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May 18, 2010

Share Your Tasting Party

This is a US and Canada Only Promotion

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:

  1. Number of people at your home tasting party
  2. You sharing the product
  3. Tasting party set up and any MonaVie swag
  4. Reactions from your guests
  5. 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.

So, big question is “where do I send my videos?”

Post all videos as a reply to this great video of Jeff telling you about this super fly opportunity on MonaVie’s YouTube channel. Click in the box “Respond to this video” and then on the link “Attach a video.”

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 shantes@monavie.com and I’ll walk you through the process. Finally, I'll be approving all replies before they go live.

Can’t wait to see what you send in!

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

May 3, 2010

Motorcycles, MonaVie, and a Miracle

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.

Tragedy Strikes

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.

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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.

An Awakening

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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Josh’s reaction?

“WooHoo!”

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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For those who wish to contact Teresa Morros and hear their story, email them at livetowin90@yahoo.com.

 

Michael Jensen

Social Media Promotions Manager

Apr 19, 2010

First Official City Meeting in Songpa-Gu, Seoul, Korea

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.

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Shante
MonaVie Chief Blogger

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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Shante

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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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

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:

Michael Jensen
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

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