GMVNA Minutes – 02.06.18

Greater Maple Valley Network Association
February 6, 2018 at Stockton’s Restaurant

Meeting called to order at 7:30 am

In attendance: John Wolfarth (President), Gina Tucker (Vice President), Sue Sherer (Secretary), Traci Sciuchetti (Publicity), Tatiana Proctor (ePublicity), Val Paganelli (Membership), Rommel Corsilles,  Levi McMahon, Agueda Aguayo

Absent: Lisa Agron (Treasurer), Rick Owen, Kevin Busby

Guests: Heather with MaryKay, Nadia with Sakharova Hair Styling

We heard commercials and reports.
Business cards and the quarter cup were passed.

New Business: None (John will pass out by-laws and discuss during his talk time)

Old Business: None

Rommel from East Hill Auto in Kent explained that, even though his business is located on East Hill in Kent, being part of the GMVNA allows him to extend his reach. He also thanked the group for the many, many referrals he’s received over the years. His experience helps him go above and beyond auto repair – he is also a place where clients are like family to him, and they are comfortable coming into just vent. The family feeling extends to his staff as well, even though they have diverse ethnic backgrounds. Rommel’s passion for cars goes back to his childhood in the Philippines, when he would help work on Jeep Willy’s that were left over from the war. Now he works on all types of cars, old and new. The latest new technology he’s seen was on an MDX – the suspension is not leaf springs, not hydraulic, not even air pillows – it’s magnetic, using opposing forces to smooth out the ride. East Hill Auto is at the top of their game, open Monday thru Saturday, and they even offer towing.

John from John L. Scott told us that King County is ranked #1 in the housing market for the fastest rising prices. During 2017, there were over 53,000 new drivers’ licenses issued – a huge influx to the market, and the availability of homes is not able to keep up. As more jobs are created in Seattle, people are looking further and further out for affordable housing, so we need to push our officials to improve transit in the area. Some statistics, looking at the 98038/98042 areas, and comparing December numbers: In Dec 2016, there were 160 homes for sale. Dec 2017 was down by 23% to approx 123 homes on the market. 12/16 price per square foot was around $185, 12/17 price was up to $214 per square foot. 2016 inventory in December was 1 ½ months’ worth. By December 2017, that dropped to .9 months. John went on to explain that this is a great time to sell – and move to Arizona.

John went on to pass out copies of the GMVNA Bylaws, and asked that everyone familiarize themselves with them over the next week. He will be emphasizing training and nurturing members so we can all be better at recruiting to the group, as well as giving better commercials and presentations. Our goal as a group is to build each others’ businesses and bring in other quality, committed business owners/representatives who can be 100% on board with that goal.

Next speakers: Lisa and Gina. The following week will be Traci and Tatiana, and after that, Heather and Nadia will give their presentations.

Referral slips were turned in. John won the cup.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Sue Sherer

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