Board of Directors
Len Clements is a court certified expert in the field of multilevel marketing whose precise and full time field of study for the past 23 years has been researching and analyzing all aspects of MLM. Len has closely evaluated well over 600 MLM companies, and reviewed at least 600 more. He has been a successful distributor (#1 earner in 8 of 10 years) and held various corporate positions with MLM companies, including CEO. Len is also a professional speaker, trainer, and corporate consultant. He is the author of the controversial book "Inside Network Marketing" as well as the audio presentations "Case Closed!", "The Quintessential Qualifying Question" and "The Coming Network Marketing Boom."
MarketWave began as a "Consumer Reports" type of organization which reviewed and rated network marketing companies (1990 through 1997). Len continues to actively gather information specifically related to what causes MLM programs to succeed and fail, both financially and legally, which he incorporates into his training, corporate consulting and expert witness activities. For more information, visit www.InsideNM.com
Doris Wood entered the Network Marketing industry when it was truly in it's infancy. The year was 1957. In 1964, she was one of the first Distributors in the nation to do a million dollars in sales. That would equate to about $10 million today. Along about 1966 she switched from jewelry to cosmetics and taking what she had learned during the early years she became a world class trainer as National Sales Trainer for a large company.
In 1973 she became a Vice President for Oriflame. In 1976 She and three partners founded a company called AloEssence Cosmetics. In the mid 80's Doris founded the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA). As founder, President (now President Emeritus), Chairman and Executive Director of the MLMIA, Wood has, more than any other single person, been responsible for building the organization into a powerful force both inside and outside the Network Marketing industry. Visit: www.mlmia.com
Mel has a dieverse background in the MLM space. He started young in Direct Selling and has spent almost all of his career in Multilevel Marketing. Mel started as an Independent Professional, and quickly developed a large sales organization. Over the years he has developed several multi-million dollar sales teams. Mel has been a key corporate executive in key rolls as VP of Sales/Marketing, COO, and CIO/CTO. In 1997, Mel founded a ran a successful consulting and MLM software company for 16 years before selling it in 2012.
Mel is a highly respected consultant and corporate executive having worked with and provided services to companies around the globe. He has trained countless corporate executives and field professionals as a speaker and in personal mentoring sessions. Mel is an active participant and contributor to all major industry associations: MLMIA, ANMP, DSWA, and the DSA. He is the former Vice President for the Association of Network Marketing Professionals and a former Advisory Board member for the Direct Sales Reps Association.
Kevin Thompson is a Partner and Co-Founder of Thompson Burton PLLC. Kevin is one of the most sought after attorneys in the country in the direct sales industry. Named as one of the top 25 most influential people in the industry, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience and helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses on secure legal footing. As a Direct Sales Association supplier member, Kevin Thompson is actively involved on the Ethics Committee and Government Relations Board to help steer the industry into a promising future.
Kevin has published multiple ebooks accruing over 65,000 reads and 2,500 downloads. He has served as a keynote speaker at multiple conferences throughout the world. Prior to starting his law practice, Kevin gained valuable experience while serving as Chief Counsel for Signature Management Team. Team is one of the largest providers of sales aids for marketers in the direct sales industry. While at Team, Kevin worked closely with Amway and MonaVie's compliance departments to ensure all marketing materials passed regulatory review. He has the experience, knowledge, connections and tools necessary to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses on solid legal footing. Visit: www.themlmattorney.com
A corporate rainmaker in the areas of SALES, MARKETING, TRAINING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT with a successful track record in leadership positions with proven results with Fortune 100 companies, e-commerce ventures, direct selling and startup organizations operating in a wide range of consumer products with multinational experience and market intelligence. Michele resides in Southern California and has been in the direct selling industry (both party plan and MLM) for the last 27+ years. She has created new direct selling companies from concept to launch by personally recruiting the core group of distributors (founders). Field development and training is her specialty and focus... which includes coaching and mentoring, as well as strategy planning for companies (and distributors) to reach their full potential.
She has worked with large corporations, start-ups and turnarounds/re-launches in all key areas of a direct selling/direct marketing business model. Also she has built companies in the initial stages in the areas of sales, marketing, PR
, branding, training, operations and finance and also provides interim executive services to manage and execute projects. She designs and delivers programs and processes from strategy to concept to completion to drive business performance for long term growth and maximum ROI. Another area Michele delivers her unique talents is in developing global strategies and brand development/initiatives. Her clients range across North America as well as global. Michele is also very active in the non-profit world and has been a board member with a national charity called Project Cuddle for 12 years. Michele has also been a BIG SISTER for BIG SISTER/BIG BROTHERS for the last 6 years and also holds a city council position within her local community! To find out more, go to www.mlmdivausa.com
Joined Avon in 1981, full time since 1987, joined Leadership (Avon's network marketing program) in 1993, has been a Senior Executive Unit Leader (top of the pay plan) consecutively since March 1994. Before going full time Avon, worked as a 3rd shift worker in a convenience store and did secretarial work. Cumulative earnings from Avon Leadership checks alone nearing $4 million. Currently has nearly 2,300 team members; first, second and third generations combined. Named Avon Woman of Enterprise in 2007 (the highest award given to non-employees). Awarded the Avon "Yellow Rose Award" in 2013. Named to www.directsellinglive.com
list of the "50 Most Influential People in Direct Sales" in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Named to the list of "Best Generic Trainers in Network Marketing" for 2012 by MLM Insider Professional Resources
. Earned over 30 Avon trips including trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Mediterranean, Mexico, California, Florida and Puerto Rico. Had her story featured in numerous magazine's including "Avon Dreams", "Empowering Women", "Upline", "Executive Female", "Fortune" and "Networking Times". A professional member of the National Speaker's Association since 1998 and has conducted seminars across the world including cities across the U.S. and Canada, England and Ireland. Named "Ambassador of the Year" with the Direct Selling Women's Alliance for the years 2004, 2007 and 2011. Visit: www.winnerinyou.com
Bret A. Matheny has developed a sincere passion in the future stability of Network Marketing. A true believer in self employment, Bret's roll as a MLM Ambassador further promotes the integrity of our beautiful profession, as well as watching over the overall impact and perception in which Multi Level Marketing has upon our community.
Bret has over 20 years experience in Audio Visual and Video Production arena, and is President and Founder of CAPA Productions, an event management, audio/visual and video production company which specializes in producing corporate events from concept to completion. Bret directs a team of professionals who expertly manage state-of-the-art equipment to produce results beyond the clients' expectations. With unmatched creativity in our industry, Bret and his team at CAPA have extensive experience in developing Productions and Presentations that are informative and engaging. Over the past two decades and with impeccable expertise, Bret and his team have produced and managed spectacular events for major corporations as well as serving several clients within the network marketing industry. Combining his two professions together has given Bret the opportunity to better serve our profession of Network Marketing
Mr. Flynn has been involved in Network Marketing for over 43 years, and has held positions as President or CEO of numerous Direct Sales Companies. Mr. Flynn launched his career in Network Marketing with Bestline Products as a field leader in 1968, and has decades of both field and corporate experience. As a senior direct sales and marketing executive he has extensive experience in developing, growing, and leading network marketing operations from international direct to consumer corporations, MLM models to regional retail establishments. Mr. Flynn is a pioneer in the development of effective direct to consumer network marketing strategies (with emphasis on the health and wellness vertical market segment), and has successfully starting and building several international organizations.
Mr. Flynn demonstrates singular, creative vision, drive and limitless energy. In addition he is a talented public motivational speaker as well as a gifted facilitator.His philosophy as a Direct Sales Leader is simple: support the field with honesty, integrity and transparency and create a step-by-step action plan that brings exceptional results - both from the products, and from the opportunity. Visit: www.ralphflynn.com
A rising star in our profession, Larene Williamson has the strength of a true servant leader's heart. A successful real estate agent for 20 years, Larene grew tired of the "dog eat dog" competitive culture she found there. As a successful distributor in a network marketing company, she has always placed family - both her own family and the families of others - first, in her desire to help others and positively impact the world.
Although she has faced many obstacles in her journey, her positive attitude radiates and her ability to rise above her circumstances and help others do the same has been instrumental in creating the success she is now enjoying and building in network marketing, and building a "Legacy Team."