June 16th Networking On The Northwest Florida Beach

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Each year since 2007, I've invited online friends to join
me on the beach near my house for some networking,
brainstorming, and setting up joint ventures.

I live within minutes of one of the most beautiful beaches
in the world, so I figured why not? This year, based upon
early feedback in private notes, and an informal interest
survey on Facebook, I anticipate maybe 250 attendees.

We meet at a local beachside restaurant, right on the beach.
The owners let us use the back patio, and we meet informally,
eat, and break into small groups inside and outside the
restaurants, and at any of a dozen pavillions and picnic
tables in the immediate vicinity.


The only cost involved is that each person pays for their own
meals, travel and lodging. We meet at 1pm Eastern and stay
until late in the evening.

Many people stay overnight and continue the networking the
next day (Sunday).

Some people bring the family and turn it into a vaction, staying
for a week or more!

Many split the cost of a room or even rent a condo.

I'm contemplating setting up a deepsea fishing trip for that
Sunday, but that would pull those people away from the main
crowd... but then again the official date for the event is
the day before anyway. So many people just stay for at least
two days.

Here are some photos from previous gatherings:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=b8916f108d

These photos are from June 2011:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=fd4f79f4fe

Let me know if you would like more information since I like to
get an informal head-count. If we have enough people I may
also look into setting up some type of a meeting room to make
it a little more formal, but still put us right on the beach.

I'll post more information/links to hotels later as well
as driving directions, etc.

If you fly, the nearest airport is Ft. Walton Beach (VPS), which
is about 15 minutes from where we meet, and Pensacola (PNS), which
is about 30-45 minutes... depending upon traffic.

This is a lot of fun and the perfect environment to set up joint
ventures (working out all the details), or even creating quick
audio or video products (with a beach background) that you can
sell or use as bonuses with your other product launches.

I do hope to see you there.

Willie
#16th #beach #florida #june #networking #northwest
  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    FYI, I have about 70 people who have told me that they
    WILL be here.

    This is an excellent setting to set up a video camera or
    break out an audio recording device and create an
    interview product of some type that you can offer as
    a bonus with one of your offers, or just to give away as
    a list builder.

    It's also a great place to bring the kids and let them play
    in the ocean for a few days.

    Here's the thread on Facebook discussion it which also
    shows the level of interest:

    https://www.facebook.com/willie.craw...53105914705913

    We do already have people from all over the U.S., Canada,
    U.K., and Brazil, who have told me personally that they will be there.

    Willie
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  • Hey Willie,

    Pauline and I are planning on being there.

    We plan on driving down on Friday so we
    can get some rest before the festivities
    begin, and then stay on until Sunday.

    It's our 23rd anniversary that weekend and
    would make the perfect present for Pauline.

    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Michael Worthington View Post

      Hey Willie,

      Pauline and I are planning on being there.

      We plan on driving down on Friday so we
      can get some rest before the festivities
      begin, and then stay on until Sunday.

      It's our 23rd anniversary that weekend and
      would make the perfect present for Pauline.

      Michael

      Always good to see you and Pauline Michael. She also
      always snaps lots of great photos. This year, she can
      share them on Pinterest as well as Facebook, etc.

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    That is about three hours from me. I'm checking the schedule. Sounds like a good time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
    Hey Willie,

    Wouldn't miss it man - a good time for us "former military guys" to catch up... <grin>

    Flying in from Brazil to hang out for this...

    See you soon!
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Louviere
      There's a pretty decent chance I'll be able to go. We go to Destin pretty much every year. Love it there (and Seaside). We like to rent boats and go to that sand bar in the bay near the bridge there in Destin. Good times!

      ~Eric
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      • Hey man I'm going to try my hardest to make this one! Just came back from panama city beach for a lil vaya and she has been begging me to go back.

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          Originally Posted by Cash Money Hosting View Post

          Hey man I'm going to try my hardest to make this one! Just came back from panama city beach for a lil vaya and she has been begging me to go back.

          Michael D Price
          Michael, it's really in your backyard :-)

          Willie
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          • Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

            Michael, it's really in your backyard :-)

            Willie
            Yea, but at any time, my life shifts and availability changes.

            That quickly things have changed, am moving, and may not be able to make it. Always at the worst timing.

            But its still a possibility at this point. Our time will come
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            • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
              Originally Posted by Cash Money Hosting View Post

              Yea, but at any time, my life shifts and availability changes.

              That quickly things have changed, am moving, and may not be able to make it. Always at the worst timing.

              But its still a possibility at this point. Our time will come
              Yeah, our time will come.

              Looking forward to it.

              Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author AliciaL
      Putting this in my calender! Looks fantastic!
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Troy Broussard View Post

      Hey Willie,

      Wouldn't miss it man - a good time for us "former military guys" to catch up... <grin>

      Flying in from Brazil to hang out for this...

      See you soon!
      I'll have to show you to local local Air Armament Museum... so really
      nice stuff on display there.

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author highflyingeagle
    Willie, I will be there!

    God bless,
    Mark
    Isaiah 40:31
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    • Profile picture of the author GerryMedia
      This one shouldn't be missed! I will try my best to be there Willie and meet your family too.

      I didn't get a chance to speak with you at length during the WE in Raleigh.

      Thanks for the invite, this sure sounds like a lotta fun and "friending" I know a couple of airbrush artists in Destin and they have a store in the beach area. I might find them there.
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  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    just got back from 9 days in Destin. Got 2 events in June already but I think I should be able to squeeze this in.

    We have a place on Holiday Isle about 2 miles from the bridge. What is the restaurant you hang at?
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by winebuddy View Post

      just got back from 9 days in Destin. Got 2 events in June already but I think I should be able to squeeze this in.

      We have a place on Holiday Isle about 2 miles from the bridge. What is the restaurant you hang at?

      We'll me around 1pm Central on the
      back deck here:
      The Crab Trap (On The Boardwalk)
      1450 Miracle Strip Pky SE #204
      Fort Walton Bch, FL 32548
      (850) 301-0959

      This is turning into quite a crowd!

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Micheal Savoie
    Now that we are not going to Quebec that week, Yvonne and I may be able to swing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimrgraham
      I'm going to try to make it, Willie!

      Jim Graham
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  • Profile picture of the author Freejalove
    Hey Willie I would love to be at your June event please let me know details of location, and direction.

    Eddie
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Ed
    Count me in Willy!

    Always enjoy your gracious company and your subtle wit, as well. (Not to mention that I usually learn something to help make a little extra money too

    Need help with anything, if I can - I will...
    Stay casual,
    Edward 'Mr Ed' Thorpe
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Anderson
    Just rearranged the calendar Willie. Joanne and I will be there Friday afternoon and will stay till about noon on Sunday to head back to Orlando. Looking forward to seeing you and everybody else there!
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Jason Anderson View Post

      Just rearranged the calendar Willie. Joanne and I will be there Friday afternoon and will stay till about noon on Sunday to head back to Orlando. Looking forward to seeing you and everybody else there!


      Looking forward to it Jason!

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    A video or two showing the area where we will be:



    This one is windy...


    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Hitmanad
    Hey Willie,

    We met once at the first Glazer Kennedy Chapter meeting. I'm down the street in Pensacola and would sure love to come.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Hitmanad View Post

      Hey Willie,

      We met once at the first Glazer Kennedy Chapter meeting. I'm down the street in Pensacola and would sure love to come.

      John
      Hi John,

      You are certainly welcome.


      Send me a private message if you have any
      questions, etc.

      It would be a shame to live so close and not
      take the time to meet more of your fellow
      Warriors and online marketers.

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author travelerjim
    Willie, sent you a PM. This would be my first one, thanks for setting it up! Jim Ingham
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  • Profile picture of the author Ed H
    Thanks for setting this up, Willie - I'll be there!

    Looking forward to it!

    -Ed
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Ed H View Post

      Thanks for setting this up, Willie - I'll be there!

      Looking forward to it!

      -Ed
      Looking forward to it Ed.


      The gathering is on Saturday, but people start showing
      up as early as Thursday, the 14th.


      Lots of people will also be around networking Sunday, the 17th!

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Ebbo
    Would love to go there as I live in Florida, however I am in the deep south part of Florida, it's a long way from here to there!
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Ebbo View Post

      Would love to go there as I live in Florida, however I am in the deep south part of Florida, it's a long way from here to there!
      Yes, I've driven from my house to Key West, and that took me over 12 hours,
      so our state is very spread out.

      Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author acarmen1
      Willie,

      WOW, it just keeps getting bigger & better every year.

      Canceled all my 'hot dates' for the weekend so I can join in the fun.
      Looking forward to meeting all the new folks and of course the 'old' folks.

      Best Wishes, Abi
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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by acarmen1 View Post

        Willie,

        WOW, it just keeps getting bigger & better every year.

        Canceled all my 'hot dates' for the weekend so I can join in the fun.
        Looking forward to meeting all the new folks and of course the 'old' folks.

        Best Wishes, Abi
        Looking forward to seeing you brother!

        Us "old folks" have to stick together.

        I'll see if I can round up more of the locals who were at the
        first couple of events... starting in 2007.

        Willie
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    Where's the info about exactly where we are meeting? I didn't see that? Also, the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Hitmanad View Post

      Where's the info about exactly where we are meeting? I didn't see that? Also, the time.


      The Crab Trap
      (On The Boardwalk On Okaloosa Island)
      1450 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
      Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

      Meeting on the back deck, starting at 1pm Central!


      Filling in the form here:
      http://okaloosaislandmastermind.com/
      gets you my phone number and facilitates me
      introducing you to a lot of people during
      and after the event.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hitmanad
        I've been to the crab trap before...great place. Just filled out the form on your page. Thanks.
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by Hitmanad View Post

          I've been to the crab trap before...great place. Just filled out the form on your page. Thanks.
          Excellent.

          The Crab Trap is one of my favorite places on the island.

          I also enjoy the comedy at Howl At The Moon.

          Looks like we'll have a great turnout.

          Thanks,
          Willie
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  • Looks Good! I'll keep my eye on this one for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    If you missed this, you missed a great gathering, where
    we had a blast.

    We plan on doing it again next year, tentatively June 22nd - 2rd,
    2013, if you plan as far ahead as I do.

    Here's a short video featuring just the JV brokers who were
    there:

    http://youtu.be/afqjGQkF1nc

    If you don't recognize some of the faces, it's because most of
    these brokers focus on multi-million-dollar deals

    Attendees did take a ton of photos, and I'm sure they will be
    showing up all over the place.

    It's all about the networking!

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    If you missed this, you missed a great gathering, where
    we had a blast.

    We plan on doing it again next year, tentatively June 22nd - 2rd,
    2013, if you plan as far ahead as I do.

    Here's a short video featuring just the JV brokers who were
    there:


    If you don't recognize some of the faces, it's because most of
    these brokers focus on multi-million-dollar deals

    Attendees did take a ton of photos, and I'm sure they will be
    showing up all over the place.

    It's all about the networking!

    Willie
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