Your Inspiration At Home a direct seller of hand-crafted spice blends and gourmet foods from around the world, which is entering the North American market as its next step in a global expansion.
Tomboy Tools Tomboy Tools sells a line of tools ergonomically designed to be comfortable for women, through an independent sales force across the U.S. and Canada. The company's sales force offers its customers hands-on home improvement education through home tool parties.
Agel Enterprises Agel sells in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Taiwan, Argentina, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom And now
Tami Longaberger , Chairman and CEO of The Longaberger Company, a 40-year old direct selling company that offers hand-crafted baskets and other home furnishings. She was just named "One of the Most Influential Women in Direct Selling" by Direct Selling News. In 2006, President George W. Bush, appointed her chair of the National Women's Business Council, a bipartisan advisory council that recommends policy to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women business owners. She served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and last year was part of a delegation of distinguished Americans who served as observers during free elections in Tunisia. She served on the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, chaired the U.S. Executive Committee for the 2002 Helsinki Women Leaders Summit, was a board member of the John Glenn Public Policy Institute and has chaired the Direct Selling Association. She is a member of Ohio Business Roundtable and serves on the board of the International Republican Institute. She holds a B.Sc. degree in business administration from The Ohio State University and is a past chair of the University's board of trustees and recipient of the University's Distinguished Service Award. Last year, Longaberger was named "Best Overall Company of The Year," earning the prestigious Stevie Award for Women in Business.
Michael Bishop , president of Actiprime, a personal care and healthy lifestyle product development and marketing company and president of ActiTech, a full service third party manufacturer of items such as creams, hair products, OTC drugs, certified NOP Organic food and personal care products, energizing and relaxing drinks and owner of a decontamination process for herbs and other products. The company owns a state-of-the-art, 600,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility, with customers such as Unilever, TIGI and Estee Lauder. He co-founded Actifirm, a marketer of anti-aging skin care sold in physicians' offices and medi-spas. He founded Active Organics, a leading natural ingredient supplier to the personal care industry, serving as president from 1981 to 2011 before the company was sold to Berkshire Hathaway's Lubrizol Corporation. A chemist holding nine patents, he held development roles with Max Factor, Redken Laboratories, Life Laboratories and Rachel Perry cosmetics. He received his BS and BA degrees from the University of California, Irvine.
Kelly L. Kittrell , CFA, who has more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, advising clients on sell-side mandates, buy-side engagements, valuations and capital raising. He provided financial advisory services at Bank of America as a Managing Director in the Private Company Advisory Services practice. He has also served as a Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC, and in the Corporate Finance practice at KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Kittrell has executed transactions in a wide range of industries. He is Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Richmont Holdings. He received his MBA from the University of Texas.
Russell R. Mack , a former member of President Ronald Reagan's White House staff with 40 years of experience in the field of communication and marketing. He has served as a senior executive in such companies as Mary Kay Inc., American Airlines and United Airlines and as a legislative assistant and press secretary in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. His career also included positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education and Temerlin McClain Advertising. He is Executive Vice President for Communication and Marketing at Richmont Holdings. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
William H. Randall , a 35-year veteran of the direct selling industry who has served in sales, marketing and other senior executive positions in such companies as Mary Kay Inc., BeautiControl Cosmetics and start-up enterprises funded by Sur la Table and Ross Simons. He is a past board member of the Direct Selling Association and is founder and chairman of HatchHoldings LLC which, since 1990, has provided strategic planning and tactical support to senior management of direct selling companies. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Rochon Jr. ,Vice Chairman and CEO of Richmont Holdings. He has expertise in capital markets and is experienced in financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, technology and the review, structuring and management of new business opportunities. After receiving his degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, he worked on Wall Street at JP Morgan Chase before returning to Dallas, where for more than a decade he has run the Rochons' family office. He now oversees Richmont Holdings' financial analysis of potential business transactions and plays a leading role in guiding strategic planning for Richmont. Julie Rasmussen , Ms. Rasmussen, served as president of Mary Kay Europe, during which time she restructured operations in the region and significantly increased sales and profitability. Prior to that, she launched Mary Kay's operations in Russia and served as president of Mary Kay Russia, heading that market for a decade and leading it to become one of the company's largest. She launched and led the Hertz franchise in Russia, recently renegotiating a master Hertz Russia franchise agreement, and has launched and managed businesses in such fields as apparel, food and beverage and security. She has advised many companies on doing business in Russia, including RJR Nabisco, Kodak, Johnson & Johnson and Chevron, and has served on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia as well as president of the Russian Federation of Direct Selling Companies. She has received numerous awards and honors for her international business achievements. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University, where she was editor of the Journal of International Affairs. She has served on many business, education and charitable boards.