Sunday, June 15, 2014

My father the original networker…A Father’s Day Message

My Dad was an innovator of his time, he was my first business mentor. It’s awesome how things evolve and we learn from one another.
Joe Bruno was the original networker, in positions (sales/promotions) that required him to contact, communicate and retain a client base. Although Think and Grow Rich was around since the late 30s, I doubt many business people were aware of the writings as we are today. Networking in the 50s was without social media, the internet and every kind of device that assists us in business today. He developed these relationships initiated by his own desire and love for what he did (the way I perceived it as a young adult). I often accompanied him on various appointments/trade shows and observed how to be social and how to meet total strangers and connect. It’s a tough act to follow, but who’s acting…It was not something forced it was a genuine interest in supporting a company. I am not aware of a mission statement or value proposition that was in place, it was the fashion industry…very social and people wanted what he had because of him. SOCIAL…NETWORKING
Joe introduced me to many aspects of the sales world from people to process to promotion, He had fun with it so it did not seem like work. I often thought how great it would be to have such passion for what I  do that it does not seem like work. Here is where the real lesson is and I can proudly say that now I am an independent business owner…Café Realty.
Dad was a real influence on how to think differently.
Here’s to you DAD, Happy Father’s Day THANK YOU and may your light always shine upon all those in your life!
With love, gratitude and appreciation...

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