November 26, 2012
Amway, short for "American Way," was founded by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel in 1959. Friends from Grand Rapids Christian High School, the two had started out selling nutritional supplements. Based on the principles of self-reliance and financial independence, the company remains privately owned, with the founders' children all involved in the business. Under the umbrella of Alticor Corporate Enterprises, Amway now reports having three million distributors worldwide. The products are not found in malls or on retail shelves, except in the employees' company store at Amway's world headquarters in Ada, Mich.
January 29, 2012 |
Doug DeVos, second-generation boss of consumer-marketing giant Amway and newly elected chairman of the National Constitution Center's executive board, sits at the center's Independence Mall headquarters, with its bronzes of the Founding Fathers in lifelike poses, and tells how the message of America's founding document isn't that different from what his company has found in its rapid expansion through Asia: "Economic freedom leads...
December 5, 2011 |
RODGER L. JOHNSON was the proverbial strong, silent type. That is, until he started selling Amway products, and his personality abruptly changed. Selling the company's health and beauty products became, as his family put it, a "life-altering experience. " "Rodger, who had always been known as a strong but very quiet man, suddenly became quite talkative, enthusiastically and passionately extolling the virtues of the Amway product line and recruiting others to the business as well," his family said.
February 11, 2009 |
Every couple has a story. Whether the romance began in nursery school, at work or even in retirement, most of them can recount the singular moment or meeting that ultimately changed everything. In celebration of Valentine's Day, here are some of those stories: Gov. Ed Rendell, 65, and Judge Marjorie Rendell, 62 met in January 1968 It was a winter night when Marjorie Osterlund arrived at the party of Villanova law student Ed Rendell. "The apartment was small; there weren't that many guests, and she was so striking," said the man who is now Pennsylvania's governor.
August 12, 2005 |
Couple raised little suspicion in two-hour getaway cab ride Mike Wagers was his usual chatty self during the nearly two-hour cab ride. He passed the time talking about "nonsensical things" with his passengers, and even called a buddy and had him check the Internet for a cheap motel for the couple. In fact, Wagers said the only time he wondered about the pair was when they told him they were headed to an Amway convention. "Amway people are all about Amway, and when they didn't try any conversation further about it, that's when I pretty much thought, 'Well, they're not with Amway; they're doing something else,' " said Wagers, 33. Alerted by a friend, Wagers later made the connection: His passengers, Jennifer and George Hyatte, were on the run after allegedly killing a prison guard during a daring courthouse escape in Tennessee two days earlier.
October 16, 2002 |
They called him a rare visionary, a man so warm he wouldn't take less than a hug and so fervent about the economic empowerment of African Americans that he inspired others to greatness. Yesterday, hundreds crowded a moving memorial service in West Philadelphia for Kenneth Bridges, an East Germantown man killed last week in Virginia by the serial sniper who has stirred the fears of a nation. Bridges, 53, a married father of six, was known as the cofounder of the MATAH Network, a nationwide operation that, among other goals, encouraged blacks to spend more in their own communities.
December 21, 2001 |
In what officials said yesterday was one of the county's biggest drug roundups in a decade, 52 South Jersey residents have been charged after a six-month investigation. "We really disrupted what we considered to be a major drug ring," Gloucester County Prosecutor Andrew N. Yurick said. Forty-eight of the suspects were charged with minor offenses - attempt to possess and conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana or cocaine. Thirty-seven were released on their own recognizance.
March 6, 1998 |
"We're all here for the same reason," declares the stocky, round-faced man at the microphone, his forehead sweaty and his amplified voice booming. To "fulfill our dreams. " The audience - stylish professionals, retirees, recent graduates, laid-off workers - listens raptly, nodding in agreement and responding to the speaker's exhortations in unison. Later, when they break into small groups, one newcomer blinks back tears. "Maybe I'm overreacting," she quivers, "but I can't help it. Every sentence inspired me. I just feel so excited to be a part of this.
September 16, 1996 |
Mildred Iona Rogers Wilder-Hall, entrepreneur and mother to all she met, died Tuesday. She was 82 and lived in West Philadelphia. Wilder-Hall worked as a head cook at the Philadelphia Naval Base and later owned and operated her own restaurant and catering business. G1HALL16Wilder-Hall She started the Mil-Jewelry Production Co. and a registry for nurses seeking employment. Wilder-Hall also was a travel agent and a fashion coordinator. She was an Amway representative, ran fund-raisers for Lighthouse for the Blind and was a regional head for Grace China.
August 17, 1996 |
Amway Corp., global purveyor of everything from insect repellent to lipstick, has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit - filed by a Delaware County couple - that actually could end up boosting the company's sales. The proposed settlement, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, calls for the Ada, Mich., company to compensate disgruntled distributors by giving them discount coupons for Amway's most popular products. Stacy and John Hanrahan of Springfield were the lead plaintiffs in the 1994 lawsuit in which they alleged that, as distributors, they lost money selling Amway products.