Our newest hire.....(drumroll)........Mr. Brad Andersohn!!

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Brad Andersohn, ActiveRainFor the last couple of months, every time I talk to someone on the phone who is just getting started with ActiveRain, I usually end my conversation by offering to send them a post that is a good compilation of what the heck ActiveRain is all about. There are a number of people who have written excellent posts like this, but the one I have bookmarked on my browser is this post by Brad Andersohn.

Over the last week, the opportunity presented itself to bring another team member into the fold. Actually, Brad and I created the opportunity. Since the day he joined ActiveRain as a member, February 25th, 2007 Brad has continually gone out of his way to reach out to other members and assist them in understanding the power of our network. On his sixth day on the network, Brad was already getting referrals. Within a month, Brad hosted a blogging 'how to/what is it' class for the local Realtor association in his area. His first ActiveRain instructional post aimed at helping newbies came only a few short weeks later. Since then, he has crafted many great posts aimed at teaching you about new technologies, exploring how to utilize existing ones to help your business and been an all around awesome contributor to our network. His recent post that worked a powerpoint presentations into his blog continued to push the envelope. (Don't worry, now that he's on the payroll, we'll make sure he gets the follow up 'How to insert a powerpoint in your blog' post up too)

It should go without saying that we are really excited to have him joining ActiveRain officially!!  (But I'll say it anyways......."We are EXCITED!!")

In mid February, Jonathan and I made a trip to San Francisco where we had dinner with a few members of the community. It was at this dinner that Brad pulled me aside and first expressed interest in joining the team. Brad wrote a great post about the magic of that particular evening, but he left out the part, that for me would end up being the most fruitful thing to come from that dinner. The seed had been planted. I think I can thank Jeff Turner for helping to water and nourish that seed. It was in a phone conversation a few weeks later between Jeff and Brad that Jeff asked Brad why he wasn't doing his passion. That conversation pushed Brad to follow up with me and see if we were looking to add to the team. 

Although at that particular time, we didn't necessarily have a specific role to fill (although we are looking for good programmers :-)) one of Jon's hiring philosophies is to find remarkable people and fit them into your organization. We certainly have room for growth and over the next couple of weeks Jon and I, with the help of Brad, carved out a great role for him here at ActiveRain. (OK, OK......it was Brad and I plotting behind the scenes, and me biding my time as I knew we have some stuff upcoming that Brad will be great with........and when the stars aligned, we presented it to Jon). You'll start to get a flavor of Brad's role here in the coming weeks and months as we work to perfect it as well. But just like Rich and Nicole and I, he is here to assist you with anything you need!

So without further ado...............Please welcome the next great addition to the ActiveRain team and family, Mr. Brad Andersohn 

(and of course, stop by and get Brad's version

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Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~
Woo hoo!  What a team you are building.  I look forward to the coming changes.
Mar 21, 2008 02:11 PM #117
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Bob, what a geat asset Brad will be to the team. He exemplifies what is needed to host a great party here on Active Rain. I think he has done an outstanding job with the newbies and with us all for that matter...even the oldies.  Good pick for a man who has a lot of passion.
Mar 21, 2008 02:40 PM #118
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Congratulations Brad!  I'm sure you will be an excellent asset to the already fabulous AR team!  I have learned so much from reading your posts so far!!! Keep up the great work, they are luck to have you!!! :-)
Mar 21, 2008 02:40 PM #119
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Bob, great move on behalf of AcitveRain - Brad will certainly be an asset.  Pat yourself on the back!
Mar 21, 2008 03:49 PM #120
Marlene Scheffer
Realty Station - Bremerton, WA
Realtor to Kitsap County, WA
Congratulations to you both.  I'm curious to find out exactly what Brad's role in the rain is becoming... 
Mar 21, 2008 04:39 PM #121
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island
Brad will be a fabulous addition to the AR staff.  He's helped so many members get started here!
Mar 21, 2008 04:43 PM #122
Congrats Brad... couldn't happen to a nicer person - you deserve it!  Your passion will be a great addition to the AR team!
Mar 21, 2008 06:43 PM #123
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
Bob -Your perseverance will pay off ten fold -   Brad has been a very influential member contributing many many many helpful tips and tricks.
Mar 21, 2008 10:43 PM #124
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
COngratulations Brad- it is members like you, that make Active Rain a great place to learn, share and be!
Mar 22, 2008 12:39 AM #125
Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

I just read about this Bob. This should work out great for both ActiveRain and Brad. He is a great guy. My only question is... are you going to convert him into a Seahawks Fan?

Mar 22, 2008 08:00 AM #126
Bonnie Westbrook
Hiring Brad is a smart move - we all look forward to see what more Brad can offer. He is a very generous guy and we are all delighted to have him on your team. He is one of the very first faces you get to know as a new member.
Mar 22, 2008 08:12 AM #127
Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Hi Bob,  Nice move.

1.  Always Hire Talent

2.  Come from Contribution

Well, Brad has both qualities and has helped many of us here. 

List and Sell (and always hire talent first)   Gary @ RentonHomeFinder

Mar 22, 2008 11:56 PM #128
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Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA
We couldn't be luckier to have Brad on with Active Rain.  He has so much to offer everyone!
Mar 23, 2008 03:26 AM #129
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
What a wonderful business decision for Active Rain.   I am a big fan of Brad, he has helped me very much.  I consider him an Active Rain mentor.  He will be a wonderful addition to your already wonderful TEAM.
Mar 23, 2008 01:08 PM #130
Lyn Nemes

Bob, youre lucky to have Brad in youre team/ family of AR. All of this people had said has all truth to it. I'm not a realtor, when I asked his help and favor to get my message across, he let my comment on his blog and I am thankful for it. When we do get it back that message from that person I mentioned about I will let you know if you will let again. Thank you very much and welcome. Lyn Nemes-- Arlington, WA

Mar 24, 2008 06:49 AM #131
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru
Bob, Brad is a great addition to the team. I am off to read his version now.
Mar 27, 2008 01:11 AM #132
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity
I love the way you hire from within.  That makes so much sense.  Brad already has a loyal fan base to build upon.  I'm excited to see what the AR team has in store over the rest of 2008.
Apr 29, 2008 04:22 PM #133
Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA

okay i am slow with the times, but better late than never. CONGRATS BRAD!!! ;) who knew there were all these lovely plotting behind the dinner? not only we saw a couple getting engaged, now AR got a new team member! woohoo!



May 15, 2008 12:16 PM #134

Bob - I just found this post doing a google name search (it was buried on page 9) and I got those warm fuzzies all over again. Thanks again for making the best decision in "My" life, and bringing me on board. There hasn't been a single day I've regreted your decision... or mine!  I luve ya bro! :-))

Nov 02, 2009 11:03 AM #135
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador


No, you can't have a raise Brad

(even though you deserve one)

Nov 02, 2009 11:40 AM #136
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