In Memory: Jim Dornan
It is with great sadness that I must share with you the news of the passing of Founders Crown Ambassador and Founders Council Member Jim Dornan.
With an unshakable drive for success and a desire to change lives for the better, Jim Dornan and his wife Nancy have, quite simply, built a legendary Amway business. As Founders Crown Ambassador IBOs with 55 FAA (Founders Achievement Award) points, they have inspired thousands of IBOs to build their own businesses in North America and around the world. All this from humble beginnings, based on not much more than the big dreams of a determined young couple.
Jim and Nancy started their Amway business in 1970. Both were bright young graduates of Purdue University at the time and filled with hope, dreams, and promise for the future. After hearing some of the things Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel spoke of, the Dornans knew they wanted a different kind of life … a better life for their family’s future. Jim and Nancy were so confident their Amway business would succeed that Nancy chose to stay home with their first baby, Heather, and Jim left his job as an aerospace engineer at 25 to focus on growing the Dornans’ fledgling Amway business.
A key contribution to the Dornans’ business success comes from Jim’s core belief that anyone who is willing to learn and willing to work can succeed – in the Amway business and in life. Doug DeVos said, “Jim always believed the number-one product he took to any marketplace – around the world – was the Amway business plan. He knew that plan could provide the opportunity for anyone to become someone special – just like him. His global legacy is rare and enduring. He will be missed so much.”
Rich DeVos added, “Jim’s success in Amway can only be eclipsed by his gentle spirit of generosity. He didn’t just help distributors build a business; he was about building things into their lives – like developing principles, morals, and success.”
Steve Van Andel said, “Jim Dornan’s organization might have North American roots, but its impact has been felt around the globe. He built his business by walking beside others, helping them understand and realize their full potential and he will be missed.”
Jim Dornan always taught, and lived by, the philosophy that there is no success in life without significance. He felt it was essential to live with a sense of purpose. Together, Jim and Nancy have built an entire Network of Caring, with several initiatives that are helping people around the world live better lives. Through their Network of Caring, the Dornans have mobilized thousands to sponsor children around the world, built a school and home for needy children in India, purchased hearing aids for a deaf school in China, provided more than 5,000 free wheelchairs to people in half a dozen developing countries – with more to come, and so much more.
Jim and Nancy have also worked with their son, Eric, to launch Power Soccer, a sport for power wheelchair athletes. With Eric’s passion for the development of the sport, the Dornan family has helped to expand the number of Power Soccer teams in the U.S. from three to 60, helped to provide power wheelchairs modified for the sport, and begun to organize a network of power wheelchair athletes.
Jim was always humble about his family’s philanthropy and felt that the highest success of all is sharing your good fortune with others. “We don’t do it for the credit,” he said. “People get obsessed with success … One hundred percent of the time, that doesn’t work. If it’s just about success, your well will soon run dry.”
I once had a private conversation with Jim about his passion for helping handicapped children and I walked away knowing that Jim was one of the smartest, most compassionate people I would ever meet. Everyone who knew him smiled when they saw him. He exuded an amazing positive energy, even when he was battling his own illness. He has left a legacy of making people feel good about themselves – of making them happy and optimistic – and he will be greatly missed by the global Amway family.
Jim is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Heather, son Eric and his wife Abbie, son David and his wife Jules, and three grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire Dornan family, as well as their friends and extended IBO family throughout the world.
Amway Chief Sales Officer
Friends and associates are invited to offer a personal tribute in honor of Jim and to celebrate his life. Following the instructions below, you can call and leave a voice message to share your memories of Jim, personal stories, or words of sympathy and encouragement. The messages will be compiled in one recording and presented to Nancy and the Dornan family.
To create your message:
1. Call 1-877-OurQuilt (1-877-687-7845).
2. Enter invitation number 206544.
3. Record your message.
4. Press # to review your message – or just hang up to save it.
For those calling from outside the U.S. and Canada, please call:
You may also use Skype or an SIP client to make your call:
Skype: +99000936 9990027472