Online search engines make it easy to learn about any product on the market. But, there’s still so much to be said for seeing a product in person.
Each day we face choices. Sometimes fun, sometimes devastating circumstances happen to us, but even in those circumstances there are still choices. What are you choosing today?
When was the last time you created something with your hands? Whether you work at an office all day or hit the pavement everyday selling your product, Mike Otis suggests you take the time to use your hands and create.
Otis has been a salesman for more than 25 years, and now is a Cook Dealer in Alton, IL, where he does much more than selling sheds. For some of his customers, he creates personalized, unique, pyrography, or wood-burned artwork.
He tried to use wood burning tools, but after too many burnt fingers, he went back to the old school way: using the sun. Otis will freehand whatever idea comes to mind for each of his pieces. He doesn’t use a template, just his imagination, skill, a magnifying glass and sunlight.
He first fell in love with creating art as a kid, learning how to draw Fred Flintstone. He then excelled, and worked in graphic design for many years.
“If I don’t color, draw or paint, I go nuts. I have to make things,” he said, “It keeps the mind active.” He loves to make his wood art, or refurbish odd finds. His dream retirement one day is to be on the beach with his wife of 24 years and be, “that old guy with his metal detector” hunting in the sands.
He’s created pieces for clients who are using their sheds for more than just storage. Because, as Otis has come to find, Cook sheds are sturdy enough and versatile enough to be used for a variety of purposes.
Online resources are great for researching and learning about sheds. But, remember when making a large purchase, you may want to see the products in person before you make your decision.
But, one Cook dealer, Frank Fiveash, III, of Atoka, TN says if it’s possible, don’t neglect a walk-through before buying a shed. Here’s his advice:
Cook Portable Warehouses sells portable buildings, but, one Cook Dealer learned just how much Cook Cares and decided to be a part of it.
Danny Crider knows Cook Portable Warehouses and is passionate about the product he sells. Working for the company for more than 14 years, he’s gained not just a deep understanding of the product, but pride in it.
He’s worked inside a plant, seen the manufacturing process from beginning to end, and knows that he’s providing the best quality building to families and business owners.
“I can’t sell something I don’t believe in,” Crider said.
After more than a decade as the local dealer, Valdosta, Georgia Cook representative Tommy Sheppard, knows about selling Cook buildings.
And after growing up, going to school and working in the Valdosta, Georgia area his entire life, he knows how to find the perfect Cook building for every local customer.
Local Cook dealer Christopher Cooke has taken over the Cook lot in La Marque, Texas and is jumping in with both feet.
A native Texan from the Dallas area, Chris is passionate about a few things, the great state of Texas and selling something he is proud to endorse!
Cook dealer Craig Billeiter has an interesting individual history and a colorful personality that keeps visitors to his lot in Taylor, Texas entertained!
He is a former military serviceman for the artillery combat army who served in the 1970s. He also has a lifetime of experience in sales and has been a resident of the Taylor area for more than 10 years and his wife is a fourth generation native of nearby Hutto, Texas.
Cook dealer Doreen Davis might be relatively new to the Bryan, Texas area and selling Cook buildings, but she is an expert on sales and has adjusted perfectly to life in the great state of Texas.
She moved to Bryan, Texas from Oregon about a year ago. And guess where she moved? Right down the street from a Cook Portable Warehouse lot. How’s that for fate?