Who has recently touched you professionally?

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Who have you meet professionally that really impresses you and are glad you met?

Well here is my “touching” story…

For me it is Kim Ashely here in Chicago.  I had bumped into Kim a couple times at various real estate luncheons... and I basically steered clear of her. WHY? Well my company, Real Estaging, had a relationship with another furniture rental company that I felt a certain loyalty to, and Kim worked for the competing rental company.

So I was polite to Kim of Brook Furniture Rental, but didn't purse her as a resources. But Kim called me… and set up a meeting. And off I went…

So last Friday when Kim and I met we just "hit it off". WOW did we click. Time flew by, of course our conversation was filled with ideas, as we shared our thoughts and hopes on not only how to make our own businesses better, but how to make the entire STAGING INDUSTRY BETTER. Before I got back to my studio... she called  to invite me to be her guest to a real estate networking opportunity that Brook Furniture Rental was sponsoring yesterday! Of course I went… but that is a different funny story.

Knowing I could trust her... I even showed Kim my "scathing" promo on how we upstaged Brook on a previous job. SHE LOVED IT!  She looked beyond what it said and saw an opportunity for her company to do more business! (You talk about taking lemons and making lemonade!)

I can not say enough nice things about this person AND I AM PROUD ANNOUNCE THAT KIM ASHELY is a new member to the AR puddle.  There are a couple more blogs in me about Kim... so keep watching.

Kim, I am sincerely honored and glad to have met you... you have touched me. Welcome!



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Jay and Linnea Hanley
PrudentialFloridaRealty - Jupiter, FL

Good for you---you never know what's going to happen when you accept an invitation from the competition!

Jay and Linnea Hanley

Oct 11, 2006 12:42 AM #1
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Awesome Craig, and welcome Kim!  I love it when our umbrella gets wider!
Oct 11, 2006 02:07 AM #2
Craig Schiller
Trempealeau, WI

Hello to Kim.

Oct 11, 2006 02:41 AM #3
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

We should never be "exclusive" in our networking. Great lesson here, Craig!

Rich Jacobson, www.KitsapLife.com


Oct 11, 2006 03:07 AM #4
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
Excellent job Craig, allowing yourself to go outside your comfort zone and see what else is avalible and make your business better.
Oct 11, 2006 04:47 AM #5
Dawn Shaffer Life is good!
Battle Ground, WA
I love it when people are able to laugh at themselves! Kim has gained a new family (us) and you've expanded your horizon. (or opened our umbrella to include Kim)!
Oct 11, 2006 05:44 AM #6
. 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC
What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
REALLY enjoyed visitingyour BLOG...and I bet I'd enjoy visitng a place to which you had brought your magic touch.
Oct 11, 2006 11:19 AM #7
Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA
that's really wonderful! great vendors are hard to find. so far our brook furnitures here have failed to impress me :(
Oct 11, 2006 01:07 PM #8
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

hello craig :)   


Oct 12, 2006 07:43 PM #9
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