E Y E O N A R B O N N E
“Are you doing what you’ve always wanted to do?” That was the question
my now sponsor, ERVP Azure Winter asked me. Looking back at her, I
commented with raised eyebrows, “No, I am not.”
After graduating with degrees in International Business and Spanish, I
looked for jobs in the corporate world that would keep me excited and, of
course, pay the big bucks. This was the summer following the tragedy of
9/11. It did not matter if you had incredible grades and qualifications; jobs
in the corporate world were few and far between. If you were lucky enough
to land a great job, you were more than likely not going to be paid well
for it. So, I got involved in commercial real estate. My idea was to help
American businesses get established in Latin America. This was not a simple
endeavor. After a year of struggling, my father offered me a job at his
land development company in Wichita. Although it was an hourly wage, I
was happy to be getting paid. I gained more knowledge and confidence
in business and real estate; however, it did not take long to discover the
drawbacks of working for a small family-owned business, including the
salary cap, boredom and simply being an order-taker.
I was so blessed to have the man of my dreams, Lewis Kelley come into my
life. We were married and after things started settling down, I really started
to analyze where my career was headed. This was somewhat discouraging.
I was seriously considering going back to earn my MBA simply
because I thought that it was the answer. This option was weighing heavy
on my mind. I wanted a career change, yet I really did not want to spend
the time, money and effort for more college if I did not have a specific goal
in mind, nor any guarantees!
b r e e k e l l e y
Independent Consultant, Regional Vice President
Bree Kelly Region; Wichita, KS
At this particular time in my life — not quite six months ago — Azure
brought me a NutriMinC ® RE 9® product set. Having been looking for a
great skin care line, I immediately fell in love with the products. When she
came by to follow up with me, I was definitely interested! We talked
about the Arbonne opportunity and she told me about this new marketing
approach that Consultants had been hearing and learning about.
When Azure first talked to me about Arbonne, just before our wedding,
I was excited about the growth of the business potential; however, the
Bree with mom, EDM Pamela Russell.
ERVP Azure Winter and Bree.
Lewis and Bree.
Keeping in steady activity will
not only help your team grow,
but it will also move you forward
through the low moments.
thought of holding Presentations only to get in front of people did not
excite me. Initially thinking of my warm market — myself included — I
did not see a great turnout. Everyone is so busy these days.
Then, it made sense to me. Most people I knew had never heard of
Arbonne before, let alone been able to try it. I felt that this marketing
approach was a non-pressure avenue to introduce the company and
products to potential Consultants who could purchase product on their
own time … which is also quite attractive and easily duplicatable for
potential business builders.
My goal has been to distribute at least two NutriMinC ® RE 9 skin care sets
a day. There are a number of elements that have contributed to my success
in this business, however I found that my steady level of activity has
not only helped with growth, but also with stability. Whenever I was
having a less positive day or moment, I would say, “Alright, who do I
get to talk to next?”
After a couple weeks, I had promoted to District Manager by sharing
the phenomenal products. The next couple months were all about figuring
out what this business was all about. I realized that I needed to follow
the path that had been laid in front of me by my amazing sponsor
and upline. I also started setting personal and spiritual growth goals. I
wrote them down, told others and then acted on them. Many times I
pushed myself out of my comfort zone and made what I used to think
was hard, much easier. Plus, my interpersonal and sales skills improved
dramatically. I was gaining confidence in myself, my business and my
dreams; all while helping others rediscover their dreams.
By word of mouth, I was blessed to meet my first business builder, EAM
Melissa Roldan. Her delightful and positive influence has been so inspiring
to our entire team. It has been such a pleasure to start new relationships
with such amazing people whom I would may have never met
otherwise. Thanks so much to you, Melissa, and your family for being a
part of my life.
Bree with her new Mercedes-Benz.
Bree with team members at Recognition night. BACK, L–R: Jennifer Edwards, DM
Jennifer Winter, Larry Walty, Tony Roldan, Courtney Biggs, Whitney Rodriguez, Larry
Walty, Tony Roldan, Courtney Biggs, Whitney Rodriguez and DM Jennifer Adkins.
FRONT, L–R: Alli Ringle, DM Pam Russell, EAM Stephanie Walty, Bree, EAM Melissa
Roldan, AM Lisa Burghart, DM CJ Bachman, DM Lori Tatro and Melissa McKibben.
To my best friend and life partner, DM Lewis Kelley: Thanks for unselfishly
letting me pursue my dreams. You are “my favorite” and I love living
my life with you. You are amazing.
To my sponsor, ERVP Azure Winter and DM Justin Winter: Thanks for
sharing this opportunity with me. It has been a life-changing experience
for Lewis and me. You have inspired me to touch as many lives as I can
with this opportunity and encouraged me to become the leader you see
me to be. More than anything, thanks for becoming our great friends,
even when we are not talking about Arbonne!
To our AMs, Melissa Roldan, Stephanie Walty and Lisa Burghart: You are
great leaders and visionaries. I appreciate your hard work, dedication
To our DMs, Brenda Church, Lori Tatro, Krista Hall, Julie True, Stacy
Glatzcak, Pamela Russell, Dana Cain, CJ Bachman, Miquela Angleton,
Kimberly Jackson, Jennifer Winter, Lewis Kelley and Jennifer Adkins: Your
dedication to our business and team spirit inspire me. I look forward to
watching you build your own Regions.
To our DMs-in-qualification, Consultants, family and friends: You are the
backbone of our business. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all your support in my journey!
And, most of all, thank you to God, for Your precise timing.
NVP Paula Winter, Bree, EAM Melissa Roldan and sponsor ERVP Azure Winter.
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
The testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical.
EYE ON ARBONNE | DECEMBER 2005