Focus of the Business Meeting – Don’t Ever Stop Building
Diane Pancel Blacquiere, the 2010 IBO Talent Show winner, opened the business meeting with her rendition of “The Climb” to the visual backdrop of dreams…those that drove Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel and those of today’s business builders. Glen Baker also returned to the stage to perform a moving musical piece on his soprano saxophone. Scott Bloom called him Glenny B.
In Doug Devos’ opening words, he shared the success the company has experienced for the last several years, with 2011 being another record year, and offered a word of caution not to rest on past success – “no coasting.” Doug encouraged the audience, “Don’t ever stop building your business. Now is the time to make this business the best it can be.”
The IBO Talent Show finalists dazzled the judges and entertained the audience. Aura Mantilla-Andrews presented a “physically challenging” violin piece that the judges felt enhanced her beauty as a performer. Meredith Nathan, along with Sara and David Fiorello, shared a perfectly harmonized rendition of “America the Beautiful” which the judges felt “shared a special spirit” and “engaged the audience.” Noella Olynyk stunned the audience with an incredible a capella version of “Amazing Grace.” The judges felt she performed with “ease and grace”, that her voice had a rich tone, and she had a “beautiful instrument.” The 2011 IBO Talent Show Winner, Wild Card Renee DeSilva, blew the judges and audience away with a passionate performance of “On My Own” from les Miserables. The judges said, “You took us somewhere else” and “that is one of the most difficult musical songs to perform.”
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Sandy Spielmaker, Scott Bloom, and Frank Luntz, through the IBO News: Words That Matter, shared three areas where Amway sees exponential potential for business growth: women, the Hispanic market, and Gen Y.
Sandy, along with Shelly Kummer, shared the best attribute of this business for women is time. Women can do this job around the schedule of their family and be successful. Shelly shared how important it is to mentor new women IBOs in the business and that women know and love the Amway products and can really sell them.
Sandy shared insights with Carmen and Ivan Morales and Ignacio (Nacho) Alvarez on communicating with the growing Hispanic IBO population. All three shared that it is important to understand the person you are talking to, to understand what people are looking for, and do it in a professional manner.
Jay Kim and Toby Ayers coached Sandy on the best ways to reach the growing 18-35 year old IBO prospects with the business opportunity. It was suggested that to reach this growing group leaders need to keep presentations short, be transparent, and “show them (Gen Y) the money” potential.
Always a fun part of the Business Meeting are the Dream Prize Giveaways. This year’s prizes included 2012 RXR 800 off-road vehicle, a $15,000 Travel Voucher, a $15,000 Tiffaney certificate, a $15,000 gas card, and a $15,000 Home Office Package. Sandy also announced that a brand new white corvette would be given away Recognition Night.
The Business meeting closed with Sandy introducing the 2011 Amway Hero Award winners. This year’s winners included:
- DETERMINATION: Stephen Willoby
- GENEROSITY: Tim Foley
- LEADERSHIP: Ulises Feliz
- PATRIOTISM: Michael Schindler
Watch the videos for this year’s award winners and be inspired.