Usually, I connect with folks I work with, or folks at local security group meetings. For instance, a lot of my good connections (northern Ohio) came from NEOISF meetings (Google for similar groups in your area,) as well as just good social networking.
~ hayabusa ~
"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer,
but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved."
- Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'
OSCE, OSCP (Former - GPEN, C|EH - both expiring / expired)