The Golden Gate Computer Society is a fantastic group designed to help educate people, provide networking opportunities, and create a forum for new ideas and trends in the computer industry. Keeping with it’s long standing practice of presenting important speakers and information, tonight’s event, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Rafael, showcases Tony Stubblebine of Crowdvine. Watch the video to learn more about Tony and his innovative company:
Today’s CSIX Silicon Valley networking meeting was another example of why I am willing to drive 65 miles through three counties, 60+ minutes of mayhem similar to LA style freeway traffic in order to attend: it’s the “touches.” The personal nature of this meeting is it’s strength as people are given the opportunity to really meet, build relationships, and foster the ultimate connection-friendship.
Hamid Saadat, the sparkling presence with MC qualities and charismatic flair, provided much needed reminders of the importance of a clean-updated resume. He gave away 3 timely handouts: Top 10 Guidelines-Resume; The Eight Worst Things to Say in an Interview; and Networking, what not to do. This dovetailed perfectly with impromptu presenter Pamela Livingston of M Shift.
Pamela a woman of obvious boundless energy, provided what was the best most succinct tips of the day. She spoke of the importance of networking, the idea that nearly every waking moment of the day is an opportunity to network, and most important of all–give value and give often.
As the Vice President of Business Development for M Shift, Pamela related stories of her own employment history, her strategy in becoming more valuable to an organization, and a general approach to life that has a lets get it done together feeling.
Attendees with Expertise
1. Barbod Varjavandi– An irrepressible charismatic man with fantastic communication skills, Barbod’s expertise includes: Engineering Operations; Software Engineering; Product Management; Release Engineering; Information Technology. Barbod is the type of person every organization should have in order to prosper. Contact Barbod at firstname.lastname@example.org and 408 802-9120
2. Nobuko Isomata– Nobuko is such a joyful intelligent woman. She is fluent in English and Japanese and her background specialty is Asian Market Entry and Product Launch. Her consulting services, Market Entry Experts, provides a full array of market to market management and strategy. Contact Nobuko at email@example.com and (650) 922-1786 or 240-0460
3. Joyce Phillips-Joyce is a Human Resources expert with a focus on H.R. Management and Business Partnership. She is looking for an opportunity with a large company. Joyce has the savvy and warm intelligence to relate to any situation as well as substance factor. With companies facing an ongoing battle for human capital “assets”, Joyce would be key acquisition for any organization. Contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Susan Siegel-Susan is an intelligent communicator who I only had a moment to connect with at our meeting. She impressed me as well spoken and hard working in her approach to business and networking. Susan can be contacted at email@example.com or (415) 602-1120
5. Bill Gascoyne-A man of substance he is an ASIC Engineer, a corporate technical trainer, and an amateur Physics lover. Bill is the type of guy who can train and relate to an audience of experts, hold their attention, and most important of all–be effective communicating complex theory in the most effective manner. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org and 408 497-5682
6. David Strom-David is a Technical Writer with expertise in API, software, and digital video. David’s strength is not only his substance factor but as an effective communicator through both the spoken and written word. Contact David at email@example.com and www.davestrom.com
7. Barb Kinnune-Barb is a Career Consultant with experience as a Personal Coach. Barb’s focus is talent management, career mapping, resume building, and networking. With experience in Silicon Valley, Barb would be an asset in order to move employees forward with a plan for success. Contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally me, Dean Guadagni, I have 23 years of business development experience. I am utilizing my substance factor as a blog consultant, free lance writer, and agent to author Susan Hanshaw. I am the Business Director of Inner Architect and Inner Architect Media. I represent Susan Hanshaw’s newly released book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” our workshops, keynote speeches, and products are aimed at providing the platform for you to become your own life coach, identify your passions, and plot a new destiny built upon your passionate interests.
Hamid Saadat was newly out of work and getting restless with his new routine at home. He had just been victim of a layoff during a brutal economic down turn in the Valley circa 2001.
Feeling like getting out, Hamid decided to wander over to a nearby neighborhood Chinese restaurant for some lunch and a change of pace. On his way to the restaurant, Hamid decided that if he could find someone to go to lunch with he might make a new networking connection.
Eying a man walking near the restaurant, Hamid asked “Can I buy you lunch?” With that innocuous question, he unwittingly launched a new career and provided Silicon Valley with one of it’s most powerful networking organizations in the process.
Hamid Saadat is Founder and Chairman of the Board of CSIX Connect. Under his leadership CSIX Connect has grown from 2 people at its inception in 2001, to more than 3000 members, who share job leads, job search resources and mutual support.
A veteran Silicon Valley player, Hamid has more than 20 years experience with companies like Cisco, Marconi, Network Equipment Technology and Calinet Networks. His expertise lies in Operations primarily in the networking industry.
Hamid holds his Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Oregon.
That Certain Something
Charisma is often a over used and abused word when describing people. In the case of Hamid Saadat it truly fits the man. A gregarious and joyful crowd pleaser, Hamid has that certain something so many people gravitate toward. He is a genuine, helpful, supportive power who’s goal is to help everyone find and land their desired job.
If you want to network, network effectively, create new friendships, and connect with Silicon Valley’s best then you should strongly consider paying CSIX a visit–it’s the place to be.
May 11, 2007 marked my two and a half year anniversary of attending the VMA meeting and breakfast mixer. During that period, I have forged many friendships and initiated valuable business contacts. The impressive fact about this event is it’s ability to attract a loyal and consistent following, attendance is in the 150+ range, while in turn attracting many new faces as well.
One of the major reasons for this meeting’s success is the leadership of VMA and Alain Pinel Realtor Roy Dronkers. One of Roy’s best moves was to secure Tommy T’s Comedy Club as the event’s venue. Tommy T’s is an expansive two tiered layout with comfortable seating, great acoustics, and an elevated stage. The venue sets the tone for each event; it gives attendees a “show biz” feeling and it is a major draw for it’s comfort and privacy. Toss in the professional sound system and video capabilities and this meeting feels like a business trade show event.
In addition, Dronkers provides a wide variety of guests and information. Some of the past guests have been the Pleasanton Chief of Police and Bay East Association’s political lobbyists. Another valuable segment is Dronker’s Market watch up-date which highlights Pleasanton home sales, median prices, and inventory to date.
The final final is the money raffle at the end of each meeting. Friday’s meeting was special as a two night stay at the beautiful SandPiper House Inn in Mendocino county’s village of Elk, California was the major prize.
Networking happens at the end of this meeting. I was able to catch up with John Harper nationally acclaimed author of the local blog “The Harper Team”; Will Doerlich Windermere East Bay Realty; Pat Griffin budding comedian and Mobile home specialist, and Cheryl Makela of Marples & Associates Realtors.
Sponsorships are available in the following categories:
*Monthly Room Sponsor: $400.00
*Monthly Food Sponsor: $250.00
*Monthly Coffee Sponsor: $250.00
Annual Sponsorships run $250.00 per year which entitles your business name and contact information on weekly tour sheets, advertising on the affiliates table, and VMA website recognition.
Annual Membership costs $100.00 and is a discount off admission.
A few examples of listings presented:
*1599 Oslo Ct., Livermore $899,950 Mike Gama Century 21
*4160 Torino Ct., Pleasanton N/P http://www.pleasantonrealestate.com Gina Piper Prudential
*1126 Santa Margherita Way, N/T Heidy Hurst
*7424 Stonedale Dr., Pleasanton $589,900 Karla Brown Hometown GMAC
*139 Windward Common Unit #1, Livermore $419,500 Nancy Sutorius Coldwell Banker
*55 West Bradford Ave., Sonora Cheryl Makela Marples & Associates
*73498 Joshua Tree St., Palm Desert, Ca William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd’s former retreat offered by Pacific Auction Exchange Stacy Kennedy.
*7292 Bedford Way, Dublin $599,000 Vicky Coker and Pari Kazerooni Windermere `
Today the Wine Country chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors’ hosted a fantastic event at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. The featured guest was Jeri Jorgenson California W.C.R. President-elect 2008. In addition keynote speakers included Dr. Walter Tom & Domus Consulting Group’s Patrick Kitano & Kevin Boer.
Jeri Jorgenson’s state of affairs address was especially eye opening to the power of this organization. With 250 Chapters nationwide, WCR is the 12th largest women’s organization in the country. Especially interesting is that the average WCR member’s yearly income checks in at $117,000 vs the $50,000 yearly average income earned by members of all other women’s organizations in America.
According to Jorgenson, California recently surpassed Texas and Florida as the most powerful WCR state in the United States. California now has 41 Chapters stretching from Chico to north San Diego. It’s membership of 3,000 also ranks as #1 in the organization. Needless to say this is a organization with clout.
Next up on the agenda was the amiable Dr. Walter Tom owner of the Aesthetic Laser and Vein Center of the North Bay. Dr. Tom gave an extensive presentation on a number of procedures designed to make us look beautiful. Especially interesting is Thermage a non surgical procedure. Thermage is a 1-2 hour procedure designed to help “tighten the skin.” This is accomplished through radio electron waves pulsating over the skins surface. The results were very positive in the pictures Dr. Tom displayed. The crowd was amazed at the results.
If the crowd was amazed by Dr. Tom they were utterly enthralled and wowed by the team of Kitano-Boer. Their presentation “Blogging Your Next Generation Online Marketing Presence” was the talk of the event.
Kitano, a former Wall St. investment banker, led off with “What is a Blog”, a brief history of blogging, and how blogging will effect the Real Estate industry. Especially compelling was his outline of Google Search engine optimization through blogging, Google’s algorithm makeup, and acquiring “Google juice.” Kitano then ended with his most important message (a warning) that Realtors that fail to blog could and will be at a huge disadvantage to those that begin blogging right now. Needless to say the crowd became restless and a bit quiet. . . that is until Boer took over.
With the expressive energy of a intersection traffic cop, Kevin Boer mixed examples with metaphor in a deft presentation. Boer’s description of a blog as a 24/7 Virtual Open House was especially rousing. He also gave fantastic examples of the advantages of blogs as lead generation and opportunity “gold.”
Some of the new friends I met today: Linda Raven: Keller Williams, Santa Rosa; Kim Smith: First American Title, Santa Rosa; Carol Shields: Keller Williams; Denise Beeson: Ca-Bay Mortgage, Santa Rosa; Suzanne Drace: Pacific Union, Santa Rosa; Jeri Jorgenson: WCR-President of California, Livermore.
Today I attended the Valley Marketing Association meeting in Pleasanton. As always, it was an excellent networking event with people, places, and Legislative Day 2007 as the focus. The meeting held at Tommy T’s Comedy Club, every Friday morning 8:30-9:30, has become a staple in my weekly informational diet.
People are the key to this meeting as it is well attended by over 150 decision makers. The attendees are very open to networking, listening to your business plans, and reciprocal about their wants and needs. The following is a sampling of participants at today’s meeting:
*Ada Quiambao: new independent loan consultant, Ada comes from the software industry.
*John Harper: John is one of the leading Real Estate bloggers in the country. His blog, The Harper Team, is a nationally recognized and acclaimed blog specializing in San Ramon, Danville, & Pleasanton real estate.
Places-a list of some of the properties presented this morning:
*6208 Woodvale Terrace, Randy Mustion Century 21
*2882 Sable Oaks Way, Randy Mustion Century 21
*8783 Davona Dr., Nate Womack Keller Williams
*2366 Meadow Lark Dr., Cindy Gee Prudential California Realty
*515 Burk Place, Ron Meyers Prudential California Realty
*2289 Camino Brazos, Daisy Borba Keller Williams
*1774 Paseo Del Cajon, Dale Turner Century 21
*3035 Crestablanca Dr., Nancy Sutorius Coldwell Banker Previews
*4303 Clarinbridge Circle, Nancy Sutorius Coldwell Banker Previews
Legislative Day 2007: The annual event, June 6, allows Realtors to show their power by converging on Sacramento in order to listen to and be heard by Gov. “Terminator.”
If you are interested in more information about “grassroots” marketing methods for your business, please contact me for more details.