PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA — Network Professionals Inc. (NPI), serving North Pinellas and West Pasco counties, came under new management on January 1. Jon Marshall, a seasoned entrepreneur with considerable sales management experience with Siebel and Oracle, and, most recently, as Vice President of Sales at SavvyCard, acquired the local NPI license and is rebranding as Suncoast NPI.
“I’m excited to take the reins as Suncoast NPI begins an exciting new chapter, aiming for a year of record growth and outcomes,” says Marshall. “Our goal is to be a world-class referral marketing company with a true community look and feel.”
Suncoast NPI currently comprises seven networking chapters that each meet weekly, either for breakfast or lunch. After-hours socials provide less structured networking opportunities. Meetings are held throughout the Tampa Bay area and across Florida. Members are welcome to visit and participate at any of them.
Suncoast NPI is a category-exclusive network: only one member in a chapter will represent a business category. Members collaborate with each other in expanding their business contacts, generating referrals, and growing their businesses.
One of Marshall’s innovations for Suncoast NPI is a “5:30:5” program. Describes Marshall: “If a member participates fully in Suncoast NPI, his or her business will experience five percent topline growth, Suncoast NPI membership will increase by thirty percent, and each member will contribute five hours of volunteer service to our community every month. In a chapter with twenty active members, that’s one hundred hours of service each month.”
Marshall also plans to leverage his software background to introduce more technology in member benefits. Under a licensing arrangement with SkillNet (www.skillnet.net), Suncoast NPI will offer an online skill development portal for members to access a wide variety of video tutorials in areas like business, networking, sales, and marketing. He plans a weekly blog to help improve members’ business performance.
“I invite any entrepreneur or manager interested in attending a dynamic business networking to visit any of our chapters as my personal guest,” says Marshall. For information, contact Jon Marshall at 510-821-0654 or visit the Suncoast NPI website at www.suncoastnpi.com