and the Fuller Brush Cat ??

  A taste of my philosophy and humor Fuller History Closeouts

he 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 Feb 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 1999.   
click for FULLER TIMES articles on me and Mark Haynes.

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:
"And now . . . I want to recognize an individual . . . who over the years has developed a phenomenal sales team!  Through consistent sponsoring . . . every day retailing . . . on-going training . . . and never-ending follow-up with prospects and Distributors . . . this individual has climbed the ladder of excellence in Fuller Gold. A BIG, BIG congratulations goes out to our newest . . . Division Director . . . Roland Rhoades from Maine. Here’s to you Roland . . . for an outstanding job! Your group has grown from simply you retailing Fuller Brush products to a vast sales team that includes 5 Supervising Directors, 5 Directors and countless dedicated Distributors. Hats off to you . . . for your tremendous success with Fuller Brush!

See also Award photos near the bottom of this page.

SEPT 30, 2016 UPDATE - There is no longer a business opportunity. Fuller corporate investors killed 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.  This page is basically just old history now.
Vacationing on my Fuller Brush income Here is a photo of me in early February 2003 [similarly every year]. My Fuller Brush business gives me the TIME and MONEY flexibility to get out of the sub-zero cold temperatures in Maine for a while. And my business keeps growing while I'm gone too! We stayed in Lakeland FL, "the swan city", with plenty of real swans, and 62 of these 6-foot fiberglass swans decorated by local artists.

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.

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'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.

Roland Rhoades, Larry Gray

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.


Larry Gray (rt), the head of Fuller Brush Distributor Services, visited me (in blue) in Maine 5/15/07.
We discussed the business and the future for about 6 hours, treating me to lunch.

The Fuller Brush Cat



This picture is my baby (2003), a Scottish Fold kitten named Silka, learning about my business.

Click on the kitty for more on the most beautiful and wonderful kitten in the world, plus cat stories and jokes.

The following is edited from the Company Newsletters in the 1990s.

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."

< Roland Rhoades, Successful Fuller Brush Man, hard at play.

Many of you have asked.  THIS is Cyndy's and my summer vacation spot, a mountain lake cabin in our family on Lake Aziscoos, near the border of Maine, NH, and Quebec. You leave the main road and travel up an old dirt logging road for a while before driving down to the camp. We go during the week, when everyone else has to go to a JOB.

No electricity, no phones, no running water, no mail, but we do have the luxuries of a secure 7-room cabin, with gas lights, refrigerator and stove, the sound of loons on the lake, swimming, harvesting raspberries from nature, and real relaxing with no distractions. There is also fresh spring water for drinking and washing just down the road a piece. Ayuh, nice and peaceful. (Aug 2003) 

Next is the same view near sunset. >>

Here are some photos of my awards as Top 10 Sponsoring Performer of new distributors (based on how productive they are) over the years.

I was also among the Top 100 Retailers nationwide in the Company most years.

(Click for larger photos of some)


I also received a name tag and Fuller polo shirt. Even better, 4 other members of my team also received Top Ten Company-wide Awards for 2004.





Congrats to our other team members also on the list for most years.

And that's it.  In 2016, after saying they appreciated us for all these decades, Fuller Brush took away all those distributors that we sponsored and trained, thinking most distributors would just say, "OK, Massa, what can I do for you now?".  Most quit and moved on, rather than trust in investing their time and money in Fuller-Stanley.  In 2017 the Company is on the verge of bankruptcy (again).  Shame.

Jan 5, 2018 - Larry Gray finally gives us an update on the new owners. Fuller Brush was sold to Galaxy Brush LLC of Lakewood NJ (note that location since there is a different Galaxy Brush in PA.) What about us? They can't be bothered with us anymore. He says "SOME" distributors may be allowed to sell the products [case lots only].

Further Updates are on my former Training webpage.

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, Peavey, French, Leavitt, Boardway/Boudway et al, Morgrage/Morgridge, Safford, Stinneford, Flagg, and some other Maine families. See my Maine Families Genealogy website at www.RolandRhoades.com   I was elected as President of the National Association of Leavitt Families 2005-2009, and elected official Genealogist in 2009. 

  I believe one must have an open mind to have an open heart. 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. 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?  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 uprooting corruption.

SEE MY Bernie Sanders PAGE.

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 and Democratic 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).  [Trump talks a good game, but it is all talk; he outsources all his companies' products to China, even his campaign materials.]
     Remember: Vote Democratic = Vote for American jobs and manufacturi
ng, but it won't happen if a Republican Congress continues saying NO to everything. And we need BERNIE so a Corporate Democrat doesn't keep the status quo.

  Proud to be American where people can think for themselves and disagree with Big Brother government. Thanks.