Social in the City – Recap of This Week’s Events

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NRA Show 2014 Chicago

CHICAGO.  This past week has been filled with the some amazing events.  My week started off with attending the NRA Show where every year, over the course of four days, more than 1,800 suppliers and tens of thousands of buyers come together to make lasting connections that drive business profitability and shape the future of the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry at McCormick Place in Chicago.  I also had the opportunity to listen to this year’s keynote speaker NBA legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist EarvinMagic” Johnson.

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Magic Johnson addressing the NRA Show attendees

Attendees, myself included, left empowered and inspired as Earvin “Magic” Johnson presented his keynote address to over 2,000 attendees in the Grand Ballroom at NRA Show 2014.  Who best to get “branding” tips from than the man himself who has become the most powerful African-American businessman in America.

Of course after hearing Magic Johnson speak, I indulged in many samples of food, desserts and beverages from the various vendors from around the world.

On Monday, I had the privilege of attending a cocktail reception and sit down dinner party at Gene & Georgetti’s hosted by the National Candy Association’s Young Professionals Network.

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Legendary football player Joe Montana mingling with guests at Nike store’s Chicago Magnificent Mile location.

After the amazing dinner at Chicago’s “old school” restaurant Gene & Georgetti’s, I attended the 19th Annual Network at Nike hosted by The Food Group. It was a great evening filled with amazing food, cocktails, networking and merriment!  Legendary quarterback Joe Montana was also on-site meeting and greeting guests and of course taking photos.

10382754_10152388703257332_6042433643721374859_nThe Food Group gave attendees a $100 Nike gift card which of course I used right away to purchase some Nike gym shoes.

On Wednesday, the Compete PRO Team from Millward Brown Digital hosted a Chicago Social Media Networking and Cocktail Hour at Blackbird Restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.

seasons52In wrapping this busy week up, I attended Ifbyphone’s fine wine” happy hour for digital marketers and analysts at Season’s 52.

Whoa, I am not slowing down anytime soon.  I am all about Networking to Success. Have a GREAT holiday weekend. Until next time…

Salud!

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