Member Profiles

Grand Avenue Delivers in Timely Style

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Anticipating client needs is key, says Carl Haley, Grand Avenue owner says When Carl Haley set out to build a transportation company in 2009 the U.S. economy was less than sluggish but Music City movers and shakers knew Nashville was poised for tremendous growth. Carl, a Nashville City Club member, and his partners had just sold AIM Healthcare, a payment auditing company, to a division of UnitedHealthcare. Carl’s chauffeur, who drove him on occasion, approached the subject of launching a transportation company. Carl was intrigued and set up meetings with leading health care executives, the...

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Attorney Kelly Frey is at Intersection of Law, Tech, and Film

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Attorney Kelly Frey Blends Law, Technology, Film in Distinguished Career Attorney Kelly Frey, also known as “Tech JD,” “The Film Guy,” a prolific writer and fierce advocate for Music City’s film industry, grew up on a dairy farm that is now part of a subdivision in Hermitage. Practice of law was not Plan A. He attended Nashville Public Schools, earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and then a master’s degree in pathology from Vandy’s School of Medicine. He had always loved science and technology – while his teenage peers mowed lawns, Kelly programmed...

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Think You Can’t Budget?

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NCC Member Courtenay Shipley’s online course demystifies budgeting In helping organizations set up retirement plan options for their employees, Courtenay Shipley also meets with individual employees and asks them how they track their money and spending. She rarely gets a good answer – and often gets no answer at all. “Most employees that I met with would say they couldn’t afford to save in their retirement plan, but when asked if they knew where their money was going, they would say they didn’t know!” That repeated experience prompted Courtenay to create an online...

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Member Profile: The Bockmans and 312 Pizza Company

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Music City and Windy City meet over pizza In suburban Chicago, Staci Bockman was in marketing and sales and Daniel Bockman was in restaurant management. The couple always knew they wanted to have their own business but did not know what it would be. When Staci’s sister moved to Nashville to establish connections in the music industry, Staci and Daniel decided to relocate here, too. Their new business germinated from their combined experience and – and a serious longing for Chicago food. 312 Pizza Company opened in Germantown in April 2014, and business is booming. “We started...

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Member Profile: Roger Hodges

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Meet Roger Hodges of Brands to Marketplace If you want to stand out from the competition, you have to set yourself apart. That’s the specialty of Brands to Marketplace, which recently expanded its presence in Nashville. Roger Hodges, City Club member and former president of the Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee, is the company’s new senior vice president of business development and account services. The branding, marketing and public relations firm specializes in helping clients create, develop and build stand-out brands. The firm’s principals are a...

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