Scientific leadership

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.

Richard C. Roth, Ph.D. — Rick has a distinguished record of leadership in the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the American Society for Testing and Materials, serving as the chair or secretary on a variety of committees.  He has earned 26 publications, four trade secrets, two patents and numerous Amway and industry 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!


Two words

Customers first.

Leadership and passion.

Knowledge and expertise.

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.

Few were surprised when Bob received a prestigious distinguished service award from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) for his decades of science-based policymaking.

Two more words? Sweat equity.

“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.”

Those two words are the perfect way to begin.


Crescendo takes the cake

We always believed we were award winning, but now, it’s a fact. ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND won the Gold Award for its sleek packaging in the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club Health and Beauty category.

Crescendo is defined, especially in music, as a gradual and continuous increase in volume. This name was adopted as the title for the new ARTISTRY package design to signify the grace and height of the upward-slanted caps.

YOUTH XTEND is the first product line to launch in signature Crescendo packaging,” said Maud Pansing, vice president global beauty. “It underscores the ARTISTRY brand’s ‘Forward Beauty’ positioning and commitment to the most advanced research and technology yielding clinically tested results.”

Congratulations to our YOUTH XTEND team!


Earned recognition

Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently spent some time with our friends at Amway Thailand. This week she shares her stories with us at The Amway Insider

On November 10, I attended a gala dinner as formal as the Oscars!

Men in suits and women adorned with formal evening dresses filled a large room in one of Bangkok’s largest convention centers. More than 1,500 people attended the event organized by the Thai Direct Selling Association to honor top distributors from 30 local and foreign direct selling companies in the country, including Avon, Giffarine and Amway.

Amway Business Owners Pongsak and Porntip Ajjimarangsee, Samran Unyuang and Niramol Werojnakul, and Worapop and Titiporn Thawong were among those who received recognition.

Amway selected the winners based on more than just the bottom line. They were also selected based on their compliance to the Rules and Code of Ethics set but the company and the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.

Kittawat Ritteerawee, general manager of Amway Thailand and president of the TDSA, presented the awards along with other executives from each direct selling company. Government officials from the agency that oversees the direct selling industry and members of the media were also invited.

I was privileged to sit at the same table with the Amway Business Owners who won the award. Prior to joining Amway they were educators, engineers or health care professionals.

Worapop grew up with parents who were Amway Business Owners, while his wife, Thawong, worked as medical doctor in a clinic. The Ajjimarangsees both have doctorate degrees from prestigious universities.  And Unyuang was on the staff at a local health clinic while his wife, Werojnakul, was a nurse before they joined Amway.

Regardless of their background, they all found success with Amway. Congratulations to our ABOs!


Thailand bound

Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently spent some time with our friends at Amway Thailand. This week she shares her stories with us at The Amway Insider.

After flying nearly 20 hours and more than 10,000 miles across the ocean from Ada, Michigan, I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, for a visit to the headquarters of Amway Thailand.

I went to attend the first Public Relations Conference for the regions of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and had the privilege to meet with a small group of Amway Business Owners to hear about their success stories.

We also attended an event with the Thai Direct Selling Association where three top-selling distributors from each company in the country were recognized.

Amway established its operation in Thailand in 1987. Operations started with a small office: 10 employees and a few lines of Amway products.  Jim Payne, president of Amway Asia Pacific Regions, was the first general manager of Amway Thailand. He has fond memories of the market, often joking about the size of the office. (It was so small, there was only one bathroom for the entire staff, he said.)

Twenty five years and four office moves later, Amway Thailand has about 1,000 employees across the country. Its new headquarters has three buildings sitting on four acres and Amway Business Owners sell the full array of nutrition, beauty and home products.  A five-floor office building is accented by a beautiful plaza and a multilevel parking garage.

Amway is the largest direct selling company in the country. Our executives are active members of the Thai Direct Selling Association and were among its founding members. Amway Thailand General Manager Kittawat Ritteerawee is the current president of Thai DSA.

Amway’s commitment to support local communities is reflected in many programs run by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, including providing books to children in remote areas through its Flying Book and Mobile Library campaign.

See photos of my trip at our Amway Facebook page. More to come, stay tuned!


Diversity champion

Because Amway operates in more than 100 countries around the world, our 21,000 employees and millions of Amway business owners are seemingly everywhere.

But unlike real estate, location isn’t everything. It takes a major commitment at the foundation of an organization to ensure diversity and inclusion to engage employees and distributors globally and strengthen our business.

Those efforts at Amway are led by Cheryl Kern, who guides us through best practices that leverage and integrate diversity to help our company grow.

Others are noticing Amway’s momentum, including Corp! Magazine, which recently recognized Cheryl for her efforts to highlight  Amway as a great place for diverse talent,  increase the number of women in leadership positions and partner with leaders to champion and sponsor diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The first step, Cheryl says, is to understand that each of us has a role to advance diversity.

Her advice: Start by simply seeking out someone with different life experiences. See what they think about an idea you’re considering. It might open your eyes to new possibilities and lead to even greater changes in your life and work.


Founders Council: A Grand Welcome

We welcomed more than 200 Founders Council members and other attendees to our World Headquarters this week, and we did it in grand style. Check out some of the photos on our Amway Facebook page. And if you missed the live stream of their arrival courtesy of our Amacam, the replay is available here. Watch for more coverage in the weeks to come!


Leader in Workplace Wellness

As a health and beauty company, Amway employees get to be brand ambassadors of wellness, something that was recognized recently when Amway was honored at Michigan’s Governor’s Fitness Awards with the Outstanding Healthy Workplace award.

Amway was one of four finalists selected in the category among many nominees throughout the state of Michigan. Nominees were judged on criteria that included wellness programs and resources, policies and benefits, measurements of success, leadership support, community involvement and accolades.

Spend some time on Amway and Nutrilite campuses and you’ll notice the commitment to wellness. Employees are encouraged to stay active and achieve their physical and nutritional best through the Optimal You health and wellness program. This program offers nearly 40 physical, nutritional and emotional wellbeing resources, including a financial incentive for maintaining good health.

It’s those qualities that the Governor’s Council recognized. And it’s one more way that we are committed to Optimal Health.

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Voting for a Cause

Remember this video highlighting the wonderful accomplishments of our business owners and employees through 10 years of our Amway One by One Campaign for Children?  It has a chance to win an award and you can help.

It’s part of the film festival at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. The website is recording public votes through March 1 for the best video.  Please vote and help us share our story! (Click here to vote.)

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Beauty and Beyond

Last night, cosmetics industry professionals gathered at the Beyond Beauty Gala in New York City to support the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, which raises money for education and research into Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Clubhouse International, community centers for people living with mental illness, will also benefit.

The disorder affects millions of people worldwide and is considered among the top 10 most disabling diseases in the U.S. — more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

That’s why the cosmetics industry is taking a stand to expand its concept of beauty beyond physical attributes to include the beauty from within — and we’re proud to support this cause.

Congratulations to the Beyond Beauty 2013 co-honorees Nicolas Mirzayantz of IFF and our very own George Calvert, Ph.D, vice president R&D and supply chain at Amway, for their work to bring attention to this cause.

“We are proud of our association with this tremendous organization and the great work that it does in OCD awareness and research,” Calvert said.