It was Sept. 9, 2009, or 9/9/09 at 9 p.m., an auspicious day and time to start a company, if you follow the tenets of Chinese culture.
There has been a remarkable story unfolding at It Works! over the past few years.
Over the five-year period from 2010 to 2015, health and wellness company Isagenix International grew from $256 million to $890 million in revenue, a 247 percent increase.
Four years ago, Jason Camper and Paul Gravette took their combined expertise in the technology, health and wellness and direct sales industries and charted a new course when they launched premium lifestyle brand Le-Vel.
In an industry based on the very premise of serving others, selecting a leader among leaders—one who exemplifies the best of what direct selling represents—is one tall order.
The winner of the 2015 Direct Selling News Bravo Leadership Award has found the formula for a fast start that keeps on flying. Ambit Energy Founder and CEO Jere Thompson Jr.—along with his Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Chambless and Chief Information Officer John Burke—has already led the young company from beginner to billion-dollar star.
Mary Kay Ash believed that when you think big, you achieve big things. No doubt she would have beamed with pride that the company she founded in 1963 won this year’s Bravo Growth Award, recognition that it had the highest dollar growth in 2014 of any company in direct selling.
Truman Hunt, President and CEO of Nu Skin Enterprises, is the recipient of the 2014 Direct Selling News Bravo Leadership Award. This award was presented to Hunt because of his leadership and commitment to Nu Skin employees, independent representatives and the industry as a whole.
One of the direct selling industry’s most unique stories has evolved into one of its growth rocket ships. Origami Owl, founded in 2010 by then-14-year-old Bella Weems and her mother, Chrissy, grew by 870 percent in 2013—its second year as a direct seller.
When a young company grows by half its size in a single year, the industry salutes in appreciation. When the company is 30 years old, does business globally and increases revenue by 49 percent—$977 million in a single year—it’s jaw-dropping.