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Kalinda Fisher founded Advocate Market Research Bureau in 1998. With a background as a sociologist, Kalinda set out to help businesses gain a truer picture of their target market by becoming, in essence, the ‘voice’ of their consumer, and ultimately their ‘advocate.’ For more information, visit

Shawn Klumpjan, the owner of DeVineGuy Lifestyle Concierge is a 15 year resident to Nashville and Middle Tennessee and has over 20 years of experience in Hospitality, Food & Beverage and Retail. Shawn loves cooking, traveling and music of all genres with a new found passion for fitness. For more information, email Adam Markel is CEO of New Peaks, one of the world’s leading human potential training companies, and author of the new book “PIVOT: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life” (Simon & Schuster, Spring 2016). He is also a transformational trainer, bestselling author and attorney. For more information, visit Erica Rains is a Nashville native and the CEO of The Chef and I, LLC. Based in Nashville, the culinary company was built with Executive Chef Chris Rains. It has grown into a Nashville favorite for catering, restaurant goers, cooking class students, and corporate teambuilding clients. For more information, visit

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that I introduce the second issue of Executive Nashville. Joey and I have been absolutely humbled by the incredible reception our debut issue received from both local and out-of-state supporters! The changing landscape and demographic of Nashville is thanks to the tireless efforts of its innovative and entrepreneurial population. Key among that population are countless amounts of hardworking, driven women. We would be remiss not to showcase a select few of those women in this issue. Speaking of successful women, we are thrilled to feature Chef Maneet Chauhan! She is among the most recognizable of celebrity chefs both on screen and in print. Find out what drives this world-renowned culinary artist, and see why she has turned her attention to Nashville.

table of contents May/June 2016


Maneet Chauhan’s Culinary Journey Women In Business


The New Millenium

Visionary Jammber


Metro Arts Commission

Healthcare Inception RX


Tastebuilding for Teambuilding The Perfect Summer Wines


EO’s Global Economic Indicator Survey

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Startups are hard, emotionally draining and there are times that are really tough. You need the strength to keep pushing forward. Work towards an MVP (minimal viable product) and as soon as you achieve that, launch it to the world. The market will tell you what they want and you have to be willing to change your business in order to fit their needs. – Kush Kapila, Founder & CEO - Sterlings Mobile

Follow your instincts and put them into action. When bringing ideas to life, there is no other way. Imperfect action is better than no action at all. The key is to be flexible, allow the idea to follow its own potential and give it the support that it needs to thrive. - Matt Riemann, CEO - ph360

Get started right away, even if it’s in a small way while you still work. As a creative director by day for large media companies, I used my evenings to host Scotch Whisky Tastings to see if the spirits business was something I was ready to leave my lucrative day job for. Indeed it was. I was ready to quit and pursue my passion of starting my own brand. - Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Founder - SIA Scotch Whisky Focus on one specific dream. Go for it with all your heart. Work extremely hard. Most importantly treat your customers like gold. All great opportunities have been referred to us by over-the-moon happy customers. Eve Baum, Founder + Designer - Military Apparel Company



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communicating in the new millenium by Kalinda Fisher

As the world spins faster and faster

into the digital age, companies need to know that they are communicating with two distinctly different consumers and workers. Baby Boomers and Millennials find themselves trapped in a lockdown of miscommunication. They may speak the same language but a translator is needed to bridge the gap of understanding. This is especially critical in marketing to these consumers and in hiring boomers and millennials. Businesses must approach each group with the care and uniqueness that sets them apart. I’ve made it easier for you to find the distinctions that drive each generation and then how to communicate, motivate, and cooperate with these two groups of people. Baby Boomers Born approximately between the years 1946-1964, these 52-70 year olds came into the world during a time of conflict. World War II was barely in the rear view mirror and many of their parents, those of our Greatest Generation, fought in that war, so it was never far from conversation. The Vietnam War — a highly contested and volatile war —trailed closely behind, while the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr. dominated the news. These Boomers experienced social changes in women’s rights, birth control, and abortion.


This is a generation that: • Is patient and not at all entitled – They saw their parents work for all they got, and they had those same expectations instilled into them. • Had a voice – This is the generation of marchers/protesters and flower children. They saw great conflicts in their lifetimes, and the pump was primed for them to jump in and lend a voice and a hand. • Are collaborative workers – They learned that when you join forces through their marches and protests there is strength in numbers and that belief followed them into the workforce. • Put themselves last – this generation was far from coddled as their parents were busy re-establishing their families, getting educations and making a new life for themselves. • Experienced death differently and less ‘intimately’ than generations past --During this time period, aging in America became a business. While the process to establish homes for the elderly began in the mid-50’s it was really in the 60’s – 70’s that this business model burgeoned and started to make it an appealing option for great numbers of our older population. • Are fiscally aware but not necessarily prepared – this generation saw great growth in the economy and, for some time, tremendous strength in a growing middle class. The problem is, if they didn’t, or weren’t able to prepare accordingly for a rainy day, this generation also saw the dramatic shrinking of that very middle class with the passing years. Millennials Born approximately between the years of 1982-2004, Millennials are between the ages of 12-34 years. There is a great discrepancy on the range for Millennials; for the sake of defining the borders of the generation we’ll ascribe to the categorization as set by Strauss and Howe. They were born during a time of

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connectivity. The internet was growing…exponentially. The Berlin Wall came down, unifying Germany and offering hope to the world. This generation of Americans is technologically versed and fragmented. This is truly the MTV Generation; they have never known a world without music on TV. The internet was accessible – AOL (1985) and email became a part of their world. Many were never aware of a ‘before the internet’ timeframe. News came predominately from TV and the Web, with newspapers taking a back seat. This is a generation that is: • Connected – Millennials are always connected to others, and by various devices. “Smart” devices (phones, watches, cars, appliances, etc.) are responsive—or work across platforms or other devices at once— and support the use of multiple use as they thirst for a connection to the world. • Multi-taskers – Due to the multitude of devices at their disposal along with managing their ‘off-line’ existence, they’ve become amazingly adept multi-taskers. • Involved and wanting to give feedback – This generation relies heavily on others who came before. They tend to create a type of a trickle down effect, exhibiting more willingness to give feedback to those who may follow. • Community oriented and ones who wish to effect change – As stated above, Millennials have a level of self-confidence not seen in past generations and, along with that, a belief that they truly can change things. Consequently, there is often a willingness to try to find opportunities to succeed in niche ways (entrepreneurial) not seen. • Comfortable with self-expression – Again their level of self-confidence leads to their ability and willingness to express themselves how they see fit —whether they choose body adornments such as tattoos or piercings, or freer expressions of themselves sexually. This freedom extends to other behaviors and groups as well and affords them a higher level of acceptance for people of other faiths, ethnicities and race.

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by Jesse Walker

Lost credits and payments are the frustratingly common problems

that come with the antiquated ways of the music industry. Currently, the way metadata (the history of the song and all the hands that touch the project: the label, producers, writers) is recorded is out of date and inefficient. With multiple teams creating each song or album, working with different labels and artists, data and payments get lost in the mix. Because of the commonality of this issue, it has rippling effects, not the least of which is the declining musician interest due to the difficulty of getting paid. Up to 30% of the revenue generated in the $60 billion dollar music industry is lost each year because of missing credits. Rec-


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ognition and payment are often neglected or misplaced and not received by those who deserve them. The music business needed an industry specific PayPal. Entrepreneurial at heart and a musician himself, Jammber CEO Marcus Cobb set out to fix the problem so close to his heart. Having witnessed first足hand the impact outdated processes had on the artistic process,

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he put together a team of passionate entrepreneurs ready to tackle the industry issue. With active investors and numerous focus groups, Cobb and Jammber Co­Founders, Adam Clabaugh and Mangesh Bhamkar, emerged from Nashville’s Project Music incubator, leading the entertainment industry in digitizing the payment and paperwork process. Most importantly Jammber tracks the invaluable credits that drive payments from the very beginning of the process. Those credits, in turn, provide opportunities for artists to build recognition for their work by capturing data from the creation of a song. This metadata makes it easy for every contributor to know what payments they are owed. Jammber’s founders have consistently considered the creative process of the music industry when developing technology for artists. The strength of Jammber has been its ability to enmesh itself in the community of music­dense Nashville. Rather than infringing on the creative process used by artists, Jammber aids by easing communication and scheduling for teams. Jammber constantly strives to enrich the lives of people in the entertainment industry by giving them technologies that empower and enhance the creative process. The folks in Nashville have recognized Jammber’s passion for music and transparency, and have surrounded Jammber’s Nashville team, helping shape the business.

Jammber has been making headway in the industry and has been featured on TechCrunch, TechCocktail, ChicagoInno, and FirstRule. Jammber CEO and Co­Founder, Marcus Cobb, has been selected to speak at numerous industry events, including at Nashville’s Digital Innovation in Music Summit alongside industry giants such as Spotify and Warner Music Group. In Chicago, Jammber was selected out of 500 technology companies to be a part of ChicagoInno’s March Madness Tech bracket, competing against such established companies as Groupon and Grubhub. Jammber will continue to gain recognition as entertainment professionals begin to interact with the software. Jammber still seeks investors as it approaches the launch date for the industry platform. Jammber is currently in the first phase of boarding prominent record label Big Machine, the label for Taylor Swift, and also has secured a formal Letter of Intent from Sony Nashville. They have procured a strategic channel partnership with the American Federation of Musicians, which boasts 80,000 members across the U.S. and Canada, featuring Jammber as the talent discovery platform of choice. “There is currently no efficient way to track music rights, ownership or payments globally. This is absurd,” states Benji Rogers, CEO & Founder of Pledge Music. Jammber looks forward to righting this wrong.

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Metro Arts-Commissioned Research Showcases Nashville’s Cultural Infrastructure by Blake Kniffin The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission recently released a new study, “Culture Here,” that focuses on the city’s creative economy and infrastructure as well as prospects for continued growth within the creative community. The study was conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Research Center.

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Chief among the research findings is the wide variety of public, private and nonprofit “cultural producers” active in the community and the economic impact of those activities. The report assesses activity of nearly 5,000 cultural nonprofits and businesses throughout Davidson County. Despite the broad range of cultural facilities and activation, disparities exist in terms of financial and geographic access to cultural life in Nashville, according to the study. “We are certainly proud of our city’s internationally known creative brand, but we must continue to invest in our arts and cultural organizations and creative small businesses in order to grow our creative economy. This research report builds on our strategic plan and that of NashvilleNext to outline critical cross-sector opportunities for action that can fuel job creation, cultural participation, cultural infrastructure development and the ongoing identity of Nashville as a world cultural center,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of Metro Arts. From the findings, Metro Arts focuses on four priority recommendations: • Create corridor redevelopment strategies that extend to performing and visual arts, makers and artisan manufacturing and creative small business


infill, based on the successful cultural clustering in the Central Business Improvement District and Music Row; • Recognize cultural producers (artists, artisans, makers) as key stakeholders of both transit and affordable housing planning and policies to retain them as “knowledge producers” in Davidson County; • Reimagine city properties such as schools and libraries as “cultural assets” and via private partnerships, planning and targeting capital spending that reinvigorates the cultural participation

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and activation of neighborhoods; and • Include cultural producers, makers and freelancers as part of Metro Nashville’s economic development strategy, and include new tools that support the capitalization, commercial ownership and financial sustainability of these producers (e.g., film, fashion, maker spaces), within Davidson County. The research project included geomapping, survey research engaging with more than 400 cultural leaders and organizations between November 2014 and June 2015, U.S. Census and IRS data as well as other analytics to show where there are greater and lesser concentrations of cultural assets, concentrations of cultural participation and clustering of arts businesses. The clustering effect is driven by the Central Business District links to increased economic prosperity and citizen cultural participation, while areas of the county that see lower concentrations of cultural assets experience underinvestment and low economic impact. The study points to opportunities for creation of “cultural revitalization districts,” identifying areas such as Madison Station and Chestnut Hill that would benefit from “direct public investment, tax increment financing for redevelopment, zoning reform and density concessions that encourage presence of artists and arts organizations.” The report documents the current status of cultural facilities across Davidson County and identifies gaps in both facility type and location. As an example, the report cites the lack of performance and rehearsal space in the city, but showcases how public schools and libraries might offer “auditoriums and other facilities,” as cultural community spaces. The study cites the critical role of parks and libraries in providing cultural and arts activities, particularly to the lowest-income census tracks. “Culture Here” goes on to suggest that these public facilities “can provide a greater outlet for arts to flourish in small areas” and urges additional funding and collaboration opportunities to deepen arts and cultural programming and activation at existing public facilities like parks, libraries and other neighborhood based “centers.”


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A New Kind of Pharmacy by Blake Kniffin Kevin Hartman is no stranger to the pharmacy business. He began working for his father’s pharmacy and learning the ropes of the business when he was in high school in the mid-1980s. After attending pharmacy school, he continued working for his father until opening NPS Pharmacy in 2001. His vision was to create a pharmacy for people who needed more hands-on care than a traditional pharmacy could offer.


“NPS really has a lot of different options and programs for people that will help them to stay on their medication and help be adherent to therapy,” states Hartman. “We offer many options to improve customer service and pharmacy experience.” NPS Pharmacy’s primary patient population are specialty patients: those with life-threatening illnesses including HIV. “Most of those patients require a lot more care and hand-holding than what typical pharmacies can provide and it can be a challenge to manage.” NPS has designed programs to make these patients’ experiences successful and has witnessed superior results in patient outcomes and experience.

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Last year, the Nashville Business Journal named NPS Pharmacy one of the fastest growing private companies in Middle Tennessee. Hartman attributes their strong growth to a combination of word-of-mouth advertising along with high physician and

customer satisfaction. “We do a lot of direct marketing to doctors as a way to help them take better care of their patients, but I think the way we take

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care of people is really what we can attribute to our growth.” ObamaCare has affected both NPS and Hartman’s newest venture Inception RX in a couple of ways. First, the company has seen more people that have insurance now than in previous years, which in effect increases their customer base. “The other main thing that will influence Inception RX is the emphasis ObamaCare has had on outcomes, value, and quality care, which is really new in the pharmacy business.” Inception RX was developed to partner with businesses and their employees to provide a better pharmacy experience. Healthcare is ever-changing and Hartman was seeing more and more of a need for the pharmacy to be able to offer more services, such as specialty adherence packaging, free delivery (to workplace or home), explanation of benefits, refill reminder phone calls, deeper counseling about the product(s) one is taking, and programs that educate. Inception RX partners with businesses in the area and their employees to offer them the absolute best experience and, from a business perspective, ensures they are making use of their pharmacy dollar spend appropriately. “The name speaks a lot to the concept. We wanted something that spoke to a new day in pharmacy. Our vision is to partner directly with companies to provide services for their companies’ employees and families,” Hartman explains. The company currently operates out of their Brentwood office with the intention of growing to Cool Springs, Downtown Nashville, and other business centers. “We want to become a household name and to be synonymous with a superior experience and better value for what the customers are spending money on compared to what they are getting now at a traditional pharmacy.” Future plans include programs targeting elderly care services, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and independent living homes. The company also plans to work with insurance companies to help them provide a better product for the lives they cover. “A company spends a lot of money on pharmaceuticals each year, and every year, that amount is growing substantially. We provide a better experience, service, value, and outcome than the other pharmacies and, overall, we believe we can help companies reduce their overall healthcare dollars by managing the pharmacy benefit properly. Pharmacy is the cheapest, most affordable way to keep patients healthy and we believe we can help employers do that and essentially keep costs down.”

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a Q&A with Nashville CEO Erica Rains

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by Joey Amato Recently Executive Magazine sat down with Erica Rains, CEO of Nashville’s hot culinary firm, The Chef and I. We talked about their new culinary teambuilding division, the changing face of food experiences, and the story of how they got to be where they are today.


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unique and memorable experience. With an interactive restaurant in Lenox Village, a large catering division that serves over 350 offsite events a year, a cooking class program and now a culinary teambuilding program, we’re a bit busy. Your newest division is about culinary teambuilding, correct? Yes, it’s called Tastebuilding, and we are very excited about it! We have yet to actually do a public launch, still it has taken hold quickly with our corporate sector and is easily our fastest growing revenue stream. We plan to do a big launch in late spring/ early summer. How is this different from cooking classes and other culinary activities? It’s just a more comprehensive program with many moving parts, and some new ideas for each sort of culinary teambuilding event. There is no cookie cutter price list or limits to what we can do. We start by sitting down with the client and determining their real needs and expectations. Then we meet their needs, and exceed those expectations each time. That’s how we know we’ve been successful. Why do you think this is such a popular product with your company? Folks have been doing teambuilding since company retreats began, decades ago. Recently, however, experiences have become a commodity that many companies feel carries more weight with their employees. Often, employee morale increases because when folks know their employer is willing to spend time and money on them, they will in turn enjoy their position, feel more valued and respected, and deliver a more focused, effective job well done. So is this as much about psychology as it is food? Definitely. It’s both. We’ve really enjoyed the relationships we’ve built with corporate trainers and other teambuilding professionals to create an effective combination of experiences. When we conduct the Mystery Box Challenge, it’s more than fun. It’s a

glimpse into the individual and group dynamics. If an employer is having trouble in one area, or with one or more people, a qualified professional can observe, then later submit reports to the supervisor on their observations. Often this uncovers needs or opportunities that may have otherwise been tough for the employer to see, because they are immersed in the company culture every day. We love providing the fun culinary part while having a deeper psychological benefit if the client so chooses. And then again, sometimes, it’s just a fun ice-breaker. Where did you get your ideas for different culinary teambuilding challenges? We definitely don’t claim that we invented them. We have been inspired over the years by different culinary competitive tv shows – as we have actually done some reality tv ourselves. We credit all of the people that are passionate about their culinary careers, either as television personalities or well-known chefs in their markets. We simply studied the premise of fun competition, then learned how best to deliver that experience in local, real-world situations. The great thing is, it keeps evolving. What are some of the challenges that seem to be most popular in your Tastebuilding program? The chef ’s tasting challenge is one of the most popular – folks are blindfolded while tasting different ingredients and guessing what they are. This is great because we can do it for 5 people or 500. It can take as little as 10 minutes, up to several hours depending on the complexity of the ‘brackets’ and number of people involved. With larger groups, championships are a product of several rounds, and prizes are given. It’s a lot of fun, and quite humorous on all accounts. People are often surprised by their ability to identify tastes, and it is a surprising study of breaking down the senses. When your sense of sight is taken away, often the sense of taste changes. For information, email Erica@thechefandicatering. com or visit for a comprehensive look at the interactive restaurant, catering division, and cooking class program.

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culinary journey

A rising star in the culinary universe is often

nothing but a flash in the pan these days. With the media awash with cooking competitions and shows transporting their viewers to far off places to experience crazy combinations and somewhat gut curdling creations, it is a difficult task, indeed, for a chef to make a mark on a society fixated on the new and exciting. Chef Maneet Chauhan’s story of success however, is one for the storybooks - one that blends the history and tradition with the modern and emerging culture of India. Her story weaves the trend-setting and ever evolving craft of culinary arts with a laser-focused determination and creative vision that is truly inspiring and contagious. Chef Chauhan was born in India. Growing up, she quickly discovered that her love of cooking would become the focus of her life’s work. “I always say I was born with a golden spoon in my mouth. I was always in the kitchen asking questions and learning how to do things.” Growing up in a region where “farm to table” was a way of life for generations before becoming an American trend, she fondly remembers trips to local fresh markets for produce and supplies. “There was a farmer we used to visit once a year, every year, because he was the only one in the area that had the carrots my mother needed for her carrot pudding which we looked forward to having once a year because that was the only time of the year the carrots were available.” Supermarkets and mega-markets transporting imported out-of-season options didn’t exist. “We had to utilize what was available.” It is this very fundamental element that forms Chef Chauhan’s foundation of culinary skill and sets her apart from so many other chefs. “Becoming a chef was something unheard of in India at the time. When kids were growing up and aspiring to become doctors, lawyers and engineers, I was aspiring to be a chef. I quickly

by Shawn Klumpjan found that not only did I enjoy it but it also made me a very popular young lady. I remember visiting my sister at college and being the most popular kid on campus at a school that I didn’t attend.” Years of hands on culinary experience in different regions and cities in India ultimately led her on a unique journey that culminated in her acceptance to the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where she later graduated at the top of her class. “My parents, I am sure would’ve preferred me to go the route like so many others; however, they supported me and told me, “No matter what you choose, be the very best at it.” Propelled by this advice, her ceaseless passion and distinctive skill and vision, Chef Chauhan has graced the kitchens of some of the most regarded and revered restaurants in the world, participated in international cooking competitions like Iron Chef and The Next Iron Chef, is a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped” and went on to become the author of a best-selling Cookbook titled “Flavors of My World, A Culinary Tour of 25 Countries”. There is one turn in her life, however, that she did not plan, and that was her arrival in Nashville. Chef Chauhan states that when conceptualizing and defining her vision “I had my sites set on Seattle, LA, Miami, New York; but then one of my investors brought up Nashville. Who moves to Nashville?” She confesses that Nashville wasn’t on her radar. However, the preconceived notions, misconceptions and completely false impressions so many people had about Nashville at the time quickly faded upon arrival, and according to Chef Chauhan “it was love at first landing.” She notes that while her restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, was “taking its sweet old time to develop” she was soaking in the elements of a place as foreign to her as India is to many of us. “I remember people telling me I had to try Hot Chicken, get Hot Chicken, Hot Chicken was all the rage. I remember finally asking, WHAT THE HELL IS HOT CHICKEN?!?” Yet, after her first trip to the birthplace of Nashville Hot Chicken, her impression was changed forever. At this point, she was still calling herself a “Nash-Yorker”. However, after learning that she would give birth to a son, she found herself putting down roots in a city for which she quickly grew an endearing love. “The culture…the people are so friendly and accepting, the southern traditions and way of life, it just seemed like home to me.” Chauhan Ale & Masala House opened in 2015 and is now a hit not only with Nashvillians but, also, with scores of tourists and business

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feature travelers who seek out the restaurant in order to see what the hype is all about. The dining room is always buzzing and bustling and patrons’ responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Chef Chauhan’s approach to the restaurant is steeped in all of the personal history and cultural traditions that have influenced her rise as an internationally renowned chef, and in her love for Nashville. As evidenced in her cookbook “Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour Through 25 Countries”, new and different is exactly what Chef Chauhan delivers in her namesake Nashville restaurant. Traditional, regionally inspired Indian dishes are elevated with innovative and ingenious culinary applications, all with a local Nashville accent, that equates to what I can only describe as an amusement park for the taste buds. The flavors, textures and tastes all come together for an elevated Indian experience found in places like London but rarely found in American cities like Nashville. Chef Chauhan states, “In America most people think of Indian food as an $8.95 buffet of curry; however, there are so many regions and influences all over India, I wanted to showcase all the different styles of authentic Indian cuisine.” Farm to table is the way she does this, combining local produce and protein with fresh herbs and spices that are both familiar and exotic. The result is new and different, exciting and, from my experience, almost addicting. Flavors that I have never even imagined occur in pure and natural forms and are creatively applied to dishes that are somehow familiar in presentation. All of this is done from the inspiration of Chef Chauhan’s culture, traditions and experience. Chef Chauhan realizes that the food she cooks is a great expression of all that she loves and holds dear to her heart; but there is also another element that is essential to her continued success. “Relationships, this is a relationship business and we set ourselves apart by being a family here. We welcome our guests into Chauhan as we would into our own homes. We treat our guests like we would treat our families, we make recommendations for our guests, guiding them so everyone can taste and savor many dishes and experience the menu as a whole. Communal style is the way I am used to dining. It is fun and memorable.” Every team member at Chauhan Ale & Masala House contributes, and it is a team secure in its position and passionate about the overall experience that drives the success of this restaurant. “I make it my first priority


everyday when I walk into the restaurant to say hello and shake hands with every single person, ask them personal questions about their families, kids, events they attended, aspirations and accomplishments. I am here working and contributing like they are and they need to be confident that I am approachable and accessible for whatever they have going on.” This is a true culture that isn’t talked about but is truly felt when you visit. When speaking to the staff, their confidence and pride are palpable and organically permeates everything they do and the service they deliver. As a result, guests are compelled to return. In Chef Chauhan, we have a very real-to-self, unpretentious and grounded entrepreneur unwavering in dedication and focus. She speaks of Nashville like no other place and notes, “There is always a new face, a new inspiration that drives you further, harder. This is a city that presents itself as a no-brainer to an entrepreneur with the largest convention center in the South, remarkable tourism and dedicated locals with an unexpected sophistication of palate that drives a business rooted in the culinary industry.” The opportunity in Nashville is endless. Chef Chauhan recognizes this and already has two new restaurant concepts that will come online before the end of the year. The expansion of this city is a hotbed, it cultivates and incubates innovators and entrepreneurs like Chef Chauhan. In Nashville she can craft her culinary creations and cater to people who are open-minded and ready for new and exciting twists in their dining experience. While there are other successful trailblazers who are working their passion and making names for themselves, Chef Chauhan comes to Nashville with a host of commendations and a sense of self that seems to set her apart from even notable veterans in the industry. The list of accomplishments is extraordinary and, yet, with all the credits she has garnered she fondly claims that her greatest accomplishment is her family and her son, Karma, who arrived three months early during the opening of Chauhan Ale & Masala House. She calls this “a bold statement to where he would choose to grow up.” We should be thankful to young Karma for helping to cement his talented mother’s affection for Nashville. At this point, I can only encourage you to make a visit to the Chauhan Ale & Masala House and experience for yourself how Chef Chauhan is stirring up excitement from her restaurant in the Gulch. You will clearly understand exactly what it is that has me craving more and more of her craft and cuisine.

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Before you marry Financial considerations for same-sex couples

1 | How does the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage affect how my partner and I approach financial, tax, estate, and investment planning? 2 | Will my tax situation change for the better or for the worse if my partner and I marry? 3 | What is the long-term impact if we decide to marry on our retirement savings? 4 | What legal documents do my partner and I need to put in place if we’re considering marriage? Join us for a complimentary seminar designed to help you understand how the recent federal ruling granting marriage equality to all Americans may have changed the financial landscape for you and your partner’s future. Learn how we can help you identify and deal with potential obstacles and opportunities unique to your financial strategies and long-term goals. June 7, 2016 at 6:00 Hosted by: James Anderson, Senior Financial Advisor Nashville City Club 201 4th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37219 Meal will be served. You are welcome to bring a friend, but seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to Julie Anderson at 931-808-1924 or to reserve your seats.

The event is educational in nature – no specific products will be discussed. Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice, but your Financial Advisor will be happy to work with your chosen legal and tax advisors to help you achieve your financial goals. Investment and Insurance Products: u NOT FDIC Insured u NO Bank Guarantee u MAY Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. ©2015 Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 1015-05919 [96686-v1]

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Trusted Financial Advisor It’s not about the numbers. It’s about understanding how they can affect your life. As a business owner, Cathy uses her knowledge of tax, accounting, business, and life experience to explain things in terms you can understand, so you can make informed decisions.

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captured: CRS 2016 Country Radio Seminar 2016 recorded its eighth consecutive year of growth in terms of the number of attendees. A total of 2,510 registrants (attendees, exhibitors, panelists and sponsors) attended this year’s event. CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne, stated, “We are so thrilled by our attendance increase and are very grateful that our constituents chose to join us for CRS 2016. We hope that our attendees enjoyed ‘The New CRS Experience’ and we look forward to seeing everyone at CRS 2017!”

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nashville’s women in business

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nashville’s women in business

Sharon A. Brawner

Sunny Eaton

Best business advice ever received: Always listen to that little voice in your head—it’s almost always the best voice to listen to when you are in a difficult situation. When you are a child, you are told that as a way of understanding your conscience, but it works when in business too, especially when you are in a leadership position. Your first reaction is usually your best unless you are emotionally tied to the situation.

Best business advice ever received: When you are putting your business systems in place, make them work with who you are, not who you would like to be. If you weren’t organized before, now isn’t the time to try and learn to be organized. Put systems in place that work with your disorganization. You won’t suddenly become a different version of yourself. You have come this far being who you are - work with it, not against it!

Patricia Glaser Shea

Cate Hamilton

Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Chief Executive Office YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Best business advice ever received: There is value in using data to help improve the management of an organization; however, there are many things that cannot be measured and must still be managed.

Executive Director Discover Madison, Inc.-Amqui Station & Visitor’s Center Best business advice ever received: Be yourself -- be authentic; you have to be honest and trustworthy; you have to be dedicated to the program and community; in the midst of everything, enjoy your work and always have a sense of humor; and you have to get a thick skin.

Cordia Harrington

Jessica Harthcock

Best business advice ever received: No is not an option. Continue and persevere until you reach success. It is easy to become discouraged. Stay passionate and focused to your goal!

Best business advice ever received: Trust your gut - there are a lot of situations that I have found myself in where trusting my gut has paid off in big ways.

Founder/CEO The Bakery Cos.


Managing Partner Eastside Legal, LLP

CEO Utilize Health

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nashville’s women in business

Trisha Kassner

Janet Miller

Best business advice ever received: My former boss at Laboratory Partners said, “It’s easy for people to do a good job when things are going smoothly, but true growth and character building comes from overcoming the challenges that arise when the going gets tough. It is during these times you really discover what you’re made of.”

Best business advice ever received: Best business advice was “get very good at being you”. I heard that from my mentor, Fred Harris, while working in economic development for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for 21 years – and then from my 88-year old mother after a year as CEO of Colliers. People love authenticity.

Julia Polk

Monserrate Santiago

Best business advice ever received: Never stop networking. You never know whom you’ll meet that will either be the best contact for a future partnership, employee or collaborator for your own company or for someone else you meet. What goes around comes around if you are willing to share your network.

Best business advice ever received: My husband, Daniel Santiago, has advised me that I must learn to say, “No” sometimes. I am a positive person and with that comes the tendency to say, “Yes” at all times. I’ve learned that saying no can be a positive thing because it allows me to focus on my priorities.

Katie Stenburg

Cathy Werthan

CFO Morris

COO & CFO IQuity Labs

Partner, Finance and Restructuring Group and Member of Board of Directors Waller Best business advice ever received: In all that you do, make yourself indispensable. Strive to be the person who could get the deal over the finish line in the event others perhaps could not.

CEO & Market Leader Colliers International

Owner/Director Child’s Play

Owner CPA Consulting Group, PLLC Best business advice ever received: Learn to let go and delegate. It is important to give others a chance to spread their wings and fly. I don’t have to do everything myself.

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women in business: innovators Beth Brown “The Diva of Margaritas” President Rent A Rita/Diva Drinks, Inc.

Angela Evans

President/CEO Double Diamond Marketing + Communications

Ali Harnell

Senior Vice President AEG Live

Kia Jarmon

PR + Brand Strategist MEPR Agency

Alicia Jones President West End Interiors

Anna-Vija McClain President AVMS Nashville Locals

Nancy McNulty Partner Forest Home Media

Sloane Scott

VP of Communications Narus Health

Becca Stevens Founder and President Thistle Farms

Brooke Usher

Owner Usher Family Law, PLC

Marcia A. Masulla

Editor & Host/Co-Founder & Managing Partner/Founder 12th & Broad/Nashville Fashion Week/ Tiny But Mighty Fund


Nancy VanReece COO Parachute Media, LLC

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EO’s Global Economic Indicator Survey

Reveals Nashville Entrepreneurs Outpace Global Average by Jonathan George

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owners consistently outpace other entrepreneurs across the world, according to new results from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Data from EO’s 2016 Global Economic Indicator survey found that EO Nashville exceeded the global average in members who hired new employees, generated more business revenue and increased net profit in the past six months. The survey also revealed that 91.8 percent of EO Nashville entrepreneurs reported a willingness to start a business in the current economic environment. The survey, which gauges entrepreneurs’ outlook on the general business climate and the expected performance of their businesses, also found more than 40 percent of EO Nashville members plan to add new full-time employees in the next six months. More than 86 percent of Nashville business owners plan to increase revenue in the next six months, and more than 85 percent anticipate raising net profit.


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91.8% of EO Nashville respondents reported a willingness to start a business in their current economic environment. Methodology: The EO Global Entrepreneur Indicator Survey examines the current economic market and realities for entrepreneurs, and gives insight into their predictions for the next six months. More than 7,000 of 11,000+ business owners that comprise the En trepreneurs’ Organization’s membership responded to the survey. Respondents represented 155 chapters from 48 countries. Participants were presented with 14 questions assessing current and projected economic health. During the survey period, 1-29 February 2016, responses were obtained by contacting members within each chapter to guide them to the survey materials. Reports were then issued to ea ch of EO’s chapters around the world, based on the responses collected from each chapter’s members. For more information, contac t Gustavo Vieira, EO’s Director of PR, at, or follow @EOIndicator on Twitter.

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For a more complete picture of how Nashville stacked up, the data below shows an overview of EO Nashville’s responses to the GEI Survey. Past Six Months Nashville Global JOBS: 61.2% 55.4% Increased number of full-time employees PROFIT: 75.3% 58.9% Increased net profit REVENUE: 77.6% 64.7% Increased gross revenue ACCESS TO CAPITAL: 44.3% 34.8% Increased access to capital Next Six Months Nashville Global JOBS: 43.9% 50.5% Plan to hire additional full-time employees PROFIT: 85.7% 75.5% Projected increased net profit REVENUE: 86.7% 77.8% Projected increased gross revenue ACCESS TO CAPITAL: 37.1% 39.2% Projected increased access to capital

“As survey results show, Nashville entrepreneurs continue to excel and thrive within our city’s vibrant business climate. As an organization, EO Nashville will be able to use this data to further identify and support Nashville’s entrepreneurial needs and help business owners continue to grow and scale their businesses,” said Charles May, president of EO Nashville. To learn more about the Global Entrepreneur Indicator, and to read the full reports, visit To be eligible for EO membership, you must own or be the controlling shareholder of a business grossing at least $1 million annually.

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5 Steps to Maximizing Meeting & Event ROI by Mark A. Vickers Businesses invest heavily in meetings and events; yet often have no concrete plan to help increase their return on investment. Research compiled by PriceWaterHouseCoopers for 2012 looked at meetings or events that: Were at least 4 hours long • had 10 or more attendees Were held in rented venues and determined that there were: • 1.8 million meetings • 225 million attendees • $280 billion in costs Add to this the meetings and events held at corporate facilities plus salaries for all attendees, and the total cost of meetings and events easily exceeds a half trillion dollars annually. Are you maximizing the ROI for your meetings and events? A Google search shows thousands of articles on the importance of calculating meeting and event ROI, however, there is little guidance on how to improve event effectiveness. In order for your next meeting or event to produce a positive ROI your attendees need to leave the event motivated to do something different long-term.


Events like All-Employee Meetings or multi-day conferences require special planning. ROI will be created when you are able to build value for the attendees through a well-defined intent and objectives delivered through clear and compelling presentations. The Event Presentation Life Cycle The Event Presentation Life Cycle is a formal process designed to help improve speaker skill and presentation quality therefore improving event effectiveness and ROI. 1 Theme/Topic Selection The first step in preparing a high value event is to determine the main objective, theme, and desired results of the event. Once the theme of the event has been identified, topic selection and sequencing can begin. Topics should be sequenced to build on previous topics, creating a storyline that runs through the event. By utilizing a variety of presentation styles and audience interactions, audience engagement will be further supported.

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Never underestimate the importance of this step, as poor topic selection and sequencing will result in a disjointed program, a loss of audience engagement and reduced ROI. 2. Speaker Assignment Selecting who will be addressing your participants is often the most important set of decisions impacting the ROI of your event. Each speaker has various characteristics that will impact the energy, flow and effectiveness including: • Area of expertise • Area of passion • Energy level • Presentation skill level • Creativity and theatrical ability • Ability to motivate vs. train Caution: Don’t make the mistake of assigning topics solely based on job title or role within the organization versus who is going to be most effective. As part of your speaker selection process, you may consider hiring external speakers to add content expertise to your event. While this expertise is valuable, it can create additional risk. Through awareness and mitigation of three primary risks associated with hiring external speakers you should protect your ROI. 3. Speaker Coaching Regardless of the skill level of the speakers you are putting in front of your audience, formalized speech and presentation coaching will help ensure clear, consistent messaging. By supporting your speakers with a professional speaking coach who is intimately aware of your intent and objectives, you will create an environment that helps prepare each speaker for maximum effectiveness and impact. Your event speaking coach will work with each speaker focusing on: • Intent of the talk • The key point of the talk • Stories to be used • Wording and transitions • Creating an engaging opening

• Crafting a powerful close and transition to the next speaker • Determining staging and presentation elements By combining structured coaching with a defined and monitored practice and rehearsal plan, you equip your speakers for maximum impact. 4. Objective Assessment When it comes to presentation effectiveness, a common mistake made by executives is to rely on anecdotal feedback from staff and coworkers instead of objective feedback. The use of a structured and objective assessment tool will provide a baseline for ongoing speaker development and a baseline for continual improvement. A formalized, objective assessment should be based around three main categories including: • Content • Vocal Delivery • Presentation style and engagement The objective results, combined with subjective feedback like audience engagement and survey results provide a framework for an action plan for future improvement. 5. Coaching Review The final step in the Event Presentation Life Cycle is the Coaching Review. Your corporate speakers should receive feedback from an expert trained in reviewing presentations incorporating the objective assessment, subjective feedback, and a review of audio or video of the event when available. The review should focus on the following items: • Content delivery • Message effectiveness • Presentation style The coaching review and the action plan are then used as the basis for coaching the presentations for the next event. Through this defined process, not only will you improve your current event, but you will lay the foundation and establish the process for continual Event ROI improvement.

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Automation Doesn’t Solve Everything Six Things You Should Know About Machine Translation by Caitilin Walsh Taco Bell’s return to Japan in 2015 was widely anticipated, but the company’s launch of its Japanese-language website spawned a media frenzy—not because of the food. With machine-translated menu items that turned “Cheesy Fries” into “Low Quality Fleece” and “Crunchwrap Supreme - Beef” into “Supreme Court Beef,” the company had to rush to take down the site to mitigate the damage to its image. Translating your materials professionally is a smart business move. Translation may


be required for your market, it makes people more likely to buy your product or service, and support costs go down as people can access information in their own language. But where to begin? Sure, professional translators will get you exactly what you want, but you’ve probably heard some buzz about machine translation (MT) and are wondering if it might save you money and time. Before you take the plunge, here are some things you should know about MT. 1. There’s no such thing as a free lunch Free online translators are very popular—Google alone serves up more than a billion translations a day. It’s important, though, to understand what you get when you use any free machine translation service: • They can only give you an idea of what the foreign text says. Since they have to translate everything from love letters to shopping catalogs, they are designed to generalize rather than specialize. They don’t “know” what your text is about, so they “guess.” Often they guess right. Sometimes they don’t.

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• MT systems leverage big data, and are programmed to give preference to the most popular words and phrases. Predictably, problems emerge: in some language combinations “US President” was translated as “Bush” well into the Obama administration. Free translators are fine for the casual user, but their reliance on statistics, errors from incorrect data and lack of confidentiality make them unsuitable for serious business translation. 2. The machine can only do so much Most serious MT users invest in training proprietary machine translation engines for specific kinds of text. If trained well, the resulting output should get words right, though it might not sound particularly elegant or even be grammatically correct. For some kinds of texts this might be acceptable, but for most it isn’t. 3. It won’t work for all texts and languages Machine translation almost always involves translators or editors to refine the output. Even MT vendors agree it would be counter-productive to use MT for creative materials such as marketing copy or literature, and that it’s best used for drafting large sets of documentation or short-lived or otherwise untranslated materials.It’s also important to note that machine translation does not handle all languages equally well. 4. Machine translation is an ongoing process Long before the first word is ever translated, consultants, outside vendors, or in-house specialists need to determine an appropriate approach. You will need to budget for an ongoing process of: • Establishing why you want to use machine translation in the first place (as opposed to professional translators) • Determining which types of text and languages you want to translate using MT or professionals • Evaluating what data and expertise you have available or need to acquire or to configure and customize your machine translation solution • Assessing how your professional translators and editors can support the process

5. You may not save time or money Your machine translation process will change as your technical team and your translators and editors get better at working with MT. Costs will likely shift. Once you’ve settled on an approach, your higher initial investment in systems and training costs might level off to a lower but ongoing constant—like any other IT investment. Engineering costs could be relatively stable, but translation and editing costs might eventually drop as systems improve and translators and editors refine their strategies. 6. Machine translation uses humans; human translators use MT MT and translation professionals interact: An editor may correct machine translation output and—depending on the system—simultaneously “teach” the system so the same error does not occur the next time. In a more integrated process, professionals use machine translation to support their work in combination with their high-end software. By interweaving several tools, translators often achieve a significant productivity and quality boost. There is a time and a place for every technology If qualified consultants determine that the cost and time of introducing machine translation would help you, you will still need professional translators and editors on your side to help you on this journey. On the other hand, if the effort to introduce machine translation into your process is too costly or risky, you can benefit from professional translators who already use sophisticated translation technology to streamline their work and translate your materials with high and consistent quality. At the end of the day, accurate information is key as you decide whether to invest in automating your translation processes. Consulting with experts will help you make a wise decision that gets your message across clearly and effectively without tarnishing your image.

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3 Signs You’re Having a Midlife Crisis (& How to Have a Midlife Calling Instead) by Adam Markel Midlife crisis is a myth, says a recent article from NPR. That may be so, but there’s no doubt a lot of people react to the changes they feel at midlife in ways that can cause a crisis. They may feel dissatisfied and bored with their lives and work. They may look at their families, possessions and cars and wonder “is this all there is?” Then one day they go off the rails. They have an affair or spend a fortune on things like that cliché red sports car. They may even leave their families and jobs for a partner half their age and life on a South Pacific island. Many will find out later they’ve only taken their old problems with them to their “new life.” I can relate, although fortunately with my midlife…let’s call it change…the only thing I lost was my hair. And I ended up gaining a whole new life, by discovering my midlife calling. Many of us have what I call midlife malaise. Maybe you feel a quiet sense of desperation, as if your energy, vitality and creativity are fading away. Maybe your body or relationships are changing in ways you don’t like, yet you feel powerless to change things. Why do these feelings arise when midlife looms in the windshield? I believe it’s because we’ve lost our sense of purpose. Maybe you’ve reached this point in life, whether it is age 40, 45, 50 or 55, where you’ve lost whatever was driving you previously. You spent your 20s and 30s working hard in a career, pursuing wealth and success and providing for a family. That’s how it was for me. I spent 18 years working as an attorney in Manhattan. I was happily married to my college sweetheart with four wonderful kids and making lots of money. But I was also working 70 to 80 hours a week, burning myself out and feeling increasingly like a hamster trapped on a wheel.


I began each morning with a sense of dread and a big sigh as my feet hit the floor. Then one day I found myself in the hospital with chest pains. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was terrified I would die and not see my kids again. And I was only 40 years old. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with my heart. So why was it racing? Why was I trembling and soaked in sweat? It was as if all the dread I had pushed down for so long had come welling up in a huge fountain of angst. I knew as I left the hospital that I had to make a change. That was my wakeup call. I began winding down my law practice and exploring a new career that had always intrigued me, as a trainer, coach and speaker. Through lots of exploration, hard work and on-the-job learning, I became first a master trainer and then CEO of a global training and development firm.

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What about you? Are you feeling happy and fulfilled in your life and work? I hope so, but if not you don’t have to have a crisis. You can pivot instead to create whatever kind of life you can dream of. Start by recognizing the feelings that are telling you change is overdue – feelings such as: • You’re haunted by thoughts of an unfulfilled dream or a yearning for something different (I found myself dreaming about being a trainer and leaving lawyering behind.) • You’re asking yourself questions you can’t answer. Maybe you question things you haven’t questioned before, or at a deeper level. That’s a sign that you are changing. Don’t judge, just notice the wind has shifted. • You feel anxious, quick to anger, or lie awake at night thinking troubling thoughts. Prior to my pivot, I was constantly on edge, and often woke up with thoughts racing through my head, unable to go back to sleep. Been there? It’s a sign your inner child is unhappy, and wants something more. It is tough to deal with those thoughts at 3 o’clock in the morning when you want to sleep. But that voice that’s keeping you awake won’t go away easily. It is the part of you that is the most you, and the part you could love again. So how should you respond? You can go out and buy an expensive car, but it’s not going to fill the void you are feeling. To do that – to feel truly fulfilled – you must find the child-like curiosity you’ve lost and follow it where it leads. When people repress that curiosity they often react based on emotions: They go buy a car, have an affair or leave their family and fly off to Tahiti, all out of emotional reaction. Instead of reacting, follow your curiosity. It might lead you to test drive the car, or take a vacation in Tahiti. If you are unhappy in your marriage, maybe it will lead you to seek counseling rather than going out and having an affair. When I became really curious about what was going on for me, I found there was something I was more interested in doing with my life than being an attorney. I wouldn’t have discovered that if I had not been following my curiosity. So listen to your curiosity and explore where it leads. Begin taking small steps, concerted actions, toward your dream each day, even if you keep your day job. It’s the beginning of your pivot, and the key to discovering your midlife calling.

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passport Get Artsy in Aspen While the ski slopes of Aspen’s four surrounding mountains beckon winter-sports enthusiasts, it is summer that compels many to fall in love with the town. An endless array of arts, culture, dining, and nightlife during non-winter months give Aspen an urbane feel that belies its small-town charm. The town swells with talent during the summer season as the cultural soul of Aspen comes to life, with an artistic calendar rivaling those of a thriving metropolis. The esteemed Aspen Music Festival & School, the contemporary Aspen Art Museum, The Aspen Institute, Theatre Aspen, and Aspen Writers’ Foundation are just a sample of Aspen’s artistic heritage.

“City Slicker” Cowboy Weekend Hike, ride horses, ATV, and play cowboy at Red Reflet Ranch in Wyoming. The ranch is both working ranch and luxury resort where guests are treated like family. Additional activities include guided hikes, dirt bike rides, fly fishing and mountain biking. Guests can explore the 25,000 acre ranch, work cattle, fish on private streams and enjoy abundant wildlife. Gourmet dining includes ingredients from the ranch’s butcher shop, organic greenhouse and gardens. From cattle drives to branding, the true western lifestyle thrives at Red Reflet.


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t Dogsled & Trek Glaciers in Greenland Travel to West Greenland to explore and photograph fantastic landscapes of pristine beauty, exotic, arctic wildlife and northern lights. This all-inclusive adventure is a splendid introduction to the highlights of Greenland: calving glaciers, palatial icebergs, dogsledding, wildlife viewing, and trekking the Greenland Ice Sheet. Greenland

Fish Remote Russian Wilderness Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River is located above the Arctic Circle and accessed via a 2 hour Mi-8 helicopter ride across remote Russian tundra. A totally wild Atlantic salmon population thrives in the Ponoi River. Anglers enjoy single occupancy cabins with gourmet food and fine wine. Frontiers International Travel arranges everything, including flights, activities, and visas.

Drive the Whiskey Wine Loop If you only have two days for a wine drive, hop in the car and head to Virginia’s northern Blue Ridge Mountains. This compact wine-tasting route is only two hours from the Washington D.C. metro area and offers: seven wineries, a world class whiskey distillery, art, food, entertainment, and gorgeous natural scenery along the northern stretch of the Shenandoah National Park.

Tackle an Ironman Bike Course Bike tour operators Ride & Seek and Big Island Bike Tours have partnered to offer a new Hawaii tour on which guests will ride the infamous Ironman Kona bike course, cycle through famous coffee plantations and ride up the world’s largest active volcano Mauna Loa (13,677 ft.). Other highlights include: luxury accommodations, soaking in the heated tide pools of Kapoho, and delicious local cuisine.

Belgium Beer Bike Tour Biking Belgium is truly a beer-loving cyclist’s dream, as there are 1,130+ beers brewed in country. In addition to Trappist ales and abbey beers, it churns out lagers such as Stella Artois and Jupiler. This unique itinerary offers access to more boutique breweries than any other European bicycle tour.

Prove Darwin’s Theory Experience Darwin’s Enchanted Islands on a luxury Galapagos cruise or tour. At the link below find a selection of the most luxurious yachts and cruise ships handpicked by Adventure Life’s Galapagos Experts for their unrivaled level of service and style. Luxury-class ships and small yachts boast the most spacious accommodations, top-level cuisine, superior service, and highest rank naturalist guides. galapagos-luxury

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the perfect summer wine

by Joey Amato

S hopping for the per-

fect wine to accompany a summer feast can become an arduous task. Anthony Beckman, winemaker at Balletto Vineyards located in the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County, put together the following four tips for wine shopping. Develop a Relationship: Wine shop employees are excited to help people discover new wines, so take advantage of their knowledge. Find a favorite local shop and develop relationships with the people working there. Ask them plenty of questions and learn as much as you can. Shop by Region: If your favorite winery isn’t in stock at the store, use the opportunity to explore other producers from the same region. For example, if you love Pinot Noir, look for bottles from the renowned Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County. Leave Your Comfort Zone: Be adventurous. Try a new grape variety or region that you’ve never heard of before. You may just stumble upon a new favorite. Buy by The Case: Many retailers will offer discounts


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when you buy wine by the case (12 bottles). This is especially helpful when planning a party or stocking up on a house wine. Discounts can range from 10% - 20%, and retailers will often allow you to mix and match. Executive Nashville’s Top Wine Selections Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV - Blended from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this is a succulently fruity, supple and aromatic Champagne with fine bubbles and a crisp, refreshing finish of extended length. Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé is intense cherry-pink in color with extremely fine, persistent pinpoint bubbles rising in delicate strands to the surface of the wine. Its classic, aromatic Pinot fragrance of red raspberries and strawberries is offset by elegant, subtle floral and earth nuances. 2013 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon - Classic cabernet with blackcurrant and cherry fruit and savory herbal notes, along with beautifully balanced tannins. It would be hard to find a better go-to red wine to go with a wide range of red wine leaning foods like steak, lasagna or a wood fired pizza. Mercer Estates 2014 Sauvignon Blanc - This Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with aromas of grapefruit, lychee, passion fruit and boxwood. Capturing the fruit at its peak ripeness has resulted in a wine with both bold fruit and racy, mouth-watering acidity. Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut- The color is a light straw yellow. The nose is fruity and fresh. The taste is sapid and elegant. Due to the “brut” personality, this wines makes an ideal accompaniment for the entire complement of cocktail sandwiches and elaborate canapes. Excellent for reception and cocktails parties. Rothchild Dom Barons Sauvignon Blanc Los Vascos 2015 - This wine has remarkable aromatic expression in the bouquet with lemon, grapefruit, and exotic fruit enhanced by the characteristic boxwood aroma of the Sauvignon. Mullan Road Cellars’ Red Wine Blend - Only on its second vintage and consistently receiving high marks, this Bordeaux-style blend is the ultimate grilling wine: it’s extremely well-balanced and has notes of ripe berry fruit and licorice, with a hint of smoke and resin, and has a long, elegant finish.

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Authenticity & Equality as Critical Drivers of Creativity by Jeffrey Buntin Jr.

W hen Executive Nashville asked

me to write about the state of the ad industry in its first issue devoted to highlighting the achievements of the city’s female business leaders, I jumped at the chance. Never before have we seen such vibrancy in our business and communications profile, with more women than ever holding key leadership roles at firms across the city. However, at what many perceive to be the epicenter of the ad industry globally, the picture may be different. In fact, the topic of gender equality has taken center stage following a significant lawsuit, recently filed against one of the world’s largest agencies, based in New York. In her open-


ing remarks at an industry conference just last month, American Association of Advertising Agencies’ President and CEO Nancy Hill decried the inequality alleged in this lawsuit. She was right to do so…the accusations are appalling and intolerable. Nashville, in my view, has a powerful opportunity to stand apart from this situation. And, in many cases, we already do. Our authentic substance as an open place to live and do business is helping many women-owned businesses thrive, including those in this magazine and a growing number in our industry. For these and all businesses to flourish, we as a city must reject the arrogance, shallowness and insecurity that lead to gender inequality in the first place. It is startling how different this can be versus major ad city culture. Further, there’s an important truth in advertising that should prevent bias at the very core of our craft. We are hired to go deep into the hearts and minds of people.

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We know that the biggest ideas – the ones that make the most profound impact on the greatest number of people – require us to go far below the surface. And the people who come up with these ideas also close their eyes and see into the souls of people, not their race or gender or age or nationality or religion. This is where the most extraordinary advertising and brands have always been born. I believe Nashville gets this. Here, women and men, Millennials and veterans, researchers and dreamers, startups and stalwarts are all affecting a vibe that stands apart - in the ad industry and beyond. It is an economic, creativity and career multiplier we enjoy in ways other cities do not. This should bring more clients and talent here. And it should make the work and results that come from here that much better. At The Buntin Group, we are focused intently on our “Everything Speaks” mission. This applies to gender balance in our business. Women hold leadership positions, board positions and represent 60% of our overall workforce. They are also – in many cases – the CEOs and CMOs of our clients, as well as suppliers, peers and mentors of our company. Additionally, a number of our fellow communications firms in town are owned or led by women, each of whose success deserves to be commended. Despite this, none of us feel the work is done. A 2013 Lipscomb University study found that the number of women on Tennessee boards was growing, but still falls far below the positions held by men. A different 2016 study ranked Nashville the top city in the country for female entrepreneurs. Inside our own company, we are always striving to get better – and we will. Whichever statistic you read, what I hope we all see – when we look into the collective Nashville ad industry mirror - isn’t just gender, but something deeper. The same objective and vital authenticity that defines our city. As I see it, in order to realize our full potential as a market and as an industry, this is the only way forward.

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Brooke Quintana as Belle and the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Classic Disney Story Coming to TPAC by Jesse Walker The award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will return to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited, oneweek engagement May 31 – June 5. Families will enjoy the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn


to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to life on stage with beloved characters and unforgettable songs. This

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is a show that the entire family can experience together,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Given the show’s popularity in Nashville over the years, we wanted to give audiences another chance to see the magical production while it was still touring across North America.” Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr., and music supervision by Michael Kosarin. Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history

Brooke Quintana as Belle and Sam Hartley as the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

that has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This touring production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by more than three million people while playing over 1,750 performances in all 50 United States and eight Canadian Provinces. For information on the production, visit

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Wild West Comedy Festival Rides Into Nashville by Jonathan George

Chris Tucker

Miranda Sings

The Wild West Comedy Festival returns May 1622, 2016, with a line-up that features some of the biggest names and rising stars in comedy performing at iconic venues and clubs around Nashville. The largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, Jeff Foxworthy, will headline the historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever on May 21 at 6:00pm. In addition, actor and comedian Chris Tucker, best known for his roles in films such as “Rush Hour” and “Friday,” is the latest addition to the Wild West Comedy Festival line-up. Tucker, whose wildly-successful first-ever stand-up special is currently streaming on Netflix, will perform at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Friday, May 20 at 8pm. Other noteworthy performances include Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, as well as Miranda Sings, who will bring her one woman show complete with comedy, hit songs, magic


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tricks, dramatic reading of hate mail and never-before-seen videos. Here is the complete lineup of talent for this year’s festival: May 17: The Fighter & The Kid Live – Zanies May 18: Jay & Silent Bob Get Old – Zanies May 18: An Evening with Kevin Smith - Zanies May 19: Russell Peters - War Memorial Auditorium May 19: Jay & Silent Bob Get Old - Zanies May 19: An Evening with Kevin Smith - Zanies May 20: Joe Rogan - Ryman Auditorium May 20: Maria Bamford - TPAC’s Polk Theater May 20: Chris Tucker - Nashville Municipal Auditorium May 20: Adam Ruins Everything Live - Zanies May 21: Jeff Foxworthy - Ryman Auditorium May 21: Trevor Noah - Ryman Auditorium May 21: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast Live - Zanies May 22: Michael Carbonaro Live - TPAC’s Polk Theater May 22: Miranda Sings - Ryman Auditorium

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Profile for Executive Nashville

Executive Nashville May-June 2016  

Chef Maneet Chauhan featured on the cover of Executive Nashville.

Executive Nashville May-June 2016  

Chef Maneet Chauhan featured on the cover of Executive Nashville.