YEC members and guests gathered on March 11-20th for the highly anticipated SXSW in Austin, Texas. The annual event celebrates original music, emerging technology and independent films, and YEC took advantage of the large number of members in attendance by hosting an 80s-themed party at Tellers Austin.
The venue was decked with giant 80s-inspired entertainment pieces, such as a custom YEC-branded Lite-Brite and Etch-A-Sketch, and photo props like rocker guitars, wigs and boom boxes.
Other members who joined include, Shama Hyder, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group; Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments; S. Brian Smith, CEO of S Brian Smith Group; Mona Patel, CEO of Motivate Design; Beck Bamberger, CEO of BAM Communications; Dalip Jaggi, Founder of Devise Interactive; Phillip Oakley, President of Common Giant; Murray Newlands, President of Due.com; Stephen Gill of Tiller and Mickey Meyer, Co-Founder of JASH, to name a few.
Treaty Oak Distilling, a local distillery in Austin, sponsored the event, providing its Starlight Vodka, Waterloo Antique Barrel Reserve Gin and Treaty Oak Rum. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails like "Fly Pelican Fly," "Waterloo Ricky," and "Pop Star," and enjoyed a mac n' cheese bar and brisket sliders.
Members had much to celebrate after SXSW. Shama Hyder was an ambassador for Verizon Wireless, and Patrick Ambron of BrandYourself, Andrew Thomas, CEO of SkyBell Video Doorbell and Mike McGee, Co-Founder of The Starter League spoke at SXSW.
"This year's YEC at SXSW was an elevating experience," says Thomas.