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Lisa Sanderson practically grew up in the real estate business. She began working, as an Assistant at age 19, for a small independent real estate company in 1987, gaining experience in administration, marketing, client service & technology before working her way to Pennsylvania licensure in 1992. She later honed her skills by working for a large building company and a large real estate franchise. In 1997, Lisa joined Bob Hay at a real estate company in the Poconos and remained there until the opening of BOBHAY.COM, REALTORS in 2002.

Lisa is currently serving her second year as President of a 1700 property homeowners’ association, and finds her experience in real estate to be an excellent fit in this position. Lisa is a leader who is also active in other organizations, including her local REALTOR Association.

Lisa is a wonderful leader, has a very SHARP sense of humor and you are really going to enjoy her writing and I can’t wait to learn from her. Please welcome Lisa 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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21 Comments

  1. Mark Eckenrode

    September 26, 2008 at 11:27 am

    woot and welcome, lisa. glad to have ya on board.

  2. Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions

    September 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Way to go Lisa. I look forward to reading your posts here at agent genius. 😉

  3. Glenn in Naples

    September 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Welcome. You have a truly great background and look forward to your articles.

  4. BawldGuy

    September 26, 2008 at 11:40 am

    We already have something in common, Lisa. We both got our start in the biz as teenagers. Welcome to the party. I’ll be watchin’ for your posts, as Benn & Lani choose wisely.

  5. Chris Shouse

    September 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Welcome Lisa can not wait for your posts. I am sure I will learn so much from you since I started in the business @50 and had finally decided what I wanted to be when I grew up LOL. Benn and Lani rock and I am sure you will be a wonderful addition.

  6. Lesley

    September 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats Lisa! I enjoy you on twitter, looking forward to reading your posts here, too!

  7. Kim Wood

    September 26, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Yay!!! So happy for you, Lisa! I look forward to reading wha you have to say 🙂 !!!

  8. Mike Mueller

    September 26, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Yeah Lisa!

    AG is on a roll…

  9. Jason Sandquist

    September 26, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Looking forward to reading your insights on the real estate market and maybe some posts from a presidents view of a homeowner association.

  10. Desiree Daniels

    September 26, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Lisa congrats on the great honor…. this is a wonderful group to be associated with. Best of luck

  11. John Lauber

    September 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Wow. Congrats Lisa. More good news coming out of Agent Genius.

  12. Lisa Sanderson

    September 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    You people are so sweet! Thanks so much for the welcoming words. I hope I can live up to the greatness we have all learned to expect from AG and I am so honored to be given this opportunity. Thank you all for your support!

    @bawldguy Did they even *have* a real estate industry when you were a teenager? I thought peeps just staked claims back then. (I told you that I would get you back someday for that wrong you did me awhile back, didn’t I? 😉 )

    @kimwood 😡 mwa!

    @ Jason: Would love to hear your suggestions on topics that might be of interest to you along those lines.

    @dezdaniels brilliant!

    @johnlauber PA is in da house!

  13. Missy Caulk

    September 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Lisa, I can’t wait to get to know you better. Starting at 19 is amazing.

  14. BawldGuy

    September 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Very nice — this one fights back. 🙂

  15. Lisa Sanderson

    September 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    @missycaulk: Thank you. If you ever wanna kibbitz about being the newbies, don’t hesitate!

    @bawldguy: Yes, and I never forget either grrr

    @kimwood That smiley did not come out right. It was intended to be kissy, not scary!

  16. Jay Thompson

    September 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, another stellar addition! If Ag keeps adding quality writers at this pace I can just slip off into the ether and even Lani won’t be able to know whether or not I’m overdue for a post….

    Welcome aboard!

  17. Robert D. Ashby

    September 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Lisa, welcome to the AG family. Glad to see more talent showing up here.

  18. Paula Henry

    September 27, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Lisa – Welcome to AG! Sorry to be late here – I should have written a ussell Shaw type welcome so I wouldn’t miss anyone. Looking forward to getting to know you!

    Jay – who are you kidding – Lani knows! 🙂

  19. Rich Jacobson

    September 28, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Lisa: I am late to the party once again! Congrats and a very warm welcome to the AG family! We look forward to your contributions and insights!

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