Founders Crown Ambassador William “Bill” Britt has passed away at the age of 81. Britt, the founder and leader of Britt WorldWide, was one of the most successful yet controversial distributors in Amway’s history. Bill and his wife Peggy joined Amway in 1970, ten years after the company began, and built one of the largest Amway businesses in the world. They reached Diamond level in 1973 and Crown Ambassador in 1996. In 2004 they were recognized as Founders Crown Ambassador, FAA 40, one of only 14 Amway distributorships in the world to have reached that level.
The Britts are downline of Founders Crown Ambassador Dexter Yager, and were an integral part of the success and expansion of the “Yager System” in the 70s and 80s. The Britt’s eventually founded their own business support company, Britt WorldWide, which grew around the world, reaching great success particularly in India, where the Britt’s developed a second large Amway business, reaching Crown in 2009.
Their success was not without controversy however. Britt’s firebrand approach, with no apologies for mixing his strong evangelical Christian faith, political beliefs and business attracting devotion from many but criticism from others. In 2004 the Britt organisation was the focus of a Dateline NBC investigation into Quixtar (now Amway North America) and several of his downline distributors were disciplined by Amway as a result.
The Britt’s Amway legacy lives on, with hundreds of Diamonds from around the world in their downline, including Paul & Leslie Miller and Larry & Pam Winters from the United States, India’s Founders Triple Diamonds, Harbhajan Singh & Mohinder Braich and Double Diamonds Kanti & Lata Gala, China’s Founders Crown Ambassador’s Guo-Yuan Du & Ya-Qin Zhu (Matthew Du), England’s Double Diamonds Trevor & Jackie Lowe and Turkey’s Double Diamonds Hatice Firat & Mehmet Muratoglu and Merih & Nilufer Bolukbasi.
Our thoughts are with his wife Peggy and the entire Britt Worldwide family.
Amway has been slowly delving into elements of social networking on the internet. A while ago Amway Euope quietly started posting links to sites of interest on there own Amway Europe Delicious bookmark site. More recently they’ve started promoting (and regularly updating) an Amway Europe feed on Twitter.
Amway Global in North America has been on Twitter for a while. There’s now a Nutrilite Health Twitter, an Artistry Beauty Twitter, an Amway Canada Twitter, and an Amway Global Twitter and as of a couple of days ago, a Ribbon Gift Twitter. I’ve not delved much into Twitter before, not really being sure of where it might be useful. Indeed, my initial experiences have not been good, with attempts to update my profile resulting in “twitter is over capacity” and “something is technically wrong” errors. Still, it has me intrigued, and the error messages are a clear indication it has plenty of other folk intrigued as well!
As “microblogs”, twitters are much simpler and easier for corporate staff to quickly keep Amway business owners up-to-date. One tweet of interest –
Looking at an IBO Facebook page promising “prosperity guaranteed.” Perfect example of why Social Media Guidebook for IBOs coming out soon!
Ten new followers overnight! Probably thanks to @BWW, also Tweeting great stuff about their LOA & Amway Global. We move forward together!
Amway has always been about “social networking”, technologies like FaceBook and Twitter are tools that can transform how we do it. But how to effectively and efficently use them is something I don’t think we’ve really learned how to do just yet.
PS You can “follow” me at http://twitter.com/ibofb
September 1, 2008 was the deadline for North American Amway Global business owners to either be personally accredited or to be part of an accredited organisation. Accreditation requires the organisation or individual to pass a range of “quality control” criteria to ensure they are teaching and implementing “Best Practices”.
IBOs and IBO organizations who have achieved accreditation have satisfied all program criteria, including providing a professional development curriculum that includes product training and business-building components. They engage in communications that comply with the IBO Communications Platform, which can be summed up as: focus on business and “treat others as you would like to be treated.” They demonstrate a commitment to best practices and ongoing education. They offer professional development compensation plans that are transparent, written, and contractual. And, IBOs who achieve accreditation are in good standing and in compliance with Amway Global’s Rules of Conduct.
Failure to achieve accreditation may result in loss of discretionary SIP bonuses (Sales Incentive Program, formally Quixtar Business Incentives). eFinity, MarkerMan, ProSystemOne, WIN, P5, and Network TwentyOne have been accredited for some time now. As of today, the old Quixtar Accreditation website now points to quixtar.com, and some new organisations are now listed as having achieved accreditation. Continue reading Britt WorldWide, Team-One, Vision Global achieve Accreditation