The acronym "POD" stands for Professionals Opening Doors. PODS were developed as a way to help ACG OC members better leverage their membership. A POD is a smaller networking group created with the sole purpose of helping members develop relationships and refer business. Note: In order to participate in an ACG Orange County POD, you must be a current member.
How PODs work is simple: One or two members sponsor the POD, 8 to 10 other members join, and these members meet on a regular basis to build relationships, trade industry intelligence, and share new business leads. As participants find value and build relationships, they split off into their own PODS to continue the flow of business and leverage an ever increasing number of potential referral partners. Most PODS stay intact for several years in order to build greater depth & breadth with each member.
The most successful PODS meet frequently and regularly with the specific intent and purpose of transacting business, sharing leads and leveraging each other’s contacts and business expertise.
The role of ACG OC is to provide the introductions, structure and tools for members that wish to create or join a POD.
For more information about PODS, please contact:
Aerospace & Defense POD: Larry Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea’s POD: Andrea Casaw email@example.com
Business Development POD: Joseph Hirsch firstname.lastname@example.org
David Krajanowski’s POD: email@example.com
Hardesty POD : Karl Hardesty firstname.lastname@example.org
HealthCare POD : Tim De Cou email@example.com
Healthcare POD: Karl Hardesty firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturing & Distribution (focus on Food & Beverage): Thomas Spinogatti email@example.com
Mountain Biking POD : Zach Martin, Pacific Mercantile Bank, Zach.Martin@pmbank.com
Real Estate POD: Mike Issa/Maxwell Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant/Hospitality POD : Tom Spry email@example.com
South Orange County POD: Jeff Husserl firstname.lastname@example.org
Wine Interest POD : Mike Issa email@example.com
Women’s POD: Laurel Mann Laurel.Mann@AdvicePeriod.com
Young Professionals of Orange County POD: Dan Stevens Dan.Stevens@burnhamgibson.com