26 April 2008

We are getting bigger and better...I think!

Our April networking meeting - Banking and Finance was another successful event.
56 people attended and our guest speaker was Oleg Strynzha, Head of Finance, Universal Bank.

I must give special thanks to my wife Alina for doing all the organising for the catering. Alina did a great job in true Ukrainian tradition borrowing glasses from a friend who owns a resturant and buying and preparing all the food herself.

Plus we now have Nicholas Kokuciak as our Development Manager for the BBCU. Nik is British and has lived in Ukraine for some time. He also speaks Russian and Ukrainian.

As always I continue to meet some very interesting people at each meeting. I want to follow up talking to Yuriy Vaskevych, President of Royal Kyiv Golf Club, (project under development). The sooner we can have a real golf course in Kyiv the better.

Finally, I must also thank Vlad Sigalov from Inter Media Group (owners of Inter TV) for allowing us to use their excellent facilities for our meetings.

Spring is here and Kyiv is looking green again. We are now entering the traditional May holiday season and most businesses will close all next week and many people will take 'extended holidays' of 2-3 weeks. This is Ukraine.

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