When it comes to an independent business networking event in the WNC area, Vibrant Asheville Business has quickly taken the huge lead in the community. Alan Rosenthal decided he wanted more than what others offered, so he started building this network from scratch. You do not need to be a member or get “the mark of the beast'” to come and get festive. A simple RSVP will do. This is an open networking meeting focusing on inclusion, relationship building and support. If you have not met Alan, he is a private investigator and helps folks find out what they want to know about pretty much anyone or anything. His job is connecting people with accurate and documented information. He is also heavily involved locally with several great organizations including the Chabad House, the Asheville Jewish Business Association and many others. Alan is a Catalyst!
Alan noticed that with all of the online networking, people were missing that face to face, that personal contact that many yearned for. Now he brings a great group of friends and business associates together once a month to meet others and celebrate connections. So what is this meeting like? It is an open networking group that meets at Pack’s Tavern to talk, eat and/or drink. Some just come for the people, others for a beer or cocktails, and some come hungry. There may be a few minutes of announcements, but it is much more of a social club than a formal business meeting.
At the Vibrant Asheville Business meeting last night, Alan had a few former employees of the Asheville Citizen Times come by to share who they are and what they do; giving others the opportunity to meet them and share potential opportunities with them. AskAsheville attended with several people from our team including Gary Jr who does graphic design and images, and Joe who is one of our social media managers. We talked to about 40 people, initiated some great relations, ate, drank and played darts too! Good times all around. Thank you Alan for putting this group together, and to the great staff at Pack’s for the service, smiles and venue.
While taking a tour of downtown Asheville tonight, we ended up at Pack’s Tavern for a networking meeting with many friends and business associates. We were about to leave and someone mentioned that the Junior League of Asheville was meeting upstairs. I knew one person, Kate Leslie, who always talked and bragged about the Junior League and the great work they were doing; so our crew headed up there. To our surprise, it was a room full of over 50 amazing and influential women in the Asheville and Western North Carolina community. I noticed Kate on the front row, and then we also saw Keri, who has been a friend of the family for many years. It felt like home already! After talking to a few people, we learned about the incredible work that the Junior League of Asheville does for women and in the community. One of the key focuses of their program is placing their members with wonderful volunteer opportunities in the WNC area, and make sure the time donated really makes a difference. Glad we spent some time with these great folks and look forward to supporting their work in the area.
We started out New Years Eve at a friends house in East Asheville area. We had an executive transportation service (wish it was Diamond Executive) come by and bring us to the downtown area for a fun night out on the town.
Our first stop was Sazerac for some cocktails. Great time with so many friends coming from all directions. We spent some time on rooftop bar area and enjoyed the awesome weather. Then 11:50 pm came around and many of us headed down to the main level to watch the Ball drop on TV. In the photo is Michael, Gary & Isabel.
The next stop was not so inviting. I ended up having my worst experience in years at Packs Tavern, and did not even get to go in. Our whole private party was happily hopping down the road to join the party at Packs Tavern. When we got to the door, the whole group walked inside the place without event. When it came time for me and AsianAsheville to walk in, the doorman Kevin said “You two, $10.” I immediately responded with “What?, my whole party just walked in with no charge.” He responded “I just changed it, go talk to a manager if you have a problem.” When I approached the manager, he treated me like crap and pretty much told me too bad. We ended up separating from our party and headed to another spot.
We ended up at Athena’s and the party was h0pping strong. A nice mix of all types of people celebrating the Asheville New Year. We grabbed a cocktail, headed to the couch in the dance floor area, and started dancing. Athena and Peter did a great job keeping the place and vibe perfect. The DJ got the music beating and a nice crowd took over the dance floor. A great end to the evening. Photo is of AsianAsheville and two ladies who were sharing the couch with us for a few.
After we were done there, our driver picked us up and took us back. Thank you for the safe ride!
So here we are in 2012. We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!