Business referral groups have been around for many, many years. Some are "international" and some are local "home grown" organizations. Some thrive with the right structure, leaders, members and member participation, while others sputter and die out. In the case of PROS, the very original group who had the vision, collaboration and determination was probably just two people, but, after contacting a couple of others that had been members of other referral organizations, decided to form a new group with a very lenient, common sense set of By-Laws and a real world realization of what businesses are faced with here in the foothills, with the challenges of growth and existence. Those two original collaborators were Kerry Worden (a mortgage broker) and Barry Starr (an insurance man), or so we have been informed by one of the first members of the group (Dr. Lisa Gehl, a Chiropractor).
"PROS" actually formed and began meeting as a legitimate referrals group in the year 2000 and has continued since then to this day. The group has experienced an initial slow growth in membership in the early years, but in the past couple of years to many new memberships as eligible, energized members were voted into PROS membership. The quality and quantity of the leads always seems predicated on the amount of enthusiasm and participation of those involved in the group at any given time. A "referral group" will never be any better than the sum total of its members and their participation and energy level shared with all the other members.
So in closing, if you feel you are a person of good business standards and ethics, and are running a high quality business and want to associate with, as well as contribute to businesses of the same caliber, and, earn referrals from such individuals and businesses, please contact one of the businesses on this web site and ask to be sponsored to an initial meeting. Or, contact the group directly with this form.
Thank you for visiting our web site. We are looking forward to hearing from you whether the reason is to do business with one of our fine members, or, just as important, join our growing ranks.
Thanks for taking the time to read about us -- Professional Referral Organization of Sonora.
PS. Check out our Mission Statement that guides all of us as members of PROS -- Yes, it is for REAL!