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Old 09-06-2011, 05:18 PM
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Who's Going to Join Me in the Caribben w/ Rain Bird?

Just wondering if any of you are going to the RB Select Contractor Business Conference / Caribbean Cruise this coming January? We just signed up today. Should be awesome! Another awesome trip from RB!

http://www.rainbird.com/rewards/anchorsaway/


They always treat us like gold on these trips. So if you're able to make it, I encourage you to go. Here are some photos from the last one we went on (Jan 2010). We had a blast. And being able to compare notes with other very successful irrigation contractors from around different parts of the country is always one of the best parts of these conferences.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:38 PM
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Sorry to miss you two, Jim. Those cheapskates at RB refused to pay for the mo/ho to come to Miami. All the best, and send us pics so we can only drool.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:57 PM
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What time you picking me up?
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:12 PM
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We may be flying over CO. I don't know. Maybe I could arrange for you to jump on board via the Fulton Skyhook Maneuver (as in Batman Begins).
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:29 PM
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Cruise to the Caribbean- I wish.
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RB has a select contractor program?
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:37 PM
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RB has a select contractor program
You won't fit in, Peter. They make you put a "RB Select Contractor" sticker on your trailer. I've seen a number of those Wells Cargo trailers with the faded ad sitting in the weeds after the "Select" guy went tits. Jim and his buddies seem to do well with that stuff, I never did, 'cause I used so many different manufacturers. Plus, I could never afford to gain forty pounds; that's what you gain on those "cruises".

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Old 09-06-2011, 08:48 PM
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You won't fit in, Peter. They make you put a "RB Select Contractor" sticker on your trailer. I've seen a number of those Wells Cargo trailers with the faded ad sitting in the weeds after the "Select" guy went tits. Jim and his buddies seem to to well with that stuff, I never did, 'cause I used so many different manufacturers.
That's not true at all. You don't have to use their logo anywhere, ever, if you don't want to. I do use their main RAIN BIRD logo on most of my trucks and trailers. But nobody from RB ever asked me to do that. In fact, I had to ask them to make sure it was okay to do that. And I paid for all of them on my own. My truck lettering guy does those for me, not RB. There are three reasons I like their logo on my truck. 1) I am proud to be an installer of RB products. 2) RB has killer name recognition. Hands down, the most respected name in the industry to homeowners. I want to be associated with that. It lends credibility to us. 3) People who have RB systems (which is like 75% of homeowners in this area) see that logo and assume (correctly) that we are specialists in RB systems. So they call us first after seeing that logo on our trucks. But the notion that to be in the Select Contractor Program you have to use their logos is 100% B.S. So is the notion that you have to use only RB products to be in their Select program.

And by the way, I've seen just as many old washed-out landscape trucks and trailers with the Toro logo on the side as I've seen Rain Bird. Doesn't mean Toro is all that bad. Especially as of late, they got some pretty nice products out on the market. It just means that a lot of irrigators have gone out of business over the years. No surprise there.

I don't know why you gotta be hating on the RB Select Program when you really don't know much about it..... IMO, it's the best rewards program out there. I've never been treated so well or had such excellent customer support from any other company in all the years I've been doing business. IMO, their program is better than anything else out there. They've routinely proven that to me and that's another reason I'm proud to display their name on our trucks and website.
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Mitch takes good care of you. I wish I'd done that kind of volume.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:02 PM
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Mitch is a hell of a nice guy, Jim seems to have a 1812 stuck up his butt.

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