Escali and José Ramón Otazu

The Time Is Right – José Ramón Otazu is the son of a barber, and when he moved from Spain to the Dominican Republic in the 1970s, his goal was “to have the best hair salon in the country.” He soon achieved that goal by creating one of the region’s first full-service salons.

His successful endeavor opened many doors for him, introducing him to celebrities and government officials alike, and it afforded him an envious lifestyle full of travel and dining out.

Escali was an accountant when she met José Ramón. “But I was working many long hours and I still wasn’t earning enough to help my parents and other family members, which was very important to me,” she explains.

José Ramón was earning a good income when they got married, but Escali was not happy that he spent so many hours away from the family while running his popular salon.

She had been introduced to the AMWAY™ Business Opportunity when she was too young to realize its full potential. Although she didn’t pursue it then, “I knew some day, I would,” she declares. And with the idea of helping José Ramón retire from his business, she did.

They both worked on it, and by the time they reached Emerald, they were earning enough for Escali to help her relatives – and for José Ramón to sell his salon and work the business full time.

We were at the AMWAY headquarters recently and we were so impressed with the way the company treats IBOs. They are truly partners with us. – José Ramón Otazu

But shortly thereafter, during the worldwide economic crisis, they lost all the money they’d invested. With two young children and another on the way, they had to do something – fast. Escali had the solution: “We’ll just have to go Diamond!” she announced.

José Ramón readily agreed. “We went out and looked for people, and as the saying goes, ‘When the teacher is ready, the pupils show up,’ which they did.”

He says he is not only grateful for the income they have produced over the years, but for a much bigger reward. “I was able to give our kids what the majority of my salon clients could never give their children, which is quality time to spend with them.”

They believe the AMWAY Opportunity is bigger and better than ever. “I’ve researched other businesses and nothing compares to this,” says José Ramón. “This is a family business and we feel at peace knowing that our children will be in good hands when we are gone.”


The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was $202.

Approximately 46% of all IBOs were active.

U.S. IBOs were considered “active” in months in 2010 when they attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway IBO Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended an Amway or IBO meeting. “Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus monthly bonuses and cash incentives. It excludes all annual bonuses and cash incentives, and all non-cash awards. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation.

The approximate percentage of Direct Fulfillment IBOs in North America who achieved Emerald status in FY10 was 0.0281%.

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