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!
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