Fun from the Past, Hope for the Future – Jim & Tricia Richardson

 Jim and Tricia Richardson IBOs since 1989 | Founders Diamond After adopting their daughter Megan from Russia, Jim and Tricia Richardson could not stop thinking about the orphaned children they had left behind. So they went back to Russia, and adopted their daughter Haley.

Still, they wanted to do more.

They knew they could not solve the global problem of parentless children, but they did want to be part of a solution. Realizing that one of the barriers to adoption is financial, they started a foundation to help defray the cost for others wanting to adopt. To raise funds, they built a 1950s tourist attraction in Indiana complete with diner, theater, and gas station. Visitors make donations, and all proceeds support $1,000 grants for adoptive families.

Today, they regularly receive notes thanking them for their support. “I’m proud every time someone sends me a picture of the children they’ve just adopted,” says Jim. “I just wish I would have done more and sooner.”

Jim and Tricia say their AMWAY business has helped them to provide for their family, adopt two beautiful daughters, raise adoption awareness, and help other families adopt with time left over to cruise the ’50s town with adult daughter Stephanie and her family.



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

The percentage of IBOs who achieved Double Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .0038%.

Based on an independent survey during 2001, approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active. “Active” means an IBO attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Global 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. The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Plan.

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