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Russ Rose

Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
Thought I'd share my Supply House Times column with you. No one ever did it better than this man.
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  • Russ

    That's a nice story.  I'd like to think everyone knows a person like Russ.
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  • Paul PolletsPaul Pollets Member Posts: 3,017
    A Very Rare Guy

    Russ is old-school sales...highly competent, giving and caring. He used to call reps, "Reptiles". I'd agree generally, but he wasn't one. It may be just "business", but for a company to let him go, that will certainly cost them business.

    I hope he lands with a very progressive company that can appreciate how unique he is. Russ builds relationships, and tends them carefully. Not so common anymore.
  • hot rodhot rod Member Posts: 7,011
    You could, and someone should

    write a book about adventures with Russ, a "factory puke" as he liked to call himself. Every trade show was a party. There were more coolers than product behind the drapes.

    One of my favorites was a breakfast outing in Vegas. Russ had a knack for the unusual dining places, never one to eat at a "chain" joint. We ended up eating in some funky old dinner with all sorts of old weather beaten local sportsmen hanging out talking fishing and hunting, just blocks from the glitter of the strip.

    Then a trip through the YESCO Young Electric Sign Company lot, where they "boneyard" all the old neon signs from around the area. We crossed a union picket line to get into the yard that day, probably bribed the picketers into taking us on a tour as I remember Russ's charm.

    Long may you run, Dude.

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • Dan FoleyDan Foley Member Posts: 1,046
    Russ Rose

    Great story, Dan.

    Russ is one of a kind.  Here are a few of my Russ stories:

    1.  After a long day at a trade show and an evening manufacturer reception, Russ took a group of us to a Cuban restaurant in the Virginia Highlands section of Atlanta.  I have no idea how he found this place or how he knew it would still be open at 11pm. 

    2.  Spending a week with Russ and the Watts crew on a ski trip to Aspen.

    3.  Enjoying the micro brews and fine sprits Russ always stocked behind the curtain at the varous trade shows. 

    If he wants to, Russ will have no problem latching on with another company.  They would be getting the best! 

    - DF
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