National Networker Remembers the Alamo
|Remember the Alamo
By: Peter Biadasz, Southern Plains Bureau Chief
It is always exciting to discover a networking group that truly exemplifies the city or town it is located in. The Alamo Executives Association (AEA) in San Antonio, Texas is such a group. Its Executive Director, Diane Nichols, uses many great adjectives to describe the group and its members. Key words from her mouth are "impressive, honest, close, fantastic, brilliant, and fun". The group has been in existence since 1989 and meets every Tuesday morning from 7:00-8:30 AM
AEA is an exclusive organization of business owners and executives from non-competing businesses in the San Antonio area. The group’s stated purpose is to increase its members’ sales of goods and services through the exchange of information and leads. It seems to be working well. According to Ms. Nichols, the group has transacted over $64,000,000 since its inception. In January of 2007, the 47 member group generated over $617,000 in revenues from leads passed within the organization. These numbers are the result of lead passing standards set by AEA. At each weekly meeting members are required to submit an average of at least one business lead or referral to another member.
Besides the weekly meetings, the group also enjoys outside activities together. Most involve food as well as going to area attractions. This seems like a very balanced and successful networking group. In fact, it has been called the "premier group in San Antonio" in which the members truly "believe in each other". Membership is by invitation only. To learn more about AEA, feel free to visit www.alamoexecutives.com
Article posted with permission of The National Networker