The man heading up direct selling conglomerate JRJR Networks, John Rochon Jr., is in the running for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Southwest region.
Ernst & Young has been recognizing business leaders for 30 years through its prominent EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. All told, the regional, national, and global awards extend to more than 60 countries.
Rochon and other regional finalists were selected from more than 1,500 nominations submitted across the U.S. Nominees are evaluated by a panel of independent judges on factors that include innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“It’s a great honor to have been named a finalist for this very prestigious honor,” said Rochon, Founder and Vice Chairman of JRJR Networks. “I believe this shows that what we are accomplishing as a team at JRJR Networks is being noticed and valued.”
Under Rochon’s leadership, JRJR Networks has built a portfolio of 10 direct-to-consumer companies. The holding company, formerly known as CVSL, launched three years ago as a platform to acquire direct selling companies and increase profitability by leveraging operational efficiencies.
JRJR companies include basket maker The Longaberger Co. and gourmet spice seller Your Inspiration At Home, as well as U.K.-based home, health and beauty businesses Kleeneze and Betterware, among others.
“We believe this is only the beginning and we’re determined to make this company a global powerhouse over the coming years,” said Rochon.
EY will announce its regional award winners at a gala event on June 25 in Dallas. From there, the winners will be eligible to take part in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program on the national level.