Business & Finance

Lead Exchange Network: A Meeting Place For Local Business Owners

February 12, 2013 at 6:48 AM

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, NJ - Local business owners gathered this past Thursday, as they do each Thursday, to network with fellow business owners, and to help boost each others businesses.

This unique group is known as the Lead Exchange Network.
The Lead Exchange Network, which was started in 2005, and meets weekly at the Hampton Diner, is an independent networking group. 
The group is comprised of local business owners, representing an array of industries, and, one of the unique qualities of the group, is each occupation is represented by only one member of the industry. From an accountant to a financial advisor; to an independent sales director in the skincare industry to organic hair salon; from clothes and women's accessories to foods and apparel for a person's precious pooch; from real estate, to business consulting, to insurance and more, there are leaders from a range of industries within the county, represented through the Lead Exchange Network. A full list of current members from different industries is here.  

Members include: Mike Hanifan, Esq., The Law Office of Michael J. Hanifan, P.A; Gregg J. Boonstra, Vertical Vision; James Cunningham, CPA, James P. Cunningham CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA; Al Lepera, Tack Contracting, LLC; Tina Larson, Total Control Maintenance & Cleaning; Glenn Edwards, Edwards Energy Consulting; Terence Wynne, Edward Jones; Colleen Decker, Salon FiG; Jesse Roe, Home Furniture Warehouse; Joseph Grello,Gemini Heating & Air Conditioning; Edgar Shepherd, Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lee Dykstra; Dykstra Financial, Dean Boyd; US Insurance Agency; Michael F. Spinetta, Annie Mac Home Mortgage; Bonnie Bitondo, Maxwell & Molly’s Closet; Maryann Klenke, MK Promotional Products; Catherine ‘Cathy’ Smiley, GRI SFR
Realtor® / Broker-Associate, Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors®; Joe Mango, Graphics To Go; Diane Snider, Mary Kay; Sara Megletti, PB & J Stores; and, Tara Becker, Vintner’s Circle.
First time guests are welcome to come and enjoy their first breakfast for free with the group one one of the days that they meet (afterwards, guests pay $10 per breakfast). The meeting starts at 7:01 a.m., and wraps up after the two appointed speakers share about their businesses.
This past week, Financial Advisor Terence Wynne, and realtor Catherine "Cathy" Smiley were the speakers.
Wynne represents Edward Jones, which has an office on Park Place, in the heart of Downtown Newton, in the square.
"My job is to find out what everyone's individual needs are," Wynne said.
He not only represents clients in New Jersey, but throughout the United States, including from Alaska, California, Florida, and Maine.
Some of the product lines he can talk to clients about include: annuities, retirement plans, education savings, equity investments, IRA's, insurance, investment banking, mutual funds, saving and spending solutions, and more.
"Whether you have $5, or $500 million, we can help you," Wynne said.
Smiley said she joined the group in 1998, as some of the founders were part of other network affiliations.
"Most of my business is all done by referral," Smiley said. "Most of my business has come from this room, and I'd like to thank you very much."
As of last week, Smiley said she had 11 properties in her inventory. A few were short sales, ranging from a condo in Newark with a view of New York City, to a condo in Rolling Hills in Andover Township, to residences in Newton and Sussex Borough (not short sales). One of her other listings is a sprawling residence in six acres of property in Blairstown. She has some other properties, including a multi-family home in Newton, and a residential and commercial property on Spring Street, where Cheddar Alley has formerly been.
Click here for a complete listing of Smiley's properties. 
Click here for more information about the Leads Exchange Network, and here about membership with the group. 
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