In his first book, a 173-page narrative co-authored with Charles Paul Conn, the Amway co-founder sought to empower a world of individuals to meet their unlimited potential.
“I believe that one of the most powerful forces in the world is the will of people who believe in themselves, who dare to aim high, to go confidently after the things they want from life,” DeVos said in the book’s first chapter.
That message of potential and the desire to empower individuals remains the driving force of Amway today.
“I always heard Dad tell people: You can do it. You have potential. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to doing,” Amway President Doug DeVos recently told an audience near Amway World Headquarters. “It’s all about the potential of the people.”
Perhaps the Amway co-founder summed it up best on page 22 of “Believe!”
“’I can.’ It is a powerful sentence,” he wrote. “It works. People can do what they believe they can do.”
DeVos is still writing. On April 1 his fifth book, titled “Simply Rich,” will be released. It’s a memoir of the major events of his remarkable life. It will be available at major booksellers, and can be preordered through Amazon, BN.com and Simon and Schuster.
The World Fact Book tells us that the ratio of men to women in the entire world population is 101 males to 100 females. Amway data tells us that our world looks a little bit different: More than 3 million people around the world have joined Amway, and two-thirds of them are fearless females — hard-working, independent entrepreneurs who joined Amway to earn extra income, be their own boss, learn new skills, set their own schedules and be rewarded for their accomplishments.
Every one of them has a unique story, and some of them are not building the business on their own. In most Amway markets, husband-and-wife teams are common. In some cultures, it’s mothers and daughters who start and work an Amway business together.
Busy mothers are building Amway businesses to earn extra income and flexibility for their families. And in some economies, women have become successful Amway business owners where few other entrepreneurial opportunities exist for them.
Two-thirds. We believe it’s a formula that’s producing many happy returns.
Vertical integration. Seed-to-supplement. Supply chain. Regardless of what you call it, Amway controls much of the process (and, in several cases, the entire process) when developing and manufacturing high quality nutrition, beauty and home products for the world.
By controlling as much of the process as possible, Amway is able to have heightened oversight of product quality – from the core ingredients that serve as the source of the products, to the manufacturing of goods in our 15 manufacturing facilities, to the complex delivery systems that allow millions of Amway distributors in more than 100 countries and territories to secure goods close to home or ship directly to the ultimate consumer.
The source/make/deliver process that Amway has built is truly unique. It is a point of pride for the company, its employees and Amway Business Owners and it is detailed in a new website called AmwaySourceMakeDeliver.com.
The site helps to chronicle some of the many reasons why customers who buy Amway products from Amway Business Owners continue to make the company a trusted part of their daily lives.
Every single day, someone launches their Amway startup. They are entrepreneurs. They want to control their own destiny. They are difference-makers.
But unlike many others who are attempting to set their own course, these entrepreneurs are backed by an $11.8 billion company. One supported by 21,000 people who are working hard to make that individual startup a success. These entrepreneurs are supported by more than 1,000 patents, 15 manufacturing sites, 75 R&D and quality assurance labs and a distribution network that is nearly unmatched in the world of business.
We want to bring that story to life. That’s why we have launched Amway Startup — a news site dedicated to telling the story of the backroom that supports Amway startups all around the world. From stories on scientific excellence and new products to beauty and nutrition, Amway Startup will be your source for detailed coverage of the fuel that helps power Amway startups globally.
So, check it out here, and tell us what you think.
On a daily basis, more than 900 Amway scientists, engineers and technical professionals are responding to market demands by devising products that closely fit an infinite variety of customer needs and desires. Their accomplishments are truly amazing.
The company’s Research & Development Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society is built to acknowledge individuals within this group, people with a longstanding record of scientific and technical excellence during their Amway career.
It is the R&D division’s highest level of technical recognition. Earlier this month three new members were inducted:
Donald J. Pusateri — Don has been involved with more than 70 plant concentrates and dehydrates featured in Nutrilite™ products today. His technical excellence has resulted in 35 patents, six publications and multiple Amway awards.
Ron J. Sharpe — Ron has brought many high-performing, new technologies to Amway as an Open Innovation Scientist, filling the beauty pipeline with discoveries that help to fuel ARTISTRY™ Intensives Skincare Renewing Peel and Youth Xtend. Ron is recognized as an industry expert in Open Innovation and has seven publications, four patents and multiple industry and Amway awards.
The three inductees join four others who were recognized last year to make up the society’s seven-person membership. Thanks to the work of these individuals and their colleagues, Amway R&D continues to use the power of science to help people live better lives. Congratulations to the inductees!
Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.
“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.
What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.
“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”
So, what about our new employees? They are not left out. The Early in Career Group at our World Headquarters was started in 2010 for anyone new to the Amway company. Regular meetings and social functions help them network, meet new people and expand their knowledge outside their own department.
They focus on professional development, leadership opportunities or volunteering events.
While it’s focused on helping new employees “connect, collaborate and grow,” veterans are welcome, too. In fact, they often use the group as a resource to tap fresh points of view.
Company executives, like Amway Chief Sales Officer John Parker, say fostering the group is “critical to the future of the company.”
“One of the great things about EiCG is that it keeps Amway entrepreneurial,” Parker said. “We’re a big company, a big business, lots of employees, and any big company like that ends up with silos.
“It’s those individuals that are part of the EiCG network that are the future leaders and the future of the business.”
Check out what some of the group members have to say in this video.
Amway is a business built on relationships, powered by excellent products and guided by the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It is an organization of one-on-one connections, that has ultimately connected many parts of the world.
That impact has led many to seek additional information about Amway. Our answers are often guided by the Amway Media Guide, a trusted source inside the company for facts and figures that help quantify the organization’s size and scope in some way.
While the guide is developed with the news media in mind, we thought it would be of interest to others as well — including you. So here it is. Enjoy!
According to the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report, there is a clear answer to what motivates people toward entrepreneurship: Independence from an employer is a more important driver than income.
Amway works in more than 100 countries around the world to establish or maintain cultures and regulatory environments that value and support entrepreneurship. And most importantly, we do this by offering would-be entrepreneurs a low cost, low risk way to get one step closer to the independence they crave.
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.