Call it practice for my first Blogging Anonymous meeting, but I figure I need to tell everyone a little bit about myself
First, my name is David Robison…no middle “N” and it’s pronounced with a short “O” like Robinson, not with a long “O” like the actor Paul Roebeson.
I lived most of my life in the small town of Caledonia, Mississippi. We had a grand total of 518 and 1/2 in 1980. I know, because I was hired to take the census. The 1/2 was because a lady was pregnant when I was taking the census. That’s how I reported the total.
I now live in Mobile,(that’s MOE-beele, not like the trailer homes) Alabama. That’s on the Gulf Coast. Currently I’m working with a business partner in Maryland. We do home remodeling construction and my partner is investing in some real estate for re-sale and rental income. I hope to get involve in that in some small way, as well.
I also have an independent business powered by Quixtar(That’s a multi-level marketing company) That company usually illicits responses of either venom or praise. It has it’s pros and cons, that I may discuss later, but suffice it to say, that I participate in it because it’s a business, I don’t subscribe to the “brainwashing” or “motivational rallies” that so often make people flee when they hear the words, “Quixtar” or MLM.
I first got involved in MLM over 20 years ago. I was working as an Animal Control Officer during the summer before college,(1980) when I was “prospected” for Amway. I was “sold” immediately on the “get rich” aspect. 6 months later, my upline Direct( that’s like the “big cheese”) was killed in an automobile accident. Everyone above me quit the business after that, except me. So I hooked up with another “big cheese” in Florida. I started selling products to commercial clients instead of going to homes door-to-door, or bugging my friends and family and I made some pretty good money.
I got “moved” around alot between those above me for many years, until about 5 years ago. By then I was restless with the way the group of distributors I was involved with conducted their business.
Training was done via these huge seminars and rallies and a constant flow of motivational cassette tapes.
Religious and political ramblings were rampant on the tapes and I was always leery of the seemingly constant admonitions to listen to the tapes, not the corporate literature. I kept renewing until 1999. During that year, Amway reorganized into a new company and split their North American operation into a new company called Quixtar. It was to be web-based and allow more independence to the business owners. Amway continued to be the name of the company in Europe and Asia.
While all this was going on, I got married at 21.
Married an LA girl and brought her back to my same small town. (with apologies to John Mellencamp) I had three kids, had a brief career in stand-up comedy, held a variety of sales jobs and went back to college and got my degree in Journalism and Public Relations. Started a Video Production company; sat on various state and national boards; won some awards and specialized in video safety training for major chemical companies such as Kerr-McGee Chemical and Weyerhaeuser Forestry Products.
My dad died of a terminal illness three years ago, and as I sat at a bar one night; I discussed with a fellow that I was looking for something different. He mentioned that construction WAS different and the next thing you know I am working as a gopher on a construction site. I found out I had a knack for construction work, and became a foreman. The company I worked for; built cold storage warehouses. My last project for that company was a 125,000 sq. ft. cold storage warehouse for Dairy Fresh. I built that one in Detroit, Michigan in the dead of winter. That was really different for a small-town boy from the Deep South.
I left construction to come back to Mississippi, to take care of my mother. She died last December. Losing both parents within a year and a half was tough.
Somewhere about two years ago, I find this lively discussion board on AOL about Amway. The views expressed were varied, to say the least.
It rekindled my interest in MLM and Amway in particular. With Quixtar up and running and books like “Permission Marketing”, “Net Gain”, and “Building Communities on the Web” available; I found a group using web communities for training and building Quixtar online without the confines of the old “Tapes and Rallies” system.
Attraction Marketing and becoming a “renegade” Independent Business Owner that people ran to, instead of “away from’ became my passion.
To further let you in my head, I’m a liberal Democrat, enjoy a few beers on Friday night and an occaisonal shot of 1800 tequila. I like to sing Karaoke, and I get pretty good reveiws. I sing a lot of Mellencamp, Meatloaf, some Blood Sweat and Tears, and Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” I normally say the “F” word when I hit my finger with a hammer, and I play with dolls.
I have been a ventriloquist since the age of ten and used it in my comedy career when I was younger. I hope to revive that career later on. My act is not for kids, and can be pretty risque’
This should more than answer most of the questions you have. Feel free to ask more.