Garland Chamber to host speed networking event featuring marketing industry professionals

(GARLAND-March 10, 2013) Join the Garland Chamber of Commerce for its most strategic morning networking event featuring a fast-paced new format.

The Chamber’s Direct Connect program has been transformed into a SPEED NETWORKING event – and it will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at Hyatt Place Dallas Garland, 5101 N. President George Bush Freeway.

Attendees are invited to “Network in a Flash” as they rotate around an inner circle of industry professionals from a pre-determined, business-focused theme. Attendees will be seated around the room directly across from a partner. When our emcee rings the bell, conversation will begin. A quick two minutes later, the bell will ring again and the outer row of participants will move one seat to the left. Get your elevator speech ready, prepare your questions in advance, and know what you want to accomplish — once we begin, there’s no time to waste!

Each professional invited to participate is considered an expert in his or her field and can contribute advice or resources revolving around themes such as marketing, manufacturing, financing, small business start-ups or many others. Each month hosts a new theme and a new group of industry leaders.


Seats are now available to meet the following professionals at Table 1

Lauren HowellLifeblue

Lauren is the GPS at Lifeblue, guiding clients to make great marketing decisions to reinforce their brands online. Lifeblue has worked with clients such as The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Klyde Warren Park, UT Southwestern and the Garland Economic Development Partnership. Need help building or maintaining your online presence? Lauren is your girl.

Trey FinleyActionCOACH

Trey is a business coach in the areas of marketing, sales and training for ActionCOACH. Based on the sales, marketing and business management systems created by Brad Sugars, Trey is trained to  show you how to increase your business revenues and profits, and develop your business. Need help developing a solid marketing strategy? Trey is your guy.

Ashley HowlandBaylor Health Care System

Ashley is an expert in all things social media for Baylor Health Care System. Baylor Health Care System has more “Best Hospitals” than any other hospital system in North Texas and the System’s marketing department does a stand-out job of keeping the community aware of Baylor’s marketing messages. Need help figuring out the ins and outs of social media? Ashley is your girl.

Kim EverettThe Garland Texan

Kim is the Editor for Garland’s local news publication, The Garland Texan. The Garland Texan leverages various forms of online media to engage its audience with the latest happenings in and around Garland. The publication regularly features local events and publicizes information pertaining to our community. Need to make the Garland community aware of your business? Kim is your girl.

Seats are now available to meet the following professionals at Table 2

Richard RedigBlue Ribbon News

Richard manages marketing and sales for DFW’s local news publication, Blue Ribbon News. Through its online community news site and newly introduced print edition, Blue Ribbon News delivers fresh, relevant, positive, professionally written, hyper-local content – along with special insight into Garland’s best businesses and the people who make them a success. Need some local media coverage? Richard is your guy.

Jan FurtickThe Payton Group

Jan is the owner of The Payton Group, a company that understands the value of effective use of promotional products to enhance a company’s brand. The Payton Group is a Garland icon and Jan is connected to just about everyone in the community. Need branded collateral to distribute to customers, associates, prospects or employees? Jan is your girl.

More professionals to be revealed as seats fill!

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Free coffee and pastries provided.