March 18 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 insight that good customer service is not a differentiator that builds customer loyalty; it is a requirement.
  6. Elevator Pitches – Each member gave a 30-second elevator pitch about their business.
  7. Induct New Members – None
  8. Visitor Introductions – Diane Gibbs and John Sullivan (guest of Brian Murphy)
  9. Vice President’s report – Christen absent.
  10. Membership Committee Report – Nothing to Report
  11. Speaker rotation – Raffi announced the speakers for the next six weeks.
    • 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 – Austin Andruss spoke about a day in the life of a mortgage banker.
  13. Chapter Growth Exercise – Kirk passed out note cards and asked the group to list the person or persons who we will invite next week.  Also, the fun networking function at Glide may be rescheduled.
  14. Pass Referrals – Members announced to the group the referrals they were providing other members.
  15. Meeting Adjourned – Brian Murphy adjourned the meeting at 8:35am

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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