January 10, 2018 - Minutes

Tommy Sugg, outgoing President, opened the meeting.

Tommy stated that we need to elect a new Membership Chair as Hailey has left the group. Don Holt had been suggested as Membership Chair by old and new Officers, has agreed to serve and was approved by acclimation of the group. Chuck, Tommy and Lori will be his committee. Welcome, Don!

Chuck Flagg, outgoing VP, announced referral numbers for 2017:

1st Qtr – 209
2nd Qtr – 227
3rd Qtr – 154
4th Qtr – 94
for a total of 684 for calendar year 2017

Chuck also announced awards:

#1 in referrals – 64 to Tammy MacQueen $100 check

#2 in referrals - 58 to Tommy Sugg $50 check

#3 in referrals – 55 to Carolyn Greene $25 check

Most attended meetings – 41 to Tommy Sugg $25 check

Most referred new members – 2 to Tammy MacQueen $100 check


Welcome to Jessica Hughes with Country Financial as new member.

Welcome to Visitor Greg Patton with Creative Muscle Studios.


Speaking calendar passed:

Jan 17 – Chuck 30 min
Jan 24 – Gemma 30 min
Jan 31 – Jessica 30 min
Feb 7 – Don Holt 15 minutes (available spot for additional speaker)
Feb 14 – Lori 30 minutes (we hope she will bring sweet Valentine goodies)
Feb 21 – No Meeting (winter break for Cherokee County schools)
Feb 28 – Connie 30 minutes


New President, Ed Eisenhauer, reviewed Open Categories for new members:

Appliance repair, catering, event planner, fitness center, picture framer, general contractor, low voltage lighting contractor, consignment furniture, interior design/home décor, landscaper, jeweler, painter, massage or spa services, UPS store, veterinarian, florist, counseling service, 1 MLM position – all posted on website.

Focus for 2018 to be building membership to 35-40 members.

Dues should be paid by end of January as follows:

$50 for six months or $100 for one year plus $230 for cost of food, for a total of $330 for everything in 2018.

30 seconds: Melody, Gus, Chris, Jessica, Don, Connie, Frank, Lucy, Chuck, Debra, Brenna, Gemma, Linda, Lori, Carla, Carolyn, Pam, Tommy, Ed, then visitor Greg Patton (19 members & one visitor)

Tommy encouraged one-to-one breaking bread meetings to get to know the other members on a more personal level.

Carolyn Greene, Treasurer, recapped the money currently in the bank – slightly over $2,200 – and that we have previously donated to local charity or spent on SECBN marketing materials. Discussion followed with any ideas to be emailed to Ed. Carolyn stressed that the decision needed to be made very quickly and it was agreed that decision would be made at the next meeting.

Directly after the next meeting on January 17, the old and new officers will have a short meeting to wrap up the transition from old to new for 2018.

Referrals passed.

SECBN Names 2018 Board of Directors


President: (front & center) Ed Eisenhauer, EGE Electric

Vice-President: (top right) Chris Mercer, Bankers Life

Treasurer: (top left) Carla Kelley, C Kelley Photography

Secretary: (bottom left) Pamela Duncan, Red Team Realty Keller Williams

Membership Chair: (bottom right) Haley Brannon, FYZICAL

Thank you all for volunteering your time!

Legacy Award - Frank Cole


SECBN thanks founding member Frank Cole for his years of dedication to the networking group.

legacy award frank cole

From left to right - Lori Flink, Membership; Carolyn Greene, Treasurer; Connie John, Secretary; Tommy Sugg, President; Frank Cole; Chuck Flagg, Vice President


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First Quarter Referrals of 2017

referral2On April 12, 2017, SECBN held its quarterly business meeting. Vice President Chuck Flagg, Cruise Planners, announced there had been 211 (193 paper and 18 electronic) referrals based in the first quarter of 2017. We had a tie for first, second and third place in the numbers of referrals passed in the first three months of the year.

Chuck announced Linda Lullie, Inspired 2 Design, and Tommy Sugg were tied in first for the most referrals passed. Following up and tying for second place were Bill Mullin, Legal Shield, and Carolyn Greene, KE Green Mechanical. (It should be noted that Bill Mullin is in first place for the number of electronic referrals passed to members of the group). Tammy McQueen, Premier Roofing, and Gemma Beylouny, Rejoice Maids, tied for third place.

The number of referrals passed in the first quarter of 2017 was slightly behind those passed during the same period in 2016, but they were ahead of the numbers passed during the same period in 2016.