Tuesday's Treasures~ Zoom Meeting with Special Guest Speaker

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Debe Maxwell, CRS hosted an exciting Zoom meeting today with special guest speaker Ben Kinney! Ben was very transparent and talked us through the beginning days in Active Rain to the present. AR has been purchased several times and while changing hands has undergone its share of glitches with an outdated system.

Ben is committed to our community and has some excellent thoughts on the direction the site needs to take to become a major player in providing opportunities to capture public attention and interaction. Ben has agreed to come to our Tuesday Zoom meeting once a month to communicate with us. Make time to attend the Zoom meeting, it will be well worth your while and answer many questions you might have. T

Thank you Debe for making this interactive meeting possible. We enjoy a caring community made up of real estate professionals and industry partners that want to make a difference!

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Comments (18)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am really sorry that I missed this Zoom session.  I had every intention of participating.  But, something unexpected came up that drew me away!

Jul 28, 2020 01:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie this was an excellent ZOOM Meeting with Ben.  I was impressed on how open he was with us, and have a lot of respect for him after what he shared with us.

Jul 28, 2020 01:48 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR a very exciting meeting indeed. Ben Kinney was wonderful looking forward to more communication and  new ideas 

Jul 28, 2020 01:48 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Glad to hear that Ben is making his presence known to the membership.  Happy you enjoyed the meeting. A

Jul 28, 2020 02:01 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - it's good to hear you and other members who have commented so far found the AR Zoom Meeting beneficial.  As for me, I think I may have had a bit too much Zoom.  

Jul 28, 2020 02:43 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

This was a great meeting, very raw, very authentic and full of great info and history. Long over due but so appreciated. I had a chance to converse with Ben after the meeting and I must say, as one of his critics in the past, I empathized with what he's taken on and will exercise patience and support moving forward. LESSON: communicate, even when it is scary to do so. It resolves so much!

Jul 28, 2020 05:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- wasn't it a great ZOOM meeting!!  I loved hearing from Ben Kinney about how he arrived at buying ActiveRain and appreciated his transparency about what is going on here. I have faith that his intentions are what many of us felt that they were...to support this community. 

Jul 28, 2020 06:33 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Dorie, for the acknowledgement! I am happy to help facilitate anything to do with AR! I am so appreciative to Marie Story for starting these meet-ups. 

Also, I totally agree with you, @Thomas J. Nelson - it's difficult to come back when you haven't communicated for awhile but, once you pull the band-aid off, you feel such a sense of relief. I thank you for being there today and I also applaud you for your approach to the situation. 

Jul 29, 2020 04:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Sounds like I missed a great presentation. Enjoy your day!

Jul 29, 2020 06:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thank you for the update, Dorie,  I truly hope whatever his vision is gets off the ground this time. Ben is a successful businessman.
He must realize how much trust and credibility was lost by sitting on the sidelines in silence for so long.  
I truly hope that the community will get advance notice of when Ben will attend the Zoom meeting ... no baiting, no games, no secret guests, just real honest open communication. Draw people to the Zoom meeting with a purpose. If it is Ben, so be it.  If it is lending, so be it. Whatever the agenda for the meeting - please just be transparent. Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Thanks again. 

Jul 29, 2020 08:37 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I missed a good one, it would have been nice to hear what he had to say.  I hope that ActiveRain will eventually become what he wants it to be.

Jul 29, 2020 09:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Dorie, for your report on the Zoom meeting.

I have continued issues with the 504 Gateway Time-out notifications.

Jul 29, 2020 11:37 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I'm definitely going to try and get on some of these Zoom meetings, but so far have not had the time...That's a Good Thing though!

Jul 30, 2020 10:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, I lost power at my house around 11, and my laptop was not fully charged, so had to miss this one.   With having Ben come in the share the backend details was needed months ago, so hopefully he will stay true and pop in monthly.

Jul 30, 2020 11:29 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie not wanting to repeat myself which I have been know to do all I can say is Time will tell and Time is the best judge... so with that said I am more of the Wait and See attitude Endre

Jul 30, 2020 10:35 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - wouldn't you know that this was the one I missed.  I heard it was informative.

Aug 01, 2020 08:56 AM