Sunday, February 26, 2012

Did I link this correctly?

Trying to link this blog to my FaceBook account. Testing.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Game On!

Okay , first a little background..... I worked for one company and was one of the top salespeople in the history of the company. I quit them and went to work for the competitor. At my former companies request, I stayed on through the month of December 2011. Now here comes the stupid part.

Former company is usually about 2 months behind in paying commission checks. So when February rolled around I was expecting my December commission check. It never came! So after some inquiries I was told that I had to call the President of the company about my check.
This man told me "We have adopted the policy of no longer paying individuals commissions who no longer are employed here at @#$%. We feel that we are well within our rights" My response to this was at first disbelief of this companies ignorance of the law in the great state of Texas. I then informed him that I would be filing with the TWC\labor law division for wages owed.
I immediately went to the local TWC office and filed form 1107 and faxed it with verification to the Austin labor law division. They assured me that my money would soon be forthcoming. Being the smart ass that I am... I immediately took a picture of the form fax cover sheet and sent it via text message to the company President.
22 minutes later ....a text response from Pres. asking for my commission invoices for the month of December. What did they do with the ones I turned in to my Area Manager back in December? Probably shredded them or burned them in effigy at some stupid meeting that they called about it.
I stopped by my old office the next day and let them copy my Dec. worksheet and invoices. Does this mean my check is on the way? Probably not but the good old state of Texas will make sure that I get payed every penny.
You know ....I was perfectly willing to be a friendly competitor but now they have made if personal. Very Personal.
No self respecting Texan is going to break under the Chicago (Morton Grove) style of intimidation practiced by these damn Yankees. A word to the unwise- You should learn the labor laws of the state in which you are doing business!
You should also learn the will of the West Texans that you employ and employed. I am not scared of you or your lawyers. I am not afraid of your power with the Federal Government.
You should on the other hand be very afraid of me and the relationships that I have with the decision makers in the industry in which we both still work.
These people know me. Obviously better than you know me! They know that I will never lie to them and that I will do anything to back the product that I represent. Can you say the same? No, you cannot!
So in closing......KR, JA, JT, PC, DK, and the rest of the policy setters at your company with no solutions....Game on!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I hate M.S.A.s

M.S.A.- Master Service Agreement
These are now one of the most time consuming, troublesome hurdles that I have ever encountered in the oilfield today. In the old days I could sell a product to anyone who wanted or needed it.
Now each company requires a certain amount of safety training, along with a certificate of insurance, W-9 forms, and a sponsor from said company. This is understandable in 2012 as we are in a boom, a very large boom.
The Permian is in the largest boom time that I have ever witnessed as are most basins in the USA. Historically the oil business is run by operation guys in a boom and by accounting and/ or legal in a bust! I think that maybe procurement did not get the memo that we are booming .
It has been a long slow process to get on some companies vendor lists and I am an impatient salesman. The field guys are ready and the work is there for the taking but the MSA is not in place so all hands are tied. Very frustrating.
Time will fix it all ...........hopefully!
Thanks for listening

Monday, February 20, 2012

I am back!

Blog viewers,

I have been gone for quite some time. I shall post again. Starting with this post as a test.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Write it yourself!!

My sister Janie has been blessed with a rare opportunity. She has the chance to write her own job description in a real situation.
I hereby challenge all who happen along this blog to try the same thing. I tried it and it is a lot harder than you think! But it is not an exercise of futility! I learned many things about myself in less than 10 minutes. Try it --I double dog dare ya.
Here is my feeble attempt at a real job description designed just for me.

First I must list a few things for those of you who don't know me.
I love work! (any work, not just my job, but any work!!! When I get off work...I go to work)
I am a salesman! This is not my job , it is what I am. Deep Down in my soul. It is what I know and do better than anything in the world.
I value relationships and honor more than money.
I am a garner of favors! I would rather trade favors than anything else. It is a barter thing for me.

Scott's perfect Job Description

My base salary per annum is $1. I like to be compensated for what I accomplish but I don't need base pay. I also will not participate in any meeting, conference call, email carousel, or retreats that do not include clients. I will be involved with any thing or things that involve building a trusted relationship with our company or companies clients.

I will be payed a commision or %percentage of each and every $1 that comes to this company because of my efforts or actions. Overide! Gross! Profit does not concern me!

Clients may reach me 24\7. Anyone who works for me or my department will adopt this policy on a rotating basis. Support position must be covered 24\7 for maximum potential.

Our products must be flawless in design and reality. I cannot sell it , if I don't believe in it. If you say it floats-it had better float! And if it doesn't we will stand behind our product and replace it with another! And so on! I want to be able to hold my head up everyday, because we just don't bullsh+t! No matter what we sell--service is the key!

I do all the hiring and firing , and every teammate will sign a contract agreeing to my terms. I cannot lose a key player because he or she had a bad day , or week. I also will not work with a slacker so I must also control the terminations.

Now get out of the way and have enough inventory or hands to fill the orders! I won't tell you how to accomplish this and you don't tell me how to sell. If there is no profit in our products or services at this might be time to shave some middle management and performance bonuses.


Now I realize that I did not mention company vehicle, expenses, perks, travel, or retirement. This is because after reading what I had already written and knowing what is between these lines.....I can only work for me! It is that job description isn't it.......jeffe,boss, owner, or majority stockholder.
And this is why I go to work when I get off work!

Thanks for your time
Gotta Go!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

As if it needs to be said.....I CONCEDE.

I tried to match That Janie Girls challenge, but came up short . Very short! The idea was to post a blog every day for 30 days . I did not even come close , as you can probably read all my attempts this last month without going to page 2.
I concede this contest.
So that's sporting clays , and blogging that she is better than me at performing! I know there are a few hundred thousand other things that she is better than me at, but these are fresh on my mind.
The Oilman's event went great, I was there from 6.30 am to 7 .20 pm. I bet I saw 500 people I know and 3 short years ago, there were only 4 people that I knew there. This shooting sport is made for meeting people and networking. This year was the largest ever for the Oilman's Shoot and it was the best event I have been to this year. They gave away guns and money for nearly 3 hours straight and I even won enough to break even on the gun boards. My partner nor I won a gun for the second year straight. Sorry Mike...maybe next year!!!!
So yesterday and today were just recuperative days but at least I got the yard mowed this morning. Back to the grind tomorrow and meet with the new sales manager. Gggggrrrreeeaatttt!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Oilman's Shoot is next week!!1

It seems like only yesterday that I signed up for the Oilman's Shoot at WindWalker. I remember thinking "This thing is a long time off...wonder why we have to sign up in June??"
Now it is time to shoot.

This is one of the most exclusive shoots in West Texas and it is not for a charity. This makes it even more rare. 2 man teams and I am shooting with my good friend and customer Mike Winfield. We always shoot this one and have a blast. Mike drinks non-alcoholic beer and I don't drink at all so we can commiserate about that.
He and his sons are all about the shooting sports and he usually spanks me at Clays. But this year I have been practicing and plan to shoot at least a 90 and hopefully closer to 100%. I have won something at this shoot every year and hope to keep the streak alive.
This year I am donating all winner guns to The Heart Association fund raiser and auction.
So far I have only won 1 , and I am hoping to add at least one more with this shoot.

Wish me luck,