L to R: Russel Lolacher, Yuakari Peerless, Marty McPadden
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.
I first became aware of Social Media Camp Victoria through my friend Yukari Peerless, who I met for the first time at BlogWorld in Las Vegas back in October.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel
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.
L to R: Amber Nashlund, Yukari Peerless, Linley Faulkner, Russel Lolacher
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:
Derek Ford - A talented photographer and great new friend. He was known as “Mr. Hollywood” at the after parties. Check out his wonderful photography at: DerekFordPhoto.com.
Amber Nashlund, Derek Ford, Yukari Peerless
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!
Linley Faulkner - Linley is a new friend I got to meet at Social Media Camp and at Clive Classic. Always smiling, Linley can be found blogging at linleyf.ca.
Janis La Couvee - Janis is a new friend I met through another Twitter friend @Ellies58 and has become a quick friend. Thanks Janis!
Janice Mansfield - Janice is into cocktails, cooking and gardening, not necessarily in that order. She can be found blogging at RealFoodMadeEasy.ca and is famous for her handcrafted cocktail bitters.
Clive’s Classic Lounge Cocktail
Shawn Soole - Cocktail artist and executive BarKeep at Clives Classic Lounge. Sean’s cocktails are the best I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to go back for more.
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.
Kemp Edmonds - Kemp is with HootSuite and also spoke at Social Media Camp. I learned a lot from Kemp about the benefits of using HootSuite to post to my social media accounts.
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.
Chris Budge - It was great to meet Chris, one of the co-organizers of Social Media Camp Victoria 2011. Chris, along with Paul Homes, put on a tremendous conference.
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.