Mar 21, 2011
New Diamond Executives—George and Kristen Widunas
Congratulations to George and Kristen Widunas from Ellenton, Florida, on achieving the rank of Diamond Executive. Here's what they had to say on reaching this impressive milestone…
"We moved to Florida in 1999 and started buying real estate. We had more than 100 rental properties and US$12 million in debt when the bottom fell out of the housing market. With four of my banks taken over by the federal government, equity gone, and many tenants unable to pay their rent, I felt hopeless and started looking for other sources of income.
"My friend Lowell Walden invited me to Tampa Bay in 2005 to have dinner with Brig Hart, Charlie Kalb, and Dallin Larsen. I bought some MonaVie juice to help my friend and waited until 2007 to sponsor anyone. In 2008, I started to build my downline but hit several walls along the way. We were broke and trying to stay above water with our other ventures. In addition, I had a Ruby leg go away and later a Gold. However, I persevered and kept pressing forward.
"I can't tell you how many nights I cried going to and from home tastings, getting rejected, and losing AutoShip orders while the foreclosure papers literally piled up outside my front door. I have been served foreclosure papers on all of my properties, including my own home. I've given bottles to every process server who has come to my house—even those who came while I was having a home tasting.
"The date my house was to be sold was the same day we went Diamond—March 11. I pleaded with the judge for more time and luckily received a 60-day extension. I love our story because it's real. I love that MonaVie has given me small victories to keep my spirits up just long enough to believe in myself again. I only hope my story can help someone else like me to keep faith alive. Without those small victories, I honestly don't know how I could have emotionally survived. And, I know that Diamond is not my final destination!"