Monday, July 24, 2006

It's done!

Not only is Le Tour over, but so is our International Sales Meeting/Line Launch... and not a moment too soon.



There's Joe Hawk, our Fearless Leader, saying a few words after my Line Presentation- most likely saying, "thank God that's over..." I do tend to ramble a bit. On the stage is the entire product line. The picture is just bad enough that you can't really make anything out, so you'll just have to stick around and hope that I start releasing spy shots or something.

We had our entire US sales force at the meeting as well as many of our International Distributors- who I will name later when I can get all their names because I know I will forget somebody- and one of our biggest retailers. This meeting is kind of like the Superbowl and World Cup rolled into one three day event for us. This is where we launch all of the new products and sales programs for the year to our sales force so that they can go out into the world and try to sell it to the retailers... who will in turn sell the product to the consumers. All in all, it's a very important function for us- probably even more important (from a business standpoint) than going to Vegas for Interbike. Interbike is the greatest show on earth, but we do very little selling there, as most of our customers will have seen the product (via catalogs at least) before the show. Very little new sales are made in Vegas- but the relationship building is much greater there... but I digress.

Anyway, the meeting is very important for us and we put a lot into making it a special event. This year was no exception and the energy was incredible. I was personally on fire because this line of bikes is the first where I had major involvement with the graphics and overall development, as well as the creation of the new catalog. I worked very closely with people much smarter than me who made the line and catalog possible. I owe each of them a big debt of gratitude- Mike Varley, Rick Ortiz, Wayne Doran, Pete Demos, Kevin Conners among others. The new bikes and catalog are phenomenal. I am already excited about the next product cycle.

The meeting was a big success and the reps and other guests left charged-up by what they saw and heard. Needless to say, I was my normal over-animated self and gave multiple presentations with arms flailing and spit flying. I'm such a dork... but it is pretty hard to doubt my passion. Dave McGinty, a new rep of ours in the Florida area came up to me right after one of my presentations and said, with a big smile, "boy, you really are passionate aren't you!" Thanks Dave for getting the point! Yes, I am very passionate about my job, the products and what I get to do for a living. Plus, I love to get the chance to preach that gospel to anybody who will listen. Granted, the reps are paid to listen to me, but I still enjoyed my little captive audience of about 100+ people this year. Several weeks of very hard work went in to making the meeting happen and it is all worth it to me when I get to "do my thing". Next up is Montreal Canada for their big trade show and then it is off to Vegas!

During all of this activity, lots of other projects have gone uncompleted and the blogging certainly came to a standstill. Lots of other great things happened too, like more team wins and other cool things. I will have more posts in the coming days and will really try to get back into a much more regular pattern of posting again. The hardest work is done now, so I can get back to this fun stuff...

Besides, I just finished building up my new carbon bike and I'll need to post pictures and give ride stories... but I'll leave you with this note;
61cm bike, complete, nothing goofy- DA shifting and drivetrain, DA wheels, Ritchey carbon fork and seatpost, Easton EC90 bar, Arione saddle and new Thomson road stem ... 17.09lbs! Not too danged bad for a bike that has no silly-light parts and is the biggest frame size we make. It'll be at least a half pound lighter when I put my new Cane Creek carbon sew-up wheels on for racing.

Sweet!

Tim

12 comments:

Donna Tocci said...

Oh Tim...I can just picture the arms going and the eyes wide open...it is a sight to behold.
But, that is how you share so much passion with the people around you and it's great.
Congrats!

Josh@canecreek said...

Tim,
Conrat's on the new line and product launch. The Masi bikes just get better every year and I'm sure these are beautiful. My Gran Corsa has been a wonderful bike and is still going strong several years later. The beautiful clearcoats on the decals have kept it looking brand new. Oh well, back to work for now.

Great job once again,
Josh

James said...

All I could tell from that photo is that the orange or red bike in the front is a fixed gear. I can’t wait to see a few of these up close.

Anonymous said...

What is up with Scottie Weiss shown with A&F at Tour De Toona? Thought that you might have some insight.

Thanks.
PolishPostal

super rookie said...

wait till they hear about this sweet new team taking over the upper midwest....

Rich said...

Since Toona is a team only race and Scottie didnt have a team, he obviously chose the best one in the region.
And Tim, I know someone else that was sponsored by Cane Creek last year that rocks those wheels as well ;)

Michael Wagner said...

Tim, I'm with Donna - I can imagine your arms waving and the spit flying. For that reason I'm sitting in the back of the room if I ever get a chance to hear you.

Congrats on getting the show done and the Masi virus reintroduced to the world.

Keep creating,
Mike

Bernie said...

Hmmm... I sure would like to see some pictures of the new aero Time Trial bike in that photo...

Daisy's Diaper Boy said...

What the Heck happened to my invite Timmy. Cause you know I will not be in Vegas, cause Vegas Blows.

SockGuy said...

Congrat's I know it was stressful and time consuming (that was just working with Wayne-bow). I saw a catalog last night, looks good.

We need to talk about photoshop though.....

haggisman said...

Dear Type-O Guy,
that would be a grande WET cappuccino from BIGBUCKS please. Monday will be fine. I'll be on vacation tomorrow and Friday.

To you MASI Guy fans... you really had to be there

stickboy said...

Nice! FYI 2006 56cm masi 3vc Ultegra is 1.5lbs lighter than a 50cm Beeyankey Ultegra. Had both customers pick them up the same day/hour. Good thing it was a difference of male to female taking delivery of said bikes.

Watch those EC90 bars. I had a team racer have one snap 3 in. up from the hood during a sprint 50yds from the finish...broken ribs and head trauma. Ugly.

Thanks for the sneaky peaky shot of the product line.