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June 01, 2011

News in Brief

News in Brief, June 2011

Ambit IT Executive of the Year

Ambit Energy CIO John Burke has been selected IT Executive of the Year by The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Society for Information Management (DFW SIM Chapter) for helping advance the future of Information Technology. Burke received the award at a recent dinner ceremony, presented by the award’s selection committee chair Jack Becker.

The DFW SIM Chapter established the IT Executive of the Year Award in 1998 to recognize excellence in IT management within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An independent panel of judges rates the nominees according to a certain performance criteria.
Burke has earned a variety of accolades for his accomplishments. Most recently, he was named one of the Computerworld “Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010,” as well as one of the InformationWeek “Top 25 CTOs of 2010.”

Ambit Energy L.P. is a Dallas-based energy provider of electrical and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the United States, including Texas, Illinois, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Team National President & CEO Angela Loehr Chrysler Honored

Team National’s President and CEO Angela Loehr Chrysler has once again been recognized among the elite in the Top 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County for the second consecutive year.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County selected Chrysler, along with a distinguished group of select women, celebrating how far women have come in leadership roles in business, community and philanthropic fields.

Team National is a coast-to-coast, multimillion-dollar direct selling company with a unique opportunity to both save and earn money. There are approximately 300,000 members and independent marketing directors with hundreds of thousands of customers all around the United States.

ViSalus Goes Mobile with New Vi-Net Mobile App

During its application debut webinar May 18, ViSalus Sciences demoed its Vi-Net Mobile multi-platform application suite to over 10,000 Promoters of the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge.

Available free of charge, the Promoters can now use the app to access and manage their business, show and enroll new members from any iPhone, Blackberry, or Android enabled smartphone. The application is available for download at and also available on iTunes and in the Android Marketplace.

When ViSalus first debuted Vi-Net in 2008, it led the way in bridging the gap between online social networking and Direct Sales Business Management tools. Now the Vi-Net Mobile App allows its members to receive mobile-only offers, enroll and interact with new customers and distributors, and manage their ViSalus business all while linked to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

ViSalus Sciences, backed by a partnership with Blyth Inc., has headquarters in Troy, Mich. and Los Angeles and is a leading health transformation company that utilizes the direct selling channel to distribute its weight management and nutritional supplement products. 

Nu Skin Receives Broader Direct Selling Authorization in Mainland China

Nu Skin announced that it received official notification from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce of its approval to commence direct selling activities in four additional provinces and one municipality in mainland China.

The provinces include Zhejiang, Guizhou, Sichuan, Shandong and the municipality of Tianjin. This is the fourth round of licenses granted to Nu Skin in China and adds to existing approvals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. is a global direct selling company operating in 50 markets worldwide with a salesforce of more than 785,000. The company markets premium-quality personal-care products under the Nu Skin® brand, science-based nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex® brand, and technology-based products and services under the Big Planet® brand.

Vemma Opens for Business in Colombia

In support of its ongoing international expansion efforts, Vemma Nutrition Co. opened Vemma Colombia S.A.S. with a soft launch on April 27 and an official grand-opening celebration on May 28 in Bogota.

Vemma Founder and CEO BK Boreyko looks forward to the opportunities Colombia offers to expand the Vemma global brand, and the potential to help people live a better quality of life, both physically and financially.

Vemma-branded products are distributed worldwide in more than 50 countries through a hybrid network of independent members and select retail locations.

SeneGence International Announces Expansion into the UK

After 11 years of exponential growth in the United States, Australia, Canada and Indonesia, SeneGence International announced its expansion into the United Kingdom.

SeneGence Founder and CEO Joni Rogers-Kante shared that the method of international expansion will begin by first introducing the company’s LipSense collection, and then progressively introducing its cosmetics and anti-aging skincare products.

Since the debut of the premier product LipSense in 1999, SeneGence has been a privately owned network marketing company that develops and sells personal-care products through an independent sales network of distributors.

Carl Edwards to Drive WFG Ford in NASCAR Race

World Financial Group Inc. (WFG) has joined forces with NASCAR-series championship team Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor the No. 60 World Financial Group Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Nov. 12 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. The No. 60 WFG Ford will be driven by the 2007 Nationwide Series Champion Carl Edwards.

A native of Columbia, Mo., Edwards has accumulated two NASCAR-sanctioned track championships, three Rookie-of-the-Year honors, and more than 75 feature wins while racing on both dirt and pavement tracks across the country.

WFG will sponsor a 100-day show car program this year in conjunction with Roush Fenway Racing, featuring a touring World Financial Group Ford Mustang that will be showcased at various World Financial Group office locations nationwide. The 2011 show car program runs from June to November.

Edwards will also speak to attendees at the World Financial Group Convention of Champions in August, the annual meeting and training event for WFG’s independent, licensed insurance and financial services associates throughout the United States and Canada.

WFG, an AEGON company, is a financial services marketing company whose affiliates offer life insurance and a broad array of financial products and services.

The Healthy Home Book Hits Five Best-Sellers Lists

The Healthy Home, a new book by Dr. Myron Wentz and his son Dave Wentz, founder and CEO of USANA Health Sciences, respectively, contains simple solutions for making a home healthier. The book has reached five prominent best-sellers lists since its publication on March 22—Publishers Weekly (No. 17), Los Angeles Times (No. 9), The New York Times (No. 7 in the hardcover advice and miscellaneous category), USA Today (“Top 150”) and (Top 100 titles sold).

The Healthy Home book tour includes book signings and scientific demonstrations. Proceeds go to the Children’s Hunger Fund, a nonprofit organization distributing food and other vital resources to children from impoverished communities worldwide.

USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional, personal-care and weight-management products that are sold directly to preferred customers and associates worldwide.