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Old 01-16-2007, 06:20 PM
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Jimlewis,

How much did you purchase this year then 100K+ in components?
No. Not nearly that much. We had a lot of growth points. And we also get the maximum amount of points because we are a 100% Select Contractor. So at the 100% Select level, you get a LOT more points (per dollar spent) than you do if you are at one of the other two lower levels. And then with growth points, they take whatever you bought in the previous year and that becomes your "base" for the current year. And so whatever you purchase in the current year ABOVE your base, you get like triple points for. (Rainbird is looking for companies who are growing rapidly and rewarding these companies more). Then on top of all this we sold probably 50% more irrigation installs than any previous year. So it's all that combined that let us have the points to go.
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Old 01-16-2007, 06:25 PM
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Great pics Jim. Why no bikini pictures???

Does Rain Bird only schedule these at resorts that are 100% their product installed?
Um. Well, even when I was taking the random pool pictures I noticed the ladies in bikinis were already starting to get nervous about a guy with a camera. If I had pointed at them, I think I would have been in trouble - not only with them but with my wife as well.

Rainbird heads only? I don't think so. I think the main concern is the quality of the establishment, rather than which sprinkler heads they use. I don't think Rainbird intends to punish hotels and resorts for decisions their building contractors made 10 or 15 years ago. At this resort, I never could find a sprinkler head.
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Old 01-16-2007, 06:48 PM
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Good for you, looks like you had a lot of fun.

Problem for a company like mine is that we are repair only so we don't buy mass quantities of supplies. But I would really like to go on one of these someday.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:32 PM
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With your luck Dana they'd probably schedule you for one... say... late April.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:33 PM
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Um. Well, even when I was taking the random pool pictures I noticed the ladies in bikinis were already starting to get nervous about a guy with a camera. If I had pointed at them, I think I would have been in trouble - not only with them but with my wife as well.
Heck... MY wife points them out to me. Guess she figures it helps getting me "stirred" up.
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Just a quick review;

The trip was just amazing, as I am sure you can see from the photos. There were about 400 Select Contractors there from across the nation. Well, I should say 400 people attended the conference. Many were wives. And a few were kids. So of that 400, probably only 150-200 were contractors.

They took absolute great care of us from the moment we arrived at the airport. They had guys with signs waiting for us to take our bags and direct us to our shuttle. Then when we arrived they had everything already arranged. They even took care to tip everyone in advance for us. So we never had to tip the bellmen, maids, concierge, etc. The first night they had a great welcome party for us with a good buffet and an open bar. That night everyone let loose. Some of us a little too much. We had short conferences each day for the next two days. They were only about 4 hours each day and they were actually very informative. I came away with some really great ideas. And of course, they took care of every meal.

On the 3rd night, they took half of us to a gorgeous restaurant way up in the hills. We had a great time up on a deck / veranda overlooking part of the bay. There was an open bar. And then we ate a steak and seafood dinner.

The 4th day was all recreation. Some people went on Canopy Tours (buzzing from one tree to another on a cable line in the jungle), others went whale watching, deep sea fishing, diving, or on a ATV tour through the jungle and villages nearby. My wife and I chose the ATV tour, which was a blast.

Usually around 9:00 or 10:00 each night you had the option of just going back to your room or hanging out with your local Rep. and some others at the local watering hole there in the hotel. And of course, they always paid for it all.

Then that night, they had a beach party / dinner for us again. Live entertainment, open bar, all that.

Throughout the trip, there was lots of free time to go hang out by the pool, go shopping, play on the beach, whatever. So that was cool too. We got more free time than I imagined we would.

Rainbird really went out of their way for us. I tell ya, going to Puerto Vallarta is awesome any time. But when someone else is paying for it all - it's even better. They really put on a class act trip. Everyone had a blast and we all can't wait until next year. Hopefully some of you all will join us next year.
So, Jim,,,,



We've been invited to the Fly-in this spring and are totally stoked. We are on our way in March, and love RB, and plan to learn all we can and sell all we can in the future. I am in in for Maxicom classes in March, as well. What do you have to say?
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:06 AM
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Well, first, congrats for dredging up a very old threat! LOL.

That's great. You know I am a die-hard RB guy. I love the product and I love the way they treat their contractors like Gold. I can't tell you how much RB helps me each year.

That's great you're going to the fly-in this spring! You're gonna have a blast. When they took me on my first fly-in I didn't have to pull out my wallet for anything the entire time. It was first class all the way. Every time I even thought about anything, they were already getting it for me. I am not used to being treated so well. So it was a really nice change of pace.

Next was the Select Contractor trip, as I talked about in this old thread. That was amazing too! They didn't quite pay for everything on the S.C. trip. But pretty close. They paid for 90% of the stuff I did on that trip. Still treated us like first class the whole time.

Since then, I've been on another 2 trips on RB's dime. Good stuff.

What do I have to say? Well, first of all, half the guys here on lawnsite are gonna call you a sell-out. So get ready for that.

But no, really.... If you're going to get serious with RB, it pays to be loyal. I know guys locally who are "kinda" with their rewards program. Or "kinda" on the Select Contractor program. But they never really commit and never really make an effort to get to know their RB rep. and never really take advantage of all the things that the rep. would do for them, if they were really serious. So they never get to experience all the great rewards.

If you guys are going to be on the RB Rewards program, or even better - on the Select Contractor program, there are some more things I would advise you about in private. That would have to be done in PM. But it's all good. I love my RB rep's. They are awesome. I can't tell you how much they've helped me over the years.

That's great though. You're going to have a blast.

Hopefully your boss is one who likes to "share the rewards" with his employees. When I go on the Select Contractor or other trips, a lot of times I am hanging out with the foreman of a company, not necessarily the owner. So helping the owner be successful and getting him lots of RB points can help you too. I know a lot of companies around here who send their top guys on trips when they can't make it.

Besides the big trips, though, there are a LOT of ways RB will help you with other parts of your business from providing presentation materials to training to on-site help to other stuff. But one thing they don't like is free-loaders. They don't like the contractors who show up at all their promo functions but then never buy any of the show specials. Or contractors who go to the fun local "casino night" on RB's dime just to get the free drinks and food and prizes but then never even bother to try out their products. Those guys don't get the good stuff later. RB is more than gracious with contractors who are loyal and willing to give their products an honest shot. But they are weary of free-loaders. So keep all that in mind. The rest of the really good stuff I can tell you in email or PM.

Have a blast!!! That's awesome.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:39 AM
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Well, first, congrats for dredging up a very old threat! LOL.

That's great. You know I am a die-hard RB guy. I love the product and I love the way they treat their contractors like Gold. I can't tell you how much RB helps me each year.

That's great you're going to the fly-in this spring! You're gonna have a blast. When they took me on my first fly-in I didn't have to pull out my wallet for anything the entire time. It was first class all the way. Every time I even thought about anything, they were already getting it for me. I am not used to being treated so well. So it was a really nice change of pace.

Next was the Select Contractor trip, as I talked about in this old thread. That was amazing too! They didn't quite pay for everything on the S.C. trip. But pretty close. They paid for 90% of the stuff I did on that trip. Still treated us like first class the whole time.

Since then, I've been on another 2 trips on RB's dime. Good stuff.

What do I have to say? Well, first of all, half the guys here on lawnsite are gonna call you a sell-out. So get ready for that.

But no, really.... If you're going to get serious with RB, it pays to be loyal. I know guys locally who are "kinda" with their rewards program. Or "kinda" on the Select Contractor program. But they never really commit and never really make an effort to get to know their RB rep. and never really take advantage of all the things that the rep. would do for them, if they were really serious. So they never get to experience all the great rewards.

If you guys are going to be on the RB Rewards program, or even better - on the Select Contractor program, there are some more things I would advise you about in private. That would have to be done in PM. But it's all good. I love my RB rep's. They are awesome. I can't tell you how much they've helped me over the years.

That's great though. You're going to have a blast.

Hopefully your boss is one who likes to "share the rewards" with his employees. When I go on the Select Contractor or other trips, a lot of times I am hanging out with the foreman of a company, not necessarily the owner. So helping the owner be successful and getting him lots of RB points can help you too. I know a lot of companies around here who send their top guys on trips when they can't make it.

Besides the big trips, though, there are a LOT of ways RB will help you with other parts of your business from providing presentation materials to training to on-site help to other stuff. But one thing they don't like is free-loaders. They don't like the contractors who show up at all their promo functions but then never buy any of the show specials. Or contractors who go to the fun local "casino night" on RB's dime just to get the free drinks and food and prizes but then never even bother to try out their products. Those guys don't get the good stuff later. RB is more than gracious with contractors who are loyal and willing to give their products an honest shot. But they are weary of free-loaders. So keep all that in mind. The rest of the really good stuff I can tell you in email or PM.

Have a blast!!! That's awesome.
I'll second all of that. I went on a contractor fly in to LA years ago & went to the Bahamas 2 weeks ago for the Select Contractor trip. I took my 3 young kids & they even did everything to make it enjoyable for them. Rain Bird is a true class act. I'd love to go on another fly in to Arizona!!
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Man, you all are going all over the place with those points. Me, I cashed em in for this sweet pullover!!!
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Man, you all are going all over the place with those points. Me, I cashed em in for this sweet pullover!!!
I spent $100,000 with Rain Bird and all I got was this lousy shirt....

I got a similar pullover (that was too small) on my fly in. MY wife makes fun of me because I am always wearing Rain Bird gear. I have sooo many shirts, hats, and sweatshirts. I am a walking billboard. Never did get a nice polo golf shirt though...... And, they raffled off 3 Rain Bird/Nike golf bags at Atlantis that I DID NOT win.
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