Who We Are
Co-founders Fred Klein and Nancy Schess formed our first networking group in New York City in January 1997. The intent was to bring together service-oriented professionals in complementary fields to share not only contacts, but also ideas and resources.
The format of each meeting included a brief presentation from each participant on their background and services as well as an explanation of any networking accomplished since the last meeting. Each participant was asked to explain how the group may be able to help them, whether in business or otherwise. In addition, members were encouraged to bring guests to each meeting, which we have found to be the lifeblood of our organization.
The group was immediately successful. In order to spread the wealth of the Gotham to more participants, a second group was started in October 1997 with the same basic parameters. Each group has developed its own personality and style but each is committed to our Mission Statement and networking philosophy, as follows:
"To forge a virtually cost-free partnership steeped in the spirit of fraternity (or sorority as the case may be) that goes beyond matters of immediate concern. This spirit is best served by fostering a climate characterized by Gotham's mantra: "It's better to give than receive, but what goes around comes around!" Said another way, we are all non-salaried, non-commissioned sales people for each other! Thus, we seek to create a family/tribal environment stimulating mutual growth: business, social, creative, intellectual, artistic or otherwise. Our endeavors should enrich each participant through altruistic acts undertaken with a genuine concern for the welfare of our fellow networkers and the world."