"THE SUM OF"
E Y E O N eoa A R B O N N E THE SUM OF THE PARTS EQUALS SUCCESS I have been a retail entrepreneur most of my life. I have owned and operated women’s clothing boutiques, as well as vintage furniture and home décor shops. The retail business was very demanding, physical work, and required my time seven days a week. I knew there had to be something better for me. I used to go to sleep ask- ing myself, “What can I do that would benefit millions of people and make a positive difference in their lives, while making a living in the process?” Then, I was introduced to Arbonne in November of 2003, while I was in Naples, Florida. I was invited to a women’s health seminar hosted by ENVP Pat Kazor and ENVP Deanna Osborn. I had just retired from my retail business and went just for something to do. Little did I know, that linda leitel Independent Consultant, Regional Vice President would be the beginning of my journey to personal growth and a lib- L. Leitel Region; Ellwood City, PA erating life change. After hearing about Arbonne’s pure, safe, beneficial products and learning about the integrity of this great company, I knew immedi- ately this was something I wanted to take back home with me to momentum stalled and things began to stagnate. I realized then Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. The vision of this incredible opportunity that we had become fragmented. That is when my mother began was huge for me and I wanted to share it with everyone I knew and to require more and more of my care and time. I am so thankful for cared about. I wanted the people of our small community with its Arbonne and the flexibility it offers because I was able to be with ravaged steel mills and widespread unemployment to open this gift her until she passed away in May of 2005, without quitting the of Arbonne, and open their lives to new realms of possibilities. business. I began to take a long look at myself and my team, and realized I needed to make changes in our belief system. I went to I promoted to DM in February of 2004 and then to AM only three work re-connecting with my team, implementing personal coaching months later. After my team and I quickly built one strong leg, our calls and team conference calls, as well as hosting recognition din- continued ... Linda cutting her cake at her car presentation, Jan. 6, 2006. L–R: Robin Vaughn, Kelly Moyer, Sharon Romboldt, Lorraine Vesceri, Bert L–R: DM Patti Kuhn, Linda and Karen Kelly, Chuck Vesceri, Linda, Shelly Meyer, Paige Valvano, Jayne Mays, Linda Carselle wearing NutriMinC® RE9 masques. Moyer and Art Smilek. s uccess strategy: REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT “ Empower, respect and lead your team to the best of your ability. ” ners. I gave them weekly updates on our group volume to keep them plugged, despite the miles that separated us. I learned, and so did they, that “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole” and our renewed solidarity paid off. From April to July, we nearly tripled our monthly team volume. At this pace, we were able to The team with the Roses team members. BACK, L–R: DM Shauna Bogardus, DM Amy Miller, DM Paige Valvano, DM Suzanne Benak, Sharon Kelly, DM Doreen Welsh, DM achieve first-step qualification for Region in October. We complet- Renee Morris, Linda, AM Robin Vaughn, DM Patti Kuhn, EAM Meghan Jones, AM ed the requirement in November of 2005, two years after I had Lorraine Vesceri, DM Robin Falatco, DM Brenda Ward, DM Shelly Meyer, EAM Bert Kelly and DM Jo Ferrigno FRONT, L–R: DM Linda Moyer, DM Krista Ikirt and DM Jayne Mays. embraced the Arbonne opportunity with its vision of abundance. We start out in the world of Arbonne experiencing joy from the indi- To DM Patti Kuhn: You came on board and spread your enthusiasm The testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical. vidual recognition we receive, from the feelings of personal accom- throughout our team. plishment and, of course, from the potential of our paychecks. Then something happens and we transcend that joy to one that is even To all of our AMs-in-qualification, and DMs, Linda Moyer, Renee greater, the joy that one feels when the people you have sponsored Morris, Brenda Ward, Krista Ikirt, Jayne Mays, Suzanne Benak, succeed. In Arbonne, selflessness becomes a way of life, not just a Ellen Maloney, Amy Miller, Shauna Bogardus, Shelly Meyer, Paige way to run your business. I had developed a deep desire to serve Valvano, Trish Hazen-Nye, Ted Jones and Robin Falatko: Thank you my team in any way I could. One way was to be an effective leader, for your friendship and love! and the definition of a leader to me is to empower others to lead and help them realize how good they really are. When you realize To President Rita Davenport: Your caring spirit touches all of us. that your most important tool is your team, then you will automati- cally respect, lead and teach them to lead by your example. To my husband, Art Smilek: You never stopped believing in me and accepted your leftover dinners graciously. Thank you and I love you. To my team: Thank you, I love and respect each and every one of you. To ENVP Pat Kazor, RVP Toni Iglesias and ENVP Jennifer Taylor: To my sister, EAM Bert Kelly, my niece, EAM Meghan Jones and my You turned feelings of desperation into feelings of inspiration as I sister-in-law, DM Jo Ferrigno: Thank you for believing in me and watched you promote. being the first to jump on board. To all of the NVPs and RVPs who came before us: All of you exem- To my special friend and confidante, AM Robin Vaughn: Your work plify the Arbonne spirit by continuing to share your experience and ethic and leadership qualities never cease to amaze me. wisdom with us. Thank you for paving the way. To AM Lorraine Vesceri: You never gave up and blossomed into a For this Region, the glory belongs to God, the credit belongs to my formidable leader. team and the gratitude is mine! Members of the team at her car presentation. L–R: DM Paige Valvano, DM Amy Miller, DM Brenda Ward, DM Suzanne Benak, DM Krista Ikirt and Linda. L–R: Kelly Moyer, DM Linda Moyer, EAM Bert Kelly, Linda, AM Robin Vaughn, DM Paige Valvano, Sharon Romboldt, DM Jayne Mays, DM Shelly Meyer and AM Lorraine Vesceri. E Y E O N A R B O N N E | MARCH 2006