It took me nearly a year to reach this point, but the time was well spent.
This evening, both my real estate companies (Wayzata Lakes Realty in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Madeline Island Realty in La Pointe, Wisconsin) passed the 100,000 point mark on ActiveRain!
Friends deserve much of the credit.
Karen Anne Stone mentored me and gave me great advice.
Charles McDonald offered his friendship and his guidance. Charles was the first AR member to write me and introduce himself.
Ruthmarie Hicks has been a source of inspiration and optimism.
Joey Aszterbaum was kind enough to provide encouragement on more than one occasion.
Kathy McGraw served as an example of what it means to be a "Rainer".
Mike Jones became a friend the moment we exchanged greetings.
And as time went along, the list of friends and comrades grew to include Joan Mirantz, Anthony Clark, Karen Moorhead, Eric and Karen Webster, Steve Harless, Poppy Dinsey, Inna Hardison, Patricia Kennedy, Jeff Dowler, Marc Grossman, Jason Crouch, Paula Hathaway, Cindy Jones, Rich Dansereau, Danny Thornton, Brian Schulman, Stewart Penn, Lane Bailey, Robert Lockard, Brad Andersohn, Andrew Lenza, Jennifer Monastero, Randy Prothero, Diane Aurit, Tom Braatz, Rich Quigley, Bob Stewart, Teri Eckholm, Patti Ann Kasper, Ricardo Bueno, Susan Walters, Tom Elder, Nancy Rivera, Mitchell Hall, Margaret Rome, George Tallabas, Guy Lofts, John Occhi, Scott Daniels, Steven Stearns, Neal Bloom, Dawn Workman, David Abernathy, Joanne Hanson and Richard Lombari. If I've neglected to mention anyone, I humbly apologize.
Some of the folks listed above don't receive the notoriety they deserve. They are all top-notch industry professionals. I'm proud to call them my friends.
You don't succeed in this world without building relationships with extraordinary people. Belonging to Active Rain has been of immeasurable value to me because it opened a door to the many friends I have met here.