Last night I braved the rain to attend another great NACE event. I was feeling like bailing on the whole thing as I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in the pouring rain, but I powered through and made it to the Riverside Epicenter (yup, that crazy building pictured above). This center has everything... a fitness club including a rock climbing wall, bowling, an arcade room, a theater for performances, a sound recording studio, and ballrooms and meeting rooms for special and corporate events. The building is also LEED silver certified and is made of recycled material. Pretty cool, right?
Check out what they have going on by going to their website, here.
I missed the beginning of the meeting because of traffic but the event's theme was elevator pitches. It was a great way to hear other people in the group introduce themselves and their product or their company. I was a little frazzled from being late (I really hate being late), so I don't think I did as good of job as I could have given a little more time to think about it. Now that I look back, I should have said something like:
"preParti is a site visit in your pocket!"
That would have been a better opener than what I actually said, which was, we are a mobile app company. Wah waaaah!
Besides all of the introductions, the food was really great. The meal was catered by Carlton from Occasional Occasions, a regular member of NACE and all around nice guy. He had a lot of really great vegetable dishes along side a couple of savory waffles, and the desserts were great because they weren't too sweet. If you want to find out more about him and his company, you can find his website here.
I even met a few people, so I'm happy I braved the rain and didn't bail!
If you have a good elevator pitch or even some good advice for me, leave me a comment!
Regina Weir, Co-Founder of preParti. She lived in New York for 13 years before moving back to her home town of Atlanta. She ran 2 successful businesses, one of which was a manufacturing factory making uniforms, the other a commercial laundry working with some of the largest event spaces in Atlanta including Turner Field and Cobb Galleria, Regina has experience in production management, business management and events. During that time she also co-founded Factory Girls, a much lauded fashion incubator to help emerging designers in Atlanta. She co-founded Preparti with her brother Dosa Kim in February of 2016 to help merge a technology gap for consumers in the bridal market.