My mom sent me a bottle and I loved it right away!
What is your “why?”
Better health, to be debt free, help other people, and travel with my family wherever and whenever we want without worrying about cost.
What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?
Hitting Bronze Executive while teaching and playing full time. Performing on stage at the 2009 R3Global Family Reunion in front of 10,000 people, watching Longard 6 family band perform there, and meeting all the great people in MonaVie.
Share your best business building tip
Show your enthusiasm for the juice, don't talk too much, and move on if your prospect is dragging their feet. You are going to get a lot of "no's." Don't worry and just keep going no matter what. Stay the course. Be smart and learn as you go from your successful uplines. Attend every MonaVie function you can get to.
Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...
Ruby in the next year
Chad’s mother, Kathryn Fyffe Peters, Silver Executive, wrote me several months ago to tell me about their incredibly talented son, winner of the “We Have Talent” contest at the R3Global Family Reunion. Chad is also a musical director at a high school in Suwannee, Georgia.
It all started with a conversation between two best friends and former teammates, cheerleaders for the then Los Angeles Rams and now St. Louis Rams. Both Arlene Melhorn and Mary Cromwell are MonaVie distributors, along with Mary’s husband Nolan, former player and current coach for the Rams. It was Mary and Nolan’s son, 1st Lieutenant Lance Cromwell, who was the topic of that particular conversation and it was that conversation that instigated a grand call to action.
Whew…did you get all that? Okay, here’s more:
Deployed in October 2009, Lance Cromwell was serving 9-12 months in Iraq in the United States Army.
Mary tried to keep Lance and his platoon stocked with MonaVie product when manageable with the inconsistent mailing system. It gave her a little peace of mind, knowing that she could provide him some quality nutrition, which otherwise, was dependent on situation and circumstance.
The products were an instant hit so Arlene and Mary approached MonaVie Founder and Co-Chairman Henry Marsh and Senior Vice President Jeff Graham, who quickly got Executive Professional Assistant Lynn Beach on the job. And shortly before the Christmas holiday, boxes of EMV, drink and gel, were shipped to Lance and his platoon, along with t-shirts and a large MonaVie banner for them to display proudly (see above photo).
Sending the product was a quick decision, however, getting said product to the platoon was an adventure to say the least. But eventually, though long after the winter holiday, the product did arrive and was shared among the soldiers.
The message home was simple:
Thanks for all your support. My men really enjoyed the MonaVie. The gel packs were such a great little treat, and it made them feel special which is priceless in my book…We have been receiving the EMV energy drinks as well. Both the gel packs and the EMV have given us the mental edge needed out here to stay alert in the desert.
Our guys are doing great and appreciate the support. Thanks again!
1LT Lance Cromwell
1st Platoon, Platoon Leader
Thank you Lance Cromwell and platoon, for the freedom that you defend. Also, thank you to your wife, Janelle, for the support and sacrifice you make! Similarly we appreciate Mary and Nolan, and Arlene for contacting us with such a great story.
So, here’s a conversation that we hope instigates another call to action and that action being, if you have a message you’d like to share with Lance and his platoon, leave us a comment here on BlogMV. We’ll make sure he gets them. Unfortunately, snail mail is cut off this week but it’s the thought that counts…so share yours today!
MonaVie Chief Blogger
P.S. The Cromwell’s are a talented bunch as daughter Jennifer, also a MonaVie distributor, is a recent NCAA rowing championship winner, bringing home the U23 title to the University of Virginia, a first in the university’s history. She’s also trying out for the next US Olympic rowing team.
While traveling home one night MonaVie Director of Recognition Alec Clark noticed a Black Chrysler 300 in front of him branded in MonaVie. In a moment he decided he would try to find out who the person was in the vehicle and thank them for their business building efforts.
Apparently luck with green lights was on his side, however, that meant traveling an extra 10 miles north, trailing the MonaVie branded car, before finally hitting a red light where Alec quickly put his car in park and ran up along side the elusive Black Chrysler. The windows were tinted making it impossible for him to see the driver.
“I held up two MonaVie EMV hats I had on hand before knocking on the window, hoping they didn’t think I was a crazy person,” said Alec. “We only had a moment but I told the women driver and her two children, who were all wearing MonaVie branded clothing, that I appreciated their hard work and thanked them for carry the MonaVie brand. Then I handed them the hats and my business card.”
After, Alec raced back to his car and they went their separate ways.
A day or two later he received a message from Ruby Executive George Wright:
Thanks for the EMV hats. My wife said you stopped her at the light the other day and gave her a couple EMVLite hats in appreciation for advertising on our car…She loved the appreciation and gifts…I told Zann Horlacher and Burke Green (my up line) when we met today that they need to get their cars pimped out and get some free stuff! Thanks again, George
Thank you George and Rachel for going the extra mile.
On a similar note, during Senior Vice President Jeff Graham’s last visit to Southern California, he noticed a MonaVie branded parked car outside a home. In a similar moment of inspiration, Jeff decided to find out about the distributor behind the decal. When he knocked on the door he was greeted by Holly Fletcher, a MonaVie distributor who was no longer building her business. The exchange was brief but the impact was felt. Jeff received a note from Holly less than a week later telling him that she and her husband, Mark, were “planning some big things for the summer to get back in the game!”
Moral of the story? You never know when your efforts will be recognized…so keep pushing, keep driving, keep enrolling and carry that brand proudly!
Register for the MonaVie 2010 International “Vision” Convention and your name will be put into a drawing. Those chosen will enjoy a lunch with Senior Vice President Jeff Graham on Saturday, June 26, as well as, preferred seating during the Saturday afternoon session, which is the same session Team Hoyt will be giving an amazing keynote presentation.
Remember MonaVie’s fun-filled weekend at the Academy Awards? Ah, those were some good times…go here to view a great video recap, including celebrities like John Salley, Quentin Aaron, and several members of the cast of the hit television show “Glee” trying MonaVie (M)mun.
Oh and I mentioned a little giveaway didn’t I? MonaVie has partnered with Stylit.TV to bring you a chance to win the Oscar week celebrity gift bag from the VIP Secret Room Style Lounge, worth $2,100!
Visit http://stylit.tvand enter the bonus code “MonaVie” for 20 extra chances to win. Then visit daily for more opportunities to win. This is open to all so I encourage you to Facebook and Twitter to get the word out!
While videos are where it’s at, we will also be accepting photos of your home tasting parties as entries for the “Share Your Tasting Party.” We still want to hear the following:
Number of people at your home tasting party
You sharing the product
Tasting party set up and any MonaVie swag
Reactions from your guests
A thought or two about why you should win
Send me (email@example.com) a paragraph or two with those details and a few photos from EACH tasting party and an entry into the promo you will have. NOTE: We will be posting these on our social media platforms so if you enter, you are also giving us permission to publish.
You have until June 18th to submit as many unique entries as possible for a chance to have Jeff Graham show up at a tasting party in your area with our new EMV Lite product, a message, EMV Lite swag and another corporate companion.
Oh and I did promise giveaways for just entering so here’s the deal…the second deal.
Those sending photos will be thrown into a pool and drawn names will receive an EMV Lite giveaway.
But of course you are ALL are entering for an opportunity to have Jeff Graham attend a local tasting party. Clear as mud? Good! If you have questions you can leave them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer in a timely fashion.
Do you want an opportunity to have MonaVie Senior VP Jeff Graham show up at your next home tasting party? Here’s your chance.
For the next 30 days, video tape a short video from each tasting party you conduct and enter it into the drawing. Every new tasting party will be considered a unique entry, which means the more tasting parties you have and submit, the more chances you have to win, and that is a win-win, right?!
If you’re chosen, Jeff Graham will show up to one of your tasting parties with our new EMV Lite product, a message, EMV Lite swag and another corporate companion. Oh and we’ll have our own video camera running at that tasting party, which you know we’ll post. Because here on BlogMV, we’re in the business of making you famous…or at least recognizing your awesomeness.
Here's a quick message from Jeff to tell you more:
Here’s what we want you to capture on video:
Number of people at your home tasting party
You sharing the product
Tasting party set up and any MonaVie swag
Reactions from your guests
A thought or two as to why you should win
I’ll post a couple sample videos this week so you get an idea of what we’re looking for but for the most part, keep them short, creative and keep them coming! Oh, and have fun with these. Send your entries between now and June 18th. We’ll draw lucky winners just before the International “Vision” Convention.
We may have a few other giveaways along the way…which is a total secret so don’t tell anyone I told you already.
You’ll likely need to sign up for a free YouTube account if you don’t already have one. If that is far too technical for you, get help or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll walk you through the process. Finally, I'll be approving all replies before they go live.
For MonaVie Ruby distributors John and Teresa Morros, raising their son Josh riding motorcycles became more than just a casual family event. As early as four years old, Josh starting racing motorcycles competitively. So in April 2008, it came as no surprise to John and Teresa when Josh decided to turn pro at the age of 16, the youngest ever in off-road motorcycle racing. Josh was quickly on his way to stardom and even finished 3rd overall in his pro debut and even led for much of the race.
For a kid who seemed to have the whole world in his hand, Josh and his family would soon have that world turn upside down.
On August 16, 2008, Josh was racing in the National Hare & Hound Race in Wendover, Nevada when tragedy struck.
“After racing two hours, I was looking to put the past on the leader, going about 80 mph, when I crashed and tumbled approximately 15 times with the bike hitting me several times finally resting on me with a face plant into the ground,” said Josh.
Unconscious, Josh was flown to a hospital in Provo, Utah and diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, multiple bone fractures and abrasions and in a coma. Josh’s initial prognosis was dire. Doctors informed John and Teresa the likelihood of Josh coming out of the coma was slim, and even if Josh did come out of the coma, his disabilities would be severe.
[caption id="attachment_1097" align="alignright" width="240" caption="After a horrific motorcycle crash, Josh Morros was flown to a hospital in Utah where he remained in a coma for 24 days."][/caption]
Two days after the accident doctor’s ran tests and were shocked to find tests showing Josh’s nutritional health was off the charts. In addition to a healthy diet, Josh would consume around 7500 calories a day, including half a bottle of MonaVie Active three to four days before a race to ensure proper energy reserves. Doctors said Josh’s health was paramount in providing Josh’s body a head start. As Josh’s parents waited at his bedside, Teresa started doing research about brain injuries as she refused to just “give up” on Josh.
For John and Teresa, the days were agonizing. Not only were they praying their injured son would wake up, but even if he did come out of his coma, was a recovery even possible?
After being in a coma for 24 straight days, on September 8, 2008 Josh awoke from his coma. While he could not talk, there were signs he was aware of who he was, and recognized those around him, certainly an answer to prayers of his family and friends. It was the start of a rigorous rehabilitation process as Josh had relearn how to do most things and Teresa made sure MonaVie was a part of that process.
“Four days after I woke I learned how to drink out of a straw and the doctors knew how important MonaVie was to my family and hospital and staff believed in good nutrition, so they allowed my mom to introduced the Active juice back into my diet giving me 6-8 ounces of juice two to three times a day. My mom even had some of the nurses taking the gel packs instead of drinking coffee,” said Josh.
For weeks, Josh could not talk and struggled to rehab his injuries but soon Josh and Teresa’s hard work would pay off. Josh’s will to succeed and competitive nature served him well as he relearned how to drink from a straw, eat food, and eventually walk. On October 2, 2008, Josh actually walked out of the hospital in Utah, and was released to finish up his rehab work, closer to home, in Reno, Nevada. While Josh was supposed to stay in the Reno hospital for another month, it lasted only eight days as Teresa felt she had done enough research and could better care for Josh without all the hospital costs. Josh’s doctor in Reno was skeptical, but Josh simply stated, “He did not know my mom.”
Teresa set Josh up on a strict rehabilitation program and within a few weeks Josh went in for a brain checkup where doctors said his brain activity was normal.
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Four months later, Josh headed to the desert and went on his first trail ride on a motorcycle. In less than a year, Josh was able to obtain his driver’s license, was back in school and training to get back to riding motorcycles.
On September 26, 2009, Josh decided to return to Wendover, Nevada and race in the very event that nearly took his life a year earlier.
“I convinced my parents to let me race. I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. I finished the Wendover race that day after a long three plus hours. I was not the top dog, but I was satisfied with just finishing the race in one piece.”
MonaVie was there
Not only was MonaVie there for Josh to aid in his nutrition that aided his recovery, but the family also received support from the MonaVie community. During Josh’s recovery, friends were able to talk with Dr. Alexander Schauss during MonaVie’s 2008 convention. Dr. Schauss provided advice and prescriptions that significantly aided in Josh’s recovery. Teresa even bought Dr. Schauss’ book Feed My Brain and followed his advice as part of Josh’s recovery. In February, the Morros families reached Ruby Executive and were able to come to Utah and participate in the Ruby Fly-In.
“We are so grateful to MonaVie and the opportunity. The entire time my mom was in Utah by my side she got paid every week so she could stay there with me,” said Josh. “The MonaVie opportunity has given my parents the freedom to continue the care for me over the last year and seven months, our story would be different if my parents were forced to get traditional jobs….THANK YOU MONAVIE.”
[caption id="attachment_19624" align="alignright" width="238" caption="Josh Morros praying before the same race that left him in a coma two years earlier. Josh finished the race unharmed."][/caption]
A Special Weekend!
This past weekend, MonaVie was able to invite Josh and his family to Salt Lake City to visit MonaVie headquarters, meet our executive team and also a chance to meet AMA Supercross Hall of Famer and MonaVie distributor, Jeff Emig. Jeff was in town as the color analyst for the AMA Supercross Event and is a legend in the industry. The Morros family and Jeff Emig were able to tour MonaVie headquarters together, chat with MonaVie executives like Henry Marsh, CFO Devin Thorpe, Randy Larsen, Senior Vice President Jeff Graham and VP of Marketing Wayne Moorehead. The Morros family also received a nice present from Henry Marsh, the hottest ticket in town, tickets to game #6 of the Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets NBA playoff game.
The following day, the family was able to attend the AMA Supercross event in Salt Lake City. Jeff Emig was kind enough to get the family tickets and despite rain and snow during the event, the family had a great time.
Teresa, John and Josh are an inspiration to many around them, and a testament to the power of MonaVie, having proper nutrition and never giving up. Today, Josh is still working his way back to riding competitively, and he and his parents will be taking their message with them. Teresa has already received inquiries from doctors and medical associations about their story and how proper nutrition can help aid brain injuries.
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The first official Korea City meeting was an overwhelming success with over 2,000 in attendance; standing room only. The room could occupy 1500 but in an effort to accommodate as many new and prospective distributors, they simply packed them all in. During the event Dallin asked for donations specifically for the family of the Korean Navy ship that sank over the weekend. For the next half hour, droves of attendees made their way to the stage to drop their donation envelope. MonaVie will match the total once it is calculated.
"It was a fantastic meeting and a great way to kick off our Korean market," said CEO and Founder Dallin A. Larsen.