Gold Star Challenge Completed - Results

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Thank you so much for everyone that has joined the gold star group. This brand new group in just two weeks’ time has grown to 124 members. We had 44 take part in the challenge of picking three gold stars for your first post to the group that you would go right out and re-subscribe if you had to start from scratch. It was a tough challenge to pick just three (four)! But the challenge was just the beginning to get you warmed up, keep posting to the group similarly as often as you want. Maybe once a month? Also, don’t forget to bookmark or create a shortcut to the group page to click and come back to see who recently has posted and you can find new ones to subscribe to! Based on your comments on the posts so far, people are really enjoying this! (I know my subscriber list has grown!)

So as means of thanking you, I am giving back what I can which is some of my time in one-on-one consultation. I have now randomly picked a winner to get an hour telephone/remote session consult. Also, I have randomly picked a 2nd and 3rd place to give a couple additional people some specific attention as a way of saying thank you for joining! The additional people I will spend time going through their blogs and presentation and see what recommendations I can offer to give a technology nudge here or there from what I find.

Be sure and check out my now updated post Gold Stars - Your Selections where I posted photos of the 91 different bloggers that got gold stars. There is also a spreadsheet of all the entries so you can see the complete list of picks.

Thanks again, now would you like to know who won the drawing?
Here you go
(I'm off to Raincamp Atlantic City tomorrow - so I'll be reaching out more to the winners later in the week...)

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  1. Praful Thakkar 04/03/2011 02:49 PM
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Congrats to the winners! I know they are going to benefit greatly from your time, I know I sure did. That whole random thing was really cool. I'm heading to Rain Camp in October in Chicago. Can't wait!

Apr 03, 2011 03:32 PM #8
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Rats. I thought I had another week to complete this one. I must stop leaving it to the last minute to do these things. Great contest- do it again.

Apr 03, 2011 03:58 PM #9
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Craig ~ Congratulations to you for you group Gold Stars and the winner Sheila ~ Enjoy AC Rain Camp ~ Wish we could be there ~ Nice contest!!

Apr 03, 2011 04:07 PM #10
Joe Sosky
KW Commercial - Vancouver, WA
Commercial Real Estate Broker - (360) 816-9652

Nice job Craig, I'm really impressed with the contest and the video you created to select the three winners. 

Apr 03, 2011 04:19 PM #11
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Craig - Congrats in getting the Gold Star group up and running and establish a wonderful list of great bloggers.  I'm a fan and subscriber too.

Apr 03, 2011 04:35 PM #12
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Craig, this was a fun challenge, only I sooo wanted to win it.  Love the random generator.  Sorry I'll be missing meeting you in person at raincamp AC.  Couldn't clear my calendar for this one.  Maybe nextime.

Apr 03, 2011 04:56 PM #13
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Craig,

Thank you for posting the winners. This challenge is not over with this contest. All of us understand why you started this group and why you had this contest. My list goes on and on. We really have some of the best people on the planet right here on ActiveRain. So glad I ran into you early on. Hope to see you at RainCamp sometime!

Apr 03, 2011 05:16 PM #14
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Great blog! and always great lessons from you~ You are a gem!

Apr 03, 2011 08:42 PM #15
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Craig~Great way to chose the winners! These are some lucky people and the group rocks!

Apr 03, 2011 11:10 PM #16
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

This sounds great. I would like to join the group!!! 

Apr 04, 2011 12:11 AM #17
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Great contest Craig, and a well handled and presented selection process. The gold star folks are such an awesome resource for new bloggers AND ME to follow.

Apr 04, 2011 01:47 AM #18
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Nice job Craig!

Have fun at Raincamp!

Loved the one in Boston!

Apr 04, 2011 03:56 AM #19
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Congratulations to the winners of Craig's contest!  Also congratulations to everyone who participated.  This is a great group.  It gives all of us the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends!

Apr 04, 2011 04:11 AM #20
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate






Craig, you put a lot of time and effort into getting the Gold Star Group off the ground with this challenge~ 

Well done and thanks for posting it on the VBloggers!

Apr 04, 2011 04:15 AM #21
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Craig.. love how you picked the winners!!!


Apr 04, 2011 07:45 AM #22
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Hey Craig, I didn't realize this was an actual contest. But now that I do, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners in the Gold Star Challenge!

I will still write my post for the group soon. But much like all my posts, it'll probably deviate in some fashion from many of the others I've read!


Apr 04, 2011 08:35 AM #23
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

hello everybody - I got lost in comments followup
- spent the day at RAINCAMP yesterday - terrific stuff

thanks to you all for stopping by here with your comments

glad you enjoyed the challenge and let's see more posts to our GROUP !! :)

Craig - looking forward to your post which I see in the listing now... heading over there to check

Apr 05, 2011 06:45 AM #24
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Thanks so much for the challenge Craig... What an honor to win!! I look forward to talking to you!

Apr 06, 2011 12:30 PM #25
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Craig, GREAT JOB on the contest and the results......Though the contest is over, the concept of the contest should continue to highlight people for others to follow. I will make future posting here.

Apr 12, 2011 06:47 AM #26
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Sheila - I will enjoy working with you - congrats!

Craig - will appreciate anytime you want to post to the group so we get new content for everybody, thx! :)

Apr 12, 2011 08:47 AM #27
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