Pennsylvania Business Networking

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Time & Date:
Every Tuesday from 7am until 8:31am

Location:
Clarion Hotel
815 Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341
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LeTip Chester County East met on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Exton, PA. We welcome new member Sheryl Jennings, our food specialist (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our showboaters were home automation specialist Adam Perkowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and general contractor Bob Latta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of Latta-Kennedy Builders. Adam displayed blinds that can be raised and lowered using a cell phone app. Bob had photos of several different projects that he worked on recently. We look forward to hearing more from both Adam and Bob at the next meeting.

Our first speaker was Leigh Friedman, our graphic designer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Leigh loves designing, and she invests a great deal of intention, planning, and execution into her work for each client. At the beginning of the process, she asks the client what they would like to communicate with their design. If the client isn't clear on their goal or message, Leigh will ask plenty of questions to gain clarity. She will listen to the client and think about how best to design something that communicates their intended message. Leigh will brainstorm to think about a variety of design approaches. If she is designing a logo, for example, she will draw up several concepts for the client to look at and give their feedback. In the end, it is important to Leigh that the client is happy. She showed us two examples of design projects that she completed: a logo for a local physician, and a publication for a law school that wanted to combine two magazines into one. We saw steps throughout the design and collaboration process as well as the final results. Both clients were very pleased with what Leigh designed for them.

Our second speaker was Dan Frame, our electrician (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Dan is committed to client education. He will help a customer to make the best option to meet their needs, even if it mean recommending a product that they could buy themselves at a hardware store without using Electrical Plus for that job. Dan finds that providing customer-centered service and generating goodwill promotes more business in the future. For a larger electrical project, he will first visualize the whole room and think about how the wiring and outlets would work out best. Dan and his crew always wear protective booties for a job, and they clean up after themselves. They try to make as few holes as possible in the existing structures. The Electrical Plus trucks are always kept clean, since they are like travelling billboards for the company, and they want to make a good impression wherever they are seen. Electrical Plus provides service in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, parts of the state of Delaware, and they have even done work at the Jersey shore. They are a Generac certified dealer and can service any generator.

LeTip Chester County East met on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Exton, PA. We were joined by a guest representing organic food products.

Our two showboaters were electrician Dan Frame (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and graphic designer Leigh Friedman (Leigh@FullCircleGraphicDesign). Dan provided some promotional items as well as flyers that list many of the services that Electrical Plus offers to their customers. Leigh displayed a wide variety of items that she helped to design, including printed materials, shirts, and a mug. She has helped people and businesses in very different fields to create images and products to promote their company or vision.

Our first speaker was Mike Hoopes, our property and casualty insurance agent (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Mike talked about the growing trend of customers purchasing insurance online and buying the state minimum coverage. True, this tends to give a lower rate for the insurance premium, but it also tends to lead to people having inadequate coverage in the event of a loss. Mike wants to help people get great coverage--not too much nor too little--at a good price. All insurance companies have to raise their rates sometimes, but Mike will make sure that his customers know why rates are going up when that may happen. He knows that customers are frustrated when they see an unexpected surge in their insurance premium. Mike is happy to be a resource for all insurance questions, and he will look at anyone's current policy to see whether it can be improved. In addition to home and automobile coverage, he can write policies for boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, or business insurance. Mike also highly recommends renter's insurance for anyone who is living in a rental space, including college students.

Our second speaker was Dave Kozak, our life, health, and disability insurance agent (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Dave spoke about life insurance and gave an example of a higher-end policy that he wrote for a family who wanted to use their life insurance policy as a vehicle to provide money to pay for college tuition for their three kids as well as a second home after they retire. Not everyone is able to afford payments of the amount that this family is investing, but Dave can help people at various financial stages to find a policy that will help them not only to provide a death benefit but also to supply benefits while they are still living. There are tax advantages to building wealth in this way, and Dave is ready to help any individual or family to acquire a policy that fits their budget, needs, and goals.

LeTip Chester County East met on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Exton, PA. We were joined by guests representing risk management and food products.

Our schedule now includes two showboaters and two speakers each week. Our showboaters were Dave Kozak (our life, health, and disability insurance specialist) and Mike Hoopes (our property and casualty insurance agent). Dave is especially passionate about life insurance and how it can be used both for death benefits but also for wealth building while the policy holder is alive. Contact Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Mike can help with the need for property and casualty insurance, and he provides excellent customer service as well as competitive rates for insurance policies. He is happy to look at existing policies to make sure that coverage is sufficient and also to see whether he can find a better rate. Contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our first speaker was Kelly Smyth from FastPro Restoration (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In addition to providing a fast and effective response, FastPro will also share empathy in times of loss. They are happy to provide free inspections and estimates for possible damage from fire, water, mold, or smoke. The company's owner comes from a background in public adjusting, so he has seen all types of damage and knows what are the appropriate remediation techniques. FastPro uses heat and plenty of fans to make sure that water is dried with minimal change to the home structures (walls, floors, etc.). No job is too big or too small, so contact FastPro for an estimate, and enjoy their excellent customer service and skilled work.

Our second speaker was residential realtor Scott Darling (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Scott has now been in the real estate business for 24 years, and he has added seven additional real estate designations to his expertise. He calculated that 84% of his business currently comes from previous clients and referrals, so we know that his service and care keep people coming back and recommending him to others. Scott sells four times as many homes as the average real estate agent each year. He likes working with both home buyers and sellers. If he has a client who is selling their home locally and then moving out of the area, Scott has a network of trusted realtors in other states that he can call upon to assist his clients with their out-of-state home purchase. If someone would prefer to rent their house rather than selling it, Scott can help with that, too. His moving truck is available for his clients: "Buy or sell with me, and use my moving truck for free." Contact Scott for any questions about selling or purchasing a home.

LeTip Chester County East met on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Exton, PA. We welcome new member Dan Frame, an electrician from Electrical Plus (www.electricalplus.net). A guest representing telecommunications visited with us. Our showboater for the meeting was our portrait photographer, Jack Ansley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Jack showed us that, in addition to taking professional portraits of people and animals, he also has a large library of scenic photographs that would make excellent gifts or add a touch of beauty to any home or office.

Our speaker was mortgage broker Lonnie Cooper from The Rate Kings Mortgage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The mortgage loan process begins when a potential customer fills out an application, either online or over the phone. Lonnie will take a look at all of the pertinent data supplied in the application to look for anything that could become an issue once the application is presented to the bank. It's better for Lonnie to address the issues with his customers before they get surprised by unexpected questions or problems from the bank. If Lonnie feels that there are no issues (or that they have been dealt with appropriately), then he will give a rate quote to his client. Once the client accepts the rate, Lonnie will send them a checklist of all the items that the bank will want to see prior to approving a mortgage loan. Once again, Lonnie will check to make sure that all documents are accounted for and that he doesn't notice anything that could be a red flag for the bank. The customer then will look over several pages of disclosures, which they then need to sign. Lonnie then will review all of the documents and signatures prior to sending the whole package to the bank. Once the title to the home has been cleared and an acceptable home inspection has been completed, the client is cleared to close and can confirm the closing date. Lonnie is proud of the service that he provides, including all of his pre-underwriting that minimizes unforeseen problems from the bank. He wants the entire process, from application through closing, to be as smooth as possible. He typically receives five-star reviews from his clients once closing is complete. Contact him for mortgages or refinances.

LeTip Chester County East met on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Exton, PA. Welcome to our new graphic designer, Leigh Friedman with Full Circle Graphic Design (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We were also joined by guests representing the categories of advertising specialties and electrical contractor.

Our showboater was our mortgage broker, Lonnie Cooper from The Rate Kings Mortgage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Lonnie has all the latest information about mortgage loan rates and can help people to finance a home purchase or refinance an existing mortgage.

Our speaker was our website designer, Greg Cazillo. Greg showed us some of the components of designing a website, using a particular site that he is working on currently. There are two components to the business, so the home page has two side-by-side photos to highlight each one. Greg added some text, the business logo, a site navigation menu, and buttons to link to social media sites. He also adjusted colors and shading to give the visual appearance that he wanted. Many visual designing can be done on a tablet computer, and that allows Greg to show the site-in-progress to the customer more easily. Later on, he will add all the code and background information that makes the site work and respond to screen size and user interaction. He is happy to work on new websites or update existing sites.

 

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Gregory Cazillo - Website Designer

Gregory Cazillo - Website Designer
Past President
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Letip Member Since June 2007
256 Eagleview Blvd PMB 104
Exton, PA 19341
(610)572-3722
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