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Ampegy Energy

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The MLM idea combined with electricity deregulation has done very well for companies such Ignite Energy and Ambit Energy.  And now there is a new player in town and it looks to be a stong one!

Ampegy Energy  was  launched just a few days ago, but many say it is the next MLM powerhouse! (pun intended)

Certainly the people (and the power) behind it is formidable. Ampegy is a new division of Spark Energy, a $11 billion energy company that operates in 15 states.

President of Ampegy is Waters Davis who is also Executive Vice-President og Spark Energy. Spark Founder and CEO Keith Maxwell is also promoted on the Ampegy web site, but it’s a bit unclear if he has an offical role in the company.

More interesting to networkers is the fact that Steve Smith is the Chief Marketing Officer.

Steve Smith was one of the kep people in Excel Telecommunications and is still an icon within the world of network marketing.

In Excel, Steve Smith reportedly had a monthly income of $1.2 million, which may be a record in the industry.

Time will tell if Amergy Energy will be the next giant in network marketing, but when you look at what Steve Smith and Spark Energy has done before, then the future of Amergy looks very bright indeed!

Xango booming Down Under

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Xango has been in Australia for several years, but never has the growth been bigger. In 2010 the company had 50% increase in new distributors, which is truly remarkable.

To help increase the support of the growing sales force, Xango has decided to  to increase the presence in Australia and New Zealand and to put a full-time General Manager, as well as a Manager of Sales and Marketing, in place for the region.

Barry Read will take the position of General Manager while Sharyn Read will be Sales and Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

They will both be based in Queensland and manage the whole region from the Xango offices there.

Barry Read is a seasoned veteran with over 17 years of experience as General Manager for one of the largest network marketing companies in the world.

After being accepting his new job with Xango he said the following: “As a veteran in the Australian/New Zealand direct sales industry for nearly two decades, I`ve had a keen eye on XANGO and its success over the past few years. I`m very excited to join forces with the company`s amazing distributors in these markets to help continue this momentum and accelerate strong growth now and well into the future“.

Oriflame to Sponsor WTA

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Swedens largest networking company, Oriflame, is the new official sponsor of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).

Oriflame was founded in 1967 and has 3.3 million consultants in over 60 countries around the world.

With sponsorship of the Women’s Tennis Association, Oriflame will be represented in Europe, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and Africa and at 22 WTA events.

“The WTA is the perfect strategic partner for Oriflame as both organizations share a passion and spirit to help women be their best and fulfil their dreams. With the WTA, the very essence of the sport is built around strong women who inspire others around the world to succeed in whatever it is they do and love – which is also the blueprint for Oriflame’s proposition“, says Michael Cervell , Senior President of Direct Sales with Oriflame.

The Ultimate Opportunity

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Just found this article that is couple of years old. It’s written by Network Marketing Superstar Eric Worre, and was posted in the facebook group Network Marketing Professional. Please read it below and I’ll think you’ll agree we’re IN the Golden Age of Network Marketing!

The Ultimate Opportunity
By Eric Worre

The Network Marketing industry is better positioned than ever!

Ladies and gentlemen, people simply MUST come up with a plan and, if they don’t choose Network Marketing where do they go?

– Professional sales in this economy?
– Service oriented professions in this economy?
– Traditional small business ownership in this economy?
– Corporate work in this economy?

October U.S. home sales… the lowest in 50 years, and 45% of all sales during the month were foreclosures!

U.S. foreclosures… 5 million homes in June. Today 11.5 million!

Record unemployment month after month after month

Sales professionals are suffering like never before

Retail? The following stores informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.

– Circuit City stores… most recent (? how many)
– Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered
– Lane Bryant,, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine’s to close 150 store nationwide
– Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
– Cache will close all stores
– Talbots closing down all stores
– J. Jill closing all stores
– GAP closing 85 stores
– Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January
– Wickes Furniture closing down
– Levitz closing down remaining stores
– Bombay closing remaining stores
– Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.
– Whitehall closing all stores
– Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
– Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.
– Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)
– Macys to close 9 stores after January
– Linens and Things closing all stores
– Movie Galley Closing all stores
– Pacific Sunware closing stores
– Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
– Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores
– JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
– Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.
– Wilson Leather closing down all stores
– Sharper Image closing down all stores
– KB Toys closing 356 stores
– Lowe’s to close down some stores
– Dillard’s to close some stores.

Add all that to the U.S. automakers, the financial institutions and the airlines all in crisis.

PEOPLE NEED A PLAN! And there is no question that Network Marketing remains the finest “personal bail out plan” for the average person today. Nowhere else can a person start a business with so little risk and have so much upside within their reach. Will it take work? Sure, but what doesn’t? Will it be uncomfortable? Yep, but not as uncomfortable as putting your head in the sand and hoping for things to change. Will it take the discipline of learning new skills? Absolutely, but you’re probably facing that anyway (whether you recognize it or not).

I’ll say it again, if not Network Marketing, then what?

Ladies & gentlemen, we are moving into our industry’s Golden Age, but only for those with the Vision to recognize it.

Tell your story, paint the vision, and work to make it a reality.

You deserve it!

Your friend & partner,

Eric Worre – Network Marketing Professional

Robert Dean Left Visalus

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Robert Dean is on the move again.

After leaving TNI he went to Monavie, then to Evolv Health, then to Visalus and now he’s reportedly with Limu International.

That in itself if not so newsworthy, but it seems the good Dean has become a professional “deal marker” and earning heafty bonuses each time he makes a move.

According to Nick Sarnicola, Co-Founder of Visalus, it’s about time that people wake up and take notice of what’s going on. He certainly has and is now warning other company owners about the dangers of dealing with Mr. Robert Dean.

Here’s a copy on an email he sent out recently:

Team,

As many you of you on this email head to Orlando (at least that’s what the grapevine states) I wanted to wish all of you well should you choose to leave us. You are all good people who only want the the best for your families – and I hope you find it where you are at. There’s only so many times you can move before everyone you know stops listening, so my wish for you is that this is the “last move” for you…again.

Its been stated to several people that the “deal to go to Limu was just too good to pass up” by Mr. Dean. As in the his personal deal. In September 2010 Mr. Dean shared with me that in order for his team to transition (15 people he said) to Visalus and stay full-time and be able to travel and build and not skip a beat he would need a large chunk of money upfront. Me mentioned that he had a couple million dollar offers on the table, but he really wanted to be with Visalus. I mentioned to him that Visalus doesn’t do deals, but I could probably put together a group of investors who wanted to help Mr. Deans TEAM build and not go backwards. I mentioned that if he was 100% sold on Visalus and wasn’t going to jump again for the next “deal” waved at him that I would put my word on the line for him. So I did.

The investors proceeded to fund Mr Dean (on my word) $175,000 signing bonus to be used to fund his TEAM and their needs and costs of doing business, etc. They also went on to give Mr. Dean an additional $175,000 for hitting production numbers over a course of time to keep his TEAM going. This totaling $350,000 given to Mr Dean (plus his commissions) over a 90 day period. Obviously the inverstors intentions were to give the money to his TEAM upfront so they could get off the ground and they would maybe the investors would begin to break even a year or so later. All of this based on my trust with them and Mr. Dean’s word.

A few weeks ago I learned Mr. Dean was looking at companies so I sat down with him and asked. He vehemently denied looking at companies and I quote “I would never do that to you. If I was going somewhere, I would tell you as a friend.” Interesting.

Within days I knew more than I cared to, but the most horrifying thing I learned was that the $350,000 that he asked for for his TEAM and their needs and their expenses and their building of a business and travel and fly-ins, etc etc – never quite made it to them. There were a few people that got a few crumbs, but thats about it. I received a very sad call from one of his leaders asking me, “Nick how could stop funding us in december? We had the worse Christmas in our entire lives and Rob said it was because you stopped funding us.”

Baffled I pulled the wire transfer up to confirm that Mr. Dean received a $75,000 payment during the first week of December – but told his leaders that we didn’t give him anything. The team was mortified when they learned how much Mr. Dean received and how little he had shared. So I guess the big question is….where did all of the money go? Attached is a copy of the contract Mr. Dean signed so you are up to speed.

The big question I know everyone wants to know is this: WHY AM I DOING THIS? Simple – my value system. Someone at some point has to stand up for what is right. And this was WRONG. I want to make sure companies, people, investors, and teams don’t keep getting hurt.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO ALL:
Ask questions – if your leader is getting something for going somewhere, find out what, how much, get yourself a piece – you are the one doing the production numbers. And as you have learned today, the number is probably bigger than you think. Its been said by Mr. Dean to me directly that he received $3 Million from Monavie (may or may not be true – who knows). Its also been shared by his leaders to me that they didn’t see but crumbs of it. Get your fair share.
If you are promised money, I recommend you get a contract directly with the company – protect yourself
For Limu Corporate – I recommend that you also do contracts with people directly and not one person who will “take care of the team” – learn from the mistakes of us and Monavie and probably others.
Again, this is a crusade for whats right. Their are people ruining this industry because of horror stories like this, and maybe if someone stands up and blows the whistle – it will slow down or maybe stop.

Best wishes on journey,

Nick

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Editors note: what do you feel? Is a Robert Dean a networking legend that deserves all the signup bonuses he can get? Or simply the industry’s biggest (litterally), best paid prostitute?

Mannatech in Mexico

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Mannatech recently opened up in Mexico to take root in  the sixth biggest Direct Selling market in the world.

Randy Bancino, President of Mannatech’s International Business, says: “Mexico is one of the most important international market openings that Mannatech has ever undertaken, because Mexico is a hugely strategic market in its own right as well as a gateway to all Latin America. Since 1994, our passion has been to support hard working people looking to improve their lives through healthy living and building a business. We have found that the people of Mexico share our passion for changing people’s lives.”

Network Marketing in Mexico is huge. About 2 percent of the population (2 million people) is involved  and generate a total turnover of 3.5 billion dollars.

Mannatech already operates on all four continents – in Europe, on the African continent, in Australia and New Zeeland, and in the Asian countries of Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea.

Now the company is also in Mexico, thus paving the way for the rest of South America.

Phil and Jenny Sack Join TNI

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Recently Xowii merged with Evolv, but not all the leaders at Xowii were happy with this.

Several of the top earners have in fact elected to say goodby to Xowii (and Evolv) and instead move in a different direction.

Phil and Jenny Sack are probably the most prominent of these leaders and they have just announced that TNI will be their new home.

The criteria they had when looking for a new company was:

1. Had to be 5 years or older
2. Had to be in or about to to enter the weight loss industry
3. had to have a reputation for keeping and attracting top corp. mgt
4. had to be international
5. had to be known for NOT making deals

The last point is what many peoples struggle with.. First, that they never do deals and secondly that the Sacks didn’t receive one.

That is maybe true, but it’s very unlikely that Phil and Jenny started from scratch with no preferential treatment whatsoever. Maybe they got a good spot from their sponsor, maybe they bought a position. Who know, but at least they are moving forward and making a fresh start instead of feeling burnt by the industry and quitting.

What do you think? Was it a good move to go to TNI?

Nuranaputra move to Monavie?

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There is a lot of talk recently that Nat & Chanida Puranaputra, top income earners with Agel, have left the company and joined Monavie.

Furtermore they are rumored to have received $ 5 million to do make the switch.

As far as I know Monavie does not PAY anyone to come onboard, but they have been known to offer “bridge loans” in order to make a transition.

For those who are not familiar with this term “bridge loans” is when a distributors is loaned an amount that is later paid back by the commissions he or she is earning.

Anyone have more details about Nat & Chanida’s decision? They are reportedly making 200K monthly with Agel, but frankly that company is in a lot of trouble after Eric Worre left for SendOutCards and CEO Glen Jensen was terminated.

Jonathan Budd Unstoppable

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Right now Jonathan Budd is all over the internet promoting his new “program” titled Unstoppable. A couple of high quality videos have already been released and a legion of internet marketers are raving about how good they are.

What do you think?

Personally, I am falling asleep watching them and find the “story” extremely repetitive with statements such as “The way to be unstoppable is to be unstoppable” etc..

As a network marketer it is, of course, extremely important to be self motivated, have the right attitude and be “unstoppable”. I also know that thousands for networkers are watching Jonathan’s video series and wondering (and hoping) his program will be the key to their future success.

The videos are a prelude to the sale of a live training event in the near future. If you have watched the videos, do you plan to attend based on what you have seen so far?

And how important is the price point? Will you attend if it cost $100, $500, $1000?

Now, please don’t get me wrong. I think Jonathan is a brilliant young man and genius marketer (you can’t argue with results), but I am doubtful about the practical use for people that are involved in network marketing.

Personally, I would rather spend money on training given by someone who has actually built a large network marketing business. And if I want pure motivational training I would chose Tony Robbins who has being doing this type of work better than anyone for 3 decades.

Again, please let me know your thoughts. It could make for an interesting discussion.

Melaleuca Settles with Max International

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Max International has agreed to pay $1.2 million to Melaleuca to settle a lawsuit over allegations that Max  raided its marketing executives and then conspired to have those former workers breach their contracts with the company by recruiting other sales people.

“Our actions here were vindicated, and the outcome says the actions we tried to seek against Max International were finally realized,” Melaleuca President McKay Christensen said after the agreement was made. “We think Max took the right actions here in settling the case, and we’re pleased to have a positive outcome.”

Joseph Voyticky and David Bagley of Max International apologized to Melaleuca, saying that their company “deeply regrets any actions, if any, by its officers, employees or associates that contributed to any contract violations by former Melaleuca sales agents.”