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rich jacobson joins ag

Please help us in welcoming Rich Jacobson (aka Sparky, aka ActiveRich) to Agent Genius! Rich has a unique background as a real estate professional, noted speaker, social guru, and for those who know him on Twitter and other networks, you already know he’s an all-around nice guy!

He has insider knowledge of the inner workings of Active Rain (where he serves as the AR Community Builder) as well as his local market in Washington State, as exhibited his own blog, Sound Bite Blog so this will be REALLY interesting!

Does this mean Agent Genius writers and commentators can’t be open and honest about their opinions regarding Active Rain? Absolutely not. Agent Genius is about growing and sharing, and discussion of AR is part of that which in conversation, I quickly learned that Rich embraces.

Welcome, Rich- we look forward to your insight!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. monika

    May 19, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations Rich!

  2. The Harriman Team

    May 19, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Welcome Rich! We look forward to reading your posts,especially since we are kind of, ahem, in-ActiveRainers!

  3. Mariana

    May 19, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Welcome Sparky! I look forward to what you have to offer. You are always packed full of great ideas and information.

  4. Jeremy Hart

    May 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    @ActiveRich, good to see you here!

  5. Chris Griffith

    May 19, 2008 at 10:27 am

    What an excellent addition. Who doesn’t love Sparky? 🙂

  6. Matthew Rathbun

    May 19, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Awesome to see you here! Look forward to reading more from you!

  7. ines

    May 19, 2008 at 10:35 am

    This is a pleasant surprise. Funny how people started doubting “the nice guy” after he joins the AR crew – but once a nice guy, always a nice guy. Maybe Rich will share the secret.

  8. Jeff Turner Welcomes ActiveRich!

    May 19, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Rich… I’ll look forward to your contributions here! Congrats to the AgentGenius team. You can’t have enough nice guys. 🙂

  9. Ann Cummings

    May 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hey Rich – congrats on another hat to wear!! 😉

    I look forward to reading your posts here on AG!

  10. Irina Netchaev

    May 19, 2008 at 10:59 am

    What a great choice in Rich aka Sparky! Congrats to AG for a wonderful choice and to Rich for the selection! Can’t wait to get more of your insights! 🙂

  11. Jay Thompson

    May 19, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Rich who? 😉

    Welcome to the fold!

  12. Jay McGillicuddy

    May 19, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Hey Rich, congratulations!!!

  13. Barry Cunningham

    May 19, 2008 at 11:12 am

    great Post!

  14. Jay Thompson

    May 19, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Barry – yer killin me! That was actually insanely funny.

  15. Jeremy Hart

    May 19, 2008 at 11:21 am

    someone get Barry 10 points for commenting! And I’ll take five, for commenting on the comment.

    Can someone tell me where the term “Sparky” came from? Don’t know that I’ll be referring to Rich as Sparky, but I’m interested in the back story, anyhow.

  16. Barry Cunningham

    May 19, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I wanted Rich to feel at home.

    Jay, it’s the antedote for the dogbite i had finally kicking had one at one time dind’t ya? 🙂

    And yes Jeremy..I’ll take my 10 points! 🙂

  17. Mariana

    May 19, 2008 at 11:31 am

    LOL@Barry … but you forgot the 4 lines of blatant advertising after your well-thought out comment.

  18. Matthew Rathbun

    May 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Ok Barry, so folks are trying to figure out why I am laughing in the corner at our “serious” meeting… That’s too funny!

  19. Jim Duncan

    May 19, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Just make sure you don’t put links anywhere other than right here on AG, otherwise we will have to throw scorn at you for trying to hijack the posts!

  20. Barry Cunningham

    May 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Mariana and matt, sorry it took me so long to respond. I was going through and trying to find the right character to post on my blog! So many to choose from..can’t make up m mind.

    Rich can ya give me a hand?

    Ok enough..I’ll stopp before I get banned…just kidding.

  21. Vicki Moore

    May 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Welcome aboard. I’m looking forward to your posts.

  22. Rich Jacobson

    May 19, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Boy, this is a rough crowd, and I haven’t even posted my first AG article!

    Barry, as we like to say over on SoundBiteBlog…..BITE ME! ( I just deducted 10 points!)

    Chris, Barry needs an avatar. Can you send him that .jpeg of Spotted Dick?

    Jim – you mean no ‘teaser’ posts back to my AR blog? Crap, Lani didn’t say anything about that!

    Mariana – What a great comment. Ya know, whenever I think of comments, it reminds me of this really great real estate agent out in Washington State….

    Jeremy – it was given to me by Buckwheat (aka Mark Flanders), my better blogging half over at SoundBite. I don’t know why he thought it up. I’ve never asked.

    And to the rest, it’s truly My honor to be associated with such esteemed colleagues. I look forward to my involvement here, and becoming better acquainted with you all.

    Jay – It’s called Agent Genius. How’d you get in? (cha-chang!)

  23. Chris Lengquist

    May 19, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Rock Chalk!

  24. Missy Caulk

    May 19, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Rich, congratulations on becoming a genius, but of course we already knew that.

  25. Dale Chumbley

    May 20, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Way to go Rich! And way to go genius for getting him here! Win-Win for all involved!

  26. Bill Lublin

    May 20, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I out of the office and am away from my computer for a day working on my real estate company , and the family grows – I may have to stop working just to keep track of who’s where 🙂

    After following you on twitter, I can’t wait to see what you can do with more then 140 characters!


  27. Teresa Boardman

    May 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Welcome, nice to see that you are not afraid to leave active rain. Keep in mind you don’t get points here.

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