Upscale BlackFinn Saloon and Restaurant in the Charlotte epicenter was hopping with happening tech gurus last night. XO Communications hosted about 50 attendees over drinks and apps (no, they weren’t giving out free software for mobile devices—just very tasty edibles) in the lux environment of Blackfinn’s wood-paneled second floor.
Over seared ahi and classic beef sliders (Blackfinn’s signature mini burgers), reps gathered from more companies than I had time to meet. Among those I did get to meet were Steve Schwartz, Pivod Technologies; Philip Ciccarello, Nascar Plaza; Tim Rock and John Secord, SouthSales Communications; Lee Bellinger, American Lantern Press; Al James, Netview; and Braden Gracey, Charlotte Colocation Center.
Of course, XO Communications came in force, including Senior Account Executive Bob Larkin, who is currently working on transferring SANDirect’s communications network over to XO’s services; as well as Josh Brant and Laura Watkins who were responsible for organizing the event. XO took advantage of Blackfinn’s large screen televisions to prominently display their logo, and Larkin says the event originated as a way for their company to generate leads. However, he adds, it’s evolved into an opportunity for everyone to benefit from new contacts and leads. I agree.