Fishhawk Lake-MeetUp! What FUN!
Yesterday morning started with a horrific thunderstorm and 171 strikes of lightning and a power outtage all in the Birkenfeld area (my home at Fishhawk Lake). But, do you think that deterred me from heading to Camas, WA about an hour and a half away for our MeetUp of ActiveRain folk? NO WAY! I was only about 10 minutes late and beyond excited to be there. Not only was I going to get to see my dear friend, Debb Janes,
but I finally got to see one of my Virtual Pals and Tuesday Travelogue contributors, Rene` Fabre!!!!
I zoned right in on him and gave him a big hug. There were some AR past MeetUp buds, Cindy Westfall
and later Carla Muss-Jacobs
and I had the chance to meet some new ActiveRain members, Eric Newman and Rob Shepherd,
(who won for farthest drive) along with Larry Hales (in a pensive moment!) ,
as well as a couple of newbies whom I hope will join ActiveRain eventually, Lindsey Hollway
and Dianna Rogers (Eric Newman's very helpful assistant).
Alot of us came from the far reaches of Oregon and Washington for this momentous occasion.
We had a BLAST! We met at The Savona Coffee House and it was as if we were visiting in one of our own living rooms. It was PERFECT. We even commandeered some unsuspecting guy to take our group photo and as we stood there, he said, " Say Open House" then took our picture!
Rene` is such a cool dude. He is the consummate teacher, creative genius all wrapped up in a title guy. He's a "gadget guy" and had his iPad open, drew a fun picture,
and showed us some really neat mini-tripod deal that I thought looked like a Lego version of a tripod.
He even told us about a new idea he came up with that I couldn't fully grasp, because I was so caught up in his enthusiasm that I mostly ended up watching him while he showed so much passion for this class that he can teach in Washington State, that would be face-to-face, a sort of app treasure hunt that you would get real estate continuing ed credit for. Anyway, he's definitely on the cutting edge and we all need to pay attention 'cause he has some very interesting ways of looking at real estate with a bent for FUN while learning and gaining new clients!
We learned a new phrase from Rene` that's come into fashion, "urban villages". Instead of shopping malls, these are set up in more of a village-like configuration or a campus set up, with small business owner type shops, as well as businesses like Starbucks, easy parking, etc. This is where Rene` would teach his classes which he will be calling Mobile Communications Boot Camp. It would include using Facebook, Google and Twitter, involving communication and relationship building. He can certainly explain it better (hopefully in a future blogpost), but it would involve what he called "warm calls", not coldcalls to these local businesses.
Larry Hales, who works with First American Title talked about wanting to do video classes, which Debb joined in on, saying that her business is directly linked to the amount of attention her videos get. Debb would be an excellent teacher for this as well. I see putting all of these people together and sending them on the road! (I"d be their booking agent in a heartbeat).
Carla Muss-Jacobs brought a former client and now friend and business associate, Lindsey Hollway who is a programmer by profession. We discussed her thoughts on websites, what Google is now looking for, how we ought to be blogging and more. Carla and Lindsey are joining forces on a new business venture, but that's up to them to share in the near future hopefully!
Rob Shepherd has his own vintage Corvette as part of his profile and a whole conversation ensued around owning our first cars. This is a trademark for him in his local area in Florence, Oregon and everyone knows that car.
Eric Newman had to leave early, but not before I got to tell him that I LOVE his company, NW Mortgage Group, locally owned and operated and that my favorite loan officer, Shawn Baeschlin with NW Mortgage Group (another AR member) is the ONLY person I send my clients to! (And he owns property at Fishhawk Lake).
From there, we moved onto Beaches, a waterfront restaurant, for lunch because many of us hadn't really had a meal to speak of and we just had more to talk about! Sitting outside was the perfect venue and other than the military jets flying overhead at inopportune times, it was truly splendid.
the service, but mostly the camaraderie were beyond compare. Cindy and I shared stories about working in nursing homes and the wonderful things that older people will say and do. We all talked about ActiveRain changes, the people we feel close to, though some we've never met, what it has done to improve our business and the future of real estate in each of our markets. Many creative ideas were spun and a BIG thank you goes out to both Rene` and Debb for putting this day together!!!