As the CEO of New Town Connections, Andrew sees it as his job to help connect his members to others in the community and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Originally from Indiana, Andrew moved to St. Pete six years ago. “I was 30 years old and a CPA, and I only knew one person,” he said. This experience is what led to the creation of New Town Connections several years ago.
“At New Town Connections, we are the best of all worlds,” Andrew said. The company combines the benefits of popular online platforms but uses real-life interactions to create lasting friendships. “We run events so you can meet people in real life – not just on Facebook. I know what you do for work, just like LinkedIn. You tell me who you want to meet, just like on Match.com, and I’m going to introduce you to those people,” Andrew explained.
To do this, New Town Connections conducts interviews with every prospective member, getting to know them and making sure they’re a match for the community. “It’s just a conversation through FaceTime or Skype, to find out where you come from, what you do, and who you want to meet,” Andrew said. This information gleaned from these discussions allows Andrew and the other NTC hosts to create better connections and facilitate group interactions.