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Feb 15, 2009

Anaheim Regional Meeting Recap

The Anaheim Regional Meeting on January 31 marked the company's first event of 2009; it also turned out to be the largest event in MonaVie history!

The nearly 3,000 distributors in attendance at the Pacific Ballroom of the Hilton Anaheim combined with the 31,000 worldwide webcast viewers made the Anaheim Regional the most watched MonaVie meeting ever.

Dallin Larsen, founder and president of MonaVie, and Henry Marsh, executive vice president and cofounder, welcomed the enthusiastic distributors with their characteristic passion and humor that motivates distributors to be exceptional.

With a glass of MonaVie raised to the sky, Dallin began the morning with a toast "to MonaVie on the move in 2009."

Dallin energized the crowd by reiterating his commitment to building MonaVie into a company that will stand the test of time, without sacrificing principles. He expressed his burning belief in the distributors to bring the message of hope, freedom, and health to people who are hurting all over the world.

"Don't believe that a small group of people can't change the world," Dallin said, "because, in fact, it's the only thing that has."

Watch Dallin Larsen's presentation.
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MonaVie Stimulus Package
In what would become an exciting day of many major announcements, Dallin got it all started with the introduction of the MonaVie Stimulus Package.

"I'm not going to wait for the government's help," Dallin said. "We've got our own stimulus package."

Designed to ease some of the financial burdens the economy has placed on each of us, the MonaVie Stimulus Package is threefold:

  1. MonaVie is coming to you in 2009! In lieu of asking distributors to attend a centralized international convention this year, we are bringing all that MonaVie has to offer to a city near you. This means more city meetings and more regional meetings in cities that are closer to all of our distributors, which amounts to less hotel fees and airfares.
  2. Free-enrollment February. It's as simple as it sounds: the US$39 fee will be waived on all new enrollments for the entire month of February 2009! There's literally never been a better time than now to join MonaVie.
  3. MonaVie is entering new markets in 2009. MonaVie has built a solid foundation in the United States in order to take this amazing company to the rest of the world; that time is now. Look for MonaVie to enter Mexico and Israel in the coming year.

During these tough economic times, MonaVie is continually looking for ways to help its distributors enjoy the MonaVie opportunity to the fullest; however, MonaVie as a company is doing better than it ever has. As Chief Financial Officer Devin Thorpe told the distributors in Anaheim, "You don't need to worry. This recession was caused by too much debt, and MonaVie has no need to borrow money. MonaVie is a safe place to be."

Steve and Gina Merritt Crowne Black Diamond Presentation

"What better way to start the New Year than to announce the second Crowne Black Diamonds in the world of MonaVie?"

With that electrifying question from Dallin, Steve and Gina Merritt joined the stage to be presented with two MonaVie briefcases filled with $1 million in cash. MonaVie's newest Crowne Black Diamonds also revved the engine on their brand new Lamborghini Murcielago.

Taking the microphone, Steve recalled the first MonaVie meeting they attended in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dallin was preparing to take the company's leaders on a trip to Maui, Hawaii.

"We didn't want to miss out on that trip," Steve remembered.

The Merritts advised distributors to take ownership of their MonaVie businesses and conduct tasting parties. Never one to shy away from hard work, Gina emphatically stated the Merritts' goals for the coming year.

"We're cranking it up in 2009," Gina exclaimed. "We're going to do more meetings than we've ever done, and we're going to bless more lives than we've ever blessed. We're so fired up."

Watch Steve and Gina Merritt's Crowne Black Diamond presentation.
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Black Diamond Documentaries
Dallin and Henry took time to recognize distributors advancing in the ranks of MonaVie. Ruby-level and above distributors were recognized onstage and applauded by their peers. New Black Diamond documentaries of Rob and Lisa Alwin, Calvin Becerra, and Ken and Carol Porter were also presented Saturday.

"The best thing you get out of this business is what you gain along the journey." —Rob Alwin
Watch Rob and Lisa Alwin's presentation.

"Behind every success, there has to be some kind of struggle." —Calvin Becerra
Watch Calvin Becerra's presentation.

"From tough times let us not shrink; it's only our mindset we need to rethink." —Ken Porter
Watch Ken Porter's presentation.

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The MORE Project
Everyone always leaves feeling uplifted and inspired after Katy Holt-Larsen, executive director of the MORE Project, and Sergio Ponce, the MORE Project Brazil director, take the stage. The meeting in Anaheim was no different.

Katy began by recapping all that MonaVie distributors had done in 2008 to bless the lives of impoverished families in Brazil:

  • Helped 150 children learn to read, among other things, through The Believer's Project
  • Provided 1,500 meals per week to underprivileged children
  • Provided dental care for 225 children
  • Gave 120 boys the chance to receive professional training at the Soccer Training School
  • Educated thousands of teens and adults to allow them to find jobs
  • Built four new houses and repaired 100 roofs

"The MonaVie family is unbelievable," Katy said. "There is so much heart and soul in this company."

With $60,000 per month in AutoShip donations currently being given to the MORE Project, Katy implored the audience to give even more in 2009. This year's goal is to have $220,000 AutoShip donations per month.

There are two ways distributors can support the MORE Project through donations. One way is to donate a percentage of your weekly commission to the MORE Project; the other way is to make a monthly AutoShip donation in increments of $5, $25, or $100. To set up your preferred donation method, simply access your Virtual Office, click on the I Click for Kids button on the homepage, and make your selection.

"We are doing this for love," Sergio said. "It's easy to say 'I love you,' but it's harder to show love. You have to give to show love."

Distributors heeded the call Saturday in Anaheim by donating a grand total of $475,351 by the end of the day.

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Peter Vidmar
One of the highlights of the event certainly had to be Peter Vidmar, member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Donning his gymnastics uniform, Peter performed his 1984 Olympic gold-medal winning pommel horse routine to a standing ovation from the thousands of distributors in attendance.

Peter advised MonaVie's blossoming leaders to give attention to detail on the little things they do day-in and day-out. Peter says that when it comes to being successful, too much emphasis is placed on working twice as hard as the next person.

"Nobody wins by jumping twice as fast or scoring twice as many points," he said. "They win by fractions of a point or a second. It doesn't take a superhuman effort. The little, extra efforts we make every day make a big difference if we're consistent."

Peter accentuated his message of consistency and repetition by encouraging the distributors to figure out what they can do differently with their businesses.

"Wherever your business is, there's something you can do to take it to another level," Peter said. "It only takes a little more effort."

Watch Peter Vidmar's presentation.
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Business Announcements
"MonaVie is determined to focus on distributor retention," declared Alison Ferguson, MonaVie's chief of staff.

Alison was on hand to announce the launch of two new programs—the AutoShip Retention Report and the MonaVie Text Messaging Program.

The AutoShip Retention Report will allow distributors added visibility to AutoShip activity in their downlines. To view your AutoShip Retention Report, access your Virtual Office and click on Member Info. Scroll down to "Downline Reports," then click on AutoShip Retention.

In conjunction with the AutoShip Retention Report, MonaVie will begin emailing distributors "AutoShip cancellation" notices. These emails will be sent to sponsors whenever someone in their personal enrollment trees cancels or has an unsuccessful AutoShip.

MonaVie has partnered with txtwire, a leader in the text messaging industry, to create the MonaVie Text Messaging Program. Through this program, which will officially launch later this year, MonaVie will be able to notify distributors about corporate alerts, promotions, event announcements, and more through text messaging. Stay tuned to www.monavieonthemove.com for more information regarding this service.

Product Announcements
Jeff Graham, vice president of product management, addressed the audience during the morning session of the meeting. Along with announcing that MonaVie has obtained kosher certification for a new kosher product (for Israel) from the Orthodox Union, he also relayed an important notification. In Jeff's own words, "There's a new fruit in the family."

Indeed, distributors may have noticed that cupuacu has replaced apricot in the MonaVie Pulse blend. As Jeff expressed in his presentation, the MonaVie product development team is always looking for something new and profound. Cupuacu, which is a native Brazilian fruit, has been found to be an exceptional fruit with body-beneficial properties, so MonaVie is acting upon that knowledge.

The addition of cupuacu will also go a long way toward providing for the working class families in Brazil. With four Brazilian fruits (acai, acerola, camu camu, and cupuacu) in the MonaVie Pulse blend, MonaVie is helping provide more work for the harvesters in the Amazon Rainforest.

Jeff also made distributors aware of the newly formed MonaVie Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB). Composed of three doctorate-level scientists, the MSAB advises and consults MonaVie on scientific issues concerning the company and its products.

With each member possessing an exceptionally significant level of expertise regarding how foods affect human health, the Board consists of the following individuals: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, PhD, FACN, senior director of natural and medicinal products research, AIBMR Life Sciences; and Dr. Nathan D. Wong, PhD, M.P.H., professor of medicine, School of Medicine, and director of the University of California at Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program in Preventive Cardiology. Learn more about the MonaVie Scientific Advisory Board.

Distributors can find more product information, including FAQs and approved claims lists, in the Virtual Office. For product questions, please email productquestions@monavie.com.

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Those who watched the Anaheim Regional Meeting undoubtedly remember listening to the inspiring words of Scott Jasquer, who said, "Life is wonderful, and don't you forget that for a second." On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, Scott Jasquer passed away. We express our sincere condolences to Scott's family. May God bless Scott and his family.

Knowing what he knows, he's still smiling. Courage! Strength! Belief!


MonaVie thanks all those who helped make the Anaheim Regional a success, and we look forward to our next regional meeting in Orlando, Florida, April 18, 2009. We'll see you there!

Feb 13, 2009

MonaVie Corporate Celebrates Steve and Gina Merritt Crowne Black Diamond Day

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, was celebrated as Steve and Gina Merritt Crowne Black Diamond Day at MonaVie corporate headquarters in South Jordan, Utah. Watch the video recap.

When MonaVie's newest Crowne Black Diamonds stepped out of the limousine and into the doors of the corporate office, hundreds of corporate employees welcomed them with a congratulatory standing ovation. The company literally rolled out the red carpet for only the second distributorship in the history of MonaVie to achieve Crowne Black Diamond status.

Surrounded by MonaVie's employees, Founder and President Dallin Larsen and Executive Vice President and Cofounder Henry Marsh, presented the Merritt family with a $1 million check.

"It has been so much fun," Gina said. "We are excited and honored to be a part of the MonaVie team."

In addition to the $1 million check, the Merritts will be presented with a MonaVie green Lamborghini Murcielago at the Anaheim Regional Meeting later this month as part of the Exotic Dream Car Program.

"Lest you think that they just signed up and sat in their recliners and became Crowne Black Diamonds in the world of MonaVie, I want you to understand that I don't know that we have any harder workers among the distributors than Steve and Gina," Dallin said. "I love these guys, and I love what they stand for. They're building a solid business."

Along with the special ceremony at the corporate office, the Merritts enjoyed some of the best entertainment that Utah has to offer, including skiing, tubing, fine dining, and a Utah Jazz game.

"Like anything you do in life, you have to roll up your shirt sleeves and go to work," Steve said. "We're going to create history with the MonaVie opportunity. We're looking forward to making this company a $20 billion company in 20 years."

MonaVie congratulates the entire Merritt family on becoming Crowne Black Diamond Executives!

View the Merritts' Black Diamond documentary.

Feb 11, 2009

MonaVie’s Corporate Office Closed for Presidents Day

In observance of the Presidents Day (U.S.) holiday, MonaVie’s Corporate Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2010. This includes Executive and Distributor Support, MonaVie Mall Support, the Utah and Jacksonville Distribution Centers, and the Anaheim and Tulsa Pickup Centers. The Burnaby (Canada) Pickup Center will remain open during the holiday, and you may still place orders online by logging into your Virtual Office.

Enjoy the holiday!

Feb 8, 2009

Taking MonaVie to New Heights

Steve Merritt has been steadily rising in the ranks in MonaVie, and now he's gone to new heights—literally! Recently, Steve took members of his MonaVie team skydiving. Watch as Steve and his crew embark on an adventure of a lifetime, from takeoff to the big jump, with MonaVie in hand each step of the way.

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Watch the video.

Feb 8, 2009

MonaVie Featured in Direct Selling News

[Direct Selling News]-February 2009-Direct Selling News featured MonaVie in its February 2009 edition, and shared keys to MonaVie's success in the article "Combining Heart with Health—MonaVie." Noting MonaVie's scientifically based products, expanding international opportunity, and commitment to the MORE Project, Direct Selling News said it is "no wonder 4-year-old MonaVie can already boast more than $1 billion in cumulative sales during its short lifetime."

To read the entire article, click here.

Feb 8, 2009

MonaVie's Night on the Red Carpet

MonaVie dazzled nominees and other star-studded guests at the Secret Room Events posh gifting suite in honor of the Academy Awards, February 20-21. Guests were welcomed into an enchanting lounge at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills designed by celebrated French designer, Philippe Starck. Ambient silver lighting, towering mirror ball candlesticks, sophisticated bronze sculptures, tilting bookcases, and urns overflowing with giant white roses fashioned a mood that delivered both excitement and surprise.

MonaVie's eye-catching display and exclusive red carpet swag bags caught the attention of elite guests, and celebs lined up to receive shots of MonaVie Pulse, including Mario Lopez of America's Best Dance Crew, Andy Milder of Frost/Nixon, Niecy Nash of the Style Network's Clean House, Judd Nelson of The Breakfast Club, Billy Jeffrey of ABC's True Beauty, Kim Coles of 10 Items or Less, and Marlene Forte of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

MonaVie was well received by celebrities, producers, publicists, and media reps alike, making the Oscar weekend a smashing success.

If you held your own MonaVie red carpet tasting party and would like to share your experience and photos, please email us at media@monavie.com.

Feb 8, 2009

FREE Enrollment February!

We're kicking off the month of February with one of our most exciting promotions ever. Now through February 28, 2009 (11:59 p.m. MT), we are waiving the enrollment fee for all new distributors.*

We call it Free Enrollment February, but you might simply call it "great news!" This promotion is specially designed to help you introduce others to MonaVie's amazing products and unique opportunity.

Spread the news today and take advantage of this exciting, limited-time offer!

* Promotion applies to distributors in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the United States.

Feb 1, 2009

February 2009 Ruby Fly-In Recap

MonaVie's newest distributor leaders gathered at the Zermatt Resort & Spa in Midway, Utah, February 4–7, 2009, to spend the week enjoying Utah's winter recreation, including skiing, shopping, and fine dining. The distributors also heard from a variety of corporate representatives at a meeting on Thursday.

Watch the video.
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Thursday's meeting helped distributors to build confidence in themselves as well as in the corporate team. Barry Phillips, director of training and development, added to that overall feeling of confidence by announcing forthcoming courses in MonaVie University.

An online learning tool delivering in-depth training to help distributors become more productive and efficient in running their independent businesses, MonaVie University will soon offer courses to help distributors better understand the Compensation Plan as well as MonaVie products. There will also be a compliance certification program in the future for Ruby level and above distributors. All MonaVie University courses are offered free of charge and can be accessed by logging into your Virtual Office.

Before distributors hit the hills for tubing and dinner at Soldier Hollow Thursday night, Executive Vice President and Cofounder Henry Marsh delivered the final presentation of the day. Henry, a four-time U.S. Olympian in track and field, exhorted the crowd to be passionate about MonaVie. "Passion is the will and desire to sacrifice what you want now in pursuit of a dream or goal you want more," Henry explained. "If you want to be a Black Diamond, you have to have the passion."

Describing his own experiences as an Olympic steeplechase competitor, Henry wondered aloud why so many people in the world never find the greatness in themselves. He suggested that the answer may be that life is simply too comfortable for most people to discover their true purposes in life.

"I hope you wake up every day with a dedication to your purposes in life," Henry said. "Your success in MonaVie will be directly proportionate to the magnitude of your purposes."

MonaVie's next Ruby Fly-In is scheduled for July 15–18, 2009. The deadline to qualify is March 27, 2009.

Feb 1, 2009

MonaVie Celebrates Grand Opening in Japan

MonaVie will commemorate its launch in Japan with the biggest grand opening ceremony in company history on Saturday, February 21, 2009!

"There's no doubt in my mind that MonaVie will take Japan by storm like no other company has before," says Tadamasu Shimizu, general manager of MonaVie Japan. "Together, we will develop MonaVie into a company that serves as a beacon to this amazing industry."

Diamond Executives and international distributors are hailing the formal grand opening of Japan as the biggest event since MonaVie launched in 2005. With more than 5,000 distributors and guests expected, the epic ceremony will occur Saturday, February 21, in Yokohama City, Japan.

In addition to its historical significance, Scott Olsen, Black Diamond Executive, said the event will become one of the company's proudest moments. Given Japan's vibrant economy, MonaVie looks to achieve more success and build a solid footing in the country one person at a time.
"People all over the world are looking for an opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and MonaVie opening in Japan is that opportunity," Scott added.

Corporate Leaders
As is custom, Dallin Larsen, founder and president of MonaVie, will personally welcome distributors and guests at the occasion. The festivities will also include several other prominent MonaVie leaders:

  • Henry Marsh, executive vice president and cofounder
  • Randy Larsen, executive vice president and cofounder
  • Varlin Law, vice president of international sales
  • Doug Allen, vice president of international development
  • Tadamasa Shimizu, Japan general manager
  • Jeff Graham, vice president of product management

MonaVie's on-the-ground presence in the world's second largest market officially commenced January 19, 2009. Since that time distributors in Japan have enjoyed many benefits, including a brand new office in Tokyo, local pricing, and domestic distribution with discounted shipping costs.

"Expanding our international presence into Japan has created tremendous excitement. Launching our full MonaVie business model in Japan has been an important part of the company's vision for a long time. This will be the biggest opening in MonaVie's history, and we are expecting a sellout crowd at the grand ceremony to celebrate it."
Doug Allen, vice president of international development

"I have hoped and planned, dreamed and schemed, worked and prayed for this monumental event in MonaVie's history. It is so exciting to see the efforts of a dedicated and talented international team coming to fruition. I want to thank all the wonderful distributor leaders who have displayed great vision and belief in our mission to change the world for the better, one person at a time."
Varlin Law, vice president of international sales

"In our business careers, there are few opportunities that we can look to as turning points. In North America, MonaVie has shattered the record books related to growth in our industry and has redefined how companies operate by setting a new standard. Japan is the jewel of the Pacific and the most dominating international market in our industry."
Darrell Utterbach, Royal Black Diamond distributor

"The Japan Grand Opening ceremony is going to be spectacular. MonaVie is making great waves in Japan, and the time is right to ride these waves on our surfboards of 'hope and faith.' We hope you will join the MonaVie family at this marvelous event."
Tadamasa Shimizu, Japan general manager

CELEBRATION DETAILS
Pre-party (Gold-level and above distributors)
When: 7-9 p.m., Friday, February 20
Location: Yokohama Intercontinental Hotel
1-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-Ku
Yokohama, 220 8522
Japan
Phone: +81-45-2232222
www.intercontinental.com
Dress: Formal
Status: Tickets still available; please contact Distributor Support at distributorsupportjpn@monavie.com for details.

Grand Opening Ceremony
When: 2-7 p.m., Saturday, February 21
Location: Pacifico Yokohama National Grand Hall
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220-0012
Japan
Phone: +81-45-221-2155
www.pacifico.co.jp/english/
Status: Event is sold out.

Feb 1, 2009

MonaVie Announces New Scientific Advisory Board

MonaVie is pleased to announce the newly formed MonaVie Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB).

Composed of three doctorate-level scientists, the MSAB advises and consults MonaVie on scientific issues concerning the company and its products.

With each member possessing an exceptionally significant level of expertise regarding how foods affect human health, the Board consists of the following individuals: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, PhD, FACN, senior director of natural and medicinal products research, AIBMR Life Sciences; and Dr. Nathan D. Wong, PhD, M.P.H., professor of medicine, School of Medicine, and director of the University of California at Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program in Preventive Cardiology.

View more information on the MonaVie Scientific Advisory Board.

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