Minutes

Minutes from the last four networking meetings will be updated here each week.
July 16, 2018

Attendees:

Tina from Cascade Title

Lori Reed – Professional Organizer

Devin from Curb to Roof

Stifel Financial

Rachael from UplinkSpyder

Sandi from A&M Auto Body

Byron from Westside Stamps

Charlene from Loan Depot

This week, we went around the room and each of our members answered questions they were asked. Here is what they shared:

Charlene:

  1. What is a life lesson you did not learn from a book?
    Being honest is important. If you are not honest, you get caught up in lying. Also, avoid lying for anyone who wants you to lie for them. Lying for others also has a way of catching up with you.
  2. If you won the lottery and had to give the money away to an organization, who would you give it to?
    The Alzheimer’s Association to help fund research.
  3. If you could write a book, what would it be about?
    Charlene would definitely want to write a book about travel.

Byron:

  1. What is the most exciting thing in your life right now?
    Byron’s oldest son, Ben, will be singing the national anthem at an upcoming Eugene Emeralds game on August 1st!
  2. If you could spend one month anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Byron would go to Alaska to fish. He loves the outdoors.
  3. If you could give a 10-minute speech to children, what would it be about?
    Byron would talk about the importance of getting out there and experiencing life, and not being afraid to fail.

Sandi:

  1. If you could choose anyone in the world (alive or not) to mentor you, who would it be?
    Sandi would choose her dad. He was on the State Board of Pharmacy and helped pass a lot of legislation. She would want to get his advice and find out how he managed to avoid being political in a position that dealt with a lot of politicians.
  2. If you could choose a charity to support, which one would it be?
    Sandi would choose the Alzheimer’s Association, Food for Lane County, and Next Step Recycling.

Rachael:

  1. Have you ever met anyone famous? Who is the most famous person you met?
    Rachael met Marcus Mariota (quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and former Oregon Duck quarterback) at an airport, and took a photo with him.
  2. If you could take a year off and not need to work, what would you do?
    Rachael would either travel to Hawaii and soak up the sun on a beach, or she would start a food blog.

Devin:

  1. What have you learned from the “school of hard knocks”?
    Devin has learned that when things are the way they are supposed to be, things are less likely to go wrong.
  2. What is the most fun part of your day?
    Devin likes that he has a job that allows him to do different things every day. This keeps his job interesting.
  3. What TV role would you play?
    Devin believes he would be great at playing MacGyver (and we would have to agree with him).

Lori:

  1. If you could have one skill or talent, what would it be?
    Lori is taking a hypnosis class and thinks it would be an interesting skill to have.
  2. What was the best birthday you ever had?
    Lori’s daughter was actually born on her own birthday, so that birthday was very memorable.

Tina:

  1. If you could interview anyone (alive or not), who would it be?
    Tina would interview Joanna Gaines. She would ask her how she became so successful while juggling motherhood at the same time.
  2. What advice would you give someone who is about to graduate from college?
    Tina would tell them to get as much as experience as possible in different areas. Sometimes you may find yourself in a job you enjoy that you did not go to school for.

We learned a lot about our members during our meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended this week! If you are a member who would like to present at one of our upcoming meetings, let us know!

July 9, 2018

Attendees:

Jeff from Bullseye Carpet Cleaning

Jessica from REMAX Integrity

Peggy from Eugene Science Center

Stifel Financial

Tina from Cascade Title

Rachael from UplinkSpyder

Sandi Patton from A&M Auto Body

Check-ins & Announcements:

  • Sandi from A&M Auto Body would like to remind everyone to drive carefully. There has been an increase in accidents lately, so just remember to slow down and be aware of your surroundings when you’re driving.

This week, the group discussed what they would do if they could go anywhere and do anything (with unlimited resources). Here is what our members shared:

  • Peggy would want to flip houses. She would also want to travel more.
  • Jeff would want to travel the country and find treasures with his brother-in-law, sort of like the TV show American Pickers.
  • Tina focuses on the “now” but said if she could, she would travel to Mexico or the San Juan Islands.
  • Rachael would follow her favorite musical artists around the country and attend more of their concerts.
  • Jessica likes being home (she loves her job!) but said if she could, she would travel to Europe.
  • Sandi would like to visit various archaeological sites around the world such as those in ancient Greece.

Closing Announcements:

  • Jessica Johnston is having a Client Appreciation Night at the Eugene Emeralds game on Monday, July 16th! Enjoy dinner, drinks, and shave ice from SweetBay! Contact Jessica for more information as well as to pick up tickets.

Thank you to all of our members for attending this week!

June 25, 2018

Attendees:

Rachael Nelson from UplinkSpyder

Wendy Gregory from Wendy Gregory Photography

Peggy Whalen from Eugene Science Center

Devon Bair from Curb to Roof

Stifel

Jessica Johnston from Re/Max Integrity

Sandi Patton from A&M Auto Body

Jeff Brown from Contractors Electric

Tina Nault from Cascade Title & Escrow

Check-ins & Announcements:

  • UplinkSpyder just hired a new team of content writers for SEO and to expand their writing services.
  • The summer is a great time to schedule photoshoots with Wendy for high school seniors.
  • The Eugene Science Center’s event last Thursday was a hit! Thank you to everyone who attended.

This Week’s Presentation:

Tina Nault Helps Us Understand Title and Escrow

  • Tina helps simplify the home buying and selling process by helping people avoid any pitfalls. She and her team do their very best to make every escrow closing seamlessly successful.
  • Tina and her team work with home buyers and sellers during the selling process.
  • She also works with families who have relatives who’ve passed away and need information about the title of the home. For these individuals, she makes sure the property records are accurate and sees to the orderly transfer of those property rights.
  • Cascade’s title plant is the only title plant in Lane County that is original and has never been duplicated.
  • Tina makes sure the title of the home is clean. If it’s not clean or if there is a lien against the home, she works with loan companies to get those taken care of.
  • Tina coordinates all of the paperwork for buyers, sellers, loan companies and anyone else involved in the buying or selling process.

Thank you for the wonderful presentation, Tina!

Closing Announcements:

  • There will be no meeting next week (in observance of the 4th of July).
June 18, 2018

Attendees:

Charline Clark from Loan Depot

Rachael Nelson from UplinkSpyder

Lori Reed – Professional Organizer

Byron Myles from Westside Stamp & Printing Shop

Dion Coxe from Ken Vendley Agency

Sandi Patton from A&M Auto Body

Stifel

Jeff Turner from Bullseye Carpet Cleaning

Check-ins & Announcements:

  • The summer is a perfect time to get your carpet cleaned because the sun brings more light into your home and can highlight problem spots on your carpet. Also, make sure you don’t keep your blinds open for long periods of time as UV rays can cause your carpet to fade.
  • Always make sure you are using biodegradable, eco-friendly products to wash your car. Many other cleaners with harsh chemicals can actually scratch your paint job.
  • If you are halfway through a renovation on your home, remember that Loan Depot offers Renovation Loans to help you finish your project.

This Week’s Presentation:

Interest Rates and Yield Curves

This week, our group learned about why it is so important to pay attention to interest rates and yield curves. When financial companies decide what a given interest rate should be, they look at the risk associated with a loan or bond. The higher the risk (i.e., bad credit), the higher the interest rate.

Longer-term interest rates can reflect market expectations about how short-term rates will change in the future. We can look to the Yield Curve to see these changes and how much it costs to borrow money for different periods of time. Investors who commit to keeping their money invested for a longer period of time take on more risk because it is difficult to predict economic conditions over a longer period of time. Investors with long-term loans usually have a positive term premium, which causes the Yield Curve to slope upwards.

The Yield Curve has flattened significantly lately, which means term premiums have been at a low. If the Yield Curve becomes inverted, the interest rate on long-term bonds will be lower than the interest rate on short-term bonds. An inverted Yield Curve can sometimes point to a recession, so it is recommended that people start looking into their own debt, job security and how they can better prepare themselves for the financial future.

Closing Announcements:

  • Eugene Science Center has their “Big Science Big Fun” event this Thursday at the Ninkasi Administrative Building! Contact Peggy for more information as well as to pick up tickets.
  • Thank you to Jeremy Gouley at Next Generation Property Management for your joining us at this week’s meeting!

Thank you to our financial professional for the great presentation! If you are a member who would like to present at one of our upcoming meetings, let us know!

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