OOIDA member Brian O'Leary of Fort Collins, CO, recently earned a seat on the board of directors to lead the fun, yet informative WD-40 Fan Club. For Brian it was an opportunity to help support a product he's used for years.
"WD-40 is the slickest lubricant to use on a tractor-trailer when putting on a fifth-wheel side assembly," Brian said.
The WD-40 Company first became acquainted with Brian through Lava Heavy-Duty Hand Cleaners, a division of WD-40 Co. In October 2000, Lava named Brian as having the hardest working hands in America. Actually, it was his wife Claudia's essay, "Hands of an Irishman," that won him this honor. Her essay won Lava's Salute to Hardworking Hands essay contest.
As a member of the W-D 40 Fan Club Board of Directors, Brian will act as part of an informal advisory panel-lending his opinions on upcoming promotions, serving as product tester and getting a sneak peek at future endeavors. The board will "meet" quarterly online.
Brian joins some renowned company on the board, including Daytona 500-winning NASCAR driver Ward Burton; Linda Cobb, author, tv host and self-appointed Queen of Clean; and Jim and Tim, the Duct Tape Guys. Six other WD-40 fans also were elected to the board, ranging in occupation from a retired science teacher to a volunteer fire chief.
The WD-40 Fan Club, which is free to join at www.wd40.com, serves as a virtual "home base" for WD-40 fans. The site allows members to share stories about the product, access tips and ideas on how to use it, download WD-40 goodies, get the list of 2,000 uses and participate in periodic promotions, contests and special events.
WD-40 Company, with headquarters in San Diego, is a global consumer products company with brands that deliver above expectation performance at extremely good value to end users who buy in a variety of trade channels. WD-40 Company produces multi-purpose lubricants, WD-40 and 3-in-One, the Lava and Solvol brands of heavy-duty hand cleaners and household products X-14, 2000 Flushes and Carpet Fresh. WD-40 Company markets its products in more than 160 countries worldwide, and recorded sales of $174.6 million in 2001.
--Rene Tankersley, feature editor