Tara Ellis of EPH Nashville
Tara Leigh Ellis is an outspoken Nashville ambassador, cheerleader, fan and in the lingo of these times, brand advocate.
So it makes perfect sense that Tara turned passion for her adopted city into a profession. Earlier this year she launched EPH Nashville, which stands for Exclusive Party Host, a party planning and destination management company. EPH caters to bachelorette and bachelor parties, honeymoon trips, corporate travel, local corporate events and special nights on the town.
Like many young adults Tara, a singer, first came to Music City for music. Even before she left home in Tampa 5 years ago, friends of friends had offered her places to stay, people to meet and ideas for networking. “The energy is amazing,” she says. “Everyone was so welcoming.”
The music industry required a level of sacrifice Tara did not want to make, so she returned to Florida, working at an animal sanctuary, training exotic animals and tending to medical needs of dolphins, even the baby ones, over a few years. She’s a certified Marine Mammal Trainer.
But Nashville kept tugging, and Tara Ellis came back. She joined the City Club in March 2014 and recently became a “Big Sister” through the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program.
She visits new restaurants, takes tours and keeps her pulse on the city’s cultural scene so she can create memorable events for her guests. Tara wants visitors to Nashville and Middle Tennessee to see the generous, open-armed side of the region and not limit their experiences to Broadway honky tonks and a few typical tourist spots.
EPH does offer packages but also customizes excursions to include everything from a Nash Trash tour to horse riding in Leipers Fork, a full day or a night out on the town, wine tastings, beer tastings, and everything in between.
And if honky tonks are on the list, EPH provides VIP access. Tara Ellis is model for Sharon Smith Talent Agency and appeared in videos for Toby Keith and Billie Dean as well as the pilot episode for Outlaw Country. Such connections help EPH craft special experiences for customers.
“It helps make people feel that much more special,” she says.