My Trip to FIBO, Cologne, Germany
It wasn’t long before Ildiko Nagy, our new Customer Support Specialist here at Total Gym, was sent off to meet our international distributors. She returned full of excitement and was bursting at the seams to tell us all of her travels.
Here’s her story:
“Ildi, I want you to go to FIBO in Germany!” said Jesse Campanaro after only two months of my working at Total Gym.
I was shocked as he said that, but happy and excited to go to my first international trade show for the launch of the new Total Gym Row Trainer and to meet all our international distributors.
FIBO has celebrated it’s 30th year just recently and pulls in around 150,000 people each year and attendees come from 100 countries world wide. It’s a huge show (well actually 3 shows in one) that is the size of two football fields.
I was bursting with anticipation to meet, in person, everyone that I had been working with via email. I prepared a personal and visual “Hello & Intro Video” from our San Diego Corporate Office so all our international distributors were able to put names to faces, understand their roles in the company and learn how our company is set up.
And then the day came. I was finally airborne and after a long journey I landed in Frankfurt and met up with a familiar Skype face … Buzz Truitt. How could you not recognize this face, not to mention he was the tallest man in the entire airport?
As I tried to keep up with Buzz’s “speed-of-light-walk”, my hands full of luggage, we headed towards the station to catch the train to Cologne.
At the hotel in Cologne, all the distributors from Germany, UK, Holland and Italy had already congregated and they all greeted us with wonderful welcomes and warm smiles. Our 2-hour meeting was fun and interactive and we were able to exchange stories on all our plans, goals and more.
The day closed with a “Getting-To-Know-Each-Other” dinner next door and it was so much fun. The food was fantastic and I couldn’t get enough of it! Just look at those wonderful meals.
Distributor Meeting – Day 2
So great to see and meet everybody individually. More distributors came in from Romania, Spain, Poland, Denmark and Israel. It was all very impressive and I was all ears, learning how we work hand in hand together. We strategized, talked about innovation, solutions/ improvements, marketing and ultimately how can we make each other successful leaders in the market. I also learned about each of the distributor markets and their country’s expectations. It was fantastic to see how they shared all the success stories and suggestions between each other.
Jesse Campanaro, our Total Gym CEO closed the meeting with a BIG BANG – an introduction to the new Total Gym Row Trainer. The excitement in the room was overwhelming and I was so pleased and elated to be part of this huge global team!
Finishing our very successful day, we celebrated with a surprise Award Winning Dinner. We had a blast!
FIBO – Day 1
After registering in the morning, we arrived at the German distributor’s booth – Cross Corpo, GmbH and I was immediately eager to experience the day with their highly trained, very friendly, very hardworking and professional team members. The booth was huge and beautiful and I felt very proud.
The day, as you can imagine, was full of non-stop demonstrations, introductions to the Total Gym Row Trainer, distributor meetings with big brand name fitness clubs as well as clients. The Total Gym Row Trainer was a huge success!
Everyone worked so hard. Again I was very impressed by the team work at this massive event and couldn’t have felt more fulfilled. And of course what is a very busy day without a little fun?
FIBO – Day 2
Now I knew what to expect for day two but it was busier day than the day before. I was able to take a little break time to look around our hall and explore through all the international vendors’ booths. Products were great; techno music was blasting and traffic was tremendous.
Cross Corpo’s team in the booth were busy little bees and no question went unanswered. Throughout the day quotes and orders were just rolling in. We couldn’t help it but feel the glory and success of FIBO.
This opportunity has secured the foundation for the Total Gym family to grow and evolve and we can better understand each other on a level where we are more motivated, more productive, and more inspired to deliver the Total Gym success story by helping millions of people get healthier!
Thank you to all the distributors for making my experience at FIBO more amazing then I could have imagined and to Total Gym for giving me the opportunity.