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Questionnaire

Barry Petrigala – Board President 2011-2012
Article date 4/26/13

Do you remember your first HIRA meeting?
Yes, it was at the ASTA Show in Chicago.

Do you remember who was at your first meeting?
George Liesman, Gene Daniels, Lee Walters, Chuck Drago

Why did you join HIRA?
I am a big believer in organizations. I realize that any organization is only as good as the members’ participation in its function and activities.

Was HIRA good for you and how did you benefit from being a member?
HIRA has been good for me. It has helped me formulate friendships and contacts that I will have as long as I live.

What H.I.R.A. member best influenced you?
Lee Walters

Name one event you remember at a H.I.R.A. meeting.
HIRA meeting at Long Beach. We had an event on a boat.

Would you join H.I.R.A. again?
Yes

What and how are you doing now?
Still running my business in Chicago, going one day at a time.

 

Tom Pruitt - Board President 2008-2009                                                                     
Article Date 4/9/13


Do you remember your first HIRA meeting?
Yes, it actually was a HEAR meeting that was held at the ASTA convention, which is now HIDA, in New Orleans in 1980

Do you remember who was at your first meeting?
It was held in someone’s hotel room and there were not a lot of people there. Maybe 10. The only people I remember were Lee Walters, Bob Elliott, Lee Pruitt, and Marvin Stevens

Why did you join HIRA?
I went to a few HIRA meetings while I was working for Lee Pruitt and Bob Elliott. When I went out on my own Lee and Bob plus Bill Abbott, a manufacturer and mentor, strongly encouraged me to join for the networking and that a person should support their professional organization

Was HIRA good for you and how did you benefit from being a member?
HIRA membership has been a great experience ever since I joined. My best friends in the industry I have met through HIRA membership. Those friends are the people who have referred lines to me and vice versa. The referrals aside, going to the HIRA conference gives me the knowledge to run my business much better.

What HIRA member best influenced you?
Lee Pruitt. He and his partner Bob Elliott taught me how to sell and later how to run a rep business

Name one event you remember at a HIRA meeting.
The HIRA meeting that was held in Phoenix sometime about 20-25 years ago when Lee Pruitt won the Lee Walters award. No one is supposed to know that the award is going to be given much less who is going to receive it. I was not going to attend that conference but was tipped off by a HIRA board member that Lee was going to receive it and so I went to the conference.

Would you join HIRA again?
Yes, for all of the reasons above

What and how are you doing now?
I am still in the rep business and still am having fun selling.