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Mod II Lunches 2015

Lunch with an Entrepreneur, Mod II, 2015

Monday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Mike Hatcher (Owen 1983Mike was working for a company in East Tennessee that made cloth when he entered our Executive MBA program in 1981.  Since then he has traveled down many pathways.  He worked as a financial officer for a foundry in Sevierville, TN, that made the metal parts of the spools on which cloth manufacturers roll their cloth.  He then diverted into the healthcare space.

 

Mike is now a serial entrepreneur specializing in new health care ventures. Combining an accounting specialty with decades of business-incubation and deal-making experience, he well equipped to identify business opportunities, management talent and he has a deep understanding of the requirements and challenges of growing new enterprises.

 

He has helped to lead multiple start-up and early-stage companies through substantial, sequential growth stages.  Some of these companies include Nutritional Support Services, The White Stone Group, Medical Supplies of America, and Team Health, an emergency department physician staffing company based in Knoxville, Tenn.  He helped found Team Health and grow the company from a regional to a national provider generating $1 billion in annual revenue.

 

Mike is an active angel investor and is involved with the Nashville Capital Network and the Tennessee Angel Fund.  He currently serves on the boards of directors of several companies.

 

 

Wednesday, November 4, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Erin Anderson (Owen 2010)  Olivia Management, an artist management and music consulting company, was founded in Nashville in 2012 by Erin O. Anderson.  She named her company after her grandmother who was an entrepreneur before the word achieved its present cachet.

After graduating from Owen, Erin went to Seattle to work for Amazon Music and MP3

 

She returned to music city in 2012 and opened her consulting practice catering to the music industry.  She has consulted with Sony Music Entertainment, the Americana Music Association, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Kind of Blue Music, Keb' Mo', GoodMusicAllDay.com and GMAD.com, Rachel Potter (X Factor), ATL Collective, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, The David Mayfield Parade, and worked at Universal Music Group Nashville which consisted of imprints Lost Highway Records, MCA Records, and Mercury Records.

 

In addition to music consulting and artist career management, Erin teaches as an adjunct professor at Belmont University in both Music Business and Entrepreneurship. Erin is on the speakers committee for TEDx Nashville, has served as the staff director at Owen Graduate School of Management's Accelerator Summer Business Institute, and was one of the founding members of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center's Advance Nashville initiative in digital music.

 

If you have any interest in the music industry, you do not want to miss this lunch.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Brian Fox (Owen 2001)  Brian began working on his business while still a student at Owen.  He enhanced the learning experience of his classmates by persuading them to do course credit projects for his company as he was rolling it out.  He had students do market analyses for him, financial projections, and HR plans.

 

Brian has taken a slice of the audit process that CPA’s perform when they do an audit of a company:  the bank balance confirmation piece.  Prior to Brian’s company, a CPA doing an annual audit of Ford, for example,  would send a paper document to the company’s bank asking the bank to write down the balance in Ford’s account on December 31.  A clerk in the bank would look up the balance, write it on the document, and send it back to the CPA in a return envelope provided by the CPA.  The clerk sometimes wrote the wrong amount on the form, so the CPA had to send it back to the bank with a request to try again.  Sometimes, a company like Ford would have multiple bank accounts at a bank so it was easy for the clerk to pick the wrong one.  Also, the company being audited would usually tell the auditor to send it to the bank with whom they dealt regularly, but the bank might have an office in Bismark, North Dakota where they processed all confirmation requests.  So the local bank would have to forward the request to North Dakota.

 

And the paper process was great for financial frauds.  Parmalat, an Italian company, had a fake bank account with $4 billion in it; they simply gave the address of a company employee as the bank address, and the employee would write the balance the company wanted on the form.

 

Enter Brian Fox with Confirmation.com.  Brian created a secure communication system that looks like an email system.  The auditor sends a message to a bank, a bank clerk types in the account balance, which is then sent back to the auditor.  The system that does this is probably impervious to the machinations of the NSA it is so secure.  The company struggled for several years to get bankers and CPAs to use the system; bankers wanted lots of CPAs using it before they would adopt it, and CPAs wanted lots of bankers using it before they would buy in.  Brian can tell you how he handled this issue.

 

The most recent financial fraud uncovered by the Confirmation.com system is the $215 million Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) fraud uncovered in 2012.

 

Last year the company opened an office in the heart of the financial district in London, and has additional offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, Istanbul, Turkey, and Melbourne, Australia.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Dr. Anil Patel (Owen 1998)  Anil completed his MD training at the University of Zambia in the African country of Zambia and upon graduation he moved to America where he did graduate training in Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt.  After completing this training, he opened his medical practice in Clarksville, TN, where he maintains his practice. 

 

Not only does he have a successful medical practice, he has founded or co-founded many other businesses.  Civic Bank & Trust, a local bank, is one of his ventures.  He recently finished a 250 room hotel on West End Avenue next to the Hutton hotel.  This project was completed by his Concord Group.  Another company of his, Eagle Hospitality, owns a Holiday Inn property in Brentwood.  In Clarksville, he has an assisted living facility, Fieldstone Place. 

 

It takes an energetic individual to manage all these ventures and carry on a medical practice too.  Anil is definitely a solid and successful businessman

 

Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 to 2:00, Room 218

Jim Cumbee Jim is currently the Managing Director of the Tennessee Valley Group, an organization that helps people buy and sell businesses at the smaller end of the scale, say $2 million to $20 million in revenue.

He began his career working at Disney Vacation Development in Orlando, Florida, where he spent five years working up to the Vice President of Development.  Then he decided he wanted to be an entrepreneur, so he bought Reach Satellite Network which included several radio stations among its properties.  He instituted a three-phase turnaround strategy: He assembled great team of functional experts, acquired assets that strategically supported the mission, and turned complete focus to serving customers. Just four years into the journey, he sold the business after receiving an unsolicited offer from a publicly-traded company.

Next he worked with Salem Communications where he focused on building and publishing websites, magazines and books for the Christian audience and supporting the organization’s network of radio stations and web sites.  He did 25 M&A transactions while there.  After eight years he left and came to Franklin, TN, where he started the Tennessee Valley Group.

His M&A work at Salem plus the his experience in mergers, acquisitions, and selling of companies convinced him that his heart was really in the business of helping people to buy and sell companies.  So he moved to Franklin to begin this new phase of his life.

Jim earned his MBA at Harvard Business School, his J.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and his bachelor's in history at Westminster College, not so far from his hometown, Poplar Bluff.

 

Lunch with an Entrepreneur, Mod II, 2015

Monday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Mike Hatcher (Owen 1983Mike was working for a company in East Tennessee that made cloth when he entered our Executive MBA program in 1981.  Since then he has traveled down many pathways.  He worked as a financial officer for a foundry in Sevierville, TN, that made the metal parts of the spools on which cloth manufacturers roll their cloth.  He then diverted into the healthcare space.

Mike is now a serial entrepreneur specializing in new health care ventures. Combining an accounting specialty with decades of business-incubation and deal-making experience, he well equipped to identify business opportunities, management talent and he has a deep understanding of the requirements and challenges of growing new enterprises.

He has helped to lead multiple start-up and early-stage companies through substantial, sequential growth stages.  Some of these companies include Nutritional Support Services, The White Stone Group, Medical Supplies of America, and Team Health, an emergency department physician staffing company based in Knoxville, Tenn.  He helped found Team Health and grow the company from a regional to a national provider generating $1 billion in annual revenue.

Mike is an active angel investor and is involved with the Nashville Capital Network and the Tennessee Angel Fund.  He currently serves on the boards of directors of several companies.

 

 

Wednesday, November 4, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Erin Anderson (Owen 2010)  Olivia Management, an artist management and music consulting company, was founded in Nashville in 2012 by Erin O. Anderson.  She named her company after her grandmother who was an entrepreneur before the word achieved its present cachet.

After graduating from Owen, Erin went to Seattle to work for Amazon Music and MP3

 She returned to music city in 2012 and opened her consulting practice catering to the music industry.  She has consulted with Sony Music Entertainment, the Americana Music Association, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Kind of Blue Music, Keb' Mo', GoodMusicAllDay.com and GMAD.com, Rachel Potter (X Factor), ATL Collective, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, The David Mayfield Parade, and worked at Universal Music Group Nashville which consisted of imprints Lost Highway Records, MCA Records, and Mercury Records.

 In addition to music consulting and artist career management, Erin teaches as an adjunct professor at Belmont University in both Music Business and Entrepreneurship. Erin is on the speakers committee for TEDx Nashville, has served as the staff director at Owen Graduate School of Management's Accelerator Summer Business Institute, and was one of the founding members of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center's Advance Nashville initiative in digital music.

 If you have any interest in the music industry, you do not want to miss this lunch.

 Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Brian Fox (Owen 2001)  Brian began working on his business while still a student at Owen.  He enhanced the learning experience of his classmates by persuading them to do course credit projects for his company as he was rolling it out.  He had students do market analyses for him, financial projections, and HR plans.

Brian has taken a slice of the audit process that CPA’s perform when they do an audit of a company:  the bank balance confirmation piece.  Prior to Brian’s company, a CPA doing an annual audit of Ford, for example,  would send a paper document to the company’s bank asking the bank to write down the balance in Ford’s account on December 31.  A clerk in the bank would look up the balance, write it on the document, and send it back to the CPA in a return envelope provided by the CPA.  The clerk sometimes wrote the wrong amount on the form, so the CPA had to send it back to the bank with a request to try again.  Sometimes, a company like Ford would have multiple bank accounts at a bank so it was easy for the clerk to pick the wrong one.  Also, the company being audited would usually tell the auditor to send it to the bank with whom they dealt regularly, but the bank might have an office in Bismark, North Dakota where they processed all confirmation requests.  So the local bank would have to forward the request to North Dakota.

And the paper process was great for financial frauds.  Parmalat, an Italian company, had a fake bank account with $4 billion in it; they simply gave the address of a company employee as the bank address, and the employee would write the balance the company wanted on the form.

Enter Brian Fox with Confirmation.com.  Brian created a secure communication system that looks like an email system.  The auditor sends a message to a bank, a bank clerk types in the account balance, which is then sent back to the auditor.  The system that does this is probably impervious to the machinations of the NSA it is so secure.  The company struggled for several years to get bankers and CPAs to use the system; bankers wanted lots of CPAs using it before they would adopt it, and CPAs wanted lots of bankers using it before they would buy in.  Brian can tell you how he handled this issue.

The most recent financial fraud uncovered by the Confirmation.com system is the $215 million Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) fraud uncovered in 2012.

Last year the company opened an office in the heart of the financial district in London, and has additional offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, Istanbul, Turkey, and Melbourne, Australia.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Dr. Anil Patel (Owen 1998)  Anil completed his MD training at the University of Zambia in the African country of Zambia and upon graduation he moved to America where he did graduate training in Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt.  After completing this training, he opened his medical practice in Clarksville, TN, where he maintains his practice. 

Not only does he have a successful medical practice, he has founded or co-founded many other businesses.  Civic Bank & Trust, a local bank, is one of his ventures.  He recently finished a 250 room hotel on West End Avenue next to the Hutton hotel.  This project was completed by his Concord Group.  Another company of his, Eagle Hospitality, owns a Holiday Inn property in Brentwood.  In Clarksville, he has an assisted living facility, Fieldstone Place. 

It takes an energetic individual to manage all these ventures and carry on a medical practice too.  Anil is definitely a solid and successful businessman

 

Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 to 2:00, Room 218

Jim Cumbee Jim is currently the Managing Director of the Tennessee Valley Group, an organization that helps people buy and sell businesses at the smaller end of the scale, say $2 million to $20 million in revenue.

He began his career working at Disney Vacation Development in Orlando, Florida, where he spent five years working up to the Vice President of Development.  Then he decided he wanted to be an entrepreneur, so he bought Reach Satellite Network which included several radio stations among its properties.  He instituted a three-phase turnaround strategy: He assembled great team of functional experts, acquired assets that strategically supported the mission, and turned complete focus to serving customers. Just four years into the journey, he sold the business after receiving an unsolicited offer from a publicly-traded company.

Next he worked with Salem Communications where he focused on building and publishing websites, magazines and books for the Christian audience and supporting the organization’s network of radio stations and web sites.  He did 25 M&A transactions while there.  After eight years he left and came to Franklin, TN, where he started the Tennessee Valley Group.

His M&A work at Salem plus the his experience in mergers, acquisitions, and selling of companies convinced him that his heart was really in the business of helping people to buy and sell companies.  So he moved to Franklin to begin this new phase of his life.

Jim earned his MBA at Harvard Business School, his J.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and his bachelor's in history at Westminster College, not so far from his hometown, Poplar Bluff.