I Met Arizona!!

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Well, I met some parts of Arizona, and some of those fabulous people who live in my computer!

This trip was for training and meetings, and I think part of my job is getting to socialize and play with these online people. Well, I don't have a written job description that says that, so maybe I slipped that in there on my own. Hey, when your boss is Jeff Turner, maybe socializing just seems natural -- that man knows EVERYONE. (Or will -- if you haven't met him, just wait. It will come.)

I LOVED Arizona. It is a beautiful place and I finally got to figure out what "dry heat" is. In case you're like me, stuck in humidity all the time, it's like when you first walk out of the house and realize "it's hot out here", but before you want to race back into the air conditioning. It's almost like a reduced calorie heat, if you can imagine. Random tip: do not wear open sandals for a desert walk amongst the cacti. Lesson learned.

We RES employees got to learn a lot more about the company, it's direction and our place in it. As if I didn't already love Real Estate Shows enough, I love it even more now! There is a heart and soul to this company and I am so proud to be a part of it. I can't wait for the new stuff that's coming up! (You're going to love it!!)

But the best part of all was meeting the people! For the first time I met Juli Salvante (Jeff's sister and my boss), Bill Leider, Joyce and Jenna Harvey. I got to meet a whole crowd of RE.net people who live in and around Phoenix – Debbie Lieberman, Candace Jay Thompson, Steve Belt, Jonathan Dalton, Dru Bloomfield, Phil Sexton, Nick Bastian, Heather Barr, Max Chircov, Christoph Schweiger, Mark Eckenrode, Jon Griffith, Irene Hammond … and this is the danger with listing people – I know I missed some! If I missed you, please slap me upside the head and tell me to edit this, OK? Thanks.

You can see a little of our get together in my (what else?) Real Estate Show below. Nick, if only you’d gotten to me sooner, I might have worn that sparkly dress. ;)






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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Sarah, tell Jeff I want a kiss on the cheek when I meet him at Inman. LOL See you in a few !

Jun 09, 2008 10:26 AM #5
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

 Very cool Sarah. I hear that Bill Leider guy is trouble!!! Ok just kidding. I've spoken to Bill on occassion and he is actually very nice. Not sure how he got hooked up with toolman. Anyway......looks like everyone had a really good time. I'm sure it was great actually meeting all these computer friends face to face. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 09, 2008 11:28 AM #6
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ

Sarah - It was a pleasure meeting you and the RES Team. I don't think I will be making it to NC, however wish I was. I think it would be wonderful. Just know I am there in spirit. Put my face on a popsicle stick and include me in the photos PLEASE!!  Twitter me and let me know what I missed!! Dang an all girl event...crap, I so am so spontaneous too...don't be surprised if I show up.

Jun 09, 2008 12:38 PM #7
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Looks like you all had a great time!  I'm jealous!  LOL

I'm thinking Jeff picked the right person for the job.  Congratulations - just in case I didn't say it earlier.

Jun 09, 2008 01:30 PM #8
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Hi Sarah! I absolutely LOVE Arizona. I did get to live there for over a year and if I could move anywhere it would be to go back there. My big plan now is to go back every winter for a month to vacation and explore. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Jun 09, 2008 04:13 PM #9
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Sarah... it was so good to get you out to the West. And I'm glad you got a better taste for what RES is all about. I'll see you in WV in a few weeks. :)

Jun 09, 2008 04:42 PM #10
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Sarah,

Are you actually considering using that trip expense as a tax write off?    How could you! Looks like you all had way too much fun there. Good luck in your new venture, you will do well, you always have!!

Jun 09, 2008 11:57 PM #11
Steve Belt, Phoenix & Scottsdale Real Estate
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ

Sarah, great meeting you.  I wish I could have committed to meeting you Saturday morning for the trip out to MMR Park, but I knew there was no way I could get up that early.  Until next time...

Jun 10, 2008 03:58 AM #12
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Sarah.. That was SO MUCH FUN! How cool for us to be able to participate in your birthday party! I really enjoyed meeting you, Jeff, Bill and the RES team. What an awesome group! Companies that have people like this are true success stories.

Jun 10, 2008 04:31 AM #13
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Nick - It is the most amazing company -- I really need to write a blog about some of the stuff we talked about.  This company really DOES have heart, doesn't just say the words.  And I really wish I'd brought that dress now!!  ;)

Steve - You should have come!!  Well, I guess that would be kind of ordinary for you (aside from the time) but I thought it was just beautiful, and now I have lots of beautiful pictures I wouldn't have had.  Next time!!  :)  (And tell me not to wear open sandals!)

Hal - No write off for me, they wouldn't let me pay for a thing.  We did have a great time and I'm loving my new job!  Today has been especially good, we have wonderful clients, too!

Jeff - Thank you so much for the trip!  Really, you want to send me anywhere, you just go right ahead, OK?  :)  I am even more proud to be with Real Estate Shows and I love my coworkers!  Thanks for letting me be a part of this and I'll see you soon!

Lizette - It was so beautiful, I really had no idea!  I'm glad I had the experience, and I stayed with a coworker who has invited me back -- I'd love to take her up on it!  I can see why you want to go back yourself!

Carol - Aww, thank you!  I feel right for the job, I hope I can meet the company's standards.  And it was a GREAT time, I'm glad I got to be there!

Candace - Surprise me, Girl -- show up in NC!!!  I'd love to see you again, you were so much fun!  I'll have to get my craft stuff out and whip up a Candace puppet to take along with us .... OH, could I have fun with THAT!!! 

Bryant - Bill Leider cracked me up so bad and dinner that I CRIED at the table -- UGLY crying where you just laugh so freaking hard!!  He is so smart and just wickedly funny!  He and Jeff make quite the team, they really do!

Missy - Oh, I'd say a kiss on the cheek would not be hard to get from Jeff!  LOL!  And I'll see YOU very, very soon!!  Yay!!

Rochell - Thank you so much!  And thank you for your help and patience while I'm learning, it really helps. 

Kimberly - Thanks!  I'm loving the new job, my coworkers, clients, the product itself ... fabulous to have a job like that!  I am a lucky girl!

Ron - Yes, I met Jay Thompson!  Aren't I a lucky girl??  That was worth the trip right there!  :)

Michael - LOL!! I have no idea how much wine we went through, but my glass was always topped off!  Great company, food, wine, weather and locale -- what a wonderful night!

Jun 10, 2008 05:37 AM #14
Dru Bloomfield
Platinum Living Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

Sarah, It was great to finally meet you after reading you for so long.  I'm really looking forward to talking with you more and hearing about future RES plans!

Jun 12, 2008 12:12 AM #15
Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966

Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert Cool, I clearly don't get out enough. But I'm in eastern Wa so well you know. I use the net.

Jun 12, 2008 12:08 PM #16
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

It's a small world after all! I was in WVA visiting my grandparent and thought of you!


Jun 12, 2008 03:56 PM #17
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Sarah, Awesome post, I would love to see Arizona... What's this about NC ??? That's my home state !!  I tried to follow you on Twitter but have not taken time to even fill out my info... See ya - maybe in NC ????  God bless,

Jun 13, 2008 11:01 AM #18
Tina Maraj
RE/MAX Cornerstone - Fullerton, CA
Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901

Seems like you had a great time. I love how AR is bringing people together!

Jun 14, 2008 02:52 AM #19
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Went there last June...we flew a private plane to and into the canyon...we stayed at the stone mountain resort in Phoenix. It was a giant water park souronding the hotel grounds. I did learn about the black burn marks on my feet as my feet are pretty used to walking without shoes and I have virtually leather feet on my bottoms...but I had to buy water shoes which helped but they were burt at the end of the trip.

Jun 15, 2008 07:34 AM #20
Travis Broadwater

Love it there! Good post!

Jun 18, 2008 03:00 AM #21
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

Sarah, I do believe you are a magnet bringing all these different groups together.  What fun & thanks for the shows.

Jun 19, 2008 08:41 AM #22
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Sarah, so sad I missed meeting all of you. I was at a graduation in Santa Clarita that same weekend. Maybe one of these days. Glad you loved Arizona - so do I. ;-)


Jun 21, 2008 03:44 PM #23
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

hey Sarah, are you having fun yet? I THINK SO! Ahhh... to love your work is no work at all. All the best!

Jun 22, 2008 08:28 AM #24
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