**Directors Scott and Melissa Epstein are certainly a couple to watch. The power couple from New Jersey is quickly making their faces known at major corporate events, particularly the Super Regional events as the husband and wife attended the Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and New York regionals. Below, they recount their experience.**
January is the time for new goals, new inspirations, new commitments and new dreams about what this new year can be. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that a vision without support, motivation and doing the do is simply a wish. One of the best ways to help make a wish become a reality is to surround yourself with like-minded people—people that have a vision and are willing to do whatever it takes to hit their goals and to not shrink their dreams!
Viridian created a platform in January that allowed people to jump-start their 2013 journey. The company offered a wave of Super Regional training events that extended from Washington, DC, to Illinois to New Jersey to New York and to Massachusetts. We are serious about our Viridian business and about taking it to the next level, so we knew attending at least one Super Regional was mandatory.
Fortunately, we are a husband/wife team and we are both very active in our Viridian business. One of the benefits to working the business with your spouse is supporting each other around attending events especially when you have children involved. With three small children at home, it’s hard to always be able to attend every event together. However, if we know certain people on our team will be at events, then we will support each other in attending. We know how powerful meetings and large events are and one of us always makes sure to get there.
The wealth of knowledge we received at the multiple events we attended is priceless. Learning from the top leaders and getting trained on the how-tos of working this business and being surrounded by so many amazing people in a room full of positive energy definitely fueled our engines. Already, 2013 is shaping up to be a spectacular year! In addition to the knowledge we gained, our belief in Viridian grew; the company’s dedication to making sure the Associates have the tools to win is unwavering and the corporate team is always taking it up a notch and for that we thank them.
The Super Regionals also gave us the opportunity to bond with our fellow Associates… downteam, crossteam, upteam and everything in between! We are so grateful for all the friendships we’ve made because of Viridian. We would have never met some of our closest friends if it wasn’t for this opportunity.
Viridian has certainly created something special. It’s not just about the service we provide; it’s about the journey, the experiences and the people we’ve met along the way and the everlasting impact they have made on our lives. It has helped us become the people we want to be for our children, families, friends and community.
**Viridian Associate Richard Herdrich was one of hundreds of Associates who attended a January Super Regional—five events that were awe-inspiring and filled with exciting, critical 2013 announcements. Below, the Senior Director recounts firsthand his experience at the Illinois regional, which took place Saturday, Jan. 26.**
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Illinois Super Regional in Oakbrook—just outside the city of Chicago—which was attended by more than 250 Illinois Associates and guests. Having corporate leader SVP of Viridian Network Meredith Berkich and field leaders Ambassador Bob Quintana and Platinum Partner John Pyonteck fly in to impart their immense knowledge and excellence to Generation V, was truly inspirational to say the least. Bob emceed an important event that will be remembered as a "difference maker" in the lives and direction of Illinois Viridian Associates.
Personally, one of the most special moments of the Super Regional was seeing firsthand the growth of Viridian, particularly as many Associates worked together to produce an event to be remembered. A highlight was when Executive Associate Preston Kendall demonstrated his persistence and determination on stage with Director Matt Johnson. These two charismatic Associates discussed the Duplic8 Process and how to share and spread the Viridian opportunity with others. Illinois Senior Director Jason Wolkow was outstanding thanks to his directness, professorial explanations and quotes based on his research of Viridian and this profession. Senior Director Lauren Leifer—who we all know and love—showed her extreme passion for everything green and sustainable with her proclamation, "Sustainability equals profitability!"
I also had the greatest of pleasures telling my story of the first time I met Joe O. At the regional, Joe "O" spoke so eloquently about the Viridian opportunity as only he can; for many, it was the first time they got to hear from him in person. I had the opportunity to hear from Joe O just after the Illinois launch in July of 2011. He gave an incredible talk on the simplicity of Viridian with statements like: "Did you know you can now choose where your energy comes from?" and "Do you recycle?" After the meeting I saddled up to him and rather sheepishly asked, "Is my attendance at the yearly PowerUP! convention really that important?" He looked directly in my eyes and asked, "Are you serious about this business opportunity?" I emphatically replied "YES!" (What would you say if he asked you.....) And I will always remember his reply: “Then it will be the biggest decision of your life. Big decisions are made at big events."
I am a believer... My name is Richard C Herdrich Jr. and I am Generation V.
**Written by VP of Field Development Bob Ulrich**
WOW. What a beginning to the new year! Following our Leadership Retreat in the Pocono Mountains, we have been charging forward at full force, not pausing to catch our breath and riding the incredible wave of momentum following the retreat. A huge thank you to all our Associate powerhouses who have made our first month in 2013 terrific.
The past weekend, your corporate executive team has been trotting all over—hitting up inspired Super Regional events in Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. These events were extremely well attended as each location was standing-room only thanks to our Associates and their guests. We certainly have kicked off 2013 in a big way.
In case you were unable to join us on the road, here are some updates. In Massachusetts on Jan. 12, SVP Meredith Berkich attended the exciting event with Diamond Partner Brenden Kenny, who hosted the event. Several field leaders also participated in the meeting—sharing their passion and knowledge. More than 400 people heard all the great 2013 initiatives, which include our soon-to-be unveiled technology platform, upgraded compensation plan and powerful January promotions that are designed to build the momentum for a great first quarter. You did not have personally be there to know how awesome this event was as there has been an outpouring of positive feedback from the field. Good stuff!
I had the opportunity to attend the New Jersey Super Regional on Jan. 12, hosted by Ambassador Bob Quintana, as well as the Maryland event on Jan. 19 hosted by Diamond Partner Ed Kenny. These events were equally as successful as we sold out the venues and welcomed more than 500 to the events. The audience got tremendous value as we shared our long term vision, updates on the upcoming Back Office, VCenter, and suite of resources, compensation plan and Residual Fundraising Program (RFP) initiatives. Many leaders presented their “best training practices” and had a blast announcing the new January promotions, especially the Colorado incentive trip… you know—the one you want to be on!!
Will we see you at the last two Super Regionals? We better!
The final two Super Regionals take place this weekend in Oak Brook, Illinois, and Tarrytown, New York. Meredith and I will be on hand at the regionals, along with field leaders Platinum Ambassador Joe Occhiogrosso, Ambassador Bob Quintana, Platinum Partner and ALC Chairman Jim Kenny, and Platinum Partner. Early registration numbers tell us we will have packed houses again and we look forward to seeing you and your prospects at these locations.
These are your last two chances to attend our sizzling Super Regional events. It is also your last chance to purchase discounted PowerUP! 2013 tickets. Remember that if you attend one of our regional events you can purchase a $129 All-Access PowerUP! 2013 pass on site—for a $140 savings! This is the last time you can enjoy a savings like this so be sure to buy tickets for you and your entire team!
We hope to see all of you in Illinois and New York. Believe me, nobody will come away disappointed!!