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Vendor Alley 2008 Recap!

Vendor Alley 2008 Recap!

I’m sure I’ll forget something or someone but here it goes!!

In January Landmark Communications announced it was going to sell all its assets including Dominion Enterprises, which owned Homes.com, Advanced Access, Best Image Marketing, Harmon Homes Magazine and eNeighborhoods.

In February FNRES had a management shake up.

In March Mid-Florida MLS (now run by Merri Jo Cowen!) re-signed with Marketlinx . Alan Dalton got paid, and Century 21 brought back the gold jackets.

In April, MLSNI got a new name (MR ED?). Connection 2008 in Philly banned all Vendors, again. And on a sad note Dave Arguijo died.

May heated up when the entire executive management team left eNeighborhoods, YEAH! Dave Rifkin and Michael Hayes were promoted, while VisualTour got a boob on the tube.

In June Bill Gates left Microsoft.

FNRES had a management shake up.

MRIS became comic book writers with “MR IS”. (I wonder if he knows “MR ED”?)

In July Stu Siegel, co-founder of eNeighborhoods bought a big piece of the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team. FBS went to the big show with ARMLS. Greg, Sam, Rene and John partied with B-List television stars. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate took off in San Francisco.

WRG is born.

Last but not least, OnBoard changed it’s name to OnBoard Informatics, so now everyone calls them…..wait for it…… OnBoard. Genius!!

In August Help U Sell filed bankruptcy (big surprise….NOT!) Scott Kucirek was cast in a Kafka film. Gregg Petch left MRIS. Remax.com delivered over 5 million leads to its agent (woo woo!) David Harris took a spot at eNeighborhoods and Barrack Obama rocked the stadium in Denver.

In September everyone drank alphabet soup in California. eNeighborhoods re-signed remax.com.

Dominion Enterprises picked the wrong dancing partner (Lehman Brothers)

October started off well. There was “Vendor on Vendor” and “Vendor on Client” action in the Kissing Room at the CMLS conference hosted by John Mosey.

Then Dominion Enterprises sells the company….FAIL!

Jim Saccacio made Time Magazine. NAR partnered with MOVE, again.

Vendor Alley got a mention in Inman News “25 Most Influential Bloggers:2008″ report! (woo woo!)

In November Andy Woolley turned 50, and celebrated by dancing on a table with half naked chicks. HouseValues changed its name. Marketlinx rocked Orlando! Rapattoni went mobile on the iPhone.

Dwellicious was previewed to great reviews and a Faux FSBO Fight broke out.

Oh yeah, and FNRES had ANOTHER management shake up….John Hensley in, Bev Faull out.

Did I miss anything???

  1. Wow … quite a year … all summed up in half a page! How come I wasn’t invited to Andy’s 50th to see the naked chicks? In fact, I think it was a time warp, as I don’t even remember him turning 40 yet???

    Always great to be a part of your lives, so happy new year Greg and Dan! You’ll always be a part of my life 😉


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