Allen F. Hainge knew how to make an entrance.
At the 2005 CyberStars Summit in Phoenix, Allen arrived outside the conference center riding a huge Brahman bull. That entrance kicked off a powerful three days where the CyberStars – an international group of top real estate agents who use technology extensively in their businesses – shared what they were doing, why it worked (or didn’t) and exactly how to use it.
Allen founded the Allen F. Hainge CyberStars® in 1995 and was one of the leading technology trainers in our industry for decades. He passed away at 69 on August 29, 2013, after a 13-year fight with prostate cancer.
Allen also knew how to make an exit.
Last October, the last time I saw Allen, he and I went to lunch on Lake Anne Plaza near his condo in Reston, Virginia. Allen took us to Café Lakeside inside the Lakeside Pharmacy. To my surprise he walked with a cane and carried a cushion. “Not as much padding as I used to have,” he joked. Allen was noticeably thinner. As always Allen bantered with the lunch-counter owners from El Salvador. Waiting for our lunch (quesadilla for Allen, club sandwich for me), he joshed with three silver-haired ladies at the next table who turned out to live in his condo building on lower floors. “If I was twenty years younger, I’d have struck up an introduction way before this,” he teased. They laughed and promised to turn up the music next time they threw a dancing party, and he could come on down.
As we chatted, Allen asked about everyone we both knew, name by name. And, especially about my wife, Synnove, and our new consumer publishing venture, SmartEssentials.com. “If I know you,” he told me, “it will be a success.” As he always did, Allen put others first.
After lunch, we walked back toward his condo by the shore of Lake Anne where he loved to fish for bass and show others how to catch fish. Allen said he had decided recently to end all further medical treatment for his cancer. He said he had just gone on “palliative” care. When I asked what the doctor’s expected, Allen replied, “Two months or two years, nobody knows.”
Then he stopped. Without missing a beat, he turned to me and said, “One thing I do know. I’ve been truly blessed to have good people and good friends like you and Synnove in my life.”
Here was my friend, telling me he was getting his affairs in order with not long to live and he was telling me he was blessed. As Allen always did, he made you feel like you were someone truly special in his life. He had no complaints. No regrets. Just a spirit as large as his life and as significant as the impact he had on thousands of real estate professionals who attended his seminars – and who implemented his “money-making tips” and prospered from his “Secrets of the CyberStars.”
All though he said he was blessed to know us, in fact, we are the ones blessed by his expansive, sharing spirit…and we are the ones blessed to have known Allen Hainge.
Farewell, my friend.
A memorial service for Allen will be held Sunday, September 8, at 10 am, on Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia. Contributions may be made to Capital Caring (http://www.capitalcaring.org/) or your local AA chapter.
Allen F. Hainge Obituary
In 2010 Allen passed on the CyberStars® torch to Brad Korn to take the organization to the next level without losing the integrity, sharing and culture of the group. Today the CyberStars® are carrying on Allen’s legacy to make the real estate industry a better place. The CyberStars® Summit XIII will be held in Reston, Virginia, September 8-11, 2013.
Podcast Tribute To Allen Hainge
Margaret Rome’s “All About Real Estate” radio show recorded in Baltimore, MD 9/1/13:
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