Thank You Bob

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Suplari, Inc.

Bob Stewart, what a crazy ride it has been.  

Thank you for sticking with me through the rough times in 2011 and all the changes and growth we have seen with ActiveRain, Market Leader and Trulia.  I could write a novel about how much I value your help and counsel through some of the darkest times of my career.  

But, RainCamp Dallas 2011 changed my life.

 I will always remember RainCamp 2011 in Dallas.  I had been on the job for a month.  Our CTO and VP of Sales had recently left the company.  ActiveRain's technology was not stable and was going down every day.  Literally on the Friday before RainCamp in Dallas, our blog trainer who a featured speaker at RainCamp also quit with no notice.   It was a rough week!  

Raincamp Dallas

Thank you to Bob & Kerrie La Guardia who stepped in to run a phenomenal RainCamp.  Bob was a rock when we needed to be creative and flexible with the program and content.  In the end, the content and speakers were great.  Everyone learned a lot about social media, SEO and blogging.

BUT it was the community and the Rainers made RainCamp Dallas. We had people travel from as far as Arizona to attend which was amazing.    I finally got to spend time with the famous Greg Nino and we continue to be great friends even today (even though the Seahawks will prevent his Cowboys from making it to the SuperBowl in 2015). 

To cap off the week, a TORNADO descended upon Dallas right after RainCamp finished.   Bob and I were rooming together at the hotel along with 20-30 Rainers.  (Bob was scared to death and hiding under the bed like a cocker spaniel).   The hotel literally had EVERYONE move into a conference room with no windows for safety.   We spent 2-3 hours holed up together in that conference room.  Great way to make friends for life!

What a trip!  Both RainCamp Dallas and ActiveRain.  And Market Leader and Trulia. 

Thank you for being such an incredible part of the growth the ride.  Thank for for keeping the community solid and educating thousands of members of ActiveRain personally.  Thank you for keeping me sane through the darkest days.

You rock Bob and I know you will be successful no matter what path you choose next.

 

Photo Credits: Loreena Yeo Loreena Yeo, RainCamp Dallas 2011

 

 

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Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor

Bob Stewart Kerrie La Guardia Kris Neese Loreena Yeo Greg Nino 

Nov 11, 2014 04:18 AM #1
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Haha! Let the good times keep rollin!

Nov 11, 2014 04:20 AM #2
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, Bob has been the Rock of Gibraltar throughout all of the changes.  He has made a huge difference here.  Great post.

Nov 11, 2014 04:21 AM #3
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That was the last live raincamp wasn't it? Someone really needs to bring those back.  We want rain camp we want raincamp

Nov 11, 2014 05:15 AM #4
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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Kelly and I were upstairs, hiding her shoes in the bathroom.  Lol, what a crazy night!!

Nov 11, 2014 06:57 AM #5
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Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Kerrie La Guardia Why would you hide your shoes in the bathroom?

Nov 11, 2014 07:22 AM #6
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Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor

Tammy Lankford Last RainCamp was actually the 5th anniversary RainCamp in Seattle.  It was a good time.  We had a party at the Hard Rock.  Debe Maxwell  and Steve Shatsky spoke.

It would be great to bring them back IF you promise to make the flight to wherever it may be :)

Nov 11, 2014 07:24 AM #7
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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
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The news said to hide in the bathtub if you couldn't get to a cellar, Kelly really loves her shoes.  

Nov 11, 2014 07:24 AM #8
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nikesh Parekh I don't fly.  But I've driven across this country 4 times and I'm up for it again.  Went to both Florida and NC for a conference this year.  :)

Nov 11, 2014 11:17 AM #9
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I will put in a good word for RainCamp SouthEast!  Tammy Lankford   

Nov 12, 2014 09:08 AM #10
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