via mobile devices.

The Nashville Post published an article about Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] selling cottages in Salemtown.

On Friday, the Nashville Business Journal printed profiles and Q&As with its recent batch of Small Business Awards finalists. EO Nashville members Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group], Jerry Baker [Conexess Group], Chris Corby [School Facility Management], Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health], John Kepley [teknetex], Mike Rustici [Rustici Software] and James Fields [Concept Technology] were featured.

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Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] was also featured in Friday’s Business Journal. The publication’s cover story focused on startup enterprises including Popular.me.

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James Fields [Concept Technology] penned a column for the Sunday Tennessean on business applications. You can read the clip here.

In her technology column in Sunday’s Tennessean, Julie May [bytes of knowledge] tackled the issue of whether or not businesses should use the “Square” mobile device to process credit card transactions. The paper followed up with a story on Monday about the thousands of Nashville businesses using the Square.

Julie May | Square


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.

EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Eric Jackson, Darek Bell, Darren Metz, Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, Nashville Business Journal Small Business Awards finalists

A look at EO Nashville members’ news and accomplishments for the week.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Scout Staffing] column in The Tennessean published Sunday. In his column, James discussed how to backup your home computer to preserve important records.

Concept Technology | James Fields

Eric Jackson’s [Keystone Business Solutions] guest column appeared in the Nashville Business Journal Friday. He discussed the meaning behind acronym TANSTAAFL.

Eric Jackson

Slate.com quoted Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] in its article about the trend in high proof spirits. Slate also mentioned Corsair Distillery in an article titled, “Craft Whiskey Isn’t Necessarily Better.”

The Caribbean Journal named Corsair’s Spiced Rum one of the 10 best American rum’s. The Daily Meal also named Corsair one of the 25 top craft distillery tours in the US.

USA Today and BBC featured NovaCopy‘s [Darren Metz] work on the 3D prosthetic foot for duck Buttercup. News shows Fox and Friends, CNN and NBC’s The Today Show also mentioned the story.

Southern Alpha featured a Q&A with Dan Hogan [Medalogix] Tuesday.

The Tennessean featured Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column this morning. In the article, Andy talked about how a cell phone can be more of a distraction than a tool.


The Journal Star featured Andy Bailey’s column “5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Boss Today.”

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville members who were named 2013 Small Business Awards finalists by the Nashville Business Journal:

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Bob Bernstein, Tom Turner, John Rowley, Andy Bailey, Alex Tolbert, John Kepley, Jerry Bostelman, Michael Brody-Waite, David Waddell

Time for another weekly wrap up of what the EO Nashville members have been up to.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java] appeared in the Nashville Business Journal’s Case Study last Friday. Learn how Bob  has expanded his Bongo Java coffee company to five stores and a roasting brand here.

Bob Bernstein

A recent article in the Nashville Post reported that DSi [Tom Turner] is setting up a Texas office to expand into the large Dallas and Houston markets.

DSi also appeared in Evidence Technology Magazine’s March/April issue. The article discussed how the online data explosion has affected the electronic discovery and digital forensics process.

John Rowley [Fletcher Rowley] was featured in Campaigns & Elections as a shoptalker in their most recent issue. See what John had to say here.

A recent guest blog of Andy Bailey’s [Petra] appeared in SmallBizDaily.com Sunday. In his blog, Andy discussed the importance of leaving your comfort zone.

Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column appeared in The Tennessean Sunday. He discussed why achieving transparency in health care is not an easy task.

Alex Tolbert

The Nashville Post announced Friday the opening of Bernard Health’s second Nashville-area retail store this week.

Bernard Health was also mentioned in Catalyst Healthcare Research as one of few consumer-facing businesses in the health insurance industry.

Teknetex [John Kepley] and Vaco Resources LLC [Jerry Bostelman] were featured in a recent Tennessean story. The article mentioned Teknetex and Vaco as two recruiting firms who have seen a change in how companies are hiring and what level of talent they are looking for.

Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal in February. Michael also recently sat down with the Nashville Chamber to answer a few questions about the company’s culture. See Michael’s answers here.


Digital Journal recently announced that the Medical Center of Central Georgia, the second-largest hospital in Georgia, has served more than a total of 25,000 patients using the InQuicker Online Waiting Service.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared in the Nashville Ledger this Tuesday. Read what he had to say here.

David Waddell

EO Nashville Members in the News: Tom Beach, John Kepley, David Waddell, Tom Turner and Andy Bailey

City Saver‘s Tom Beach was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Case Study” section last week. The case study focused on the company’s slow growth as its key to success. Since its founding 10 years ago, City Saver has grown to over a $1 million company.

City Saver Tom Beach

According to a story in Southern Alpha, CEO and principal John Kepley [Teknetex] bought out his partner, Eric O’Reilly, at Teknetex.

In his column in the Memphis Daily News, published on Jan. 16, David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] discussed three components that will forecast 2013: earnings, dividends and valuations.

DSi [Tom Turner] recently unveiled an updated brand that embodies the company’s core attributes of confidence, stability and technological expertise. The new brand reflects DSi’s pioneering role in the eDiscovery industry. DFI News, eDiscovery Journal and The eDiscovery Solutions Daily published the story.

In his by-weekly column in The Tennessean, Andy Bailey [Petra Coach Consulting] described four areas your business should focus on in the first quarter of 2013: clients, priorities, products and services, and people.

Andy Bailey Petra Business Coach

EO Nashville Members in the News: Kevin Ross, Dan Hogan, Miranda Pontes, James Fields, Lisa York and Michael Hodges

Let’s take a look at this week’s EO Nashville members in the news recap.

Last Friday, Kevin Ross [Metova] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” section.

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Congratulations to Dan Hogan [Medalogix] who won the Nashville Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” award.

120712 Nashville Business Journal "Most Admired CEO:Dan Hogan"

Burger Up [Miranda Pontes] was featured as Southern Exposure Magazine’s “restaurant spotlight” in the magazine’s Holiday 2012 issue.

Southern Exposure Magazine - Burger Up

James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Inc.] weekly column appear in the Tennessean on Sunday. In this week’s article, James Outside detailed reasons to consider Internet content filtering for your business.

120912 Tennessean "When did Internet content filtering get a bad rap?"

EO Catalyst member Lisa York [Puka Organizing] will be featured on an episode of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. Puka Organizing was the professional organizing element of the project, working alongside a licensed therapist, a hazardous waste removal company and several volunteers for the first day. They worked independently with the homeowner for 3 additional days, successfully transforming the home into one that is habitable. The episode will be airing in early 2013.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] has opened a new location at 2500 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville and 201 West Main Street in Hendersonville. Read The Tennessean story here.