New Faces From New Places

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 I've been prowling the Introductions Forum again. You never know who you might meet there. Who knows, ActiveRain's next awesome blogger might have signed up yesterday. Or it might have been a new Home Stager with creative ideas. Or even a Marketing Guru coming in from cyberspace to check out the 'Rain.

In any event, I think people can easily get lost when they first come to our ever-growing network of characters, wisewomen, gurus, newbies, experts and pranksters.

Here's a sampling of the new folks who stuck a hand in the air to say hello to ActiveRain. If you see some one from your neighborhood leave a comment to welcome them. I'll be dropping a link to this informal "Welcome Wagon" on their forum posts soon. It's always nice to hear a friendly hello when you venture into somewhere new.


IL   Steven Medina  -- Invited in by Nima

MD   Alicia White-Kelly  -- Virtual Assistant and Licensed Agent

CA   Teresa Chaney  -- Home Stager

CA   Sal Jumawan  -- Personalized Greeting Cards

KS   Nicholas Lerner  -- Real Estate Agent

NY   Christopher Clark  -- Insurance Agent

GA   Christy Powers  -- Live from Georgia

GA   Brande Bradford  -- Coming to us from Agents Online

DE   Mike Brown  -- A Realtor I think

TX   Dee Copeland  -- A brand new Texan

UT   Suburban Mortgage, Inc.  -- You have to check the Santa pic on the forum

TN   Nic Nicaud  -- Here's a new Realtor who found us the old-fashioned way; by accident

NC   Joyce Bliss  -- Joyce and Jet came into the 'Rain

NC   Karen Reynolds  Home Staging in North Carolina

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Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
Welcome to all newbies!
Dec 29, 2006 06:27 PM #15
Renee Kokoszka
Citizens First Financial - Park City, UT

Yes!!!!!!! It works.  Thanks for the quick reply.  I was wondering if I was in this Big Blog World alone.  Have a great new year!   

Dec 29, 2006 06:57 PM #16
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Hi Mark,

What a delightful surprise to be welcomed!  Thanks for taking the time to visit my Blog and I appreciate the note of encouragement.  I truly enjoy this forum of expression and look forward to continuing to grow and learn.  Best wishes for a wonder-filled New Year!

Lola Audu, CRS GRI

Audu Real Estate

Dec 29, 2006 07:20 PM #17
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA

Hi Lola,

I continued to browse through your articles. You have talent! Every article was well-done. I look forward to being a regular visitor.

Dec 29, 2006 07:40 PM #18
Toby Barnett
Barnett Associates R/E Team - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
Nice post Mark and I love the ActiveMark logo you made up! Brilliant...another cool thing this is my 1000th comment :)
Dec 30, 2006 12:04 AM #19


Thank you for inviting me.  Hello to everyone on the board!!  Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year!

Kind regards,

Alicia White-Kelly
BranJor Solutions Inc.
A Virtual Administrative Support Company
Phone: 301.350.5376
Fax:     301.576.5488
"Virtually Assisting with all your Business Needs"
Visit for the latest at AVON

Dec 30, 2006 07:09 AM #20
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Just as the weekly summaries bring attention to blogs I've missed during the week, a summary of newcomers and good rookie posts help us find them as well.
Dec 30, 2006 07:17 AM #21
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Mark - great idea to post the new folks joining Active Rain.  I never think to go to the forums, unless I have a question that I can manage to solve on my own.  I'll go check that out, as well as the new blogs to say 'welcome'.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Happy New Year,


Dec 30, 2006 07:22 AM #22
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Hey there Mark,

There should be an award on AR for the most welcoming and helpful people.  You and Rich would be on the top of that list!  You set good examples for everyone!  Thanks for recommendation.  You keep us all in the spirit of giving on AR.  A very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Lisa & Bob


Dec 30, 2006 09:00 AM #23
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Director of Property Management


You are the goodwill ambassador! Which brings to mind the concept of the "Welcome Wagon". In days gone by communities had a desiganted group of people who would formally welcome new home owners to the community. The group was known as the welcome wagon. Just a thought (Newbie Group)!

Dec 30, 2006 09:18 AM #24
Suzanne Marriott
Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Anthem, AZ
Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO
Mark - you are becoming the official meeter and greeter to the newbies on Active Rain.  Keep up the great work!
Dec 30, 2006 09:24 AM #25
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA

Renee: You are not alone, there's a whole bunch of us madmen out here!

Toby B: 1000 comments? Has anyone ever said you talk alot? :)

Alicia: Welcome! It's a friendly place

Sharon: It's easy to forget isn't it?

Ann C: Ditto from Sharon, it's too easy

Lisa and Robert!: How are youse guys? How's the website tuning coming along? You are too kind.

William: Thanks for the comment, maybe I should have done politics.....nahhh

Suzanne: How'd that happen?

Dec 30, 2006 11:07 AM #26
Bob Volanti
Keller Williams Realty Fresno - Clovis, CA
Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor


Thanks for the welcome. Look forward to participating with the Activerain community. Looks like you're doing a great job. Thanks again.

Bob Volanti

Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate

Clovis, Ca

Dec 30, 2006 12:46 PM #27
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA
Welcome aboard Bob!
Dec 30, 2006 02:11 PM #28
Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Lisa & Bob,  Mark & I are the official AR Welcome Tag Team! Or maybe it's more like "The Dean & Jerry Show?" I play comic relief while he plays the straight, serious guy. Or perhaps, it''s more like "Tweedledum and Tweedledummer?" Of course you know who the dummer one is!

Dec 30, 2006 05:24 PM #29
Craig Schiller
Baird & Warner - St. Charles, IL

"Tonights the night the world begins again..."

While these are not my words, they are the words of an amazing rock song that conveys my wish to you on this eve of a New Year.

Happy New Years!


Listen here: Windows or Quick Time

Dec 31, 2006 02:42 PM #30

Jet says "hello" back. Can't really speak for Jet but I am sure he says he loves the board and all the attention he got on his initial picture with Santa. (Just to clarify Jet is a dog but don't tell him)


Jan 02, 2007 12:22 PM #31
Joyce Bliss

Jet says "hello" back. Can't really speak for Jet but I am sure he says he loves the board and all the attention he got on his initial picture with Santa. (Just to clarify Jet is a dog but don't tell him)

(corrected post) sorry....I am a newbee....

Jan 02, 2007 12:28 PM #32
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA
Craig, thanks for the GooGoo Dolls clip. Made my whole morning!
Jan 02, 2007 01:05 PM #33
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA

Okay Joyce we can keep Jet's background a secret. If he doesn't know he's a dog, I won't tell him!

Welcome to ActiveRain!

Jan 02, 2007 01:07 PM #34
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