EO Nashville Member News - Feb. 9

February 9, 2018

Three Things for EO Nashville This Week

1. Second-in-Command Informational Lunch
What's Keeping You Up at Night?  Does your Second-In-Command even know?  Join us for lunch at the EC, along with your Second-In-Command, to learn all there is to know about EO Nashville's SIC program. Feb. 15 from 11:15am-12:45pm.
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2. Showing You the MONEY! 
Did you know the State of Tennessee will pay you and your employees to expand your operations to Canada or Europe, among other incentives? Join this cocktail discussion to learn more about opportunities available to help grow your business. Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4pm-6pm.
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3. Randy Street - "Who: The A Method for Hiring"
Plan now to attend this informational session with Randy Street, managing partner of ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. March 6 from 7:30am-11am.
>>Register now

 

EO Members in the News

Member news compiled by the Bradford Group

Articles/Columns:

In his column for the Tennessean, Alex Tolbert [BerniePortal] discussed three health care myths affecting consumers in 2018.

The Nashville Business Journal featured a column from Lauren Reed [Reed Public Relations] on running away from office meetings.

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] wrote an article for Forbes about the latest bull market.
 

Awards/Professional Recognition:

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] was invited to the Forbes Financial Council.
 

In the News:

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was featured in the Nashville Pride and the Lebanon Democrat for the Advancing Education scholarships the company offers to high school seniors.

Builder Online featured a Q&A with Seth Argo [Focus Builders, LLC] about the company’s new luxury residential development in Nashville.

A tweet from Greg Siskind [Siskind Susser] was featured in a PRI article about President Trump’s latest immigration proposal.

Mark Deutschmann [Core Development] will be signing his book, One-Mile Radius – Building Community from the Core, at Parnassus Books on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2p.m.

Greg Luken [Luken Investment Analytics] was quoted in a USA Today article about retail giants facing tough financial decisions in 2018. He was also interviewed on Nightly Business Report with Tyler Mathisen.

StyleBlueprint mentioned Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman] in a story about last fall’s Alley 258 event in East Nashville.

Jason Patrick [Express Employment Professionals] was quoted in the Nottingham Observer about January’s increase in jobs and pay across the country.

Hytch [Robert Hartline] was featured in PC Mag for partnering with Nissan to incentivize people to use the carpooling app.

The Patterson House [Ben Goldberg and Max Goldberg] was featured in nFocus for its unique local flavor. A chef from Henrietta Red was mentioned in the Nashville Scene for participating in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.

Crosslin [Justin Crosslin] was mentioned in The Messenger for opening a satellite office at the Madisonville Innovation Station in Kentucky last year.

According to the Nashville Business Journal and the Nashville Post, the Nashville Soccer Club [Christopher Redhage] sold out their first professional game. The Tennessean also talked about the club’s inaugural game, giving the rundown of everything fans need to know. Another Tennessean article featured the club’s head coach in talking about the season ahead.

M.L. Rose [Austin Ray] was mentioned in the Nashville Scene as its food truck will be featured at an event at Black Abbey Brewing Company. A. Ray Hospitality Group and Melrose Billiard Parlor were mentioned in Nashville Eater for taking over Melrose Billiards, renovating and reopening it in 2016.

An article in the Tennessean mentioned Civil Site Design Group [Kevin Gangaware] and its work in various Cheatham County schools. The group was named in the Nashville Post as the engineer and land planner for the Dismas House project in Midtown.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] was mentioned in a Nashville Post article regarding his ownership of the Wedgewood-Houston building where a new brewery will open up. Bell & Associates was mentioned in the Daily News Journal for the company’s work with the Bridge Over Broad project.

Judith Bright [Judith Bright, LLC] was mentioned in a Tennessean spotlight on 12 South as a popular shopping destination.


EO Member Spotlight
Bryan Ansley, FNB Merchants

Bryan is CEO of FNB Merchants, a holding company for several subsidiaries, including Secure Identity Systems and First Payment Services. FNB Merchants’ portfolio of companies serves almost 700 financial institutions.

Secure Identity Systems provides anti-fraud, cyber-security and identity theft protection programs to individuals, companies, banks and governmental entities. An expert in antifraud and cybersecurity, Ansley earned a cybersecurity certification from MIT and has an extensive background in managing, handling and protecting personal information.

Ansley serves on a multitude of for-profit and non-profit boards. He also founded Fuel A Fire, a micro-financing organization that helps fund startup businesses in developing countries.

An entrepreneur since age 12, Ansley started his first financial services company when he was just 26-years-old. He has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur.com, as well as many local and trade media outlets.

What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others?

“In the absence of fact opinion prevails”

Best business book you’ve ever read?

The First Tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt

One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?

Being too slow to fire

How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day?

The Gym

What EO event are you most looking forward to attending in the next few months?

EO London Business School and EO at the Greenbrier

What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this?

I am on my 8th start-up, all qualified for EO, have 7 kids and have visited 42 countries and want to visit the rest before I die

Care to share a New year’s resolution?

Be an extraordinary husband and double the size of our payments company through acquisitions
 

Upcoming Events

EO House Parties
Each of the 4 Houses will be hosting a House Party in February! This is a great time to get to know your fellow house members in a smaller, more intimate setting. Many thanks to our gracious hosts! 

  • Carnegie House (Forums: 3, 7, 11,16, 20, 24 and 27) - Feb. 10, 2018. REGISTER HERE 
  • Ford House (Forums: 1, 5, 10, 18, 26 and 29) - Feb. 24, 2018. REGISTER HERE 
  • Rockefeller House (Forums: 2, 6, 9, 15, 19 and 23) - Feb. 24, 2018. REGISTER HERE

Second-in-Command Informational Lunch
What's Keeping You Up at Night?  Does your Second-In-Command even know? Join us for lunch at the EC, along with your Second-In-Command, to learn all there is to know about EO Nashville's SIC program. Feb. 15 from 11:15am-12:45pm.
>>Register now

Showing You the MONEY! 
Feb. 21 at Bradley, 1600 Division Street, Suite 700 from 4pm-6pm. Join EO, Matt Wiltshire, metro's economic and community development director and Lamont Price, the state's director of TNInvestco, for a cocktail discussion about opportunities from the local government available to help grow your business.
>>Register now

Randy Street - "Who: The A Method for Hiring"
Plan now to attend this informational session with Randy Street, managing partner of ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. March 6 from 7:30am-11am at the Nashville City Club, 201 4th Ave. N.
>>Register now

EO Chapter Retreat in MEMPHIS 
Thurs., March 8 - Sat., March 10. Join us for this exciting trip, which will include the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, a once-in-a-lifetime Overnight Operation special-access tour at the Fed Ex Memphis World Hub, dinner at the famous Rendezvous, a behind the Scenes tour of Graceland and drinks at the Peabody! 
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