WHO IS THE DOWNEAST WINNING TEAM?
The Fuller Brush DownEast Winning Team is You and Us Together. "Winning Team" because that is what we are. "DownEast"
because everything in Maine is called DownEast. It was started by Roland Rhoades in
Maine in 1992 (the name started in 1993) and very quickly expanded nationwide Maine to
Hawaii and Florida to Alaska. It now consists of many Director groups,
all spread out nationwide.
I (Roland) have been featured in the Fuller Brush
Company Newsletter twice, with a full page article in 1994 after advancing
to Director in less than two years, and a half page article in
I joined Fuller Brush in February 1992 and celebrate 24 Years of Fuller Brush Success in February 2016. My Spring 2012 Distributor Newsletter features my story.
SEPT 30, 2016 - There is no longer a business opportunity. Fuller corporate investors ended the distributor recruiting and referral program. Nobody can recruit any longer and I lose my life work and retirement plan of recruiting, training, and keeping in touch with my 1200 distributors.
Our Team has all the pieces put together to help you become productive quickly. I've been in the Fuller Brush business for 24 years now, sharing my experience via free training manuals and newsletters. Has it paid off in helping my distributors make money? If you are considering joining any other team, ask them how many people they or their team have helped advance to Director since 2000. Zero! (We've had EVERY Director or above promotion (22) in the whole Company since 2000). Join a team that can help you.
Besides that, many of our team members are listed in the Company publications for being among the top producers in the Company nationwide, especially among sponsoring leaders. Out of all the thousands of distributors across the country, many members of our team have been among the Top Ten nationwide sponsors of productive new distributors!! Three or four of us are usually in the top ten at the same time. If you are joining with any member of the above groups, you are part of our team and can expect good help getting your business running.
In 2015, Fuller completely revamped our websites, giving with no monthly fee to all distributors, a Fuller-Stanley website with a complete shopping cart for our customers, a sign-up page to join, and a distributor section to order wholesale and learn of company announcements and see our monthly volumes of customers and downline distributors.
After being THE Fuller Brush Man of Sanford Maine for nearly ten years, I began an eight-month process of moving to the Gorham-Windham area of Maine, designing and having a new office addition built on my country home, and selling my Sanford house. I continue to service my Sanford customers on a regular basis. I was a member of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce 1994-2002, and in 2002 I joined our local equivalent, The Gorham Business & Civic Exchange. I'm also a life member of Maine Old Cemeteries Association and working to record old cemeteries for posterity, and an addicted genealogist. My Maine Families (and more) website is http://RolandRhoades.com
Business continues to be tremendous. Here is my 2005 Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid car that I bought March 2005. I washed it with Fuller 'Car Wash & Wax' right before the photo in Aug 2006. [Unfortunately this product was discontinued.] Click on the car for my Prius webpage.
This photo and message was the lead-off of my bizopp page for quite some time; finally decided to move it here.
As promised in my email, here is the "photo of me and my honey in bed, taken by my wife!". Silka likes to crawl under the covers with me. This was taken about 9am, the time when I usually get out of bed. I don't believe in alarm clocks. I get up when I'm done sleeping! Back when I had a job I had to get up at 5am; that's criminal! Most people don't have time for their kitties during the day. If you'd like to have more flexible control of your time and spend more time with your kitties (or kiddies), just decide to take control of your life and become self-employed in your own Fuller Brush business!
What does The Fuller Brush Company have to say about me?
Larry Gray, Director of US Field Sales (President of the Distributor sales
force at the Company), says on his Nov 9, 2005 Sales Hotline:
The DownEast Winning Team also offers FREE Training Manuals on our exclusive DWT-members-only website.
Here's two old 1992 photos I found of Me (left) and my good buddy, Larry Gray (right), VP of Sales & Marketing at Fuller Brush, the person at Fuller Brush in charge of all of us distributors. He's the voice you hear on the Sales Hotline.
I met him at regional meetings in 1992 and 1993 in MA and CT, never realizing at the time the importance of getting to know him, AND for him to know who I am, as my business started growing and I wanted his attention and extra help.
See also the 2007 photo on my Home page.
THE FULLER BRUSH CAT
The following is edited from the Company Newsletters. Can you identify with my goals?
Several years ago, Roland Rhoades began a gradual process of creating a new, more positive work atmosphere for himself. As an electrician at a naval shipyard in Kittery Maine, he enjoyed his work, but not the negative working environment. Rather than stand still and complain, Roland decided to take steps toward the positive.
His efforts led him from the shipyard full-time, to supplementing his earnings with part-time work in the Network Marketing industry. Eventually, he arrived where he is today: working full-time as a Fuller Brush Director. Roland says "I'm too independent minded to work regular hours for a boss. That's why I love Fuller Brush so much."
Roland had been involved with another networking company for several years when in 1992 a friend recommended that he consider adding "product diversity" to his business. Roland responded that he didn't need "diversity," he needed products that worked and that would sell. "That's the definition of Fuller Brush products," his sponsor told him. And when he added that Fuller Brush had just made the transition to network marketing, Roland promptly decided to join Fuller Brush, and began to build his highly successful DownEast Winning Team.
It didn't take many side-by-side product comparisons for Roland to realize that Fuller Brush products simply worked better and were priced better than the products he had been promoting. "I know the other company's products well, and now I know Fuller Brush products, and Fuller's work better." Instead of adding diversity, Roland decided to change companies, and since then he has never looked back.
The true advantages of his Fuller Brush business became clear to Roland as he began to prospect for new customers and distributors. "The response I got to the Fuller Brush name was like a breath of fresh air," he said. "It was a real relief to have people respond to the name by telling stories about their favorite products, instead of making critical comments about your company."
With new-found confidence, Roland became a Fuller product expert, and encourages the distributors he sponsors to become experts also. "I encourage the people I sponsor to use retailing as a way to offset some of the initial expenses of building a network marketing organization," Roland said. "I started off selling enough products to pay for a small inventory of my fastest selling products and to pay for nationwide advertising, and expand my business out of my economically depressed area in Maine. Building a solid distributor base of other distributors making a profit is the key. I've published a free Newsletter for downline support since 1994. I now have distributors or mailorder customers in all 50 states. I also feel that I've gotten to know as friends, many of my distributors and customers across the country, just by mail and telephone."
When talking to prospects, Roland emphasizes the unique advantages of operating your own Fuller Brush business. "Name recognition is an important advantage when talking to anyone over 40," he said. "But just as important, among the younger crowd, the people who aren't as familiar with the Fuller Brush name, they will remember their Mom buying the products, and they know Mom was never wrong. Also, you can mention 'environmental products' and find a similar, warm response."
Besides freedom to do business his own way, on his own time, Roland says he appreciates the freedom that the Fuller name lends to his growing business. "It's good to know that there are virtually no barriers to achievement in this business except ones you place on yourself," he said. "I like knowing that if I (or the people I recruit) need to, I could easily build or expand my business with direct sales and make good money. The Fuller Brush name that has always opened doors, now opens minds to possibilities."
Work with a business offering something that you can be proud of, not a business you are embarrassed by. I quite regularly sign up new Fuller Brush dealers who remark that they've tried everything else; now they want a real company with real products. That also includes former Fuller dealers who wish they had stuck with Fuller in the first place. If there was a way to make real money doing nothing, or not contacting anybody, everybody would be doing it instead of going to work.
Roland Rhoades, the Person - Genealogy & Politics
I also have a life outside of Fuller Brush. In fact, my Fuller Brush income is giving me the financial freedom to enjoy other pursuits and hobbies when other people have to work at a job, including an expensive collecting hobby/investment. I am also spending more time on genealogy, tracing my family tree and assisting others with common surnames, especially the names Rhoades, French, Leavitt, Reynolds, Boardway/Boudway et al, Morgrage/Morgridge, Safford, Stinneford, Flagg, and some other Maine families. See my Maine Families Genealogy website at www.RolandRhoades.com My wife Cyndy is not actively involved in the business, but occasionally helps with newsletters and catching me up on phone calls. I was elected as President of the National Association of Leavitt Families 2005-2009, and elected official Genealogist in 2009.
I am also volunteering more time at church, actively participating in social justice causes; our church even won a nationwide award for being the most active in 2002-3 in social justice causes. I believe one must have an open mind to have an open heart. My church believes in a Higher Power with many names and messengers, according to the various cultures of the world, and the value of every religion. Someone asked god why s/he doesn't perform major miracles anymore, and s/he replied "because every time I do, you people start a new religion and persecute all my other peoples, or tell them that they have to believe the same way that YOU think I'm telling you to believe." I think that believing that your way is the only way, is at the root of the terror that we see in today's headlines.
Let's make America strong and secure again. The US has been spending more and earning less since 2001. We need a balanced federal budget again to create financial stability for our children's futures, proper educational support for our children, and we need to provide proper healthcare for our seniors, AND EVERY family for that matter. We are the richest country in the world. No one who knows what they are talking about can say that we don't have the money. It's just a matter of priorities. What are your priorities? The silent majority will get stepped on unless you make your educated opinions known.
And I find it beyond my comprehension that people do not understand that if millionaires get massive tax cuts, that means that WE who make less than $250,000 per year pay a LARGER share of taxes, assuming America is paying its bills, which Lil' Bush didn't seem concerned about (because he knew the Democrats were following him in power and they would get blamed for the cost of finally paying 8 years of his bills; $1.2 trillion of the 2009 debt is bills that Bush didn't pay!). Can YOU afford to subsidize poor millionaires who have to pay taxes? President Obama is committed to bringing back justice to the tax system and stop the extermination of America's middle class. I'm glad we got rid of those Big Spending Republicans. But now, 2011, Republicans have been blocking every move President Obama attempts, because they know if he fails, the country fails, and they can blame him. It doesn't make sense to me; I blame the Republicans who don't want to do anything except protect their billionaire corporate sponsors. But the billionaires fund the advertising that spreads those lies. We need to end the so-called "Citizens United" which allowed unlimited corporate buying of our elections.
2016 - I am "Feeling the Bern" supporting Bernie Sanders uprooting corruption. See bottom of my homepage.
MADE IN USA. Fuller Brush has always been able to say that they manufacture most of their products right there in Kansas, putting Americans to work so that they will have money to spend in the US economy. Unfortunately the Republican corporate system is based on outsourcing jobs to wherever is best for corporations' economy, not America's. Fuller is falling victim to the competitive economy this is creating, and has forced some companies who manufacture some items for Fuller to outsource their factories first to Mexico, and then to China. The only way to stop the spread of this contagion to the American economy, is to rid ourselves of the Republican virus that puts corporations first, calling them not only people, but like in Orwell's Animal Farm, people who are MORE equal than real people because they have more money to give politicians kickbacks (aka political fundraising and advertising).
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I urge one and all to watch a free Fun video on America's skewed budget priorities, by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream fame. It tells how to find the missing BILLIONS of $$ in the federal budget.
This website owner is
willing to stick his neck out and stand up for his personal opinions
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website. Even though I am
a liberal, I am open-minded enough to also totally agree with DICK CHENEY
when he is right, and his explanation of Iraq is the first one that I have heard
that makes sense. If you are a liberal (or a conservative), I hope you will
be open-minded enough to listen to what he has to say. This not a
conservative-liberal view; it's an American view. [updated
12/07.] Proud to be American where people can think for
themselves and disagree with Big Brother government. Thanks.