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Another Success Story With Shane’s Team


Jeremy Rose, Shawn Herrick, & Adrian Eimerl: More than two years ago, Jeremy Rose, Shawn Herrick, and Adrian Eimerl made a collective decision to leave their previous direct selling venture behind and move to greener pastures.

“Adrian, Shawn and I were involved in another direct selling company before ACN-Shawn for eight years, Adrian for four years and me for 10 years,” Jeremy says. They flew to Charlotte, N.C., to meet with Greg Provenzano and Robert Stevanofski, two of ACN’s co-founders, in October 2004 to learn about the ACN opportunity. While they thought the meeting would only last for a couple of hours, they emerged 10 hours later. The next day they became ACN independent representatives.

“We all agree that the greatest reward is knowing we are with a growing, thriving company,” Jeremy says. “We know we can count on ACN to be there in the future.”

Before their direct selling careers, Shawn and Adrian were students and Jeremy was a waiter. Since becoming involved in direct selling, none of them could imagine not being their own bosses. “It’s awesome,” Jeremy says. “And it’s definitely worth the work to get to this point.”
ACN has become the family business for this team. Adrian’s wife, Lyndi, and Jeremy’s wife, Adrienne, are stay-at-home moms. They’ve become each other’s extended families through ACN. “We all work together every day,” Jeremy says. “At first, it was a bit of a challenge having a three-way partnership. But after we worked out the bugs, everything has worked out great.”

These experienced direct selling veterans agree that for such a low start-up cost, there’s not much to lose and a whole lot to gain by joining ACN as an independent representative. “Get in the business and listen to the co-founders of ACN,” Jeremy says. “They are experienced and want to help you. And remember, you can either make excuses or you can make money, but you can’t do both at the same time.”

Regional Vice President's in only 17 months!


Greg & Lori Ferraro: Greg and Lori Ferraro were sponsored by Shane Douglas and know what it takes to become successful. They've watched their income grow while working full-time in direct selling for years, and yet they knew they were looking for something more. When they joined ACN, they committed themselves completely to the ACN's vision and their personal long-term objectives.

It wasn't only their income that grew but also their mindset, their skills, and their faith. Within 17 months, they reached the prestigious position of Regional Vice President, an achievement they celebrated with daughters Jordan and Kennedi during the Detroit International Training Event in 2006.

On stage, Lori told the crowd how the ACN Opportunity can change each person. "There is so much more that you get with ACN than just the money. You are going to have friendships that you didn't have before. You are going to be around so many positive people. Just your whole personal growth is absolutely amazing."

Greg offered this advice to new representatives: "Treat this business like a multi-million dollar business. Treat it seriously. So many people get in and they get a 'No' and then run off. If you want it bad enough, you find a way to get through it."

Congratulations, Greg & Lori Ferraro!

“Nothing would stop us from succeeding!”


Simon Turcotte & Jonathan Déziel: Simon Turcotte and Jonathan Deziel experienced many struggles in their path to success, but a never-quit attitude guided both in building a powerful team in a journey that culminated in their promotion to Regional Vice Presidents during the Fort Worth International Convention.

These two Canadians came from different backgrounds before finding ACN and building a powerhouse organization together. One of them spent four years making doors and windows with his hands, a job that often required him to work 70 hours a week and left him exhausted. His friend supplemented his accounting job by working as a representative for an unstable telecommunications company.

When the two friends were introduced to ACN, they were astounded by the opportunity to earn residual income on products people use every day. While their friends laughed at them for joining a direct selling company, they went to work and built a strong organization that made them two of the top producers in the company.

But it didn't come without a few trials. "Did I pay the price? Yes, and big time!" Jonathan said on stage in Fort Worth. "But to be honest with you, it was the most incredible adventure of all my life. And it's only the beginning."

Today, these two gentlemen are getting the last laugh as they are living their dreams of time and money freedom. They advise new representatives to stay clear of negative influences and never stop believing in themselves.

"Never quit," Simon said. "If it takes you three months, six months, a year, or two years, it's nothing, nothing at all in a life."

Congratulations, Simon Turcotte & Jonathan Déziel!

“There’s something very special about this business.”


Jerry & Adie Kolker: Jerry Kolker spent 40 years in the mortgage banking and financial world and built two national companies, but he knew something was missing. Having experienced success in a former network marketing company that failed, he was open to a new opportunity when a good friend approached him about ACN. He agreed to come onboard, and with the recent downswing in the mortgage business, he is happier than ever to be involved in a recession-proof business. He described his feelings to the crowd from stage.

“The mortgage crash that happened to me -- again, for a third time -- was the best lesson because it brought me here. There’s something very special about this business. Those of you that don’t know yet will find out soon,” Jerry said.

By listening to the advice of his mentor Shane Douglas, setting goals and taking action, he built a very large organization at ACN and was promoted to the position of Regional Vice President during the Baltimore event. With his wife Adie at his side, he praised all those who’d helped him on his way to the top, including members of another team who he says exemplify the "all for one" spirit of the ACN family.

Jerry enjoys his ACN business so much that he has no plans to retire. Instead, he’s looking forward to a bright future and the time he gets to spend not only with his wife but also with his two sons, who have joined the business.

“How lucky can a papa be? That’s what you dream about in life isn’t it? Being in business with your sons.”

Congratulations, Jerry & Adie!

“I have won my life back!”


Nekoda Bragg: Working more than 70 hours a week at three jobs and going to school part-time was no life for Nekoda Bragg. His work ethic certainly should have delivered him from low-income housing and replaced a car that was older than he was. But it didn't. And by age 21, Nekoda felt like he was just working to survive.

After discovering the concept of residual income in a book by Robert Kiyosaki, Nekoda realized there was a better way to win. When a friend told him about the opportunity to earn residual income through ACN, Nekoda didn't hesitate to get started. He stepped outside his comfort zone and challenged his fears of speaking publicly, building a large organization over three years that culminated in his promotion to Regional Vice President at the Phoenix International Convention.

"Now, I don't have to trade my hours for someone else's dollars," he said. "I control my own schedule and income. I feel like I have won my life back! I am able to spend more time with my family creating a business that continues to pay me even after I clock out."

Congratulations, Nekoda!

“You have to give it everything you got.”


Maxime Butera: Maxime Butera grew up with the words of his father stuck in his head: “You can either work for the system all your life, or find the system that will work for you.” That’s why he quit a $20-an-hour job leading a call center for a security alarm company. He was hungry to achieve more.

“I wanted to prove to my father that I could be someone, prove to my family and to show them I could get paid for what I am worth, not for what people told me what I was worth,” he said.

Maxime tried another opportunity for five years before realizing it was the wrong vehicle for him. Then a friend spelled out the ACN Opportunity to him using a napkin in a restaurant, and he started immediately. He was not only impressed with the ACN compensation plan but also the support available from others.

With the help of a mentor and his willingness to be coached, Maxime built a large team, culminating in his promotion to Regional Vice President during the Baltimore International Training Event. On stage, he reflected on the last three years in ACN: “I worked hard for this. For three years, I gave it everything I got. I did a lot of sacrificing. I did sacrifice with my family, sacrifice with my girlfriend.”

Maxime thanked his upline for helping him grow financially and personally: “It's not only money that you make in this business. You can find other stuff. You can find love.”

Congratulations, Maxime!

‘Follow people who succeed in this business and listen to them!’


Mathieu Lamontagne: Mathieu Lamontagne, from Montreal, Canada, was promoted to the prestigious level of Regional Vice President during the ACN International Training Event in Baltimore. Carried to the stage on the shoulders of his very supportive team and accompanied by his beautiful new bride Gabriela, Mathieu teared up as he spoke to and thanked his team and his upline.

With his team lined up at the front of the stage cheering him on, Mathieu ran up the ramp where the Co-Founders of ACN placed the 14K gold RVP pin on his lapel. Mathieu then humbly approached the podium to tell his story.

His story began 19 years ago with another network marketing company. He was a full-time student and basketball player looking to make a better life for his family. He was dedicated and motivated and worked hard for two and a half years. But unfortunately without warning, the company for which he had dedicated so much of his life closed its doors.

He received a telephone call with the news that his job was suddenly gone while he was on vacation with his new fiancée. Needless to say, he was devastated. But in that same telephone call, he was also introduced to ACN. Although he was terrified and doubted himself and his ability to start over, he signed up immediately.

Any of the fears and doubts that he had faded quickly as he surrounded himself with positive and ambitious people in ACN. He found more success in the initial weeks with ACN than he had ever had with his previous company. Today he has more than 2,200 representatives in Canada, the United States and six European countries and supports more than 10,000 customers.

Congratulations, Mathieu Lamontagne!

‘Follow people who are where you want to be’


Nathan Goldberg: Nathan Goldberg spent six years as a waiter at a breakfast restaurant before he decided he wanted more out of life. He discovered network marketing through two other companies and enjoyed the idea of building a business by helping people succeed. But he never reached his goals and dreams with those companies.

Introduced to ACN, Nathan was impressed with the compensation plan and the company's integrity. By remaining positive and sticking to a personal goal of approaching 10 people a day, the Canadian built a solid business quickly.

During the Detroit International Training Event, Nathan was paraded to the stage for his promotion to Regional Vice President, a position he reached in just 15 months. On stage, he advised representatives to stay focused, remain coachable and surround themselves with leaders they admire.

"I am always asked, 'What’s your best words of wisdom?' Here’s my best words of wisdom: Your broke friends can’t teach you to make money. They can only teach you to be broke," he said. "Follow people who are where you want to be."

Congratulations, Nathan Goldberg!

‘I found ACN, and it's Friday every day of the week!’


Gaétan Grimard: Before discovering ACN, Gaétan Grimard was a very successful businessman. By his mid-30s, he was already earning a salary that most people would envy. He thought he had it all: Good job. Loving wife and family. Nice home. All of the things he associated with success.

But something was missing. He went through his 9-5 workday feeling trapped. He tried vacations to try to relax, but even time away from the office did not help ease his mind. He thought long and hard about himself and his dreams and looked inside himself for the answers.

Gaétan finally realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons and that his attempt to attain the perfect life had actually caused him to lose sight of what truly made him happy. He was missing freedom, passion and joy. But most of all, he was missing his inner spirit.

So Gaétan refocused all of his energy, drive and ambition into seeking a new career. He knew deep inside that there was a life for him that would allow him to feel good about himself and his career. In the midst of his search for self-fulfillment, he found ACN. ACN stood for everything that he needed – a company with historical stability, strong leadership and a lucrative compensation plan – but most of all, ACN allowed him to help other people. And that is what he had truly been missing in his life.

With his passion, he built a strong organization that led to his promotion to Regional Vice President at the Baltimore International Training Event. On stage, he talked about how ACN made a difference not only in himself but in those around him. And that, he decided, was true happiness.

Congratulations, Gaétan Grimard!

‘It's going to happen if you don't quit!’


Viken Atalla: Viken Atalla has grown from a security guard who patrolled parking lots to a Regional Vice President of ACN who is financially free and knows he can achieve anything. He drove himself to success with ACN by refusing to quit and following his mentor.

Viken came to ACN having previous experience with another direct selling company, but in his first six months he felt he learned more than he ever had before. Viken immediately attended an ACN International Training Event, an experience that changed his life.

"When I went to the International event after four days in the business, I saw the best people that I needed to stick with to be at the top of my life," Viken said. "ACN is a real family. We have the best, honest people that really want to help us better our lives without only thinking about their pocketbooks."

Viken celebrated his RVP promotion during the Salt Lake City event, where he told representatives to remain coachable, refuse to surrender and share the opportunity as much as possible. "It's not who finishes the race first, it's who is going to finish the race - period," he said. "It's going to happen if you don't quit, simple as that."

Congratulations, Viken!


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