Welcome to the Champions Chapter of SoCal BNI!

The Champions Chapter of SoCal BNI was founded in April of 2004 and has grown to 32 members! We meet at the Meridian Club in Fullerton, California on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM. We would love for you to visit our chapter and consider joining our very diverse and successful group of professionals. For further information, please contact the President, Allen C. Buchanan at 714.564.7104 or email me at abuchanan@lee-associates.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

President's Weekly Letter, Champions SoCal BNI

Wooooooooo, Champions!!

Today was an epic meeting as the Champions chapter of SoCal BNI welcomed the ten visitors (pictured to the left) to our first Stack Day of this term!!! Way to go Champions...way to turn 'em out! What is more impressive is that we received three apps from the ten visitors with a couple of maybes! That is called blocking out your competition. Our three categories of Business Attorney, Hair Dresser and Merchant Services will soon be filled...we hope!! From left to right our visitors pictured are: Virginia Croudace, business attorney; Jason Becker, Sunset Signs; Jerome D. Stark, business attorney; John Brennan, Associated HVAC; Theresa Williams, Hertz; Brenda Broussard, hairstylist; Carmina Perez, FIS Merchant Services; Dan Georgopoulos; DGVC Visuals; Peter Zazzara, general contractor; and Louis Alonzo, Avery Weigh-Tronix. We hope all of our visitors will return for a second visit really soon. It was GREAT having all of them!!
EC Moment:
Mr. Jiiiiiiimmmm Sando shared with us the results of a recent survey conducted with our membership regarding the SMMs. Jim expertly described the responses to five questions about the chapter's perception of SMMs, their effectiveness, and the trepidation that occurs when preparing and delivering them. Stay tuned next week for the elements of a perfect SMM...OR...just listen to the Tabasco winners...See below.
New Champion:
I had the privilege of inducting our third new member of the term, Joe Davis, an estate planning attorney! Joe was sponsored by Dr. Paul Kwik and will be mentored by Gary Lorge. Dr. Paul, Gary and Joe joined me at the podium and recited the BNI code of ethics. Joe is now our 30th Champion and we are VERY happy that he is a member of our chapter!
The Tabasco Award:
The Tabasco award is gaining steam...no pun intended! For the third straight week a new Champion was awarded the Tabasco award for the "hottest" SMM. This week was a close competition as several Champions "upped their game" with the pepper on the line! Angelo Dionisiou brought in several umbrellas, Maurice Herron made his usual strong effort (he will probably be the first two time winner) and Greg Beck quipped...."you just may need a new CPA!" In the end Dr. Hercules Real won the award. I will never look at a cracked egg quite the same...Remember next week, Dr. Real begins the SMMs as this week's Tabasco winner and delivers the award to the "hottest" SMM next week and so on. Every week the past week's winners will have a small bottle of Tabasco in front of their seat as a reminder that they were a past winner. I believe this will become a GREAT Champion's tradition. Don' forget next week is prop week so your SMM must include a prop...I cannot wait!!
VP Report:
The Champions are on track to exceed our monthly goals for one-to-ones, visitors, and TYFCB. We need to step up the pace on those referrals...I know we can do it!! We have a pending transfer app for Randy Clement, a business attorney.
We were informed and entertained by the keynote presenters, Chuck Tipton and Gary Lorge! Both were making their maiden voyages with a great deal of pressure as Stack Day presenters. Both performed brilliantly and I believe our visitors have a great understanding of SBA loans (Tipton) and auto insurance (Lorge)...we all felt like "good neighbors!" Chuck recited his company, Spectrum Commercial Lending's mission statement, reviewed the management team...former B of A producers, and described good referral sources for his services. As one of Chuck's power partners, I have referred Chuck extensively and believe he is the BEST at what he does! Gary Lorge educated us about car insurance, had numerous questions and give aways and described good ways to refer him. The amazing thing that happened during one of Gary's questions was that Rosanne Grigsby (Sec/Treas) re-canted what year (1962) that California's liability limits came into effect...who knew? The Champions chapter is VERY fortunate to have two professionals such as Chuck and Gary on board! Thanks guys!! We are also fortunate to have a secretary/treasurer with such and active recall of numbers and dates...better pay those dues on time...
Stand and Deliver:
We stood and delivered many, many one-to-one slips, referrals, testimonials, and TYFCB. I believe the visitors (who collectively enjoyed our enthusiasm) were impressed with the amount of paper that ended up in the bowl!
The action quote was from JD Rockefeller and challenged us to transform each disaster into an opportunity!!
Make it a Champion week!!

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