Being Bruce -: Wilmington Downtowners Meet & Mingle - 2-3-2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wilmington Downtowners Meet & Mingle - 2-3-2010

There was a lot going on at the monthly Wilmington Downtowners Meet & Mingle, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month in the Beam Room on the 3rd floor of Front Street Brewery, 9 N Front Street, Wilmington, NC from 5-6:30PM.

This monthly business networking occasion as always is host to people who live, work and do business in downtown Wilmington, but this month there were two other attractions, a casual job-seekers and hiring managers meeting and an fortuitous gathering of some of the key figures in of the Cape Fear Roller Girls. More about both below.

When I first walked in I spoke with Jamie and Matt Warzel, below. Matt is the president of MJW Careers and it was Matt who organized a casual meeting place for hiring managers and job seekers. While I was there I saw several hiring managers and a bunch of job seekers (each group identified easily by color-coded name tags).

I also met Yvonne Sewall, who is visiting Wilmington for a month, considering relocation. Yvone is the founder of Max's Kansas City Project, a (currently) NYC-located nonprofit that provides emergency funding to artists in need. The organization is named after Max's Kansas City, an iconic New York restaurant/bar/club habituated by artists, actors and musicians in the 60s.

Here's Yvonne again with Front Street Brewery's Marketing Manager Ellie Craig.

Architect Gordon Hall (check out his projects at this site), Whats ON Wilmington founder Ranald Totten, and Kelsey Lingerfelt. Kelsey by day works in marketing for New Hanover Regional Medical Center - but she's a woman with another life (see below).

Kelsey is also in charge of marketing for and a skater with the Cape Fear Roller Girls, Wilmington's official Flat Track Roller Derby team. Check out the website buy the t-shirt, go to practices and cheer 'em on.

OK, so below (real names and official, registered FTRD names) are Vanessa Keen/Dee Spies, Kelsey Lingerfelt/Psycho Delic, Brooke Kuehner/Windy Hitty, and their coach, Dave Kuehner/The Warden.

Non-Roller Girl and non-job seekers, Joey Malott and Kyle Kisers, both interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Crowd shot.

The career seekers end of the room with David Merrill of Hertz Rentals on the right. David was one of the hiring managers in attendance.

When I was on my way out I spoke with Jenn Beddoe, who has recently started offering tutoring services via Jenn the Teacher and is co-owner of Glynne's Soaps with Gayle Tabor, on the right.

See you next month at Front Street Brewery at the Downtowner's Meet & Mingle on March 3rd.