Being Bruce -: Brunswick County Tri-Chamber Business After Hours 11-19-09

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Brunswick County Tri-Chamber Business After Hours 11-19-09

Marge and I just got home from another successful business networking event, this one hosted by the ever-expanding and impressive Brunswick Community College. We met in a room at the Odell Williamson Auditorium (you may recall the same place where The Buckingham's played in concert last summer for a North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce event). Tonight's Tri-Chamber Business After Hours was for the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and the Southport/Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. Catered by our own ('our' meaning Leland's) Antonio's Pizza and Pasta restaurant, there were drawings galore and many connections for those who showed up and met new people.

The first person we met entering the room was NBCC board member Frank Williams of Pioneer Strategies and Cape Fear Business News.

Next was Frank Bullara, owner of Bugsy's Cigars, also in Leland.

Leland's Magnolia Greens Comfort Suites Hotel was ably represented by Sales Manager Lee Ann Mitchell and Front Desk Manager Nicole Neuendorf.

Chamber stalwarts Carolyn Pirnat of Asset Storage, Mary Anne Fagerquist, and Prudential's Sharon Furman were dressed so similarly I thought they were going to entertain. Mary Anne, by the way, seen here laughing, is such a good sport and lively spirit that if asked she'd probably jump right up and do a great job.

We all know he'd rather (and I'm not joking) be called Santa Claus, but their names are really Scott and Connie Reeves.

Laura Patterson of Leland's Mulch and More and uber-proud grandmother of twins that put a brilliant sparkle in her eyes.

Barry Eagle, the honcho at the Magnolia Greens Comfort Suites Hotel.

Part of the NBCC crew, Scott, Marge Brown of SendOutCards, Jeff Harvell of Cape Fear Business News, and Executive Director Terry Grillo.

Santa and Me.

Marge and Bradford Mortgage's Dana Fisher. Dana is also a board member of NBCC.

Electrician Brandon Shaw of Artisan Electric and John Denison, owner of LogoDesigns, Inc.

A line up of North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce folk.

Photographer Bob Baer loves to climb on chairs.

Marge and our new friend Tom Roberts of Beach Property Solutions.

Okay, so there's Santa on the left, Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark, George Patterson (in the blue shirt turned away from the camera, but just for those who are keeping score here, he's the grandfather of those twins I mentioned a while back), Tom Roberts, and Dana Fisher.

So yes, it was another good time. You can probably tell why many of us don't even need ovens or cookware at home - there's always another networking event to attend in our area.