Our November lunch on Weds 18th went ahead despite the horrific events in Paris over the recent days. We felt it was important to honour the spirit of unity and strength that the city has shown since Friday 13th. Parisiens have been urged to go out, go to their local bistrots, live their lives and to not be afraid. It was certainly comforting to spend time together with colleagues and friends and to reflect on these horrible attacks.
Our thoughts are with those poor people who lost their lives, those who were wounded, those who suffered the trauma of witnessing the attacks as well as the families and friends of everyone who has been affected.
Guest speaker was Karl-Heinz Schabmuller owner and founder of KHS Appartements who gave a short talk on the current real estate market (including rentals) here in Paris.
Our chef outdid himself with a homemade traditional tartiflette. Perfect winter comfort food.
The Christmas Business Lunch will be held on Weds, December 9th at the same venue. Please make a note and we look forward to seeing you then.
October’s guest speaker, Jeremy Lister from Quercus France, gave a brief talk on Non-Executive Directorships, on behalf of the British Accountants in France Organisation (www.bafned.eu). Jeremy’s speech was lively, funny and informative and he managed to shatter the illusion that accountants are dull!!
Guests enjoyed a choice of tarte au chevre or tartare du saumon for entrée and confit de canard or quiche au saumon for main course. Thanks to everyone who came along!
We were blessed with wonderful weather for September’s business lunch, allowing all 32 of us to dine on the terrace at O’Sullivans. Our guest speaker was Kate Keenan, author and founder of Pocket Manager Books, a series of self-help books for busy people who want to manage themselves, their time and their businesses better. For more information on Kate’s books whose titles include “Manage Yourself”, “Handle Stress”, “Run Meetings”, “Motivate”, “Understand People” and “Assert Yourself”, visit her website at www.kate-keenan.com
We were simultaneously educated and entertained by Robert J Oliver, our guest speaker from Mondream Real Estate Asset Management, at the June lunch. Robert (or Bob as he has become known to us) is a loyal member of the Paris Business Lunch and can be counted on to attend every time he is here in Paris.
Bob’s task was to explain to us “What is Real Estate Asset Management” in simple terms and in five minutes! He did it!! To summarise his presentation in one line;
“If someone gave you Rockefeller Center, Canary Wharf, or La Defense as a gift you would probably wonder what to do with it. Essentially, you call me, give me the keys and go enjoy your life. I’ll send you reports and distribution checks on a timely basis”.
Click here to read Bob’s full presentation – it’s definitely worth a read! Or for more information go to www.mondream.com
Thank you to everyone who came along! We had 33 attendees and again, we all enjoyed a wonderful lunch basking in the sunshine on the terrace at O’Sullivan’s.
Our next lunch is Wednesday 8th July and our guest speaker is Richard Brown from Tilney Bestinvest who is travelling over from London just for this event. Don’t forget to RSVP early.