Founded in 1993, ACN was the vision of four entrepreneurs - Greg Provenzano, Robert Stevanovski, Tony Cupisz and Mike Cupisz. These Co-Founders had countless years of direct sales experience between them, but were dissatisfied with other companies and job opportunities they had encountered. They realized that the only way to find a company they wanted to be a part of was to create that company.
So with a yellow legal pad in front of them, they formulated a business plan. On one side of the page they wrote down everything that they knew worked well, and on the other side everything that didn’t. They ripped the page in half and only kept the side that contained what would become the governing principles behind ACN - integrity, solid business practices, and a commitment to always putting the needs of the masses above the needs of themselves.
From that initial paper, a business idea was born that would focus on offering services people need and use every day… services that wouldn’t require anyone to change their buying habits or purchase products they didn’t need or couldn’t afford.
ACN began as a reseller of long distance services in the U.S., but over time has grown to offer all the essential services customers in 24 countries use on a daily basis. ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for home and business, but more importantly, they’ve provided a vehicle for countless individuals to change their lives. ACN is passionate about giving back to the community as well, and in 2011 the nonprofit organization ACN Global Reach Charities was founded to expand and enhance their charitable efforts.
With that single column on a legal pad, the ACN Co-Founders drew a proverbial line that would set the bar for what ACN would become - and remain long into the future. And those are the same principles that drive the company today, over two decades later.Meet the Co-Founders
Since ACN began in 1993, it’s been our hope to leave the communities in which we live, work and play a little better than when we found them. From that commitment, ACN’s Global Reach Charities was born, and today our mission of giving back continues, as we cultivate our local roots in and around the Charlotte area, and extend our branches globally, touching communities around the globe. Learn More
ACN hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club near Charlotte, NC, with 100% of proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. The tournament offers foursomes the opportunity to play a round of golf with a celebrity captain. The 2014 tournament raised an incredible $228,750.
At ACN, we have one goal: to provide outstanding service and support to our Independent Business Owners and their customers. We don't do it for the recognition; we do it because the more people we can help to change their lives, the better. But when you're the world's largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and other essential services, it’s hard not to get noticed. Below are a few of the awards ACN has received. But these aren’t just our awards – these are for our IBOs, because being recognized for our efforts just means we are doing our job well.
AVA Digital Awards (7 Gold & 10 Platinum)
Communicator Awards (1 Gold & 6 Silver)
Hermes Creative Awards (7 Gold & 5 Platinum)
Stevie Awards (4 Bronze)
W3 Awards (Silver and Gold)
DSA Awards (Best Twitter)
Cabarrus Arts Council
Grant Thornton North Carolina
DSA Top 100
Ronald McDonald House Signature Partner
MarCom Awards (3 Platinum and 6 Gold)