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Nov 21, 2011

A More Meaningful Life: Firefighter Regains Fire Within After Debilitating Accident

Beginning March 10, 2011, life as Rob and Jennifer Hudnet knew it would never be the same.

A Baltimore Washington International Airport firefighter, Rob was involved in a disastrous accident at a loading dock. A freight of supplies came down on and crushed his right foot; and, though surgeons worked for hours to mitigate the damage, the gruesome mishap left Rob without his first three toes.

The injury forced Rob out of work—he had been working full time as a firefighter and as an ambulance driver—and landed him on workers' compensation, which restricts him from earning income outside of the money he receives from disability. The snowball kept rolling, as he was unable to achieve any standard of independence during a less-than-smooth recovery and rehabilitation. Rob's wife, Jennifer, would have to quit her part-time job at a doctor's office to take care of him and their daughter, who was 10 months old at the time.

"This is when everything really started to get hard and really get us depressed," Rob recalls. "We lost over half of our income, and we were facing the possibility of losing our house."

Off and Running
It was at a local car show that Rob and Jennifer were first introduced to MonaVie. The couple attended the event as a favor to a family friend, Greg Weller, who set up a tent at the show to promote MonaVie and the MORE Project. There, they met Bob Pirrello and received a MonaVie RVL 3-Day Sample Pack.

Combined with his extensive workout program through ongoing physical therapy, Rob lost more than six pounds during his MonaVie RVL trial run. He then got on the phone with Greg.

"What do I need to do to stay on this product," Rob asked.

Greg drove to Rob and Jennifer's place that night and brought a month's supply of MonaVie RVL. Greg enrolled the Hudnets and even paid for their first order, as he knew they had fallen on hard times.

"Jen and I just sat there in shock because we didn't really know Greg that well at the time,"
Rob says. "We had only met him a few times through my dad. But, because of his generosity we were off and running."

Taking a Chance
The generosity of family and friends has been a common theme throughout this journey for Rob and Jennifer. With the help of charitable loved ones, they were able to make their house payment when they were the most down on their luck. And, when their first AutoShip payment came due, they weren't sure they could make it. It was around that time that Bob and his wife, Stacey, called to ask if there was anything they could do to help the Hudnets.

"I told them that I love the product," Rob says. "I just needed to be able to build the business so I could stay on the product."

The Pirrellos thought about it and came up with a rather creative way to help Rob and Jen remain on AutoShip. On their weekly conference call with their team, Bob and Stacey offered one hundred dollars to the first 10 distributorships who enrolled two new people on AutoShip. Rob and Jen held a tasting party that same week and enrolled Rob's dad. During a one-on-one with their neighbor, they enrolled their second person of the week.

The prize money helped Rob and Jennifer gather enough earnings to remain active on AutoShip. And, the chance that the Pirrellos took on the Hudnets has proven to pay off, as Rob and Jennifer are now Star 500s who hold tasting parties every week with the support of their upline. Their goal is to become Bronze Executives by the end of November.

"We have many goals to hit in this company," Rob says, "and we're so excited to reach them."

Recovery
When Rob started his MonaVie RVL program, he weighed 224 pounds, was out of work, enduring grueling rehabilitation, and falling deeper into a devastating depression. Today, he is 27 pounds lighter and has come a long way since discovering he would have to relearn how to manage his everyday life as he lay in the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

"MonaVie has changed my life and given us something to look forward to as a family," Rob says. "The best part of my program is that it's a strength-building program with the goal of getting me back to work. I'm not at the final weight I want to be at, but I am at a point where I am no longer depressed and can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Nov 21, 2011

MonaVie's Corporate Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, a United States holiday, MonaVie's corporate offices will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25. This includes MonaVie Support and all product pickup centers in the United States.

You will still be able to order products online through your Virtual Office. Enjoy the holiday!

Nov 21, 2011

Coming Soon—RVL Holiday Specials!

What do delicious RVL holiday recipes, an all-new RVL flavor, and MonaVie 2.0 have in common? Find out on Thursday, December 1, when we unveil our RVL Holiday Specials!* In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of what's to come…

  • Peppermint Holiday Shake
  • Dreamsicle Shake
  • RVL Strawberry Cheeseshake
  • The Perfect Holiday Eggnog
  • Apple Pie Shake
  • Strawberry Blast
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

* Holiday specials available in the U.S. and Canada only. Not available for purchase on AutoShip.

Nov 21, 2011

Update: Maria Dyment Places 2nd at Sandra Wickham Fall Classic 2011

On November 7, Maria Dyment told us about her RVLutionary transformation and her goal to place in the top three at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic 2011. We are very pleased to report that Maria represented MonaVie exceptionally by winning two second-place trophies in the lightweight and grand master categories, as well as earning overall best poser honors. The victories mean that Maria has also achieved another of her goals—qualifying for the 2012 British Columbia Championships!

"With 106 friends, family, and business associates in attendance, MonaVie left quite a footprint and definitely had a victorious weekend at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic," Maria says. "Now, I'm off to the gym to prepare for the British Columbia Championships!"

Congratulations, Maria!

Nov 21, 2011

MonaVie Is Open for Business in India!

MonaVie is thrilled to announce the expansion of our business operations in the Asia Pacific Region with the launch of MonaVie India on Monday, November 21, 2011 (India Standard Time).

Enrolled distributors in India are able to purchase the following premier products:

  • MonaVie Essential
  • MonaVie Pulse
  • MonaVie (M)mūn Powder
  • MonaVie EMV
  • MonaVie RVL Nutrition Shake Mix

This highly anticipated country launch is in response to the tremendous enthusiasm displayed by our valued distributors across the world and our growing distributor force in the Asia Pacific Region. MonaVie is now officially open in nine countries in the region and in 21 countries overall!

The launch of MonaVie India will mark our fourth new market opening for 2011. Previously this year, we launched the MonaVie opportunity in Austria (September 13), Portugal (September 13), and Hungary (October 25). Each of these markets is experiencing great growth, and we have high expectations for MonaVie India.

Thank you for all you are doing to help our company and premier products gain recognition around the globe.

For more information on what is happening in MonaVie India, please visit www.monavieonthemove.com/india.

Nov 16, 2011

New Study Confirms MonaVie (M)mūn Juice Effective in Supporting a Healthy Immune System

It's that time of year, when people all across the country are bracing for the onset of the flu season, and MonaVie has good news for them.

Previous studies have shown that Wellmune WGP®, a key ingredient in MonaVie (M)mūn® juice, provides a natural solution to boost the immune system. In addition to these Wellmune WGP studies, a new, recently completed human study indicates that daily use of MonaVie (M)mūn—a juice blend that contains both the acai berry and Wellmune WGP—can help support a person's upper respiratory tract health and mood.

According to Darin Blackhurst, MonaVie senior director of product development, "Several studies have shown that beta-glucan (known by the brand name Wellmune WGP) is effective in supporting the immune system under stress. Other studies have shown acai berry juice to provide antioxidant benefits by reducing oxidative damage. This most recent study focused on (M)mūn, a juice that is the only product on the market that combines the benefits of both."

Blackhurst noted that the relationship between stress and decreased immune function is well established, with psychological stress having an adverse effect on mood. This study shows that by supporting the immune system, individuals are better equipped to deal with everyday stress, thereby improving mood.

MonaVie Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Cohen commented, "This latest research demonstrates that our (M)mūn product can help support a healthy immune system, even during times of increased physical and emotional stress." Although the study focused on acai and beta-glucan, Cohen said that (M)mūn also contains other fruits specifically chosen to nutritionally support immune health.

This research offers a platform for MonaVie distributors to offer something to friends and loved ones during the holiday season that can be of great benefit: a product that is proven to help support your body's natural defenses.

Click here to view/download the study abstract.

Nov 16, 2011

Lose for MORE Group Challenge Winners Awarded $10,000!

The results are in, and the winner of the Lose for MORE Group Challenge is…

Team We Are MonaVie and We Are Losing For More!


Gold Executive Stephanie Cook 27 lbs lost
“My future gets brighter every single day that passes, and I owe it all to MonaVie.”


Gold Executive Ron Howard 29 lbs lost
“MonaVie RVL has helped me realize that I do not need to stay on the unhealthy path that I was on.”


Distributor Robert McGuire 35 lbs lost
“Losing as much as I have with MonaVie RVL has given me the motivation to lose more.”

Click here to watch a video message from Jeff Graham.

Beating out 200 other teams with a total combined weight loss of 91 pounds over a 12-week period, Team We Are MonaVie and We Are Losing For More wins the following grand prizes:

  • US$10,000
  • A home tasting party with Founder and Vice Chairman Henry Marsh

In addition, MonaVie will match each team member’s donation to the MORE Project dollar-for-dollar for every pound they lost during the challenge.

Congratulation, Stephanie, Robert, and Ron!

And, to the rest of the MonaVie family, if you think this is amazing, just wait until you see what we’ve got in store for January 2012. The RVLution is coming! Are you ready?

Nov 14, 2011

MLM Corporate Network Interviews MonaVie CMO Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen shares his background and vision for MonaVie with Toby Palmer of MLM Corporate Network.

Toby remarks, "I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Cohen, CMO for MonaVie. Jeff's unique perspective in the television and movie industry gives him added insight on how to move MonaVie into a more mainstream product consumer position. Jeff discussed the latest MonaVie branding activities, reaching out to a new vein of potential U.S. distributors, and how the company will energize their existing distributors with the 2.0 launch in January 2012."

View interview with Jeff Cohen.

Nov 14, 2011

A More Meaningful Life: Child Phenom Averi Doktorczyk Chases Gymnastics Dreams

When you look at nine-year-old Averi Doktorczyk's growing collection of gymnastics trophies, you would think that she's one of those athletes who was blessed with inherent, supernatural ability in her chosen sport.

All totaled, Averi has been awarded 32 medals, including 10 first-place and six second-place honors. On November 7, 2011, Averi placed first in her level at the California State South Sectional, receiving the highest score out of nearly 500 competitors. Pretty impressive for someone whose competitive gymnastics career is only nine months old and spans a total of just eight competitions. But for a girl who is racking up awards with seeming ease, the road to this point has been anything but easy.

As with any sport, talent and timing are chief aspects to excelling at gymnastics. Although Averi first took up the sport at 18 months old and has attended Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy in Temecula, California, since the age of three, her former classmates excelled at a pace far greater than Averi's, moving up to the competitive level 1–2 seasons before she did.

"It was hard watching the other kids sail past her," says Jolene Doktorczyk, Averi's mother and MonaVie Emerald Executive. "There were times when I would ask her if she wanted to do other sports. The answer always came back 'no.'"

Determination
While Averi was battling to overcome her obstacles in the gym, her parents Jolene and Ryan were joining forces to fight their own battle—one that's become all too familiar for families across the country.

"When we were first introduced to MonaVie, the sole source of income for our family was real estate," Jolene says. "And, as everyone knows, the real estate industry was one of the first and hardest hit by the recession. Without the income from our MonaVie business, Averi's dreams would have died three years ago."

With MonaVie handling the financial part, Averi handled her part by having a strong work ethic in practice and staying determined and focused on improving her skills. In 2010, her hard work finally paid off as she got her opportunity to join the competitive team. Her accomplishments since then speak for themselves, and she was recently invited into TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program), which is designed to train select athletes at a faster pace for higher level competition.

Fearless
Jolene says the fact that MonaVie has enabled her daughter to continue the sport she loves is not lost on Averi. In fact, Jolene says that Averi and her sister Savannah are two of the most fearless unofficial distributors she's ever seen.

"When things were just getting started for us they would say, 'Come on, mom, we need to go to the park and meet some people to get in our business,'" Jolene recalls. "They would talk to everyone about MonaVie."

Averi's enthusiasm for sharing MonaVie extends to her gymnastics team as well. When her Elite coaches joked that any and all snacks brought into the gym had to be shared with the staff, Averi quickly saw an opportunity and seized it.

"She shared the MonaVie RVL Snack Bars and is now trading bars for private lessons," Jolene says. "We've even signed one of her coaches on as a distributor by sharing the new MonaVie Perks program."

In addition to providing the funds to keep her competing, MonaVie has made an impact on the fourth-grader's health. During the winter season, while many of her teammates are sidelined for weeks with the flu, Averi has enjoyed interruption-free practices and training with the aid of MonaVie (M)mūn. Jolene says that Averi's crown jewel is the chocolate berry MonaVie RVL Shake and RVL Snack Bars.

"Gymnasts burn so many calories," she says, "and RVL is the answer for high-quality nutrition to meet the demands of her workouts."

Priceless
Averi is currently preparing for the 2011 State Championships, November 19–20. Her long-term goals are to go to college on a full scholarship, make the U.S. National Team, compete in the Olympics, and one day open a gym of her own. Jolene is as proud as a mother can be of her daughter's ambition and drive. But, she says the quality of person that Averi is developing into is far more valuable than any tangible success she attains—an attribute that was demonstrated no better than at a recent Sectional meet.

A special perk that SCEGA gives to the team's top scorer for each level is the privilege of taking home the team trophy for the weekend. When one of Averi's friends made it into the "37 club" (an extremely difficult feat of earning an all-around score of 37 or higher) at this particular meet, Averi was so genuinely thrilled for her that she let her friend take the team trophy home for one of the two nights that Averi was entitled to.

"We can all agree that winning is cool," Jolene says. "But, character is priceless."

Click here to stay updated on Averi Doktorczyk's competitions and scoring.

Nov 14, 2011

New Gold Executive—Leonie LaPoint

Congratulations to Leonie LaPoint from Novato, California, on achieving the rank of Gold Executive. Here's what she had to say on reaching this impressive milestone…

"My journey with MonaVie began in June 2009 when my friend introduced me to the product. I began drinking MonaVie Active and started feeling a difference in a matter of weeks! Loving the product, I actively started building the business. I reached Star 500, Star 1,000, and Bronze Executive and then got stuck! I had set and reset my goals over time. In January 2011, my goal was to be a Gold Executive by December 31.

"When the Cruise for Gold promotion was announced, my friend Black Diamond Kathleen Deggelman checked in with me to see where I was in my business. I told her the Cruise for Gold promotion was great but wasn't going to happen for me. Perhaps next year. 'No,' said Kathleen. 'You can easily make it to Gold this year, and I will help you get there!' That shifted my mindset, and I started believing I could qualify for Gold.

"My mentor and friend Jill Paul (Emerald Executive) sent me and people on my team certificates that she made herself stating, 'I achieved the level of Gold and am going on the Cruise!' She had each of us take pictures holding our certificates for her dream board. I put it by my computer so I could see it every day. Her belief in me started a little fire in my belly.

"The MonaVie RVL promotion really kicked things in gear. Jill got on the phone and told me how I could reach Silver. I went for it and did! I called every person I had ever given RVL samples to, as well as those who had been on AutoShip or stopped using RVL. Some got back on the RVL program and back on AutoShip. One friend ordered several months' worth of product to lose some weight. The next week she told me, 'Guess what? You're going Gold this week!'

"Skeptical, but willing to take on the challenge, I started off the week strong. I am a single mom, so between work, kids, carpooling, etc., I did not have a lot of time to waste. I set all my efforts and focus on my goal. I strategized with team members, strategized with Jill, and talked to her several times a day. I was making progress, but by Thursday I started to lose hope of reaching my goal.

"That week I attended a seminar where someone shared this statement from a very successful person: 'It is 80 percent mindset and 20 percent how-to.' I thought, 'I am not going to give up. I have worked so hard, and I'm going Gold!' I didn't know 'how to' on Friday morning, but I knew I was going to! This is truly a team effort. I will re-qualify for Gold again two weeks in a row in November and look forward to meeting you all on the cruise! Thank you, MonaVie, and my heroes and mentors, Kathleen Deggelman and Jill Paul."

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