With a heavy heart we announce that Bob Payne, one of the finest sales representatives in Curtis 1000’s long history, passed away on Monday, April 29. Bob served his customers and our company for over 51 years. We were proud to know him as a gentle-but-competitive spirit who mentored many successful Curtis salespeople.
Twelve years among the Top Ten Sales Representatives for Curtis 1000, Bob was named the Number One Sales Representative four years. Six of his accounts have been customers during his entire 51-year career! He was also a Sales Supervisor for 19 years of his career and helped develop a strong group of southeast sales representatives.
Bob began his association with Curtis 1000 in 1961, after earning a degree in business administration from Jacksonville State College and serving in the army as a first lieutenant.
He started building a solid, profitable base and rapidly progressed through every level of honors among the sales force, becoming a charter member of the President’s Club—when it was created. Bob was a true professional whose emphasis on satisfied customers was a vital part of his success.
Please join us in remembering Bob, a great example of determination, drive, and friendship. Already the tributes are pouring in:
“He didn’t retire because he was happy doing what he was doing,” says Karl Tulisalo.
“His customers clearly respected him—he was a consummate professional—and he had an infectious laugh,” according to Hal Loewenthal.
“What a great friend and colleague we’ve lost,” writes Scott McCulley.
“A super guy and a Southern Gentleman,” says Don Booker.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Bob’s family.
Steve Geiger, President
Curtis 1000 Inc.