John Spears: salesman deluxe

Carl J. Lawrence Special Correspondent Some of us are born to fill a certain place in our company. Early last month, John M. Spears, the greatest advertising salesman in the 100+ years of Oil & Gas Journal, died. John was one of those destined for outstanding achievement. This sounds like salesman talk when you say someone was the "greatest," but the numbers are available to support the claim for John Spears. He represented OGJ in Houston for more than 40 years, selling advertising space to some of the biggest oil and gas supply and service companies in the business. John was a star salesman when OGJ carried more advertising pages than any magazine in the country. He could r...

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