I think I've been coming down with the flu which would explain why I was sleeping so much and it finally hit full bore on Monday. Today I'm finally feeling a little better which is why I'm going to attempt to write. Finally able to sit up longer than 10 minutes!
What I loved about last week's South Bay Professional Connection event was that it really was a "Professional Connection." A friend of mine had given me the idea of creating ice breaker questions for a contest that would help people get to know each other and those who chose to participate really enjoyed themselves.
I think a lot of people got to know people they probably wouldn't have talked to either which was the whole purpose. It's hard to go somewhere and try to start a conversation with someone you don't know and this really helped. Plus, the motivation to win the goody bags we were offering sponsored by Director of Sales, Lana Leazer, and her Globiwest Hospitality Group’s Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX helped too! Thank you Lana!
You might recognize some familiar faces among our attendees. The yellow paper was the questionnaire and included questions like what is your favorite restaurant in the South Bay? Shark's Cove, Houstons, Chez Melange, Lido, and Blue Water Grill got a lot of kudos. People were pretty unanimous that A New Earth was their favorite book to date. Almost everyone said their favorite place to escape when not working was the beach. Of course.!:)
Thanks to Darold and Kathy Verch and their daughter, Sonja McColgan, we also did a raffle for two Dodger tickets, resume help, $100 discount off insurance, and an emergency kit provided by CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services. Thank you Verch's and Sonja!
We were very pleased to have Shark's Cove MB provide amazing appetizers which really were more like a meal! They sponsored our event with some of their famous Shark Attack wraps, two wonderful salads - a Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Salad and a lovely Garden Salad, two delicious pastas - a Chicken penne and an alfredo penne and everyone loved it! Thank you McColgan's!
What made this evening special to me was to see all the people who came out to celebrate the Grand Opening and to remember their son, Brent. There were people from as far away as Orange County who attended.
What was also special was to see how much love and concern this family has for the people they do business with. No wonder they're so successful right?
Why Sonja stopped what she was doing in the middle of the party to counsel people who had driven up for career advice. Right in the middle of the party!
Now to finalize the next one! I'll keep you posted!