*Executive Director and ALC member Tom Klaas joined more than 300 Associates in the Pocono Mountains last weekend for the 2013 Leadership Retreat—an unforgettable event in which we shared game-changing promotions and breakthrough training. Below, Klaas recounts the momentous event.
Some people don’t like taking trips in the winter. But if that trip means you get to stay in a beautiful landmark hotel, enjoy the “warmth” of friendship, food, fun and fanfare, I know most people would have happily joined the more than 300 attendees at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania this past weekend. What a time! What a company! Let me explain.
What makes a weekend like this so enjoyable is not only the tremendous information you learn in the sessions but also the great times you have while hanging out with wonderful people. I loved Associate Vin LaMantia’s line: “Viridian is a vacation club disguised and an energy business!” Ain’t that the truth.
If you can imagine a beautiful lodge built in 1928 with all the ornate woodwork and magnificence of regal resort, that was the Skytop Lodge. It was incredibly elegant, super comfortable and still decorated for the holidays which made it even more beautiful and cozy. The fireplace was magnificent especially when putting your feet up and sharing with good friends the goals and dreams of our futures in Viridian.
Trust me… there were a lot of those conversations going on especially during our cocktail hours which preceded incredibly delicious meals served by a Five Star hotel staff. If you haven’t attended a Viridian-sponsored trip, then you have not yet experienced the genuine “TOP SHELF” treatment as Platinum Ambassador Frank Marone described it.
Are you getting the picture that this was a really cool place? Well, in keeping with that theme of “cool places,” we took a group photo outside. The freezing cold didn’t stop us from having a great time. We laughed ourselves silly when someone unexpectedly shook the ladder upon which Joe Epstein, our photographer, was perched. Did I tell you we are like a bunch of kids at camp? We love to have fun!
But we were there to learn as well and for two days we were taught by the best leaders at Viridian. Here a few pearls of wisdom that I really loved, wrote down and intend to read daily. (Hint – hint: you may want to do the same).
The first two are “Master the mundane” and “Become brilliant at the basics.”
Simple but powerful, right? These two phrases capture the overall content and character of the Viridian Pocono Leadership Weekend. Allow me to share a few more insights and highlights:
Our Founder & CEO Michael Fallquist spoke to us from the perspective of “one business owner to another” and what he has learned. (This is awesome stuff here folks)
- Be a leader; not a boss. Show folks what to do, don’t just tell them.
- Be willing to FAIL. It’s the pathway to success; embrace it!
- Take responsibility for your business. After all, we are all business owners!
How about this “nugget” from one of our top leaders: “I must become the person I want to sponsor!” Wow!
This is just a small sampling of the tremendous information we were privileged to hear along with the sharing of meals, stories, best practices and many, many laughs. Oh yes, we took over the Skytop Lodge and filled this wonderful venue with positive energy. Yes, Viridian Energy!
**VP of Field Development Bob Ulrich and various members of our corporate executive team have already arrived in the Pocono Mountains for the 2013 Leadership Retreat, taking place Jan. 4-6. Below, Ulrich shares his sentiments before the retreat officially kicks off.
Late Thursday night, I hit the road with SVP of Viridian Network Meredith Berkich—and a few other corporate team members—to head up to the Pocono Mountains for our 2013 Leadership Retreat—an event that will give all our Associates the momentum they need to start 2013 strong. It’s going to be an incredible weekend at the Skytop Lodge and Resort and I cannot wait.
I always get really excited about the event that kicks off the new year and this is no exception. This morning, as I look out at the snowy lawn and the beautifully decorated lodge, I find myself counting down the minutes until the rest of our Viridian family arrives.
In just a few hours, many of our great senior leaders will be here to share their passion, knowledge and commitment to build Viridian as one of the most admired companies in the world. The weekend will include encouraging words from so many of our leaders including Platinum Ambassador Frank Marone, Ambassador Bob Quintana; Platinum Partners Henri Aymonier, John LoPresto, Ralph Malek and Jenna Marzullo; and Partner Vin LaMantia, among many others. The attendance of our rising stars and the benefits they will receive during our three days together is what I am most excited about!
It brings back great memories when I attended my first Leadership Retreat in my network marketing career and the profound affect it had on my business and development of my leadership. Our rising stars and their development up the ranks of leadership in 2013 is the critical component of driving our Viridian business to new heights. Their experience here and results they will see will be significant!
What will we share this weekend? Our field will hear the vision, strategy and direction from our Founder & CEO Michael Fallquist. The quote I love the most from Mike is "We are in the first chapter of a best-selling novel.” So true!
Our SVP of Viridian Network Meredith Berkich will be covering several topics, all the while sharing her passion and leadership for the Viridian Network...such a bright future we all have.
SVP of Marketing and Brand Strategy Cami Boehme will also be on site to share the power of our brand, preview new marketing materials and dig deeper into how sustainability and profitability go hand-in-hand.
Our field will also get an update on our new technology platform, compensation plan, commercial process and Residual Fundraising Program. And, of course, we will finally reveal the exciting new promotions which are guaranteed to help you kick off 2013 just right!!
The best part of this whole weekend is having our dedicated leaders all in one place. Recognition, inspiration, training and commitment are all the elements of success for our most valuable asset—our field. We are so glad you are here joining us as we lock arms and have the best year ahead. See you in the mountains!
**VP of Field Development Bob Ulrich recounts his past few weeks of Viridian travel**
Over the past few weeks, my travels have taken me through several of our markets including Delaware, Washington, DC, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
I first want to go back a few weeks to our Nov. 16-17 Mid-Atlantic Regional Market Launch in Dover, Delaware. The event—which commemorated the launch of our newest markets Washington, DC, and Delaware—was incredibly exciting as our full house of new Delaware and DC Associates got a chance to meet SVP of Viridian Network Meredith Berkich and SVP of Marketing and Brand Strategy Cami Boehme. Moreover, several of our top leaders were on hand to share their best business building success steps.
The Friday before the launch we had a social get together to celebrate with our newest Associates and toast to their success. The Mid-Atlantic region is now off and running as Associates are quickly gathering customers and bringing on new Associates. In fact, several Executive Associates are popping up on their way to the Director Challenge! To all our DC/DE Associates—Congratulations and go for the gold, baby!
Following the Mid-Atlantic Regional Launch, I headed to Illinois for a Super Saturday training event led by Senior Director Rick Herdrich, Senior Director Lauren Leifer, Senior Director Jason Wolkow, Director Mike Husar, Director Matt Johnson and Director Virginia McGathey. Jason hosted the event—which brought in a full house—while Lauren and Matt talked about the importance of sustainability and how this folds into every conversation with prospective Associates and customers. Mike followed that up with a dynamic presentation on the importance of sponsoring and mentoring new Associates and helping them achieve their Double Down bonuses BEFORE the holidays. Rick trained on the importance of contact and communication with your teams during the month of December. He also provided several personal development books to keep your mind fresh! Ginny closed the event like a pro, focusing on activities and action steps to build business NOW! It was great day and very proud of our Illinois leadership team and Associates.
From Illinois I headed to Ocean, New Jersey for a meeting that was absolutely inspiring. This area was hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy and the whole room sat and listened to the many stories of how this tragedy has put people in very challenging positions. To see a full house of our Associates and their guests gathering together to be around positive people was extremely encouraging. Director Anthony Ramella hosted the event and Executive Director Tom Klaas did an excellent job presenting our opportunity. Ambassador Bob Quintana gave an incredible, inspirational message of belief, passion and commitment to push forward through difficult times. Q was at his best that evening and the buzz in the room was evident.
Let me take some time to brag about one of our fastest growing organizations—Executive Director Anthony Serino and his team of eight Directors in Poughkeepsie, New York. Attending their meeting the other night was so refreshing as the room was filled to the brim with Associates and their prospects. This team is on fire and the meeting had all the elements of success; it began on time, there was a quick, concise presentation with time for a few questions and there was a section dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of people in the room. It was flat out perfect! It will come as no surprise that this team will double in size by the end of the first quarter 2013. Way to go Team Poughkeepsie!
Just a few weeks ago we successfully held our inaugural open house at our new corporate office in Stamford, Connecticut. More than 250 Associates had the opportunity to tour our new digs and meet our executive team and dedicated staff. The excitement and pride was palpable and we were so impressed by the turnout. But don’t trust me when I tell you it was great. Our very first Associate Jenna Marzullo recently wrote about the Open House. Click here to read her blog.
Beginning in February, we will be hosting an opportunity venue for our Associates to bring their top prospects to meet and greet our corporate team and get a bigger view of what our wonderful company is all about. Stay tuned for details.
For the past few days I have been spending my time with our Mid-Atlantic teams as they complete their first 30 days following our exciting launch. I am enjoying being with them and meeting all the new Executive Associates on their way to that $3,000 new Director Challenge bonus… having fun along the way!!