March 11 Meeting Minutes

  1. Open Networking – Austin Andruss in charge of guest registrations
  2. Call to Order – Brian Murphy called the meeting to order at 7:55am
  3. Leadership Team Introductions – Brian introduced Christen as VP, Raffi as Sec/Treas, Kirk as Education Coordinator.
  4. BNI Overview – Raffi provided an overview of BNI and the benefits to its members.
  5. Networking Education – Lisa Poulson offered the following tips on questions to ask when you meet someone during networking.
    • What do you like most about what you do?
    • What led you into that field?
    • Where else do you network?
    • What are your biggest challenges? (What’s keeping you up at night?)
    • “How can I help you?”
  6. Elevator Pitches – Each member gave a 30-second elevator pitch about their business.
  7. Induct New Members – None
  8. Visitor Introductions – Gino Avila filled in for Matt, the chapter’s General Contractor.
  9. Vice President’s report – Referrals, Closed Business, and One-on-One data from 2013 is still being tabulated.
  10. Membership Committee Report – Nothing to Report
  11. Speaker rotation – Raffi announced the speakers for the next six weeks.
    • Austin Andruss – March 18
    • Shab Puri – March 25
    • Christen Scanlon – April 1
    • Alec Harrington – April 8
    • Kirk Dahle – April 15
    • Gino Avila – April 22
    • Sarah Michelle Davis – April 29
    • Holly Reeves – May 6
    • Lisa Poulson – May 13
  12. Highlight speaker – Brian gave a 10-minute talk on exchange funds.
  13. Chapter Growth Exercise – Kirk announced the chapter charity event at Glide on or around April 10th.  Details are being finalized.
  14. Pass Referrals – Members announced to the group the referrals they were providing other members.
  15. Meeting Adjourned – Brian Murphy adjourned the meeting at 8:30am

About Nicole Hanusek

Smack Happy Design was founded by me, Nicole Hanusek. I have been designing web sites since 1998 and working with WordPress for about five years. My passion for good design and knowledge of HTML and CSS have helped me garner a plethora of great design examples for my portfolio as well as wonderful colleagues who enjoy working with me.

My design career began in Cleveland, Ohio, where I worked for several consulting firms as lead web designer. These firms include OhioOnline, Avantia, and Xteric Technology (now Rosetta). I also used to own a company called Danikk Design. In 2004 I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and started working for E-Loan as a Web Designer and Developer. Then I moved on to Alexa Internet as the Webmaster and User Interface guru.

Throughout my career I have always done freelance web design and illustration on the side. In 2009 I finally quit the day job to do freelance work full time, and couldn’t be happier. On several occasions I have been referred to as a “web design goddess” or “css master”.

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