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OPE’s 2014 Dealer Survey

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At Outdoor Power Equipment, we recently followed up our nationwide dealer surveys from 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2012 by conducting a similar survey. Topics ranged from hourly shop labor and technician pay rates based on skill level to annual gross income and social media use.

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Dealers doing it right

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Let's start with a quick introduction. I've been with ARI Network Services as the director of marketing for just about a year now. Before making the move to ARI, I worked as the editor of a publication much like this that served the powersports industry for a little more than a decade. I've dedicated my career to helping retailers like you improve your business.

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Anonymous Distributor


When animals rely solely on instincts to stay alive, they are restrained by their instinctual fear and their fear of the unknown. They never reach their full potential. Harvey Mackay says people do exactly the same thing.

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Upfront: OPE industry loses a legend

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William H. "Bill" Quinn Jr. -- who founded this magazine as Lawn Equipment Journal (LEJ) in September 1959, had the foresight to rename it Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) in September 1969, and served as its publisher for 30 years before selling the magazine -- passed away on Sept. 6, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 102.

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