It was a productive week in October for your IBOAI Board, the MAC, and Amway Corporate staff. They all work together closely at scheduled meetings at the IBOAI's office as well on the phone and online in between their quarterly sessions.
Following tradition, the closing session of the October Board meetings applauded the valuable contributions of five exiting members, recognized the amazing leadership of several, and honored the long-term service and passionate commitment of others.
Bob Andrews, IBOAI Chair, opened the meeting with words of gratitude for the "spirit and unity that flourishes among us and our Amway friends as we move this Business forward."
Retiring Board members who will serve until the end of the calendar year - Theo Galan, Pedro Lizardi, Juanita Maldonado, Vinny Pappalardo, Steve Yager - were honored for their service by IBOAI Chair Bob Andrews and Vice Chair Howie Danzik.
MAC Chair, Terry Andrews, presented awards to departing MAC members, Maribel Galan and Dayna Pappalardo and made no secret of how valuable they were to the MAC: "You're so amazing! We will miss you so much!"
The Fred Hansen Spirit Award was given to Rajneesh Chopra, Vice President of Sales, Amway North America. "Every year we recognize someone who exemplifies the spirit Fred Hansen consistently displayed. Fred loved the Business and loved IBOs and so does this year's award recipient. This individual is forward-thinking and always fair. Rajneesh Chopra has become a very dear friend," remarked Kathy Victor. In acceptance of the award, Rajneesh acknowledged it has been a journey since he came to ANA three years ago, but through serious discussions and thoughtful conversations with the IBOAI Board, good work was done. He stated, "I cherish our partnership. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I enjoy working with you."
Jody Victor had the honor of presenting the Joe Victor Leadership Award, aptly named after his father. Joe Victor, like today's recipient, is held in the highest esteem by the Board and the Government & Oversight Committee. Jody says, "My father would be surprised to learn this and would be humbled by an award named after him. He always gave credit to others; he never sought fame. The recipient of this year's Leadership Award, Terry Andrews, is much the same." Terry was, in her own words, "totally blown away." She said, "This is quite an honor. I am privileged to help this Businesses be and stay as different and better than any other business."
Next up, a newly created award to recognize a longtime and well-respected IBO Leader, Jim Janz. He has served over 25 years on the IBOAI Board and has attended 50 Diamond Clubs. A former IBOAI Chair, Jim now serves as a Board advisor. Bob Andrews expressed appreciation for all Jim has done for the Board and the Business. Bill Hawkins commented on Jim's exuberance and zest for life. Bill concluded with a simple, heartfelt message, capturing the sentiments shared among those in the room, "You're awesome, buddy!"
Amazing and awesome describe the milestone the next award recipient achieved this year and the passion and commitment he has for the Business and the IBOAI. For thirty years, Jody Victor, has tirelessly served on the IBOAI and as Bill Hawkins states, "Jody continues, year after year to serve with vigor. He keeps his focus through good and bad times. He also has the ability to move other people's thinking for the good of the Business."
Surprised and emotional, Jody shared, "It's all about helping others. I am proud of my 30 years and even more proud of the people on the Board and their vision in 1959. We'll always be the best fleet on the water. We're unsinkable."