It Works! Global Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

It Works! Global, home of the It Works! Wrap, broke ground on its new 36,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Palmetto, Fla.

Having outgrown its current office space in less than two years, the purchase of the new building will fulfill the company’s need for space to accommodate its growing corporate team and entertainment needs for their community of more than 50,000 independent distributors.

According to CEO and Founder Mark Pentecost, plans are for the innovative office space to allow employees, distributors and guests alike to enjoy the company’s youthful and energetic corporate culture with a waterfront location that will exemplify its motto that they are “more Jimmy Buffett than Warren Buffett!”

It Works! is projected to open the doors of the new headquarters this fall.

It Works! Global has a debt-free philosophy with a business opportunity based around the It Works! Wrap that tightens, tones and firms any area of your body in as little as 45 minutes.

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Marla Gottschalk CEO, The Pampered Chef – One of The Most Influential Women in Direct Selling

The Pampered Chef

Marla Gottschalk

It comes as little surprise that Marla Gottschalk loves to cook. A timesaving recipe and having just the right cooking tool for the job fuels her passion for preparing family meals, as well as her role as CEO of The Pampered Chef. “To me, what I do is so much more than a job. I believe what we do makes a real difference in the lives of our consultants and customers,” she says.

“I believe that when you love what you do and feel that you have a purpose, you will be successful,” Gottschalk says. Passion led her to success and it’s that same passion she sees in the eyes of tens of thousands of talented consultants who inspire her to work hard every day.

“Early in my career, I didn’t have a specific goal of being a corporate chief executive officer; it was an evolution as I continually strived for the next assignment and the next promotion,” she says. “It is that spirit of hard work and striving to grow that set me on this path.”

Throughout corporate America, women are under-represented, which disappoints Gottschalk. “I believe a diverse team can be the most successful. Building this kind of high-performance team begins at the top and becomes part of the culture.”

The direct selling industry, as a whole, is fundamentally about helping women “have it all,” and The Pampered Chef is certainly a culture in tune with women. They fill 60 percent of corporate executive roles, and Gottschalk says, “Every day I have the privilege to talk with women across the world—each with their own definition of ‘having it all.’ The Pampered Chef has helped so many women achieve their goals, whether it’s the ability to replace or supplement their income, stay at home with their children or simply provide an outlet for their love of cooking while earning a little fun money.”

Admiration for…

Doris Christopher: “Doris’ belief that dreams can come true, her passion for enhancing the quality of family life and her advocacy of the importance of shared mealtimes continues to transform millions of lives. She built a company that continues to flourish today behind the mission and vision she created.”

The Pampered Chef: Heating Up Sales in the Kitchen

Pampered Chef MarketingOutside of its premium kitchen tools, The Pampered Chef® is probably best known for its current owner: Warren Buffett. Yes, that Warren Buffett, the astute investor. Well, technically, it was his company, Berkshire Hathaway that acquired The Pampered Chef from its founder Doris K. Christopher and her family in 2002.

Christopher launched the company from the basement of her home in 1980, using her expertise as an educator, home economist and mother. She laid the foundation for an industry icon that now has $500 million in 2011 net sales through its 65,000 independent consultants. From its home base in Addison, Ill., it operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany. Marla Gottschalk was named CEO in May 2006.

Through home cooking shows, the company offers professional-quality tools for cooking and entertaining. Guests can try out the tools before they buy at the million-plus shows that are held annually in the United States alone. The Pampered Chef Test Kitchens keep demonstrations lively by arming consultants with timesaving tools, tips and recipes that enhance mealtime and suit busy lifestyles. The Pampered Chef carries more than 300 items at any one time—some 80 to 90 percent of them are exclusive to The Pampered Chef.