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Active Rain Success Story - Lights, Camera, Action - Part 1 of 3

It is with great pride for our activerain community that I want to share this exciting news about  Anna "Banana" Kruchten Broker & Business Development Coach.

Wait till you read about the award she has been honored with through!

Anna, is always sharing activerain with anyone who will listen and her actions have been rewarded for the world to see!  Anna found me on Linkedin and invited me to come play in the rain!  It has been a steep mountain with many more hills to climb but it is sure fun learning with friends like Anna Kruchten.

Congratulations to Anna "Banana" Kruchten Broker & Business Development Coach!

Active Rain Success Story - Lights, Camera, Action!

Katherine & Gabe Never in my mind did I picture myself creating as much as I've created on Active Rain this past year. Never! To my complete surprise I received an email from Katie Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR Magazine in December letting me know I was being considered to be one of the eight Masters of Real Estate featured on in 2010.

Where did REALTOR Magazine find me?  On Active Rain of course! Ms.Tarbox had been reading my posts and liked my approach and out of the box ideas on prospecting. She was thinking of me for the Prospecting Master in their  very popular online video training series.

Katie said they'd like to come to Phoenix the first week in January for a 2 day interview and camera shoot, would that work for me?  What a great opportunity and fabulous way to begin 2010 - the first week to boot! Yes - I would be interested!

Katie and Gabe arrived this past Thursday in sunny Arizona and lit up my office in no time at all (in more ways then just lights)! She is a delightful, upbeat and very smart professional woman. And Gabe quickly became part of the office crew with his smile and relaxing demeanor. We all felt very comfortable with them from the first hour of their arrival. Now that's how you can tell a good producer and camera pro!

We spent the first day in my office with longer interview segments regarding my business & prospecting and interviews with other associates. Katie is an expert at asking the right questions. I had never been coached for a professional video shoot so it was most interesting to see how the pros make it happen! I've done many videos, public speaking, teaching and interviews over the years but none as exciting as this interview and shoot! I've got to tell you - I'm hooked! Next stop HGTV!

Improptu Happy Hour

We wrapped up the days shoot with an Impromptu Happy hour at our favorite area wine bar, Bombero's Cafe and Wine Bar. We sent out quick invites to local business associates and about 20 or so were able to join us in giving Katie and Gabe a warm Phoenix welcome. It was also a great networking opportunity for those folks who weren't acquainted with each other yet. I'm sure they'll be doing business with each other in the future.

Gabe contined shooting while Katie shared interesting stories of her travels.  All of us were new to this platform so it made for a most unusual and exciting happy hour we've ever hosted!


In the 2nd post of this series I will be sharing my experience and covering the details shoot by shoot!  The 3rd post in this series will be the final video! I can't wait to share the end result with our Active Rain Family! 

Now - back to Active Rain! I want to express my sincere appreciation to Bob, Brad and all the people that have been part of my amazing journey this past year.  In my wildest dreams I would not imagined that 2010 would be starting out as it has so far. When I started posting on Active Rain I had no clue how to write a good post nor did I have any idea of how to use social media to build my business - none.  I just jumped in all the way and dedicated many many (did I say MANY) hours to learning, growing and becoming part of the BEST online community I've ever experienced. I've had the opportunity to meet many of the members in person and I'm here to say they are as genuine and engaging in real life as they are online! 

I am very thankful to be a member of the Active Rain Family! Thanks to each and every one of you that have shown me the ropes along the way. I look forward to giving back and I look forward to continued growth and creating new relationships in 2010.

Thanks - From The Top Of My Heart!

 Anna Banana

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Comment balloon 15 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • January 09 2010 06:38PM


Hi Caralot..u r next !!!!

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) over 10 years ago

Gary D for Denver, 

It is so fun to have our friend Anna get this well deserved award!  Great way to start out 2010! I am looking forward to hearing more about your Special Saturday Specials!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago



Too cool!  Anna Banana you go girl!  :-)



Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate, Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate! (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) over 10 years ago


Yes, this is very cool for Anna Banana!  We will all be looking forward to Anna's post 2 and 3 with all the juicy details of her 2 day shoot with NAR.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Hi Carra,

Anna rightfully deserved the award. Thanks for sharing a great news.

John Pusa

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 10 years ago


Anna does certainly deserve this award!  She works very hard at staying on top of her community and letting people know with her posts what is going on all around her.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Carra - That is totally awesome!  And I'm so glad you shared that with us.  What an great reward for all Anna's hard work.  Kudos to her.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Carra~ thanks for sharing that fabulous news about Anna!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 10 years ago

Susan and Dawn~ Isn't it fun when one of our friends has a great success like this! Thanks for your support!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Hey Carra - Thank you for letting us know about Anna's great award.  As you know, I've met her in person and she's a great person - so generous and warm.  Did I mention funny?  When I met her at the Active Rain conference in Phoenix, I felt like I'd met a true friend.  She mentioned that her heart was in teaching - she has so much to offer.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 10 years ago

Hi Carra: What a fun series to follow. Active Rain is simply phenomenal in bringing people together, isn't it? And congratulations on being chosen as one of the top 8 real estate masters by Realtor Magazine. That's a considerable honor of which you are obviously deserving.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago


I remember the day we met Anna!  She lights up a room and the energy flows!  Fun to be surrounded by all those good vibes!


I am pleased that you thought this post was about me... but I must confess... this is a re-blog and is about Anna Banana Kruchten the owner of Phoenix Property Shoppe!  She is the dynamo who is one of the top master agents!  It is an honor for her and she gives activerain much of the praise for her success!  Thanks Elizabeth

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Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

That's such a great honor for Anna, Carra.  And so richly deserved, too.  I can't wait to see the finished video when she posts it.  That'll be great.  You are wonderful to reblog this so more people could get a look.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 10 years ago


Yes, this is very special honor for Anna!  I am excited to see the final video too!  She said her entire first day she talked about activerain.. so it is going to be great to hear about it!  I know Anna appreciated the support Heather! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Carra--Wow!  Thanks for re-blogging Anna's post.  I will go to her site to offer my Congratulations promptly. 

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 10 years ago