Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing some traveling to Victoria, BC to attend Social Media Camp and Seattle for a tweet-up. While the conference was fun and I learned a lot, it was the people I met in both Victoria and Seattle that made this trip an awesome experience. My first stop was Victoria, BC. This post is the first of two parts. Part two will cover my visit to Seattle.
If you’re not following Yukari, you should be. She is first and foremost a wonderful person. A social media enthusiast, Yukari owns Lucid Communications, a consulting firm specializing in ESL support, wedding planning, translation and vacation/real estate consulting for, but not limited to, Japanese clients. She describes herself as a "connector" of people and I wholeheartedly agree.
Yukari also co-hosts an online video podcast focusing on social engagement entitled Getting Engaged: Online, In Life, and At Work with Russel Lolacher. I initially started chatting with Russel online and it was great to finally get to meet him in person. Russel is the Social Media Director for the B.C, Ministry of Transpiration and Infrastructure. Russel also spoke at Social Media Camp and blogs at The Upsell, a site focused on customer service.
Yukari and Russel were both incredible hosts and made me feel at home from the start. They also introduced me to a bunch a great people. The social media scene is alive and vibrant in Victoria and the people I met live it everyday. I'd like to introduce you to a few:
Amber Nashlund - Along with Jay Baer, one of the keynote speakers at Social Media Camp Victoria. It was fun getting to know Amber during the after parties at @cabin12 and @clivesclassic. Amber can be found blogging at BrassTackThinking.com.
Aaron Hall - An expert in Victoria real estate, I credit Aaron and Derek Ford for introducing me to oysters on the half shell. Who knew oysters were that good!! Thanks guys!
Sean Moffitt - Sean is the author of Wikibrands, a book that shows companies how to use the power of social collaboration to drive business results and also spoke at Social Media Camp. It was great to get to know Sean while cheering on the Vancouver Canucks during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jason Baker - Jason is a Digital Strategist with Magnify Digital. A huge Vancouver Canucks fan, it was fun getting to know Jason and learning about the joys of hockey. Jason can be found blogging at Digicate.ca.
Cathy Browne - Cathy is an absolute joy and it was great to meet and get to know her. Cathy, along with Jason Baker took me to the famous John’s Place in Victoria for Sunday brunch and the famous “Eggs Benny,” their wonderful rendition of eggs benedict.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Ashley Abraham, Sandi Heal, Raul Pacheco, Lynn Terry, Janni Aragon among others. I loved my time in Victoria attending Social Media Camp and seeing the beautiful sights but most of all it was the wonderful people I met that was the best part. Isn't it always.