“When I attended my first Users (Solutions) Conference, I had 200 customers. While at that first conference, my company’s only technician called and quit. That was a low point, but then, I started really getting involved in the conference. At first, I was overwhelmed with a sense of disappointment at how far behind I was as a business owner. I knew I had great potential, but never really pushed it.
“2012’s Users Conference changed all that. The sharing that goes on there was overwhelming. I learn so much. We now have 1500 customers and 8 employees.
“I have developed relationships through the Users Conference that are priceless. I found mentors from other areas of the country and have toured their companies. We share back and forth all the time.
“When you’re struggling and need support, it’s great to be able to pick up the phone and call someone who has been where you are as a business owner. When they tell you that it’s “okay” or “normal” and “you’ll get through it”, you know there’s experience behind it and you believe the words and carry on.
“I have invested everything in this business and only take a small salary. My family’s future is this business. Real Green’s Users Conference has given me a community that I can draw on for strength and support and I can do the same for them. It’s like an extended family.
“Each year at the Users Conference, I work hard – going to the classes all day and then networking in the evenings. Each year I bring more of my employees and try to spread the knowledge. We cover more ground, by being able to attend different classes.
“I have attended GIE-Expo and they have good classes, but they are nothing like Real Green’s.”