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Mar 29, 2010

EMV Lite – Another Give Away Opportunity!

THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED

So, you want another chance to win a sample can of EMV Lite? Here it be. Now pay close attention and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS I’m about to give. They will make the difference between you winning a can and…you not winning a can. I know, not a major deal in the grand scheme of things but I’m going for dramatic effect!

Here’s the deal:

Starting at 12 am midnight Mountain Standard Time TONIGHT (March 30), and for the 24 hours following (that’s midnight tomorrow night, March 31) send me an email at shantes@monavie.com - and include the following exactly as I’ve written. This will save me time and I’ll love you all forever, which I know is incredibly important to you…as important as winning a can of EMV Lite.

Here’s what I want to see in your email to shantes@monavie.com:

Subject Line: EMV Lite

Email Body:

First and Last Name

Mailing Address

Email Address

Distributor #

Twitter name (if you have one)

We will choose at random a random number of winners to receive a sample can of EMV Lite. No need to send me more than one email. Duplicate emails will be deleted as will any entries sent prior to 12 midnight MST tonight (March 30) and those sent after 12 midnight MST tomorrow night (March 31). Winners will be announced this week.

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MonaVie Chief Blogger

Mar 26, 2010

MonaVie’s Romney Running for MORE!

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It’s funny how people can go to work and for the most part, know very little about the people we work around. Of course, some may like it that way, but I believe there are compelling stories to be found all around us.

For Vincent Romney, Senior IT Project Manager at MonaVie, running and staying in shape was a way of life and some might say “he could run all day long.” And now…he’s gonna try!  This weekend, Vincent is going to participate in the 24 Hours of Utah, that’s right…running for 24 hours in beautiful Moab, Utah! I'd call him crazy if he wasn't doing it for the coolest reason on the planet.

Why would someone do such a thing?

I’ll let Vincent answer that with an excerpt from his blog:

“Now enter my daughter Paislee, who wants to do something to make the world a better place, and I introduce her to the MORE Project. We dropped by and talked to Valerie, and she mentioned the “MORE Expeditions”, and instantly, Paislee had her volunteer opportunity. Now she just needed a way to start raising funds… see the pending convergence?

So I pay my entry fee for the 24 hours of MOAB, and we start collecting pledges from anyone and everyone willing to support this combo of philanthropy and insanity. Sounded simple enough, but now the concept of logistics set in. I need support for the entire 24 hours including; pacers, food preparation, sleeping arrangements for the pacers and support crew, etc. I initially sent out a request for volunteer help to the entire IT department I work in, and WOW! I work with some great people!”

Isn’t it great to hear other MonaVie employees helping out their co-worker? Kudos to the following MonaVie employees who are going to help out:

Bruce Arnett, Director of Software Development - Pacer

Daniel Eastman, Change Control Manager – Pacer/Co-team Captain

Chandler Childs, Senior Technical Writer - Pacer

Steven Proffit, Technical Business Analyst - Pacer

Joshua Jackson, Technical Business Analyst - Pacer

Steve Brigham, IT Help Desk Assistant – Logistical Support

We’ll be following Vincent and the team this weekend on his challenge and you can follow along too as we give updates on Twitter, or you can follow Vincent @vinceromney.

For those who want to donate to help Paislee’s MORE Project Expedition trip, you can go to Vincent’s blog,  http://www.ultraoldguy.blogspot.com/ (love that title!), and click on the MORE Donations link underneath the picture. If there are any who would like to donate per mile, you can email Vincent directly at vincentr@monavie.com.

Go Team Vincent!

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Mar 25, 2010

MonaVie meets Milano

As the Social Media Promotions Manager for MonaVie, I get the privilege of working with Shante and the rest of our Marketing team and have been following you all on BlogMV, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and it truly is exciting. One of the projects I helped spearhead was MonaVie’s involvement with Alyssa Milano’s UNICEF Haiti Tweet Challenge that I discovered on of all places…Twitter!

Alyssa had been involved in the Haiti Relief efforts from the beginning and partnering with UNICEF and using the power of social media and Twitter, the challenge was afoot! The idea for MonaVie to take on this challenge was pitched to our executives, and they all loved it! Within a half an hour, emails were flying back and forth to make this a reality at the Anaheim Regional, and MonaVie responded by not only matching the amount, but doubling it! I was lucky enough to be able to communicate our efforts to Alyssa and she was very grateful and many of you saw her tweet “@monavie” to her 740,000 followers numerous times as other companies donated as well. She was also grateful when we sent her a case of (M)mun!

Last week, I was able to go to Hollywood and attend a taping of her new pilot show, “Romantically Challenged” and able to meet her in person. The taping of the show was in the same studio as Seinfeld and is directed by Jim Burrows, who also directed Cheers, Friends, Frazier and Two and a Half Men. We were able to get “VIP” seating and sit with Alyssa’s family and friends (one of whom I later found out was the Co-founder and Chairman of Twitter!). For those who have never seen a taping of a TV show before, it truly is an experience as it usually takes over 4 hours to just shoot a 22-minute comedy (and yes my face was hurting from smiling so much!). The show was very funny, and it was their 6th and final taping as the show will await its final fate from ABC (we’ll be sure to pass along details if/when the show airs!).

After the show, we were escorted onto the set where the cast and crew were having a party and we were extremely fortunate to be able to meet Alyssa and others from the cast and take a few pictures as time was short. Alyssa was very friendly and accommodating and was kind enough to tape a little video message as well.

For me, this experience highlights two things: 1) the amazing MonaVie culture and 2) the power of social media. While I was fortunate to be able to pitch the idea, I was amazed at the reaction of our wonderful leaders and their vision to run with it, inspire others to donate and to set the bar high to double the amount. The generosity of MonaVie distributors and its employees was also on display as many of you answered the call, which is why MonaVie and the MORE Project are so successful today.

In regards to social media, I think a point that often gets lost in all the excitement of these new communication platforms, is that it’s a tremendous channel to simply listen. Many have a perception of Twitter or Facebook that it’s a waste of time, or they don’t know what to say. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s OK to not say anything; in fact, I encourage you to not say anything until you’re comfortable or find a way to add value to the conversation. There are opportunities to reach out to others if we are willing to listen, to learn and to then interact. This opportunity is evidence of just that. What’s even better was actually meeting Alyssa face-to-face to make this experience even more memorable for me, and now hopefully for you too.

Here's more behind the scenes from my day:

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Social Media Promotions Manager, MonaVie

Mar 22, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 5

Well, today wraps up the MORE Project Expedition to Brazil.  It has been both an exhausting and an exhilarating week.

For days, we kept a schedule with only about 4 hours of sleep per night.  We saw some of the most remarkable sites in the world, including the Amazon rainforest, the Amazon River, the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, but the most moving thing we saw was the reaction of children to a little love and respect.

The Black Diamonds completed a service project that involved real heavy lifting, moving dirt and debris in preparation for the construction of another home for the less fortunate in the favelas.

The trip ended today with the Regional in Sao Paulo.  What great energy!  The four hour event featured Dallin articulating the vision for MonaVie, including tips on building the business without treating people like nails—“don’t pound people into this business!”

Everyone had high praise for Mauricio’s leadership in Brazil.  As the GM, he has successfully laid a foundation for success in one of the world’s largest direct selling markets.

Personally, I had fun.  After studying Portuguese for the last six months, I delivered an 8 minute presentation on the Preferred Customer Program – in Portuguese.  I don’t think anyone focused much on my message, but they seemed pleased that I would take the time to learn enough Portuguese to be able to give my talk in their language.

As I wrap up my reporting, I want to thank Katy, Valerie and Andrea for the great job they did in organizing this week.  It was a non-stop adventure!

Finally, I want to thank MonaVie’s great distributors, not just the Black Diamonds, for their support of the MORE Project.  By teaching them to read and write, to do math and to see the world through an international lens, we enable them to become highly productive members of society who have options beyond drugs and prostitution.  While we won’t end poverty in our lifetimes, we will end poverty for our kids for the rest of their lives.  Together, we make a difference.

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Mar 20, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 4

Today I left the MORE Project with Dallin one day ahead of the rest of the group to head for Sao Paulo in preparation for the Regional event here tomorrow.

It was a shame to leave the MORE Project early, but we left a great group of close friends to stay there in service. Karree, who stayed, reported that they were working very hard doing manual labor at the new professional school, which is slated to open soon.

Meanwhile, Dallin was taking a group of four Brazilian leaders to Sao Paulo on the MonaVie Jet. It was exciting for me to go along for the ride.

Most of us will live and die without ever getting a chance to ride on a private jet. The world’s most successful corporations routinely fly their chief executives around on such planes because they are more efficient—meaning that despite the cost of the planes, they save more money than they cost. MonaVie is no different, but by taking distributors along for the ride the impact goes from efficiency to synergy as the jet becomes a part of the compensation plan.

Our four leaders, Marcelo Serakides, Luis Soares, Francisco Nunes, and Bruno Grilo work synergistically across lines to build the Brazilian market. Weekly volume has nearly tripled in the last six months as these great leaders have built their personal success. If four guys ever deserved a quick flight on the MonaVie jet, these four did!

You can find photos of the day below:

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Mar 19, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 3

For me, today was the pinnacle of the MORE Project Expedition. We visited the Villa Iparanga favela, the Believers Project school, the Nehemiah House built by funding from MonaVie Management and the Larsen Lodge, where we are staying tonight. These are all key parts of the MORE Project.

In the Villa Iparanga, we saw firsthand the challenges we face and the impact we are having. Amidst abject poverty—the stuff of television commercials—we found the Nehemiah House funded by the MonaVie Corporate Management, including General Managers who met here one year ago. The home is now occupied by a woman who was trained by the MORE Project to read and write and who, upon completing this training at age 50, obtained her first permanent job as a city sanitation worker—a position she holds proudly and that blesses her family.

We visited the school at the Believers Project, which must be the happiest place on earth. Disney’s parks do not hold a candle to this place. It is an absolute sanctuary. The kids are safe here. Some have now been attending the school for four years. Their entire lives have already been changed. They are not only learning to read and write and do math, but are learning foreign languages, a global perspective and self confidence. They will not only graduate from school, they will graduate from the favelas and become great contributors to making Brazil an even more wonderful country.

Tonight, we are staying in the Larsen Family Lodge, which was funded by Dallin and Karree and is used to house those visiting the MORE Project as volunteers. It is a wonderful, safe and Spartan lodge that truly makes it easier for the volunteers to come and serve. A modest and informal dedication ceremony took place tonight. Dallin and Karree were both emotional in describing their vision for the use of the property to bless the lives of both the volunteers and those they volunteer to serve.

[Due to technology issues, I’m afraid more photos and video will have to wait at least 24 hours.]

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Mar 18, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 2

Words can hardly express the feelings that we all shared today here in Brazil.

We started the day very early—5:00 AM to see the acai market in full swing. It is winding down by sunup so we have to get out there early to experience it. While the rest of the world sleeps, acai harvesters are hard at work getting their products down the Amazon River to the market place in Belem. What a sight to behold.

After a quick breakfast break, we were headed up river in a small boat to visit a village on an island in the river. There, we visited a school chosen by the MORE Project and delivered much needed school supplies and visited briefly with the beautiful children there. I was impressed by how well mannered the children were; my wife is a school teacher in the U.S. and I can assure you that kids aren’t so well behaved in her school! Clearly, we were all more touched by these darling children than they were by us. I am grateful that we had a chance to visit them.

Then, strolling through the jungle, we saw a local man harvest Brazil nuts from their almost impermiable shell. Amazing! Then, the same 67-year-old zipped up an acai palm just to show off. Tim Marks gave it a try, too. He wasn’t bleeding too badly after his attempt, but enough to keep anyone else from making a serious attempt to duplicate the heroics of the local.
Following our excursion up river, we went to see a plant where acai is processed for MonaVie. We were very impressed by what we saw. The operations are genuinely first rate and just what you’d hope to see in a food processing plant anywhere in the world. The operation was genuinely, religiously clean and operates to world-class standards.

As with yesterday’s post, you can find some photos of the day below.

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Mar 17, 2010

Devin Thorpe: VIP Brazil Expedition Day 1

May I confess that I found the first day of the MORE Project Expedition just a little depressing? As the leaders gathered from all around the world to come help the MORE Project, it became perfectly clear to me that they have not come on vacation, but rather on a mission. I didn’t come emotionally prepared. I came to work, not to serve. I faced the stark reality today that my heart was not in the right place as I was surrounded by people who live to serve.

I was amazed at their grace under pressure. Several missed a flight today due to slow baggage handling, and you’d think that they’d won an extra few hours in Disney World, not an airport. All smiles. All happy. I am convinced that this is the product of having your heart in the right place. If you are here to serve, a missed connection doesn’t matter.

The MonaVie field leaders are absolutely first rate human beings. They are role models for all of us. I will be posting more in the coming days about what we see and learn, but tonight, I’m putting my heart in the right place and I’m ready to join the MonaVie team in serving the people of Brazil this week.

Below are some photos of these outstanding leaders!

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Mar 12, 2010

Wanna Sample EMV Lite?

You’re all way too smart for me because you guessed which product would be offered to sample at the Indianapolis Regional. Good work! And guess what, for you extra smart-ness (don’t tell me that’s not a word), we’re going to give you an opportunity to sample the product and participate in the last phase of development, even if you will not be attending the regional.

Here's Jeff Graham, VP of Product Development to tell you more:

That’s right, we’re selecting 20 fans from our official MonaVie Facebook page to receive a sample can of EMV Lite, along with the Lite’n Up drop card Jeff Graham is holding in the video, and a survey because we want your input before we go into final production. And if you want another chance to be chosen, pop over to MonaVie’s Twitter page because we’re choosing another 20 followers to receive a sample as well.

Does it get better than this? Don’t answer that. Let’s just revel in the fact that you get to try product before it’s launched.

Here’s what you need to do, just follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter Saturday, March 13 during the live coverage of the Indianapolis Regional. Comment on any of the status updates during the Saturday event on Facebook, Tweet @monavie, reTweet something we’ve Tweeted, or comment here on BlogMV. Just let me know you’re sharing it. The more comments and Tweets, the merrier!

We’ll randomly choose our 20 people from Facebook and 20 from Twitter on Monday.

Now I’m off to Indianapolis!

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MonaVie Chief Blogger

Mar 8, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Lily Anderson UPDATE

Dallin and Karree visited Lily Anderson yesterday at St. Jude's hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She received a stem cell transplant on March 1st and has been quite sick these last few days. Lily's mother, Jennifer, wrote the following:

Shante, just wanted to share with you a picture of Dallin and Karree visiting us in Memphis today. Lily has not smiled like this in a long time. Thank you MonaVie for such incredible people. True blessings in our  lives. Love you, Jennifer AndersonDallinKarreeLily

Accompanying Dallin and Karree were Presidential Black Diamonds Holly and Corbin Roush. The following are excerpts from an email written to their leaders:

My heart is so full today...It seems like every time I am around Dallin, Karree and the Leadership of MonaVie, it is life changing for me in some way.  Below you will see a picture of Corbin and I with Lily Anderson...she is an amazing, strong little 8 year old girl. Dallin, Karree, and the Kalb's have fallen in love with this little girl and her family.

This weekend Karree received a text from Lily's mom.  Lily had a bone marrow transplant 6 days ago at St Jude's hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  Lily is so sick from the transplant.  The first 10 days after the transplant are the worst.

Dallin and Karree asked if we and the Kalb's minded jetting over to Memphis to visit Lily before returning home from Minneapolis. Can you imagine?  Who does that?  How unselfish the Larsen's and Kalb's are?  The CEO and his wife of a billion dollar company. A couple who have traveled the world literally the last 14 days, unpacked thier suitcase Thursday and repacked Friday to head to Minneapolis. Completely jet lagged and physically and emotionally exhausted.  But still had enough energy and compassion in them to say we needed to go see Lily who is so ill from her treatments. They needed to look into her mom's eyes and Lily's eyes and tell them that they cared and they loved them. Can you imagine how Jennifer felt when all of us walked through that door to spend a couple hours with her and her child? I have to tell you it was one of the most emotional days of my life...

The leadership of this company truly leads by example.  I am so thankful and proud to be a part of something that stands up for what they believe in.  A Founder who will put others before himself.  We need to pray for the Larsen's daily.  They are running hard to help each of us.

Most of all pray for Lily and her family.  Pray for Lily to be healed.  Pray for others who are sick and are going through hard times. Know that you are in their lives for a reason and never take if for granted. I can tell you through these trials MonaVie can be such a huge support system. Lily has thousands praying for her. Let's all work on being better listeners and givers. Lets make the rest of 2010 about others. Let's reach out and touch as many people as we can. I can tell you the MonaVie family has been a huge support for so many people. I am so thankful for all of you.

Holly and Corbin Roush, Presidential Black Diamonds

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For more details on Lily’s progress, visit www.carepages.com and type LilyAnderson into the search for her page. You may have to sign up for an account.

We'll continue to post updates as we receive them. And as a reminder you can send cards and gifts to Lily at the following address:

Lily Anderson

535 Alabama Ave.

Memphis, TN 38105

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