BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: May, 2009

May.28
2009

Change a Life, Change the World

Steve Van Andel opened yesterday's Global Diamond Forum business meeting by reminiscing about Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel's seventh — and most successful — business venture.  While the pair had been business partners since striking a deal for rides to high school in Grand Rapids, they had tried a number of different businesses before founding the one that not only stuck, but created opportunity for millions.  The seventh time was clearly the charm.

The difference with Amway, Van Andel told the 4,000-strong crowd in Las Vegas, was that Amway was about bringing people in and not counting anyone out.  And Amway created an opportunity for people to change their lives for the better.  As Van Andel said, "if you can change your life, you can change the world."

Doug DeVos said the essence of Amway came from one desire….give people the opportunity to improve their lives through a business of their own.  And every day, Amway employees honor that idea by supporting business owners worldwide and carrying on the values of the Co-Founders of Amway. 

You can see and hear Steve Van Andel, Doug DeVos, Rich DeVos, and even a clip of Jay Van Andel in an excerpt of the business meeting now posted at Ada-Tudes in the Opportunity Zone and on the Amway Global TV YouTube Channel. 

Rich DeVos talked more about the future than the past, reminding  the leaders convened in Las Vegas that they are the "missing link," bringing opportunity to people and changing their lives forever. 

Change a life, change the world.  A powerful idea for Amway's next 50 years.

May.27
2009

Speaking of anniversaries, it's Dr. Sam!

Our media blogger from Down Under (a.k.a. Kevin Lowe) is working the red carpet in Las Vegas this week for Amway’s 50th anniversary. Be sure to check out Kevin’s new Amway Australia blog as he interviews Amway leaders from around the world. Though, we hope he doesn’t mind that we borrowed at least one of his video clips—it was too good to pass up.

Dr. Sam Rehnborg (below) is president of the Nutrilite Health Institute and son of Nutrilite founder Carl F. Rehnborg. Nutrilite has been part of Amway since the beginning, and remains one of our best selling brands.

We’re glad you could make it, Dr. Sam. It wouldn’t be an anniversary celebration without you!

May.27
2009

A dose of healthy (skin) news

North American customers may now buy a chewable supplement that, along with a normal skin care routine, helps to promote a healthy complexion.

We call it clear.now and it’s available today.

May.27
2009

We are just getting started

Here’s a sampling from today’s Amway 50th anniversary celebration in Las Vegas, live via Twitter:

Doug: We are just getting started
37 minutes ago from txt

See all the Amway 50th Anniversary videos at the Amway Global YouTube channel… http://bit.ly/agchannel
about 1 hour ago from web

Doug: You can do it. Is there really another message stronger than that?
about 1 hour ago from txt

Amway 50th Global Diamond Forum business meeting underway… video to post to Ada-Tudes http://bit.ly/adatudes and YouTube later tonight.
about 1 hour ago from web

Steve: The founding idea was that anyone with their own business, had the chance to get ahead. We started out as pioneers and are still …
about 1 hour ago from txt

Doug DeVos and Steve Van Andel onstage. Steve talking about the beginnings.
about 1 hour ago from txt

RT AmwayGlobal Trying to drum up responses to blog contest: Amway’s 50th Anniversary: What’s your favorite memory? http://tinyurl.com/oaqg6z
about 2 hours ago from web

The long awaited Global Diamond Forum business session is about to begin. Stay tuned.
about 2 hours ago from txt

#47 Artistry is one of the world’s top five largest-selling prestige brands of facial skin care and color cosmetics. (Euromonitor-2005 sales)
about 2 hours ago from web

Reason #31 Nutrilite Health Institute brings together more than 100 scientists, educators, and others to collaborate on health research.
about 3 hours ago from web

50 Nifty Reasons #26 Some original Amway distributor families are still active today… Happy 50th to the Hansens, Victors, and Dutts!
about 4 hours ago from web

50 Nifty Reasons #10 Amway’s Artistry brand manufactures and ships 150 million units of cosmetics each year. That’s a lot of lipstick!
about 4 hours ago from web

Reason #15 Nutrilite is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on its own certified organic farms.
about 6 hours ago from web

Think the celebration’s winding down? Think again. Only two days left but they’re jam-packed!
about 6 hours ago from web

@BridgettsWorld Glad to have you following!
about 6 hours ago from web in reply to BridgettsWorld

…and the day’s not over yet. Oh, and Doug is right: we are just getting started.

May.23
2009

A house of hope in Germany

In a continuing series of how Amway’s One by One program helps children’s worldwide, learn about how Amway Germany helps the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) support families dealing with serious children’s illnesses.

Today’s blog post tells the stories of some of the children and their families who receive help — and hope — from RMH, and how Amway, its employees, and distributors/ABOs support this program.

Through the stories of Benjamin, Denys, and Steffen, you’ll see how important the help and support of RMH and its volunteers are to families dealing with the unthinkable.

As guest blogger Lindsey Kerstetter writes, time is precious.  The time we give as volunteers, and the time these families have with their children while helping them through treatment for cancer and other devastating illnesses.

http://bit.ly/1by1Germany

May.23
2009

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…

Local Fox affiliate WXMI did an excellent story on Amway’s 50th anniversary, featuring interviews with Amway Co-Founder Rich DeVos, Chairman Steve Van Andel, and President Doug DeVos.

This is a case where we don’t believe we could have said it better ourselves!

http://bit.ly/FoxAmwaystory

May.23
2009

Video of Welcome Center, Amway 50th Festivities now at Ada-Tudes

Today Amway Co-Founder Rich DeVos, Chairman Steve Van Andel, and President Doug DeVos welcomed top distributors/IBOs from all over the world "home" to Ada to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary and dedicate its new Welcome Center.  

Rich DeVos made it clear that while the company's mile-long facilities are impressive, it's the people that really make this company tick.   He told the international group that while Amway is often imitated, it's never duplicated.  The difference, according to the company co-founder, is respect.  That respect means that someone signing up in the business today has an equal opportunity to succeed as the top leaders in the business convened in Ada today.  That was a commitment DeVos and partner Jay Van Andel made when they founded the company in 1959, and a commitment Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos continue today.

Visit the Ada-Tudes blog in the Opportunity Zone for video coverage of today's Amway Welcome Center dedication and other 50th Anniversary fun.

 

May.22
2009

Our newest blogger, Kev from Down Under

Kevin Lowe, PR lead for Amway of Australia and Amway New Zealand, is with us this week for the 50th anniversary celebration.

He just launched the official blog for his home markets and is busy capturing the tales of Amway leaders from around the world as they tour Amway World Headquarters here in Ada as well as surrounding Grand Rapids.

Welcome aboard, Kev!

May.22
2009

Tweeting the 50th

You can follow our 50th anniversary festivities throughout today, next week and the remainder of the year at @Amway50 on Twitter, where we’ll post links to interviews, photos and podcasts.

RT (“retweet”) us if you like. DM (“direct message”) us if you wish.

And yes, we believe it’s a #followfriday kind of day for our fellow “tweeps” out there.

May.22
2009

A welcome from the mayor

Few people know the halls of Amway World Headquarters quite like our unofficial “mayor”.

He makes the travel to our newly redesigned Welcome Center in Ada, Michigan all the more worthwhile. As for his thoughts on our 50th anniversary:

“The first 50 years? It was a good start. We have to keep moving forward. That’s what [we've] always done.”

That wins our vote.