This post is reprinted from our friends at EARS Chicago April 2011 newsletter, EARDRUM…
REWIND: EARS NETWORKING EVENT V.2 – AN EVENING @ SCHUBAS
(1) More than 70 EARS members packed Schuba’s upstairs room to network, (2) Past EARS Presidents Mary Mazurek, Kerry J. Haps, and Danny Leake mix it up with Harry Brotman at the V.2 event
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 — EARS held its second annual networking get together at Schuba’s on March 29 in the upstairs event room and at least 70 people came to enjoy good food, drink, and conversation. Dubbed “Ground Zero,” where EARS 1st started in 1986 when the venue was known as Gaspars, this friendly north-side neighborhood locale was the place to be and to be seen. The room filled up quickly and everyone seemed to find themselves in conversations the moment they walked into the room.
Our President, Blaise Barton, dressed in his best John Travolta (circa 1979) attire (ED Note: Blaise, You gotta will that red shirt!) greeted everyone as they walked in and did a fine job of introducing members and guests to each other. The purpose of a networking meeting is to connect with people who share the same interests and to form new relationships.
(1) Beth Mackay, John Christy, Bob Vodick, Fran Allen, Blaise Barton, Danny Leake and Reid Hyams enjoying the event (2) Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship’s Lisa Canning and her hubby were on hand to share ideas
I found myself discussing recording “philosophies” with some old friends and sharing the EARS mission with students and other “first timers”. I also heard about some great upcoming shows and events. With such an upbeat and energetic atmosphere, it was easy to drift between conversations and pickup useful nuggets of information.
I’ve been to many formal “networking” meetings for my computer services business and found myself walking out at the end of the night with a stack of cards and no real contacts. This is the way it should be; food, drink, and good conversation, where EARS members share and share alike.
(1) Schubas’ Bartender Kursten Bruderly (a graduate of Full Sail U) with Beth Mackay and Reid Hyams, (2) Swississippi Records’ Dave Katzman flanked by John2 (a.k.a. Christy & Hardy!)
(2) Some of our newer EARS members getting to know EARS Student XChange columnist, Ki Shih (2) More members enjoying the evening