The Decision by EO Nashville

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This is The Decision by Nashville EO. On this podcast, you will hear the rest of the story after tough decisions were made by Entrepreneurs who faced adversity and lived to tell about it. read less
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Seize the Day: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Legacy - Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson
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Seize the Day: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Legacy - Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson
Robert Hartline is the Founder and CEO of CallProof, a company that helps B2B sales teams manage their customers using a sales activity reporting system. He has been a member of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) for about eight years. He is also a Professional EOS Implementer for EOS Worldwide, where he shares his experience using the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) to scale a business from $10 million to $100 million in three years. Before CallProof and EOS Worldwide, Robert was the Founder of Absolute Wireless, a wireless retailer with 78 retail locations, which he sold in 2020.  Eric Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Element 47, a web design and marketing agency that helps businesses reach their marketing goals and connect to their next customer. Eric has been a member of EO for about 15 years. Before Element 47, he was the Founder and Managing Partner at Keystone Business Solutions and the President of the EO Nashville Chapter. In this episode… When faced with the inevitability of losing a loved one, entrepreneurs often wonder what they could have done differently. What if you were given the chance to say everything that needed to be said before it was too late? How can writing a letter help you find closure and peace? While witnessing his father’s final days, Eric Jackson knew he had limited time to reconcile past differences and spend quality time with him. Eric deepened their relationship by expressing his thoughts and emotions through a letter and facilitating transparent conversations with his father before it was too late. During a loved one’s last days, he recommends having candid discussions with your EO forum about mortality to foster a supportive community and prepare you for the loss. These pivotal life events shape your personal and professional life, providing opportunities for self-reflection and growth. In this special episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline interviews Eric Jackson about his father’s recent passing. Together, they discuss the value of presence, communication, and proactive acceptance of death and mourning. Eric also talks about appreciating and communicating with those closest to you.
A Tenacious Baking and Entrepreneurial Legacy - Mignon Francois
May 10 2024
A Tenacious Baking and Entrepreneurial Legacy - Mignon Francois
Mignon Francois is the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection, a destination bakery that has sold over five million cupcakes. With no prior knowledge of baking and only $5 to her name, she developed an iconic flavor that has earned The Cupcake Collection a top 10 ranking in the country and the #1 cupcake in Tennessee. Mignon has received recognition, including Woman of Legend and Merit, Emerging Business Leader of the Year, and Black Enterprise Magazine’s Family Business of the Year award. In this episode… Entrepreneurs have a talent for creating something out of nothing and transforming communities with innovative business ventures. These individuals are fueled by strategic creativity and the desire to elevate their lives. How did one resourceful entrepreneur turn $5 into a multi-location staple bakery? While living in a two-room house with a makeshift bathroom, Mignon Francois had to choose between working and driving her six children to school. Tired of struggling to make ends meet, she began selling cupcakes to family and neighbors, whose positive feedback convinced her to turn this side hustle into a full-time operation. With no knowledge of business or baking, the first few years were a series of ups and downs, and even after gaining her footing, Mignon was forced to close a fruitless retail location. Learning and pivoting from her failures allowed Mignon to open more locations, making the bakery a premier destination for locals and tourists. When launching a new business venture, she maintains that you must have control over your vision and trajectory. Join Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson in today’s edition of The Decision as they host Mignon Francois, the Founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection, to talk about her community legacy. Mignon shares how she discovered EO, how she transitioned from operating in her home to retail locations, and her motivation to become an entrepreneur.
Breaking Up With Your Business Partner: How To Pick Up the Pieces - Kriste Goad
May 3 2024
Breaking Up With Your Business Partner: How To Pick Up the Pieces - Kriste Goad
Kriste Goad is the Founder of fuoco, an agency helping healthcare B2B brands tell their stories and grow. The agency was recognized as one of PRWeek’s top agencies in the US and earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. As a seasoned storyteller and brand builder, she has over 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and PR. In this episode… Working with a business partner can either be rewarding or disastrous. How can you navigate these relationships effectively and facilitate those uncomfortable conversations that can potentially save your business? Healthcare marketer Kriste Goad collaborated harmoniously with her business partner for the first two years before the relationship deteriorated, and they no longer saw eye-to-eye. After joining EO and learning of other entrepreneurs’ similar experiences, she realized she had to break off the partnership — despite her partner’s role in growing the company. In the aftermath, Kriste experienced 100% employee turnover, but she maintains that you can pivot and rebuild your company by reiterating your core values and having radically transparent and honest conversations with future partners and team members. Welcome back to another episode of The Decision, where Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson interview Kriste Goad, the Founder of fuoco, about how she rebuilt after a failed business partnership. Kriste talks about the early days of her company, her experience as a young reporter in Nashville, and her inspiration to become a marketer.
Passion, Values, and Processes: An Entrepreneurial Calling - Dean Wegner
Mar 22 2024
Passion, Values, and Processes: An Entrepreneurial Calling - Dean Wegner
Dean Wegner is the Founder and CEO of Authentically American, a veteran-owned American-made premium apparel brand. He founded the brand in 2017 to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. As a seven-year veteran with expertise in the apparel industry, Dean is a passionate and value-driven servant leader. In this episode… While passion is integral to entrepreneurship, it’s not enough to manage and sustain a business. You need strong advertising and marketing strategies to drive sales. So how can you merge passion and processes to get your business off the ground? After acquiring an apparel business from a government contractor, patriot Dean Wegner realized that only 3% of the garments were manufactured in the US, and he couldn’t do anything about it. With a passion for his country and a mission to cultivate American jobs, Dean founded a locally made apparel brand. Yet he learned that while Americans spend $300 billion on clothing each year, he couldn’t market to every individual. He joined EO to help him narrow his audience to veteran-owned businesses and charities and develop a niche marketing strategy. Presenting your business problem to your forum is only one step of the process. You must apply the knowledge you gained and conduct further research to make a final decision. Join Robert Hartline for another episode of The Decision as he interviews Dean Wegner, the Founder and CEO of Authentically American, about his entrepreneurial journey and passions. He shares the value of being authentic, his inspiration for joining EO, and how he identifies speaking opportunities by building relationships.
From Broken Solopreneur To Trusted Entrepreneur - Mark Stoner
Mar 15 2024
From Broken Solopreneur To Trusted Entrepreneur - Mark Stoner
Mark Stoner is the Founder and President of Ashbusters Chimney Service, a Nashville-based multimillion-dollar chimney sweep business. As a serial blue-collar entrepreneur, he is the past President of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), an industry-renowned, nonprofit organization that educates chimney professionals and homeowners about fireplace and chimney safety. Mark is also a public speaker and the author of Blue Collar Gold: How To Build a Service Business From the Dirt Up.  In this episode… Despite widely held beliefs, entrepreneurship is not always a one-person operation. Once you’ve built an established and well-recognized business, you must be willing to accept help to expand further. How did a headstrong entrepreneur propel his business forward after realizing he couldn’t do it alone? Mark Stoner — the brain behind a nationally praised chimney sweep company — built a reputation as a respected solopreneur for 17 years. Yet after falling from a roof and injuring himself and his client, his solo operation suddenly lost value in the marketplace, and he couldn’t land a job for more than $10,000. With the help of mentors in the blue-collar space, Mark scaled his business to 17 employees, and despite losing high-quality talent and almost forfeiting the company during the 2008 recession, he became a thought leader in the field. He asserts the value of EO forum experience shares, maintaining that you can connect and grow through similar entrepreneurial struggles. In this episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline welcomes Mark Stoner, the Founder and President of Ashbusters Chimney Service, to discuss how he transformed his business. Mark describes how he navigated toxicity from top employees, the EO core value he resonates with the most, and his approach to serial entrepreneurship.
Health, Wealth, and Happiness: A Physician’s Take on Living Through Purpose - Aaron Wenzel
Mar 8 2024
Health, Wealth, and Happiness: A Physician’s Take on Living Through Purpose - Aaron Wenzel
Aaron Wenzel, MD, is the Founder and CEO of Brentwood MD, a members-only concierge medical practice. As a private physician, he specializes in providing personalized healthcare for entrepreneurs and executives. Aaron is an American Board of Family Medicine Board-Certified Physician and a member of ROAMD, a curated physicians network. In this episode… Entrepreneurs can spend their entire lives building wealth, but that money is fruitless if they don’t take care of themselves physically. Your goals should include a commitment to maintaining your health so you can fulfill your vision fully. You can learn how to integrate health, purpose, and wealth. As an entrepreneurial physician, Aaron Wenzel believes in traversing the path of entrepreneurship with the end in mind. This entails making intentional decisions and prioritizing endeavors based on value systems. Through this mindset, Aaron recognized his desire to transform his and other entrepreneurs’ health by reinventing traditional healthcare. When facing death, many people have regrets and consequently struggle to find peace. By analyzing aspects of your life like finances, relationships, impact, and purpose, you can chart your entrepreneurial path from beginning to end. Yet health is the most crucial aspect, and investing in it minimizes the prospect of regret and allows you to live up to your greatest potential.  Welcome back to this episode of EO Nashville’s The Decision as Robert Hartline interviews Aaron Wenzel, MD, the Founder and CEO of Brentwood MD, about the importance of investing in your health as an entrepreneur. Aaron describes the core aspects of entrepreneurial healthcare, his presentation at the EO forum summit on health, and how incoming EO members can maximize their potential.
Rebuilding a Business From Scratch - Leon Leinbach
Feb 2 2024
Rebuilding a Business From Scratch - Leon Leinbach
Leon Leinbach is the Founder of Keystone Construction, a post-frame construction company helping owners build their dream structures. He is also the Founder and CEO of Blue Jay Garage Doors, which provides and installs garage doors, openers, and springs for homeowners and businesses. With 16 years of experience in the pole barn building industry, Leon has erected over 2,000 projects through Keystone Construction. In this episode… Spirited entrepreneurs often launch their businesses as solo operations as they try to execute a swift vision. Yet eventually, these professionals must structure their companies to scale or risk losing money. How can you reinvent your business with experienced talent, core values, and a robust company culture? With an entrepreneurial urge to satisfy, Leon Leinbach founded a construction company after overseeing a business as a foreman. After managing the entire operation singlehandedly, Leon realized he had to delegate responsibilities. However, without the knowledge or resources to train qualified employees, his company culture became a toxic environment, and he began losing revenue. Faced with a heavy decision to either sell his family’s farm or the business, Leon moved into a small property and restructured his company. When restoring your business, establishing core values and holding culture meetings to uphold those values allows you to attract and retain compatible talent for a prosperous company. On this episode of EO Nashville’s The Decision, Leon Leinbach, the Founder of Keystone Construction, joins Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson to share his company’s path to redemption. Together, they explain how EO members can maximize their membership experiences, the challenges Leon faced and decisions he made managing Keystone Construction, and how he discovered EO Nashville.
Pivoting and Thriving After Failure - Danielle McGee
Jan 26 2024
Pivoting and Thriving After Failure - Danielle McGee
Danielle McGee is the Founder of Black Business Boom, a social enterprise supporting entrepreneurship in black communities. She is also a professor at Tennessee State University and the Founder of Black Owned Nashville, a network of thousands of Nashville-based Black entrepreneurs. As a certified digital marketer and passionate business leader, Danielle bridges the gap between business owners and the community.  In this episode… Some entrepreneurs are so dissatisfied with the corporate environment that they launch a business without thoroughly assessing the financial and legal aspects that come with it. Instead, entrepreneurs should only embark on a business venture once they’ve identified a central mission. Learn how you can create the business of your dreams with support and experience. Desperate to escape the corporate confines, Black entrepreneur Danielle McGee opened a spa. Yet without proper zoning requirements, she couldn’t offer massages, which impacted revenue significantly. Determined to make a living as a full-time entrepreneur, Danielle spent nights and weekends bartending, cleaning houses, and working as an Uber driver. However, she didn’t secure enough revenue to sustain the business. Armed with fresh knowledge and experiences, Danielle identified and honed her vision and joined EO, where she gained strength and moral support to build and scale an impactful business. In today’s episode of The Decision, Eric Jackson and Robert Hartline sit down with Danielle McGee, the Founder of Black Business Boom, to discuss her mission-driven entrepreneurial journey. Danielle mentions the forum retreat activities that altered her perspective on life, her experience filing for bankruptcy, and how she supports Black entrepreneurs.
Giving Back to EO - Bill McCleskey
Jan 19 2024
Giving Back to EO - Bill McCleskey
Bill McCleskey is the Founder of Mitech, a telecommunications company allowing IT consultants to earn income in business and residential telecom. While working as a Business Account Executive at Comcast, he founded Mitech, which attracted over 70 referral partners and 300 clients within the first year. Bill has been a board member and EO Forum Group Chair at EO Nashville since 2021. In this episode… Entrepreneurs’ Organization is an exceptional resource for navigating personal and professional decisions, but how can you apply the wisdom you obtain in a forum to enhance business value? One spirited entrepreneur transformed his business through various positions on EO Nashville’s board of directors. Find out how! Without fruitful relationships, entrepreneurship can be a lonely expedition, and as Bill McCleskey has observed, the experiences can be isolating when you can’t share them with anyone. After joining EO, he recognized that he could maximize his experience and exposure by giving back and volunteering on the board of directors. This decision allowed him to cultivate and leverage valuable relationships for his business. EO forums and events have a designated structure, so Bill recommends implementing one lesson a month into your business, extending the impact to your team and personal endeavors, In this edition of EO Nashville’s The Decision, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson talk with Bill McCleskey, the Founder of Mitech, about how he leverages his EO experience to maximize business relationships. Bill also mentions his crucial acquisition decision, his career journey from a Comcast employee to an entrepreneur, and why he runs marathons.
Living Out Loud - Dan Manson
Jan 12 2024
Living Out Loud - Dan Manson
Dan Manson, CADC-CS, is the Co-founder, President, and Chairman of Elevate Addiction Services, a residential drug and alcohol rehab program that treats addiction using a holistic approach. With over 25 years of experience in the substance abuse treatment industry, he is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-Clinical Supervisor (CADC-CS). Dan has served as a rehab director, managing multiple facilities and working with employees, contractors, vendors, government officials, and politicians. He has also appeared on television, radio, and news channels. In this episode… Entrepreneurship promotes independence and allows professionals to execute their vision and values. However, if your business is licensed under a corporation, your ideas are often appropriated and your leadership limited. Hear how a Nashville newcomer escaped a hegemonic system and discovered his individuality.  With a passion for helping addicts transform their lives, addiction counselor Dan Manson strived to manage his business with heart. Yet the newly appointed management in a licensee corporation had alternative ideas and suppressed all of Dan’s efforts, leading him to sacrifice his virtue to maintain his business. After becoming overburdened by the longstanding oppression, Dan vowed never to be exploited again and, with the help of lawyers, severed his business from the corporation. In light of his experiences, he encourages every entrepreneur to live authentically and trust themselves more than others. With an encouraging EO forum, you can receive accountability to make pivotal decisions. In today’s episode of The Decision by EO Nashville, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson meet with Dan Manson, the Co-founder, President, and Chairman of Elevate Addiction Services, to talk about his journey to individuality. Dan shares his identity before joining EO, how he began counseling addicts after partying in college, and best practices for participating in EO forums.
From Revenue Loss to Recovery: Gaining Strength Through EO - Jennifer Ghanem
Jan 5 2024
From Revenue Loss to Recovery: Gaining Strength Through EO - Jennifer Ghanem
Jennifer Ghanem is the Founder, Owner, and Attorney at The Row Title & Escrow, LLC, a boutique real estate settlement services company. She is also a Founding Partner at Keller, Turner, Andrews, and Ghanem, PLLC, a boutique law firm catering to the needs of entertainers, athletes, and entrepreneurs. As a licensed lawyer, Jennifer represents developers, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, homeowners associations, and financial institutions in real estate transactions, including residential purchases and commercial property acquisitions. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she served as in-house counsel for First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. In this episode… For many entrepreneurs, a market collapse is one of the most harrowing experiences. Without proper support, guidance, and resources, this can lead to bankruptcy. How can you recover your business after a significant revenue loss? Real estate entrepreneur Jennifer Ghanem had the ideal business with top-tier talent and enough revenue to provide them with adequate pay and benefits. However, when interest rates spiked and stalled real estate transactions, Jennifer’s revenue plummeted by 80%, forcing her to cut her leading talents’ hours and pay and obtain a loan from the bank to offset the loss. This experience taught her the importance of flexibility and establishing an emergency fund. Jennifer suggests leveraging your forum for tips on saving money and allocating crucial business assets for times of need. On this episode of The Decision, Eric Jackson and Robert Hartline welcome Jennifer Ghanem, the Founder, Owner, and Attorney at The Row Title & Escrow, LLC, who talks about the turning point in her entrepreneurial journey. Jennifer discusses her identity before joining EO, the lessons she learned after recovering her business, and how she facilitated a forum retreat around a book reading.
Evolving Entrepreneurial Goals Through EO - Matthew Charette
Dec 29 2023
Evolving Entrepreneurial Goals Through EO - Matthew Charette
Matthew Charette is a serial entrepreneur and restaurateur who sold three restaurants in 2023. With many years of experience in the hospitality industry, his skills include management, strategic planning, leadership, public speaking, and team building. Matthew is also a former US Marine Intelligence Analyst and Operator. In this episode… It’s natural for entrepreneurs to feel trapped by their businesses, especially if they lack a clear direction and sound systems to reach their goals. Yet even with a robust business model, entrepreneurs may consider selling their companies. With your business tied to your identity, how can you establish and attain new goals? Multi-restaurant entrepreneur Matthew Charette believed his businesses were scaling seamlessly. After joining Catalyst and, later, EO, he realized his restaurants couldn’t operate without him. His experience observing others’ successes and failures allowed him to build systems and a high-performing management team. However, once Matthew reached the pinnacle of his progress, he struggled to identify a new direction, leading him to sell his business and create a lasting legacy in EO. When you have forum mates invested in your future, you can establish and accept decisions and goals. In this episode of EO Nashville’s The Decision, guest Matthew Charette joins Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson to share his trajectory in EO and restaurant ownership. Matthew talks about how he rebuilt his restaurant sites following a tornado, his experience with PTSD, and how to give back to your forum.
EO Support: An Entrepreneurial Growth Driver - Michael Ramsey
Dec 22 2023
EO Support: An Entrepreneurial Growth Driver - Michael Ramsey
Michael Ramsey is the Clinic Director at We Grow Hair at PAI Medical Group, a clinic offering hair transplants and non-surgical hair restoration. After receiving a failed hair transplant, he partnered with the PAI Medical Group to open its first US-based hair restoration clinic in Nashville. As a senior medical consultant, Michael has specialized in hair restoration since 1999. In this episode… As an entrepreneur, your business will go through many iterations as you grow personally and professionally. What began as an experiential vision may evolve to accommodate new goals. Learn how a solutions-oriented entrepreneur elevated his business through community support and strategies. Having experienced hair loss and the embarrassment of a botched hair transplant, Michael Ramsey opened a clinic to help others avoid similar experiences. While this vision was enough to sustain the business through launch, Michael realized he lacked the operational knowledge to scale. After joining an EO forum and engaging with experienced professionals, he leveraged EOS to work more efficiently and systematically, creating an alternative path for himself and his business. Michael endorses EO as a personal and professional growth mechanism, advising others to invest back into the forum to take control of their entrepreneurial journey and obtain maximum benefits. On this episode of The Decision, Eric Jackson and Robert Hartline welcome their guest Michael Ramsey, the Clinic Director of We Grow Hair at PAI Medical Group. Together, they discuss how support from EO members can elevate the entrepreneurial journey. Michael also shares how he helps people boost their confidence through hair restoration, his experience in EO orientation, and the origin story of his business.
Escaping From the Retail Trap - Robert Hartline
Dec 15 2023
Escaping From the Retail Trap - Robert Hartline
Robert Hartline is the Founder and CEO of CallProof, a company that helps B2B sales teams manage their customers using a sales activity reporting system. He has been a member of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) for about eight years. He is also a Professional EOS Implementer for EOS Worldwide, where he shares his experience using the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) to scale a business from $10 million to $100 million in three years. Robert is the Founder of 8 Decisions, a life operating system for driven entrepreneurs. Before his current endeavors, Robert founded Absolute Wireless, a wireless retailer with 78 retail locations, which he sold in 2020. In this episode… Many entrepreneurs consider retail one of the most demanding industries, especially for franchisees. These business owners must manage the launch and growth of multiple locations, which often presents unparalleled challenges. Some entrepreneurs become so burned out they consider selling their businesses. When you’ve put so much effort into scaling, is it possible to find an alternative purpose? Long-time retail entrepreneur Robert Hartline became attracted to sales after realizing he could design the lifestyle he desired. His unique ability to repair phones led him to establish a wireless retail store. After joining EO and learning the power of revenue diversification, delegation, and systems, Robert franchised his business from 13 to 78 stores in three years. Yet a string of break-ins, armed robberies, and identity theft incidents left him feeling paranoid and defeated. Although Robert’s acquisition process was plagued by fraud and legal issues, his EO forum helped him navigate the process and discover his true calling. Rather than feeling like a prisoner of your business, Robert affirms you can partner with mentors to share stories, refine your vision, and embark on an alternative career path. Join Eric Jackson as he interviews Robert Hartline, CallProof’s Founder and CEO, about his professional growth journey. Robert talks about being raised in a Nazi training facility, the event that facilitated his sobriety, and how he realized he wasn’t cut out for the music industry.
Navigating Entrepreneurship and the EO Experience - Eric Jackson
Dec 8 2023
Navigating Entrepreneurship and the EO Experience - Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Element 47, a web design and marketing agency that helps businesses reach their marketing goals and connect to their next customer. Eric has been a member of EO for about 15 years. Before Element 47, he was the Founder and Managing Partner at Keystone Business Solutions and the President of the EO Nashville Chapter. In this episode… Many first-time entrepreneurs undertake multiple ventures, launching, buying, and selling various businesses before settling on a single industry or niche. Despite the volatility of early ownership, entrepreneurs have a propensity for self-employment. Hear about the trials and tribulations of the entrepreneurial journey from a seasoned businessman who has done it all. After dabbling in printing and advertising, Eric Jackson launched a web development agency with a business partner. Yet partnerships aren’t always beneficial, as Eric discovered after trying to scale his company with two separate visions. Having made unproductive decisions, endured industry shutdowns from the pandemic, and struggled with alcohol addiction, Eric honed and developed his leadership skills. He recommends developing a trusted leadership team that can assume major responsibilities and make pivotal decisions, allowing you to focus on growth and relationship-building. In today’s The Decision podcast episode, Eric Jackson joins Robert Hartline to talk about his entrepreneurial endeavors. Eric shares how to own your EO forum experience, the significance of forum clearing rounds, and how sobriety impacts leadership.
Growing Through Entrepreneurship - Joe F. Brannon III
Dec 1 2023
Growing Through Entrepreneurship - Joe F. Brannon III
Joe F. Brannon III is the Founder and CEO of TL Connects, which helps businesses increase revenue by building stronger relationships with their customers. He is also the Founder and CEO of textLiving, a customer loyalty and text marketing platform. As a servant leader, Joe focuses on building his company, team, customers, and software. In this episode… Studies show that 99% of early-stage businesses never reach $1 million in sales. Additionally, less than 1% of companies attain $10 million during their tenure. Would you venture into entrepreneurship if you knew the hardships you faced would reap little reward? With a $1 million minimum revenue to join, Entrepreneurs’ Organization comprises business owners who defy the 1%. A case in point is software builder Joe F. Brannon III, who had built and lost several profitable businesses before declaring bankruptcy. Determined to remain an entrepreneur for the long term, he began teaching other business owners how to build and scale software companies. Yet this business was not without its challenges, so Joe joined EO for emotional support and guidance. By presenting crucial decisions and obstacles before a structured forum, you can gain clarity and scale beyond $1 million through thought-provoking questions and shared experiences. In the latest episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson welcome their guest Joe F. Brannon III, the Founder and CEO of TL Connects, who shares his journey through entrepreneurship and EO. Joe explains how EO facilitated his personal growth, his transition from managing a $10 million company as an employee to building proprietary software, and how to conduct EO forum presentations.
How a Mission-Driven Entrepreneur Discovered Her Calling - Deeannah Seymour
Nov 24 2023
How a Mission-Driven Entrepreneur Discovered Her Calling - Deeannah Seymour
Deeannah Seymour is the Co-founder and CEO of pH-D Feminine Health, an independently held and certified women-owned and operated business providing health and wellness products for women struggling with feminine health issues. With a biology background and 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Deeannah partnered with the healthcare company Vireo Systems to develop products with holistic ingredients. She was named an EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, and pH-D was recognized as one of WPO’s (Women Presidents Organization) 50 Fastest-Growing Companies. In this episode… Entrepreneurship is not characterized exclusively by business value. Instead, entrepreneurs should dedicate themselves to a life-long mission, fostering a meaningful impact for their target audience. As a woman business owner fueled by public service, today’s guest embodies modesty and selflessness. Deeannah Seymour’s corporate career in the pharmaceutical industry initiated a momentous opportunity to donate a kidney to a little boy on dialysis. Inspired by the family’s story, this decision — along with her personal health struggles — led Deeannah to transition from corporate healthcare to entrepreneurship. She built her business to encourage confidence among women as they transform their feminine health. With support from her EO forum, Deeannah created access to life-changing feminine health products for marginalized women. When tackling a new business venture, she proposes sharing your vision with network connections who can support and guide you. On this episode of The Decision, join Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson as they invite Deeannah Seymour, the Co-founder and CEO of pH-D Feminine Health, to speak about her value-driven business venture. Deeannah shares her experience as an organ donor, how she eliminates the stigma surrounding feminine health, and her motivation for joining EO.
A Sobering Realization: Escaping From Alcohol Addiction - Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson
Nov 17 2023
A Sobering Realization: Escaping From Alcohol Addiction - Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson
Robert Hartline is the Founder and CEO of CallProof, a company that helps B2B sales teams manage their customers using a sales activity reporting system. He has been a member of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) for about eight years. He is also a Professional EOS Implementer for EOS Worldwide, where he shares his experience using the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) to scale a business from $10 million to $100 million in three years. Before CallProof and EOS Worldwide, Robert was the Founder of Absolute Wireless, a wireless retailer with 78 retail locations, which he sold in 2020.  Eric Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Element 47, a web design and marketing agency that helps businesses reach their marketing goals and connect to their next customer. Eric has been a member of EO for about 15 years. Before Element 47, he was the Founder and Managing Partner at Keystone Business Solutions and the President of the EO Nashville Chapter. In this episode… Entrepreneurs must make countless decisions throughout their careers. But the decision to become sober is often considered one of the most difficult yet transformative choices. Learn inspiring stories from two EO leaders who embarked on a journey to sobriety while assisting others in the process. Excessive alcohol consumption hinders effective decision-making significantly, negatively impacting health, work, and family life. Some entrepreneurs quit drinking after a few unpleasant experiences, but for Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson, it took many years, a lost business opportunity, and countless anecdotes from fellow EO members to reach this decision. Becoming sober can be incredibly challenging when your network consumes alcohol regularly, so Eric and Robert recommend seeking help from a therapist and joining EO forums to facilitate sobriety.  In this episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson open up about their respective alcohol addictions and how they achieved sobriety. Together, they discuss how their upbringing and past experiences influenced their dependencies, The Decision podcast as a catalyst to Eric’s sobriety, and how they help others in their sobriety journeys.
From Aspiring Singer to Eight-Figure Entrepreneur - Sherry Deutschmann
Nov 10 2023
From Aspiring Singer to Eight-Figure Entrepreneur - Sherry Deutschmann
Sherry Deutschmann is the Founder and CEO of BrainTrust, a company dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Before founding BrainTrust, she was the Founder and CEO of LetterLogic, which she scaled to $40 million before selling it in 2016. LetterLogic was named an Inc. 5000 company for 10 consecutive years and was featured in the New York Times, Business Leaders, Fast Company, and Forbes. As a serial entrepreneur, author, and advocate for employee-centric culture, Sherry was honored by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change in 2016.  In this episode… Many entrepreneurs are influenced by their early career experiences and build businesses that reflect the values and goals they’ve gained along the way. Yet upholding these initial principles can be complex when encountering obstacles during your journey. One of Nashville’s most admired entrepreneurs is a testament to humility, empathy, and resilience. With $200, a high school education, and a toddler, Sherry Deutschmann moved to Nashville to pursue a singing career. Having overestimated her abilities, she was forced to find another career path to pay the bills. After approaching her sales manager with an idea to boost customer satisfaction through employee engagement, Sherry realized she was undervalued, which led her to build a company on employee equity. The business was an admired success, but a sales offer left her feeling betrayed by a trusted team member. Joining EO and requesting help from your forum helps you foster an empathetic employee culture and navigate emotional business sales. In today’s episode of The Decision, Eric Jackson and Robert Hartline invite Sherry Deutschmann, the Founder and CEO of BrainTrust, to speak about her versatile career trajectory. Sherry discusses building an employee-centric company, how new EO members can gain valuable insights, and her reluctance to fully accept EO.
Relationships Versus Popularity: A Humbling Growth Journey - Amy Tanksley
Oct 27 2023
Relationships Versus Popularity: A Humbling Growth Journey - Amy Tanksley
Amy Tanksley is the Owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, an upscale, full-service barbershop with seven locations. She was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Nashville Post in 2012.  In this episode… Most small business owners strive to leave legacies, usually through community impact or monetary contributions. Yet those focused solely on attaining rapid popularity in the market often experience stagnation when attempting to accommodate everyone. Learn the value of humility in your entrepreneurial journey from today’s guest, who values relationships over business growth. When presented with opportunities to expand her barbershop’s locations, Amy Tanksley envisioned lively and grand neighborhoods that would attract upscale clientele. However, after joining EO and evaluating her current locations, Amy assessed her service-based business model and turned her focus to building client relationships and providing stability and consistency for her team. If considering growth opportunities, Amy recommends separating your pride from business values to develop a reputable brand. In this episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson host Amy Tanksley, the Owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, who shares her humbling business growth journey. Amy talks about EO’s influence on her company’s success, how she fosters community with clients and team members, and Uncle Classic Barbershop’s origin story.