I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, David. We celebrated 22 years of marriage on November 27th of this year. We have 3 great kids, our daughters Alyssa (age 17), Sophie (age 11) and our son Max (age 15). Sophie is a champ at recruiting people. She wants me to sign her up to do the business. I told her she has to wait a few more years. My kids keep me in recruiting mode. There is no one safe around them, they are always identifying people everyplace we go and telling me to prospect them. They keep me on my toes.
I have a master’s degree in Marketing and Communication Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Psychology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. I had my own graphic design and marketing business for 20+ years. I had also been dabbling in another direct sales company and became an Area Manager for them. I was selling their products for 3 years. Then I got burned. Products that said they were back ordered never came in and were actually discontinued. Having taken cash for most of my sales at the time, I had to refund back a lot of money and this was all during the market crash in 2008-09. My husband is a financial adviser working solely on commission so that was a huge financial hit for us. I was super disappointed with the company I had spent 3 years of my life working with.
In January of 2010, my childhood friend, Ian Ziering called me to see if I wanted to join him in this new business venture he was embarking on. When he told me it was a direct sales business I could not hang up the phone fast enough. After having that bad experience that was the last thing I wanted to embark on. Then for the following month I dodged calls from both Ian and Laura Kall. In the meantime, my husband and I were struggling financially trying to rebuild for our families future. I had lost a bunch of my bread and butter accounts after the crash and had to rebuild my entire business. After 20 years, you get tired. It was like starting all over again. My husband David had been doing his research behind the scenes on Nu Skin and Pharmanex and one night he said he wanted to talk. He told me it was a publicly traded company, the stock was looking very good and that many companies had rated it quite high. I went online and did my own research and found that the products seemed different than anything else out there. My husband said he would support me if I wanted to “get back in the game.” I called Laura Kall back and had a three way call with Ian Ziering. I was in. Of course at the time I did not know what a rock star she is in this company.
Most of what I am doing now is supporting my downline. I am usually the one to be low on volume because I am busy trying to solidify my downline legs. I talk to everyone that will listen. I am always trying to find my next “Ace”. My family is super supportive which makes a big difference.
My advice to any new Distributor Executive would be: This is an easy business to get discouraged. There are going to be days when you don’t feel like you have the energy to do this business. There are going to be days you want to give up. The thing is, if you do give up you will never know what you are capable of doing, or having. This business is a gift. You were given this opportunity to change your life. Sure you are going to hit bumps along the way, but you’ve got to pick yourself up and move on. If you keep your eye on the prize and ignore the obstacles that fall in your path you are sure to be successful. It takes time to build a great business, but the trip is a ton of fun and the prize will be well worth the effort!
Ileane is qualified for the January Success Trip Cruise. This will be her first success trip with Nu Skin. What an incredible example of a hard working leader!