In Fall 2011, Bill Hawkins, a leading Amway Independent Business Owner, was recognized as one of three Outstanding Alumni by Bemidji State University in his native state of Minnesota.The other two were Trent Baalke, general manager of the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League; and Michael Roberge, president and global investment officer for Boston-based MFS Investment Management.
That’s respectable company to be in, and all because of the Amway business?
Most people would not associate an Amway distributor with such a high-powered list. It doesn’t fit in with the picture of Aunt Myrtle trying to sell them laundry soap, the over-eager guy who accosted them in the bookstore or their (former) best friend who suddenly got all weird and invited them to a dinner party to show them an “opportunity.”
But those stereotypes are the exception, especially in 2012.
In my experience, even those who have not hit huge levels of success within the world of Amway are succeeding quite nicely in other arenas. Often they credit much of their success to the training they received through accredited providers like World Wide DreamBuilders (WWDB).
And one of the best teachers in WWDB is Bill Hawkins. To this day, I remember one of his audio teachings, “G.O.O.D. Planning.” GOOD stands for “Get Out of Debt” and Bill’s talk was instrumental in how we structured our finances thereafter.
It figures that Bill, a high school teacher for six years, would be so effective in teaching on that and other business-related topics.
He has also been president of the Independent Business Owners Association International (IBOAI) Board, which is the primary advocacy organization for North American IBOs affiliated with Amway. He was in that post during a pretty tumultuous time recently, when some very influential Amway leaders were forced to resign or were terminated (depending on whom you ask).
So being a leader in the Amway business isn’t just about getting people fired up. There’s a lot more involved and you have to possess a range of skills and experience to be in that key IBOAI position, so it doesn’t surprise me that Bill would receive that recognition from Bemidji State.
Here’s the news release announcing the selection of Bill and the other Outstanding Alumni. In addition, this short video aptly summarizes Bill’s achievements and priorities, as well as his attitude towards life.
Bill’s efforts inside and outside the industry are significant, because when an IBO receives recognition from another respected source, all Independent Business Owners share in that triumph.