On Thursday, November 8 over 60 CAA members excitedly met at J.Liu for the inaugural CAA Business Exchange. In a fast-paced networking event just introduced members swiftly learned about each other, vendors explained their products and services and Primary Members outlined their community needs.
CAA Executive Director, Laura Swanson thanked those in attendance and explained the rules of the day, each Associate Member would have four minutes to explain their company’s products or services and discuss with the Primary member representatives how they could fit their needs now or in the future. Following their four minutes, each was allocated one minute to rotate to the next Primary Member table where the rapid-fire started over again.
Following an hour and a half of networking and learning everyone adjourned from their assigned tables to reconvene earlier conversations over lunch. The enthusiasm of the event spilled over to lively conversation around the lunch tables where everyone felt the energy over making a new connection.
CAA President, David Holzer, one of the Primary Members in attendance felt the new event was a welcome addition. “I really enjoyed it. I got a lot out of it in a short time and look forward with working with some new connections.”
His sentiments were echoed by CAA Education Vice-Chair Carrie Sitterley, “This was a great opportunity to find some new vendors and to let the vendors know what we need one-on-one. I made some new connections that I’m really excited about.”
Members lingered after lunch unwilling to let the conversations and enjoyment die down for the day and eager to explore new acquaintances.