2015 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 by acquiring customers . 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 cost to get started 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 training."
Today, James has what he's always wanted: simply the time to enjoy his life, but he hasn’t stopped introducing others to the ACN Opportunity. "I feel everybody needs to know about this company. The environment alone that ACN creates can make you a better person."
Quddoos Ahmad was not looking for a new opportunity when ACN came into his life. He was an insurance broker at the time, so when a client invited him to learn more about ACN, he adamantly declined.
“He was so persistent,” Quddoos recalls, “Soon I agreed to go simply out of fear of losing my client! I didn’t realize at the time that this decision would impact my future so dramatically.”
He attended the next International Training Event and remembers sitting by himself. “I wasn’t even a Representative yet, but I remember watching the Regional Vice Presidents being promoted and thinking, ‘I will be on that stage someday.’”
After that, there was nothing that could stand in his way. Today, he has reached not only the position of Regional Vice President, but he has also grown both personally and spiritually.
“The best advice I can give someone is that if you are passionate about something, nobody can stop you. Use that passion to fuel yourself every day, and you will achieve what you are reaching for. ACN is the best of the best, and I wasn’t always a believer, but today I believe. And that belief has gotten me to where I am today.”
Mathieu Ambroise didn’t have an easy childhood. After his mother got sick, he was forced to go into foster care. Yet through it all, Mathieu learned the power of hard work. He put that to good use to get into college, where he had dreams of being a professional basketball player. But he learned another hard lesson – his talent may not be great enough to take him where he wanted to go in basketball. He went in search of a plan B, which came in the form of direct selling. Mathieu had big dreams but the company closed its doors, shattering those dreams, but it wasn't in vain, proving anything was possible if he persevered.
After discovering ACN, he knew he'd found the right company but wasn't seeing results in his bank account. Mathieu thought success in ACN came down to talent. After all, that's what determined his basketball career. "But in ACN, The result is in the discipline, not the talent, and that's a skill anyone can learn."
It wasn't until ACN that Mathieu was finally able to put the years of foster care behind him and start believing he deserved more. "It doesn't matter where you're from or what has happened in your life. You can still accomplish great things."
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. “Because of ACN I have become closer to God and I have grown as a person.”
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 and Monica embraced ACN. “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.”
“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 follow the system by acquiring customers” says Nekoda.
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. “ ACN has the opportunity for personal 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.
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 success by following the system and acquiring customers. We are not done until we are all done.”
“I tell people every day, ‘Dream big!’ Debbie says. “Why not? It's been proven over and over that anyone can do this. Not even the sky will limit you in ACN.”
They realized early on that ACN could help them fulfill their long-term goals of philanthropy—both in the United States and abroad. They have helped contribute to various disaster relief funds as well as the Wounded Warrior Project, Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities. “ACN has allowed us to help with things that have touched our hearts without having to wonder if we can afford to help,” Debbie says. “It’s a priceless feeling to know that someone’s life has been made a bit easier because of your ability to give.”
For the past 15 years, the Davises have sponsored eight children and their families in the countries of Ecuador, Guatemala, Columbia, Philippines and Dominican Republic. “We have been able to cover their expenses for their daily needs for food, clothing, schooling, housing and medical and more,” Debbie says. Through the years, the entire Davis family has looked forward to receiving letters and photos from the children and their families. “What seems relatively small to us is everything to them,” Debbie says. “Saying that we feel grateful for the opportunity to give back…
While Jeremy was constantly traveling for his business and missing his family, Mindy was working full time and taking care of their 4 children at home.
With ACN, Jeremy and Mindy are in charge and their time is their own. “The greatest thing about ACN was that it allowed us to spend time together as a family again,” Jeremy says. “It’s really given us the freedom to be with our kids.” And their children have enjoyed years of stability and hands-on parenting.
They also believe ACN has had a positive impact on their children’s outlook on life. “They were able to watch Mindy and I chase after a goal and succeed,” Jeremy says. “They saw that they can go out and reach their own goals and dreams.” The Deebles make it a priority to use their finances to serve those in need. They also place their faith at the center of their life. In addition to funding their own children’s church missions, they’ve helped other families do the same. “To be able to help others perform their missionary work is incredibly fulfilling and reminds us what is important in life,” Mindy says. “Faith, family and the ability to empower others – what else could be more important?”
Shane and Dana Douglas know exactly where to look when they need inspiration – their ACN business partners. As Senior Vice Presidents who joined the company in 2004, they have built a successful and dynamic team of leaders. “It’s exciting to work with others who have a dream and are willing to work for it,” Shane says. “One of the great advantages of working with a lot of people at the same time is you’ll find they all have similar mindsets which creates an incredible think tank of ideas to be successful. The momentum that is created is unbelievable.”
Shane and Dana make sure their team members have the necessary tools to plug into ACN’s proven system of success by acquiring customers. That system includes not only setting goals and dreaming big but also steady personal development. “Being successful in ACN comes down to desire, determination and a willingness to grow as a person,” Shane says.
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 their dream of success. Darin now has time for coaching football, boating during the week and building his ACN business on his schedule. Jennifer enjoys the ability travel with her children 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 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.”
Prior to becoming an ACN Independent Business Owner, 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.”
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.
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."
When Max was introduced to the ACN Opportunity in college, he was impressed as to how simple and straightforward the business was.
Max devoted himself to ACN and attacked the opportunity head-on, reaching ACN's top position of Senior Vice President in his 20s. "People sometimes don't understand that less is more. It's not about being perfect, but being passionate about your future and helping others succeed.”
But the biggest reward of ACN has been the opportunity to be there for his infant daughter. “Being able to be a full-time father is huge,” he says. “When I was growing up, my parents were always busy. I’m able to be there for my daughter and that’s great. My whole focus is to live a full and happy life.”
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 work hard. 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.
Mathieu is most appreciative that his ACN business allows him to focus on balancing business and family. He and his wife both treasure their time at home with their children. “It’s little moments you can’t take advantage of because you have to go to work,” he says. “Being at home, you decide when you want to work and when you don’t want to work. My office is from my kitchen to the living room.”
Cav. Franco Lofranco remembers the day it all made sense. “I had a rough start in ACN at first,” Franco says. “But I kept learning, stayed coachable, kept working and followed the system by acquiring customers".
Being a leader now in ACN, Franco’s journey is about helping countless others achieve success through the ACN System by acquiring customers. “Life is no longer about me,” Franco says. “Now a greater purpose is calling me to help other people achieve the same thing. It’s my mission to empower people to own their life.”
Michael studied business at Penn State and then began selling cars, a job that made him say, "I was working hard. 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 and create an opportunity for average people just like them to make extra 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."
Art Napolitano played in a rock band until he was 30 years old and often wondered how he would ever be able to afford a house and a family. He wanted to have fun while also earning additional income. Network marketing seemed to be the perfect niche for him, and he soon found success in network marketing and abandoned his dream of rock stardom.
When Art joined in 1998, ACN offered just two services in two countries: long distance phone and dial-up Internet. “Today, ACN is a global marketing and distribution network offering a range of products and services though an online storefront in 24 countries and 15 languages,” he says. “When you look at how far we’ve come, it’s exciting and self-evident that ACN is the real deal.”
Art’s children grew up as part of the ACN family and he’s happy they’re getting started. “This is a family business with my wife, kids, brother and sister involved,” he adds. “The future is brighter than the past thanks to the vision for change the company embraces.”
With English as his second language and no network marketing experience, MD Rahman proved that anyone can be successful in ACN. He came to the U.S. in 2003 from Bangladesh and tried many different ways to earn income. He worked in restaurants, drove a taxi for 5 years, took any job that he could – even started his own business with some success, but still, he found himself bitter and tired.
When MD was introduced to ACN. And though he was negative and almost quit multiple times, his upline convinced him to attend an International Event. That event changed everything – his attitude, his passion for life and desire to succeed.
MD’s wife and son both supported him through his journey over the next year. And today he has achieved success in ACN by following the system and acquiring customers.
“Sometimes people ask me, ‘is it really hard and complicated to do this business?’ My answer is this: The system is simple. If a man from Bangladesh who has no network or education here can do it, you can too. Follow the system by acquiring customers – and you can find success.”
Brian and Andrea’s success with ACN has given them the freedom to spend time together and with their two children, while pursuing their individual dreams and passions in life.
“This business is a true global business because people everywhere all spend money on telecommunications and energy—it doesn’t matter what region you live in or what language you speak—these are services everyone uses,” Brian says.
Brian’s work ethic and determination has earned him the top position of Senior Vice President in the company, however he does not take his success for granted. “Where I am today never would have happened if I had gotten discouraged when I first started out.”
Orin Solomon’s talents were first showcased on the football field. After high school, he earned a scholarship and played for Villanova University. But his dream to play in the NFL didn’t pan out, and he began to look for a way to win outside sports. He'd just started a job as a social worker and was attending graduate school when his friend invited him to an ACN meeting. Orin was immediately impressed. “The simplicity of this business appealed to me. I could see that everyone had a phone and these were bills people had to pay.”
Orin saw more than just a business opportunity; he saw the ability to grow as a person while helping others succeed.
While helping others succeed, Orin always remembers his “why” - his family - wife Angela, son Jacob, age 15 and twins Jordon and Jason, age 12. “Being able to attend my boys' games and travel with my wife, setting my own schedule, is beyond anything I could've ever wished for.”
Efrain Tejada’s journey to success was a long one, filled with many ups and downs. But there isn't one struggle or obstacle that he'd change over the last 18 years, because he knows when times are tough, that's when you find out what you're truly made of. Success didn't come easily. He graduated high school and went to college – all in preparation for his future. Having been raised by a single mother, he dreamed of giving back to her for all she'd sacrificed for him. But life wasn't unfolding as planned. He was struggling to make ends meet while taking classes and working full time to provide for his young daughter.
ACN came into his life as an answer to a prayer at one of his lowest points. After attending his first international event, he went home and said aloud, “I don’t care what I have to do, who I have to talk to. I will be a Regional Vice President someday.“ Efrain stretched and made every effort to ensure success. Most importantly, he never gave up. With coaching from his mentors and a strong commitment to personal growth, Efrain grew less afraid and gained confidence in himself that others found contagious. Today, Efrain is a pillar in his community and a source of pride and inspiration for his family and his team.
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 can 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 get customer getters 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, 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.
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."
For Jeff Weber, discovering ACN in 1996 was much more than a smart career move. “I was 25 years old!” he recalls. “First, it forced me to grow up, to be responsible. I learned integrity, character, how to be sincere, honest to be reliable.” He embraced ACN’s mission to help others and its commitment to lifelong learning. “Once you stop growing, you start dying,” he says, “ACN is simply a self-development course with a compensation plan attached to it.”
Today Jeff is a Senior Vice President and grows his team from his home in California. He’s able to spend quality time with his two daughters 4 year old Zoey and 6 month old Jade and work from anywhere in the world on his own terms. “I’ve been able to throw away my alarm clock and wake up when I’m finished sleeping,” he says.
The joy Jeff gets from his own personal freedom is the reason he shares the ACN opportunity with others. “I can bless the people I care about most", he says, “ACN has taught me how to be a servant leader, how to pour into others and not focus on myself.”