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That’s what my friend and fellow PR practitioner Joel Curran said to me last week when I was in Chicago.  What an interesting compliment.

I never really thought about it before.  But I do like getting like-minded people together.  Not in the “Yenta the Matchmaker” way, but more of “I think you’d enjoy getting to know this person” sort of way.

I was on my #midwestswing trip to Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis.  One of the best parts of social media is meeting in-person the folks you’ve been chatting with online.  I finally had that chance with Arik Hanson.  He and I had tried on a previous visit to connect but it didn’t work out.  This trip we spent some time together drinking coffee, talking about social media and what it has brought to our business and personal lives.  So great to have connected with him.

Then on to Chicago where I spent time with my aunt, uncle and cousins and my dear friend Gini Dietrich and her husband Kelly.  And the added bonus of getting to see Lisa Gerber, now that she’s in Chicago, and Dana Hughens from Raleigh who decided to make a visit  as well. I also got to meet Crister DelaCruz, part of the Arment Dietrich team and until then was someone I only knew through Twitter. And no Chicago trip would be complete without spending some time with Patti Knight, talking about dogs and cats.

Knowing there were others I wanted to see while in the windy city, a happy hour was planned.  How great to see old friends like Bob Reed and Joel.  Stephanie Krol was able to swing by.  And there were also a couple Twitter-only friends visiting Chicago that are now IRL connections – Deb Evans and AK Stout.

The final leg of the trip brought me to Indianapolis where real-life, before Facebook/Twitter friends Melanie and Gil Green live with their two adorable children.  The weekend was jam-packed what with playing with dolls, fixing our hair, baking cakes, making s’mores and watching a little football. Nancy Myrland – I thought of you often as we drove by El Rodeo a few times during the weekend.  Wish we could have connected as well.

I’m grateful for all these connections and if I can help bring others together, even better.

So thank you Joel, I will take that as a compliment.






Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio


  1. Deb Evans says:

    It was a thrill to meet you IRL! I’m so happy we could connect and I hope to see you again soon.

  2. Dana Hughens says:

    That Joel… once in a while he says something that is right on the money! I totally agree. You are quite the connector, Abbie. While I know you enjoy it, I also know that the value to your agency, clients and all who know you can’t be measured.

    I’m recalling my first PRSA’s Counselors Academy conference. You made sure I met others there, which led me to become extremely involved with the group and conference planning in the years that have followed. In fact, I think you introduced me to two of the other three people in this photo. And now I have new friends and contacts from our gathering in Chicago.

    Thanks for all the connections you have made for me.

  3. AK Stout says:

    Was great to meet you, Abbie! Must have a longer time to chat next time!

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