Austin Jewish Business Network Offers Opportunity for Professionals to Connect

Austin Jewish Business Network Offers Opportunity for Professionals to Connect

AJBN member Meredith Tygar is a customer success manager at Hearth. Credit: Courtesy of AJBN.

By Jennifer Lava

The Austin Jewish Business Network is Austin’s oldest Jewish Business Networking Group, formed in 1988 with more than 800 members. This month, AJBN highlights group member Meredith Tygar, a customer success manager with Hearth.

AJBN spoke with Tygar to ask her about her experience with the organization.

AJBN: How long have you been a member of AJBN?

Meredith Tygar: Six years.

AJBN: Have you hired another member of AJBN for the services they provide?

MT: I was fortunate to have the superior and professional support of the AJBN’s founder, Realtor Jody Lockshin, when I was searching for a new home.

AJBN: What has been your favorite AJBN event?

MT: While working as a designer for Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, I hosted a Hanukkah party for the group at the showroom. This was the first sponsored event held. It was a festive and lively happy hour and kicked off the first of many similarly sponsored events. This event drew other members to leverage our showroom for additional and mutually beneficial networking opportunities.

AJBN: What would you tell someone else who was considering attending an AJBN event to encourage them to come?

MT: AJBN has offered a learning rich environment, a tremendous networking resource, and the opportunity to form many sincere friendships while feeling a great sense of connection with the Jewish community.

AJBN: What is the name of the company where you work?

MT: Shogun Enterprises, Inc., DBA Hearth.

AJBN: How long have you been working there?

MT: Just under a year.

AJBN: What is your position with the company?

MT: I am a customer success manager. I’m an account manager and financial coach to hundreds of contractors across the country. Hearth is a fintech software company that helps contractors and homeowners with financing for home improvement projects. The company also helps contractors with insurance needs. Hearth is a marketplace that enables individuals to compare home improvement financing options from up to 13 different lending partners.

Meredith has lived in Austin for nearly ten years. She moved to Pittsburgh briefly, but could not stay away from Austin and made her way back. She grew up in the Midwest but lived in the Los Angeles area for 10 years before relocating to Austin.

AJBN is taking a summer break and not hosting a happy hour for August. Typically, AJBN’s events are held on the third Tuesday of each month. There is no fee to attend. AJBN is the key to cultivating employees, clients, jobs, business relationships, contacts, friends, knowledge, and special offers.

AJBN invites to its monthly networking meetings all Jews, those partnered with Jews and JCC members. AJBN welcomes people in all fields and professions, people hiring, people looking for work, people providing services, entrepreneurs, those who work for others, those new in town and who have been living in Austin for years. Bring business cards, promotional materials, resumes and announcements to share.

Are you are interested in sponsoring or hosting an AJBN happy hour? Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to get your name and business out in front of a large part of the community. All dates are available for events in 2020.

Sponsorship and hosting provide promotion and visibility to more than 800 AJBN members via Meetup, Linkedin and Facebook; exposure to almost the entire Jewish community and JCC members via The Jewish Outlook and JCC and synagogue bulletins; and 10 to 15 minutes live promotion of your business to the attendees at the event.

Sponsorship and hosting can be shared with multiple businesses, and all involved receive promotion. Sponsors and hosts provide venue, appetizers, beverages and door prizes. Typically, 25 to 40 people attend AJBN events.

Mark your calendar for upcoming 2019 happy hours: September 17, hosted by Gay Thompson at Per Sterling Capital Management; October 15, hosted by Ari and Etty Brish of CXO 360; November 19, hosted by Mike and Sharon Miller of AceCustom Quality Engraving; December 17, hosted by Ron Markovits.

AJBN’s events change locations, so RSVP for complete details of all AJBN meetings and events at ■

If you have further questions about AJBN, want to sponsor an event or donate a door prize, contact or 512-587-5824, or visit or

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