The ActiveRain Meet-up at CRS Sellabration in Dallas 2018

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The ActiveRain Meet-up at CRS Sellabration in Dallas 2018


Hank the Longhorn Bull in the Lone Start Atrium at the Gaylord HotelCRSs and ActiveRain members from around the country gathered on Monday evening, February 5 in Dallas.


The festivities started around 5 pm at the Silver Bar at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel in Grapevine, near Dallas, and what a fun time it was.


Meet-ups are always a great time but it’s even more fun when there are fellow Rainers from around the country attending, in addition to those living locally, in this case Dallas.


AR CRS Meet-up in Dallas Feb. 2018Right to left:

Randy Prothero, Jeff Dowler, Lisa Von Domek, Patricia Feager, Debe Maxwell, Christel Silver, Sharon Parisi,

Lorrie Semler, Silvia Dukes, Craig Kaplan (not pictured - Joanne Fraser, AJ Heidman, Carrie Weikert)


Randy Prothero , a CRS and long-time Rainer, traveled the farthest for this meet-up, hailing from Honolulu HI.


Texas attendees included our host, Lisa Von Domek  (Dallas) a CRS, Patricia Feager  (Flower Mound), Sharon Parisi  (Addison) and Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417  (Dallas) who is also a CRS, and @Carrie Weikert (from Austin), a CRS, joined us later in the evening.


Craig Kaplan, a new CRS last year who I met in DC at the CRS meetings came from New York; Debe Maxwell, CRS  and AR member is from Charlotte NC; AJ Heidmann , CRS and AR member, is from Alexandria VA; Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  and Christel Silver , both CRSs and AR members, are from Florida; Joanne Fraser is a CRS from Northern California in the Silicon Valley.


Lots of people were meeting in person for the first time, which made it even better. Just think of the great referral network that grew that night. And it was fun to discover that many people came from other parts of the country prior to landing where they now live - several have roots in Chicago, for example.


Some people came and went due to other obligations, but the discussion was lively, covering all sorts of topics – family, clients, AR, CRS, vacations, business issues, food, to name a few, plus lots of joking around and plenty of laughter. The meet-up lasted for quite a while, and while some had to leave after a few hours, the last of the group did not disband until after 10!


Traveling to real estate events, or just on vacation, is a great way to meet your fellow AR friends. Just ring 'em up and plan a time to get together. Next stop for me will be at NAR/CRS in DC in May, and we are planning another meetup at NAR in Boston in November!!


Here’s what Lisa , Silvia, Patricia and Lorrie had to say!! No doubt others will write, too.


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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It sounds just wonderful and so glad to see so many were able to come and enjoy. Maybe next year.

Feb 07, 2018 09:21 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sigh that I wasn't there.  One of these days I'm going to show up somewhere I'm not expected to show up for an AR meet up.

Feb 07, 2018 09:35 PM #2
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Hopefully I will see all of you again in Las Vegas next year.  I had a good time and enjoyed getting together with AR faces from the past and some newer AR faces.

Feb 07, 2018 10:05 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff love this post in light of the fact that I just came from one of the other member's post and her perspective:)) we will not mention that it was our friend Debe Maxwell, CRS , must admit I liked her's more with the extra photos:))Endre

Feb 07, 2018 11:20 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Jeff.

Hmm, trying to figure out which one is you...  LOL . Anyway, it looks like everyone was having a great time

Feb 08, 2018 02:54 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Jeff Dowler well, I see that you'll be coming to Boston and I'm going to see you there.... I'll make sure Conrad is there too.... 

Conrad just responded and said we'd go together....  

Feb 08, 2018 04:00 AM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Jeff Dowler,

I love seeing all the photos and write-ups from everyone who made the meet-up in Dallas! CRS is such a worthwhile organization..only wish I coud have been there..are education classes are the best.

Feb 08, 2018 04:21 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Jeff. AR meet-ups with out of town members are always the best! Enjoy your day!

Feb 08, 2018 04:32 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Jeff, it was an absolute pleasure finally getting to meet you after following you all of these years here in the Rain. I have to say that you were just as I expected you to be and love that you were just as I thought you'd be! Looking forward to 'meeting' with you regularly too! Boston is sounding better and better - especially knowing Barbara Todaro will be there too! 

Feb 08, 2018 05:20 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a fun time!  It's great that so many of you were able to connect while at the same event.

Feb 08, 2018 05:52 AM #10
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I couldn't have lasted until 10:00! No lunch and the poor selection of bar food for dinner (potato chips and onion dip) were to blame, definitely not the company!

Feb 08, 2018 06:38 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. I think a meet up is a great opportunity too. I don't recognize you in the photo......Oh well.

Feb 08, 2018 06:51 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not sure I can make it to NAR this year since I semi-retired from leadership but I may try.

Feb 08, 2018 06:57 AM #13
Christel Silver
Silver International Realty, Inc. - Delray Beach, FL
A local top agent with global connections!

It was so nice to reconnect with you guys!  My goal for 2018: more activity at AR!

Looking forward seeing everybody in May? Maybe be can meet there also?

Feb 08, 2018 07:48 AM #14
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Looks like an all star cast of folks for the meet up. I'm sure there were lot of great stories shared.

Feb 08, 2018 01:17 PM #15
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I'm so glad that you and Lisa organized this meet-up. I love the instant connection we have when Rainers from around the country get together. I'm already looking forward to the next meet-up.

Feb 08, 2018 01:51 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jeff Dowler - what a great write up! It is nice to see the pictures and here the stories of others in the rain. 

Feb 08, 2018 03:52 PM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Love hearing about your MeetUp and the fun you all had. Thanks for sharing!  I haven't seen Randy Prothero around for awhile. 

Feb 08, 2018 06:17 PM #18
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