Even though both organizers were out of town, but this was not not an issue: Victor Cintron (of Wisemen Consulting) took control, provided pizza and projector and started at 6 PM. That was good, because the hadoopers had to adjourn at 7 sharp since the other group was waiting.
Everyone in attendance (about 15) was very nice and introduced themselves to everyone else. Next month presenters (from PROS) were in attendance also. We will verify the START (our venue) schedule, and make sure that at least on organizer or his appointee is there.
Here is a link to Victor's slides: Hybrid Big Data Solutions.