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. 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:
Business Development POD: Joseph Hirsch firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s POD: Laurel Mann LaurelMann@PurusWM.com
Produce or Die POD : Dennis Drent email@example.com
South Orange County POD: Thornton Phister firstname.lastname@example.org
OC Innovators POD: Heather Estus email@example.com
Wine Interest POD : Mike Issa firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant/Hospitality POD : Tom Spry email@example.com
Real Estate POD: Mike Issa/Maxwell Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Hardesty POD : Karl Hardesty email@example.com
Health Care POD : Tim De Cou firstname.lastname@example.org
West County (Seal Beach/Los Alamitos) POD: Darleen Armour email@example.com
Manufacturing & Distribution (focus on Food & Beverage): Thomas Spinogatti firstname.lastname@example.org
Exit Planner POD: Andrew Low, BNY Mellon Wealth Management Andrew.email@example.com
Mountain Biking POD : Zach Martin, Pacific Mercantile Bank, Zach.Martin@pmbank.com
Blockchain POD: Malek Moubasher, firstname.lastname@example.org