2013 Circle of Champions
As a way to make money during school, Simon began working for a direct selling company. While the company lacked leadership, vision and integrity in his opinion, it made Simon appreciate the opportunities that came with combining direct selling and telecommunications.
When a top producer for ACN offered him the chance to meet the ACN Co-Founders, Simon jumped at the chance. "What appealed to me was the possibility of real residual income."
Since joining the ACN family, Simon now teaches others how to maximize their own capabilities. He attributes his success to being coachable, distancing himself from negative people, keeping the end result in mind, and having specific goals that are both short-term and long-term.
“I try never to think of what I will do next week or next month, but always today," he said. "That has always helped me get closer to my long term goals."
With a background in pharmaceutical sales, James Adlam felt as if he was living in a dog-eat-dog world. While working tirelessly in the sales environment, a friend asked James to join him in looking at the ACN Business Opportunity.
It wasn't hard for James to see the possibilities that ACN could bring. "The concept of business ownership with low capital investment and residual income. When I saw that, I was blown away.'"
With dedication and great mentorship, James never gave up. One rule that he teaches his team of Independent Business Owners is to learn the business. "If you don't learn your business, you'll be out of business; and how you learn this business is through ACN International Training Events."
Today, James has what he's always wanted: the type of money that allows him to enjoy his life, but he hasn’t stopped introducing others to the ACN Opportunity. "I feel everybody needs to know about this company. If you never make the life-altering money you wanted in this business, the environment alone that ACN creates can make you a better person. Here, you'll either be better off financially or better off personally - hopefully both."
While in college, Michael An was introduced to direct selling, but felt that something was not right. “I was tired of convincing people around me to buy products that they didn’t need,” Michael explained.
He began searching for a new opportunity and a chance to start over. “I was looking for a home, a solid company that had stood the test of time and where I could build a true long-term residual income.” When introduced to ACN, Michael was amazed at the company’s business model and how you could change your life by providing everyday essential services.
Today, Michael’s life has completely evolved to a life filled with success and security. “Because of ACN I have become closer to God, I have grown as a person, and financially I am completely free.”
Nekoda discovered network marketing while he was working three jobs and going to school part time. Monica was a recently divorced mother of two, balancing law school, an internship, and a part time job.
Nekoda was invited to an ACN International Convention. “I immediately felt like I was home,” Nekoda explained. “The environment was amazing and nothing like I’d seen before. I was blown away that they actually taught the fundamentals of how to build your business the right way.”
Nekoda embraced ACN and recruited Monica. “I was not looking for another opportunity, but I knew that my life was missing a key element – time with my family,” Monica said. “I did not want to put in 80 hours of work a week to attain a certain lifestyle, only to see that life had slipped by.” Monica got to work, and was able to retire from her law career for good on the exact same day she graduated from law school.
With the help of ACN and their determination, Nekoda and Monica are now able to live the lifestyle they had always wanted. “We have been able to create a life for our children that is filled with ‘I can do anything’ thanks to ACN and the platform they provided us to succeed.”
Aaron and Chanelle not only found new lives through ACN, but they also found love. Prior to being separately introduced to the ACN Opportunity, Aaron was a 5th grade teacher and Chanelle was an electrical engineer. Both were looking for an opportunity to bring in additional income.
Impressed with the ACN Opportunity, they both began their careers. “Unlike the world of education and corporate America, ACN has the opportunity for immediate advancement and there’s plenty of room at the top of the company for everyone. ACN is solely focused on helping others succeed in order for you to succeed, which wasn’t the same in corporate America,” explained Aaron.
While their financial lives were growing, Aaron and Chanelle met through ACN and are now married. “We found each other in ACN. God has become the center of our lives and we have grown spiritually together.”
“The absolute best part about ACN is seeing new people realize that their dreams are possible through hard work, dedication and loyalty to this company,” Aaron said. “My goal is to help other people achieve the same success I’ve seen. We are not done until we are all done.”
Prior to joining ACN, Debbie Davis was at home raising three children. With no college degree or experience, she never thought she would be successful in business. Geoff was working his way up the corporate ladder, but discovered that no matter how successful he became, his time was simply not his own. Frustrated with this concept, Debbie found ACN.
Debbie discovered that she could be her own boss, she'd determine her schedule and she'd decide how much she was worth! As a result of Debbie's determination and hard work, Geoff was able to walk away from a six-figure income and into their dream home. ACN gave Debbie and her children a full-time husband, business partner and dad.
"We are living our dreams and have the privilege of helping other people reach their goals and dreams too," Debbie said. "ACN has completely changed our lives and given our family opportunities beyond our wildest dreams." Because of ACN, Debbie's greatest success is found where her heart always resides - at home with her family.
The Deebles always knew the key to wealth was owning their own business, so that's what they did. Jeremy owned a company which performed general maintenance for grocery stores, but he worked long days and traveled. Trying a new business venture to bring Jeremy home, the couple bought a truck bed-liner company, which they ended up selling at a loss and Mindy had to go back to work as an Early Education Director working 40 to 50 hours a week to pay off the debt that we had acquired."
Just as they were preparing to buy another business, Jeremy's brother introduced them to the ACN Opportunity and residual income. They saw the business opportunity as a vehicle to get their time back and have the money to live their dreams.
"We focused on the big picture of what we really wanted in our lives, and because of this, in two months of joining ACN, I was able to quit my job and be home with my kids. Now, both Jeremy and I are able to be full-time parents. In the morning, we see our kids off to school, and in the afternoon we are here when they arrive back home. ACN has truly provided the lifestyle for our family that we have always dreamed of."
Shane Douglas began searching for financial freedom after 10 years of owning three businesses. “I didn’t realize how time broke I was,” Shane explained. Looking for an opportunity to free him of the constraints of everyday business, ACN showed Shane the possibility of a new life.
ACN’s integrity and character attracted Shane right away. “When I was introduced to ACN, I was so excited about the concept of how people could get paid monthly income by helping others achieve results in the same industry.” After hearing about the monthly residual income, Shane was fully committed to ACN and the endless possibilities it offered him.
“Words can’t really describe all the changes that have occurred in our lives since joining ACN. Time and financial freedom and the ability to live life on our terms – those aspects of our lives are irreplaceable and would not be possible without ACN.”
Today, Shane is fueled by his passion to change the lives of those around him. “Creating residual income has allowed us to do more for others and for charities. It’s such a great feeling to know that you can help others that are in need. It’s hard to imagine what our lives would have been like without ACN.”
Before ACN, Darin Dowd was a business owner while Jennifer took care of their four children. Feeling completely overwhelmed with their busy life, they began looking for a better way to raise their family.
Soon, Jennifer's best friend from high school called about the ACN Opportunity, but the Dowds refused to look at it. Three months later the friend called back while attending an ACN event. Darin and Jennifer could hear the excitement in the background, and finally agreed to go to a presentation. They became sold on ACN and the couple learned to be coachable and follow the ACN system.
Today, the couple is living a dream lifestyle. Darin now has time for coaching football, boating during the week and building his ACN business on his schedule. Jennifer enjoys the ability to show her children the world while, at the same time, helping other families build a better life.
“I believe ACN has given us the opportunity to use the spiritual gifts that we have been blessed with and to be the leaders we were meant to be,” Jennifer said. Darin added, “There's nothing better than assisting friends or family members with achieving their dreams and goals."
Between Leanne Gabriel's schedule as a Discrimination Attorney and her husband Michael's schedule as an International Consultant, the couple felt they had no life. Leanne was looking for an opportunity that would give her the freedom she longed for.
After joining ACN Leanne’s success didn’t come easily. “I struggled immensely in my journey and had to go through a lot of personal growth. However, I felt such a connection to the Co-Founders and culture of ACN, that there was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to become a leader for the company.”
She stayed focus and attended every International Training Event, and the dedication paid off. “My passion is fulfilled through helping others build their ACN Business, and I love the fact that I can spend quality time with my husband and son whenever I choose.” Leanne's learned that sometimes others may succeed more quickly, but if you persist your day will soon come. “You only fail if you quit.”
“Initially, I was only hoping to replace my income with ACN. Currently, what drives me is to empower others to regain their quality of life. With the recession, there are so many people praying for a miracle like ACN.”
Nathan Goldberg's dream of helping his mother financially and improving his own circumstances were difficult on a waiter's salary. When his attempts at other network marketing companies faltered, he followed his friend's advice and went to an ACN International Training Event. Nathan was impressed with the compensation plan and positive environment he witnessed.
When Nathan joined ACN he was too embarrassed to bring people to his unimpressive apartment to tell them about the opportunity. Instead, the Montreal resident would tell people he was going to be at a downtown restaurant and they could simply ask the hostess for "Mr. Goldberg's table."
By following the advice of his mentors and setting ambitious goals for himself, his ACN business grew steadily. In just 15 months, Nathan reached the level of Regional Vice President while leading countless independent business owners to success. "ACN has changed me, teaching me that the more blessings I give out, the more I receive," he said.
"I'm not some big business person. I don't have a business degree. But I know this: If a waiter from Montreal can do it, anyone can do it," he said.
Prior to becoming an ACN Independent Representative, Spencer was playing baseball at the University of Utah. After being convinced to attend an ACN Regional Event in Los Angeles by a co-worker, he found what he believed to be an amazing opportunity that he couldn’t pass up. "My plate was more than full,” Spencer said. “But I felt I'd be very foolish to let this opportunity pass me by.”
Working out of Salt Lake City, Spencer became the number one Team Coordinator for all of 2003. Spencer was so impressed with ACN that he got his parents involved in the business. They are now Senior Vice Presidents – a development that Spencer proudly calls his "greatest accomplishment in ACN."
Today, Spencer has helped countless Independent Business Owners change their lives and has led him to the top position of the company in just over five years.
Spencer's advice is this: "New Independent Business Owners need to take this business as serious as a heart attack. It's simple but the work must be done. Trust the leadership and be coachable. If you want what successful people have, just do what successful people do."
Max and Teanna Knowles were separately introduced to the ACN opportunity and were both impressed with the idea that they could design their futures. “I recognized that if I followed the system, I would achieve my goals 100%. ACN provided the training, the environment and the opportunity. All I had to do was work it,” Max explained.
After Max and Teanna achieved the position of Regional Vice President individually, they joined together not only by marriage, but also with a goal of growing their ACN business internationally by following the global vision of ACN’s leaders.
Today Max and Teanna are living the life they’ve always dreamed of. They are enjoying being where they want, when they want and doing what they want with no financial or time restrictions. “We really are living our dream life, which is helping other people and helpingothers help themselves,” Teanna explained. Looking towards the future Max and Teanna are excited to start a new chapter in their lives, which includes starting a family and building a dynasty in ACN.
When Mathieu Lamontagne learned about ACN he was a full-time college student, playing basketball and working part-time. Mathieu found time to attend a presentation and saw something different in ACN - they didn't look at his degree, his age, or his background. The company offered a great business opportunity for people with a desire to make something bigger happen in their life. Plus, because it involved telecommunications, Mathieu felt he didn't have to learn how to sell or learn about all the details of a product because telecom is something that people use every day.
"With ACN, you can decide who you work with, where you work, when you work and how much you want to earn! This meant freedom from my old part-time job," he said. "With ACN, I have been coached and mentored by people that care for people's success. I have made more friends and built solid relationships. I work with people who have the same desire and same goals and people who are optimistic about the future."
Outside of having a beautiful car, a nice home and being financially independent, Mathieu now enjoys the ability to help his family and peers financially.
Franco's life was swamped by owning 4 businesses. Working so hard left him with no social life, not a large circle of friends, and no time for family. He didn’t realize it until a friend said: "What good is all the money you make without the time to enjoy it?"
In just about 15 months, Franco took on ACN full-time and started living his dream. Building on his background of providing opportunities for others and marketing products and services, Franco now has the bonus of freedom.
Franco now dedicates his work time to helping others achieve this freedom. As for his free time, "I love that I can pick up whenever I want and go wherever I want. I love that I can party with my friends. I love that I can spend time with my family. I absolutely love that. It is how I believe life was meant to be lived."
"The best part for me about ACN is that it does not feel like work. I am simply having fun. The system is simple - the people are incredible. I get to make money without a boss, no office to go to, without employees or capital costs, no overhead or inventory, no billing headaches... so basically there is NO STRESS! We get paid residual income for obtaining customers. And that provides incredible freedom."
Michael studied business at Penn State and then began selling cars, a job that made him say, "I was working hard. The problem was that the vehicle I was in was only going to make me so much money. There is only so much time in a day." Patrick graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and then worked with his own merchandising business. Though both brothers had achieved some level of success, they felt there was something missing.
When Patrick learned about ACN he shared the opportunity with Michael, and the brothers realized they could work together to help others save money and create an opportunity for average people just like them to make money. Michael said, “When I opened my mind, I really started seeing things differently. I became coachable and learned from the people who already were successful."
Today, like their parents before them, Patrick and Michael have achieved success through the direct selling industry. The best part about ACN according to Patrick? "Taking someone and helping them find the winner in themselves. This company is monumental to human potential and what is possible. When your life changes, you change the world."
Janel spent her life devoted to the real estate and mortgage industry, but with the industry and economy on a downward spiral, she was forced to face the reality: major financial loss. The last two years of that career Janel felt suffocated – emotionally and financially– seeing little success and having no time for family.
While at a real estate meeting, Janel overheard a woman talking about the ACN Opportunity. Janel saw in ACN exactly what she was looking for: A strong support team behind her the entire way, a revolutionary product and a company where everyone had a smile on their faces. In just 5 months, Janel was able to take on ACN full-time.
Janel enjoys that she didn't have to reinvent the wheel – just by plugging into what ACN had already laid out for the independent business owners, she had found success. There were no secrets.
The sweetest reward that the company has provided for Janel was that her two sons now have a happy mom. Another perk for Janel is paying it forward. "I want to help countless people make their dreams come true and help give back purpose to their lives."
Adrian Eimerl, Jeremy Rose and Shawn Herrick were just college students when they became friends and began to build businesses together through the direct selling industry. After years of hard work and much success, the direct selling company that the three men were working with at the time had folded. They began to search for a new business opportunity.
"We knew network marketing worked," Adrian says. "We wanted to make sure we joined a company that didn't have the short-comings of our previous company." After researching ACN, all three men knew they had found the perfect match.
By applying a strict work ethic and setting long term goals Adrian, Jeremy, and Shawn were able to find the success and financial freedom they were all looking for. Today, they don’t have to worry about money, and the three friends get to spend time doing the things they enjoy. Shawn says,
"The greatest quality I've learned while with ACN is to put the needs and goals of others before mine."
Al Thomas was an entrepreneur his entire life, and never worked for a boss. Involved in a previous direct sales company, Al worked his way to become one of the top income earners – but it soon all came crashing down. The company was on its way under, which meant the opportunity to change countless lives, as well as his own, would no longer be available.
When he looked at the ACN Opportunity, it made complete sense to join. He liked that the four ACN Co-Founders had been around since day one, taking part in the expansion year after year. He was also intrigued that ACN continuously made a commitment to giving back. With a long track record of success, Al knew this was the company for him.
“Through the residual income received with ACN, I never have to worry about money. In return, the money freedom allows me to enjoy time freedom. It's been completely life-changing!”
Al plans to help grow future leaders within his organization and to help change more and more lives through this solid opportunity. His five simple steps he encourages people to follow are: Get in, Get qualified, Get to training, Get customers, and Recruit IBOs on your team to do the same. Then do it all over again!
After a bad car accident in the early 1990s, Danny Volonino found himself at an ultimate low. While Danny was recovering, his prayers were answered when a friend approached him about the ACN Business Opportunity. Eager for a new path, Danny joined ACN on the spot.
He went to work immediately and found quick success, but it wasn't until a visit with the ACN Co-Founders where Danny decided to give it his all. "They didn't judge my past and were willing to answer every question I had about my new future with ACN." Danny quickly found that the key to finding success on the outside is to personally develop on the inside.
Today Danny consistently encourages positive thinking and personal growth to his team. The income that the company provides allows Danny to help support his family members and close friends.
Danny’s goals in ACN are to help as many ministries as possible keep their doors open, and even more so, help as many people as possible deal with the current economic condition. "I want to give people hope and I know that by sharing ACN, this is the vehicle that will get them there."