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According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) book of facts the life expectancy in the USA is ranked 40th (out of 223 nations) in the world and the age when people will usually pass is around 79 years old. Now remember, that is an average – with many women making it to that age usually living a tad longer and men often passing a few years before the average.

Okay, how about this. Did you know that “senior” health issues are often years if not decades in the making and start rearing their ugly little symptoms when people reach their late 50’s and early to mid 60’s? And that the scores of different and often serious ailments and/or illnesses that affect the majority of everyone over the age of 60 with the ultimate condition potentially leading to their demise are often on the mind of many folks over 60?

So what’s the Scoop? How is that relevant to the timeshare industry? Find out at Scoop du Jour: On a Banana Peel


Why do Seniors still need newspaper? I was visiting my friend’s daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

“This is the 21st century,” she said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.”

I can tell you this: That fly never knew what hit him. roflmao


ITG has gone to considerable trouble to set up a Holidays section full of information and fun facts about Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa (I noticed they left out Festivus, though ;) ). It’s hand dandy, entertaining and best of all it’s got RECIPES for all occasions! Good stuff, like Greg’s Mom’s Christmas Divinity, Decadent Kwanzaa Brownies, Dora Apter’s Mandelbread, Aunt May’s Cornbread Stuffing and Buttermilk Corn Fritters.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share email it to info@insidethegate.com and we’ll post it. See your name in lights!

And BTW, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Happy Thanksgiving


The Brian Gay Invitational returns to the Diamond Resorts International Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, FL this December 12th – 14th to benefit Florida Hospital for Children and includes a weekend full of fun and activities including two world-class golf tournaments, trips to Orlando theme parks for non-golfers and families and a private concert featuring country music star Chris Young.

Participants will get the opportunity to add a celebrity to their foursome for Saturday’s celebrity/amateur tournament. Check out the Celebrity List for this year’s event:
Brian Gay Invitational 2014 Celebrity List

For additional information about the Brian Gay Invitational and the Celebrity Invitational, visit www.briangayinvitational.org or http://briangayinvitational.tumblr.com/.

This charitable event is lots of fun and supports a very good cause. Be there or be square!


TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Where are YOU going this year?

 

 

It has become a tradition with many radio stations and other venues to play the full 18-minutes of Arlo Guthrie’s famous “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” (aka: “Alice’s Restaurant”), because the incident related in the song took place on Thanksgiving Day.

It is based on a true incident in his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965, and which inspired a 1969 movie of the same name. Apart from the chorus which begins and ends it, the “song” is in fact a spoken monologue, with ragtime guitar backing. And it’s not really about Alice’s Restaurant at all — it’s a tongue-in-cheek monologue about the draft and how to avoid the war in Vietnam.

So with Thanksgiving just a few days away, here’s an updated version of Arlo with his Massacree song just for you, live at Farm Aid in 2005. Why should I break with tradition?




The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear?

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

The Federal Trade Commission has gone after Fort Lauderdale-based Consumer Collection Advocates, Corp. and its owner, Michael Robert Ettus, for violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, which prohibits seeking or accepting payment from a person for recovery of money paid for previous telemarketing transactions until seven business days after that person receives the money.

According to the FTC’s complaint, telemarketers for the company called consumers and falsely guaranteed that, for an up-front fee, typically 20 percent of the amount they lost, the defendants would recover substantial amounts of money for them – 60 percent or more – within 30 to 180 days. For consumers who had lost from several thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars and could not afford a 20 percent up-front fee, the defendants would often accept a reduced fee of less than 10 percent of their loss. The defendants also charged a back-end fee of 20 percent for any amount recovered.

Once they received the money, ranging from hundreds to as much as $10,000, the victims of the alleged fraud never heard from them again. In the space of a year, according to the complaint, the plaintiffs took in as much as $1.3 million dollars.

The FTC, which is seeking to permanently stop the operation via a lawsuit filed in South Florida, has reached an agreement with the defendants to stop the operation for the duration of the on-going litigation and no doubt they’ll be looking at fines, restitution, etc. and their assets have already been frozen in anticipation of that.

But meanwhile the Florida Attorney General’s Office filed an action against the defendants in state court on November 5, 2014, alleging the same deceptive practices and seeking an injunction to stop them. The question there is whether or not Pam Bondi’s office will take it a step further and file criminal charges, which would mean jail time if the defendant(s) were convicted.

Stay tuned.

ORLANDO: In May I reported on a potential class action lawsuit pending against Marriott Vacations Worldwide/Marriott Vacations Club regarding their switch to a Points system in 2010.

The Plaintiff was Salvatore Desantis on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated; the Defendants were Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp., Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. d/b/a/ Marriott Vacation Club International, and Marriott Ownership Resorts Procurement LLC.

In a nutshell Salvatore Desantis alleged that the value of his timeshare ownership dropped when MVC introduced its points program in 2010, because the points program depleted the number of people swapping weeks at Marriott’s timeshare resorts.

The lawsuit also claimed that Marriott’s attempt to extract thousands of dollars by trying to resell members in the Weeks Program the very benefits they have taken away from them was fraudulent, deceptive and unconscionable.

Well, it’s good news for Marriott: the case has been thrown out of court, with the judge asserting that Desantis was not deceived, under Florida’s laws, because his contract warned that “market forces and alternative program opportunities may impact the number of timeshare estates available for exchange.” According to Judge Presnell’s ruling Desantis “got what he was promised” and Marriott was only “responding to a change in the timeshare market.” In his opinion there was nothing deceitful about it.

The judge also noted that Desantis was offered a chance to convert to the points program for $595 and chose not to, so that issue lies at his own door. Attorneys for the plaintiff were chastised for failing to provide grounds for their claims, saying those claims required “more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do.”

Will they take Judge Presnell’s words to heart and try again, or will they call it a day?

Stay tuned. ;)





“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

CAMDEN: This is just a brief note to let you know that it appears the long-awaited hearing on the Motion for Forfeiture of Assets in the Adam & Ashley Lacerda timeshare fraud case finally took place as scheduled on Nov. 21. Unfortunately the court record for the hearing has not yet been made public as of this writing, so the only thing I can report to you is that neither Adam nor Ashley chose to be present for it. They left it to the attorneys to duke it out.

I’ll keep an eye out for it after the weekend, though, and as soon as I get it I’ll report to you.

Watch this space.

UPDATE Nov. 25, 2014: Here are the results of the Motion for Forfeiture hearing.

The hearing before Judge Hillman lasted for 2 hrs. 10 minutes. At the end, the government’s motion was granted AND a sentencing date was set for both Adam and Ashley Lacerda.

Adam Lacerda is set to be sentenced on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Ashley Lacerda is set to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m

I’ll provide more details on it all on Saturday, Nov. 29 so set your clocks and hurry back. ;)



“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

LINCOLN: InnSeason Resorts has sure been quiet for the last couple of years, have you noticed? In fact, April 2011 is the date of the last press release shown on the InnSeasons’ website; one could almost forget that the company is still around.

But of course they ARE still around and even getting BIGGER.

The company has begun construction on the third project at their Loon Mountain development, which is Phase I of the grand $30 million RiverWalk at Loon Mountain. The company’s principals, William E. “Billy“ Curran, CEO, and Dennis M. Ducharme, RRP, president, recently presided over the official ground breaking ceremony (darned good timing, too, considering the massive storms and cold front that hit the northeast shortly thereafter).

But let’s get right to it. RiverWalk is situated in town between the Pemigewasset River and the base of Loon Mountain’s South Peak Expansion. At buildout it will have 170 whole and fractional-ownership units, ranging in size from 800 to 2,000 square feet in size, and costing between $50,000 and $200,000. Unit size will range from studios to 3-bdrm penthouse units.

Amenities will include a full-service spa; fitness center; restaurant and lounge; game room; heated all-season pool; a seasonal pool that converts into a skating rink; an owners’ club; and personal storage lockers. It also offers direct access to the slopes, valet parking and in addition to weeks owned, any time RiverWalk At Loon Mountain is less than 90 percent occupied their Space Available program allows you to use a unit comparable to your own by simply paying a nominal housekeeping fee. This provides owners more vacation time than the 8-9 weeks purchased.

Phase I, currently under construction, will include 80 units and 145,000sf of space; it’s expected to be complete by January 2016.

InnSeason has already built a website for the new resort, where you can learn about it and watch the construction as it progresses. http://www.riverwalkatloon.com/

Sales and Marketing efforts are being handled by Fractional Strategies Inc., headed up by Terry and Brandon Elsemore.




“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:

HARRISONBURG: Word on the street is that convicted felon Daryl Turner has been phoning (from prison) his old vacation club compadre Adam Armstrong, who is currently living the high life in Virginia. What reason do you suppose Daryl Turner might have for chatting up Adam Armstrong, when Daryl still has several years to spend in prison?

We also hear via a recent comment that Adam is “running PPV Travel in Tom’s River, NJ (brave soul) via Thorne Greene and JetStream Travel (or PPV, if the wind blows foul) in Valparaiso, IN.” I’d been wondering what Adam was doing to make a buck lately, and that plus the mysterious phone calls might hold the answer. Is Daryl still controlling things from his cell, or is he just lonely?

The rumor mill also asserts that Adam got those luxury cars he’s been buying registered in other people’s names; if true, why do you suppose he would he do that? I wonder whose name is on the deed to the expensive new house he bought? A partial answer to that might lie in the rumor that early in 2013 (before Daryl was sentenced to prison) he, Adam and Robyn Bernstein-Turner were alleged to have a bit of a new scheme going on. According to 800Notes.com,

Their latest is putting each company in the name of innocent young people who have no idea whats going on, and paying about 5k a week to do so. Latest companies are jet stream travel and sea breezes. Operating in the midwest indiana, ohio, and think they are now in Kentucky or West Virginia. Its all a scam attached to Vacation Travel Club and say they are out of Wilmington Delaware. If you are invited in, CALL THE POLICE, its funny……I purchased traveldeals in windsor, GOT SCAMMED, and just went to a presentation in dayton ohio where I live now, and there sat the 2 criminalswhen I walked in, the scam men daryl turner and adam armstrong. BEWARE THESE ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED SCAM PROFESSIONALS. [sic]

Hiding assets??? That $25,000 engagement ring he supposedly planted on his fiancee’s finger recently is a heck of an asset all by itself. (A rock like that draws a lot of local attention…) :P

Say, if you’ve got a picture or two of Adam to share to show everyone who it is we’re talking about send it on in. Though if you want to look him up online here are a few links that mention him (but no pics):

Of course there are more if you care to do the research.

I wonder if the Feds still have him on their radar?


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

QUEENSLAND: Barry Robinson, who holds the positions of CEO and managing director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and president and managing director, South East Asia and Pacific Rim for Wyndham Hotel Group, has revealed some pretty ambitious plans for both divisions of Wyndham Worldwide.

According to Barry (you don’t mind if I call you ‘Barry’ do you? :D ), Wyndham plans to introduce its timeshare business in southeast Asia by the end of this year and is in talks to buy properties in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. They expect to close on at least one property by Christmas, so we should be hearing more mo’ ricky tick.

The company will also move its regional headquarters to Shanghai and expects to open an office there by year’s end.

An article in Bloomberg, notes that With nearly a billion people in southeast Asia and the Pacific rim, excluding China, Barry said, “the opportunity is probably two to three times the size of the U.S., where we have over a million owners.”

(So Wyndham Vacation Ownership has over a million owners in the U.S.A.?)

Well that’s a pretty ambitious schedule lined up for the last several weeks of 2014. Stay tuned!



“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse>> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

JAMAICA: Mexico’s Palace Resorts has launched a multimillion dollar enhancement project on the brand’s newest property, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, the first Palace Resorts hotel located outside of Mexico.

Renovations and improvements being made include modernizing guest rooms, revamping and expanding meeting spaces, a redesign of the property’s façade and common areas, restaurant updates, the addition of amenities synonymous with the brand such as a FlowRider® Double wave simulator, Wired Teens Lounge, ultra-chic Noir nightclub, expansive kids club dubbed “The Playroom” and much more.

Upon its unveiling in early 2015, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will house 25,000 square feet of multifunction meeting and event space and boast five dining destinations throughout the property, including a gourmet corridor and restaurants featuring eclectic flavors such as gourmet Asian, traditional Italian and modern Caribbean.

Lastly, upon completion, the property will also feature a 35,000 square foot wellness sanctuary, complete with world-class Awe Spa and state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Palace Resorts assumed ownership of the Ocho Rios’ landmark property formerly known as Sunset Jamaica Grande in July 2014.


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouse >> INTERNATIONAL TIMESHARE NEWS

GUANACASTE: ***For those of you who feel you have been scammed and lost money you need to make the effort to contact your local FBI office and report your losses, or better yet file a Form IC3, available online at http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx , which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). The more people who file that form the better; as individuals (unless your loss is huge) not much will be done, but as a group you can pool your losses and possibly reach the criteria to set an investigation into motion.

Keep in mind that many of the people you may have dealt with in Costa Rica are U.S. citizens; they may be held liable for their actions under various U.S. statutes regardless of what country they were in when they defrauded you. (The Michael Kelly Ponzi scheme comes to mind…)

Take whatever evidence you may have, make your case and make sure you explain that others across the country are doing this, too, that the scheme affects many people from all over to the tune of millions of dollars.***

♦♦♦ Here’s something that may be important for you who are victims of their deceit: Some folks who have been taken by them are forming a group to share information and pool their resources to see what can be done to get satisfaction. Anyone with more information regarding these crooks or who want to share their own experiences should please email me at gatekeeper@insidethegate.com and I will put you in touch with them (expect to be vetted by them to make sure you are who you say you are). They are working on getting these people put away and consider that if you all get together it will be a stronger voice.


People who bought into the various schemes offered at Coco Bay Estates, Coco Sunset (now called Bahia Turquesa), Las Palmas etc. (Luxury Leisure Alliance, Las Palmas Travel Network…) late last year or early this year are now finding out for reals how badly they’ve been taken. They’re discovering that the company they signed up with to sell or rent their existing timeshares not only didn’t do the job but were never legal entities to begin with. In many cases a whole new fake business has contacted them in an effort to renew the original fake offer. Check this out, for example:

I am still waiting to hear from the company VLM, to whom I was directed by the salespeople at the Café de Playa back in January 2014, namely Martin Schreiber , Josh ?? and of course the boss Randy McIntyre. As per attached Marketing Credit Form, that was the basis of the proposition to purchase my membership, I am to receive a balance of $13,800 for my two timeshares that are supposed to come from VLM to whom I have also paid $899 for marketing my 2 weeks yearly at a cost of $2600 per week, as income coming to me.

Back in January, when I voiced my concerns, Randy McIntyre reasured me and confirmed that VLM worked almost exclusively for him and that he actually needed the weeks for his marketing activities. We are now beyond the 300 days waiting period for getting my $$ and no news yet from VLM, the company I was instructed to deal with to get my $$…

…We are now in November 2014 and I did receive an offer from not VLM but INFINITY FINANCIAL SERVICES claiming they have a buyer for my 10 of my weeks, and my two time shares and that they have the money in escrow including the maintenance fees of $6000. They claimed the buyer cannot pay the maintenance fees directly to the resort and that if I wanted the deal to go through I would have to pay the resort the maintenance fee or insure the payment by dealing with a Mexican escrow company called SAGE Agencia Internacional de Turismo S.A. de C.V.

And there’s this:

…my conclusion points to 3 entities involved in this elaborate scam:

Anselmo Baldini,(entity where all the $$$ seems to be flowing )

Randy McIntyre Chief Operating Scammer

Interval International without which scam loses credibility.

Yeah, it appears that Anselmo Baldini, his brother Rizziero Baldini (the developers of several of the properties) were the original partners behind the whole mess, but Randy McIntyre, Fernando May, Zoe Graham, Abe Gardner, George Triggs and a whole regiment of other scammers were the ones who sold the deals. And it is unfortunate that Interval International’s name gives them cover.



“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

This week’s timeshare sales tip:

Win, Place or Show

REMEMBER: If you ever want to watch a funny movie then get your hands on “Let It Ride” (1989) starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr and Jennifer Tilly and sit back to enjoy some good acting and comedy.

Somewhere along the timeline when ‘Jay Trotter’ (Dreyfuss) begins to realize he’s “having a really good day” at the track, look for the counter girl telling him, “You could be walking around lucky, and not even know it!”

“Luck” comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. One of the greatest things about selling timeshares is that each day reps basically get a brand new chance at the ‘luck-wheel’ and could hit the ‘jackpot’ because they might very well be shaking the hand of that coveted ‘gold-ball’ sales guest.

However, because prospects don’t show up at the sales reception area with a ‘gold-ball’ logo tattooed on their foreheads, too often reps treat each sales guest like they are pulling the one armed bandits at a casino with a ho-hum, here we go again (‘next’) attitude.

And what an incredible and expensive mistake that is, because even though most sales guests may not be that ‘gold-ball’ prospect the fact of the matter is that about 75% of all sales guests are damn near being ‘gold-ball’. Treating all prospects throughout the entire presentation as if they are of that ‘quality’ is a sure fire way for the savvy TS Pro to find out if they too are “walking around lucky” and laugh all the way to the bank.




Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be in the timeshare sales arena.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a green pea, it never hurts to brush up on your skills!

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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck



Two-headed alien space woman gives birth to Siamese twins in timeshare sales room.

Twins Freddie and Jason blow out room and take over sales and marketing.

When you guys accuse InsideTheGate.com of being analogous to the National Enquirer or the Jerry Springer show, are you actually referring to our entire publication or just to this weekly blog, The GateHouse? Please try to be more specific when you spew these comparisons.

Now, here at The GateHouse I don’t mind it a bit when you display such ignorance (it makes me laugh) but it’s insulting to those who labor to contribute serious material in ITG — material which is read by more people than read The GateHouse, by the way. (I actually watched 15 minutes of Jerry Springer the other day to find out what y’all were talking about. What a hoot. Of course, if you’re watching a show like that or reading the Enquirer it tells me all I need to know about the value of your opinion.)

Just sayin’… laughing

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Peace out.


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Do you have tips or rumors you’d like to share (ANONYMOUSLY)? Something you’d like us to investigate or follow up on? CONTACT: gatekeeper@insidethegate.com

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Universal Vacation Club has announced the addition of five new resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to its portfolio. As I’m sure you know, Universal Vacation Club is an AMResorts subsidiary and I’ve previously made note of the individual resorts AMResorts has opened, but they hadn’t been officially added to UVC. Now they have, so here, officially, are the five new resorts:

  • Dreams Sands Cancun, opened on September 1
  • Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, opened on November 1
  • Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, opened on November 1
  • Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, opened November 1
  • Dreams Sugar Bay St. Thomas, slated to open December 21

UVC is a premier travel club that provides guaranteed rates and VIP treatment to its members allowing them to vacation at AMResorts brands, which include Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now® Resorts & Spas and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas.


Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a leader in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry, is delighted to announce that it has reached 80,000 happy members. Entering the third quarter of 2013, RTX had approximately 70,000 members. Today it has a member base of approximately 80,000 members and growing, an impressive gain of over 10,000 members in the last year. Additionally, members are more active now than ever before with total company transactions being up 225% from last year, a record high for the exchange provider.

Over the past 10 months RTX has facilitated 2,355 exchanges and 1,605 getaways. In addition, 830 travel and lifestyle transactions such as hotels, cruises, car rentals, dining discounts and attractions have been made since April of this year.

RTX offers a risk free exchange program that allows timeshare owners to confirm a desired exchange before giving up access to their own week. There are various membership levels, and members are rewarded for each exchange made with an offer of up to $40 off their next purchase. Other benefits include flexible split week reservations, low exchange rates and the longest deposit period in the exchange industry, lasting up to 48 months. Plus, members have access to a variety of travel services beyond exchange such as: air, hotel, getaways, cruises, airport lounge memberships, and more.


cheerleaderUniversal Vacation Club & RTX (Resort Travel & Xchange): getting BIGGER!


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“All right, listen up people. As you all know, bar none, we have the best tour qualifications in the biz and we’ve got 50 Q’s scheduled for the 8:00 AM wave today, 50 more for the 11:00 AM wave and the last 50 Q’s for the 2 O’clock show.

That’s a total of 150 outstanding shots today and you all best get me NLT 22 deals because I will not tolerate more than 128 BS excuses why they didn’t buy today.

Just remember AN UP IS AN UP and either YOU SELL THEM or THEY SELL YOU so don’t blame my closers because you got weak and didn’t get a deal.

Now let’s get out there and take ‘em on tour, give ‘em the T-Pitch, flip the table and make me money!
 
 


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