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motoeric
10-22-2007, 11:18 AM
A great deal of attention is paid by event organizers to what amenities can be provided to competing teams. Often the same attention is aimed at attempting to make the event as palatable as possible for the judges (which after seeing a great deal of hostility towards judges and the judging system here might not be a concern for some teams).

I have never seen any discussions on what could be done to show our appreciation for the Reps and their hard work. I had the pleasure of spending a great deal of time this weekend with Don, Leslie, Jerry and Linda and I was kicking myself for not planning ahead.

So, does anyone have any thoughts on some small but meaningful ways that we can say 'thanks' to the Reps? I guess that right off the bat, we can ensure that they receive whatever the team gets (like 'goodie bags' or tee shirts).

I could have easily stopped and got them the daily paper and coffee or tea. Maybe had a cooler with their favorite soda/drinks in the judging tent.

Thoughts?

Eric

backyardchef
10-22-2007, 11:21 AM
I gave ours Tequila and gift bags w/ Rubs, sauces, etc....

I know they really wanted the Tequila, though....:wink:

Plowboy
10-22-2007, 11:22 AM
Good thoughts and thread, Eric.

If they aren't from the area, a special goodie bag with some local or regional favorite foods, etc.

Yakfishingfool
10-22-2007, 11:26 AM
I'm with plow boy, make it a personal bag with local stuff. Can even follow up with a small care package sent to their home after the event or the like. Maybe making sure they get specific places and times to eat?

Plowboy
10-22-2007, 11:32 AM
Include the teams, too. If they have products, see if they'll donate.

cmcadams
10-22-2007, 03:23 PM
I thought reps got paid, but I could very easily be wrong.

motoeric
10-22-2007, 04:12 PM
I thought reps got paid, but I could very easily be wrong.

According to the KCBS, they do not get paid.

Eric

Leeper
10-22-2007, 06:19 PM
They for sure get their expenses paid for. I am not sure on any sort of a stipend

Merl
10-22-2007, 07:03 PM
OK here is the official stuff Offer your reps lots of beer and alcohol during the contest.

REPS get paid huged amounts to go to a contest. Including reimburesement for travel expenses, here is the breakdown.

Travel time: 1 to 8 hours
Friday: Meet and Greet teams, conduct cooks meeting and visit all team in the evening before leaving 6 hours
Saturday Show clock and visit with each team early a.m., conduct Judges meeting, run turn in and judging attend awards 9-10 hours
Travel time home 1 to 8 hours
Avearge contest: Miss one day work, for no pay
and spend 23 hours for contest.
Therefore, I am paid about $6.52 per hour.

Now this is how most REPs do it. OF course if you go to a contest where you never see a rep, well they are overpaid.


Things you can do for your REP.
Unlimited pass to the Beer garden during the event. (Reps are prohibited from consuming alcohol during events.)
We do appreciate a goodie bag, aprons and t-shirts, most contest do take good care of their reps and it is appreciated.

Yours in Q
Merl
Saturday Show the clock

motoeric
10-22-2007, 07:18 PM
Merl,

Thanks for the insight. I'm a little confused. Where does the $6.52 come from? Is that from your mileage? Is that what is being considered here? Or the hotel costs? Or maybe the reps food expenses?

Or is there some other revenue for event reps that I'm not aware of?

Thanks,

Eric

drbbq
10-22-2007, 10:02 PM
I think they get paid $150 plus expenses.

motoeric
10-22-2007, 10:43 PM
I think they get paid $150 plus expenses.


That is really odd because I called the KCBS at around 5:10 this evening and the person I was speaking with said that they weren't paid.

Is this a conspiracy? Is the KCBS part of the Illuminati? This goes deeper than I thought!

Or the person at the offices was mistaken. Not quite as glamorous.

Eric

Sawdustguy
10-22-2007, 11:18 PM
Either way Jerry and Linda Mullane were worth their weight in gold this weekend. What a wonderful job they did this past weekend and every other contest they rep'ed and we cooked.

motoeric
10-23-2007, 01:02 AM
Either way Jerry and Linda Mullane were worth their weight in gold this weekend. What a wonderful job they did this past weekend and every other contest they rep'ed and we cooked.

I'll second that! They and the Lovely's were great.


Eric

LindaM
10-23-2007, 06:50 AM
Yes we do get $150 from KCBS for a contest. This past weekend we had 2 contests, a grilling event on Sat and a KCBS event on Sunday. Therefore cut Merl's number in 1/2. We only get paid 1 time for the weekend. Now at some events we do more work than others. I am not going to get into the regional part of the job. If we didn't love what we were doing we would not do it. BBQers are the best. This is by no means a money making proposition. All of our organizers treat us very well and we appreciate it. Eric you were most attentive to our needs. As long as the organizers do their jobs and get enough judges, have a big enough tent, water, crackers, napkins, and keep the cooks happy our job flows. Thanks to everyone at Sayville for a great event.

Linda

BigBarry
10-23-2007, 08:18 AM
Yes we do get $150 from KCBS for a contest. This past weekend we had 2 contests, a grilling event on Sat and a KCBS event on Sunday. Therefore cut Merl's number in 1/2. We only get paid 1 time for the weekend. Now at some events we do more work than others. I am not going to get into the regional part of the job. If we didn't love what we were doing we would not do it. BBQers are the best. This is by no means a money making proposition. All of our organizers treat us very well and we appreciate it. Eric you were most attentive to our needs. As long as the organizers do their jobs and get enough judges, have a big enough tent, water, crackers, napkins, and keep the cooks happy our job flows. Thanks to everyone at Sayville for a great event.

Linda

Linda,

Thanks to you all for the work. The $$ is certainly not why you are in it - your passion for the "sport" shows. I agree that event organizers should provide some form of "thanks" to the reps.

Eric - good thread. Let's let it flow and see what comes of it.

My ideas (if I were a rep):

- Local gift certs are a nice idea but the reps may not come back to the area for a long while.

- Drinks, snacks, etc. We all stock out sites with stuff we will eat/drink but they do not have the same convenience.

- Functional stuff like aprons, shirts, etc. will last.

- Sauces, rubs and food goodies would be nice.

- Gift certificate to Chilis - I want my Babybacks, Babybacks...JUST KIDDING!

Sledneck
10-23-2007, 08:33 AM
- Local gift certs are a nice idea but the reps may not come back to the area for a long while.



A gift certificate to a national retailer would be nice. Every team chips in and somebody goes out and buys a home depot/lowes gift card etc.. I dont know of anybody who would not like receiving that. It doesnt have to food or bbq related. Its the gesture that counts

cmcadams
10-23-2007, 08:50 AM
I almost would like to see something as kind of a 'tip'... And most reps I've seen do a great job and put in lots of hours.

But contributing to a gift card, or whatever, for some events would in some cases turn an already sour event into worse. Merl, not all reps do all that stuff you have listed, and at least $6.52 is more than I make at a comp. :) (I'm not bashing, just kidding).

Jeff Hughes
10-23-2007, 08:59 AM
Merl, not all reps do all that stuff you have listed...

They should...

Merl and Carol will spoil you, they're the best...

cmcadams
10-23-2007, 09:01 AM
Jeff, I don't doubt it. I've been to comps that were run really great, and others that the reps just showed up to do what they had to and that's it.

smoke-n-my-i's
10-23-2007, 10:11 AM
For the most part, the reps that I had at the only 2 comps I have been to so far, have been great. They answered any and all questions, polite, and helped in just about any way they could.

Porky
10-23-2007, 11:46 AM
As a certified baseball umpire for youth and adult baseball(Little League/Mens Adult Baseball) I can tell you that the reason that the BBQ reps do this is not for the money but because of the love of the sport. Sure, they get some dollars but look at all those hours they put in. They could be golfing, boating, skiing etc but they are at our contests doing a great job. These folks are to be commened for being professional from the beginning to the end of each comp. THANKS TO ALL THE REPS.

Muzzlebrake
10-23-2007, 02:32 PM
This is by no means a money making proposition.


what do you mean? if you didnt get the bag full of money that Willie and Eric had..........:biggrin:

Either way Jerry and Linda Mullane were worth their weight in gold this weekend. What a wonderful job they did this past weekend and every other contest they rep'ed and we cooked.

I second that!!

I have never been to a comp that they were not the reps and not many BBQ realted events that they were not proudly representing the KCBS in one way or another. They are fast becoming the face of BBQ at least to me when I think of a well run fun contest in the Northeast.

They seem to be all over welcoming everyone and bringing an infectious pair of smiles with them.



Things you can do for your REP.
Unlimited pass to the Beer garden during the event. (Reps are prohibited from consuming alcohol during events.)


Yours in Q
Merl
Saturday Show the clock

thats kind of cruel............ isnt it?

giving them something they cant use?

Yakfishingfool
10-23-2007, 03:52 PM
Don;t forget the personal porta-potty area for Reps only. creature comforts they can enjoy. I agree with T's and the like, a a bit of cash to pay for gas or buy a meal on the way home. Thanks Linda and Jerry!!!!

Sledneck
10-23-2007, 03:56 PM
Don;t forget the personal porta-potty area for Reps only. creature comforts they can enjoy. I agree with T's and the like, a a bit of cash to pay for gas or buy a meal on the way home. Thanks Linda and Jerry!!!!
Reps do receive travel expenses