An ode to the 2010s: Vaco & Nashville from then to now

It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of another decade. A decade that began with the depths of the economic crisis, saw social media rise to meteoric heights, and technological advances impact everything we know, life as we knew it in 2009 had forever changed.

I would argue that Nashville is the most transformative city of the decade, and with Vaco’s headquarters being in Nashville, Vaco Nashville has achieved massive amounts of growth through strategic leadership and deep relationships within our city. As we gear up for 2020 and all the new beginnings that come with another decade, we wanted to take time to reflect on some milestones that occurred from 2010 until now.

Take a trip down memory lane with us and review some key moments in Nashville and Vaco Nashville’s history over the past decade:

2010

Nashville: The historic Nashville flood devastated the town, but our community comes together to rebuild.

Vaco Nashville: Our office held an Oreo Challenge where Jeff Ramsey, Partner, raised $11,000 for flood victims by eating five sleeves of Oreos in an hour.

2011

Nashville: Amazon entered the state of Tennessee and picks Middle Tennessee for permanent sort facilities.

Vaco Nashville: Vaco hosted an outing at a Nashville Sounds game with almost 500 of our clients, consultants, and internals joining us for an afternoon at the ballpark.

2012

Nashville: The “Nashville” TV show airs on ABC which catapults the city to national fame.

Vaco Nashville: Vaco joined The Center for Living and Learning to do groundskeeping work to provide a restorative environment for the patients living at the facility.

2013

Nashville: Music City Center opened and drew conference attendees from all over the world. The NY Times article came out declaring Nashville as “It City.”

Vaco Nashville: Kyle Allen, who is now the Managing Partner of the office, joined the Accounting & Finance Consulting team.

2014

Nashville: Bridgestone announced they would keep their North American HQ in Nashville and invested $200 million to build a new 35-story office building which brought 1,700 jobs to downtown Nashville.

Vaco Nashville: Vaco Invitational, a golf tournament where Vaco internals and clients came together for a day of golf, silent auction, general revelry, moonshine tastings, and more. Together we raised $25,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.

2015

Nashville: First Tennessee Park opened in Germantown to host the Nashville Sounds which sparked development to that neighborhood.

Vaco Nashville: We celebrated our first ever retirement of Layne Cagle. Layne started at Vaco Nashville in 2004 as a temp to work on some staffing job orders. In Rockstar fashion, she filled all the job orders and picked up some of her own, making her way to coming on permanently and creating Vaco’s Staffing division. She is a Vaco legend and an integral part of the company’s foundation which is still visible today. She has been greatly missed since she retired!

2016

Nashville: Nashville experienced record growth with an average of 82 people per day moving to the city.

Vaco Nashville: Some of the Vaco team attended EY’s Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year Gala in Atlanta to celebrate the ambitious entrepreneurs transforming our world through their innovative spirits.

2017

Nashville: Nashville finally surpassed Memphis as the most populous city in Tennessee.

Vaco Nashville: Surprise team outing where we spent the afternoon in downtown Nashville on a scavenger hunt competition including everything from joy rides on the streets of Broadway to fake marriage proposals on the Pedestrian Bridge to photoshoots at the Gulch Angel Wings, and much more.

2018

Nashville: Major economic development wins for the city with huge announcements including AllianceBernstein’s HQ relocation with 1,050 jobs, Amazon’s new Center of Excellence with 5,000 corporate jobs, and Ernst & Young’s new tech hub bringing 600 jobs.

Vaco Nashville: Kyle Allen, and Jerry Bostelman, Vaco CEO and Co-Founder, dressed up in their holiday best to deliver treats to clients around Nashville.

2019

Nashville: Nashville hosts the NFL Draft for the first time and brings in a record number of attendees.

Vaco Nashville: Vaco Headquarters and Vaco Nashville moved into a new, state-of-the-art office building to accommodate growth and entertain clients.


Vaco Veterans’ Memories

Some of our Vaco veterans weighed in on their personal favorite memories of the decade here.