I first learned about NCS in September 2011 while living in New York when a friend of mine (Jeff Huebner) invited me to a dinner at the Grand Havana Room. Jeff’s easy pitch to me was: “You should come to this thing called NCS. We’ll have about 70 guys for steak, red wine, and cigars. Oh, and Larry Kudlow from CNBC is going to stop by to share his faith story. It’s a room full of Christian guys, but that’s not important right now. You should just show up.” And so, I did.
That night, I discovered that these NCS men were my kind of guys – they were marketplace men who were simultaneously pursuing Jesus and their careers while enjoying the fellowship of one another. It turns out these guys meet every Thursday morning at Rockefeller Center. Cool. I started showing up.
While living in New York a few years ago, I was constantly impressed with the cohesiveness of the Jewish business community. It’s such a close knit group that strives to help one another. Need an IP attorney in Austin, Texas? No problem. “I got a guy.” Perhaps the Jewish community in Manhattan rivals even the most prestigious of business school networks? Certainly possible. These men are (at most) 2 degrees of separation away from solving any problem and have amazing networks.
We can have that kind of connectivity among Christians in the marketplace through the NCS national network!
Need a real estate broker in New York? What about a commercial real estate pro in San Francisco? Have a question about air rights on your commercial property?
Looking for a solid labor and employment attorney?
Want to LBO a company or turnaround a major airline? Need some debt financing for that acquisition?
Do you have the next great artificial intelligence start-up? Ready to set-up your own hedge fund? Looking for a wealth management advisor?
I’ve got a guy. With NCS, we’ve all got a guy!
NCS is about “showing up” – on mornings, at a retreat, over coffee, over a beer, for an occasional “burnt offering,” on the phone, and even on Slack. It is recognizing that the reason you are “showing up” may not be about what you need or what you receive – it may be all about the broken guy who will sit next to you and find hope in hearing your story. “Showing up” is about being ready to give – not being ready to get.
In 2013, my family and I made the move back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here in SF, the NCS network is alive and strong where we now have 4 chapters. There is a vast community of NCS men that spans now spans across the country. If you’re heading out to the West Coast, please shoot us a note to let us know how we can be helpful (NCSsanfrancisco@newcanaansociety.org or firstname.lastname@example.org), or “just show up.” We’d love to have you join us for a meeting or a dinner – bring your friend, your son, your brother. Please just show up and encourage them to do the same.
We have been blessed with an incredible brotherhood of men. To whom much is given, much is expected. “Do not be interested only in your life, but be interested in the lives of others” (Philippians 2:4).
-Tony Pandjiris, Silicon Valley and San Francisco Chapters