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Kim Wood

Kim Wood is a Realtor in West Chester, Chester County, PA where she was born, moved as a child and returned to in 2001. Kim and I have talked a great deal over the phone about what she does for a living and she always hesitates to call it a job because she loves it to much (call it cliche, it doesn’t matter- it’s true). She’s a very upbeat person who has an optimism that is highly contagious!

Kim has been blogging on her WestofPhillyBurbs blog for over a year, she is active on twitter (where she does do business by the way) and is an advocate for social media in her community. Kim is adamant in her stance on being yourself in your blogging and social media efforts and in reading her blog for so long, it is something she practices, not just preaches. Please take a moment to welcome Kim in the comments!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Jay Thompson

    September 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    wOOt! Welcome aboard! Had the pleasure of meeting Kim at Connect SF. She’ll rock.

  2. Nick Bastian

    September 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    saweeettt! Hi Kimmeee.. Oh yeah, “hey kim, i luv you” congrats to all.

  3. Antoinette Scognamiglio

    September 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Sending much love to Ms. Kim! Congrats, what a fantastic forum to be a part of! Big hugs to ya! Looking forward to more big things from you girl!

  4. Chris Shouse

    September 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Kim, it will be soooo fun reading you here Love ya girl:)

  5. Rocky

    September 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    What a huge score! Kim, gald to have you here on AG… now you get moved over to my AG Twitters on Tweetdeck!

    By the way, I HATE VISTA!

    Looking foward to your post.

    Rocky “ROCKS ON”

  6. Jason Farris

    September 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    The most valuable thing that came out of Inman Connect SF for me was meeting Kim Wood! Now I get to read more of her take here at Agent Genius.. WooHoo!

  7. Derek Overbey

    September 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Very awesome Kim. Now I get to read something from you that is more than 140 characters! lol Very well deserved. AG has some of the best writing out there and you just add more juice to the fruit. What in the heck did I just say?…….McLovin

  8. Matt Stigliano

    September 26, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    What can I say…

    Yuengling and cheesesteaks all around!

    (Damn, I really miss Philly sometimes.)

    Welcome Kim from a guy who once lived on Matlack Street!

  9. Lisa Sanderson

    September 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Kim-You KNOW I’m psyched but here is my hearty congratulations anyway!! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say and hopefully we will meet IRL very soon. There really IS NO excuse for us not to. xo

  10. Robert D. Ashby

    September 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Kim, congrats on making it to the genius level.

  11. Faina Sechzer

    September 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Kim, congrats on joining the big league:) You would do great work. Can’t wait to read it.

  12. Bob Carney

    September 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    All these great things happen on my Birthday. Kim will be a wonderful addition to this crew. She truly has been the Social Butterfly in the SocNet. Congrats Kim.. MWA to you too.

  13. ines

    September 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    OMG!! and KIM!! this is awesome!

  14. Bill Lublin

    September 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Welcome Kin ;
    I always knew you were a Genius 😉
    First the Phillies, then the Eagles, and now we’re together at AG – that rocks!

  15. Bill Lublin

    September 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Kim- you know that was a dumb typo (though you are like Kin to me)

  16. Missy Caulk

    September 27, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Kim, Yea remember our talk on the deck? yippe I am so excited to connect with you again here. LOL at Derek’s comment.

  17. Paula Henry

    September 27, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Kim – Welcome to AG! Now you can write more than 140 charachters and really speak your heart and mind.

  18. Jeremy Hart

    September 27, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The VAR Convention has had Genius all around this weekend. Congrats to Kim, just had the pleasure of meeting her!

  19. Heather Elias

    September 27, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Yahoo Kim! Was great to be able to celebrate with you.. =)

  20. Ginger Wilcox

    September 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    about time! Welcome triple b!

  21. Kim Wood

    September 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you so much, Friends! And the couple of people ^^ up there I haven’t connected with yet – believe me when I say, I look forward to !

    I am honored to be a part of a wonderful group of Agent Genius writers and readers !!!!


  22. Sandy Shealy

    September 28, 2008 at 8:37 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, Kim! You are amazing!
    Kudos for sharing your knowledge and experiences with the world!

  23. Rich Jacobson

    September 28, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Oh GREAT! There goes the frickin’ neighborhood now!….

    Welcome to the party, Kim! You’re an awesome addition!

  24. Matthew Rathbun

    September 28, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Let me tell you the only thing that isn’t perfect about Kim, is that she is not from Virginia. I just got the chance to meet her “in person” this week and she’s just as awesome in person as she is on-line. Kim, is the epitome of a social networker. I’ve appreciated her friendship over the past year and can’t wait to read more from her here!

  25. Elaine Hanson

    September 28, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Totally cool, Kim! I’m looking forward to your posts. You will be great!

  26. Cyndee Haydon

    September 28, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Kim – Congrats on becoming a GENIUS – you’ve got a great voice – can’t wait to hear it here! Love Paula’s comment about being able to do it in more than 140 characters – lol 🙂

  27. Kim Wood

    September 29, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Jay- You rock, Jay! I was *so* happy to meet you !
    Nick- Saw that on twitter, hope you mean it, lol.
    Ant-Sweetie, Ant! Thank you! Hope to see you soon!
    Chris-(hugs) I miss connecting with you, hope you are well.
    Rocky-You will always be my I HATE VISTA man! And I won’t forget it.
    Jason-Thanks for being here, Friend! I’m glad to have connected with you at Inman – but still need the IRL hug!
    Derek-McLovin’ you silly, McLovin’ you! You got the car rides – most people can’t say that!
    Matt-You need to come back! Bill & I *plus* cheesesteaks & Yuengling – come on! (lol, I’m always on Matlack St)
    Lisa-Nice to connect with you- yes! IRL soon!
    Robert-Thank you so much – look forward to it.
    Bob-Social Butterfly, love it! You were my first IRL meetup!!! MWA
    Ines-Yes it is! Cheers!
    Bill-And SFO too- remember we met there although live 30 miles apart. lol
    Missy-Deck talk… yes… I wish ….
    Paula-Yes! Get ready for more than 140, lol.
    Jeremy-So nice to meet you and hang!
    Heather-cheers, girl!
    Ginger-Yay! For real – the Triple B’s at Agent G.
    Sandy-aka Mom – thanks for stopping by. *love you*
    Rich-Yep. There it goes…. wait… no!
    Matthew-What a sweet comment. I wish we’d had some ‘talk time’! So happy we got to meet IRL at least!
    Elaine-Thanks, Elaine!
    Cyndee-mwa Girl! You are an awesome friend!

  28. Kim… wow. Congratulations. I’m thrilled for you and know you’re going to make a great addition to Agent Genius!

  29. Tina McManus

    January 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Kim is just one of those people that makes you feel happy just by talking to her. She helped me start my own blog and encouraged me to find my voice. An outstanding teacher and all-around great person.

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Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

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