Fundraising warriors ready for action…

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor returns to the Rubb Blog ahead of this weekend’s Total Warrior event…

Two days to go until our Total Warrior challenge.
I’m tired and excited.
We will rest from Friday night until the event starts at 11am on Sunday June 28th.

Park Runners
This week’s training consisted of:
Saturday: 5k Park Run with the Transform Fitness team (pictured above)
Monday 7am: Personal Training with Transform Fitness
Tuesday Night: 3k run
Thursday 7am: Personal training
Friday: 1 hour bootcamp.
I’m feeling a little tightness in my lower back but hopefully this will clear before the big day.
I have been and bought the necessary Dri Fit clothing and car seat covers. I also have the black bin liners, and spare clothes ready for after the event!
The fundraising is going really well. Thank you to all who have donated.
Joanne and I (pictured below) hope to raise in excess of £2000 in memory of Jill.
Come On!!!

Ian and Joanne
Please visit our Just Giving page to donate to this special cause.
We would be grateful if you could give what you can to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a charity helping people working together with a single-minded ambition to stop women dying from breast cancer. Your donation will assist with finding new treatments, discovering the causes, promoting early detection and ensuring the best possible care for women diagnosed with the disease..
Visit Rubb UK’s website to read about our Total Warrior journey and more.

Total Warriors step up to the challenge for charity

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor and his wife Joanne lost someone very dear to them earlier this year. Jill Reed, a very close friend of Joanne’s, sadly passed away from breast cancer at the age of 36. Jill (pictured below right with Joanne) leaves behind a loving husband Mark, daughter Connie and son Luke. Now Ian and Joanne are taking on the Total Warrior challenge on June 28th to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


Total Warrior is the pinnacle of obstacle racing, providing the most innovative and highest quality obstacle event in the UK. With around 30 punishing challenges provided over a 12.5KM all terrain course, Total Warrior also offers greater variety and more obstacles-per-kilometre than any other race. The Hindmoors have both been in training and Ian will be updating the Rubb blog with all their latest efforts in the run up to the event. Read all about it in his first post below…


There are now only 15 days to go until the Total Warrior Challenge.

Training needs to step up over the next two weeks to ensure we are both ready for this challenge. Mentally I feel prepared, I have only one main concern, that is making sure I don’t get stuck in any confined spaces that may happen to be part of the obstacle course.
Physically my fitness is okay, not brilliant, but I feel as though I have enough to get round the course.
Some online research (YouTube videos) have given me that extra buzz of excitement, and dread. From what I have seen there are not too many confined spaces to worry about but some rather tricky looking high walls to jump over!

Last week’s training with Transform Fitness has involved:
Friday Morning 3.2Km
Friday Night Bootcamp
Saturday AM Warrior Training at The Barn, cross country running and obstacles
Sunday Morning Strength Session at The Barn
Monday Morning 3.2km
Monday Night Bootcamp
Tuesday Morning PT, Harness Runs with a tyre up hill, cardio and upper body strength work
Wednesday Morning 5km run
Wednesday Night Bootcamp
Thursday morning PT focusing on weights (upperbody and leg strength) and cardio work (boxing)
Thursday Night “Warrior Run”. This is a 5.5 mile cross country/all-terain evening run that I have been doing every Thursday as part of a group from Transform Fitness. It’s really hard work, loads of hills, steep steep hills and the dreaded “steps of doom” (222 steps)!

My diet is not as clean or heathy as it once was, or what I need it to be, so that is my focus over the next 2 weeks, better diet and push hard on the training. That way I’m sure I will be ready for the challenge. Bring it on!

We would be very grateful if you can contribute to this cause, which is very close to our hearts.

To make a donation please visit Ian’s JustGiving page

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

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Breakfast with the President

Grant at Heli Expo

Technical Sales Engineer Grant Davidson takes to the Rubb Heli-Expo booth for the last day of Heli-Expo 2015…

Day 4 – The last day

Following on from a brilliant show on Day 2 with some very positive sales leads, we were looking forward to finishing the HAI Heli-Expo on a high. To start the final day we joined Rubb Inc President David Nickerson for breakfast. Poached eggs and toast were washed down swiftly with a nice coffee. Discussions about Sam’s introduction to show life and how successful the expo had been so far filled most of the conservation time.

As we entered the expo we were once again greeted ‘good morning’ by our fellow exhibitors as we passed by on our way to the Rubb booth. The morning was busy and as we juggled between being on the stand and visiting some of the larger manufacturers and maintenance organisations, Day 4 quickly reached the halfway point. With an earlier show finish that afternoon we continued our discussions with the last remaining visitors and then got down to dismantling the stand while organising transport of this back to our US office in Maine. Good preparation the previous evening and help from ‘FedEx’ allowed us to carry this out without any issues.

On review, we found HAI Heli-Expo to be a great platform for Rubb UK to team up with Rubb USA to further identify the Rubb Group as a leading worldwide Aircraft Hangar supplier. With some promising leads, we hope to back this up with a strong year in 2015.

Rubb flies in to Heli-Expo


Technical Sales Engineer Grant Davidson (pictured above) steps up to the Rubb Blog to take you behind the scenes at HAI Heli-Expo…

Day 1 – Rubb USA meets Rubb UK
The first day started with a round trip to Sanford International Airport near Orlando, Florida, to pick up Sam Mrozinski (pictured below), an engineer travelling from our US office in Maine. After a well executed pick-up and quick introduction, we were on our way to the HAI Heli-Expo to set up. After setting up the booth, we headed to the hotel to get ready for the evening’s opening party hosted by Bell Helicopters at the Hilton Hotel.
After a quick bite to eat and catch up on the daily sports we were ready to socialise and discuss all things aviation at the evening’s event…


Day 2 – Sam is introduced to exhibition life
On Tuesday we arrived at HAI Heli-Expo nice and early, ready to greet the flocking crowds that were trying to escape the early morning heat! A steady flow of visitors and a good number of enquires ensured that the morning passed by quickly. Before we knew it, the first day was already coming to a close.
An invitation for beers at around 4:30pm to catch up with Vertical magazine was a great way to end a exciting day and to reflect on the prospective projects we had discussed with the eager visitors.

Day 3 – Bring the game

A early morning run taking in the sites of Orlando and ‘Waffles’ for breakfast to refuel was the order of the day!
As we discussed the previous evening’s entertainment en route to the show, we allowed the navigation to direct us via International Drive (the busiest street in the US!) to the HAI Heli-Expo. We were a good 30 minutes early to our surprise. Upon entering the show we passed by some familiar faces, in particular, Gene and Keith from Lock-n-Climb (pictured below), who we had shared a few drinks with the previous evening at the opening gala, and happened to be our neighbours at the show.


Again, the Expo started off with a good number of enquiries and interest in our Rubb custom designed structures. Sam, with his engineering and architectural background, proved to be a welcome complimentary support creating a different angle of approach with the visiting crowds.


The day concluded with the Rubb team drawing in the last remaining visitors before they headed off to re-live their youth and enjoy another fun filled night of Disney Entertainment!

HeliExpoOne HeliExpoThree

An eventful show for Rubb

Shepard New Video

Day 5 – The last day
After some great media coverage (pictured above) and positive meetings, it was always going to be tough to top Day 4, especially with Ian heading home this morning. In an attempt not to jinx what has been a good show so far, I started the day the same as every other, gym, breakfast then taxi to the show. Luckily or unluckily, depending upon how you view it, I am now all out of gym clothes, so I am planning on having a night off tonight to celebrate before flying home.
One thing I hadn’t considered until now is how quickly we settled into the show and the routine. Over the week has almost become second nature, getting up early for the gym, the journey to the show, even getting through security and the walk to the stand. Everyone has been extremely friendly and accommodating and this has helped no end to make a hectic week that little bit easier.

EFASS in action

The footfall is inevitably slower on the last day of any show, so with that in mind I had identified a few companies to visit, in a bid to follow up on previous conversations and also lay down some networking foundations for promoting our military buildings (pictured above) at DSEI.
All in all IDEX 2015 has been a pretty good show with some promising leads to follow up when we get home. On another plus side, unlike Eurosatory, my new sunglasses survived this show and there was not one train strike in site…

Lights, camera, action at IDEX

Andy On Film

Day 3 – Continued
Between a couple of quality visits in the afternoon and an impromptu video interview with Shephard Media‘s Tim Fish, Land and Support Editor (pictured above), we were able to arrange two very promising meetings for Day 4, which could really put the icing on the IDEX cake. The afternoon was steady and the show was at its halfway point. We were feeling very positive given the quality of the enquiries we had received so far. This coupled with Wednesday’s meetings had given us an energy boost, which is just as well as it was time for home and yet another gym session.

Day 4 – A busy day
The morning of Day 4 started the same as always (I am now on first name terms with all the members of the gym). After a quick catch up with UKTI, we arrived at the stand early to prepare for our meetings. The morning saw quite a flurry of visitors to the stand and a visit from an old customer of ours, who was good to catch up with.

Meeting at IDEX 2015

Our meetings were scheduled for the afternoon. Both went extremely well, allowing us to make some strong connections which will hopefully open some extra doors into the region. Day 4 has been the hardest day so far, but regarding the people we have met and spoken to, it has been without doubt our best day at the show to date…

A grand gala event

Rubb Sales Manager Andy Knox shares more IDEX news on the Rubb Blog. Find out more about the must-attend event of the show below…

Day 2 – Continued

As more live demonstrations got underway the stand was quieter in the afternoon, however as the final hour of the show approached we had two excellent meetings that really put a spring in our step, that not even the notorious IDEX taxi queue could dampen. The plan for the evening was simple, gym, shower and then off to the Gala Reception (pictured below) for some networking.

IDEX Gala Reception Abu Dhabi

Day 3 – Gala gossip

Again we completed an early morning gym session followed by breakfast and a taxi to the show. Gym sessions, two times a day, on top of a full day at the show are taking their toll, especially after the Gala Reception, but MD Ian Hindmoor is in full flow and and fully dedicated to his new healthy lifestyle. Take a look at his progress here:

Upon arrival at the show the visitors’ queue was out of the door again, which is always a good sign. It didn’t take long for our first visitors to arrive and Day 3 was officially underway. The footfall has been intermittent, which has worked quite well to help us get caught up on emails, walk the show and get to know our stand neighbours. The main topic today was last night’s Gala Reception at the Emirates Palace Hotel. It was an excellent event, nice venue, good food and good entertainment. The downside was that there was no seating, and after two gym sessions and all day on my feet I was ready for a comfy chair, but that could just be me getting old…