Ray Winslow, Manager of Maverick Sewing services, LLC, has been in the sewing machine business since 1969. He answered an ad “Assistant store manager wanted; company car provided.” This turned out to be a sales position selling sewing machines by making house calls on prospects who responded to newspaper ads. Servicing machines was an integral part of house calls as well.

The employer was Allyn Distributing Company, later Allyn International, the US and Canada Necchi Distributor. As time went by he moved on to manage the retail department store operation. As the popularity of department store sales faded away he moved on to wholesale sales to dealers nationwide. He was the Sales Manager at Allyn until they closed the doors in 2011. In November of 2011 he started Maverick Sewing Services, LLC. The business sells Toyota sewing machines to dealers throughout the US and Canada.

In the Denver area today Ray finds the time to serve in the ‘old school’ way –house calls. This began with a courtesy call referred to him by a local dealer. An elderly woman, living in an assisted living facility, was in need of a repair, but getting out and about was difficult. He went out to take care of her problem; a short visit resolved things. When asked how much the charge was, he said “It’s on me”. She replied “I live here by choice, for the convenience, and I’ve saved well.” She tucked a hundred dollar bill in his shirt. Parts, service, and the occasional sale – servicing the local community when not shipping a Toyota.

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