Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Unstoppable Community

Unstoppable Community
by Jackson Simmonds @jacksonsimmonds

On Wednesday, July 18th, the oasis-like Beekman Beer Garden and Beach Club at South Street Seaport hosted the Chamber’s M3: Members’ Monthly Mixer.
Members and guests enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvre (think, crab cakes, coconut shrimp, spiced chicken tenders, and bruschetta) and sipped signature cocktails. The Beekman staff was friendly and accommodating, moving through the crowd during the course of evening with seemingly endless trays of treats.
We definitely embraced the beach theme by turning out in brightly hued shorts, natty piqué polos shirts, tank tops, boat shoes and designer flip flops galore, despite (or because of) torrential rains and hail just prior to M3. Hope you didn’t miss this one because it will probably be next summer before you get to wear shorts to an M3 again!
Beekman’s waterfront locale with breathtaking views of Brooklyn Bridge was the perfect backdrop for new members Joe Cote, Jeff Clinkenbeard, Tom DeVito, and Timothy Mendes to be pinned into NGLCCNY! The pinning ceremony is always an exciting chance to hear about new businesses coming into the chamber. I try to take the time to introduce myself and welcome each one afterwards. Being naturally shy, the pinning ceremony gives me the perfect excuse to reach out to potential new clients! I’ve gained a lot of new business by doing this.
It really hit home with me when Chamber president Richard Oceguera said, “we are not networking - we are community building.” This is so true, I thought. At NGLCCNY we are forming relationships for the good of ourselves individually and the community as a whole.
 Hope to see you at the next M3, September 19th at New York Life.
-Jackson Simmonds, hairstylist
Avalon Salon & Day Spa

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