Gratitude Gathering 2016 (the reverse pop-by for pie)

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476



Every year I host a pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Gathering to thank my clients, friends and service providers for another year of referrals, closed business and good will. It's one of my many Client Appreciation events. This annual event promotes community amongst my clientele; lots of people sharing their stories about how I sold them their dream home. People getting to know each other, friendships blossoming amongst my clients; my team members putting faces to names in our digital world. I was proud to have my #1 lender & fellow AR member, Jason E. Gordon their, co hosting with me again this year; Jason an I share so many of the same clients annually.


(from left to right)          JT (one of my photographers) Thomas J Nelson,

                                          Melissa Day (my back up agent) & Jason E. Gordon and my lovely bride Ailina Nelson


During the year, I pop-by my clients & networking partners at work or home, (typically with arranged warning) and say a quick hello, check in and deliver an item of value since I never go to someones home empty handed. But, it's about the gift of my time & the value of a face to face 5 minute visit at the doorstep, not the item itself.

         With Hai, a repeat client and another          With Jim, a good friend, client and           With Bouteina my Stager/Decorator

            photographer I work with                               my Toastmaster President


This is my reverse pop-by event. Instead of me going by my clients' homes, they come to my office in years past, this year we got too big so I hosted it at Leucadia Pizzeria (quite successfully) for a party with food, drinks, a raffle and everyone leaves with a "world famous" Julian Pie of their choice (the Cadillac of pies)...Julian Pies are a coveted homemade pie from a local farm. I get them fresh that morning every year and everyone takes home a whole pie for their Thanksgiving celebration 2 days later.

            Dr. Wong & Angels, my Eye Doctor       Dr Valencia & Dr Jin (& Jason Lender) my Dentists          Birgit my Holistic Nutrionist

(above) With some of my Health & Wellness Team who all happen to be clients too!

(below) Some of the over 60 valued clients in attendance including former AR Top Blogger Russel Ray

Rick I The LinkedIn Guy


They get a pizza pie before their Julian Pie: "anti-Thanksgiving food" is served; flat breads, pasta, wood fired Pizza Margherita and the drinks do flow! So much fun and it sets up the referrals for 2017, in fact I already have two for Q1 as a result of this event. :) I also remind my tribe every year that they are my VIP's, my friends and valued relationships; this is why it's not just a client appreciation party, it's a Gratitude Gathering of my most valued relationships in my business. Thank You!

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Thomas what a wonderful gratitude gathering!  Congrats on your wonderful turn out of clients and associates!

Dec 08, 2016 07:58 AM #1
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I have great peeps!!! 👍🏼

Dec 08, 2016 08:40 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 That is very impressive and it really puts me in the Christmas spirit just looking at your pictures Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS 

Dec 08, 2016 10:05 AM #3
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Fabulous Gratitude Gathering photos Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS and I agree with Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, it certainly puts one in the Christmas spirit!

Dec 08, 2016 07:31 PM #4
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

I bet everyone who attends is appreciative of your Gratitude Gathering. (Great name too).  Quite an impressive turnout and well worth the time.  Pies to take home truly optimizes the opportunity to stay top of mind with your peeps over Thanksgiving.  Thanks for sharing a really good idea.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 16, 2016 11:00 AM #5
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2016 09:17 AM #6
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Thomas, what a wonderful atmosphere your photos display!

Dec 30, 2016 07:59 PM #7
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS ,  What an excellent way to prepare for the next years sales.  Thank you for entering my contest.

Dec 30, 2016 08:16 PM #8
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Wow!! A gratitude gathering. I love it!! What a great idea. Not just clients, but a mixture of lots of folks that you are thankful for! Pretty cool.  

Dec 30, 2016 09:09 PM #9
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - you are my role model now....

At my Peak Producers class, I had all my students do the reverse pop-by of the pie.

We celebrate Diwali - it was on October 31st and I drove to my A+ and A clients to share sweets that I ordered from India specially for them.

Dec 31, 2016 11:54 PM #10
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