By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Olivia Tomlin, VP of Development and Operations for Envision Conference Center, conceptualized and brought to fruition the new Envision conference center in Brentwood.
Business professionals gathered for a tour of the new Envision Conference Center, a state-of-the-art meeting and conference facility, at its open house and ribbon-cutting July 11.
Nestled down the winding road and located at 9010 Overlook Blvd. in Brentwood, the conference center now provides business professionals with a place to conduct large staff meetings and trainings, hold conferences and even provides upscale catering for employees and guests.
“There is almost 4 million square feet of office space in Brentwood. We saw a need to provide an off-site space that could accommodate large groups,” said Olivia Tomlin, vice president of development and operations for Envision Conference Center.
Tomlin, the mastermind behind the facility, conceptualized the idea for the space and led construction of the facility, which finally came to fruition last week. As the 6,150-square-foot space sat vacant in the GBT Realty building, Tomlin got the idea to convert the space into a conference facility to serve business professionals in the community. Beginning the construction process in the winter, Tomlin raised ceilings and knocked down walls with a goal of designing the space as a homey, professional environment where business professionals could get away from the office, have meeting space for large groups and be productive during the workday. Tomlin said that inspiration was drawn from Workspring, a company that designs workspaces for professionals based in Chicago.
“I am thrilled to see the vision of the conference center come to fruition,” Tomlin said at the open house. “We have already accommodated our first meetings this week, and are excited to see the space in use.”
Envision is designed as an off-site meeting environment where professionals can “meet, learn, and inspire,” Tomlin explained. The space serves groups of up to 100 in number, accommodating corporations, universities, hospitals, financial agencies, and other organizations in need of a centrally located place to hold a board meeting, conference, lecture or class.
Brentwood Vice Mayor Jill Burgin attended the grand opening. “This is a much-needed option for professionals because there are so many different types of businesses in the Brentwood area,” she said. “This adds more value to the business community.”
Tomlin says that the space is ideal for businesses that have offices too small to host full staff trainings or house guest speakers and workshops.
John Fee of Merrill Lynch enjoyed the spacious outdoor patio at the open house and said that he could picture his office using the facility.
“We do seminars and sometimes we don’t have enough conference space,” Fee said. “The facility would accommodate all of our staff and guests so that we could hold larger events. It’s also convenient off the interstate.”
Darryl Edmonds of TrustCore, a financial planning firm, thinks that the facility’s technology equipment is also a plus for holding meetings.
“We have meetings once a month with about 50 or 60 people,” he said. “It’s a welcomed addition to accommodate that size especially with the audiovisual equipment.”
In addition to state-of-the-art technology and tools, Envision’s concierge staff plans every meeting detail. The facility includes a full catering kitchen, a reception area, a break area for a coffee or snack, and an outdoor patio with a courtyard for getting fresh air or playing a competitive game of bocce.
“It’s a place where you can escape the office and be productive without having to worry about logistics. We have this great space in an ideal location to facilitate productivity,” Tomlin said.
For information, visit www.envisionnashville.com or email Olivia Tomlin at Olivia@envisionnashville.com.
Posted on: 7/15/2013