Doug's News

January 2017
Doug's News - January 2017
Last month you may recall my writing in this column that when we were on the annual October race through Mexico, the Carrera Panamericana, an old lady at a rest stop in the tiny village of Chapa de Mota asked me if I would buy her village an ambulance. My semi-shocked response was, "we'll think about it".
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December 2016
Doug's News - December 2016
The strangest things happen on the Carrera rally, the 2500 mile length-of-Mexico event we do annually. But nothing can top what happened this year.
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November 2016
Doug's News - November 2016
The Carrera Panamericana was over a few weeks ago and were we 4th? Or were we 3rd?

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October 2016
Doug's News - October 2016
If it is October it must mean La Carrera Panamericana time once again! This is the road race that runs for seven days and some 2500 miles through Mexico, this year starting in Queteraro. Heading south to Puebla, then back north through Mexico City and various Spanish Colonial cities of the north before ending in Durango.
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September 2016
Doug's News - September 2016

Our Giant 50% Flash Sale flyer is at the printers and will go into the mail "soon". It should arrive the week of September 12. And will be posted on our website as well.

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August 2016
Doug's News - August 2016

It is with great pleasure I share with you our growth. Not just growth in sales, but growth in our people. We've long had the policy of promoting from within and it has been a good one. We are able to take experienced people who know our company, know our customers, our products, our systems, our customer-oriented culture, and promote them almost seamlessly into greater responsibilities. So with a silent drumroll ("ta da") please welcome the following to their new challenges:

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July 2016
Doug's News - July 2016

We've been doing NeoCon for over 20 years now, and trust us when we say this was our best show yet!

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June 2016
Doug's News - June 2016

The trucks just left with our 140 foot long booth for NEOCON! It takes three 53' trucks to haul it all from LA to Chicago. Our little street here in a residential part of downtown Torrance was filled with honking horns and waving fists from irate drivers, while the trucks bobbed and weaved like prizefighters, trying to back into our little driveway to be loaded. It was a sight! Thankfully a short one so the neighbors are happy once again.

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May 2016
Doug's News - May 2016

Trade show season is upon us! As you can see from our Tradeshows page, we will be at many diverse shows. As a direct marketing company we love to say "hello" to those voices we know on the phone.

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April 2016
Doug's News - April 2016

One of the benefits we offer is, after five years' employment, a three month fully paid sabbatical. Actually I borrowed the concept from academia, where the idea was that a professor took a break from teaching for a school term to follow his muses. And came back refreshed. Why not? Our people come back tanned and relaxed and eager to get back to building the biz.

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March 2016
Doug's News - March 2016

In memory of our dearly missed employee, Hector Tovar, who was tragically taken from us in 2000, we annually award The Hector Tovar Award to the employee(s) who best exemplify his incredibly infectious spirit. Believe me, it is a Big Moment. Employees submit their choices and the submissions are well thought out and considerate. This year I am pleased to announce there were two winners, Paul de Leon and Paul Harkin. They work closely together, Paul de Leon in drafting, and Paul Harkin in building our trade show exhibits. They work so closely they are referred to as "Paul Squared".

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February 2016
Doug's News - February 2016

After only one month into 2016, we are already making huge progress on a number of new parts. We expect to launch several of these new products in the first quarter, including our recent Design Competition winning entries. If this first month is setting the tone for 2016 as a whole, we are going to be in for a busy production year!

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January 2016
Doug's News - January 2016

2015 was a great year for new products. We introduced 48 new product families, which translates into 579 new SKUs. 2016 looks to be an even better year. We already have some 40+ new products in development, not all of which will make the final cut, but perhaps 30 will. Not all bad. Later in the year we plan to produce another 300+ page full line color catalog, and mail it to everyone on our mailing list. This is a massive (read: expensive!) undertaking which is why we do it only every 3-4 years!

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December 2015
Doug's News - December 2015

Can you believe 2015 is coming to a close already? Another year gone by. That's not to say it wasn't a year to remember though!

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November 2015
Doug's News - November 2015

Last month I wrote glowingly about the upcoming Carrera Panamericana. We had a great car and great expectations, and nearly fulfilled them. Key word "nearly".

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October 2015
Doug's News - October 2015

Everywhere in North America the month of October means that football season is in full swing. Except in Mexico! That country welcomes the annual running of La Carrera Panamericana, a race/rally from southern to northern Mexico. The route tries to emulate that of the original Pan Am, held from 1950 to 1954, run by the government to obtain publicity for the new Pan American highway running the length of Mexico and joining the USA to Guatemala, to say nothing of starting a modern highway system. And it was a wild affair, too! The race went full tilt through towns and villages, chickens scattered, hay bales exploded, and more than one spectator lost his life. Declaring they'd received enough PR (but really to end the carnage) the Mexican government closed it down after the 1954 race.

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September 2015
Doug's News - September 2015

While we hope everyone is enjoying Summer 2015 - and it's been a warm and dry one most everywhere - we've been at work on new temptations. Hard to believe we have some 40-50 new ideas in the works, most of which will debut shortly after New Year's.

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July 2015
Doug's News - July 2015

Whew ...

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June 2015
Doug's News - June 2015

June is the epicenter of trade show season and we'll be at two of the biggies, NEOCON in Chicago and InfoComm in Orlando. The dates can be found on our 2015 Trade Shows page. They overlap a bit but we'll be fully manned at both and can hardly wait.

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May 2015
Doug's News - May 2015

Trade show season is upon us in a big way. In May we'll have displays at AIA Expo in Atlanta and HD Expo in Las Vegas, both in the middle of the month; visit our 2015 Trade show page for exact dates and locales.

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April 2015
Doug's News - April 2015

Seems like the winter of 2014-2015 is just not giving up without a struggle! But it will soon give way to sunny days and clear, blue skies.

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March 2015
Doug's News - March 2015

Trade Show season is just around the corner and are we excited about it! The schedule where we will be exhibiting can be found on our Trade Shows page, and I trust you will be able to stop by, see our incredible new concepts, and say hello to our knowledgeable staff. We are proud of our new products, all designed to enhance your future.

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February 2015
Doug's News - February 2015
Calling all customers: do you have pictures of your finished application featuring our parts in use? Would you be willing to share with us so we can feature them on our social media outlets in the future?
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January 2015
Doug's News - January 2015

2014 has come and gone in a flash! Far too quickly Winter turned to Spring to Summer to Fall... and now back to Winter! Opportunities and problems came and went, but the sun rose every day! Not all bad.

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December 2014
Doug's News - December 2014

Hard to believe another 12 months has gone by. Where does the time go? Worse, the older we get the faster it seems to go by!

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November 2014
Doug's News - November 2014

October means La Carrera Panamericana - the 7 day 2500 mile rally the length of Mexico - and we were in it again, for at least the 20th time since 1988; maybe even 24 or 25 times.

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October 2014
Doug's News - October 2014

As you may know we have spent some time getting our new Catalog 23 ready. It has just been mailed and you will be receiving yours soon if you already do not have it. It is chock-full of new stuff and we are "cautiously optimistic", as they say, you will approve!

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September 2014
Doug's News - September 2014 Update

As you know from our previous announcement, the Pro Mazda Series ended with an incredible come-from-behind finish and was won by Spencer Pigot, the young driver that we proudly sponsor. The race aired on NBC Sports on a program titled "The Road to Indy" and had extensive coverage on Spencer's journey up to the final race in Sonoma and ended with the spectacular finish. Spencer remains cool and collected with the maturity and focus of a true champion after winning the prize money and moving on to Indy Lights.

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September 2014
Doug's News - September 2014

Groan... Labor Day marks the official end of summer so back to work we all go. No more R&R at the beach or the lake or the mountains.

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August 2014
Doug's News - August 2014
After about two years, countless revisions, innumerable meetings, hundreds of discussions, late nights and weekends, revisions, rewrites, product developments, go-no go decisions, more rewrites and more revisions, and many, many photography sessions, I am very pleased to tell you our all new 2015 Catalog 23 is at the printer!
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July 2014
Doug's News - July 2014
Whew. Hard to believe we've just come off our own version of a World Cup fútbol match - three trade shows in three weeks! Yes, we're all exhausted but also very exhilarated. Exhausted from the 9-5 standing for days in a row (and then partying down until all hours!), but exhilarated from all the nice compliments from existing clients as well as from new people who looked and said "Wow! What great stuff!"
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May 2014
Doug's News - May 2014
Like a lot of things it seemed like a good idea at the time. Why not make a big splash at our biggest trade show, NEOCON in Chicago, and take a bigger space? A little voice said "take a BIG space"... so we did. What were we thinking?
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April 2014
Doug's News - April 2014
April is here, Spring has Sprung (well, in most places anyway), and the racing season gets underway now!
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March 2014
Doug's News - March 2014
As you may know, over the years Doug Mockett & Company has supported up and coming young race car drivers. Last year and this we are helping 20 year old Spencer Pigot in his quest to make it to the Indy 500. He is driving in an Indy support series called ProMazda. The series kicks off end of this month along with IndyCars in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL.
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February 2014
Doug's News - February 2014
Welcome to 2014! Looks like it is going to be a pretty good year from all we've read and experienced. So we're - "cautiously optimistic" -- as they say. 2013 ended up pretty well, and seemed a pretty good year all over, in talking to our clients.
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January 2014
Doug's News - January 2014
All of us here wish all of you there the very Happiest of New Years. May 2014 be a good one for you and yours.
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December 2013
Doug's News - December 2013
Where has 2013 gone? Far too quickly, that is for sure...
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November 2013
Doug's News - November 2013
So here it is the beginning of November and we've just finished the 26th Carrera Panamericana, an annual 2000+ mile blast racing the length of Mexico. It went from one disaster to another, absolutely the most frustrating race I've ever, ever done. Only things we didn't do were blow the engine or crash! How about this list: No brakes at speed (twice), tire blowouts/failure at speed (three times), broken frame (twice), alternator failure. But the topper was just 100 yards from the finish line and the gearshift lever broke off in my hand! Unbelievable... you can't make this stuff up!
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October 2013
Doug's News - La Carrera Panamericana 2013 Update
Today is Day 6 and we are stalled on the side of the road outside Guanajuato. Electrical issues. Never even made it to the start of the first stage.
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October 2013
Doug's News - La Carrera Panamericana 2013
Hard to believe ... but Friday the 25th of October marks the 25th anniversary of La Carrera Panamericana, and also the start of the 2013 edition, in the Gulf of Mexico port town of Veracruz. Seven days and some 2400 miles of racing and partying through Mexico before (hopefully) ending up in the wonderful Spanish Colonial city of Zacatecas.
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October 2013
Doug's News - October 2013
Twice in the past few weeks friends of Rita's have had their purses ripped off while eating out at local restaurants. Had the restaurants had our HK20 purse hook the sad outcomes may well have been different.
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September 2013
Doug's News - September 2013
Labor Day weekend just past marks the traditional end of Summer and the beginning of Fall.
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August 2013
Doug's News - August 2013
Happy August. Our Adley Diaz sent me this last week and I'd like to share:
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June 2013
Doug's News - June 2013
Last month on Saturday, May 11, about 40 of our colleagues met and walked around USC and the Los Angeles Coliseum area with 50,000 others in the annual "REVLON Run/Walk for Women", a fundraiser to support women's cancers research. Many, many thanks to all our extended family of clients and suppliers who donated to the cause. We appreciate it very much.
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May 2013
Doug's News - May 2013
In the nearly 35 years I've been designing and marketing furniture components, I cannot remember a time when we had more new and - truly excitingly new - products in development.
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April 2013
Doug's News - Chihuahua Express Win!!!
Doug Mockett & Angelica Fuentes came from behind to take the win in the 3-day rally that runs in and around the area of Chihuahua in northern Mexico.
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April 2013
Doug's News - April 2013
This winter just doesn't want to fade away does it? One day in the Midwest and East it is 70 and sunny, next day 12" of snow! What gives? But it is now April and I guarantee it, Spring will arrive. Soon. Maybe ...
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March 2013
Doug's News - March 2013
We had a VERY special guest last month and we're extremely excited to share! CJ Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was kind enough to join us for lunch and share some of his experiences and give us an inside look at the life of a professional athlete. The Angels signed the star pitcher to a five year deal in 2011, bringing the CA native back home after a six year run with the Texas Rangers (that included a World Series appearance).

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February 2013
Doug's News - February 2013
Martin Luther King Day is very special for us. We mark it with a day of service to others. One year we helped the victims of the Haiti earthquake and assisted an abused women's shelter. Another year we assembled 30 care packages filled with personal hygiene items for the homeless in downtown LA. Donations of clothing were given to a Church in Carson.
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January 2013
Doug's News - January 2013
At our annual Christmas lunch we present the Hector Tovar award – given in honor of Hector who died far too young in 2000 – to the employee(s) best exemplifying Hector's endearing qualities of hard work, leadership, friendship, and personality. The nominees are chosen by all employees, not by management.
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December 2012
Doug's News - December 2012
All the best for a wonderful Holiday Season to you and yours from all of us here at Doug Mockett & Company. And we wish you a fabulous 2013.

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November 2012
Doug's News - Hurricane Sandy
We extend our warmest condolences to all of our customers, business partners, and friends who have suffered from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
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October 2012
Doug's News - La Carrera Panamericana 2012 Update

More to come but we finally got car working properly and were first on the two last days.

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October 2012
Doug's News - La Carrera Panamericana 2012
Having done this event some 17 or 19 times since 1988, one must wonder why anyone sane would drive 2000 miles the length of Mexico in 7 days, at breakneck speeds at times -- and keep coming back to do it again! A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. 'Nuff said ...
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October 2012
Doug's News - October 2012
Well, if it is October, that means just one thing: the Carrera Panamericana! What World Series? Star navigator Angelica Fuentes and amateur driver (me) will be back for our 18th or 19th attempt to win this week-long, 2000 mile drive along the old Pan American Highway from southern to northern Mexico.
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September 2012
Doug's News - September 2012

With Labor Day weekend just behind us, Summer is officially over. Back to work!

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August 2012
Doug's News August 2012
More about it next month in September E-News, but we are very excited to announce a great leap forward in Power and Communications Grommets. We will be offering our PCS54 unit with a wireless charging device built into the lid! They look like narrow stripes on the lid; you just place your phone on it (adapters provided) and - Shazam! - that's all there is to it. Your iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, etc., charges. Adds virtually nothing to the thickness of the lid. So now you can use the internal electrical and data, close the lid, and charge your own devices on top. No more fumbling under the desk to plug in your phone and charge! Now, charging comes to your fingertips. As it should.
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July 2012
Doug's News July 2012
Last month we exhibited at the NEOCON show in Chicago and were very pleased by the response and the attendees. We displayed the new power and communications grommet we are calling EDP/2.0 for the moment. It received rave reviews as did the award-winning Lily Pad. Levity® was a task lamp of great interest that now is in production. The new casters and new trash liner colors were a big hit. All were well received. A good show!
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June 2012
Doug's News June 2012
June 11-13 marks the office furniture industry's biggest trade show, NEOCON, at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. We will be there in our usual spot on the 8th floor with a larger booth featuring many more new and innovative products and accessories. Please do stop by, 9 to 5 daily. It must be a big deal, they even trot me out for a Meet and Greet ... EIF/Revlon Run WalkAt the beginning of May our company marched proudly in the EIF/Revlon Walk for Women's Cancers, an annual 5km walk with 50,000 participants ending up inside the gigantic LA Coliseum. This year we did so in support and memory of our extended Mockett family who have been affected by this disease. It is a fundraiser and we have raised almost $4000. You can help - donations will be accepted until June 15. Just call Tyra at 800-523-1269 or email info@mockett.com for details.
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May 2012
Doug's News May 2012
We are celebrating the Grand Opening of our brand new showroom with two open house parties on May 2nd and May 3rd. While we have maintained a strong presence at various trade shows throughout the country for many years, we have never had a model room to call our own, until now. Our doors are always open for you to view any parts at any time on demand, and now our outstanding showroom offers a snapshot of our whole line with a simple walkthrough. After the grand opening event, the showroom will remain open and will be continually updated with new parts.
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April 2012
Doug's News April 2012
Cancer! No other word strikes fear like the word "cancer". We all know friends and loved ones who have been stricken by this awful disease, perhaps even struck down by it. It has the same dreaded sound as the word "polio" did in the 1940's and 1950's. Then along came Dr. Jonas Salk and the Salk vaccine in 1954 and shortly thereafter polio in the developed world became a thing of the past. Virtually overnight. Revlon Run/Walk LogoWe're not there yet with cancer despite the heroic efforts of researchers and experimenters. It is one stubborn affliction! And that gives us even greater determination.
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March 2012
Doug's News March 2012
On January 20, 2012 the staff at your company did something quite extraordinary - they put an employee on a commercial flight to hand deliver a small order to me because it was the only way it would arrive the same day. Perhaps it was authorized by you but either way - never in my 32-year career have I been more impressed or more shocked at the extent of the action your company took in the name of excellent customer service. Never mind that the order I placed was boggled several times over - unintentionally I am certain - however, the way Ms. Tyra Cunningham handled herself and apologized profusely when I told her I cancelled an install with an important client once over the missed shipment and I did not wish to cancel it again ... those feelings of frustration disappeared when she took control of the situation.
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February 2012
Doug's News February 2012
Martin Luther King Day is very special for us. We mark it with a day of service to others. One year we helped the victims of the Haiti earthquake and assisted an abused women's shelter. Another year we assembled 30 care packages filled with personal hygiene items for the homeless in downtown LA and the donations of clothing were given to a Church in Carson. Mockett serves a warm meal. This year we more than tripled our efforts to help the homeless as well as school children in Chiapas, the southernmost and poorest state in Mexico.
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January 2012
Doug's News January 2012
Now and then I see a bumper sticker that says something about doing random acts of kindness. On the way to work I drive by a golf course surrounded by woods. It's pretty rural and sparse - for LA. Never really noticed it but there is a Christmas tree growing there along the road. Planted? Castoff and took root? Who knows... or gives it a thought? A few years ago I drove by it at night, just around Christmas. And it was properly decorated and all lit up. Mind you, 1/4 mile from the nearest electricity. How cool was this? And every Christmas since it is decorated and lit up.
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December 2011
Doug's News December 2011
2011 marked our third year of participation in the 28th annual Festival of Trees sponsored by our local hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. We do it because it is a good cause, but more so in memory of Sue Carr, a wonderful employee who died three years ago. And died far too young. The Tree Festival was a passion of hers and it is with special and very personal pride that we do it. We honor her passion by continuing.
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November 2011
Doug's News November 2011
A few weeks ago ace navigator Angelica Fuentes, our trusty 1954 Olds Super 88, and I finished second overall of 112 starters in the world famous Carrera Panamericana, the rally that goes from the south to the north of Mexico. La Carrera Panamericana 2011 After 7 days, 1800 miles incorporating about 800 miles of speed stages (where the roads are closed and we race against the clock) we were second -- by 4.5 seconds. To put into perspective, that equates to driving 1800 miles and losing by about 200 feet. Two Hundred feet! Can you believe that?
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October 2011
Doug's News La Carrera Finish 2011
Coming into the last two days of the week long Carrera, we were second overall (of 112 starters), 24 seconds behind the leaders -- same guy who blocked us in Day 2 costing us at least 20-30 seconds. Had he not blocked us we would be tied or slightly ahead. Through the various speed stages on the Day Six closed off roads we were about even. He maintained his 20+ seconds lead. The last stage of the day was on the .8 mile Aguascalientes NASCAR high banked oval. As I knew nothing about driving ovals I asked former Indy Car driver (and good guy) Michel Jourdain how to drive an oval. He gave some good advice. And we went into Day Six, 24 seconds behind and due to our speed on the oval came out just 9 seconds behind! It all would come down to the Seventh and last day, from Aguascalientes to Zacatecas. On the various Day Seven stages we battled back and forth, gaining two seconds here, losing four there.
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October 2011
Doug's News La Carrera Update 2011
Monday, day 3, was a day starting in Queretaro and ending in Morelia. Weather was great as it has been the entire event. We started in first overall and ended the day first overall. Car did not handle well, the front end has a lot of understeer which means when you turn the steering wheel the front wheels want to go straight, not turn! A spot of bother! Plus the brakes did not work well ... Add in the speed stages at end of the day included the dreaded Mil Cumbres stages through forests above Morelia with amazingly tight turns and few straights -- a large crowd lined the street, plus some clown had a lifesize Halloween skeleton in one turn -- and there you have it! Anyway we did as best as we could and still were first.
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October 2011
Doug's News La Carrera 2011
Carrera Panamericana 2011 has been a fascinating one ... We've been so busy no time to send updates. But results are on the La Carrera Panamericana website. Sunday marked the end of Day Three. We left Huatulco Friday and ended up in Oaxaca, Saturday to Puebla, and Sunday to Queretaro. Today we go to Morelia. 54 Olds Super 88 Ace navigator Angelica Fuentes and I qualified 4th of some 110 cars. So a good starting place. Friday we drove prudently through
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October 2011
Doug's News October 2011
If it is October it must be time for the annual Carrera Panamericana mad dash from the south of Mexico to the north, 2000 miles over 7 days. We're ready to go and we're ready to win, so let's hope it all works out for ace navigator Angelica Fuentes and me, and our 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88 we call "Olds in Name Only". As you may know it is highly modified and features a 630hp Chevy V-8. We have a really cool new onboard video camera half the size of a cigar. If we can figure it out we'll upload video so you can see our progress. And our website will have updates daily.
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September 2011
Doug's News September 2011
Summer's over, back to school, and soon comes the cooler Fall and Winter weather. I hope you have enjoyed a good summer 2011. If you've been in the path of bad weather lately it has not been a good summer. We followed the path of hurricane Irene with some sadness. And have just sent letters to our 1500 clients we calculated were in its path, offering our assistance. If you did not get our letter and we can help, please let us know. Our summer has been filled with new product development, and it has been very productive. Most of our new product projects are a bit far off, sometime in 2012 likely, but I can mention that we will have a brand new concept in a most versatile and flexible desktop/work surface Power and Data Grommet. It will offer features never before seen. With hype like that it better be good! Plus lotsa other interesting stuff. Good stuff!
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August 2011
Doug's News August 2011
I am very flattered that Doug has asked me to pen his column in our August monthly enews and what better to write about than what you know? After more than 27 years with Doug Mockett I've learned a thing or two about the company. Back in 1984 it was just Doug and me in a small corner of a warehouse in Hermosa Beach. We did everything manually, kept track of inventory on cartons of parts, took orders on a yellow legal pad and filled out a UPS manifest by hand. It's been great fun to see the company grow. We now have close to 60 employees in about 60,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, and multiple departments that keep the operation humming. Our product line has grown from just a handful of parts to over 4,000 SKUs.
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July 2011
Doug's News July 2011
Last month we exhibited at the NEOCON show in Chicago and were very pleasantly surprised by the response and the attendees. LevityIn a first for us, we launched Levity®, a new and innovative task light with a cocktail party one night. The new product had a warm and really positive response from the media and potential buyers. And all show long we had good comment after good comment. And that was very welcome! Levity will be available later in 2011 and looks like a true winner. We’ll let you know. In the meantime here’s a photo of Levity.
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June 2011
Doug's News June 2011
Early last month was the annual Revlon Walk to raise funds for women's cancer research. Team Mockett chose to honor Ofelia de Leon, mother of two of our employees, Dede and Paul. Ofelia walked with us last year and then two months later died of breast cancer. Here is a photo of Kandee carrying a photo of Ofelia. Our team must have made a good impression, as we were on the local ABC news and mentioned in the LA Times, as well as being mentioned by emcee Halle Berry.
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May 2011
Doug's News May 2011
Here we are in the industrial heartland of Los Angeles. And now - welcome to LA - The Goats Next Door! I thought one of our employees had lost it when he came and said, "Have you seen the goats next door?" Sure enough, in the dumpy warehouse parking lot next door are two goats, along with a trailer and piles of pallets and junk. Candidly, I do not know what to say, except "Welcome to LA!" Truly the land of fruits and nuts.
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April 2011
Doug's News April 2011
Every year our team of gallant "Mocketteers" turns out to walk 5 kilometers around the LA Coliseum in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women fund raiser to support research in women's cancers. You may recall last year our tale of woe with the bus driver from Hell who got lost and then got a ticket . . . believe me, we have someone new to drive us this year. Revlon Run/Walk for Women Ofelia de Leon with Paul and Dee Dee Last year's was a poignant walk. Little did we know that Ofelia de Leon, the mother of two of our employees, Dee Dee and Paul Manalang - all three of them walking happily along with us - would die less than three months later from breast cancer.
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March 2011
Doug's News March 2011
You know the old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees”. Maybe we could learn from that - last month we mailed our newest New Products Supplement, 42 pages filled with new products and concepts and ideas, and titled Catalog 22A. So far so good ... Then we started getting calls from people wondering if we’d downsized due to the recession and had chopped the core from our product line – they thought this was our new full-line catalog! We experienced “the law of unintended consequences”. A close look at the cover does say “2011 Supplement” but in small type. We never screamed “ALL NEW PRODUCTS!!!!" Maybe we should have.
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March 2011
Doug's News February 2011
Don’t pretend to know much about economics, but over the years have summed up the furniture industry like this: “If they ain’t renting office/commercial space, they ain't calling the office furniture dealer to order furniture, the dealer ain’t calling the manufacturer to make the furniture, and the manufacturer ain’t calling me for parts.” Seriously, it isn’t much more difficult than that. Without demand from the end user/buyer, nothing happens. It gives me great pleasure to pass on that our sales have taken a nice bump the last few months of 2010, and we have quotes for some good-sized orders later on in 2011. So, maybe we have turned a corner from the past few miserable years.
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February 2011
Doug's News - Electricity & a Refrigerator
Every year that the Carrera Panamericana starts in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the southernmost, and poorest, Mexican state of Chiapas, we have always helped Prof. Jorge Morales Ramos, a good guy who runs a charity named "Enviame a Mi" ("Save Me"), dedicated to the "Education, Food, Health and Housing" of the poor of Chiapas. So last month when we arrived there was Prof. Ramos - with his big smile and with a special request - would we donate a refrigerator to Enviame a Mi? Of course we would.
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January 2011
Doug's News January 2011
Greetings for 2011. Let's all hope it will be a good one. Our annual Christmas luncheon is a festive occasion; this year we had a wonderful magician who literally pulled tricks out of his hat. It is also time to pay homage to our dearly beloved Hector Tovar, a valuable employee who died in September 2000, far too early at age 37. Each year the employees choose one or more fellow employee(s) to receive the Hector Tovar Award, employee(s) who best symbolize Hector's drive, leadership, personality, and spirit. For 2010 they selected two, Edna Linayao and Shane Beck.
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December 2010
Doug's News - December 2010
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Every Christmas Torrance Memorial Medical Center, our local hospital, has their “Festival of Trees”, a fund raiser for which various donors decorate a tree placed on display at the Festival for a week and is then auctioned off. Our annual tree is a memorial to Sue Carr, a wonderful employee who passed away two years ago at a far too early age. The Festival of Trees was a passion of hers. It is a pleasure to continue her passion.
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November 2010
Doug's News - November 2010
Last month we once again ran La Carrera Panamericana, the 7 day, 2300 mile race from southern to northern Mexico. No, we did not win. A broken driveshaft on Day 1 ended any chance of that ... and devastated us. We ended up 27th of 118 entries. We fought back. Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 we finished 3rd overall behind two serious pro drivers, former big time rally driver Harri Rovenpara from Finland who won overall, and 2nd place Michel Jourdain, a former Indy-Car star from Mexico City.
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October 2010
Doug's News October 2010
A week or so ago we had a company luncheon to celebrate our first 30 years in this biz ... hard to fathom ... and to honor the people who have been with us 20 or more years. Believe it or not, more than 15% of our employees have been with us more than 20 years! It gives me a great sense of pride that we offer such an excellent work environment that people stay with us. Here they are, some you may have spoken with, some who may be just names:
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September 2010
Doug's News September 2010
It is now just after Labor Day weekend, Summer is over (for some of us anyway --see cartoon!), it is back to school time, and time to get back to serious work for the Fall and Winter. It is troubling to read and hear how bad “they” say things are. The other day I heard a Wall Street expert proclaim now was not the times to buy stocks; things were that bad. The next day the NYSE went up 250 points! Some expert ... So I question whether things are bad, or are only bad in our heads, and not so bad in reality.
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August 2010
Doug's News August 2010
You aren’t going to believe this, and neither do I. But truth is often stranger than fiction. Back in January we, along with the rest of the world, were shocked at the destruction and devastation the earthquake of January 12 brought to the impoverished nation of Haiti and especially to Port au Prince. So we bought and in February sent a container to Haiti loaded with medical supplies, construction supplies, soap, and donated one of our Ford vans. Many of you donated money and supplies, too. The supplies were in the container. The container was going to be used as a medical clinic, the van as an ambulance. So - what could possibly go wrong?
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July 2010
Doug's News July 2010
The middle of June was the annual NEOCON show. Things were a bit more reserved than in the past, but it was great. We met many new faces, saw a lot of old ones, had a good reception to our new products, and came away energized for the rest of 2010! It was that good. We Get Mail - "Thank you for mis-spelling my first name and thank you for mis-spelling my last name, too. You careless jerk. I wouldn’t buy from you if Mockett was the last company on Earth." - George Hawkins Hey, George, lighten up! We get the message...we’ll be more diligent. And George, I hope you will reconsider. (PS - No comment on misspelling "mis-spelling" - twice!)
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June 2010
Doug's News June 2010
Every year the Entertainment Industry Foundation in Los Angeles supports women’s cancers research with a 5 kilometer walk/run fund raiser that starts by the LA Coliseum, wanders around the neighborhood, and ends by...
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May 2010
Doug's News May 2010
Trade show season is fast upon us. I will be at ICFF and NEOCON and hope you’ll come by and say ‘hello’. As we’re in the mail order biz these are our opportunities to meet our clients and exchange ideas. We look forward to it, believe me, and come away with a lot of good input and good suggestions. What’s that? Do I detect a “glimmer of hope”?
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April 2010
Doug's News April 2010
It was quite humbling for all of us to have received the letter below. My hat is off to our Award Winning Customer Service Representatives. Very humbling ... Our people do a brilliant job taking care of our many clients...
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March 2010
Doug's News - Haiti Community Support - Container 1
Last Friday, February 26, was a banner day. That was the day our first container of aid was picked up and shipped off to the Dominican Republic where Haiti Community Support (HCS) will pick it up and transport it overland to Port au Prince. We purchased the container so HCS will be able to use it at their medical clinic. Better than the tarp on the sidewalk they’ve been using. As the saying goes, “In the kingdom of the blind a one eyed man is king”. So a used container become an acceptable medical examining room. HCS’ doctors have been seeing 1000 people a week. With no end in sight. The container is progress...
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January 2010
Doug's News - Haiti - How We All Can Help
In my lifetime I have never seen such destruction and devastation as in Haiti. Watching CNN is painful. Your heart has to go out to these unfortunate souls, to this desperate country. But let’s see how perhaps we can help them make lemonade from this giant lemon. We’ve been fortunate to have hooked up a few years ago with Haiti Community Support, a St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands-based charity run by Bruce and Mathilde Wilson...
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December 2009
Doug's News - 2009 Hector Tovar Award
The highlight of our year is the presentation of the Hector Tovar award at our annual Christmas luncheon. Hector died September 10, 2000, far too young at age 37, leaving a widow and two small sons. He was a vivacious guy, always in a good and positive mood with a big smile, always a leader, the true spirit of our warehouse staff. So each year the employees nominate who they believe is deserving, someone in the tradition Hector set for us all.
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December 2009
Doug's News - December 2009
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. 2009 will go down as a year to forget. We can only focus and keep plugging away and do our best to make sure 2010 is a better year. And it won’t take much to make it a “better year”. Some good news to share. I rescued a Golden Retriever just before Thanksgiving...
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October 2009
Doug's News - 2009 La Carrera Panamericana Road Race
The last week of October is the annual Carrera Panamericana, a 2300 mile, seven day car race from southern to northern Mexico, following largely the route of the original PanAm, which ran from 1950 to 1954 to celebrate the opening of the Pan American Highway through Mexico. I have done this event 17 times now in our trusty 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88, my navigator Ms. Fuentes some 15 times. And 2009 was going to be our year! We tested the car several times. We pre-ran the course. We had the best crew. We were ready! And it started out that way - we qualified First of 98 cars. This was going to be a walk in the park ...
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January 2009
Doug's News - 2009 Pikes Peak Hill Climb
July 19 marked the 87th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This is the second oldest motor race in the United States, after the Indianapolis 500. Everyone gets one run up the “hill” - 12 1/2 miles starting at 9300’ and ending 4800’ vertical feet later at the summit, 14,110’. 156 turns. Partially paved and partially still dirt. No guardrails and, trust me, you don’t want to look down.
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February 2008
Doug's News - 2008 La Carrera Panamericana Road Race
Electricity and a Refrigerator Come to a Mexican Village. Every year that the Carrera Panamericana starts in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the southernmost, and poorest, Mexican state of Chiapas, we have always helped Prof. Jorge Morales Ramos, a good guy who runs a charity named "Enviame a Mi" ("Save Me"), dedicated to the "Education, Food, Health and Housing" of the poor of Chiapas. So last month
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January 2008
Doug's News - 2008 Pikes Peak Hill Climb - Vintage Class Winners!
The concept is simple, the execution is not so simple. Just race to the top of Pikes Peak, to the summit at 14,110 feet. At the fastest speed possible. Mind the corners! And mind the drop offs! No room for wusses. Not for tea cuppers.
Now the challenge: race on everyday pavement for two miles, then on dirt for three, then on pavement for another three, then on dirt for the final four miles.
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January 2007
Doug's News - 2007 La Carrera Panamericana Road Race
Where to begin our adventure on this annual 2000 mile, 7-day race/rally from southern to northern Mexico? The week had so many highs and lows we cannot possibly cover them all. So just a few highlights and lows. It was the 20th anniversary of the rebirth of the 1950's event celebrating the Pan American highway joining the US to Central America through Mexico. We had to do well.
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