Above left, Doug Wead speaking at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, an Attila Gidofalvi event.
Doug Wead's Network Marketing Hall of Fame
Appearing in alphabetical order here is my list for an MLM Hall of Fame.
Robert Ankasa: This former vice president of the Bank of America in Jakarta has built the largest network in Indonesia and has filled soccer stadiums and auditoriums across the fourth largest nation in the world.
Craig and Kathy Bryson
Craig Bryson: He is Nu Skin’s biggest lifetime earner and one of the industry’s greatest storytellers.
Attila and Kati Gidofalvi
Attila Gidofalvi: This Hungarian businessman is the father of networking in the former Soviet Union, Attila built 120 Amway diamonds in two years and held meetings at Olympic Stadium and Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. He is now the #2 Forever Living earner in the world.
Brig Hart, top earner.
Brig Hart: Already very successful in networking, he felt cheated by his experience and joined a new company. Brig proved wrong the old networking adage that successful networkers are too soft to build it twice and took his new company, MonaVie, into the stratosphere, making himself a legend in the process. Some say he is the top earner in MLM.
Dave & Valerie Johnson
Dave Johnson: He is the giant of Nikken. According to some, 99% of the company is in his downline.
Art Napolitano: Top earner at ACN. Built an organization to 500,000 customers that bill into the millions.
Ron & Georgia Lee Puryear
Ron Puryear: He built one of the largest networks in the Britt system and for awhile, ruled in the northwest USA, filling the largest coliseums in Portland and Seattle to capacity.
Rick & Sue Lynn Setzer
Rick Setzer: He was once the third leg in the Yager-Britt stool. Great systems knowledge.
James Vagyi: He is a Hungarian whose business exploits put him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He successfully launched networking in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Moldavia, Belarus, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia, making him “the networking father of many nations.” And while others have appeared and died in some of those markets, Vagyi’s groups continue.
Dexter Yager: The father of the so called “systems,” he may be the greatest networker of all time, he has not only built one of the biggest organizations, he has maintained it big for the longest time. His secret? He keeps starting new groups and for years he has outworked everybody else.
Jeff Boyle: Founder of Jus, he is included in this mix because he actually built his company’s own networks. Young. brilliant, with a big heart. No one knows the science of networking any better. He is the Alvin Toffler of the industry.
Steve & Candi Bumstead
Steve & Candi Bumstead: Former Amway diamonds, now in Isagenix, famously took the brunt of a $9 million lawsuit from the Natl. Music Pub Assoc. It forever changed the way MLM systems did business.
Tim Foley: Former football star for the Miami Dolphins, he defied the accepted wisdom of all the other North America networking leaders and proved that networks could be profitable outside the United States building giant groups in Brazil and Spain. Everyone else followed.
John Godzich: Built a network in France & then a $200 million company in two years. Annually filled Bercy, largest auditorium in Paris, four weekends in a row. 80% of money was made from retail sales, still an industry record. Was first MLM online.
Charlie Marsh: An early Amway pioneer. He organized the first events and functions. In some respects he is “the father of network marketing.” For a time, Charlie was Dexter Yager's mentor.
Vladimir Pozdnyakov: He is nicknamed “The Poz” by his American colleagues, he is one of the new Russian millionaires, who developed a network out of trust, in a difficult environment. His groups fill the largest auditoriums.
Bo Short built all over again three times and each time built a lead organization within his respective company.
Jody Victor: He proved that networking can survive and even thrive into a second generation. Victor has seen dozens of seismic changes in networking and landed on his feet each time.
Glen Woodfin: master of SEO, brought MLM into the 21st Century.
Natasha Yena: A wise and resourceful strategic thinker, Natasha is the mother of all Russian speaking networkers, Her events fill auditoriums across Russia and Ukraine and have spawned dozens of other networking women leaders with enormous businesses of their own, clearly disproving the misogynist declarations of some American networkers who insist that women can’t build the business by themselves. Indeed, in Russia, it is often the women who do.
B. K. Boreyko
BK Boreyko: He hailed from a family that built one of the largest organizations in the Matal Company. When a corporate crisis occurred he started his own company, Vemma, which reached the $100 million sales mark in record time.
Bill and Hona Childers
Bill Childers: He built the largest, single, cohesive group in networking history. His secret? He insisted on always appearing as the second man to his upline, even when his own group was at times much larger.
Hal & Susan Gooch
Hal and Susan Gooch
Hal and Susan Gooch: They hosted some of the largest networking events in the United States, filling the 90,000 seat Indiana Hoosier Dome on multiple occasions. While most wives of American networkers were limited to roles as “speakers,” Susan played an integral part in the organization of the business.
Don and Janet Held
Don Held: In his heyday he filled coliseums in Ohio and Canada, and launched an educational system, showing that a network can do more than just make money. Don was the first to turn his network into a political machine.
Kaoru Nakajimi: He maximized the Amway compensation plan, building more than 700,000 in his downline. He built Amway in Japan.
Nathan Ricks: The charismatic legend who helped build Nu Skin. Ricks earned $40 million in 20 years.
Max Schwarz has built networks east and west and has adapted to numerous changes in mlm systems. He is a survivor.
Sherman Unkefer: A legend in XanGo, with an estimated $350,000 a month income off his XanGo business, Sherman’s simple prospecting package called “The Magic Wand,” helped him build a resilient networking business in only a few short explosive months. No one has reached the top quicker.
Don and Nancy Wilson
Don Wilson: He succeeded by hard work. Dexter Yager didn’t like flying so Wilson soon owned the Yager system in the west.
Mark Yarnell: Formerly of Nu Skin, he is networking’s thinking man and its most prolific chronicler.
Bill and Peggy Britt
Bill Britt: A strong, opinionated leader, at one time his organization may have represented half of all Amway volume. He transformed the networking systems by being the first to build his own cassette manufacturing company.
Kathy Coover: Became the top earner in three different companies, personally sponsoring 450 in the first one, 198 in the second. Failing to find the perfect company she and her husband Jim, co-founded, Isagenix.
Jim & Nancy Dornan
Jim and Nancy Dornan
Jim & Nancy Dornan: The founders of Network 21, they have the largest and most efficient MLM educational business system in the world, filling soccer stadiums on six continents. Their organization has donated $100 million to World Vision.
Bob & Kay Goshen
Bob Goshen: “Mr. Enthusiasm,” he brought an educational system to the Sunrider Corporation and became its top earner in North America.
Randy & Valorie Haugen
Randy Haugen built some of the largest groups in the West. A dynamic speaker, he was allegedly sued for defamation by Proctor & Gamble for $19 million .
Brian & Judy McConnell
Brian & Judy McConnell
Brian & Judy McConnell: Amway Diamonds who served on the ADA board, respected worldwide, pioneers for mlm in Russia where they lived for years.
Ken Pontious: He was top earner with Enrich, was once taking home a monthly income which was twice the annual salary of the president of the United States. Ken died of cancer, his wife, Shirley, carries on.
Mitch Sala: He is the great Australian networker who solved the problem of isolation downunder by exporting his business worldwide. Sala developed the method of exporting a business to another country. Most leaders now use his system. He has one of the most geographically diverse groups in the world.
Vincent Woodhall A former US marine, Vincent was top global producer with MCI World Com. He has co-founded numerous companies in 22 countries. In a role that has spanned the private and government, Vincent has worked with leaders and Prime Ministers in many countries
Orrin Woodward: He took the so called “systems building” to its ultimate extreme creating one of the largest business educational companies in America.
George Zalucki of ACN, is one of the world's most inspirational speakers and trainers. He built a $150 million business with 150,000 distributors in Europe.