In Memory: Ron Puryear


It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of Ron Puryear – Founders Crown, Legacy Diamond, and Founder and Chairman of the Board of World Wide Dream Builders (WWDB).

Ron and Georgia Lee Puryear started their Amway business in 1971. Ron, an office accountant and treasurer of a public utility, and Georgia Lee, a waitress, worked long hours apart from each other and their young sons. Despite these hardships, both remained filled with dreams and ambitions to achieve something greater. When they heard of the opportunities, principles, and ideals that Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel spoke of, they knew they had found a better way.

Initially, Georgia Lee was hesitant about focusing their life’s efforts on the business. Once Ron had proven to her that it would work, and they could live the dream of owning their own business – he won her trust. From that moment on, Ron’s confidence was unwavering. When his employer gave him the ultimatum of either keeping his full-time accounting job or quitting to focus on his Amway™ business – Ron took the offer. He said goodbye to accounting and never looked back.

In the years since, Ron and Georgia Lee have inspired thousands of individuals to look beyond their personal challenges and achieve the goal of owning their own Amway™ businesses. They did this by using their own experiences with working through life’s hardships to establish a common ground. Even after reaching Founders Crown, Ron would often pull a hesitant, new IBO aside and simply say, “Look, we’re just Ron and Georgia Lee from Idaho. I understand. I know where you’re at…I was afraid too. Now let me tell you what I’ve found.”

Ron believed that their personal mission was to help others live better lives. As he said, “We have a ‘cause’ – to do everything we can to preserve the free enterprise system and the Amway opportunity – to keep the American dream alive. We do this for our sons and daughters-in-law, our grandchildren and others in America who have a dream to better their lives and have the courage to work hard for it by serving the needs of others first.”

Ron, along with his quick wit, selfless passion, and humble character, will be dearly missed by everyone he has touched throughout his life. He is survived by his partner in life and business – Georgia Lee, his son Jim, and daughter-in-law Roberta. Our thoughts and prayers are with Georgia Lee, the entire Puryear family, as well as their friends and extended IBO family throughout the world.

The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was USD $183 (in the U.S.)/CAD $206 (in Canada).

Approximately 53% of IBOs in the U.S., and 49% of IBOs in Canada, were “active.”

IBOs were considered “active” in months in 2013 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. If someone sustained that level of activity every month for a whole year, their annualized Gross Income would be $2,196 (U.S.)/$2,472 (Canada). Of course, not every IBO chooses to be active every month. “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, which may be significant. There may also be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. For the purposes of the calculation in Canada, individuals who were IBOs for less than the entire year in 2013 were excluded.

Before registering as an Independent Business Owner (IBO) powered by Amway, you should read and understand the AMWAY™ Business Opportunity Brochure, which contains important information for those interested in becoming IBOs.

Following are approximate percentages of IBOs in North America who achieved the illustrated levels of success in the IBO Fiscal Year ending August 31, 2015: Executive Diamond & Above; 0.0172%.