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Their words. Their experience. Why they chose Distributors First to help them start their promotional products and advertising specialties business.
Client Success Stories
What clients are saying about their Distributors First experience

We succeed when our clients do. We're proud to share some kind words they've said about us.

Starting a home-based promotional products business.

“I have researched getting into the promotional products business for more than 18 months and have talked with just about every person and every program I could find to help me get established. When I was fortunate enough to find Distributors First and Vince Whaley I was frustrated and nearly at the end of my rope. 

The Distributors First materials that Vince provided were the most thorough and comprehensive information I had ever found to help me start this business. Immediately the thing that struck me as different from all the rest…Vince wanted to help me find my way without getting his hand in my pocket for the next 10+ years. Vince literally spent hours with me answering my questions and explaining the DFI program, never once pressuring me to buy.  In fact, he never asked me to buy.  He told me he just wanted to coach and mentor me, and my experience with him proves him right! 

My confidence and excitement in meeting Distributors First and Vince Whaley convinced me to launch my business.  And I am happy to say that we are working together in this endeavor. He is delivering on his promises and commitments!”

Jeff L.
Statesville, NC
How to start a distributorship business.

"I am happy to provide this recommendation for Distributors First because of my experience when I got started. The DFI consultative approach was nothing, if not refreshing. I was looking at several avenues and getting very mixed and confusing advice. I have been in business for myself for many years in a tangent industry, so I knew this would be challenging and rewarding. The kind of advice and help I was looking for is just what Vince and DFI offered. The ‘inside secrets’ have put me miles ahead from the get-go, and was more than I expected. Vince not only gave me real advice, but it was instantly usable and translated into immediate sales. Vince is the ‘real deal’ when it comes to consultants.

When I was deciding to get into this business, Vince so impressed me that I traveled on my own dime to his office in Idaho Falls to see if he was really the guy he claimed to be. We had a very nice dinner and I got to meet his lovely wife, Leslie. After dinner, and my most pressing questions, he proved to be everything I was looking for.

Working with DFI’s entire team also, has been a real pleasure. They really know their stuff, and have been very helpful to me in building my company. Both Vince and Gail have really kept me on track and saved me from chasing endless rabbit trails. If you are looking for someone who under-promises and over-delivers, then Vince is the guy, and Distributors First is the company.

Mark K.
Promo marketing distributor program.

“I began working with Distributor First in the spring of 2008. My wife and I took our time exploring our options for getting into this industry. Vince was the first person that was willing to share honest and useful information upfront. He never pressured us to buy. His wisdom and advice have been immeasurable over the years. Gail has shown herself to be a wonderful help and support in setting up our office and learning all of those technical terms in decoration and artwork. Her knowledge of the supplier side of the industry is amazing. I don’t think I have ever asked her a question that she didn’t have a great answer for. Early on, she supplied us with super valuable information that allowed us to land a $10,000 account within a few months of our getting started. That was really helpful. The technical, “I.T.” support provided by the SAGE team has been nothing short of spectacular. Our website and research platform has allowed us to build a very professional and successful business. Year to year our sales have been growing. We have developed a clientele of repeat customers. I remember Vince saying to me back then that his biggest job was giving his clients permission to succeed. He certainly did that for us.

If I had it to do all over again, I would join Distributors First again in a heartbeat! Thanks, Vince. Thank you, Distributors First."

Stuart Y.
Starting a home-based promotional products business.

"After 23 years in Coaching, I decided to make a career change. I had always enjoyed the marketing and promotional side of the coaching business and decided that I wanted to own my own promotional products business. I thought I had a good understanding of the industry … but had no idea how to run a business, and I mean absolutely no IDEA! Where to begin?

I started with the Internet, doing some research. Distributor’s First, gave me the most comprehensive overview of what I could expect for today, tomorrow and in the future. After calling DFI, my phone call was returned immediately (important lesson for the future). Always respond to your customers in a timely fashion … LESSON 1!

I was greeted by Vince Whaley, owner of DFI. We must have spoken for at least an hour on several occasions in a 7 day period. I needed help to realize my dreams … and they had all of the answers. I needed to start from scratch, and they held my hand every step of the way (whenever I needed them). The good folks at DFI and their program vendors helped me with website design, email, content, website functionality, how to research, who to research … and it goes on and on. Vince Whaley and Gail Wingerd have always been there for me whenever I needed them. They’ll be there for you, too!

So, here I am 15 months later … reporting back. Sales have been great, but meeting a ton of new people and businesses has been even better! My average sales are like most people in the business (250-500 qty. per order). However, I have a few big clients who order (3,000-5,000 quantity per order). My biggest order so far was over $15,000! The secret that I have learned, as does anyone in sales is turning customers in to clients. How do you do that? By listening to them … you can’t sell something to someone that they don’t need. They will tell you what they need … sometimes all you have to do is consult and tweak. Others know exactly what they want … so don’t try to talk them out of it, just give them great customer service.

I took one thing with me that I used to preach while I was coaching. The Golden Rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated”. If you do just that one thing … I think you will be in business a long time. Using that philosophy I have already converted many 1st time customers into brand loyal, repeat buying clients.

Thank you Vince, Gail and your entire vendor support team for giving me the necessary tools to make my dreams of business ownership a reality."

Gwen L.
How to start a distributorship.

"Wow, it has almost been a full year since I joined the DFI team. What a year it has been! I was a casualty of the corporate downsizing in the woodworking industry and I remember thinking, now what…? I was surfing the web for job ideas because I wanted to do something on my own that was new and fresh to me.

I had many of my friends tell me, “You need to get into sales”. But what was I going to sell? While doing my civic duty on the local fire department, (10 years) I was in charge of new t-shirts for all the guys. While doing this task, it occurred to me, “Hey, maybe I should look into this type of work”…and so it began.

I found the DFI program on the internet. I wrote down many questions and had many concerns. A few days later I was able to speak to Vince Whaley on the phone. We went over all my questions and concerns. To this day there are two things that really stand out to me from our first conversation that lasted almost an hour and a half. First, he said, “Craig I can help you change your year into a positive one.” (Which he did.)

Second, “This business can be profitable and fun and also give you some freedoms”. It most certainly has. Vince and I spoke three times before I decided this is what I was going to do. I did my research. I read everything he provided and everything I could find, and I can honestly say that everything Vince said was true. His word is good and he did not over promise anything to me.

My business has been growing every month. It is really exciting how we can help other businesses grow by being creative with the artwork and the item they want to sell or give away. The investment has paid off in spades…and I am beginning to live the life I have wanted to live. And the financial rewards will allow me to attend a couple of Pittsburgh Steelers games every year…and then some!"

Craig G.
Promo marketing distributor programs.

"I was looking for a way to get back into the promotional products arena and someone who would be able to teach me and guide me in my business. I found Mr. Vince Whaley and Distributors First International. The man is a guru. He knows the industry. He understands what is needed to be successful.

He not only gives advice and mentors you; he also tells you what you need to hear. He will always be honest and upfront with you, he certainly has been with me. If you are seriously considering becoming a promotional products distributor, and you need someone to coach you, and have your back, Vince Whaley and Distributors First is for you."

Dennis M.
San Francisco, CA

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