Jodi's contract was up and Latona moved on to other
enterprises, Jodi still had a love for producing events
so the first thing she did was form an LLC for her
own events company.
knew some day I would be back," Jodi said.
"The passion was strong and I was a natural
at managing details. I named my company 32Events
because I was 32 and it was the first time in my career
I was seeing my future without riding someone elseís
new baby is already blossoming in multiple directions.
One that she is especially excited about is an Executive
Network that will debut next year. It will
be aimed primarily at online entrepreneurs and
will bring them together at select locations around the
globe with Los Angeles, Florida, Canada
and Germany chosen for the initial roster of
sites (the specific cities in the latter three locales
are still to be announced).
filled us in on how this idea germinated. "This
year has been extraordinary for me. Spain gave me
the chance to understand that events is where my heart
is at. The tedious details, working with different
coordinators, the smiles on everyone's faces, the 'Thank
you's' I get months after when people tell me how
they were able to grow because of my event really hits
my heart. And as I close my eyes and look into 2013 I
can see exactly what I want," Jodi said.
"I want to do more.
so I'm going to start a members only networking
group - one that makes sense for many people because
the meet ups will be in their back yard. No
travel, hotels, rent a cars - just a few miles from
their office," Jodi said.
well organized, Jodi outlined her plan for us in a
series of bullet points:
only. You must be an executive, online entrepreneur
and/or an investor. Decision makers only.
city meets 3 times a year. First meet up is a
dinner. High end restaurant/s. Second meet up is a
lunch. Last meet up is an end of the year dinner.
city will have dinners and a lunch. That's 12
possible meet ups a year for the members who want to
visit network locales in addition to their own.
membership fee includes all meals and drinks. 5
course meals, wine, cocktails etc.
members can go to one meet up or all 12.
will be at each meet up. This way I can make sure
things are perfect and know what to change for the
next meet up and/or obtain feed back from the
"Being a part of The Network you're also
entitled to private executive getaways," Jodi
added. For 2013 I'm looking at Richard Branson's properties.
There would be additional cost to travel, however
everyone on the trip would be an executive so plenty of
business would be done."
And how about the cost? "My Membership fee
would be $1500 annually and again, it covers all
meals at every meet up. I'll also extend
discounts to any event 32Events is working on
throughout the year. For example, all members
will receive 50% off Domaining Europe
"My goal is to bring my executive network
base together more frequently and by offering
meet ups in the key cities I believe I can help
many folks literally drive down the road and
meet for hours with other executives," Jodi
said, adding, "I'm not new to this sort of
thing. When I lived in Atlanta I signed
up for two networking groups. One was $250
and it was early on Tuesday mornings. Rushing
through traffic stunk and it offered zero coffee
or bagels! I actually brought them in as a treat
for the other members."
"The other was more upscale - a $2500
membership fee and members met twice a month on
top of a high rise were they were given
appetizers. Drinks you needed to pay for. So,
I'm creating the best scenario for my
network. A fair price for a first class
experience. 5 course meals and cocktails. I
know the space could use this sort of
coordinated platform - all they need to do is
RSVP and show up!"
"Naturally, as I start piecing this together
at times I say to myself, "is this really
what the space needs? Will my network find the
value in what I'm creating for them?" And
just last week this
article (by Richard Branson
on How to Network) came across my desk,
and I knew what I'm working on is exactly
what the space needs!," Jodi
Chamberlain with David Castello (of
Castello Cities Internet Network) at the Hard
Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where Jodi
produced a January 2010 T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference. She convinced David to play for the
crowd, re-igniting his life long love of music.
Not long after, David moved to Nashville where
he is drumming professionally, managing up and
coming young star Bree and running his own
publishing company (while still handling his CCIN
duties - the company owns Nashville.com and
many other great geo and generic domain
I let Jodi go, I asked her a few follow up questions,
starting with how she settled on Los Angeles, Florida,
Canada and Germany as here initial meeting locales? "
Location, location, location," Jodi answered.
"I always keep this in mind when planning an event.
LA and Florida have so many domainers it was important
they made the list. And since Domaining Spain is one of my
events, I know first hand how important the European
market is. Again, its all about location and this is
why I chose Germany. And when we all think of the success
that has come from Canadian soil, I wanted to make sure
they too were included."
was also curious as to whether she considered less
expensive "regional memberships" for those who
would want to go only to the meet ups in their own
area. "I have and still am considering regional
memberships," Jodi said. "However each time I
review the perks of the network the annual fee just makes
sense. I can see how some canít make all meet ups but
thereís more to the network than just dinners. Iím
offering a discount for all members who wish to attend any
event Iím producing plus coordinating two members only
getaways. So, the membership fee has depth to
added, "I can see people signing just to
attend the getaways and others because its in
their backyards. The Executive Network will
definitely grow into other areas. I can see
cities such as New York, Las Vegas
& Seattle making the list next year,
plus adding another European city to the
network. If thereís a high enough demand
for a specific area, you can guarantee Iím open
to expanding the network."
but not least, I noted that the Executive Network
is primarily aimed at online entrepreneurs, but
assumed it would be open to qualified people from
other fields which Jodi confirmed.
"Though is is online-centric other niches
could also fit well with the network. All entrepreneurs/investors
need to co mingle with each other," Jodi
is a true story," she continued. "I
attended a Tony Robbins seminar a few years
back and he shared a story with us about a
time when he was invited to travel with a group of
eight other entrepreneurs/investors, a two week
excursion around the world, flying privately and
visiting places such as China and India.
Tony was excited to spend quality time with other
successful entrepreneurs. After he agreed to join
the small group he was then told there was a $30,000
fee which covered his trip. Tonyís jaw about
hit the ground when he was asked to pay 30K. It
wasnít that he didnít have enough money, at
that time he was worth $12 million. Itís
just he had never in his life spent that much
money on himself at one time. After serious
consideration he paid the $30,000 and traveled
with some pretty heavy
Chamberlain at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Vancouver show she produced in 2010.
The trip was great however it was on the journey
back home when Tony struck up a conversation with
a investment banker that ended up changing his
business forever. The investor helped Tony
turn his $12 million into over $160 million!
That $30,000 was money well spent. A motivational
speaker sits next to an investment banker and magic
see itís about placing ourselves around others who
can help get us to the next platform, around other
brilliant minds -people who have that same intestinal
fortitude that it takes to be a successful
entrepreneur," Jodi concluded.