News at a glance from the IBOAI - your advocacy organization.
All year long, the IBOAI Board of Directors works alongside Amway North America on your behalf to make this Business the best. This Newsletter is one way we will strive to keep in touch and inform you. We will e-mail you a new update each quarter.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact the IBOAI Board or staff.
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN
This past June, we held our quarterly IBOAI® Board meetings in Grand Rapids, MI. It was another busy and productive week, and I want to personally thank the entire IBOAI Board for their hard work and commitment to our remarkable Business. Our partnership with Amway™ Corporation is strong, and IBOs in the field are energetic, optimistic, and have high expectations for the future.
As the Chairman, I am honored to serve with your elected Board members and I am continually impressed with their commitment, as each individual dedicates days at meetings, time for conference calls, and significant time in preparing for our discussions.
Our discussions with the Company range from incentives, new products, and training materials to Rules of Conduct and IBO recognition. Our collaboration with Amway this year resulted in our historic new Growth Incentives Program, an increase in the leadership bonus to 6%, and a great new shipping program, including incentives for DITTO™ delivery and a free shipping promotion for customers. It is the positive attitude and willingness to compromise for the good of all IBOs that makes the partnership work so well.
This is the best Business Opportunity in the world, and it will continue to be the best, thanks to the incredible IBOs in North America, great people at the Company, and your dedicated and steadfast IBOAI Board.
Thank you for your continued hard work and support! Please visit IBOAI.com for updates and helpful information.
All the Best,
Chairman of the IBOAI
June 2018 Board Meeting Notes by Committee
Awards & Recognition
- Presentation to explain profitability and structure (zero to Platinum and Platinum to Ruby)
- Special event for ANA Diamonds at A60
- Future NAGC and Diamond Club locations
- Discussed enhancements to the event app
- Reviewed new web enhancements
- Discussed backorder and forecasting issues
- Looked at options to help with delivery concerns
- Natural disaster contingency plan in place for hurricane season
Legal & Ethics
- Reviewed Higher Award tracking and verification
- Received an update on unauthorized online selling and exporting
- Legal updates
- Updating Quality Assurance Standards (QAS)
Marketing Advisory Committee
- Discussed options for “clean” products and edibles
- Reviewed the launch of the personalized serum
- Artistry™ Studio Cosmetics launch
- Reviewed the launch of new skin care masks in 2019
New Platinums Tour IBOAI® Offices at June Conference
For the new Platinums attending their first official Amway-sponsored IBO event, arrival at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 10 was incredibly exciting. After working so hard to achieve their first major milestone in the Business, new Platinums are always bursting with energy and eager to learn more about building a successful, sustainable Business. This group was no different! Following registration, the enthusiastic attendees were invited to tour the offices of the IBOAI, located in the hotel’s adjoining office building.
IBOAI staff greeted IBO visitors warmly all afternoon and walked them through the Board Office, explaining the origin, purpose, and structure of the Association. The elegant, sophisticated appearance of the board rooms and office space spurred a variety of positive IBO comments from “wow!” to “impressive” to “love it.”
The most spacious meeting room, referred to as the American Way Association (AWA) Boardroom, is named after the original Association. Amway Co-founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel made it clear that the IBO was their first priority when they, along with founding Field Leaders, formed the AWA in 1959, which many years later became known as the IBOAI. This room is frequently utilized by the entire Board, and regularly by the Legal & Ethics Committee.
The additional boardrooms, named after the Association’s Founding Families – Hansen, Victor and Dutt – are also where current Board members, in partnership with corporate staff, give birth to great ideas and smart solutions for the Business.
During tours, IBOs listened attentively, raising questions regarding the functions of each committee and commenting on the generous thought and time contributed by Board members. New Platinum Matt Nichols said, “I like to know the history. You can learn a lot from those who succeeded before you. Being here makes me want to reach Diamond and serve on the Board someday.”
As they heard about what each IBOAI Board committee discusses and recommends on behalf of all IBOs, new Platinums Theresa and Glenn Rosario of Hawaii were amazed by the work accomplished within the walls of the IBOAI offices. Glenn compared the requirement to being a strong Diamond in order to serve on the Board to the military. “You have to earn your stripes out in the Field so you know firsthand what’s necessary to fight the battle and succeed. Once you learn how to strategize, negotiate, and communicate out in the Field, then you can implement those skills as a Board member to help the Field and the Business as a whole.” Theresa added, “By being here, seeing the meeting rooms and learning what the Board actually does in partnership with Amway, I realize every detail and the outcome of each decision is considered. That’s why they have specific committees – like Legal & Ethics to protect us and Awards & Recognition to make sure we’re recognized and rewarded for the work we do.”
Attending NPC from Montana, Michelle and Joel Boucher agreed their tour of the IBOAI offices emphasized the strong level of commitment to the Business by the Board. “We knew a lot of thought goes into business decisions and product development by the IBOAI and Amway, but to be here, makes it real,” remarked Michelle. Joel added, “The foresight Rich and Jay had to come up with this Business idea with an Association to represent IBOs and give them a voice with the Corporation just blows my mind.”
As new Platinums exited the IBOAI offices, IBOAI staff handed them a goody bag packed with supplies for their busy week ahead at NPC – XS™ Energy Drink and Perfect Empowered Drinking Water®, a tin of mints, and a blank journal, all boasting the IBOAI logo.
XS™ Super Workout Bundle (# 282041) has just what you and your customers need this summer. It contains XSIntense Pre-Workout Boost and XS Post-Workout Recovery to boost your energy and assist in recovery when you’re done. And, you’ll also get a free XS Shaker Cup, a $15 value!
Summer is filled with celebrations! For showers, weddings, birthdays, housewarmings, and more, give special gifts your friends and family will appreciate! Check out these great gift ideas at Amway.com.
Get acquainted with current shipping program and promotions: More than likely, you’re familiar with the new flat rate shipping program based on service level rather than on order value. Get the details on service levels and costs. Also learn about the Ditto™ online orders and registered customers shipping promotions.
IBOAI Board Election
The IBOAI Board election will take place Friday, September 21 through Monday, October 8. IBOs currently qualified at the Platinum level and above are eligible to vote annually for new members of the IBOAI Board of Directors.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard! The IBOAI Board represents all IBOs and it’s important to help select Board Members who will act in the best interest of all IBOs.
We are the ONLY Business Opportunity in our industry with a trade association that affords its “IBOs” the right to participate in the election of a Board of Directors comprised exclusively of IBOs.
IBOAI 2018 Board Meetings
October 15-19, 2018 at the IBOAI offices in Grand Rapids, MI
Coming soon! Achievers 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee! IBOs who qualify for this exciting reward trip will stay at the extraordinary Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center featuring 17 unique eateries, three pools, an award-winning spa, 24-hour fitness center, and great live entertainment nightly. Achievers will also choose from a variety of outdoor adventure and sightseeing activities during the week. Featuring special VIP events, business-building education and training, and grand recognition celebrations, this will surely be a memorable trip.
Two sessions of Achievers in 2019! Amway Achievers will be held in two identical sessions and they’ll both be in November, instead of December. Having two sessions in 2019 allows for more personalized experiences and recognition for IBO Leaders. Session 1 will be held November 11–15, 2019. Session 2 will follow on November 17–21, 2019. Session assignments and additional details will be shared in the coming months.
“It is an honor and privilege for me to contribute to the IBOAI Board along with Board members who are passionate, dedicated and committed to selflessly serving with honesty and integrity for the best interests of all IBOs.
IBOs have a fantastic future ahead as the IBOAI Board has a strong partnership with Amway to continue as the #1 entrepreneurship opportunity for people from all walks of life.”
Raj Shah, Awards & Recognition Committee
ADDING VALUE–Resources to help you do business faster, easier, better!
IBO Bookkeeping Guide from IBOAI
IBO Bookkeeping 101 offers basic, easy-to-follow advice on how to properly maintain your records while building your Business. Review these valuable tips now so you’re well prepared when it comes time to file your tax return!
IBO Best Practices from IBOAI
Did you know IBO Best Practices Messages are posted monthly at IBOAI.com? The topics are important, interesting, and varied. Learn more about promoting the benefit of becoming an IBO. Delve into social media, music/video copyrights, and unauthorized online selling. Check out this useful resource today!
Amway.com Resource Center
Be sure to utilize the Resource Center at Amway.com for helpful multimedia materials. You’ll find everything from Amway Education courses to videos and PDFs on Amway Corporation, brands and products, and Amway-owned music you can legally use at your events and meetings.
The AmwayEvents app lets you use your mobile device to stay up to date on the Amway events you may be attending. Simply download the app, select your country, preferred language, and enter the password provided to you for the event you qualified for such as NPC or Achievers. Quickly access event schedules, program descriptions, activity information, and other valuable information on the app.
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