A Brief Photo Journey Of My Career
People And Experiences That Shaped Me
I want to share with you
some of the impactful moments and the special people that changed my
course and shared my achievements with me.
among the top contributors to our industry over the last 40 years.
And I had the good fortune to be a part of that adventure.
1985: With Herbalife Founder Mark Hughes
My time with Herbalife from 1984-1989 was life-changing for me. And I had the chance to
be trained by Mark Hughes, the founder of Herbalife and a man
who had a tremendous impact on the health and nutrition
Herbalife was my first experience in the nutritional network
marketing industry. Within eight months I built the largest
distributorship in north eastern Pennsylvania and was producing one of the largest group volumes in the
country. I learned how hungry people are for good health information, and
for better ways to look and feel better.
I found my career, and I committed myself to
improving the lives of the greatest number of people in the most
reliable way. Those eyeglasses, though. ;)
1985: With Mark Hughes at The Senate Sub-Committee Hearing.
This newspaper photo was taken at the Senate Sub-Committee Hearing
on Weight Loss Products in May, 1985, after a month-long media
smear campaign. I was brand new in the industry and was launched immediately into
an understanding of the influence of the pharmaceutical companies
and the American Medical Association on our regulatory agencies
and the media. The medical establishment has a long history of
supressing any alternatives to their pharmaceutical drugs and
surgeries. They focusing on illness and I focus on wellness.
Herbalife nutritional products were proven to be safe and effective at the
Hearing and Mark and his legal team came out of it with
arms raised in victory. So we were all shocked the next morning
when CNN and the newspapers continued to smear the company.
This experience set the course of my career. I felt the need to
learn as much as I could about nutritional supplements,
alternative health for people, and to learn best practices for companies
in order to protect
themselves from unfair attacks.
I have often acted as an advisor to companies on compliance issues, and
that led to some more direct confrontations with regulatory
actions. I believe health freedom is the right of every person, and
access to proven alternatives needs to be protected vigorously.
It is my opinion that Mark Hughes changed the public perception of
the health and nutrition industry as we know it today. If it were not
for that early massive success of Herbalife we may not have aisles
of nutritionals in every supermarket and
the vibrant industry that exists today.
The effect of the Hearing and the media smear crippled Herbalife
and within a few years, in order to raise the money to continue, they became a publically-held corporation
run by a Board Of Directors who made high-profits their
highest priority. And that negatively affected the quality of the
products. In my opinion, of course. ;)
I left Herbalife in 1989, but the experience inspired me develop the
strength and skills
that allowed me to help our industry grow and help people to have a
better quality of life.
Omnitrition- The Founder Top 20 Team
As it became clear
to our industry that Herbalife was not going to
be the driving force it once was, many new companies popped up to
fill the void. And they all promoted themselves as the next
Herbalife. And I was getting offers to help launch them.
Three of the top ten Herbalife distributors broke away and created
Omnitrition International in 1989. I was ready to make the move too
and worked my way immediately to the Founders Top 20 Team. I didn't
stay with Omnitrition very long, they didn't meet my standards, but
my time there helped change the whole industry. My team perfected
the opportunity conference call for recruiting new distributors. We
established the format and made it affordable to use as a
duplication tool for the masses. Recruiting calls changed the growth of the
industry into the 1990's and beyond, replaced today by webinars and
From 1990 until 2005
host the recruiting calls for some of the fastesst growing network marketing
companies. I was called the "Voice of MLM" and over the
years since i have been honored to
train many thousands of people on the benefits of natural health and
network marketing, and showing them how to turn their product
results into referrals and residual income.
1992: I was
hired as VP Sales Of Radiant Life
In 1992 I had my
first experience as a corporate executive, as VP Sales for Radiant
Life. I was able to increase the sales volume of that company 300%
within a few months.
I learned more about corporate politics,
and how much I didn't it. ;)
1993: Launching LifeTrends With Internationally-Known
Bobby Pang and former Avon VP Tom Wately.
I was invited to
help launch LifeTrends; a subsidiary of Nature's Sunshine, a large
traditional herbal products company. LifeTrends was a great example
of how all of the pieces need to be strong and in place for a
nutritionally network marketing compnay to be successful. We had
plenty of money, infrastructure support, and experienced coporate
leadership. It failed within 6 months.
1996 : With Slender Now and First Fitness founder Lee Causey
After LifeTrends I was invited to join First Fitness
International. I built a built a large national organization that produced about 10%
of the company volume for years. And I got to work directly with Lee
Lee is one of the real pioneers of
massive growth in MLM.
There were three leaders who build the nutritional network marketing
industry. And they built it on nutritional weight loss. Lee Causey
created the hugely successful Slender Now company in the 1970's,
featured as a front page story in the Wall Street Journal.
Slender Now was, in many ways, the "father" of Herbalife founded by
Mark Hughes, the second leader that created what we have today. The
third leader working during those early years came into my life a decade later, as you will see.
1996: My Team At A First Fitness Convention
|I worked with some great people at First Fitness.
I want to especially mention Rubi Celestine, second from left in the
photo above. Rubi was the driving force in my First Fitness
organization, a 'firecracker!", and the meetings I did with Rubi and
her team in the greater Wahington D.C. area were among the best, and
the most fun.
2003: With Seasilver Founder
Bela Berkes and CEO
A Win Against Regulatory Excess
Here we go, more life-changing
Seasilver was a huge success in the early 2000's. As a result they ran into some
more of that unfair regulatory excess I was talking about. I was
brought onboard hold together the very large field
organization of that company and train them to a high perspective.
became Seasilver's in-house marketing
consultant, trainer, and spokesman for 18 months. Seasilver was the largest
company where I worked at the corporate level and helped to make
During that time I also spent a week with a senior FTC lawyer, a
great guy it turned out. It was enlightening.
My time at Seasilver ended unpleasantly; and six months after I
resigned the company closed. All in all, the whole thing was a great
learning experience for me, and a highlight of my career
2006: With Jim And Kathy Coover, Co-Founders of Isagenix International
I was very ill in 2006 and my research caused me to reach out to
Isagenix International. I believed their foundational wellness products would be helpful to
me. The company founders Jim and Kathy Coover flew me out to Arizona to meet them
and tour the company,
and I am forever grateful to them for their kindness then, and since. They
remarkable power couple that having taken our indsutry to new heights
and have redefined personal transformation for millions of people around
Jim Coover is the third leader who helped to created our industry back
in the 1970's-1980's. He built the second massive growth company with a
nutrtional weight loss solution, The Cambridge Diet. Jim later became an
in-demand industry consultant and pioneer and adaptagenic herbs. Jim is
one of the finest people I ever knew.
The Coover's and Isagenix helped turn my life back around, as they have
done for so many.
They've restored quality and results to an industry drowning in its own
Isagenix is the future of natural health and anti-aging. There is
nothing else like it.
2010: My Isagenix "After" Picture
Today is February 15th, 2019
I put this page together. I realize I
didn't take enough pictures of the people and events that shaped my
career. I expect to tell the full story of my career (it's wild) in
a book someday.
I've been semi-retired for a decade. I am very tired of that. More
than ever now the world needs to know the things I know, and I am
anxiously jumping back into action to teach them.
I will write that book someday, but not yet.
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