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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #90 on: February 06, 2019, 06:11 PM »
Bob congratulations! Hopefully I'll join you in retirement soon.

You were always the first place I went to when looking up Festool. I'm a serious hobbyist but you always took time to talk to me and many times talked me out of tools that weren't necessary for the job at hand.

Will truly miss the personal touch.


Mike

 Thank you Mike. I appreciate that and always was careful of spending my customer's money.
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Offline Bob Marino

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« Reply #91 on: February 06, 2019, 06:15 PM »
@Bob Marino

My wife purchased my first Festool's from you for our anniversary gift to me a year and a half ago. You were great to work with. Then somehow we ended up on the phone talking about grills for what seemed like hours. Best of luck in your retirement.
 

Thanks.  Yep, Matt. I remember those conversations - very helpful and informative.
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #92 on: February 06, 2019, 06:17 PM »
Hey Bob,
Congrats on retirement, I highly recommend it. ;D ;D

Thanks for answering all my stupid questions.

I spent a lot of $$ on Festool, even buying some things I was a little skeptical of, because
I knew that if there was a problem I could count on Bob Marino to make it right - and you always
came through.

Best wishes for your next next chapter.

Jesse Cloud

 
  Thanks again Jesse - all those orders for almost forever. No stupid questions there, perhaps a stupid answer on my part!
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #93 on: February 06, 2019, 06:22 PM »
Bob:

You have my heartiest congratulations on your imminent retirement. I highly recommend it.

As a fellow, early Festool dealer (I think you beat us to the punch though), you set a very high bar for us and all the dealers that followed. Your customer service was legendary (and darn tough to beat - it was hard to compete with nearly 24hr tech support!). Most of all, as a fellow dealer, you were friendly, ethical, and competed fairly. There were not many competitors with those qualities. You were truly one of the good guys!

Now, enjoy your retirement. Perhaps you will now have time to spend in the shop exercising those great tools you sold.

All the best, my friend.

Jim Ray

 Hey Jim,

 If I was there first it could only have been by a month or so and as I remember - you had that incredibly informative website that was simply the best Festool website out there. Phew, was that a tough one to compete against though.
 Once again, thanks for everything kind words and all.
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #94 on: February 06, 2019, 06:24 PM »
Congratulations Bob!

You have been very good to me as a dealer all these years, not sure how long it's been but we were hanging out over at the "Oak" forum when I ordered my first Festool.
Your prompt attention and helpful advice has been appreciated all these years.

Best wishes in your retirement.

Ed 

 Thanks Ed - those early years on The Oak, that takes me back to another world, another time. Thank you for all your support for all of those years.
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Offline Chance B

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #95 on: February 06, 2019, 06:39 PM »
My first experience with Festool was with Bob. If i remember correctly, he called me back on his personal cell phone after hours (time zone difference) to answer my question before I place my first Festool order. It was always great service. Thanks Bob and enjoy your retirement.

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #96 on: February 06, 2019, 06:47 PM »
@JimRay,  So glad to see that Bob pulled you out of the lurking mode.  You too are a legend!

Peter

Offline duburban

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« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2019, 07:32 PM »
I feel like a Festool chapter in its history is closing.  Being on this forum for many years, you easily start to connect the dots with who were the standout folks and retailers and without hesitation, had it not been for the issue of being in Canada and Festool's cross border shipping restrictions, I would have easily been dealing with you many times over the years for my Festool needs and purchases.  You just stood out as a class act Bob!

All the best in retirement Bob!


I agree with your sentiments about the closing of an era


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Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #98 on: February 06, 2019, 08:15 PM »
Bob, I congratulate you on your decision to retire...trust me, it's a wonderful thing, but also trust me that you'll probably be busier than ever given my experience over the past year. I also thank you for introducing me to Festool back in the early 2000s, and compliment you on your sales technique of leaving things behind for me to "try". LOL You were one dangerous dude to by wallet, my friend. Zero regrets, however!

Don't be a stranger... ;)

Best wishes! Jim
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #99 on: February 06, 2019, 08:39 PM »
My first experience with Festool was with Bob. If i remember correctly, he called me back on his personal cell phone after hours (time zone difference) to answer my question before I place my first Festool order. It was always great service. Thanks Bob and enjoy your retirement.
 

 Hi Chance,

More than welcome. Glad I could help.
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2019, 08:40 PM »
@JimRay,  So glad to see that Bob pulled you out of the lurking mode.  You too are a legend!

Peter
  A huuuuuuuuuuuuge legend and a true gentleman. Jim did everything right and so very much deserves what he earned.
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Offline kdzito

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #101 on: February 06, 2019, 08:43 PM »
Bob congrats on your retirement!  You will be missed. I’ve enjoyed seeing you at the Connects over the past couple of years. Take care. Kurt
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #102 on: February 06, 2019, 08:51 PM »
Bob, I congratulate you on your decision to retire...trust me, it's a wonderful thing, but also trust me that you'll probably be busier than ever given my experience over the past year. I also thank you for introducing me to Festool back in the early 2000s, and compliment you on your sales technique of leaving things behind for me to "try". LOL You were one dangerous dude to by wallet, my friend. Zero regrets, however!

Don't be a stranger... ;)

Best wishes! Jim

 Thanks Jim. I remember those days and the hosting you did at your home for a Festool demo. Those were the days. We will have to catch up.....
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #103 on: February 06, 2019, 08:52 PM »
Bob congrats on your retirement!  You will be missed. I’ve enjoyed seeing you at the Connects over the past couple of years. Take care. Kurt
 

 Thanks Kurt for all your support over the years and maybe we can meet up if.when there's another CONNECT event.
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Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #104 on: February 06, 2019, 11:16 PM »
Best wishes Bob.
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Online RJNeal

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #105 on: February 06, 2019, 11:50 PM »
Congrats to you Bob. And thanks for the help and sales.
Enjoy!!!
Rick




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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #106 on: February 07, 2019, 10:09 AM »
Like many others my first Festools were purchased from Bob. And also like many others I had to   call   him on the  phone   to order. Pretty sure the order was ATF55, CT22, 2700 rail.

Always enjoyed our chats at Festool events, Bob.  [smile]

Perhaps you will have more time to enjoy your coffee and grilling  [thumbs up]


Seth

Offline leakyroof

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« Reply #107 on: February 07, 2019, 04:46 PM »
What.... WHAT. Well, okay, we will miss you.... [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad]

 And yes, Beaver Tool is a good outfit.... But they're not YOU,    BOB...... [jawdrop]

 Have a great retirement in whatever you are moving into next.
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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #108 on: February 07, 2019, 06:30 PM »
Al Pacino,  You've been a big help for me over the years, like others have said, even talking me out of a tool that I thought I needed.  Or selling me partial boxes of sandpaper when I've had a special project that I where I didn't need a whole lot.  From the brief times we've me at eventst, I've left with a nice lasting impression of you. 
I've been fortunate enough to retire early a couple of years ago and it's true what people say, I never knew how I ever had time to go to work! ....provided your health is ok (it is ok, isn't it?)   
I wish you all the best in the future!  You will be missed.
Jim

Offline Bigdaddy65

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #109 on: February 07, 2019, 06:36 PM »
Bob popped my Festool cherry.  [big grin]
Best wishes on your retirement.

Offline Nailed IT

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« Reply #110 on: February 07, 2019, 09:26 PM »
Best of luck in your next endeavor!  Thanks for the fantastic service! :D
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #111 on: February 08, 2019, 09:14 PM »
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #112 on: February 08, 2019, 09:17 PM »
Like many others my first Festools were purchased from Bob. And also like many others I had to   call   him on the  phone   to order. Pretty sure the order was ATF55, CT22, 2700 rail.

Always enjoyed our chats at Festool events, Bob.  [smile]

Perhaps you will have more time to enjoy your coffee and grilling  [thumbs up]


Seth

 
 Thanks Seth. Yes I remember those early purchases and of course meeting up at those Festool events.
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #113 on: February 08, 2019, 09:18 PM »
What.... WHAT. Well, okay, we will miss you.... [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad] [sad]

 And yes, Beaver Tool is a good outfit.... But they're not YOU,    BOB...... [jawdrop]

 Have a great retirement in whatever you are moving into next.

 I think Beaver Tools are glad they are not me!  Thanks again.
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #114 on: February 08, 2019, 09:21 PM »
Al Pacino,  You've been a big help for me over the years, like others have said, even talking me out of a tool that I thought I needed.  Or selling me partial boxes of sandpaper when I've had a special project that I where I didn't need a whole lot.  From the brief times we've me at eventst, I've left with a nice lasting impression of you. 
I've been fortunate enough to retire early a couple of years ago and it's true what people say, I never knew how I ever had time to go to work! ....provided your health is ok (it is ok, isn't it?)   
I wish you all the best in the future!  You will be missed.
Jim

  Al Pacino? Yes, we Italian Americans do look alike. [wink] I appreciate your kind words and support all these years Jim. Yes, my health good - no worries there.
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Offline Bob Marino

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« Reply #115 on: February 08, 2019, 09:24 PM »
Bob popped my Festool cherry.  [big grin]
Best wishes on your retirement.


 [scared] [blink] [huh]

 Uhm........glad I introduced you to Festool.

 Thank you!
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Offline Bob Marino

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« Reply #116 on: February 08, 2019, 09:25 PM »
Best of luck in your next endeavor!  Thanks for the fantastic service! :D

 THANK YOU!
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Offline Jim Metzger

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #117 on: February 11, 2019, 10:31 PM »
So, hows retirement treating you? [big grin]


Jim
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Offline DrD

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Re: Important Announcement
« Reply #118 on: February 12, 2019, 03:03 AM »
Bob, I wish you all the best! Other than the jig saw and a guide rail, I got all my Festool stuff from you, first while we were in Chicago and continuing when we retired to Mississippi.  Haven't bought much in past 3 years; have gone the way of some of the older FOG guys and have been looking at Blue tools.  I always appreciated your honesty!

As I recall you had an avatar posted for a while with you holding a K80.  Hope you get to use that a lot in retirement!  Old age and football knees don't allow me to do much trap or sporting clays anymore.  Shoot while you can!


Best Wishes


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Offline Tinker

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« Reply #119 on: February 12, 2019, 04:27 AM »
I knew it! I knew that some day you would run out of bubble wrap!

Bob, I, as all who have written, (I only just got to this party and I have not gotten past the second reply yet), i feel happy for you. You were the one who alerted me to the Fog way back when we were on Yahoo. When i lost track, you steared me to the new site. I have bought many tools from you with no more than a phone call and a mental handshake of the promise both ways. I have never met you in person, probably never will, but I feel that you have been a good friend, as we all do. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you get to use a few of the Festoys I am sure you have lying around. Enjoy your family.
Tinker



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