The Fuller Brush DownEast Winning Team is You and Us Together. "Winning Team" because that is what we are. "DownEast"
because everything in Maine is called DownEast. It was started by Roland Rhoades in
Maine in Feb 1992 (the name started in 1993) and very quickly expanded nationwide Maine to
Hawaii and Florida to Alaska. It now consists of many Director groups,
all spread out nationwide.
I (Roland) have been featured in the Fuller Brush
Company Newsletter twice, with a full page article in 1994 after advancing
to Director in less than two years, and a half page article in
click for FULLER TIMES articles on me and Mark
What does The Fuller Brush Company have to say about me?
Larry Gray, Director of US Field Sales (President of the Distributor sales
force at the Company), says on his Nov 9, 2005 Sales Hotline:
"And now . . . I want to recognize an
individual . . . who over the years has developed a phenomenal sales team!
Through consistent sponsoring . . . every day
retailing . . . on-going training . . . and never-ending follow-up with
prospects and Distributors . . . this individual has climbed the ladder of
excellence in Fuller Gold. A BIG, BIG congratulations goes out to our newest . .
. Division Director . . . Roland Rhoades from Maine. Here’s to you Roland . . .
for an outstanding job! Your group has grown from simply you retailing Fuller
Brush products to a vast sales team that includes 5 Supervising Directors, 5
Directors and countless dedicated Distributors. Hats off to you . . . for your
tremendous success with Fuller Brush!"
[Also note the photo of Larry and me on my homepage.]
See also Award photos near the bottom of this page.
SEPT 30, 2016 UPDATE -
There is no longer a business opportunity. Fuller corporate investors killed the
distributor recruiting and referral program. Nobody can recruit any longer and I
lose my life work and retirement plan of recruiting, training, and keeping in
touch with my 1200 distributors. This page is basically just old history
Here is a photo of me in early February
2003 [similarly every year]. My Fuller Brush business gives me the TIME
and MONEY flexibility to get out of the sub-zero cold temperatures in
Maine for a while. And my business keeps
growing while I'm gone too! We stayed in Lakeland FL, "the swan city", with
plenty of real swans, and 62 of these 6-foot fiberglass swans decorated by
Our Team has all the pieces put together to help you
become productive quickly. I've been in the Fuller Brush business for 24 years
now, sharing my experience via free training manuals and newsletters. Has it
paid off in helping my distributors make money?
If you are considering joining any other team, ask them how many people
they or their team have helped advance to Director since 2000.
(We've had EVERY Director or above promotion (22) in the
whole Company since 2000). Join a team that can help
being THE Fuller Brush Man of Sanford Maine for nearly ten years, I began an
eight-month process of moving to the Gorham-Windham area of Maine, designing and
having a new office addition built on my country home, and selling my Sanford
house. I continue to service my Sanford customers on a regular basis. I was a
member of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce 1994-2002, and in 2002 I joined our
local equivalent, The Gorham Business & Civic Exchange.
I'm also a life member of Maine Old Cemeteries Association and working to
record old cemeteries for posterity, and an addicted
genealogist. My Maine Families (and more) website is
Business continues to be tremendous. Here is my 2005 Toyota Prius
gas-electric hybrid car that I bought March 2005. I washed it with Fuller 'Car
Wash & Wax' right before the photo in Aug 2006.
two old 1992 photos I found of Me (left) and my good buddy, Larry Gray
(right), VP of Sales & Marketing at Fuller Brush, the person at Fuller
Brush in charge of all of us distributors. He's the voice you hear on the
I met him at regional meetings in 1992 and 1993 in MA and
CT, never realizing at the time the importance of getting to know him, AND
for him to know who I am, as my business started growing and I wanted his
attention and extra help.
ROLAND RHOADES, LARRY GRAY, & MY PRIUS
Larry Gray (rt), the head of Fuller Brush
Distributor Services, visited me (in blue) in Maine 5/15/07.
We discussed the business and the future for about 6 hours,
treating me to lunch.
THE FULLER BRUSH CAT
This last picture is my new baby (2003), a Scottish Fold kitten
named Silka, learning about my business.
Click on the kitty
for more on the most beautiful and
wonderful kitten in the world, plus cat stories and jokes.
The following is edited from the Company Newsletters
in the 1990s.
Several years ago, Roland Rhoades began a
gradual process of creating a new, more positive work atmosphere for himself. As an
electrician at a naval shipyard in Kittery Maine, he enjoyed his work, but not the
negative working environment. Rather than stand still and complain, Roland decided
to take steps toward the positive.
His efforts led him from the shipyard full-time, to
supplementing his earnings with part-time work in the Network Marketing industry.
Eventually, he arrived where he is today: working full-time as a Fuller Brush Director.
Roland says "I'm too independent minded to work regular hours for a boss.
That's why I love Fuller Brush so much."
Roland had been involved with another networking company
for several years when in 1992 a friend recommended that he consider adding "product
diversity" to his business. Roland responded that he didn't need
"diversity," he needed products that worked and that would sell. "That's
the definition of Fuller Brush products," his sponsor told him. And when he added
that Fuller Brush had just made the transition to network marketing, Roland promptly
decided to join Fuller Brush, and began to build his highly successful DownEast Winning
It didn't take many side-by-side product comparisons for
Roland to realize that Fuller Brush products simply worked better and were priced better
than the products he had been promoting. "I know the other company's products well,
and now I know Fuller Brush products, and Fuller's work better." Instead of adding
diversity, Roland decided to change companies, and since then he has never looked back.
The true advantages of his Fuller Brush business became
clear to Roland as he began to prospect for new customers and distributors. "The
response I got to the Fuller Brush name was like a breath of fresh air," he said.
"It was a real relief to have people respond to the name by telling stories about
their favorite products, instead of making critical comments about your company."
With new-found confidence, Roland became a Fuller product
expert, and encourages the distributors he sponsors to become experts also. "I
encourage the people I sponsor to use retailing as a way to offset some of the initial
expenses of building a network marketing organization," Roland said. "I
started off selling enough products to pay for a small inventory of my fastest selling
products and to pay for nationwide advertising, and expand my business out of my
economically depressed area in Maine. Building a solid distributor base of other
distributors making a profit is the key. I've published a free Newsletter for downline
support since 1994. I now have distributors or mailorder customers in all 50 states. I
also feel that I've gotten to know as friends, many of my distributors and customers
across the country, just by mail and telephone."
When talking to prospects, Roland emphasizes the unique
advantages of operating your own Fuller Brush business. "Name recognition is an
important advantage when talking to anyone over 40," he said. "But just as
important, among the younger crowd, the people who aren't as familiar with the Fuller
Brush name, they will remember their Mom buying the products, and they know Mom was never
wrong. Also, you can mention 'environmental products' and find a similar, warm
Besides freedom to do business his own way, on his own
time, Roland says he appreciates the freedom that the Fuller name lends to his growing
business. "It's good to know that there are virtually no barriers to achievement in
this business except ones you place on yourself," he said. "I like knowing that
if I (or the people I recruit) need to, I could easily build or expand my business with
direct sales and make good money. The Fuller Brush name that has always opened doors, now
opens minds to possibilities."
Roland Rhoades, Successful Fuller Brush Man, hard at play.
Many of you have asked. THIS is Cyndy's and my summer vacation spot, a
mountain lake cabin in our family on Lake Aziscoos, near the border of Maine,
NH, and Quebec. You leave the main road and travel up an old dirt logging road
for a while before driving down to the camp. We go during the week, when
everyone else has to go to a JOB.
No electricity, no phones, no running water, no mail, but we do have the
luxuries of a secure 7-room cabin, with gas lights, refrigerator and stove, the
sound of loons on the lake, swimming, harvesting raspberries
from nature, and real relaxing
with no distractions. There is also fresh spring water for drinking and washing
just down the road a piece. Ayuh, nice and peaceful. (Aug
Next is the same view near sunset. >>
Here are some photos of my awards
as Top 10 Sponsoring Performer of new distributors (based on
how productive they are) over the years.
I was also among the Top 100 Retailers nationwide in the
Company most years.
(Click for larger photos of
I also received a name tag and Fuller polo shirt. Even better, 4 other members
of my team also received Top Ten Company-wide Awards for 2004.
Congrats to our other team members also on the list for most years.
And that's it. In 2016, after saying they
appreciated us for all these decades, Fuller Brush took away all those distributors that
we sponsored and trained, thinking most distributors would just say, "OK, Massa,
what can I do for you now?". Most quit and moved on, rather than
trust in investing their time and money in Fuller-Stanley. In 2017 the
Company is on the verge of bankruptcy (again). Shame.
Jan 5, 2018 - Larry Gray finally gives us an update on the
new owners (Hotline 1-800-282-1171). Fuller Brush was sold to Galaxy Brush LLC
of Lakewood NJ (note that location since there is a different Galaxy Brush in
PA.) What about us? They can't be bothered with us anymore. He says "SOME"
distributors may be allowed to sell the products [rumor is case lots only]. No more details on us or the
product line until March or April.
Rhoades, the Person - Genealogy & Politics
I also have a life
outside of Fuller Brush. In fact, my Fuller Brush income is giving me the
financial freedom to enjoy other pursuits and hobbies when other people
have to work at a job, including an expensive collecting
hobby/investment. I am also spending more time on genealogy, tracing my
family tree and assisting others with common surnames, especially the names
Rhoades, Peavey, French, Leavitt, Boardway/Boudway et al, Morgrage/Morgridge,
Safford, Stinneford, Flagg, and some
families. See my Maine Families Genealogy website at
www.RolandRhoades.com I was elected as President of the National Association of
Leavitt Families 2005-2009, and elected
official Genealogist in 2009.
I believe one must have an open mind to have an open heart. Someone asked god why s/he doesn't perform major miracles anymore, and
s/he replied "because every
time I do, you people start a new religion and persecute all my other
peoples, or tell them that they have to believe the same way that
YOU think I'm
telling you to believe." I think that believing that your
way is the only way, is at the root of the
terror that we see in today's headlines.
Let's make America strong and secure again. The US has been spending more
and earning less since 2001. I find it beyond my comprehension that people do not understand that if
millionaires get massive tax cuts, that means that WE who make less than
$250,000 per year pay a LARGER share of taxes, assuming America is paying its
bills, which Lil' Bush didn't seem concerned about (because he knew the
Democrats were following him in power and they would get blamed for the cost of
finally paying 8 years of his bills; $1.2 trillion of the 2009 debt is bills that Bush
didn't pay!). Can YOU afford to subsidize poor millionaires who have to
pay taxes? I blame the
Republicans who don't want to do anything except protect their billionaire
corporate sponsors. But the billionaires fund the advertising that spreads those
lies. We need to end the so-called "Citizens United" which allowed unlimited
corporate buying of our elections.
2016 - I am "Feeling the Bern" supporting Bernie Sanders uprooting corruption.
MADE IN USA. Fuller Brush has always been able to say that they
manufacture most of their products right there in Kansas, putting Americans to
work so that they will have money to spend in the US economy. Unfortunately the
Republican corporate system is based on outsourcing jobs to wherever is best for
corporations' economy, not America's. Fuller is falling victim to the
competitive economy this is creating, and has forced some companies who
manufacture some items for Fuller to outsource their factories first to Mexico,
and then to China. The only way to stop the spread of this contagion to the
American economy, is to rid ourselves of the Republican and Democratic virus that puts
corporations first, calling them not only people, but like in Orwell's Animal Farm,
people who are MORE equal than real people because they have more money to give
politicians kickbacks (aka political fundraising and advertising). [Trump
talks a good game, but it is all talk; he outsources all his companies' products
to China, even his campaign materials.]
Remember: Vote Democratic = Vote for American jobs and
manufacturing, but it won't happen if a Republican
Congress continues saying NO to everything.
Proud to be American where people can think for
themselves and disagree with Big Brother government. Thanks.