Hosts with the most

Beginning today and over the next couple of weeks, about 13,000 distributors from Amway China will visit our Nutrilite facilities in California.

This is by far the biggest group of Amway distributors Nutrilite has ever hosted – making our fine staff at Nutrilite’s Center for Optimal Health the hosts with the most!


Landmark labor

For most Americans, Memorial Day means a long weekend and the start of the summer.

But for three dozen Amway employees and friends, it means hard labor.

That’s because they’re traveling to Gravel Switch, Kentucky, to help a historic country store dig out from devastating spring floodsPenn’s Store, which has been owned and operated by the same family since 1850, is more than just the oldest country store in America.  It’s a gathering place for this community and local landmark.

So our employees and other National Relief Network volunteers are spending the start of summer helping get Penn’s get back on its feet, so to speak.  You can follow their progress on Facebook.

Thanks to our employees who are spending their holiday laboring to restore a landmark instead of lounging on a beach working on their tans.


Hello, Hai Phong

Amway’s Vietnam affiliate branched out this week, opening offices and training and distribution facilities and making a donation to a children’s health charity in Hai Phong.

These northern operations join the Vietnam headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi branch established in 2008.


Making news

The Associated Press (AP) sat down with our Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos this week to talk about how Amway has changed to not just survive, but thrive, in a changing world.

Dozens of media outlets have already picked up the AP story about how Amway has adeptly adapted its business opportunity and products to meet the needs of consumers around the globe.

From sachets in South Africa to storefronts in China, Amway’s reaching consumers like never before. 

And that’s making news.


All work so kids can play

Over a hundred volunteers from Amway and other organizations put in a hard day’s work so some Grand Rapids kids have a place to play.

Last week we completed our eighth KaBoom! playground, creating a safe place for kids to be kids.  This is just one of our local One by One Campaign for Children projects.

It may have been all work for our volunteers, but thanks to them, one neighborhood’s kids have a new place to play.


It’s nice to meet you!

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Howdy!  Before I start blogging about my experience as an intern, let me use this post to introduce myself.  My name is Esther Looker, and I am from Dallas, Texas.  No, I did not ride a horse to school, but yes I do still say ya’ll.  I attended Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) my freshman year and half of my sophomore year.  In January of my sophomore year, I moved to Lansing, MI where I am currently a senior at Michigan State University (Go Green!).  I come from a very diverse collection of majors; in other words, I have a hard time making up my mind.  After working at a veterinary hospital for years, I went into college majoring in pre-veterinary sciences, which changed to psychology and business, to English and secondary education, which changed to nutritional sciences, and finally communications with an emphasis on corporate/organizational communications.  Finally, I am in my “happy place” when it comes to majors!  I truly enjoy the diversity the corporate world has to offer, especially in a company like Amway.

This summer I am an intern in the Global Amway Brand Strategies department.  When I am not in my office, I am working with John Faye giving tours in the welcome center.  This summer I will be giving tours of the company as well as creating curriculum for tours tailored to different groups of people (i.e. distributors, VIPs, government officials, etcetera).  My goal is to understand the experience each group hopes to obtain when they come visit Amway, and to create tour curriculum that will best provide them with that experience.  I also believe I will be working with my team on a few PR projects throughout the summer as well (still not 100% sure on that one).

Given my wide array of majors and what I will be doing this summer, can you guess my hobby or passion?  It’s okay if you can’t, I understand that I’m a little all over the place!  Animals-I’m very interested in animal rights, vegetarian cooking, and playing a good game of “tug-tug” with my pup.  Before I embarked on college, I was active in training and showing horses in the English show ring.  I also enjoyed participating in equestrian endurance races as well.  One day I hope to get back into the horse world.

So that is a little about me.  I look forward to blogging and sharing my intern experience.


Sustainable success

Grand Rapids was recently named the most sustainable city in the nation, which might come as a surprise to some. 

But not to us.   

Grand Rapids has the most LEED-certified buildings per capita in the country and is fourth in LEED construction overall.  We have LEED-certified schools, museums and office buildings.  The city has been cited as a member of the US EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club for its commitment to using green power for at least 20 percent of its energy needs.  

Grand Rapids isn’t just talking the talk.  It’s walking the walk and making sustainability a priority through a strong business-community-government partnership.    

Amway is part of that effort.  And we’re proud, like others in our community, to be part of the Grand Rapids sustainability success story.


Rising star

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s Cygnus 27 restaurant is named for a swan-shaped constellation.

So it’s fitting that the chef de cuisine of Cygnus, Werner Absenger, was named  the “Star of the Industry: Culinary Employee of the Year” at the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference this month.

We’ve considered Werner a rising star for some time.  It seems the industry agrees!


Meet Ryan Flaherty

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Please welcome Ryan Flaherty, an intern in the Quality Assurance department (and a fellow Laker!).

Today is the Friday of my first week.  I have to admit there is much more reading than I ever could have anticipated but I suppose it’s almost a right of passage to get to the “fun stuff.”

You may be asking yourself, “What is the fun stuff?” To explain, I’m a bit of a lab rat.  I am going into my senior year at Grand Valley State University as a Chemistry major.  So for me the “fun stuff” is working in the lab!  I guess I’ve always been a hands-on kind of guy, to be honest.  I love working on my car and tinkering with anything I can get my hands on.

This summer my project is the “Development and Validation of a consolidated UPLC Method for the simultaneous determination of AA2G, DPG and SA in finished products.”  Some of you may have just read the project title and mentally checked out, so I’ll try and get you back by letting you know that basically I’ll be trying to find a more efficient way of analyzing finished products for the three compounds listed above.  Some who read this will think that this sounds about as interesting as watching diamonds form….but to me it is very exciting!  I will be the first to admit I am a complete nerd in that sense.  However, I have taken ownership of my nerdy-ness and embraced it!

That’s pretty much the overview of my project, but what about the facility and the people here?  Both are unrivaled by anything I have been exposed to before. The facilities are state-of-the-art and HUGE!  It is my sincere belief that the Amway complex could be a self-sufficient city of it’s own…..well seeing as they make food and every necessity I can think of here….maybe a self-sufficient little country?  Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get my point.  The work environment is fantastic and the most welcoming I have ever been in!  Not once have I been made to feel like “the new guy” and everyone is very inclusive whether it is with lunch plans or conversations.

Long story short, I drive here in the morning, “on my way to work,” but once I get here eight hours don’t seem like enough and the question that crosses my mind when its “quitin’ time” for the day is… I really have to go home?


April showers bring May…


This month Amway will welcome about 100 interns to its world headquarters in Ada and Nutrilite facilities in California.

They come from big cities and small towns, major universities and prestigious colleges.  They are MBA candidates, graduate students, recent college grads and still working on undergraduate degrees. 

You’ll find our interns contributing to projects in corporate citizenship, HR, IT, marketing, quality assurance, procurement, R&D and other areas.  Our corporate communications intern, Leah Zuber, will be sharing stories here at Amway Insider and taking the helm at the Interns Expose Amway blog.

So welcome to Amway’s 2010 class of interns.  If the interns are here, summer must surely be on its way!