What is networking? defines the noun as: a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest 
and the verb as: to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position.

I take it a step further by merging the two definitions in the forming of FOCM Networking. This is a site (system) for sharing information and services among individuals who have a diverse range of interests for the purpose of helping each other more than just professionally, but also socially and financially.

FOCM Gathers at SCDM

On Monday morning, September 25, there was a definite buzz of excitement as FOCM members attending #SCDM2017 knew that there would be a networking event that very evening.  The location, chosen by FOCM Member with card number 0001, Brian Langin was Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, FL.

Brian is not in the picture below, possibly due to… Continue reading

FOCM Networking Event in Boston

Crazy, I know, but rather than go back to 2016 and find pictures from a networking back then (which I commit to still doing to get caught up), I decided to go with a more recent event.

On July 27, while in Boston for the 2nd Ophthalmology Drug Development Summit sponsored by Hanson-Wade, a FOCM event was held at the Back Deck, 2 West St., Boston,… Continue reading

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FOCM Membership Card Ceremony

On February 23 and 24, 2016, I found myself in Miami attending SCOPE (Summit for Clinical Operations Executives).  It is always fun to attend conferences and see old friends and make new ones.  At this meeting three people received their cards.

The first night, my friend Angela Radcliffe had arranged reservations for 16 at a restaurant’s private room and due to some issues had… Continue reading

New FOCM Membership Ceremonies

On February 10, 2016, while attending Arena International’s Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Northern California three people received their FOCM cards.

Adam Kuzmicz, who I have known for 10+ years.  Adam is with Parexel.  The photographer really captured his extreme happiness at this moment.  He later said, it was one of the happiest moments of his life.  At least that’s how I remember… Continue reading

West Coast FOCM Event

So on February 9, I was in the San Francisco area for an Arena International Outsourcing in Clinical Trials conference and knowing that others I would know would be in town for that, I put together an event.  I got in touch with Sue Simpson, friend for 20 years and proprietor of TasteVin Wine Bar and Bistro, located in San Carlos, CA to schedule the… Continue reading

Yumans and Nogalesian Join FOCM at Phoenix Event

On February 8, 2016 while living in Yuma, I had a business trip to San Francisco.  Rather than fly out of Yuma, I drove to Phoenix to fly from there.  That seemed like a good excuse to get people together.  So that night, I invited friends in the Phoenix Metro area to meet at Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe.

Pictured receiving their… Continue reading

FOCM East meets FOCM West

While living in Yuma, AZ in January – February 2016, FOCM was able to pull together a great group of people to celebrate the new office location of Freeman Law.  Tony Freeman, Principal and Founder was having an open house for his Scottsdale location, located at 4248 N Craftsman Ct #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Phone: 480-398-3100.  I’ve known Tony since we were… Continue reading

Networking makes the world go round

On June 18, Bob Muzerall, Nadia Bracken and I will be leading a networking workshop at the annual DIA convention in Chicago.  While working on our presentation, I suggested to my employer that I contribute a blog to the company web page.  See the link below to read it:


FOCM Activities – January 2016

January 27, 2016 – I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was in the Houston, TX area for a PRA National Sales Meeting and they’d invited vendors that they partner with or were considering partnering with.

As is my custom, I email everyone I know in the area when I’m traveling and invite them to meet me for drinks/dinner.  I was very fortunate… Continue reading