John's Red Sox Nation Recap
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
by John Bresnahan
Happy New Year! Golf course greens turf in New England is frozen and icy
Could someone please explain to me why I live in New England? Ice, snow, rain, cold, sun, wind and that is just for one day! As if that is not enough, we are expecting highs between -2° and 5° for Thursday this week. The cold rain and ice are beginning to build on local golf courses, which makes for great sledding but many courses' greens have been under ice for several weeks and we really need a January thaw to help these greens breathe a little.
Speaking session about Controlling Turf Diseases for New York DEC
I spoke at a New York DEC distribution training meeting last week. The talk was to last more than three hours! Can any of you imagine listening to me for three minutes, much less three-plus hours! Needless to say there was some lively Yankee/Red Sox dialogue to pass some time. And I used a few of the Dr. Joe Vargas video segments on "Controlling Turf's Toughest Diseases" to great effect. I only saw three people fall asleep, so I guess it was somewhat of a success, and yes, there were more than three people in the room.
Despite economy—sales staff show continued support for customers
I think it’s fair to say that we are facing a challenging economy. The very good sales reps I’ve talked to are determined to be more visible than ever before to the end-user, providing support, solutions and advice throughout the year beginning not tomorrow, but yesterday. The very successful reps believe that in this economy being visible, accountable and dependable will increase their business even in difficult times. They believe that now is not the time to decrease advertising, attendance at end-user events or support of solid customers. It’s just the opposite. That by working harder and being more visible than the competition belies a leadership in the industry that will carry through difficult times and subsequently increase business at the expense of their competition. I agree.
I will answer the question at the beginning: Why live in New England? I live in New England and the city of champions because of the Bruins, AND THE best coaching performance in the history of the NFL (yes, the 2008-2009 Patriots), AND Celtic’s AND the ultimate center of the universe which is Red Sox Nation! Today’s weather only makes me appreciate summer that much more! (I just could not help referencing the City of Champions.)
Talk to you again soon on BASF Turf Talk.