It feels like the early days, of networking by talking about great things. The meetings are open ended, no contracts are signed, we all leave unclear of the next steps. Tonight I had an extraordinary opportunity to talk with an extraordinary association of homeowners who bought their property on the edge, in a community with centuries of profound history and a future that will only see change, but at a time when bank loans are iffy, and arguably at exactly the right time. But these homeowners wanted a plan – they want to know what to do next.
No one tells you what to do next, but our best shot is to think about the big ideas and try a little piece of it.
This week’s meetings have been amazing, and a cause for wonder:
· Today: with the HOA in my favorite new neighborhood. These are the movers and shakers.
o 4pm – in the shop with a champion vacuum cleaner salesman, an hour full of Raleigh stories, and talk about a building alteration that would change a place.
o 1pm – contractors in my office debating positions on the totem pole. Come on, guys.
o 12pm – lunch with my new bank manager, over sushi, to talk about promoting downtown business. Extraordinary.
o 10am – staff meeting in the streetfront window, in the center of the western world, the Morning Times.
o 8am – networking seminar on how to build relationships by showing up early, getting in the mix, and wearing your name tag and your smile. I got there late, didn’t get a nametag, sat on the edge of the room with a frown because it was 8am and they were out of coffee.
· Wednesday / Thursday: meetings with a custom door supplier to order exactly the right assembly.
o 5pm – showed a rendering and a plan that made a strong man cry.
o 10am – added top notch construction management services to our coterie.
And now, a new week begins. Thanks to all the friends we didn’t know we had.
Andy Osterlund AIA | LEED AP
Andrew Osterlund, Architect, PLLC
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