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About BLU

Mission Statement

Team BLU is a group of enthusiastic, forward-thinking professionals working together to grow their businesses and help ensure their marketplace is filled with highly talented and ethical professinals. Members place a strong focus on building relationships, passing referrals to each other, making connections, learning from each other and giving back to the community.  The customer experience is something that a BLU member truly cares about.

Our Meetings

BLU holds regular meetings each month.  A BLU lunch meeting starts at 11:30am and concludes at 1:30pm.  Each chapter hosts a single lunch meeting per month which serves as the chapter’s oppertunity to have some quality time with teammates and further develop meaningful connections.  BLU AfterHours meetings start at 5:30pm and conclude at 7:30pm.   All BLU meetings have a high energy feel to them.  Time for open networking, building relationships, and professinal growth is provided.  A focus on education, and team building is a standard within the BLU culture.  Highlighting the Core4 values of BLU and giving members a space to walk and live within them happens at team meetings.

Core Values of BLU

Share business knowledge
Iron sharpens iron and we truly believe that our customers expect and deserve the very best from us. This can be accomplished by not only learning from our customers, and industry, but those with years of proven experience in the business and service world. Learning from one another and sharing ideas to bring the very best to our industry and customers is key to success and a better business.

Connect each other with key individuals of importance
Listening is a key skill set and when one member needs a connection with a key individual or company that we have an established relationship with, we connect the two together. We feel that if a member can do this, then they are likely to have the same practice in the work place.
Do business with each other
Knowing firsthand how a company operates and treats customers makes recommending them that much easier. Our communities are healthier when quality businesses and solo professionals thrive and when this happens it generally doesn’t leave room for those who do not put the customer first and provide the right solutions. For these reasons, we do business with each other and hold each other accountable to providing great products, and services.

Refer business to each other
We want our customers, friends, and family members to get the best products and services available at fair prices. We put in the time and effort to find the best people to work with. Once we do this we make that information available to our customers by referring business to each other.

At BLU, we hold each other accountable. We strive for both individual and team success. We feel that when this is the mentality and approach an individual or company takes the biggest winner is the customers we serve.

It’s important for potential customers to understand that Membership in BLU requires a demonstrated dedication of time, resources and effort. BLU members are held to high standards and members of our team will be removed from our membership if they fail to adhere to our requirements and standards.

The Leadership Team

 

Titus Bartolotta

Titus Bartolotta

President

Titus is the President and Founders of BLU.  He runs after-hours meetings and presides over the leadership advisory team. 

Bob Gors

Bob Gors

Vice President

Bob is the Vice President and Co-Founder of BLU.  He works with members of our leadership team to ensure quality growth occurs and that operations of the organization move smoothly. 

Zack Bonczek

Zack Bonczek

BLU Chapters Leader | Lake Norman Chapter Director

Zack serves as the team leader for all chapters and is the Director of the Lake Norman Chapter of Business Leaders United.  His advise and direct consel is of great value to the executive members of BLU.

Matt Swanson

Matt Swanson

BLU Committees Leader | Marketing & Technology Chair

A member since the first meeting, Matt serves as the team leader for all committees.  He works with the Marketing and Technology committee to improve the visibility of the organization and its members as well as to help its members use technology to live the Core 4.

Chris Costantini

Chris Costantini

Charlotte Chapter Director

Chris is a long time member of BLU and a leading voice in it’s expansion.  As chapter director, Chris provides the leadership, encouragment, and direction to grow and develop a team motivated to add value to the BLU culture.

Erika Erlenbach

Erika Erlenbach

Education Chair

One of BLU’s Core 4 Principles is to educate one another.  To enusre when members communicate, each walks away better for the experience, the Education committee applies that philosophy to monthly chapter meetings.  Ensuring meaningful topics and high energy speakers with great offerings are areas Erika and her team truly delivers on.

Laura Lorenz

Laura Lorenz

Concord Chapter Director

As chapter director, Laura provides the leadership, encouragment, and direction to grow and develop a team motivated to add value to the BLU culture.

Courtney McCarthy

Courtney McCarthy

BLU Biz Chair

Courtney and the BLU Biz committee help coordinate a number of BLU hosted events throughout the year for members and non-members alike. The committee also oversees capital projects and a number of other important functions within the organization.

Jessie Mullen

Jessie Mullen

BLU Cares Chair

BLU Members aren’t just good networkers, they are great people, with a giving heart.  The BLU Cares committee helps identify and plan the community service projects that BLU members participate in throughout our communities on a regular basis.

Karen Sheffield

Karen Sheffield

Mooresville Chapter Director

As chapter director, Karen provides the leadership, encouragment, and direction to grow and develop a team motivated to add value to the BLU culture

Meghan Taylor

Meghan Taylor

Charlotte Chapter Co-Director

One of the earliest members of BLU, Meghas was instrumental in the formation of the Charlotte chapter and now serves as its Co-Director.

Kenneth Turull

Kenneth Turull

Membership Chair

Ken is a long standing member of BLU and Chairperson of the Membership committe.  He works with a committee that helps vette and on-board new members.  His committee is charged with helping new members get off on the right foot and existing members get the most out of their BLU membership.