For 90 percent of the Amway Europe distributors we surveyed, the company’s online AMAGRAM magazine is that essential, “must have” business tool.
It’s so useful, in fact, that nearly 95 percent of European distributors keep it on file as a handy source of product facts, figures and benefits. AMAGRAM is published in 29 European countries and in 20 languages.
Our European AMAGRAM isn’t just a winner with distributors. It was recently honored with a Silver Award in the prestigious “Best of Corporate Publishing” competition, according to Yvonne Hug, publications chief editor for Amway Europe.
Congratulations to our Amway Europe colleagues who produce AMAGRAM, a winner in any language!
Our Vice President and Chief Sales Officer John Parker is the new Direct Selling Education Foundation’s (DSEF) Chairman of the Board.
He will guide the Foundation as it works with strategic partners that execute programs promoting ethical entrepreneurship and championing consumers’ rights. Some of these partners include American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Consumer Education & Protection Initiative and many more.
DSEF Executive Director Charlie Orr notes that John “knows and respects the distributor mindset as well as anybody in our industry.”
John has been with Amway for nearly 20 years, including stints as chief marketing officer and president of Amway Japan, so we know Orr is right. We also know that the DSEF is in good hands.
The Amway Center is a prime destination, home to the NBA Orlando Magic and host to internationally-acclaimed artists, sporting events and shows. Those who haven’t made it to Orlando may have seen the 2012 NBA All-Star Game or other Amway Center events that have been broadcast all around the world.
This exposure is inspiring to our distributors and has helped millions of people get to know our brands and products, Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews recently told Direct Selling News.
“You can see the Amway name from the air, on the ground from blocks away, and throughout the complex,” Candace said in the interview with DSN. “Orlando is a global destination and the Amway Center is a major family entertainment venue, just like Disney World and Universal Studios. And when events at the Amway Center are broadcast to a global audience, they bring our name to potential customers and inspire pride in our distributors all over the world.”
During last month’s annual meeting of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF), looking down at attendees’ feet would have been more apropos than at most business conferences. After all, it was the only way to see who was wearing a pedometer and how many miles they’d walked in three days.
All of that walking raised funds for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that helps 400,000 high-risk students worldwide achieve their potential with programs that:
Ensure school feels relevant to their lives.
Instill an entrepreneurial mindset.
Teach and guide real business planning experience.
Provide teachers with entrepreneurship curriculum in 50 countries.
Teach creative thinking, market research, sales and marketing, and business and financial fundamentals.
DSEF members also got to meet students who participate in NFTE, like 14-year-olds Guadalupe Gamino and Oliver Gamez. This past year, Gamino invented “Tranzparent Heel Holderz” for women who struggle with walking in dress shoes. Gamez’s business will teach Spanish to teachers so they can communicate with unilingual parents.
Once students join NFTE, they typically have improved reading and math scores and better school attendance. They also become more focused on career planning.
The organization began in Brooklyn, New York, and has quickly spread to include partner programs like the Bright China Foundation, Foróige in Ireland, and others in India, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Chile.
Supporting NFTE – a perfect way to walk the walk for an industry dedicated to helping people flourish and grow.
People who own their own businesses spark the world’s economic engine.
Their intense optimism helps them see a brighter future, and keeps them moving forward – even when tough times threaten to hold them back.
In fact, their passion is a personal mindset that’s resilient in any economy. And their relationships with Amway give the company its “single biggest advantage over most retailers,” says Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel.
“There are always people out there who have an interest in entrepreneurship,” Steve told Free Enterprise Magazine. And while innovation and physical presence have been important for the company’s growth, he said that Amway’s success depends squarely on its distributors and their entrepreneurial minds.
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.