A Success Story of Carlos'
Team in Canada
In 1999, Simon Abboud became involved
in the direct selling industry because he was deeply in debt and
wanted to find a way out. “I was $25,000 in debt and living with my
parents,” he says. “I had never had a job or a business of my own-it
was the first work experience I had.”
Simon decided to become a representative for a direct selling
company, and small successes soon came. “At the end of five years,
we had a large team that was doing well,” he says. Despite his
success, there were challenges.
“The owners of the company changed
many times, which meant a lot of the integrity was lost. Often, the
company would over-promise and under-deliver. So, we decided to look
at other direct selling companies.”
Meeting With Destiny ... While Simon was evaluating
other direct selling opportunities, he received a phone call from
Carlos Rey, his mentor and sponsor, who told him about the
telecommunications direct selling company ACN. The next day, Simon
and Carlos left for an ACN international event in Amsterdam. Having
experienced some disappointments in the past, they cautiously
approached the new opportunity. But things changed when Simon and
Carlos met ACN’s four Co-Founders-Robert Stevanofski, Greg
Provenzano, Mike Cupisz and Tony Cupisz-and spoke with them in
“I had prepared 19 questions that I wanted to ask them,” Simon says.
“I asked hard questions. I was trying to find out if anything was
wrong. But with every answer, things got better and better. It was
obvious they understood the direct selling industry-they weren’t
just sitting at their desks. They had been-and still were-in the
field. They understood what it was like to be a representative.”
After the meeting, Simon was convinced that ACN was built on a firm
foundation and had a solid future, and he joined the company as an
Double Dollars ... “For me, it came down to three
things,” he says, “ACN has a product that makes sense-people will
always need to communicate with each other. ACN also had a
compensation plan that allows people to earn residual income. Most
important, the ownership of the company is made up of people of
integrity who had a history in the direct selling industry.”
While he admits that the money is a wonderful part of working with
ACN, Simon couples it with the freedom the business affords him. “I
have the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever, wherever, and with
whomever I want,” he says, “That’s how ACN has changed my life.”
Free At Last ... In just a few years, Simon has come
from being in debt to owning Montreal Canadiens season tickets and
traveling to see the World Cup finals in Germany. Finding his way
out of debt was his goal initially, but now he hopes to share his
success by helping other people discover the same financial and time
freedom he has found.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to share with as many people as
possible-to see them better their lives and find freedom,” Simon
says. “I’ve heard that the No. 1 cause of disease is stress, and 85
percent of stress comes from financial problems. So, really, ACN
“I know why I wake up in the morning,” he says. “I have total
freedom with no stress. And the best is yet to come. ACN is poised
to be the largest digital phone service company in the world. It’s
perfectly positioned to grow its revenue. We have so much
international expansion ahead. Now is the time to become an ACN
“I have won
my life back!”
Working more than 70 hours a week at three jobs
and going to school part-time was no life for Nekoda Bragg. His work
ethic certainly should have delivered him from low-income housing
and replaced a car that was older than he was. But it didn't. And by
age 21, Nekoda felt like he was just working to survive.
After discovering the concept of residual income in a book by Robert
Kiyosaki, Nekoda realized there was a better way to win. When a
friend told him about the opportunity to earn residual income
through ACN, Nekoda didn't hesitate to get started. He stepped
outside his comfort zone and challenged his fears of speaking
publicly, building a large organization over three years that
culminated in his promotion to Regional Vice President at the
Phoenix International Convention.
"Now, I don't have to trade my hours for someone else's dollars," he
said. "I control my own schedule and income. I feel like I have won
my life back! I am able to spend more time with my family creating a
business that continues to pay me even after I clock out."
“Nothing would stop us
Simon Turcotte &
Simon Turcotte and
Jonathan Deziel experienced many struggles in their path to success,
but a never-quit attitude guided both in building a powerful team in
a journey that culminated in their promotion to Regional Vice
Presidents during the Fort Worth International Convention.
These two Canadians came from different backgrounds before finding
ACN and building a powerhouse organization together. One of them
spent four years making doors and windows with his hands, a job that
often required him to work 70 hours a week and left him exhausted.
His friend supplemented his accounting job by working as a
representative for an unstable telecommunications company.
When the two friends were introduced to ACN, they were astounded by
the opportunity to earn residual income on products people use every
day. While their friends laughed at them for joining a direct
selling company, they went to work and built a strong organization
that made them two of the top producers in the company.
But it didn't come without a few trials. "Did I pay the price? Yes,
and big time!" Jonathan said on stage in Fort Worth. "But to be
honest with you, it was the most incredible adventure of all my
life. And it's only the beginning."
Today, these two gentlemen are getting the last laugh as they are
living their dreams of time and money freedom. They advise new
representatives to stay clear of negative influences and never stop
believing in themselves.
"Never quit," Simon said. "If it takes you three months, six months,
a year, or two years, it's nothing, nothing at all in a life."
Congratulations Simon Turcotte & Jonathan Déziel!
“You have to give it everything you got.”
grew up with the words of his father stuck in his head: “You can
either work for the system all your life, or find the system that
will work for you.” That’s why he quit a $20-an-hour job leading a
call center for a security alarm company. He was hungry to achieve
“I wanted to prove to my father that I could be someone, prove to my
family and to show them I could get paid for what I am worth, not
for what people told me what I was worth,” he said.
Maxime tried another opportunity for five years before realizing it
was the wrong vehicle for him. Then a friend spelled out the ACN
Opportunity to him using a napkin in a restaurant, and he started
immediately. He was not only impressed with the ACN compensation
plan but also the support available from others.
With the help of a mentor and his willingness to be coached, Maxime
built a large team, culminating in his promotion to Regional Vice
President during the Baltimore International Training Event. On
stage, he reflected on the last three years in ACN: “I worked hard
for this. For three years, I gave it everything I got. I did a lot
of sacrificing. I did sacrifice with my family, sacrifice with my
Maxime thanked his upline for helping him grow financially and
personally: “It's not only money that you make in this business. You
can find other stuff. You can find love.”
‘Follow people who
succeed in this business and listen to them!’
Lamontagne, from Montreal, Canada, was promoted to the prestigious
level of Regional Vice President during the ACN International
Training Event in Baltimore. Carried to the stage on the shoulders
of his very supportive team and accompanied by his beautiful new
bride Gabriela, Mathieu teared up as he spoke to and thanked his
team and his upline.
With his team lined up at the front of the stage cheering him on,
Mathieu ran up the ramp where the Co-Founders of ACN placed the 14K
gold RVP pin on his lapel. Mathieu then humbly approached the podium
to tell his story.
His story began 19 years ago with another network marketing company.
He was a full-time student and basketball player looking to make a
better life for his family. He was dedicated and motivated and
worked hard for two and a half years. But unfortunately without
warning, the company for which he had dedicated so much of his life
closed its doors.
He received a telephone call with the news that his job was suddenly
gone while he was on vacation with his new fiancée. Needless to say,
he was devastated. But in that same telephone call, he was also
introduced to ACN. Although he was terrified and doubted himself and
his ability to start over, he signed up immediately.
Any of the fears and doubts that he had faded quickly as he
surrounded himself with positive and ambitious people in ACN. He
found more success in the initial weeks with ACN than he had ever
had with his previous company. Today he has more than 2,200
representatives in Canada, the United States and six European
countries and supports more than 10,000 customers.
Congratulations Mathieu Lamontagne!
‘Follow people who are
where you want to be’
spent six years as a waiter at a breakfast restaurant before he
decided he wanted more out of life. He discovered network marketing
through two other companies and enjoyed the idea of building a
business by helping people succeed. But he never reached his goals
and dreams with those companies.
Introduced to ACN, Nathan was impressed with the compensation plan
and the company's integrity. By remaining positive and sticking to a
personal goal of approaching 10 people a day, the Canadian built a
solid business quickly.
During the Detroit International Training Event, Nathan was paraded
to the stage for his promotion to Regional Vice President, a
position he reached in just 15 months. On stage, he advised
representatives to stay focused, remain coachable and surround
themselves with leaders they admire.
"I am always asked, 'What’s your best words of wisdom?' Here’s my
best words of wisdom: Your broke friends can’t teach you to make
money. They can only teach you to be broke," he said. "Follow people
who are where you want to be."
Congratulations Nathan Goldberg!
‘I found ACN, and it's Friday every day of the week!’
discovering ACN, Gaétan Grimard was a very successful businessman.
By his mid-30s, he was already earning a salary that most people
would envy. He thought he had it all: Good job. Loving wife and
family. Nice home. All of the things he associated with success.
But something was missing. He went through his 9-5 workday feeling
trapped. He tried vacations to try to relax, but even time away from
the office did not help ease his mind. He thought long and hard
about himself and his dreams and looked inside himself for the
Gaétan finally realized that he was working for all the wrong
reasons and that his attempt to attain the perfect life had actually
caused him to lose sight of what truly made him happy. He was
missing freedom, passion and joy. But most of all, he was missing
his inner spirit.
So Gaétan refocused all of his energy, drive and ambition into
seeking a new career. He knew deep inside that there was a life for
him that would allow him to feel good about himself and his career.
In the midst of his search for self-fulfillment, he found ACN. ACN
stood for everything that he needed – a company with historical
stability, strong leadership and a lucrative
compensation plan – but
most of all, ACN allowed him to help other people.
And that is what
he had truly been missing in his life.
With his passion, he built a strong organization that led to his
promotion to Regional Vice President at the Baltimore International
Training Event. On stage, he talked about how ACN made a difference
not only in himself but in those around him. And that, he decided,
was true happiness.
Congratulations Gaétan Grimard!
‘It's going to
happen if you don't quit!’
Viken Atalla has
grown from a security guard who patrolled parking lots to a Regional
Vice President of ACN who is financially free and knows he can
achieve anything. He drove himself to success with ACN by refusing
to quit and following his mentor.
Viken came to ACN having previous experience with another direct
selling company, but in his first six months he felt he learned more
than he ever had before. Viken immediately attended an ACN
International Training Event, an experience that changed his life.
"When I went to the International event after four days in the
business, I saw the best people that I needed to stick with to be at
the top of my life," Viken said. "ACN is a real family. We have the
best, honest people that really want to help us better our lives
without only thinking about their pocketbooks."
Viken celebrated his RVP promotion during the Salt Lake City event,
where he told representatives to remain coachable, refuse to
surrender and share the opportunity as much as possible. "It's not
who finishes the race first, it's who is going to finish the race -
period," he said. "It's going to happen if you don't quit, simple as