The Story Behind Golden Networking, the World's Hottest Conference Startup

Published: Mon May 24 2010

A recent article in Los Angeles Times, "Speed-addicted traders dominate today's stock market", featured Golden Networking's High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour (, business reception hosted every month in New York City. Los Angeles Times' Walter Hamilton reported: "Traders toast their successes at happy hours in New York bars. They'll converge next month at Johnny Utah's, a cavernous watering hole near Rockefeller Center that features a 300-pound mechanical bull." He was referring to their next installment, June 8th.

Another article in The New York Times, "Golden Networking Helps Job Seekers Make Overseas Connections", written by Dan Levin, complimented Golden Networking's work "mining the city's kaleidoscopic ethnic niches by organizing business receptions and after-work mixers in Manhattan". He continued: "At a time when New York’s economy is teetering, Golden Networking is trying to exploit growing interest and opportunities in some of the world’s emerging economies."

While Golden Networking's happy hours have been the subject of glowing press interest, its Leaders Forums mark a significant evolution for the young company. Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs, investors and diplomats, was founded by former McKinsey consultant and Columbia Business School MBA Edgar Perez. Throughout years of patient work and networking, Mr. Perez developed an impressive Rolodex of contacts in finance, investing, real estate and diplomacy, which come handy when planning receptions and conferences such as its Leaders Forums. Each of their forums is an ideal opportunity for hundreds of executives, professionals and investors to listen to industry leaders, to socialize and to network, with fellow attendees that come from places as far as China, Middle East and all over Europe.

With more than 50 receptions and forums under his belt, Mr. Perez can be proud of attracting thousands of attendees from companies that are definitely "crème de la crème"; just to name a few: Axa Advisors, Bank of America, Barclays Capital, BlackRock, Bloomberg LP, Cantor Fitzgerald, Christopher Street Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Direct Edge, Fortress Investment Group, General Electric, Gerson Lehrman Group, GLC Trading Corp, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING Clarion, Jane Street Capital LLC, JP Morgan, Knight Capital, MetLife, Merrill Lynch, Millennium Partners, Morgan Stanley, Nomura Research, RBC Wealth Management, Societe Generale, Standard and Poor's, The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Wells Fargo, among many others; many of these firms will be represented at Golden Networking's upcoming Leaders Forums and Business Receptions:

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2010, "Innovating and Profiting from High-Frequency Trading in 2010 and Beyond" (, May 27th, New York City
High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour, (, June 8th, New York City
Real Estate Leaders Forum 2010, "Successfully Investing in Distressed Real Estate Assets" (, June 17th, 2010, New York City

When Columbia Business School's Hermes Alumni Magazine wanted to feature in "10 Under 10" ( ten young alumni that were adapting to the economic downturn — and thriving — less than 10 years after graduating from the School, Golden Networking was selected. Mr. Perez commented: "as the economy recovers, we are seeing more and more executives seeking access to business insights from successful practitioners and experts, knowledge that we facilitate through our leaders forums, video packages and business networking receptions". No wonder the feedback from past attendees deserves caution for the many superlatives: "Congratulations on a great conference!", "I enjoyed participating in the conference and thought it was very successful.", "I thought the panelists were excellent and it was a great program; I look forward to the next one" and "I really enjoyed it and would love to do more of them in the future."

Edgar Perez
New York, NY
Contact Name: Edgar Perez
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Contact Phone: 516-761-4712

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