It sounds strange doesn’t it? A masonry company going to a network night. But it was actually a great experience. So much so, that we wanted to write an entire blog post about how much fun it was to rub elbows (and have a few drinks) and meet some other great local business leaders in the Kansas City area (plus we wanted to give a few shout outs to these local businesses).
In fact, we had so much fun that our marketing guy made a video about it:
The evening event (put on by Northland Lifestyle Magazine) started with appetizers and drinks at the great local restaurant Em Chamas, a hugely popular local favorite. Then the mingling began. And as blue collar construction folks, mingling does not come easy to us. But we did our best to smile and shake hands and learn about the other businesses in attendance as we exchanged business cards and talked about the business landscape in Kansas City (which is really exciting by the way with the rise of all the digital marketing and advertising and comparing print media to digital media…but this is more of my marketing person’s expertise…and boy did his eyes light up all night when people talked about this…which may also have something to do with the drinks).
After the initial schmoozing, there was a local business introduction phase, some door prizes and grab bags, and then more mingling. After we got over our social anxiety of trying to talk to strangers (by having a few drinks), we had a blast and met several great people.
Here’s a highlight of a few great people and their businesses:
Garry Linn – VP of Operations at my favorite local YMCA spot.
Margie Thomas – Assistance League of Kansas City – a great organization that helps underprivileged students in Kansas City.
Rick Edwards – Design Consultant at Budget Blinds in Kansas City.
Robert Eckerle – VFW Post 7356 – South Platte.
Colonel Tony Monaco – Patriot Outreach – a great organization that helps military and ex-military members with PTSD.