International Door & Operator Industry

SEP-OCT 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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Director Spotlight My name is Paul Peloquin and I am one of twelve Directors who volunteer my time to the International Door Association (IDA). I am the Region 1 (New England) director. I am also involved with the Professional Door Association of New England (PDA). IDA's Mission is to improve the value and professionalism of the door and access systems dealers. We have members from all over the world. Some of you may be one or two-men operations and think you have no need or time to join. Well let me tell you my IDA story: I worked in this industry for 23 years before I started my door business in 1999. It was me, myself and I. Doing it all, never enough time in the day to get it all done. But I wanted to show my customers and my peers I was a professional. So, I joined IDA. I went to my first Expo in 2000. I didn't think I could afford the time or money to go, but my wife TOLD me I had to go to make contacts with vendors and others in our industry. She was right. The classes and workshops were very helpful, but the biggest thing was meeting dealers and vendors from around the world, talking about the ways they started and grew their business. Door people love to help others in the business. I put much of what I learned to use and now have four techs, two office personnel and one outside salesperson. We went from $200,000 in sales to $2.2 million in 2016! I know the people I met over the years as a member of IDA made that happen. Here are a few no-cost member benefits that will help pay for your membership in six months to one year: #1 Credit card processing service. We save $200 to $300 a month in fees using TransFirst. #2 IDAssurance has saved many members money on their business insurance and workers comp. #3 Manufacturer coupons will save you $$$$ on your purchases. There are many more benefits that are all free with your membership. I am confident you and your company will benefit from many of the member services IDA offer. Feel free to give me a call or email me. I would be happy to talk shop and about IDA! PAUL PELOQUIN Paul Peloquin Region 1 (New England) Director 203.431.3667 – Office 203.994.3843 - Cell V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 5 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 11

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