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

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Worth watching

Our Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews is one of 20 women in marketing and advertising deemed “women to watch” by Advertising Age magazine.

It’s no surprise to us that Candace is among this roster of women worth noting  from major advertising agencies and brands.  We’ve been watching Candace revitalize our  marketing and  as Ad Age says, ”put the company and brand on the map like never before” since she joined Amway in 2007.

This is the latest in a growing list of honors Candace has received while at the helm of Amway’s marketing team and effort.

What’s next?  Stay tuned, as you can bet it’ll be worth watching!



It’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., when Americans are encouraged to remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. 

It’s also a long holiday weekend for Amway employees in the U.S., as our offices are closed Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30.  Many of our employees will be hitting the beaches or links or spending time outdoors with friends and family.

But not all of them.

Two dozen Amway employees and retirees are hitting the road to help others.  The Amway Relief Team is headed to Merrill, Wis., this weekend to aid victims of the April 10 tornadoes that destroyed 65 homes and caused millions of dollars in damage.   Our volunteers will be doing clean-up and repair to help those affected by the storms rebuild their homes and lives.

So this weekend we remember and thank those who died in service.  And we wish our employees and retirees safe travels and good weather for their weekend serving others.


Going downtown


For the next three years, Grand Rapidians will be able to enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July celebrations at Ah Nab Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids thanks to Amway’s support

This year’s festivities will include a parade and children activities in addition to the traditional celebration at Ah Nab Awen Park.

Inspired by Amway, the Michigan Lottery, AT&T and Spartan Stores also committed their support over several years, according to Ed Kettle, executive director of the annual event.

The announcement came at a Grand Rapids City Commission meeting during which Amway Grand Plaza President Joe Tomaselli announced the hotel will sponsor the winter 2011-2012 Rosa Parks Circle Ice Skating Rink.

“Rosa Parks Circle has become the Rockefeller Center of Grand Rapids, where residents come to spend time together and have fun,” he told the Commission.

We’re proud to support two of the many reasons people are going downtown.  Whether it’s families watching the fireworks on a balmy Fourth of July or kids lacing up their skates on a chilly January day.


Tomorrow’s science – today

The Artistry brand’s dedication to science has been a well-kept secret. Not any more.

Earlier today at a workshop in Seoul, Korea, we made two major announcements to a room filled with journalists from all over the world.

First, Artistry has licensed a leading anti-aging technology for its Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum, the newest addition to the Artistry Intensive Skincare line.

Using exclusive patented technology from the University of Michigan, this product will be the first and only anti-aging product to utilize a breakthrough patented Targeting Complex technology that reduces the common side effects found in retinol treatments.

“After years of investigating retinol’s mechanism of action, we discovered a completely innovative way to direct the skin’s responses to retinol so it can be more effective in improving the appearance of wrinkles while minimizing side effects,” said Gary Fisher, Ph.D., Harry Helfman Professor of Molecular Dermatology, University of Michigan.

Second, Amway, Yale University, and researcher Dr. John Pawelek have entered into an exclusive three-year agreement to research the biological mechanisms underlying skin pigmentation. The long-term research goal is to better understand human skin pigmentation disorders, including hyperpigmentation, and develop innovative, safe and effective therapies for these hard-to-treat and often psychologically painful conditions.

Artistry products are backed by the best science in the world. These announcements show the brand’s committment to being on the forefront of cutting edge science to create the most beneficial skin care products today - and tomorrow.


Talk of the town

Amway Australia just turned 40. As of today, half of the new distributors joining the business in Australia and New Zealand are under the age of 30. And three days ago, Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel was on hand to cut the ribbon on the fourth Business Centre in Australia.

The new Business Centre is the talk of the town of Coburg, just outside of Melbourne. It’s also spurring conversation about who Amway is today to nearly 2.5 million Australians through print, broadcast and online publications.

It all adds up to a lot of talk in towns – and cities – about Amway’s first overseas affiliate.


The recruiter’s chair

Amway Talent Acquisition is responsible for identifying and selecting professionals for all positions in Amway Corporate locations throughout the Unites States. This includes our World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan; the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health and manufacturing facilities in Buena Park, California; and service centers.

Their goal? Attract the best and brightest global talent. Then give them the resources to make things happen.

The team recently launched an online newsletter to share the untold story about Amway with professionals. The purpose is to create awareness about Amway and showcase it as a great place to build a career. Careers at Amway provides exploration into our innovative products, industry leading brands and the people who make it all happen, from research scientists and packaging engineers to marketers and accountants.

It’s designed for people who have interest in learning more about Amway and those considering joining Amway team that’s already 14,000 strong. It’s like sitting down and talking with company leaders and a recruiter – without any pressure.


Just grand


Amway Korea is celebrating its 20th anniversary by commemorating the grand opening of a new Amway Brand Experience center this week in Seoul.

The new brand space is the latest in a series of innovative programs designed to bring our health and beauty products to the attention of consumers, in support of the hundreds of thousands of distributors who market  them in South Korea.

After 20 years in Korea, Amway and its product brands are well-known and respected.   

Which is why we think the prospects for Amway’s future in Korea are just grand.


Heavily invested

Back in 1959, long before other companies were going green, Amway introduced L.O.C. Multi-Purpose Cleaner, a product that used only biodegradable ingredients.

Ever since, Amway has invested heavily in research, development and reformulation to ensure that our home care ingredients are safer for families and have the lowest environmental impact.

And we continue to be recognized for that commitment. Today, twelve Amway home care products carry the seal of the Design for the Environment Program (DfE), a United States Environmental Protection Agency partnership that works to prevent pollution and reduce the overall human health and environmental impact of products across their life cycles.

L.O.C. Multi-Purpose Cleaner is one of those twelve products, as are others from our family of dishwashing, laundry care and surface cleaning products. Not only have their ingredients been screened for human health and environmental effects, but also, their cleaning power has been met with rave reviews.

In the coming years, more Amway products will join this list. Because this is a long-term investment.


Working together, building together

For Craig Clickner, having an Amway business provided support when his high-paying job was eliminated two years ago. For wife Carrie, getting to socialize while working is one of the greatest advantages of owning an Amway business.

Craig and Carrie, of Madison, Wis., recently shared their experiences as distributors with more than 200 employees during a “lunch and learn” session at Amway World Headquarters. Their session was part of a series of lunchtime classes that help our employees understand how our distributors do business.

Carrie and Craig said the first six months can be tough for a new distributor who’s still learning how to present our business opportunity and who may get discouraged. But hanging in there will surely bring benefits, they said.

“I love the relationships, the high level of trust and love of the people you’re working with,” Carrie said. “And we get to work together, to build our business together. Not many people can say that.”