Orrin Woodward, Climbing to the Top
… or bottom, depending on the way you look at it in this Forbes article on the Supreme TEAM Leader himself. I found this link at the end of the comment stream on this QBlog post. It’s also being discussed on ibofightback’s Amway Talk forum.
What do you see when you read the article? If you are a critic, you might see a well-written article that accurately summarizes the Woodward’s rise in Amway/Quixtar, his downfall at the hands of the corporation, and ultimately his lateral move (along with his real business, the tools) over to Mona Vie. If you are a supporter of the business, but an opponent of TEAM, you might point out inaccuracies as it relates to Amway/Quixtar but agree on the lying, cowardly actions of Woodward. Finally, if you are a TEAM supporter and Mova Vie distributor, you may think this article is a complete hack job on the the wonderful leader that is YOUR Orrin Woodward.
Team hauled in $42 million last year and boasts 60,000 mostly middle-class members.
Woodward stated on his own site that he made 4-5 times more income from the tools business than from Amway bonuses. Granted, some of the money above went to other Diamonds and Emeralds on TEAM, but whoa nelly, that’s still a lot of tools money!
His Amway divorce left Woodward with motivational tools but no product to motivate people to sell. Members defected. Sales plummeted. Woodward tried selling his tools to customers like Kettering University, a Michigan pizza franchise and a Phoenix car dealership.
It would have been nice for the article to explain in more detail how effective (or ineffective) he was at selling his tools to outside businesses and organizations.
Woodward is a polarizing character in this debate. He’s currently the poster-boy for a fallen Diamond in the Amway/Quixtar universe, a lying, cowardly, tool-scam kingpin for critics, and a wonderful human being for his TEAM followers. It’s even better that he posts frequently on his own blog, which allows critics and supporters alike to further confirm their suspicions and opinions about him.