Preparing for the Future

preparing for the futureThis morning, we will take one more step toward our 2019 Women’s Event as I will be meeting with another dynamic leader/speaker.  We will be announcing our  speaker line-up within the next month or so.  Jan Diaz is leading a team who will work hard to make this event meaningful and impacting.

We are so excited about the possibilities!  

Jere and I spoke yesterday, and we are starting to talk about Season 3 as well.  We have some new ideas in store.  We have been blessed to have such dynamic leaders in NE Indiana.  First Fridays is committed to adding value to our regional leaders!

One more thing, if you haven’t registered for our January 4 event, click on the image below.  Jere reported that we are at around 70 so far (registration closes at 150).

January 4 2019 Donovan Coley flyer

December 7 Event in Photos

Today was another great event at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We were honored to have Marlin Stutzman with us as he shared lessons in leadership that he’s gained over the years as a farmer, entrepreneur, business owner, statesman, and business executive.

Here are a few photos from today’s event. The video from today will be posted soon. In case you missed coming today, you can always find us on our YouTube channel at First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Marlin Stutzman was outstanding!

Another great gathering on a very cold morning.

I can personally attest that Marlin practices what he preaches.

The Trine University board member received some Indiana Wesleyan University gifts.

Breakfast with a Leader

I had the privilege of meeting and having breakfast with Bryan Weisman of Merrill Lynch this morning.  How did this meeting happen?  Bryan reached out to me via LinkedIn – and I’m glad he did!

bryan weismanBryan is a certified financial planner who has grown up here in Fort Wayne. A Bishop Dwenger grad, he was a football player who played along side of Tyler Eifert and John Goodman (go Irish!).  Bryan is passionate about his business and has a heart to serve his colleagues and clients alike.  He is always seeking ways to get his story out there about how he can help clients prepare for a great future.  If you are needing to dust off your retirement plans or have questions about investments and the like, reach out to Bryan.  Click on his name or his business’s name above to connect.

We talked a lot about sports, family, and business.  I was able to introduce him to First Fridays.  He is planning to attend tomorrow to meet the incredible group of folks I described to him.  He will be a great “fit”.  Bryan is a positive, upbeat, and engaged leader.  If you meet him, welcome him!

December 7 First Fridays

Just a friendly reminder that our next First Fridays is this coming Friday, December 7!  We only have 3 seats remaining.

If you registered but now know you cannot make it, please cancel your spot on Eventbrite.  That will make room for others.  Thank you.

If you didn’t get a chance to register, you may watch the event via YouTube Live.  We will also post it on our website later.  First Fridays Fort Wayne has a YouTube channel that you can find by following this link:  First Fridays Fort Wayne YouTube Channel.

Dec 7 2018 Marlin Stutzman flyer

At the top of our website, you will find our calendar of events.  We will open registration for January by early next week.

Thank you for your support and participation!

From Farm to Power Equipment to Bridal Shops to Politics

He’s a 4th generation farmer from Northern Indiana.  He and his family own a farming operation.  He owns a trucking company and power equipment business.  He and his wife opened a bridal shop.

He was an Indiana State Representative.  He was an Indiana State Senator.  He served as the Indiana 3rd District Representative in Congress.  He is now the Chief Development Officer for an orthopedic company.

He is a husband and a father.  Marlin is a leader.

Marlin Stutzman will be our December 7 First Fridays presenter.  Come hear leadership lessons Marlin has learned over the years.  Invite a friend!  To register for this free event, click on the image below.

Dec 7 2018 Marlin Stutzman flyer