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Coffee Contacts and Keep It Local Cleveland


On Thursday, June 7, we attended two networking events starting with an Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee Contacts," which took place at the picnic area near the recreation center in the Eleanor B. Garfield Park on Mentor Avenue, the first public park created in Mentor.

While we were there we visited with Mr. Nabeel Athar, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan with the assistance of Ms. Wong and has nothing but good things to say about her prowess as an immigration attorney. Mr. Athar is Vice President of Operations for Select Jewelers and he invited us to a recognition ceremony for the Veterans of Foreign Wars from its Mentor post that will take place at Select Jewelers in the Great Lakes Mall on June 17.

We also talked to Ms. Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director of the Mentor Public Library, who told us that music is a central theme of the library for 2018. Anyone with an adult library card can check out either a soprano or a concert ukulele for two weeks along with a beginner's music book and a tuner!

Later that day, towards evening, we went to Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights to attend a networking event organized by the "Keep It Local Cleveland Project" that approximately 300 people RSVP'd to attend. As we read on a card we were given, the "Keep It Local Cleveland Project" connects people with businesses that can service their needs. For more information, visit their website.

Among those who attended was Ms. Elaine Price, wife of Mr. Gordon Landefeld, who manages the marketing, IT, and security at Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC. Other people that we knew there or who knew Ms. Wong included:

  • Mr. Chris "Peacock" Axelrod, who we often encounter at events; he was wearing a CAVS suit coat and a vintage Beatles tie that contained the word, "Help!"
  • Ms. Sherri Foxman, who accompanied Ms. Wong to one of the inaugurations of U.S. President Bill Clinton. Ms. Foxman has been receiving our Holiday letters for many years and loves reading them.
  • Mr. Milan Jain, who we sometimes see at the City Club as part of its Youth Forum.
  • Ms. Inna Shelley, a labor and employment attorney who once interviewed for a job at our office and wanted us to be sure and say "hello" to Ms. Wong.
  • Ms. Laurene Smith, who has an outstanding memory because she remembered meeting us at an event back in 2013 when we first began working for Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC. She remembers it was a Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce function that took place on Cedar Road on a very hot day.

Whew! All we can say is that with a memory like that, Ms. Smith should consider running for the U.S. Presidency! Alas, she came here from Canada and therefore wouldn't qualify. Darn!!!


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison

Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC

Aimee Jannsohn