ActiveRain Meetup NYC - Chris Paredes

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ActiveRain has a new senior developer on the job! His name is Chris Paredes and he's doing a terrific job in some unusual and often stressful circumstances. Chris came on the job as some shifting and shuffling was going with the ActiveRain lead staffing. His responsibilities quickly became magnified as the previous technical lead, Jorgen, had decided to move on. Chris has stepped up and is doing a great job! As Niki has oft mentioned, their focus right now is on system stability and Chris is working tirelessly behind the scenes for all of us in this regard!

I had the priviledge today to meet Chris in person along with his wife Amanda as they are spending a few vacation days in NYC. Chris gave me a shout out that it would be great if we could meet and so we made it happen!

Today at lunchtime we met up and had a terrific techie chat and I really got to know Chris and Amanda well AND the time just flew by way to fast! We talked about coding and systems, and databases, interfaces, and ruby on rails, and all sorts of ideas I have on my ActiveRain wishlist (which he now has a copy of in his possession hehe :). Amanda is in the Photography business and just finised a weekend wedding shoot in Connecticut. Photography as you know is on my favs list too, so we were quick friends!

They are a great couple and it was a great lunchtime that I enjoyed immensely.
Do me a favor and head over to Chris' AR blog and welcome him and encourage him. He already knows what a great community this is, but mostly what he does behind the scenes would go unnoticed by us all, so let's keep him happy and welcomed here!

I'm trying to convince him to blog more! I know how busy he is but even short posts are great so you all can meet him too. Hopefully we'll see more of his posts soon. The photo below we took today in front of the landmark Flatiron Building here in NYC

Chris... I'm looking forward to our follow-up chats soon. When you have something beta to test... you know who you can email for feedback! :)

PS - check out my recent collage post if you missed it, you'll see Chris and others from the AR staff along with many of you on it!


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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Cool!!!  Wish I had known you when I was in NYC last summer....would have looked you up, but that was before I found out about AR!

And Kerrie....what's this with the Go Yankees?!  The Red Sox are where it's at! :)

May 31, 2011 01:16 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, thanks for introducing us to Craig.  Checked out his blog and subscribed and can't wait to see all the goodies he has in store for us.  I would have loved to meet up with you guys in person (I'm just north of NYC) but would have felt like I'm in a foreign land with all the geek talk.  Maybe next time.  Glad you got to give him your wish list and I'm counting on you to see that it all gets implemented.  Just wondering when AR will get wise and hire you to join their Tech team.

May 31, 2011 01:38 PM #13
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh super cool Craig.  So glad you're representing us.  I will check out his blog.  Very excited to have him on board.

May 31, 2011 01:57 PM #14
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

I bet I would have been so bored with your conversation with Chris.  LOL

But it is great to know that you approve of him - AR seems pretty solid lately!

May 31, 2011 02:42 PM #15
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

I will definitly give Chris a warm welcome

May 31, 2011 03:04 PM #16
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Chris - thank you for putting this out!  I will go over to say hello to Chris and I am excited to hear we have someone so dedicated and talented to work tweaking ActiveRain.  Chris must be pretty darn smart to seek you out to discuss the tech behind the scenes ActiveRain stuff.  From your wish list to the ActiveRain Gods ears!

May 31, 2011 04:48 PM #17
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Sounds like you had a great lunch. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the stability issue, it is a concern for many.

May 31, 2011 07:37 PM #18
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Thanks Craig for sharing..we all welcome Chris & look forward to his great skill to be added here...

May 31, 2011 11:31 PM #19
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
You lost me after the coding and database part. Uh oh.
May 31, 2011 11:58 PM #20
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Can you post directions on how you did the collage? I want to view it when I get off my iPAD.
Jun 01, 2011 12:19 AM #21
Ilan Bracha
Keller Williams NYC - Manhattan, NY
KW NYC/The Bracha Group, Manhattan

A big welcome, Chris!!

Jun 01, 2011 12:43 AM #22
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, what a treat!  Thanks for introducing us to Chris, and we all look forward to hearing more from him through his blogs!

Jun 01, 2011 01:10 AM #23
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kerrie - they'll have to tell you about how fun it was at the yankees game that they went to! j/k yanks are out of town :) as you know! did you go to any of the NYY@SEA games? :: Niki - awesomeness! :) :: David - shhh, I was thinking the same thing :: Ken/Leslye - some great people making AR run for all of us! :: Gene - I had thought of that too, perhaps soon :: Ken - you are doing great for not backing away from the 'tech stuff', can't wait til we eventually meet in person too :: Karen -  you're going to raincamp when it comes right? :: Christine - last summer, that was you and me both hehe, activerain?? ;) :: Leah - we'll meetup soon too... everytime I drive past Suffern I think of you and Andre :) :: Debbie - give the people a voice :) :: Virginia - Chris is terrific, let's keep him happy so he can do some great things for us! :: Jeremy - thanks so much :: Barbara - planting some seeds so that when we get past all the urgent-crisis-types-of-probs, we can think about some enhancements! :: Tom - yes, frustrating when you go pear-shaped, but these guys realize it and are taking us out of that :: Ginny - glad I could help introduce him, I feel very confident in the AR staff we have supporting us! :: Cheryl - it is nice to have techie conversations once in a while! actually it was even a great three-way idea collaboration. Chris' wife Amanda was giving some really good suggestions too! :: Ilan - great thanks! :: Pamela - you're welcome, glad you came by to get to know about Chris

Jun 01, 2011 01:48 AM #24
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


Thanks for reaching out to get to know Chris and then sharing with us.

Jun 01, 2011 01:52 AM #25
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Thanks for introducing us, Craig. Nice picture of you, btw. I never realized you were so tall.

Jun 01, 2011 02:03 AM #26
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Heck yeah I went!!!!  Reggie Jackson was there and I was about 10 feet from Granderson at one point.....sigh.....

Jun 01, 2011 08:59 AM #27
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Will have to go welcome Chris to the Activerain family!

Glad you and him got to meet.

Jun 01, 2011 12:44 PM #28
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

I love your background.  How cool is that?  You are such an inspiration to many of us.  Sharing all of your knowledge as in-depth as you do is not an easy task and I appreciate it.  I'm so glad you got to spend time with Chris...I bet that was a wonderful lunch :)

Jun 01, 2011 03:09 PM #29
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson


thanks to you Craig, I now have a QR code on my flyer's.

Jun 02, 2011 12:53 AM #30
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Craig-

Thanks for posting the NYC AR-up on the Group page.  I am certain that one day it will be used frequently to everyone's benefit.  I enjoy meeting folks as I travel.

Have a happy day -


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