The Growth Conference 2014

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center | April 23-24 | Grapevine, Texas

Growth is the focus of this powerful, two day gathering. Which ideas will spark the inspiration that will help take your company to new heights?

Each year VPU brings compelling, relevant and engaging insight to the stage. More than 25 of your peers will share practical advice on business and field growth, and even divulge some of the missteps they took on the way to success. Imagine what is in store for you this year as we focus  on GROWTH in today’s volatile business environment.

About VPU

What You'll Learn at VPU 2014

The top executives of the leading direct selling companies will be taking the stage to share the Ideas, the Insights and the Solutions that were the catalysts for significant (and in some cases, record-breaking) GROWTH for their companies, creating momentum that drove revenue to record highs.

Growth Strategies

This event is absolutely free, and open to direct selling executives only. This is your exclusive opportunity to gain new insight into growth strategies from some of the top leaders in the direct selling industry while networking with your peers in a dynamic environment.

2013: 500+ Attendees

2014: Get a front row seat!

The networking opportunities are simply unmatched. You’ll be among 500 of your peers, all active executives in the direct selling industry. This exclusive event is free of suppliers, vendors and field reps so you can focus on GROWTH.

What you’ll learn at VPU 2014

Industry leaders will share the best practices for creating a growth strategy for your business.

Success Secrets for Tool Launches: You’ll hear top tips and strategies for leveraging leaders and gaining your best field buy-in ever.

Discover how to implement the three most important factors in every growth strategy: focus, authenticity and simplicity.

Learn the art of combining emerging technologies with tried and true fundamentals to take your business to the next level.

Back to basics isn’t just retro-chic. Find out who is focusing on the fundamentals and getting headline-grabbing results in recruiting, training and motivating.


John Addison

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Primerica Distribution

2012 Revenue: $1.2B

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #11

2013 Revenue: $1.27B


John Addison is a leading expert on personal development, leadership and growing a sales field by instilling a driving motivational force. As an executive, he is willing to try bold initiatives when they make sense, like sharing the helm of Primerica with Rick Williams since 1999, an action some said would fail. John was a key leader in Primerica’s notably successful separation from its former parent company, Citibank. Today, he is as well known for his messages on leadership as he is for his savvy corporate strategy.


BK Boreyko

Founder & CEO, Vemma

2012 Revenue: $117M

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #81

2013 Revenue: $221M


Founder and CEO of Vemma, BK Boreyko embraces a personal philosophy and a company mission that go hand-in-hand: to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Embracing the notion that long-term health is something people need to invest in today, BK—along with his sisters, Karen and Lauren—leveraged his 20-plus years of experience in the wellness industry with his passion for creating unique ways to keep people healthy, and founded Vemma, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2004.


Magnus Brännström

CEO & President, Oriflame Cosmetics

2012 Revenue: $2.0 billion

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #9

Magnus is native of Sweden, and has been CEO & President of Oriflame Cosmetics since 2005. He has held the Vice Chairman position at World Federation of Direct Selling Associations since 2008, and has been the Chairman at Sledia since 2012. Magnus Worked for Spendrups Brewery and for CIS, Baltics and Asia as the Regional Director before joining Oriflame as Managing Director of Russia in 1997.


Robin Crossman

CEO, Origami Owl

Company launched in 2012

Robin Crossman brings more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in the direct sell industry. She began her direct sell career at industry leader Amway Global, where she held several executive positions and was responsible for more than $4 billion in sales in her 14-year tenure. Since her time at Amway Global, she has served in senior leadership positions at Home Interiors and, most recently, The Longaberger Company while also consulting for several top direct sell companies in the world.


Rita Davenport

Author, Speaker & Television Personality

As a seminar leader, CSP, CPAE, award winning keynote Hall of Fame speaker, humorist, and author, Rita is an internationally recognized expert in the principles of success, secrets of network marketing, time management, goal setting, creative thinking, and building self-esteem and confidence.
Her careers range from social work and teaching to broadcasting, writing and corporate leadership. She has been featured in People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and other countless business magazines. She produced and hosted her own award-winning television show, Success Strategies, in Phoenix, Arizona for 15 years, which was viewed in over 32 million homes.
She has appeared on over 200 radio and television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, Regis Philbin’s show and The Sally Jesse Raphael Show. She has shared the speakers’ platform with such notables as Dr. John Maxwell, Jack Canfield, Ross Shafer, Connie Podesta, Denis Waitley, Dr. Shad Helstetter, Joel Weldon, Patricia Fripp, Erma Bombeck, Bill Cosby, Og Mandino, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Tom Hopkins, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown and Mark Victor Hansen.


Travis Garza

Chief Sales Officer, Isagenix

2012 Revenue: $334M

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #36

2013 Revenue: $448M


Travis Garza, renowned for his passionate commitment for helping others succeed, has over 16 years of experience in sales, marketing and network marketing. He is the driving force behind a rapidly growing team specializing in field development, promotions, sales and recognition for all of North America. He never stops working to offer new strategies, innovative promotions and easy-to-use tools to help them achieve their physical and financial goals.


Jeff Hill

SVP of Global Sales, Beachbody

2012 Revenue: $218M

Current Rank on DSN Global 100: #51

2013 Revenue: $320M

GROWTH: $100M+

Jeff Hill is SVP of Global Sales at Beachbody with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate leadership and sales. He has led sales at some of the industry’s top health and nutrition companies. Jeff began his direct selling career as Senior Vice President of Sales for Melaleuca and has also served as President of Shaklee International and Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Tahitian Noni International.   Jeff is a “repentant and reformed lawyer” and developed a passion for leadership development in his role as Vice President of Client Services at Franklin Covey, formerly Covey Leadership Center.  He’s a father of 7, all boys except 6 girls.


Mark Jarvis

Founder, Co-CEO and President, Zurvita

2012 Revenue: $15M

2013 Revenue: $63M

GROWTH: $48M (Quadrupled+)

Mark sets the company vision and leadership direction for Zurvita. His 25-plus years’ experience includes starting a business part time and building a seven-figure income that he maintained for eight years. He brings a field leader’s perspective to the corporate side of growing a direct sales company. At Zurvita, Mark’s guidance and dedication to building high-performance teams is a powerful catalyst for the company’s increased sales and organizational growth.


Travis Ogden

Chief Operating Officer, Young Living Essential Oils

Travis has been in the finance industry for more than twenty years, and has been a leader in the direct sales industry for more than a decade. For the last several years, Travis has served in executive positions at Young Living, first as CFO and currently as COO. During Travis’ tenure, Young Living has seen explosive growth across the globe and nearly doubled its annual revenue.
Previous to his time at Young Living, Travis worked at several world-class organizations, including KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies in the world. Travis has earned a reputation as a business-savvy, “big picture” thinker and leader who brings a personal touch to everything he does.


Jeff Olson

Founder and CEO, Nerium International

2012 Revenue: $100M

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #86

2013 Revenue: $200M+

GROWTH: $100M+ (Doubled)

Jeff Olson is the Founder and CEO of Nerium International and one of the most successful company owners and field leaders in our industry. Jeff is consistently ranked as a top trainer in the industry and is the author of the best-selling book The Slight Edge. He is passionate about helping individuals achieve higher levels of financial freedom and personal excellence. Jeff just recently launched Live Happy magazine, dedicated to positive psychology and wellbeing, in newsstands all throughout North America.


John Parker

Chief Sales Officer for Amway

2012 Revenue: $11.3B

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #1

2013 Revenue: $11.8B


John Parker is responsible for Amway’s global sales operations, overseeing Distributor Compensation, Sales Plan, Customer Service, Meetings & Events, and Training and Education. He’s spent nearly two decades working with Amway Business Owners around the world, having joined Amway in 1993 as a Distributor Relations Sales Manager, and has served as Director of Sales for North America, North America’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer, President of Amway Japan, Vice President and is now Chief Sales Officer. Parker is a member of the United States Direct Selling Association board of directors and executive committee, and serves as chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation.


Mark Pentecost

President & CEO, It Works! Global

2012 Revenue: $200M

Current Rank on DSN Global 100: #56

2013 Revenue: $480M


Mark is the President and CEO of It Works!, a consumer-lifestyle company that brings hope to thousands through their one-of-a-kind It Works! Wrap and business opportunity to get out of debt. Mark’s philosophy stems from his time impacting lives as a teacher and coach to today where he gives hope to thousands as they begin living life on their own terms. His firm foundation in family values and belief in “One Team One Mission” has created a bond between the It Works! corporate team, Loyal Customers, and Independent Distributors that is unlike any other in the industry.


Tarl Robinson

CEO, Plexus Worldwide

2012 Revenue: $36M

2013 Revenue: $150M

GROWTH: $100M+

Will debut on 2014 DSN Global 100

Tarl Robinson, who has been with Plexus Worldwide for six years, is a successful and experienced entrepreneur who brings extensive business knowledge to the company. He has created success in a variety of businesses, including as a field rep in direct selling as well as within traditional business models. Today, he leads the Plexus management team in their commitment to developing proven products that are created as real solutions for modern health problems. Plexus is committed to doing network marketing the way it could and should be done, but rarely ever is.


Scott Schwerdt

President, Nu Skin Americas Region

2012 Revenue: $2.2B

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #8

2013 Revenue: $3.2B


Although his career began with the Department of Defense, Scott Schwerdt joined Nu Skin Enterprises in 1988 as a Communications Representative, and has served as Director of Distributor Services and Vice President of North America/South Pacific Operations; then utilized his degree in International Relations by serving as Vice President of Europe, President of the former Nu Skin Americas, Europe and Pacific Region and President of North America for Nu Skin Enterprises.


Julie Seman

Chief Marketing Officer / Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Primerica Distribution

2012 Revenue: $1.2B

2013 Rank on DSN Global 100: #11

2013 Revenue: $1.27B


Julie Seman has cultivated a successful front-end platform of products, including property and casualty insurance and legal services, and is currently developing a cutting-edge personal debt management program. Julie is a powerful leader and educates the field on personal growth and business development. She is also involved with a number of essential areas within the firm, including recognition, events, broadcasting and field support.


Jere Thompson

Co-founder & CEO, Ambit Energy

2012 Revenue: $930M

Current Rank on DSN Global 100: #14

2013 Revenue: $1.2B

GROWTH: $270

Jere Thompson and Chris Chambless co-founded Ambit Energy in 2006 in Dallas, Texas.  Ambit provides electricity and natural gas to over 1.3 million customers in 13 states.  Ambit passed the $1 billion revenue mark before its seventh anniversary and is targeting $1.5 billion in 2014.  Over 250,000 independent consultants have joined Ambit since its founding almost eight years ago.


Gary Vaynerchuk

CEO of VaynerMedia, Social Media Expert, New York Times Best-Selling Author

Gary Vaynerchuk is a storytelling entrepreneur, video blogger, self-trained social media expert, and a best-selling author. Recognizing the importance of e-commerce in 1997, Gary launched and helped grow his family business significantly from $3 million to $60 million by 2005. In the spring of 2009, Gary and his brother, AJ, launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that helps Fortune 500 companies like GE, PepsiCo, Hasbro and the New York Jets find their social media voices and build their digital brands. With over 1 million followers on Twitter, Gary is recognized internationally as one of the top people every entrepreneur should follow and is an investor in companies such as Twitter, Uber and Birchbox among many others.


dsn 100

Direct Selling News Global 100 Celebration

The honor of your presence is requested in celebration of 2014’s Top 100 Direct Selling Companies Worldwide.  The process of identifying the DSN Global 100 companies for 2014 has begun.

This will be our fifth year of conducting the research and ranking the top 100 companies in the industry globally. Many academics, private equity investors and key players in direct selling companies all agree that the ranking (never conducted prior to three years ago) was an essential step toward helping all interested parties better understand the magnitude and breadth of these companies and their impact on lives around the globe.

Keynote Speaker

Truman Hunt

DSN Global 100 Banquet

April 23, 2014  •  Grapevine, TX

The Direct Selling News Global 100 banquet, taking place on April 23, 2014, in Grapevine, will reflect information received by March 30, 2014. The final Direct Selling News Global 100 ranking for 2014 will be published in the June issue of Direct Selling News.

Tickets Available Now

$149 Single

Tickets include a cocktail reception and a dinner reception.

Sponsored tables are available for the following prices (tables seat 8-10):

First Row Platinum $10,000
2nd Row Gold $5,000
3rd Row & Back Bronze $1,250

Truman Hunt

President & Chief Executive Officer, Nu Skin
Truman Hunt’s vision has shaped Nu Skin Enterprises’ direction and has further established the company as a global direct selling leader. Under his guidance, the company has expanded into new geographic markets including China and Eastern Europe.

Truman Hunt was appointed president and chief executive officer of Nu Skin Enterprises in January 2003. Under his leadership, the company operates in 53 markets. Hunt is focused on the company’s mission to be a force for good throughout the world by empowering people to improve lives with rewarding business opportunities, innovative products, and an enriching, uplifting culture.

Hunt serves on the executive board for the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation. In 2012, Hunt was named a CEO of the Year by Utah Business magazine. Hunt is also active in industry associations, serving as chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) from 2005 to 2008 and as a member of the USDSA Executive Committee. He currently serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Direct Selling Association and as secretary and member of the WFDSA Operating Group.

Prior to his current appointment, Hunt served as vice president and gen¬eral counsel of Nu Skin Enterprises from 1996 to 2003. He was also named executive vice president of Nu Skin Enterprises in 2001. Prior to joining Nu Skin Enterprises, he was president and chief executive officer of Better Living Products, Inc., a Nu Skin affiliate involved in the manufacture and distribution of houseware products sold through traditional retail channels. Prior to joining Better Living Products in 1991, he was a securities and business attorney in private practice.

Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah.

Darren Hardy, Emcee for VPU

SUCCESS magazine’s Publisher and Founding Editor Darren Hardy will be emceeing VPU. His unique ability to highlight key takeaways from each speaker ensures you’ll capture the ideas and inspiration that can create the GROWTH you want for your company. Just as he does each month in the pages of SUCCESS magazine, on his blog, on TwitterFacebook and before live audiences of entrepreneurs across the country, Darren will distill the best of the best information and strategies cited, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success.

Much like Napoleon Hill, Darren has interviewed dozens of leading experts on human performance and achievement, as well as many of today’s top CEOs, revolutionary entrepreneurs, superstar athletes, entertainers and Olympic champions, to uncover and share the secrets behind their extraordinary success.

Darren has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of personal achievement for more than two decades, both on stage and in his bestselling books The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever. Darren’s passion for personal development is at the core of his business and life philosophy. He is committed to helping others achieve their potential in order to live richer, more fulfilling lives.

As an entrepreneur, Darren was earning a six-figure income by age 18, over a million dollars a year by age 24, and owned a company producing $50 million a year in revenue by age 27. He has mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, advised many large corporations, and sits on the board of several companies and nonprofit organizations.

Darren regularly appears on national radio and TV for CNBC, MSNBC, CBS, PBS, ABC and FOX.

Hotel Information

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

A special rate of $176 a night has been negotiated for you. Reserve your hotel room by

March 22, 2014 to lock in this special rate.

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