March 25 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 Growth Coordinator; Lisa as Education Coordinator;  Austin Andruss as Visitor Host; and Alec Harrington and Shab Puri as Membership Committee.
  4. BNI Overview – Jonathan Lowe provided an overview of BNI and the benefits to its members.
  5. Networking Education – Lisa Poulson shared the BNI Membership Orientation Guide.  Highlights: When you network, you should have a clear message, consisting of the following four parts: 1) Introduction, 2) Body (30-45 seconds), 3) Summation, 4) Repeat name and company name.
  6. Elevator Pitches – Each member gave a 30-second elevator pitch about their business.
  7. Induct New Members – Davis was inducted.  Ed also swore in all members as this was our first time.
  8. Visitor Introductions – Evan Luthra, Gino Avila, and Renee Pelton.
  9. Vice President’s report – Report being developed
  10. Membership Committee Report – Alec welcomed Davis as a new member.
  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 – Alec Harrington discussed estate law, probate vs. revocable trusts, and asset transfers without probates or trusts. Click for the presentation slides and a copy of the California Statutory Will.
  13. Chapter Growth Exercise – Choose two individuals who would be an ideal referral partner for you; log in to LinkedIn and do a search for those two professions, then invite them to attend.
  14. Chapter Social Activity – The fun networking function at Glide is being rescheduled.  Also, Taste of Potrero is on May 8th, and is raising funds for Daniel Webster Elementary School; several chapter members are going.
  15. Pass Referrals – Members announced to the group the referrals they were providing other members.
  16. Meeting Adjourned – Brian Murphy adjourned the meeting at 8:50am.

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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