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. 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."
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 as well as financial freedom, 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 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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
A freshman in college, Max Knowles was pursuing a degree in business and law. But with no experience behind him, those he trusted most in life were convinced the past choices would hinder him from success. Frustrated with the personal challenges, Max was desperately looking for something that he would not only succeed in – but something that he could be great at.
When Max was introduced to the ACN Opportunity, he was impressed as to how simple and straightforward the business was. Most importantly, he realized that his past didn't matter. "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 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.”
With the ability to be his own boss, Max enjoys that he can be where he wants, when he wants, doing what he wants with no time or financial restrictions. And the biggest perk of it all: So can his family!
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."
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 more money. 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.
But after 10 years in network marketing, Art was eager to find a company built on integrity – one whose founders kept their promises. He had been following ACN's success and after meeting with the Founders, he began opening the doors of opportunity overseas.
Beginning with ACN's launch in the United Kingdom, Art quickly began building his organization – focusing on developing solid, trusting relationships. Within just eight months, he achieved RVP status…but he wasn’t going to stop there.
Art spent an incredible amount of time in Europe alternating locations to provide the most support to his downline. Today he has numerous qualified RVPs and Team Coordinators throughout North America and Europe, as well as multiple SVP teams under him.
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.
Then, everything changed 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. He went home and told his wife that he needed to focus solely on ACN for one year and asked for her support.
MD’s wife and son both supported him through his journey over the next year. And today they are enjoying the rewards that come with hard work and dedication. They are finally living the life they dreamed of.
“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 – and you will find success.”
As a former Ivy Leaguer and future Olympic hopeful from Princeton, he seemed to have it all. But it did not take long for Brian to discover that university had not prepared him for the harsh realities of the real world at the same time.
Brian never gave up on his dreams, but his engineering career did not leave enough time for him to train. In his search for something new, he discovered ACN.
“Everyone was so supportive from the beginning; everyone wanted to see everyone else succeed. It was the most positive environment that I had ever encountered,” Brian said.
From the beginning, Brian set out on a race to the top. He was promoted to Regional Vice President in July 2000, Senior Vice President in February 2003. But that simply was not enough; so he and his wife Andrea relocated to Australia, and under his leadership, the Australian market exploded.
Brian and Andrea have been extremely successful, and their financial gain has given them the freedom to spend more time together as a family, without having any financial worries.
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 wasn’t the brightest guy, but even 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. It was such a difference from corporate America, where most people were focused only on helping themselves.
While realizing his dreams and 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 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."
The oldest son of eight children, Jeff Weber was held to the highest standard by his father, who expected him to serve as an example for his siblings. But Jeff set out to find success in his own way, often to the disapproval of his father. He always felt like the black sheep but knew in his heart there was a better way than the traditional grind.
Jeff’s parents were successful real estate developers for more than 20 years. When the real estate market crashed, leaving both his parents in a bad financial situation, Jeff wanted to step up and help, feeling compelled to prove he could be successful even if he didn't follow the traditional path. He worked three jobs clocking in over 80 hours a week as a personal trainer, managing a restaurant and bartending.
Despite his skepticism and lack of experience, Jeff took ACN by storm. Within six months, he left all three jobs behind. After hitting RVP in only three years, he found personal success, and was able to buy his parents a new home and get them out of their financial struggle. And he did it all his way. Jeff’s parents stood proudly by his side when he was promoted to SVP. Once and for all Jeff could say with pride, "I may be a rebel, but I'm not a loser, quitter or a failure. I'm an SVP!"