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Jun 1, 2010

Dean and Melissa Soltis: 1st Place Winners of the Indy 500 Dream Giveaway!

Dean & Melissa Soltis

Names

Dean and Melissa Soltis

Current rank

Bronze Executive

Where are you from?

Dayton, Minnesota (Suburb of Minneapolis)

How were you introduced to MonaVie?

We were introduced by a stranger, Scott and Renita Brannan (Bismarck, ND), at a gas station pump less than 60 days ago, when they were in Minneapolis. We signed up within 2.5 minutes of being presented the opportunity; hadn’t even tasted the juice, but recognized a huge opportunity. By the time Dean’s tank was fueled, he was enrolled. Dean saw “MonaVie” on their Denali and asked what MonaVie was - see how important branding yourself is?!

What is your “why?”

We want to get out of the cabinet and granite fabrication business and leave our 50 employees with a new owner; to be employee free.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie so far?

Favorite moment so far has been winning the Indy 500 promo – Having our name put on the MonaVie Indy 500 racecar and getting Tomas Scheckter’s signed Indy 500 helmet is a once in a lifetime opportunity! That, plus being able to spend two days learning and asking questions of the founder and the top people of MonaVie: Henry Marsh, Brig and Lita Hart, Bobby Robinson, Jeff Graham, Grayson Maule, Shante Schroeder, Tomas Sheckter and the rest of the MonaVie gang!

Share your best business building tip

Don’t make assumptions or decisions for or about people – you never know who’s open to a new opportunity! And that means from the amount of cases they put on auto-ship or them wanting to run the business to a Diamond! One of my friends of over 30 years, that I would have never thought to be interested, wants all in after presenting the opportunity to him! Always be asking questions to qualify people.

Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...

Our next goal is to work diligently with all of our downline to make them stars and star-makers! Get them their purple card and help them reach their goals and dreams.
Our goal is to become Black Diamond by Dec 31, 2010. By becoming a Black Diamond, we will replace our income at Affordable Granite & Cabinetry, which will allow us to either sell our business or make it employee owned. The time and freedom we will have gained will allow us to volunteer with charities that have special meaning to us.

May 28, 2010

How To: Post a Video Response on YouTube

There are many free options to edit video. The two biggest other than the professional grade Final Cut Pro are Microsoft Movie Maker and Apple iMovie. I have worked with Final Cut Pro but use Apple iMovie for most of my projects as it is quick and simple...and I heart quick and simple.

There’s also a list of free editing software online if you simple do a Google search. Those with Flip video cameras are given software with their cameras. Same story for Kodak digital video camera, such as the Zi8.

As for the "Share Your Tasting Party" promo, there really are no length requirements on these videos, so disregard past suggestions to keep it 30-90 seconds. The point is to submit as many videos as possible and for that reason alone, the simpler the edit job the better. I can usually upload raw footage, edit and render a video out within 30 minutes or less. In fact, you don't even have to edit anything. If you shoot several sequences that you think are a great collaboration from your tasting party - send it in. Keep it raw. That's how we roll!

The next question I’ve received is how to upload the video to YouTube as a video response. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help:

Go to the video you wish to respond to. For this promotion, your video responses should be to Jeff Graham’s “Share Your Tasting Party” video, located here.

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Simple click in the “Respond to this video…” box below the video.

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Once you do this the box will be highlighted in blue and a "Attach a video" link will appear to the right.

Click on the link and it will take you to a page where you have the option to “Record a Video” or “Choose a Video” from your current YouTube library or “Upload a Video.”

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At this point it’s up to you. If you’ve already uploaded the video to your personal YouTube account then click “Choose a Video.” Otherwise, click “Upload a Video” and a menu will pop up in a separate smaller window. From there you simply need to find the video on your drive, click on it and YouTube will do the rest for you. You may have to fill in a few descriptive details about the video; make sure to include name and Distributor ID in the Description box. Your video may not show up right away and that is only because I have to approve them before they go live.

And there your have it. You will be good to go! If you need further explanation then please feel free to leave me a comment here or email me at shantes@monavie.com.

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

May 26, 2010

MonaVie's Got Talent: Show Us Yours at the International "Vision" Convention

And we want to see your talent at the International “Vision” Convention June 24-26th.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a feature performer during the Friday night 5-year Celebration at the International Convention on June 25th this is what you’ve got to do:

Record you performing your piece (as in the piece you want to perform at the event) and load it to YouTube. Send the URL link to Shante Schroeder at shantes@monavie.com along with your full name and distributor ID, and a list of any set up items you’ll need to perform your talent (microphone, audio/visual, etc.) Simple as that!

Okay, there are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Your talent must no longer than 3 minutes in length
  • You must be a distributor in order to perform
  • You must already be attending the MonaVie International “Vision” Convention

Deadline to enter is June 9th.

No compensation will be awarded to those lucky few who are chosen…only the chance to share your amazing talent with the rest of the MonaVie family at one of the biggest gatherings in MonaVie history…oh and plenty of back stage product ;)

See you at the big event!

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

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 10, 2010

Beautiful, Fast and Efficient

electriccarNot too long ago, one of my MonaVie colleagues, purchased an electric car that is beautiful, fast and efficient.  I love it!

As MonaVie’s CFO, I am frequently asked about the financial condition of the company.  As a privately held company, we don’t report numbers publicly so it is sometimes a challenge to express just how well we’re doing.

At the moment, MonaVie is operating just like that electric car.   The business is beautiful, fast and efficient.

Over the last 24 months, MonaVie has opened for business on four continents, bringing the total to five where we now do business.  Our company now does business in a multitude of languages as diverse as Bahasa Malay and Portuguese; we do business in Australian Dollars and Polish Zloty; our distributors are as diverse as any single group in the world, representing a tremendous heritage of religious and cultural traditions. And yet, for every distributor the opportunity to build is best right next door.  MonaVie is beautiful!

MonaVie is also experiencing rapid growth in Japan and Malaysia.  The launch of our business in Korea has been the biggest and most successful of any launch in the company’s history.  The overall business is growing.  No other networking company we can find has experienced growth like ours.  Our prospects for growth have never been brighter.  MonaVie is fast!

The health of a company can be measured best, perhaps, by its profitability or efficiency.  There are infinite ways to measure and compare efficiency and we’ve looked at every measure we can think of and can confidently say that MonaVie uses its resources wisely, makes appropriate returns on invested capital and operates with a margin of safety that preserves our commitment to pay commissions and ship product on time every week.  MonaVie is efficient!

Now, if I could just borrow the car…

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

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.

[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.

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.”

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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 30, 2010

High Five Friday

You say whaaattt?? I know, people call me crazy. I prefer whimsical. But I'm officially making this Friday and every Friday henceforth (as that makes it sound more official) High Five Friday. And it's as simple as this...

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Share a little humor, inspiration, craziness, fun and happiness by sending us all a virtual high five (the high being both "hi" and "high on life" messages that are meant to elevate us all). We snapped these photos in mere minutes with my iPhone. So, come on, join the fun and send those high fives to me at shantes@monavie.com and I'll post them here on BlogMV, Facebook and Twitter. Cuz it's all about sharing the love! [insert me singing "Where is the love" by The Black Eyed Peas or "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles or...okay, crazy talking again - you get the idea]

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Apr 23, 2010

Lily's Lemonade Stand: All Proceeds Go to The MORE Project

Dallin just sent me the cutest photo of our favorite little girl, Miss Lily Anderson. As you can see, she is raising money for The MORE Project the best way any child, or child-like adult, knows how - with a lemonade stand!

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Here's the most recent update, from Lily's mother, Jennifer, posted to their Care Pages site:

Good Morning friends…I know it has been awhile since an update, but I just have been waiting for some confirmation on Lily's last CT scan. The doctors have looked at it and determined that there are a couple "areas" on Lily's lungs that are different than the last scan. They do not think that these areas are cancer, but just some spots of infection left from her infection she had while having her stem cell transplant. They are going to watch her and scan her in a few months to see if there are any changes in the spots. The ONLY way to be certain of what they are is to do a biopsy, and they is VERY dangerous and too risky at this point. The fact that this does not appear to be cancer out weighs the option to do a biopsy. They had said that the biopsy would involve "stopping her lungs for a period of time while in surgery!!! That was enough to send me back into orbit. NO WAY…

We are just going to watch these areas closely and pray they go away.

Lily has started her radiation stage of this journey. She has a total of 13 days and we have already completed three! Way to go Lily. She immediately made friends with all of the nurses and doctors at the Winship Cancer Center. She goes in gets on the table and within about six minutes she is DONE! So cool. So far no side effects. Please keep praying for no side effects…She is very happy to have been able to take her tests in school and feels like she has done pretty well. She has been working very hard on the third grade project and will be able to go to school next week to participate. We are seeing the light everyday and again want to thank all of you for your continued prayers.

We found out yesterday that after radiation, she will start her anti-body therapy pretty much right away. This unfortunately will be a series of infusions that will last about six months to complete! She will be inpatient for a week and then outpatient for two weeks and repeat for the six months. Summer looks kind of yucky, but who wants to wear a bathing suit anyway? NOT ME!

Love you all,

Jennifer Anderson

Continue to keep Lily and her family in your thoughts and prayers. She is a strong girl and while she is currently cancer-free, you can see there is a lot of work before she will be considered full recovered.

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UPDATE: From Jennifer, "Lily has been feeling great lately. She was able to set up her Lemonade stand during the neighborhood garage sale and all of her money raised is going to the M.O.R.E project thru Mona Vie. It will go to help take orphans off the streets in Brazil. Mona Vie has raised millions for this incredible project, and Lily wanted to help. She is amazing. It was totally her idea. She raised $80.00 so she will give it to Dallin Larsen, founder of Mona Vie, this weekend."

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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MonaVie Chief Blogger

Apr 10, 2010

Breaking News: National Tragedy in Poland

Just moments after posting Randy Larsen's last comments, related to the flooding in Brazil, he sent me the following to be posted immediately...we have more MonaVie friends in need of our support:

Dear MonaVie Family and Friends,

A few hours ago there was a national tragedy in Poland. The presidential plane crashed near Smolensk, Russia.

Besides the president and his wife they have lost ALL chiefs of every single army units in Poland including Chief of the General Staff.

Special forces chief, Navy chief, Airforce chief and all other known also died in the crash among others more than 80 passengers.

They lost central bank governor, Poland's last president-in-exile,  ?MPs, leading historians, senators, deputy speaker of the lower house, undersecretary of state, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Deputy Foreign Minister and many others.

Several months ago I visited Poland and we started business there shortly after. I have dear friends who live in Poland and we have thousands of MonaVie distributors in Poland. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers, and love are with the beautiful people and the amazing country of Poland.  The world mourns this morning. God bless Poland. We are all connected and this is everyone’s tragedy. It is a sad day for us all.

Please keep a prayer in your heart for all those affected by this sad news.

God bless,

Randy Larsen

MonaVie Founder and Vice Chairman

For CNN coverage of the crash, go here.

UPDATE: It is Polish custom to change the landing page of a website to black and white when the nation has declared a state of mourning. In honor of this custom and our Polish friends, we have taken the MonaVie Poland website to black and white. Further, a message of condolence has been posted to the newsletter, in both English and Polish. Our thoughts are with you.

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