Paula and Johnny Matos
Many Miles to Many Smiles – Johnny Matos and his wife, Paula, are enjoying the fruit of more than 20 years of dream building. As Executive Diamonds, they have plenty of stories to share when asked how that dream got underway.
Johnny says, “I was motivated from the beginning. I was working five jobs – teaching at three universities and working for two government agencies. My days were 16 to 18 hours long, but I wasn’t making any money. From the moment I saw the business, I knew. I had already realized that my jobs were not the solution I was looking for.”
Paula agrees. “We never saw each other, Johnny was always working. To see a better way that would allow him to be with us, and our children, it seemed like a dream.”
Overcoming big challenges
But having a dream does not mean having it easy. Johnny recounts, “We had challenges. We had to build a good reputation for the business in the area.” Together with their sponsors, Johnny and Paula showed people that the business was honest and had unlimited potential.
Johnny and Paula and their upline believed that if they could demonstrate their commitment, integrity, and faith in the products and the business, all would be well. “The key for us was to start reaching new levels in spite of obstacles. People could see our lifestyle start to change and it influenced them. And when we weren’t getting the results we wanted, we used our honesty and attitude to convince them.”
Determination pays off
Initially, Johnny continued working his five jobs, but he would squeeze in every bit of AMWAY™ business he could, with Paula’s help. Little by little, their determination paid off and after just a year and a half, they reached Emerald. “Once we went Emerald, we started seeing the bigger changes. I was able to say goodbye to my five jobs. We moved again, to a better neighborhood and home, our kids – Cesar Antonio, Eudy, Jay Paul, and Paola Johanna – went to a better school, and we had new cars. We really started to see and feel what was happening,” shares Johnny.
Paula remembers, “We were so happy. We were a couple again! The communication a marriage needs was there, and we finally had real quality time as a family.”
Working together through all of their business and product challenges for more than two decades has been wonderful for their relationship. Johnny says, “We always got along well. We were in it together throughout it all. We were both convinced we would make it. What gave me the most ‘oomph’ was that we kept working together.” Paula adds, “He couldn’t do it alone. That’s why working as a couple is so important. If you give each other a hand, you can make it.”
Sharing the fruits of their labor
The picture today is much more tranquil than their busy, early years. They have turned their vacation home into a “miniresort” with a pool and a dozen rooms to share with family, friends, and even residents of the community. Yes, these days, family time is abundant with frequent gatherings at the Matos’ vacation home.
They have even created a special tradition that celebrates their success with the local community.
“We also want to give back the gift that God has given us. Each Christmas Eve we provide a big holiday meal, buy gifts, and the entire family stays with children at a local orphanage. To see their little faces so happy, it makes me very proud,” shares Paula.
Plans for the future? First they will celebrate their daughter, Paola Johanna’s quinceañera, a traditional, lavish celebration as their daughter is welcomed to young womanhood.
And Paula also shares, “Johnny and I will have our 25th wedding anniversary this July and he is inviting me to see all of France to celebrate!” There is a pause, and then laughter erupts as Johnny quips, “And I am just finding this out right now!” There is another pause. “Of course we can do it. She has earned it.”
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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