Reppin

The guys over at Doing Business are good buds of Commit Snow and Skate, they also happen to be bad ass reps in the game. Read all about their journey so far, the good times, the bad times but more importantly the drunk times.

http://www.sbcbusiness.com/rep-411-detail?news_id=2964

DUSTIN ADAMS

How long have you been a rep? Nine years already. I worked at Pacesetter in Edmonton for seven years and made a lot of connections to reps who sold us gear. One day an opportunity came up to work with Greg Battrum on Spy Optics and I had to jump on it. Started slowly picking up more brands on my own till I was doing enough business to have my own agency.

Vehicle and mileage: 2012 Honda Pilot. 97,000 kms. Piloting through the wilderness

Favourite road grub: Definitely a solid road BJ (Booster Juice).

Best road trip story: The many Voleurz RV video premiere tours that were done through Alberta and BC. Nothing beats beer bonging brews out of a BBQ chip bag in the back of an RV.

Best way to kill time on the road: Skeptics Guide to The Universe podcasts educate and burn the time pretty quickly

 

"I think the younger generation needs to learn how to support the industry they love again."

 

All-time highway tunes: The opposite of Jordan. Bahamas and Katchafire are on pretty heavy rotation right now.

Favourite place work has taken you and why: Hawaii, for sure. It’s all been made possible through the friendships I’ve made in the industry. Finding affordable ways to get out of the office and surf in the sunshine is a great perk.

Most common question asked by retailers: Know any good people looking for a job?

Lose or gain weight during selling season? Considering I have been gradually resembling a bag of milk more and more, I’d have to say gain.

Random story: I won a trip to the Coors Light Maxim Golf Experience by jerking the paint off a plunger handle in front of a bar full of people in Grande Prairie while on a sales trip.

Best thing about being a rep: Getting out on the hill or in the skate park and seeing kids rocking your gear. Feels great to know you’re helping inspire a whole new generation of degenerates.

Worst: Feeling like you are actually working 24/7

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? Before I started working at the ski shop I did four shifts at Sport Mart. Let’s just say those yellow shirts weren’t my favourite colour.

What is your biggest concern with the industry in Canada? I think the younger generation needs to learn how to support the industry they love again. There are a lot of outside influences coming into the snow and skate industry right now because it is currently a lucrative market. It is very difficult to watch brands I grew up with, and that helped shape the industry into what it is now, collapse. Support your local shops and support brands that give back to the skate and snow communities.

 

JORDAN HALL

How long have you been a rep? Six years and change. I’ve known Dustin for over a decade, and when he branched off on his own and needed a hand, I got the call. I worked as a sub rep for a few years then took on a partnership role. Been the best decision I’ve ever made. Dustin and I are polar opposites, but I think that’s what makes Doing Business work.

Vehicle and mileage: 2012 VW Wagon TDI. 181,564 kms as of today

Favourite road grub: Lunchables

Best road trip story: The Voleurz RV tours were always incredible. One year, in Fernie, we ended up playing Louisville Chugger and partying in a kid’s day care. I woke up on a rubber floor surrounded by children’s toys with very little recollection of how I got there.

All-time highway tunes: Anything by Misery Signals. Lots of metal.

Favourite place work has taken you: Austria/Germany with Niche snowboards. I’ve been more involved in the production side with this company, so I’ve been able to take awesome trips to visit the GST factory in Austria.

Most common question asked by retailers: How’s everyone else doing?

 

"Dustin and I are polar opposites, but I think that’s what makes Doing Business work."

 

Most common retailer request: Discounts

Do you lose or gain weight during selling season? Usually gain. But I try and keep the boozing and junk to a minimum. I used to do sober PK tours, both for my own pocketbook and my sanity. That’s definitely not happening this year.

Random story: I got my stomach tattooed a couple summers ago, we thought it would take three days, but we finished in two. I decided not to cancel the last day and I ended up with a flying vagina on my kneecap. We’ve affectionately dubbed it the “poon hawk.”

Best thing about being a rep: Sharing the love of snow and skate with like-minded, passionate people.

Worst: Being apart from my special someone

Worst job you’ve ever had: Living in Australia, I worked unloading shipping containers of beer in 45-degree heat, by hand, and then driving them into a big-ass fridge. Never been so sick, so many times in my life.

What is your biggest concern with the industry in Canada? Box stores are always a topic of conversation, because their buying power does have an impact on the independents.

- See more at: http://www.sbcbusiness.com/rep-411-detail?news_id=2964#sthash.S8QA2N58.dpuf

DUSTIN ADAMS

How long have you been a rep? Nine years already. I worked at Pacesetter in Edmonton for seven years and made a lot of connections to reps who sold us gear. One day an opportunity came up to work with Greg Battrum on Spy Optics and I had to jump on it. Started slowly picking up more brands on my own till I was doing enough business to have my own agency.

Vehicle and mileage: 2012 Honda Pilot. 97,000 kms. Piloting through the wilderness

Favourite road grub: Definitely a solid road BJ (Booster Juice).

Best road trip story: The many Voleurz RV video premiere tours that were done through Alberta and BC. Nothing beats beer bonging brews out of a BBQ chip bag in the back of an RV.

Best way to kill time on the road: Skeptics Guide to The Universe podcasts educate and burn the time pretty quickly

 

"I think the younger generation needs to learn how to support the industry they love again."

 

All-time highway tunes: The opposite of Jordan. Bahamas and Katchafire are on pretty heavy rotation right now.

Favourite place work has taken you and why: Hawaii, for sure. It’s all been made possible through the friendships I’ve made in the industry. Finding affordable ways to get out of the office and surf in the sunshine is a great perk.

Most common question asked by retailers: Know any good people looking for a job?

Lose or gain weight during selling season? Considering I have been gradually resembling a bag of milk more and more, I’d have to say gain.

Random story: I won a trip to the Coors Light Maxim Golf Experience by jerking the paint off a plunger handle in front of a bar full of people in Grande Prairie while on a sales trip.

Best thing about being a rep: Getting out on the hill or in the skate park and seeing kids rocking your gear. Feels great to know you’re helping inspire a whole new generation of degenerates.

Worst: Feeling like you are actually working 24/7

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? Before I started working at the ski shop I did four shifts at Sport Mart. Let’s just say those yellow shirts weren’t my favourite colour.

What is your biggest concern with the industry in Canada? I think the younger generation needs to learn how to support the industry they love again. There are a lot of outside influences coming into the snow and skate industry right now because it is currently a lucrative market. It is very difficult to watch brands I grew up with, and that helped shape the industry into what it is now, collapse. Support your local shops and support brands that give back to the skate and snow communities.

 

JORDAN HALL

How long have you been a rep? Six years and change. I’ve known Dustin for over a decade, and when he branched off on his own and needed a hand, I got the call. I worked as a sub rep for a few years then took on a partnership role. Been the best decision I’ve ever made. Dustin and I are polar opposites, but I think that’s what makes Doing Business work.

Vehicle and mileage: 2012 VW Wagon TDI. 181,564 kms as of today

Favourite road grub: Lunchables

Best road trip story: The Voleurz RV tours were always incredible. One year, in Fernie, we ended up playing Louisville Chugger and partying in a kid’s day care. I woke up on a rubber floor surrounded by children’s toys with very little recollection of how I got there.

All-time highway tunes: Anything by Misery Signals. Lots of metal.

Favourite place work has taken you: Austria/Germany with Niche snowboards. I’ve been more involved in the production side with this company, so I’ve been able to take awesome trips to visit the GST factory in Austria.

Most common question asked by retailers: How’s everyone else doing?

 

"Dustin and I are polar opposites, but I think that’s what makes Doing Business work."

 

Most common retailer request: Discounts

Do you lose or gain weight during selling season? Usually gain. But I try and keep the boozing and junk to a minimum. I used to do sober PK tours, both for my own pocketbook and my sanity. That’s definitely not happening this year.

Random story: I got my stomach tattooed a couple summers ago, we thought it would take three days, but we finished in two. I decided not to cancel the last day and I ended up with a flying vagina on my kneecap. We’ve affectionately dubbed it the “poon hawk.”

Best thing about being a rep: Sharing the love of snow and skate with like-minded, passionate people.

Worst: Being apart from my special someone

Worst job you’ve ever had: Living in Australia, I worked unloading shipping containers of beer in 45-degree heat, by hand, and then driving them into a big-ass fridge. Never been so sick, so many times in my life.

What is your biggest concern with the industry in Canada? Box stores are always a topic of conversation, because their buying power does have an impact on the independents.

- See more at: http://www.sbcbusiness.com/rep-411-detail?news_id=2964#sthash.S8QA2N58.dpuf

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