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Check this guy out

My first few weeks on AR, I kept seeing a name over and over. The guy would always post on the same blogs that I posted on. As I started to write a few blogs, he would comment on my blogs. I like what he had to say. For the most part, we agreed on most everything.

For those of you who are either new to AR, or who don't get out much, I would like to introduce you to one of my newest friends and heroes, Mr. Simon Conway. He is my friend for the usual reasons; great guy, good businessman, loves his kids, conservative ideals, and plain all around nice guy. He also coaches tennis which is one of my favorite sports. I would bet that as a real estate agent, he makes lots of friends just for showing up. He is that good.

The reason that he is my hero goes a bit deeper. Most of us in this country don't think too much about other countries and what they could offer. Even countries that we like to visit and play in don't really ever cross our minds as possible places to live. And even if we did move to any of those countries, we probably would not be fully supportive of them like we are the good ole USA. Can you imagine moving over to say Denmark, and being their Olympic Team's biggest supporter? Or how about moving to Brazil and thinking that their military is just the greatest thing on Earth? I don't think so.

Simon is a full blooded Londoner. Born and raised there. He even ran a succesful business there. At some point he decided to move here. He not only started anew, but he also went through the legal 7 year process to become a US citizen. Most of us did it the easy way and could not imagine doing it the hard way. He, and many like him, are probably better citizens than some of us.

Simon hosts a radio show out of a station in Orlando, Florida. He even writes a blog for the station. Here is the link:  I highly recommend it.

All of these things about Simon are great, and he is a great guy, but they are not the reason that he is one of my heroes. There is a guy named Spanky Gibson. Simons knows all about him and has written numerous blogs about him. Here is one of them:

He has constantly reminded those of us who were born here, and take our citizenship for granted, that there are people like Spanky who are willing to give and give again, and even again for our great nation. The people who give the most are often the most overlooked. While many people have written about Spanky, it is Simon's writing about him that sticks out at me. Simon is the guy who moved to another country and became that countries biggest supporter.



FYI- Simon even has groups named after him on other websites. The man is simply too darn popular.

Comment balloon 19 commentsKevin Robinson • November 22 2009 10:29AM


Thanks for the article. We learn a lot from Active Rain Blogs. Best Regards,

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 10 years ago

It is great you have wrote about Simon-he is right most of us here do take things for granted because we were born here. We could all take a lesson and learn from Simon.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 10 years ago

Yes, I read his posts and like them, as I also like yours.  Nice job Kevin

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) over 10 years ago

Nice endorsement for your friend-- will check his blogs out.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Keven,

Nice blob. I think it's nice when we recognize people for their accomplishments in life. I can tell you something first hand, I've lived in other parts of the world including London and one thing is for SURE, I never take my citizenship for granted nor should anyone else.

Thanks for posting.

Roy Giordano

Posted by Roy Giordano - Top Real Estate Expert, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes (RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ) over 10 years ago

Unfortunately, alot is taken for granted and it is great to read a post about how you don't take you freedom for granted and what the commitment it takes to struggle to get that citizenship.  I love posts such as this.  Thank you.

Posted by Barb Van Stensel over 10 years ago

Thanks for introducing us to Simon.  He sounds like a blogger I'd like to get to know better.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 10 years ago

Kevin,  I have come to know Simon in recent times also.  I am always astounded how those who adopted our country seem to be more knowledgeable about our history and politics than we are.

Simon has a great respect for the military and the sacrifices they make for our freedoms every day.  More Americans should learn from Simon that we owe these people a huge debt of gratitude.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 10 years ago

Well said Kevin, I couldn't agree more


Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 10 years ago

Simon is one of the few who actually sees America for all her greatness, as well as what has happened to this country in recent months.

I like his motto, "He has been where we are going"

I cry when I hear that because Simon left socialism in England and came here to find it once again here in America.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 10 years ago

From what I've read about Simon, he's a stand up guy.  He doesn't plan in the rain often enough. 

Thanks for reminding us.  Katerina knows him and says wonderful things about him.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi, Kevin - I agree regarding your assesment about Simon.  I'm happy to have known him and for that matter you, and the others in SM.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 10 years ago

I agree.  Simon's blogs demonstrate his deep love for our country, his patriotism and kind heart. 

He does indeed seem very popular on AR for the RIGHT reasons. 

I enjoy reading his blogs because I always learn something new and his writing is excellent.

Posted by Melissa Anderson (Mortgage of Texas & Financial) over 10 years ago

Hey Flag! I am shocked and honored that you would write this about me. I have met some incredible people on AR and I am proud to be able to call you my friend. I am rarely lost for words, but I genuinely didn't know what to write back to you.

To all who have commented - all I really have for you is "thank you". And for my friends - you guys are special and it is my privilege to know you.

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago

Kudos to you Kevin.  I've met Simon here in Orlando.  What a great guy and a real patriot.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I met Simon early on in my time here on AR, he is a great guy. It's been a while since I have listened to his radio show, but I have caught it once or twice.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Kevin - You're right Simon knows the danger we are facing, but not enough want to listen. The liberal elitist are now in charge.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Simon is da man!  Whenever I see that commercial the worlds most interesting man I think hey, that must be what its like to be Simon!



Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) over 10 years ago

Kevin, Great post and a well deserved one.  Simon is a true Patriot.  I'm happy to include him in my circle of acquaintences, and hope someday to have to honor of calling him "friend".

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago