The Business and Finance Group is where it all started! The two common denominators among the original members were that:
- All of their clients were manufacturers, wholesales, distributors and service companies, and
- All of their clients borrowed money
Over the years, new verticals have been added (and will continue to be added). For example, the Real Estate Group was added in response to the downturn in the California real estate market. The Professional Resources Group was added to facilitate networking opportunities with professionals whose services overlap different industries. Adding the Film and Media Group made all the sense in the world, given the organization’s proximity to “Hollywood” and the Los Angeles recording industry. The newest vertical, the Under 40 Group, was added to provide a forum for younger professionals to network amongst themselves.
Here are the descriptions of the verticals:
Members’ professions within the Business and Finance Group typically include Bankers, Lenders, Lawyers, CPAs, Consultants, Investment Bankers, Mergers & Acquisitions Specialists, and Business Valuation Analysts.
Within the Real Estate Group professions include Bankers, Lenders, Lawyers, CPAs, and Consultants who focus on real estate, as well as Commercial and Residential Real Estate Agents, Environmental Analysts, Appraisers, Foreclosure Specialists, Real Estate Investors, Developers, Property Managers, Architects and Title and Escrow Representatives.
At the core of the Professional Resources Group are Bankers, Lenders, Lawyers, CPAs, and Consultants, and well as a broad range of professionals in fields such as Commercial and Business Insurance, Financial Services, Wealth Management, Human Resources, Business Valuation and Business Brokering, Private Investigation, Collections and Information Technology. The focus is on professionals whose services are utilized by everyone in business.
The Film and Media Group consists of, again, Bankers, Lenders, Lawyers, CPAs, and Consultants, as well as other professions focused on the Motion Picture, Television, Entertainment and/or Music Industries. Included in this category are also Hedge Fund Managers, Private Equity Investors, Motion Picture and Television Production Executives, Distribution Executives, Performers, Writers, Filmmakers, Producers, Producer’s Representatives, and Distributors.
The International Group overlays all of the All Cities verticals and professions mentioned above. International Group members are either partly or entirely focused on international business, or they have clients who are involved in international business. Among the International Group membership are also specialists in fields such as Import/Export, Customs, Freight Forwarding, International Recovery, Currency Exchange, and Language Translation.
The Under 40 Group also overlays all of the All Cities verticals and professions mentioned above.
As you can see, the professions of the membership, both within, and between each of the vertical groups, interrelate. Members may share similar client bases, but have different areas of expertise/focus, or vice versa, and therefore make excellent referral resources for each other.
The concept behind the All Cities Network
The All Cities Network is more than just a networking organization. It is a business tool which can be used to level the playing field in a number of ways. Here are just a few:
- As your own expanded front office – utilize the vast human resources of the All Cities membership when you need to access information, provide a service, or recommend a service provider, outside your own area of expertise.
- To expedite – when you need to cut through red-tape or reach a person you’re not directly connected to, chances are one or more of the almost 300 All Cities members can help you. All you have to do is ask. Requests disseminated via the All Cities Needs & Deals email system always garner multiple responses within minutes.
- To establish instant credibility with new or potential clients – simply ask [what we call] our questions for success: Who is your banker? Who is your lawyer? Who is your CPA, lender, or any other category represented in the All Cities membership. Chances are, the person they mention will be an All Cities member, or will be with the same firm as an All Cities member. Remember, All Cities members are representative of the most respected and dynamic business leaders in their industries. By establishing the commonality, you create rapport.
It is not unusual for a number of All Cities members to be involved in the same business transaction, be it through direct referrals, or sheer coincidence. Having more than one All Cities member involved in a transaction creates a high level of respect and an environment conducive to getting things done expediently, regardless of whether the All Cities members are providing different services for the same client, or representing opposing interests for different clients: