Live from Orlando: Direct Selling Association Kicks off Annual Meeting

It’s a beautiful day in Orlando, where the Direct Selling Association has kicked off its 2014 Annual Meeting. Nearly 1,000 executives from direct selling and vendor partner companies have gathered to connect and celebrate the industry in the spirit of this year’s theme:



Since 1910, the DSA has worked to promote the impact of direct sellers and ensure a fair and open marketplace. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for industry leaders to unite in the interest of their shared vision, message and future.

Sunday morning’s agenda included meetings of the DSA and Direct Selling Education Foundation boards. Chairman Orville Thompson, CEO of Scentsy, presided at the DSA Board of Directors Meeting, where members outlined the Association’s action on the challenges and opportunities within the industry. The board also voted in a slate of new officers and directors to serve the upcoming term.

Serving as Chair of the Board, Amway’s John Parker opened the DSEF meeting with an introduction of the Foundation’s incoming Executive Director, Gary Huggins. Huggins will assume the post July 1. He brings extensive nonprofit experience—particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship, education and policy—to the role.

“We’re very excited to have Gary on board and are looking forward to a close collaboration between the Association and the Foundation within the industry,” said DSA President Joe Mariano.

As Executive Director, Huggins will support the Foundation’s mission of engaging and educating the public on the ways direct selling empowers individuals, supports communities and strengthens economies worldwide.

Throughout the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to connect and interact through Express Learning Sessions, which featured more than 30 mini-workshops offered by vendor partners. The afternoon concluded with the Perfecting Partnerships Roundtable, a 90-minute interactive session geared toward helping executives and vendor partners forge deeper, strategic working relationships.

Stay tuned for more coverage live from the 2014 Annual Meeting, including Monday evening’s Award Gala and the presentation of this year’s ETHOS Award winners.


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