There are always benefits to membership and for members of the NY Electronic Commerce Association there are panels and socials that offer the opportunity to learn and network. Wednesday, June 7 Robert Johnston, president NY eComm Association hosted one of their quarterly socials. Snacking on an apple and cheese puff I met Donald Mang, (Paylinx) and Sofia Zemzov (Asb Bank). DVCi was well represented by Kelleigh Johnson, Alison Hoffman and Leslie Valva and as we chatted we met Sefton Cohen, who's company (Vignette) was the sponsor for the evening. As I worked my way around the cozy downstairs of Astor Lounge I met Steven Pacella and Joe Torres (MimEcom), Alison Matochak and Nick Nyhan (Dynamic Logic) and David Naiman from Toronto. Ariel Assaf (Zwirl.com) and Dan Brimberg (SohoNet) were also enjoying their first social eCom event. Just before leaving Mark Seago told me about the three hour kayaking expeditions offered on the West side boathouse (near Chelsea piers). Now there's a break from the rat race!