ORIGINS OF AHEC
AHEC began in 2000, as a lunch club to help me keep up with my
Hungarian. My daughter Gabrielle was almost three and I began
trying to teach her how to speak the language, only to find out
that I was forgetting it myself. I started looking for other local
Hungarians with whom I could practice speaking over a sandwich
and soda. I ran into them slowly but consistently.
Mike Meszaros was an early friend I made; we had both attended
a University of Maryland Business School sponsored program on
raising funds for Internet companies. As soon as he stood to ask
a question, I could tell he was Hungarian.
Arpad Toth I met at a wireless conference where he was presenting
– we sat together at the luncheon and exchanged cards. Laszlo
Horvath I met through an introduction made by the Hungarian Embassy.
Others I met at NVTC sponsored programs. Slowly our meetings moved
from my law offices to various locations, and grew in size and
scope of interest. An early project, inspired by Arpad Toth, to
develop a Hungarian technology incubator, set the framework for
developing further contacts and galvanized us into longer term
project planning and development.
A common interest in Hungary, friendship and business networking;
perhaps add sandwiches as a footnote. These are the core elements
which founded AHEC and, with the help and guidance of Laszlo Horvath
and Arpad Toth, have sustained it over the last five years.
||Michael R. Geroe
Kansas City, MO