IBOAI - Your Voice

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Independent Business Owners Association International, Inc. (IBOAI) is the advocacy organization for North American Independent Business Owners (IBOs) affiliated with Amway®. The IBOAI advises Amway on every facet of the North American business, from products and promotions to operations and business guidelines. The IBOAI and Amway are dedicated to partnering for success with your input, support and participation.

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The year was 1959, and a manufacturer and its separate marketing company were locked in a dispute over distribution rights that could affect the livelihood of the company's independent Distributors.

Faced with this crisis, two of the leading Distributors, Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos, called a meeting with several of their top downline Distributors in Charlevoix, Mich. Out of that meeting came a new Distributor organization, the American Way Association.

The original members of the AWA included not only Jay and Rich but also other pioneers such as Walter Bass, Fred Hansen, Joe Victor and Jere Dutt. It was decided eventually that Jay and Rich would head a sales company that would supply products and that the AWA, now the IBOAI® (Independent Business Owners Association International, Inc.®), would serve as the voice of the Distributor network to promote the interests and protect the rights of the Distributors.

A Voice for Distributors

Fred Hansen's widow, Crown Direct Bernice Hansen, recalls Jay and Rich asking what they would like to see in the new corporation. "We told them we wanted a voice for Distributors in the field and Distributorships we could pass on to our heirs," Bernice says.

Crown Direct Jody Dutt is the son of Jere and of Eileen, who have passed away. Jody says, "In those days (leading up to 1959) the rules had been changing almost monthly. The AWA was founded to protect what people like my dad and mom had built."

Jody Victor, Crown IBO and son of Joe & Helyne Victor, points out "Every Distributor has a chance to be heard. The AWA, now the IBOAI, would listen intently to everyone, from the newest to the oldest IBO".

Key to the Opportunity

To this day, the voice of the Distributor is a vital component of the Business Opportunity.

"My father sold the Association more than anything," says Jody Dutt. "He'd talk about the rights, the independence you were guaranteed-that you could build something you owned and pass it on to your kids."

A Business for Generations

That original concept of inheritable Distributorships was prophetic of the family nature of the Business. All of the pioneers mentioned previously have children and grandchildren in the Business today.

Great-grandmother Bernice Hansen has three daughters and sons-in-law in her business. Jody Victor's son Steve became the first third-generation Platinum & Sapphire. Jody's youngest son, Joe, has also attained the level of Sapphire.

The Rock on which the Future Is Built

Like the other founders, Jere Dutt insisted there was no limit to what the AWA and The Corporation could accomplish. Jody Dutt remembers his father saying "that we would grow around the world because what we're selling is not just a product or a company. We're showing people how to be independent." Copyright 1998. Source: October 1998 Amagram® magazine. Reprinted with permission.

(Amagram® was the monthly publication for IBOs. Effective 9/1/99, Amagram® was replaced by Achieve™.)

IBOAI Event Participation

To support and connect with IBOs of North America, your IBOAI® participates in several annual Amway™ events in recognition of IBOs and their achievements.


Achievers Invitational
The biggest North American conference and celebration for IBOs is a spectacular event, start to finish. Each year, the IBOAI® partners with Amway™ and enhances this event by offering ample opportunity for IBO Leaders to speak with IBOAI Board members one-on-one about the rich history, business initiatives, special projects, upcoming programs, and recent accomplishments of the IBOAI. During special Leadership sessions and meetings, IBOAI representatives provide further education on the IBOAI mission, values, and commitment to making the future of this Business bright for all IBOs and their families.

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Achievers Invitational
Achievers Invitational

Diamond Club
This luxurious Hawaiian getaway is a well-deserved opportunity for Diamonds to relax, renew, and strategize for future success – with IBOAI® Board members, fellow IBO Leaders, and key Amway™ executives. The unwavering support of the IBOAI is demonstrated throughout this fabulous event, particularly during the Business Meeting and Expo, when Board members talk about the history and mission of the IBOAI.

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Diamond Club
Diamond Club

New Platinum Conference
The IBOAI® joins Amway™ in educating emerging IBO Leaders at this exciting, info-packed conference. IBOAI participation begins the moment Platinums register as they are welcomed by IBOAI staff. At the Expo, the new Platinums learn about the value and responsibilities of the IBOAI - and the IBOAI's continuous accessibility and tireless effort on behalf of all IBOs. During the Business Meeting and educational sessions, IBOAI Board members further motivate and educate Platinums to ensure their continued success.

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New Platinum Conference
New Platinum Conference