New Platinums arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday, August 22, excited to spend a few days with other emerging IBO Leaders, Amway™ Corporate staff, and the IBOAI®.
After the Platinums completed registration, they were greeted by IBOAI staff and presented with an attractive IBOAI logo notebook and pen. IBOs also received literature on the IBOAI, including the Year in Review brochure.
Conference arrival day concluded with a wonderful welcome reception and dinner in the evening - plenty of smiles, hugs, laughter - and lots of photo-taking. Facebook®, twitter®, and Instagram® were buzzing with photos and updates from New Platinum Conference (NPC).
Day Two of New Platinum Conference began with the much-anticipated Business Meeting. As Amway Canada Sales Manager, Jeff Johnson, kicked off the meeting, the excitement level soared.
Jim Ayres, Managing Director of Amway North America (ANA) and Rajneesh Chopra, Vice President of U.S. Sales both spoke to the IBO Leaders. Rajneesh referenced the stages of business and key success factors in growing beyond the Platinum level.
Jim Ayres shared his story of meeting Rich DeVos for the first time as a new Amway employee. As a new hire, he realized what an opportunity it was to work for a company that believes in people and their success, no matter what their background. He often heard Rich DeVos express to his employees and to IBOs, "Great job. Thank you. Keep it going!"
Special IBO guest speakers, Luz and Elias Catamarca, attended NPC in 2015 and are currently tracking for Emerald. The Catamarca’s focused on their experience as IBOs and their strong motivation to achieve their goals, especially for their children. During NPC they learned that setting personal and team goals was the key to success - and took that to heart.
Closing the meeting on a high note, the audience warmly welcomed Bob Andrews on stage to talk about the "Foundation of Success". As a Crown, an IBO for 46 years, and current IBOAI Chairman, Bob knows and loves this Business.
Before he delved into building a foundation for success, he asked the New Platinums to find their reason, their motivation, their drive to build a great future. He stressed the importance of knowing what it is that fuels you to move forward - to be a success.
Bob recommended IBOs secure their foundation for success by being optimistic - it gives you the power to turn a bad situation into a good one. Determination gives you the focus to achieve your goals. Resiliency is what you need to weather the storms that can and will come in life.
Before Bob exited the stage, he presented a challenge to the emerging IBO Leaders, "What are you going to do EVERY day to build your foundation for success? Remember, your power to succeed is in what you do every day." In response, the new Platinums were on their feet - applauding, cheering, and whistling.
The remainder of the day, Platinums attended education sessions on goal setting and the Rules of Conduct. In the evening, Platinums enjoyed dinner and entertainment at the XS® Energy Steampunk Circus held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.