Barry Chi and Holly Chen Celebrate 70 Founders Achievement Award Points

Barry Chi and Holly Chen Crown Ambassador 70 Founders Achievement Award Points (FAA)/ As the only Amway IBOs in the world to earn 70 Founders Achievement Award points in their global business, Barry Chi and Holly Chen are opening new doors in the AMWAY™ business. With North American volume that has increased eightfold since they first qualified as Diamonds, they have achieved new pin levels in each of the past three years on this continent. Over the past five years, their North American group has nearly doubled the number of new IBOs joining the business.

How do they do it?

“We are magicians,” Holly says with a twinkle in her eye. Their magic is not an illusion … it is helping people around the world develop their innate gifts and talents. To commemorate their 70 FAA achievement, Amway sent a private jet to New York to bring them and their family to world headquarters in Ada, Michigan, in 2010 for a three-day celebration. A detailed journal of their visit follows.

Sunday, May 9. Arrival in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Greeted at the Amway corporate hangar by Amway employees, it became obvious to Holly and Barry that this part of their trip to celebrate their new 70 FAA accomplishment was going to be a special time.

 “We wondered what we had done to receive such a warm welcome and grand treatment. We are so grateful to be recognized. Every face in the crowd reflected the generous spirit of Amway. It is scary to think back at how different life would be if we had made a different decision and hadn’t chosen our AMWAY business. The most important thing in life is to do your very best to make the right choices in everything you do. Today, here with our friends and business partners, it is a reminder of why we’re so thankful that we chose Amway.”

Sunday, May 9. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel:

Honored to be guests in the DeVos Suite at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Barry and Holly admired the gorgeous arrangement of 70 deep red roses placed to honor their 70 FAA achievement – they would later learn that this was just the first of many special items created to commemorate their 70 FAA achievement and visit.

 “Would any other business be so generous to offer us their personal suite and fill it with beautiful flowers?”

Monday, May 10. Arrival at World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan:

It was a touching entrance as Holly and Barry’s downlines and Amway employees – waving 70 FAA flags and proudly wearing Barry & Holly 70 FAA stickers – welcomed the couple and their family with cheers and applause. The couple noted the glorious wreath of flowers in the shape of 70, decorating the World  Headquarter’s lobby.

“We could have died. We were so touched and impressed with the special touches; everyone was so sincere in their happiness for us. At one point we thought, ‘this is something you have to see to believe’ and we could barely believe it ourselves.”

Monday, May 10. Executive lunch with Steve Van Andel:

Barry, Holly, and their family enjoyed a special lunch with corporate executives. Discussing plans for the company’s future vision with its leaders always gives the couple added confidence and a desire to continue working hard every day to grow their business.

“They thanked us for all that we’ve done, and we were thinking that for our minimal start-up investment years ago, we get so much back. Many other companies don’t show this kind of recognition.”

Monday, May 10. Dinner at the private dining room – Pinnacle Room – with executives:

Barry and Holly enjoyed dining in the private dining room located on the 29th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza tower. Personal chefs prepared an outstanding meal for the couple and their family, Bill Payne, Jim Payne, Steve Lieberman, Sandy Spielmaker, and other Amway executives. After the excitement of the day, the couple started feeling a little tired.

“Even though we were tired, the thought of the freedom we feel as IBOs re-energized us. If we choose to stay at the dinner, or if we choose to leave, it is our choice. We chose to stay!”

Tuesday, May 11. Local visits:

Holly, Barry, and the family toured several manufacturing areas and they were reminded of how dedicated Amway employees are to excellence. A product of that excellence was displayed at the personal care plant. The couple watched as bars of soap bearing their 70 FAA achievement logo came off the assembly line.

“How impressive! Each bar of soap had been imprinted with our 70 FAA logo.”

Tuesday, May 11. Arrival at the Spaulding Complex:

Rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Holly and Barry’s downlines or the Amway employees that waited to greet Holly, Barry, and their family as they exited their limo at the Spaulding Complex. Welcoming signs and banners in Chinese and a special red carpet ushered the honored couple into the building.

“Everything reflected the care and love from the company. We loved the banner; it was covered with employees’ signatures. We almost felt guilty, but this beautiful celebration reinforced our opinion of how well the company treats people.”

Tuesday, May 11. North America Sales Team luncheon:

Barry, Holly, and family enjoyed lunch with Sandy Spielmaker, Steve Lieberman, and the North America Sales team. They were impressed by the sincerity of the North America leadership group and the spirit of partnership they have with IBOs in the business.

Tuesday, May 11. Reception with downlines:

Barry, Holly, and family mingled with their downlines in an area decorated exclusively for the occasion, including a special ice sculpture. They enjoyed a variety of fruits and elegant pastries and cookies adorned with the 70 FAA logo.

“We were so incredibly touched because the company not only treated us with so much respect and honor, but they extended all of the same courtesies to our downlines.”

Tuesday, May 11. Dinner with Doug and Maria DeVos:

Enjoying the hospitality of the DeVos family in their beautiful home, Barry and Holly couldn’t help but notice how hard Doug works even now that he is so successful.

“We were reminded that there are a lot of people out there with more than we have, and we do not want to forget who we are. Life is short: We all have to live and learn.”

Tuesday, May 11. Arrival at the Spaulding Complex:

Rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Holly and Barry’s downlines or the Amway employees that waited to greet Holly, Barry, and their family as they exited their limo at the Spaulding Complex. Welcoming signs and banners in Chinese and a special red carpet ushered the honored couple into the building.

“Everything reflected the care and love from the company. We loved the banner; it was covered with employees’ signatures. We almost felt guilty, but this beautiful celebration reinforced our opinion of how well the company treats people.”

Tuesday, May 11. North America Sales Team luncheon:

Barry, Holly, and family enjoyed lunch with Sandy Spielmaker, Steve Lieberman, and the North America Sales team. They were impressed by the sincerity of the North America leadership group and the spirit of partnership they have with IBOs in the business.

Tuesday, May 11. Reception with downlines:

Barry, Holly, and family mingled with their downlines in an area decorated exclusively for the occasion, including a special ice sculpture. They enjoyed a variety of fruits and elegant pastries and cookies adorned with the 70 FAA logo.

“We were so incredibly touched because the company not only treated us with so much respect and honor, but they extended all of the same courtesies to our downlines.”

Wednesday, May 12. Departure day:

Back at the Amway corporate hangar, the couple and their family boarded the Amway corporate jet.

“We were treated like celebrities! And now, exiting on the corporate jet, we didn’t have to wait in any ticketing or security lines. It’s a nice change from commercial airline travel.”


The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).

The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Compensation Plan. Approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active.* The percentage of IBOs who achieved Founders Executive Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .00565%.

*Based on an independent survey during 2001, “Active” means an IBO attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Independent Business Owner Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended a company or IBO meeting in the year 2000.

“Gross income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus the amount of Performance Bonus retained. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation.

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