The month of July feels very patriotic. Our Amway business owners and employees in Colombia, Argentina, Slovakia and our home, the U.S., celebrate independence days this month. It’s also the month for national day celebrations for our friends in Canada, France and Hong Kong.
So it seems like a natural time to tell the story of Mike Carroll, who, one might say, personifies the word “patriot.”
The former chief petty officer spent an action-packed 16 years in the U.S. Navy, scuba diving and parachuting as a member of the elite SEALs.
After leaving the Navy, Mike felt called to enlist again after the events of September 11, 2001. The Navy initially turned him down because of hip problems that developed from his years of physically demanding missions. Undeterred, Mike had hip surgery that enabled him to return to active duty where he served a tour with his special forces team.
Serving your country can deepen your appreciation for the freedoms it affords. As an Amway business owner for 26 years, Mike’s appreciation for free enterprise is especially keen.
His many fellow Amway distributor patriots might share that sentiment. Not to mention, four of our Founders Council members who were military officers in their home countries. In fact, military service is the seventh most common profession of people who joined Amway and eventually became Founders Council members.
We thank each of these people for their service, and we are honored to have them as part of our fleet, as well.
Entrepreneurship. Partnership. Free enterprise. Themes that have guided Amway since its inception, each serves as a hallmark of the world’s largest business federation – the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Today, the two organizations will strengthen their connection, as Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel begins a one-year term as the chairman of the U.S. Chamber.
We are proud of his leadership role in this prestigious organization – a position he held once before, from 2001 to 2002.
Steve’s belief that business leaders need to share their experiences and knowledge was a lesson he learned from his closest role model. His father, Amway Co-Founder Jay Van Andel, also served in 1979-80. They are the first father-son duo to hold the chairman position – not only at the U.S. Chamber, but also at Amway.
That legacy of leadership is an excellent example for us all.
[Photo by Ian Wagreich, U.S. Chamber]
If you drive past the Amway World Headquarters today, you will see 57 United States flags lining the front of campus to commemorate Flag Day.
On most other days, the poles display the state of Michigan flag and 56 international flags representing the many countries in which we do business. (We operate in more than 100 countries and territories, but local regulations allow us only 57 flagpoles. So we make sure to rotate them regularly.)
“People driving by Amway find it really special to see the street lined with American flags. They’ll honk their horns to show their patriotism,” said Kammie Van Oosten, team leader of Ada Facilities Buildings and Grounds.
Van Oosten’s team of about 10 employees raise, lower and change flags as needed all while adhering to strict protocol for displaying the American flag through storms and sunshine. In addition to Flag Day, the flags are switched out on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day or other appropriate occasions.
There is a strict protocol for the American flag, but the facilities team treats every flag with the same respect. “We have important rules we follow at all times,” Van Oosten said. “One is that the flags must never touch the ground. This can be very difficult in bad weather.”
Flag Day is a U.S. holiday, but you don’t have to be in the U.S. to honor your flag. Share a picture of your country’s flag using #AmwayFlagDay on Twitter or Instagram. We look forward to seeing them!
Written by Austin Langlois
Nearly 100 eager interns will be on-site with us for the summer, and started arriving earlier this month.
The interns will work in 16 different internal divisions and 70 departments, in both the Amway World Headquarters and the Nutrilite facility in Buena Park, California. These internal divisions range from supply chain management to marketing to human resources. They come from 33 different colleges and represent 58 majors.
Interns are excited to get started on what Jon Brickner, a recruiter with talent acquisition, refers to as their “12 week interview.”
While we routinely hire interns every summer, our approach was slightly different this time around. Interns were hired based on projected future positions within departments, to help create a pipeline for talent, geared toward converting interns into full-time employees.
I’m one of those interns and will be sharing my experiences – as well as those of other Amway interns – with you here at The Amway Insider.
Amway is trying to make its meetings and events more sustainable, and proving that little changes can make a big difference.
At our recent North American Achievers event in San Diego, for example, Amway offered attendees refillable water bottles instead of bottled water.
This small move saved 33,080 water bottles from being produced and discarded.
It was a little change that made a big difference in making Achievers more sustainable.
Amway World Headquarters is closed December 31, 2010 and January 3, 2011 so our employees can ring in the New Year.
We hope you have a safe and happy end to 2010 and start to 2011.
And we hope to see you again here at The Amway Insider next year!
Our headquarters in Ada, Mich., will be closed in celebration of the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 24, so our staff can spend time with friends and family.
We’ll reopen for business on Monday, December 27.
For a bit of Christmas cheer, visit the Amway One by One Campaign for Children blog to learn how our affiliates in Korea, Japan and Canada have warmed hearts and spread joy this holiday season.
We wish our employees, distributors, customers and friends a very Merry Christmas.
Nutrilite added new player to its team today.
Kurt Warner, former professional football player and Super Bowl MVP, has agreed to represent our Nutrilite brand in North America.
This is the first time in Nutrilite’s 76-year history that we’ve enlisted a National Football League player to endorse our health brand. He’s excited, too, to help us educate people on the benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
As part of the sponsorship Amway is donating $50,000 to First Things First, a foundation Kurt and his wife Brenda established to reach out to the community and share resources with people in need.
Because we believe in helping people live better lives, too.
Amway supports non-profit organizations around the world in many ways. Sometimes, the most valuable gifts we can give aren’t just time or money, but expertise that can help an organization improve its operations.
Amway, as part of its One by One Campaign for Children, supports Kids Food Basket, a Grand Rapids organization that provides ”sack suppers” for kids who might not otherwise get meals at home.
Our experts worked with Kids Food Basket to map and streamline their processes. The result? Improvements that mean more meals are packed in a shorter period of time, helping Kids Food Basket feed more children.
This innovative effort captured the attention of the Business Civic Leadership Center of the US Chamber of Commerce, which named Amway a finalist in the “Partnership” category of its Corporate Citizenship Awards.
The recognition is nice. But we’re even prouder of our role in helping a great organization “do good” even better.