Posts by Heather Martin

Are You Sure Your Data Is Safe?

Cybercrime

Vigilance, continuous learning are industry’s best defenses against cybercriminals. It has become a painfully common headline: “Cyberthieves breach company’s system, steal credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates, passport numbers . . .” High-profile corporations such as Target, Equifax and Marriott all have been robbed of massive amounts of valuable consumer data in recent years, proving…

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The Affordable Technology Trap

Low cost and fancy filters and features fool us into thinking everyone’s a professional designer. You’ve spent serious money for quality research and production teams. You’re sparing no expense to hire the best minds for your executive team. You pay big dollars for technology expertise. But your intern is shooting video at your national conference…

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Ethical, Valuable & Successful – It’s the Values and Walk-the-Talk Culture That Draws Employees and Distributors To Xyngular

On paper it doesn’t seem like Xyngular’s math should work. The company’s equation for weight loss? Become less to become more. Its algorithm for financial stability? Bring in a few hundred dollars more a month, not millions a year. Xyngular Founded: 2009 Headquarters: Lehi, UT Top Executive: Russ Fletcher, CEO Annual Revenue: $100 Million But the…

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Strengths & Challenges

This Sidebar is a part of the September 2018 Company Spotlight. Xyngular executives we talked to for this story all pointed to the same two things as the company’s biggest strengths: a strong holistic product and a strong, values-based culture. But what about its challenges? Fletcher jokes that there are two answers to that question—the…

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Global Good: Why Direct Selling Succeeds Beyond Our Borders

In this issue: List of Top 100 Companies DSN Welcomes Executives and Guests to its Global 100 Evening of Celebration Global Good: Why Direct Selling Succeeds Beyond Our Borders 5 Best Practices for Making It Work in the Global Market Frequently Asked Questions about the Global 100 Ranking Bravo Legacy Award: D. Gary Young: A…

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5 Best Practices for Making It Work in the Global Market

  Find the local direct selling association. “The national DSA will have detailed knowledge of how the market works and can inform companies which legal regulations apply,” says Katarina Molin, executive director at Seldia, the European Direct Selling Association. Hire native speakers. Someone who knows the language from the inside will help you avoid faux…

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20 Years: Science Keeps 4Life’s Eye on Longevity

4Life

In their first month of business, 4Life Research founders David and Bianca Lisonbee made $254 in sales. Today that would buy only about six containers of 4Life Transfer Factor Classic supplements. 4Life Research Founded: 1998 Headquarters: Sandy, Utah Top Executive: President and CEO Danny Lee 2016 Revenue: $316 Million Products: Cell-Based Health and Wellness. In 2017, their sales were $316…

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Amway: On a Mission Greater Than One Company

IBO Brian B. and Amway Vice Chairman Jim Payne go “Over the Edge” for Easter Seals at the annual event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The rappelling activity raises funds for the charity.

Managing an $8.8 billion global enterprise while being the face of a $183 billion international market is a lot of responsibility. But Amway, the world’s largest direct selling company, with headquarters in Ada, Michigan, seems comfortable with—and energized by—the challenge. Amway Founded: 1959 Headquarters: Ada, Michigan Top Executives: Co-CEOs Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos 2016 Revenue: $8.80 billion…

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