Coffee with a Leader

brett gaugerI had the privilege to have coffee with Brett Gauger this morning.  Brett works at Asher Agency in downtown Fort Wayne.  Brett serves as a Digital Strategist there.

This meeting took place because Brett reached out to me via LinkedIn.  I found Brett to be a passionate and energetic leader.  He epitomizes the type of young leader our area needs – he grew up in our community, he attended college here, he landed a great job here, and now lives downtown.  He loves Fort Wayne and what he does.

Brett has been positively influenced by leaders in his past and present.  He genuinely appreciates how key leaders have helped him in his journey so far – from his high school tennis teacher to community leaders today.

Brett works with clients who are wanting to:

• Create digital marketing strategies based on their business, industry, and goals.
• Learn more about digital marketing to include written documentation, presentations, and webinars.  He can train on this!
• Implement, maintain, and report on social media and other digital marketing campaigns.
• Build meaningful relationships with a firm who will help them succeed.
• Analyze digital marketing metrics to provide a picture of ROI.

Brett is a young leader who is working to help our community become better.  And we are better because of him!  Connect with Brett!

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

January 4, 2019 Registration Now Open

Kick off the new year with a dynamic leader who is involved in the business of changing lives.  Donovan Coley, the CEO of The Rescue Mission, is our featured speaker.  You can register for this free event by clicking on the image below.

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!