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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.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
BUSINESS
August 3, 1994 | By Andrea Knox, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John and Stacy Hanrahan of Springfield were looking to make some money in their spare time when they signed on as Amway distributors in January 1992. But seven months in the Amway network made them poorer rather than richer, they say in a suit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Their income from selling Amway products and recruiting more distributors didn't cover the cost of motivational tapes they were badgered to buy and sales rallies they paid to attend, according to the suit.
NEWS
December 5, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
August 12, 2005 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
June 22, 1989 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business After Hours business card exchange on Wednesday. The event is designed to give business people the opportunity to discuss and promote their businesses. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Sterling Bank, Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids. The exchange is free to members of the chamber and $5 for nonmembers. Call 565-3677. Jack Wilkie of Glen Mills has been promoted to vice president of public affairs at The Franklin Mint in Middletown Township.
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January 11, 1995 | By Dan Hawkins Daily News wire services contributed to this report
DAY 8 OF 100 Contracts and big money . . . it's not sports labor issues; it's Speaker Newt Gingrich's Republican House. Not under contract. Not every Republican in the House is trumpeting the "Contract with America" that helped the party of elephants gain control. Take freshman Rep. Jim Bunn of Oregon, an abortion opponent, who didn't sign because he fears proposals on welfare could push teens toward more abortions. Freshmen Ray LaHood, R-Ill., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan.
NEWS
October 16, 2002 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills yesterday released a target list of Japanese products that could face 100 percent duties, doubling their price in this country, under trade retaliation being considered by the Bush administration. The list of potential target products ranges from color television sets to tape recorders and photocopying machines. A final list will be drawn up after a hearing on May 24. Hills said Friday the government was considering sanctions because of an administration finding that Japan has not opened its telecommunications market to U.S. firms.
NEWS
September 16, 1996 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
December 5, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
LIVING
February 11, 2009 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
August 12, 2005 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2002 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 21, 2001 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1998 | By Leslie Pappas, FOR THE INQUIRER
"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.
NEWS
September 16, 1996 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1996 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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