November 5, 2010 — Long before timeshare developers began offering employee status and benefits for their marketing and sales personnel, and prior to the brands entering the playing field, there were thousands upon thousands of unknown names and faces who embraced a (then) new concept and created an opportunity that ultimately benefits everyone in the ‘biz’ today.
Of course it all began more than forty years ago with the bold developers of the era, but none of it would have been possible had it not also been for the commission-only 1099 marketing and sales reps who ‘stood-the-line’ and, alongside those developers, turned an ‘idea’ into a global multi-billion dollar system that millions of vacationers use the world over
In 2010 the marketing and sales ranks are rapidly being filled with ‘reps’ who weren’t even born back then, and what they ought to know is that their rank and file predecessors were mostly honest, hard working and talented people who often endured hardships in the work place that would mostly not be tolerated by today’s standards, practices, etc.
The point here is not to relive or rant about those sometimes adverse days, but they were definitely challenging and especially when it came to discrimination, love-lines, nepotism, Neanderthal type sales/marketing managers, those infamous $1 paychecks or reserve funds (thousands of dollars per rep!) and SPIFFS that were constantly stolen…
Some of the original industry’s ‘Original Sins’ still exist today but those relatively new to the marketing and sales lines (less than 5-7 years, ‘management’ included) should honor and respect their predecessors because if it weren’t for them some of today’s gang would likely be cold-calling on phones selling HGH or or other scams, pounding the streets hawking vacuum cleaners or standing on a car lot through bitter cold winters and long hot summers…
And that also applies to the ‘reps’ (today) who are living, working and playing ‘internationally’, because absent your forerunners you’d likely not even be able to vacation in such places you can (fortunately) call ‘home’ today!
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