For the first time, The Dunstan Group played host to the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club and its pre-event dinner. In another first, the Club’s dinner group met at its new restaurant venue.
Starting with the March lunch and April pre-event dinner, the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club now gathers at the brand new CharBar No. 7 location at the corner of Carmel and Quail Hollow Roads. The new location at the CharBar7 is larger and will accommodate more members for the lunches and dinners than the former meeting place.
“The idea is to team up with a local restaurant to tie in with what we do,” says Scott Dunstan, Founder and President of The Dunstan Group. “A bigger venue means more business contacts, more relationships, more opportunity to do good in the community!”
The networking club, open to only one company in each industry, grew 50% during the pandemic and needed more space. While they loved their former restaurant partners, it was time to move, says Executive Director Jenn Snyder Gibson. Snyder has known CharBar7’s owners for several years, and they have just joined HHBC as well.
“We now have a locally owned restaurant in CharBar7 and that is very appealing to us,” says Snyder. “The owners are wonderful and give back so much in our community – especially veterans.” In addition, the restaurant will close during the Hood Hargett luncheons and pre-event dinners, giving the group the entire venue for these events.
“CharBar7 is very excited to partner with Hood Hargett Breakfast Club,” says Tyler Hager. “Hood Hargett is supported by people who are active in the community. These same people are the ones we want to come back and enjoy a meal with their colleagues, friends, and family. We have taken so much pride in delivering a beautiful store to our local neighborhood, and truly look forward to our partnership with Hood Hargett Breakfast Club for many years to come!”
The speaker for this month’s meeting brought a rock-star vibe to the new place, too. Rock ‘n Roll drummer Mark Shulman is a motivational speaker and drummer for famous names like Cher, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Beyonce′, and many more. Hood Hargett Breakfast Club members were encouraged to dress like they were going to a rock concert for the event.
Yes, we know it’s only rock and roll – but we like it! (It’s also a good excuse if we don’t want to work, we just want to – well, you know!)
Even though this is the first event The Dunstan Group has sponsored for Hood Hargett Breakfast Club, the company has been a member of the club for 5 years, and has known Snyder for about 7. Recently, The Dunstan Group executed an award-winning idea for the February 2021 breakfast, which resulted in members “feeling the local love” by sharing $3500 of products in a “Local Love” branded box for their meeting. ( https://dunstangroup.com/love-box-ppai/ )
The boxes were delivered in time for the meeting by a member black car service, accompanied by lunches. The idea, conceived and executed in a few short weeks, brought members together like never before in sharing their goods and services with each other at a time they all had been meeting virtually for almost a year. The project won a PPAI Silver Award for the Dunstan Group. You can watch a video about the “Local Love” boxes here: https://fb.watch/cc3ea8bAdg/
Dunstan is delighted about how many things have come together at once for the groups.
“I’m really excited about this,” he says. “I love music and I love his message, and love the opportunity to be a member who takes part in the sponsorship.” Rock on!