Patty Hoppenstedt has joined Southwestern Family of Companies as vice president of Human Resources. In her new role, Hoppenstedt will be responsible for providing consultation on strategic staffing plans, including compensation, benefits, training and development, budget and labor relations. “Patty has spent more than 20 years in HR within a variety of industries,” said Dustin…

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Dave Brown and Ron Alford

Dave Brown and Ron Alford have been promoted to vice president of Recruiting for Southwestern Coaching, a division of Southwestern Consulting. In their roles, they will be responsible for creating and overseeing the daily recruiting activity of the company, which is committed to company growth of 26 percent each year. They are also senior partners…

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Direct Seller Independence Act

The U.S. Direct Selling Association (DSA) recently announced elected officers and directors to the association’s Board of Directors.   Officers and directors of the association are recognized leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues and the public and are committed to lead and direct the affairs of the association. The board officers will each serve one-year…

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Anderson

Southwestern Family of Companies recently announced the promotion of Kristi Anderson to vice president of marketing, a newly created position for the family of companies. In addition to leading a new team to create and execute marketing strategies and campaigns, Anderson will continue her involvement with the new business development team alongside chief executive officer Dustin Hillis, chairman…

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Global 100 Ranking

Direct Selling News tonight announced its Global 100 list of top direct selling companies in the world. Since 2004, DSN has been dedicated to telling stories focused on relating the opportunities direct sellers provide to millions of independent business owners around the globe. In 2009, the magazine thought it fitting to further recognize the industry by compiling the…

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Southwestern Advantage

Dr. Ralph Brigham and Southwestern Advantage have been selected as award recipients of the 2019 Charles F. Kettering Award. Each year, Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) recognizes one recipient of the Charles F. Kettering Award for excellence in industry, business or government internship/cooperative education programs. CEIA is the national leader in cooperative education and…

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Beth Jackson

Nashville, Tenn.-based Southwestern Family of Companies recently announced the promotion of Beth Jackson to vice president and corporate controller. Jackson will oversee the accounting department and be responsible for payroll, accounts payable, tax, audit, budget, general ledger, consolidated financial reporting, cash management and staffing functions. She will also work in tandem with Southwestern Family of Companies’…

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Dustin Willis

Southwestern, the 163-year-old direct seller and one of Middle Tennessee’s oldest and largest private corporations, recently announced the appointment of a new CEO. On July 1, Dustin Hillis will be promoted to the position held by Henry Bedford since 2006. Bedford will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of the corporation and as…

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Since 2004 Direct Selling News has been dedicated to telling stories focused on relating the opportunities direct sellers provide to millions of independent business owners around the globe. So it seemed only fitting for DSN to further recognize the industry by compiling a comprehensive list, starting in 2010, of the top direct selling companies in the world.

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Photo: Southwestern group service project in Dominican Republic. “THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT OUR INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCES WITH SOUTHWESTERN PROVIDED was the development of character—doing what needed to be done whether we felt like it or not.” “Yes, the planning, goal setting and book-keeping were all good skills, but it was ‘hitting the wall,’ which we all…

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