Kerrie's Blog: MeetUp Successes!!!

MeetUp Successes!!!

I am beyond elated, joyful, moved, and grateful for all of you that attended a MeetUp in your area.  The best part of the old RainCamps was getting to meet you face to face and embed that feeling.  When I get a call or email from one of you that I have personally met, it brings me back.  And that my friends is why the MeetUps are so very, very important.  Whether 4 or 40 people showed up I knew it would be a success!

Many of you thought more members would have come out; and you still expressed having had a fabulous time!  Many of you couldn't believe how many members came out!  This makes me and the staff at AR so incredibly happy to know we have a Community built upon more than just business.  You humanized your on-line AR presence; personal relationships will take you to new levels professionally.

I am just over the moon about the results and I thank you all from the bottom of my toes to the tip of my head.  Thank you to the hosts of these fabulous MeetUps for taking the time and effort out of your busy schedules to find a venue and date that worked.  Thank you to all the attendees that took time out of your day to travel to the venues and hang out. 

What about the Visa gift cards, you ask?  Drum roll please......

The winner of the $200 Visa gift card is Mel Peterson from Grants Pass, Oregon.

Winner of the $100 Visa gift card is Kwee Huset from Venice, Florida.

And the winner of the $50 Visa gift card is David Popoff from Darien, Connecticut.

Again, thank you to all who participated as you've made it apparent that MeetUps are definitely needed and wanted in this fabulous one of a kind amazingly perfect Community!!!!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 80 commentsKerrie La Guardia • September 16 2011 04:23PM


*Most of the points have been awarded.  If you haven't seen yours yet, sit tight they're coming!  :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago


What a lovely event and a great idea...Congrats. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, what a great group of pictures! I wish we could have organized one here too!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 7 years ago

The slideshow is awesome! Fun to see people outside their AR profile pic. I think I look pretty much like mine, but people actually had a hard time recognizing me...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 7 years ago

Are you saying I have a Cheesy smile Kerrie?!?!?!??! Lol... All those pictures are awesome.. I can't wait until the next one.... I already got plans formulatin in my noggin... Beach... Volleyball.... Firepit... Smores... and drinking will be encouraged... :)

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

That sweater gets around!  What, do you mail it from person to person?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

LOL @ Jay and the traveling sweater.  emailed around perhaps.  Cute .

Great photos, I've watched for 15 minutes.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

Kerrie....what a wonderful slide show....thank you so much for posting it....our meet up was great and it was fantastic to meet everyone face to face....Ed and Praful and both delightful....thank you, again, for posting this.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 7 years ago

Cool slide show, Kerrie!  I see Todd Clark in there - he is very photogenic, although he says he is not.  He should show his face more often, maybe on his profile ...  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, Thanks for choosing me as one of the winner, I was so surprised when I received your email. Excellence Job Kerrie, I like your slide show and recognized some of the faces.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 7 years ago

Great shots! I missed ours in The Woodlands because the hubby had to work and I had TPM. I could have brought her but it would have been a very long day for her. She's my #1 gal! Looks like a great time was had by EVERYONE!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

What a great bunch of good looking people!  <;-D

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie, great slide show!  We are all smiling in the Rain!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

Awesome slide show and great news about all the successful meetups!  

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 7 years ago

What a fun slide show.  Great job.  We all had a lot of fun.  Do we get double the pts if we went to 2?

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago


We had a great meetup in Baltimore, and all the success can be attributed to Margaret Rome. She is a real pro at these things.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - someone ask for a drum roll here? I can provide that... but I see I don't need to. We are are so sorry we couldn't make the NJ meetup as we were out of town at the time. I'm sure I'll see Sheldon in town sometime this week anyways.. Great slideshow. Good to see so many A and R'rs meeting up out of the blogosphere. Cool idea and hope this comes along again real soon... Thanks for sharing the slideshow with us. Now where do we get these sweaters from? We missed that memo me thinks...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I love seeing the photos of the meetups! Hope we can pull it together next time we do one as a group for Rain Camp!


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

AR continues to succeed because of people like you, the STAFF and all the wonderful people who believe in AR. The meet-ups are a great place to meet and I'm in hopes someday, I'll be able to visit one. I was at the TAR Convention in Austin at the time it was going on or I would have attended. I'm happy for the turnout and the success that has occurred as a result of these events. Seeing all the happy people on slides and videos, and hearing all about the meet-ups has been very encouraging.

I remember meeting you at RAINCamp in Houston last year and I hope our paths cross again.


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Great slide show!  This whole MeetUp concept was a huge success and I look forward to the next one!

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 7 years ago

great slideshow. I was actually at the Baltimore meetup, but not in any of the pictures. It was a great time

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I loved Kerrie taking time going through your slide show and thank you for highlighting these great networking times.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie, there are a lot of smiles in that slideshow and even I found one. These were fun and I got to meet up with some local people that I only recognize from their online face. Everyone is exactly what they appear to be, and more.  Like your sweater as well

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the slideshow Kerrie!  It was great trying to pick out a few faces in the crowd!

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate over 7 years ago

What a wonderful slide show Kerrie! Thank YOU for putting all of this together!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - great slide show and everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time getting to know each other. There's no substitute for meeting face to face and the MeetUps turned out quite a crowd. Knowing you like I do, I know this makes you so happy and puts you "over the moon" - you are so sincere in contributing and maintaining AR as a special community of friendships and networking!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

I see lots of familiar Rainers. Congrats to Mel, Kwee, and David!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie!  WOW!  I watched three times!  How I wish I could have been at them ALL--what a GREAT group of AR members and what a fantastic day we had here in Charlotte!  It was so fun to see some of the other members and we even had several that are tinkering with the idea of blogging now as a result--I LOVE it!

Thanks for all you do for us, Kerrie--you are AMAZING!



Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 7 years ago

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I am ready to relax!


Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

WOW Ed Silva went to Wilton and Foxborough! That's dedication to go out of state! 

Kerrie, this was a great idea. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - Loved the slideshow and getting to see all those smiling AR faces from all across the country.  We had the best time at Dagny's house in Wilton.  I miss everyone that I met that night and hope we'll be planning on having another one in the near future.  

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 7 years ago

Ours was a small gathering but BIG on sharing information! Thank you for your patience in getting it put together Kerrie! Congrats for the overall success of the first MeetUp!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, Great job on the slideshow.  So many photos and so many AR folks!  Nice!

Posted by Don Barrett (Integrity Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Oh My Gawd... I am so stoked!  I feel so lucky... the last time I won anything of value... was in the 3rd grade when I won 3rd place in a coloring contest.  I won a huge pack of crayons... I think I can buy more than a pack with the Visa card  :):):)  Thanks a whole bunch... the meet-up was more than worth the 3.5 hours it took to get there one way.  I'm all smiles ;)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 7 years ago

Congratulations to Mel, Kwee and David!  And what a pleasure seeing all the photos form the different meetups.  It was great fun.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, i envy those people, they are so happy with the meet up! I hope we can do some meet up somewhere here in colorado. Will be honored to be there and meet my AR frineds. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Rob Kittle, "We Specialize, You Benefit!" -Kittle Real Estate (Kittle Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Kerrie I can say the events were successful, and the slideshow drives the point home.  Can't believe I actually made it:)

Thank you for putting it together and for all those who hosted the individual events.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 7 years ago

Too bad The Woodlands had such a low turn out.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 7 years ago

Looks like these meetups were a big success!  I hope to attend the next time.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

We had a great one here in Fort Lauderdale as well. Eileen Burns hosted the gathering and there were 7 of us that met at Sage.  



Posted by Karen Monsour, REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert! (Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I still hope that one day we can have another AR camp so I get to meet people from all over the country. Love the slideshow. This is a great group of people.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Thanks for putting this together.  So great to see all of the smiling AR faces.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 7 years ago


Our meet up was great.  Thanks for organizing it.  I look forward to another one soon.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Dear Kerrie -
Thanks for the great idea!

balloonsAtlanta Metro was fun! Lane Bailey has another gathering he's working on now. Anyone interested should check his blogs - it'll be near the Big Chicken!
Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 7 years ago

Kerrie- I loved it... it was almost as good as being there in person!  So much fun seeing the other Meet Ups. Thank you for putting this together. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Thank you Kerrie for putting this together. I really,really enjoyed watching this. But I really,really feel bad that I couldn't make it out to the one in VA or MD. Know many of the faces in the slideshow.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 7 years ago

Great job of putting this together, Kerrie, thank you. We had so much fun getting to know other Rainers in the the area. We had about 20 at ours.

Congratulations to Kwee who was at our Meet-up. See it was worth the drive, Kwee.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, loved the slideshow, and recognized so many....Barbara, Margaret, Mel, Ed, Debe...your sweater is so cool reminds me of my native Germany....Great to see so many good locking people! Thank you for the artistic work. Peter

Posted by Peter Michelbach over 7 years ago
How many Meet Ups were held and roughly how many attended? That's neat!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago

What a wonderful slideshow!  The AR meetup was terrific and it's so cool to see everyone else having fun!  Thanks for posting this Kerrie!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 7 years ago

How fun to see all the faces around the country!  Thanks for putting this together Kerrie.  We had a great time at the Phoenix Meetup.  I'm ready for more!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - Thank you for doing such a great job with the planning and the slide show!  Enjoy your weekend. Congratulations to the winners!  But wait we are ALL winners!!!

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 7 years ago

We had a great time at the Atlanta meetup.  I loved the slideshow! Thank you for taking the time to put that together. It was fun to watch.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 7 years ago
We all at a great time at ours. And I'm pretty sure, with or without AR's prompting, our group will di it again. But thanks so much for jump-starting us.
Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Great idea! I'd wanted to attend in Charlotte NC, but a closing got in the way!

Will try to plan better next time - this is a great idea!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) over 7 years ago

I missed this one.  Family issues just seam to keep me hopping.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie I went to the Atlanta meet up and it was great. I am always looking for moe in ouor area. this is a great idea and a lot of fun as well as networking

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 7 years ago


Looks like the first Meet-up was a roaring success. We should do it again.

Had a fabulous time in the San Francisco meet up (in Fremont). Looking forward to the next.

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 7 years ago

Kerrie -- Thanks for posting this.  Most of these individuals would never have had the pleasure of meeting and socializing in person if it were not for ActiveRain. Pretty cool!  We had a great time in Wilton, CT!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Thanks for putting together the slide show.  Wish all of our Scottsdale faces were visible.  We had at least 15 show up!  It was awesome.  Thanks for creating this great opportunity to meet our fellow Rainers!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 7 years ago

Good work.

Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) over 7 years ago

Looks like wherever you go you have nice people food, fun and drink - at least drink in Las Vegas.  I saw the martini glass.


Posted by Gerald Mayo, Mr. Estes Park (Prudential Team Realty) over 7 years ago

Our Baltimore meetup was wonderful, as always. I love when we all come together. Ellie(#21) here is a picture of you and Carolyn at our meetup. Thanks for showing up in liquid sunshine and traffic.

CTann-Ellie ..Baltimore Meetup 9/8/11

Kerrie, The video is fantastic. Like Debe, I watched it a couple of times. Now if only I could name everyone...

Is it possible to have AR members get together and be unsuccessful? I think NOT!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

We had over 40 MeetUps with over 300 attendees!  YES!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

Thanks for including the slide show.  Looks like fun!

Posted by Jayne Clement, Los Angeles Short Sale Agents (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, love the slide show!  Meet Ups were an awesome idea!  It's great to further those on-line friendships!  Thank you to Bryan and Karen who set up our SF Bay Area meet up!

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) over 7 years ago

The meet up was a great idea. Met a lot of great folks.

Posted by Mark Warner over 7 years ago

Had a wonderful time at our meeting in Fremont, CA. A good group of people who just met... to meet in person those we so admire here on Cyber-AR. We will do it again, I am sure.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 7 years ago
Kerrie, It is great to be part of this "fabulous one of a kind amazingly perfect Community!!!!" Thanks to all of you who've brought us together!!!
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, the San Francisco meetup in Fremont was really great. So much fun to meet people you feel like you already know.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

I missed it  but I put 2 in contract last week instead.  I hope to make one in the future.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Kerrie this is fantastic! Blown away with the photos in this post. Congrats all around.

Posted by Ruby Lee Sweeting, Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes (Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas) over 7 years ago

HI Kerrie, I agree with you totally about making connections like we did at the events, but I also like the new virtual raincamp even more, less time, travel, expenses, the new virtual raincamps, I think that the AR MeetUps will grow as well.   Looking forward to the next one and count me in to host again for Tarrant County.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) over 7 years ago

Kerrie--I had fun reviewing the photos on your slide show.  Thanks.  Someday  . . .

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Congratulations for a job well done. This is simply awesome and hope these meetups will always continue. Great job and the photos of our members are so totally awesome!

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 7 years ago


The meetups were a great idea and it was fun to host one as well as to see what everyone did. We were having such a good time at dinner talking that we never even took any photos - a first for me.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

We enjoyed watching the slide show, reading your post and reading the comments.  We're a bit late on Maui  - our realtor's meet-up is not happening  until Oct. 5th, I hought I should share the invite here in case some Maui Realtors are reading this post. - Thanks for the inspiration to do a realtors tweet-up :)


Posted by Tricia Morris (Hawaii's Premiere Mortgage Company) over 7 years ago

Kerie-  I missed this post back in September.  I am glad you shared the link for the December AR Meetup.  Great turnout, great pictures, and lots of happy rainers!

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) over 7 years ago

Love the slide show.  Wish I was there for you meet up at HQ!  Kristine


Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Realtors (, Santa Monica Real Estate :) ) over 7 years ago

Haha. I just watched the entire slide show. I can't wait to end up at one of these things!                                      

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 7 years ago