In the opening session of the June Board Meetings, IBOAI Chair Kathy Victor reminded the IBOAI® Board, the Board's Advisory Committee, MAC, and Amway Corporate staff in attendance to focus on the "Why We're in Business" rather than spend needless energy on the "How" and "What". It is essential that the Board represent the Field and look to the future.
Following Kathy's direction, thoughtful discussions, productive planning, and helpful conversations took place all week. As Jody Victor, Governance & Oversight Chair says, "We all work tirelessly to build upon our successes and make the Business great today and great for the future."
A few of the Closing session highlights included mention (and print copies) of The New Main Street supplement to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) by Direct Selling News. The supplement, inserted in the WSJ on June 10, featured an article on the world's largest direct selling companies. Amway™ is No. 1 with 2013 net sales of $11.8 billion!
Vice Chair Bob Andrews shared a new animated video on "The Power of Ownership" specifically targeted to new IBOs. The content focuses on the responsibilities of Business ownership. This video was co-developed by the Board's Legal and Ethics Committee and Amway North America's Training & Education Department.
Angie Polsgrove, Amway™ National Accounts Director, expressed appreciation for the open, honest dialogue that occurs consistently between the Board and the Corporation. She made the point, "We all want to make a difference in the Business and we can't do it without each other. Partnering is important."
Following tradition, Bill Hawkins and Jody Victor, IBOAI Governance & Oversight Committee, were asked to share a few words. Bill spoke of the great fortune of developing friendships while building the Business. He commented, "As the years go by, it becomes less about the money and more about the friendships."
Jody Victor, on behalf of the entire Board, eloquently thanked Kathy for all she does as the IBOAI Chairman. He explained leadership is demonstrated through authority and acts of service, and "Kathy is about Service with a big S." As a sign of wholehearted agreement, the audience loudly applauded.
As Kathy took the microphone she admitted, "I've never served with such an incredible group and I am so proud to work with you." She then turned to Jody and said, "Back at you!" Sometimes short and simple sends a big message.