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Dear (Your Name Here),

Welcome!  By the time I realized how many nice people had arrived that I have not said hello to yet I thought to myself (this is who I usually “think to”), “How far back do I go with this welcoming business?”  In the last few weeks this was really starting to pile up and then the past few days made made the past few weeks seem like nothing.

If I have not said hi to you yet, I not only want to personally welcome, (your name here) but to tell you, (your name here), you will have a lot of fun writing on AG. 

Also, if you are a writer and arrive on AgentGenius anytime between now and the end of the year, please realize I was anticipating your arrival, (your name here) and I was thinking of you when I wrote this post.

For those who have already arrived (nice concept, huh?:-), looking forward to working together.

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Russell has been an Associate Broker with John Hall & Associates since 1978 and ranks in the top 1% of all agents in the U.S. Most recently The Wall Street Journal recognized the Top 200 Agents in America, awarding Russell # 25 for number of units sold. Russell has been featured in many books such as, "The Billion Dollar Agent" by Steve Kantor and "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller and has often been a featured speaker for national conventions and routinely speaks at various state and local association conventions. Visit him also at and



  1. Lisa Sanderson

    September 27, 2008 at 5:47 am

    LOL. Thanks, Russell. I am honored to get a personal note of welcome from you. It is also nice to have finally arrived. Looking forward to doin’ this!

  2. Rudy from Trulia

    September 27, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Now this is Genius Russell!

    To all future geniuses and to those who recently came on board – Missy, Lisa, Kim and Heather – well done.

    Social Media Guru at Trulia

  3. Ben Goheen

    September 27, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Is the photo a shot of extras on the set of Law & Order? Although this doesn’t look like it’s on the court house steps, it sure looks like Sam Waterston in the red jacket…

  4. Paula Henry

    September 27, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Classic Russell – now why didn’t I think of that? Which reminds me, I need to go welcome a few people.

  5. Bob

    September 27, 2008 at 9:22 am

    What Russell said.

  6. Thomas Johnson

    September 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Leave it to Russell Shaw to invent the drip blog post.

  7. Jonathan Dalton

    September 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    It’s probably easiest to just welcome everyone on this post rather than try and go through all of the intros.

    So, welcome.

    Russell – see you this week.

  8. Jim Gatos

    September 27, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Why is it that as soon as I saw the photo and caption I knew this was going to be a “Russell Shaw” post? LOL….

  9. Missy Caulk

    September 28, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Well, thank you (your name here) . Your a genius, oh yea that’s why you are here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Daniel Bates

    September 28, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Let me know if you guys ever want a RURAL real estate blog guru. I’m happy to contribute my knowledge with a slightly different perspective than your MANY other writers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Teresa Boardman

    September 28, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Funny Russel. Maybe you will let me copy this post. Think I missed welcoming you when you came. ๐Ÿ™

  12. Bill Lublin

    September 28, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Ditto to Russell’s post and Teresa’s comment (they’re both much brighter than I am) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    BTW T(h)eresa he’s Russell ;-D

  13. teresa boardman

    September 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    yah I know my spelling sucks. Sorry Russell I have spelled your name wrong before. Watch it Bill. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Deanne Olivas

    September 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I just arrived tonight and can’t stop reading all these great posts. So happy I happened by

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