Miami Art Scene has to wait – more exciting South Bay Professional Connection news

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami, FL, I have been slammed with work and unable to catch my breath. (Okay, I did enjoy my Memorial Day holiday BBQ down in San Diego with a very good friend, and my lounging by the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday, and my playing with two hilarious dogs in Manhattan Beach, but otherwise – working!)

Really can’t spare much time today, but did want to share some great news regarding my next South Bay Professional Connection event occurring tomorrow night over at CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services new office in El Segundo from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Here’s some pix to showcase what you’re in store for.

Just know, next time you see this space, it’s going to be packed with people!

We had a great write-up in The Beach Reporter’s Business section last Thursday – Thanks Eric! Also, over 1000 postcard invites have been distributed on top of the 100’s of emailed invitations and media relations we’ve all done to promote this event.

I passed out 40 invites alone last night at a PV mixer with lots of people saying they’re planning to come. Should be a great mix of businesses, industries and people since Sonja McColgan, the owner and Career Coach extraordinaire of CA Associates, and Darold Verch, her father and owner of Verch Insurance Services, know so many people having been in business for so many years.

In addition to the wonderful appetizers Shark’s Cove Manhattan Beach will be serving and the GoChi Juice drinks that will be poured, rumor has it that to make this a real celebration there’s a possibility we’ll be breaking out the bubbly! GoChi Juice goes great with Champagne!:)

For 20 lucky winners of our “Who’s the Best Networker?” contest, guests will receive the following beachy type goody bags courtesy of Globiwest Hospitality Group‘s Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX:

944 Magazine
Nice Pen or Computer cleaner from Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City
Lip Balm from Holiday Inn Express Century City
Scented Candle in container
Complimentary Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City courtesy of Director of Sales, Lana Leazer.

Apparently, not only will you get to meet some great business and local people if you come by, you will also get to experience the local El Segundo Farmer’s Market with a live band and all kinds of great produce and other stuff to buy.

However, as a result, please note you need to park behind the building since Main Street will be full. If you’ve never been to El Segundo, you’re in for a real throwback in time. I call it the Mayberry of the South Bay. Others have called it the last real beach community of the South Bay. It’s quaint, quiet, and cute. Lots of great restaurants, services, and local people call El Segundo home.

We had such a great time at our last South Bay Professional Connection, I can’t wait to see who shows up for this one. For those of you who missed the last one, here’s some highlights and pictures to share with you (I’m editing an original post I wrote for This is Hermosa website.)

Last month’s attendees included: Sharkeez Owner, Ron Newman & UPAC Member, Kim McMullan ; Hermosa Beach City Council Member, Michael DiVirgilio; Hermosa Beach Resident, Gary Mallette; Union Cattle Owner, Jed Stanford;

Why Was I Dissed? Founder, Rachel Morton ; the Mackinga clan; Jayme Mackinga’s groupies; local icon and Club 705 consultant, John Bowler; Hermosa Beach Writer’s Group Representative, Gerry Althas-Vazquez; PV resident, Lane Mayhew; Beach Cities Relay for Life Volunteers, Jill Morales and Susan Cohen; Nutritionist Jayne Justice ; RB resident, Christie and HB Resident Lotus; Strong Project El Segundo Representative, Michael Pochepan; Beach Massage Business Development Representative, Kimberly Blaine; A Fresh Face Skincare Owner, Victoria Coleman; Project Touch Representative, Carol Shakely; and out-of-towners/friends like John Herzberg, Lana Leazer, Roderick Bascom, Damien Carmean, and many others came to mix and mingle. Lisa Bollinger graciously managed the door.

Those who attended enjoyed the acoustic guitar of 16 year old Jayme Mackinga who has a voice akin to Corrine Bailey Rae. Everyone loved her music. What impressed me the most was the poise she exhibited while performing for around 100 people who sat in rapt attention while she sang.

Jayme performing

During the break, John Bowler entertained the crowd and invited everyone to support the Beach Cities Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society who had a table set up with all their information. What a great cause and great event coming up! Click the link for all the details and join the team.

Although we didn’t raise as much money as I had hoped, it was a great start to a partnership that I hope to continue until the summer’s event. Although I personally haven’t experienced serious cancer, my grandmother died from lung cancer and my family suffers from non-malignant skin cancer every so often. Damn freckles!

John Pieplow gave a rousing concert which everyone enjoyed as well. He was grateful to be sharing his birthday for such a great cause and had a lot of fun visiting our little city. I’m hoping to get him back at a later date. Everyone who stayed received a free CD of his music as a thank you for coming.

The GoChi Juice cocktails were a huge hit. Xavier and his wonderful staff served some great seafood appetizers too. Local HB Resident, Jana Nizny, won the Dinner for Two at The Ardmore in our raffle. Thank you X and all your servers for helping make this a special evening at The Ardmore in 705!

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