EABC returns for Meeting at Oyster Bay Yacht Club
As a founding member of the European American Business Club, I was impressed by how much the kitchen and ambiance at Oyster Bay Yacht Club has improved in the past year. Exactly a year ago we had our first meeting at the Club and we returned this year, one day before Bastille Day ( our European members have a fondness for the French Independence Day). We were all happily impressed by how much new Yacht Club manager Terrie Sanders and Executive Chef Shawn Meeks have done magic with the premises and the kitchen, resulting on this evening in a variety of magnificent appetizers, fresh fruits and hors d’oeuvres. See VIDEO
The European American Business Club’s agenda for the evening was aimed at Fiscal Fitness with no less then a Panel of 4 distinguished speakers, invited to share their knowledge of fiscal and financial matters, especially focused on small and medium sized businesses.
• Palmela Brown: Financial Advisor with Edward Jones shared interesting personal approach ideas to investing and retirement planning for long term financial goals;
• Mark Dennis who is President of A1A Wealth Management , an independent financial planning and small business consulting firm, specializes in working with business owners to build and protect their wealth. He is organizing an interesting Half-Time 2011 Analysis of Financial Goals and Objectives you may want to attend on July 28th at O’Kane’s on Centre Street.
• Carlos Serrano the SunTrust Branch Manager on Amelia offered interesting viewpoints on bank loans and with SunTrust Banks Inc. being one of the nations largest financial holding companies, an alternative to Bank of America’s current problems
• Vicki Beaudry; the Executive Vice President and Senior Lender to First Coast Community Bank opened her speech with: Cash Flow, cashflow, cashflow as the rally cry for financial independence. As perhaps the leading expert in SBA lending in northeast Florida she encourage attendants to apply for loans.
The QandA after the speeches was one of the liveliest I have witnessed since the Club was founded 19 months ago, and to a substantial degree I credit the pleasantly relaxed, comfortable and well serviced ambiance of the Oyster Bay Yachtclub for this.
In just 18 month the European American Business Club has developed into a large and varied membership, representing more than 100 members in an impressive diversity of international businesses in Nassau County. Membership is free and the members meet once a month (2nd Wednesday) from 6-8pm in a social club setting with lots of connection opportunities.
After the presentations the party continued at the outside bar on the pool deck, served by the newest member of the Yacht Club hospitality team, bartender Clarence.