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September 21, 2011

Dealer Networking

I just returned to the office along with most of our management team after spending the past week and a bit travelling to meet with our dealers. We kicked off the tour in Quebec City last Tuesday and Wednesday at Wendake native cultural museum. The attendance response from our Quebec dealers was so good we ended up having to rent a big top tent to display all our stuff and was standing room only for staff during the presentations.

I jetted home Wednesday night just in time for our mountain biking race series awards banquet where I proudly watched my daughter receive the ‘best sportsman’ award then it was off to Deerhurst Resort for the next meeting. Our very own Amy McIsaac and her band provided the nightly entertainment and once again we were caught off-guard by the higher than expected dealer attendance.

We wound up the Ontario meeting on Friday afternoon, made a mad dash to cottage and hit the airport early Monday to fly to Halifax for round three. The east coast hospitality was great as we were received in a century old harbor tavern and treated to some more local culture. At the same time, some of our team headed west to Banff where Randy and the boys corralled the western dealers. I heard there were some shots fired and a good time was again had by all.

We had some key business partners join us at all four meetings providing some excellent new product support for the attending dealers. We introduced the new Dupont hyfax and Tuner skis along with new partners, Shark helmets, AXO riding gear and Irish Setter sports wear as ‘exclusive’ to Yamaha lines. We also had the experts from Camoplast and Superwinch on hand along with the brass from Nippon Oil blenders of Yamalube and from YMUS Mr. Yamalube himself Steve Friedrichs who has forgotten more about oils and lubes than I’ll ever learn.

In debrief there was clearly an overall positive message delivered at these meetings and a general acceptance that we are on the right track and moving forward. Of all the product groups we touch the most solid in respect to the consumer has got to be snowmobile. Everything points to a season of growth given just a little co operation from mother nature.

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2 Responses to “Dealer Networking”

  1. Yellowknife says:

    Awesome!

  2. Scott says:

    Hope things are working out for you regarding the news of Yamaha USA absorbing Yamaha Canada.


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