Affiliate Summit West 2012 Las Vegas – Ian Fernando’s Dinner

During Affiliate Summit West 2012, I’ve had the honor of being invited to Ian Fernando‘s dinner. For those of you who don’t know about Ian’s dinner, it’s a private invite-only dinner where only 25-30 extremely successful people are invited.

Before going to the dinner, I was invited by Adsimilis to join the StackThatMoney / Adsimilis / Affbuzz meetup in the “Hangover Suite” in Caesar’s Palace. To be honest, the suite didn’t look anything like the suite in the movie so I suspect someone made it up. Damn marketers, always over-hyping things.

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The place was totally crowded! There was plenty to drink, a beer pong tournament, a DJ… It was pretty awesome. As I already mentionned in my previous post about Adsimilis dinner and Party, a packed place is really not my preferred environment since I am quite a shy/nerdy type of guy, and I’m absolutely not into the “pack” mentality. This warm-up was interesting even though I didn’t stay very long.

I then walked to BOA Steakhouse to join Ian Fernando and all his invitees for dinner. It was a little intimidating to get invited to such a dinner and to get asociated with such a bunch of successful persons, especially as it was my very first time attending Affiliate Summit, and I have the feeling that my business is still extremely small compared to most of these guys’.

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The people invited to this event have a wide variety of background, from SEO’s, mailers, media buyers to PPC and PPV specialists… There was also the AdHustler guy (check his blog if you don’t know him: plenty of value there). Just thinking at how much these people are moving on a monthly basis makes my head spin.

To be 100% honest, since this was my first live event and I’m obviously lacking some serious skills in the networking game, I’ve probably not taken away as much as I could have from this dinner. But it was still a great opportunity to learn and meet some people who are having big success in our industry, and I took away a couple ideas that I’ll try to implement in my business after adding my own twist to them.

I’d like to publicly thank Ian Fernando for giving me such an opportunity, as well as Kris Trujillo and all the guys from Xrev Media for sponsoring the dinner. You guys rock!

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11 Comments

  1. yup the dinner is def a combination of big users! we try to leverage each other and just network among like minded users! thanks for coming!

    1. I would never have missed it!

  2. Gorman

    Man, I’d give my left nut be to hanging out with these people! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are one lucky S.O.B.!

  3. Mike

    It’s exciting to see you getting out there in to the social networking field, sounds like you are in excellent company my friend. It’s definitely a skill that you acquire and improve over time, so don’t be upset about not taking away enough out of this experience, know that you’re learning and are obviously on a very good path. Congratulations, and I hope you continue to have a wonderful and educational time.

  4. Liz

    LOL don’t worry about being shy or nerdy, nerdy is the new cool! Believe me! I’m totes nerdy and the only way I “network” is just by being fun and bubbly; just be yourself! I’m super jealous of your rockstar lifestyle, make sure you own it and let yourself feel like a rockstar too!! Don’t be shy ;)

  5. Mitch

    The “Hangover Suite” sounds like my kind of place lol. Sounds like you’re having an excellent time, man. Vegas-style! Keep it up!

  6. Sarah

    Ian Fernando from the “Who Is”! Very cool, I’m glad you put the link there so people could learn more about him. And I think I’ve heard at AdHustler before, I may try to learn more about him. Look at me, networking vicariously haha! Congrats on the successful dinner, sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  7. John

    Sounds like you’re meeting a lot of great people! You are having opportunity after opportunity to grow your business and knowledge-base, it’s truly wonderful. I’m glad you’re posting these updates so that we can all see what you’re up to!

    1. Jony

      And maybe live a little vicariously as well haha. Seriously, I love hearing about this, keep up the awesome posts. And enjoy yourself!

  8. Anon

    You shouldn’t feel intimidated in the least! You’re obviously an intelligent and savvy guy, and if you don’t mind the vulgar language, a total baller. You’ve got this in your back pocket, don’t let your nerves keep you from having a great time. Live it up and soak in that success! And then share it with us!

  9. Michelle

    What’s also so wonderful about this is that you’re only just getting started. If you were invited this year, you’ll be invited next year, and probably to other similar events, so even if you think you didn’t get enough out of this one, there will be more and more opportunities for you to shine! It’s very exciting!

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