Yesterday’s blog post answered the question, “What is the connection between the ANMP and Networking Times?” Here is the rest of the story:
In 2000, two years into our marriage, Chris Gross and I had a vision: we saw network marketing as the perfect vehicle for creating Global Prosperity through a Philanthropic Economy™. To contribute our part, we began outlining a plan for a media company that would serve the network marketing profession. During that sabbatical year, a unified business model emerged consisting of an educational journal, a certification program, a professional association, and a charitable foundation—with each of these four elements strengthening the other facets.
In 2002 we launched Networking Times; in 2003 we founded Networking University—and both kept us so busy that the plans for the association and the foundation were put on the back burner.
In the fall of 2012, the president of the Association of Network Marketing Professionals (ANMP), Garrett McGrath, invited Chris to run to fill a vacancy in the ANMP board of directors. Inspired by Garrett’s vision and leadership, Chris accepted and was voted in. As a result, the third piece of our vision is taking shape. Recognizing our alignment in purpose with the ANMP, Chris and I lent our support and we were elected as members of the new board of directors.
Given the growing success and continuing reverberation of the biggest international ANMP convention since the association’s inception, we interviewed its president to help you understand what the ANMP is, who is involved, and why network marketing professionals from all over the world are excited to join…
J.G.: Garrett, how did the idea of forming an association for network marketers originate?
Garrett McGrath: The ANMP is a true grass-roots organization. Founded in 2004 by distributors and for distributors, it gradually expanded to include company owners and executives as well as other strategic partners of the global network marketing community.
The ANMP’s goals have always been to ensure that all members of this community are served and supported. Over its nine-year history the association has focused on establishing professional standards and a code of conduct, educating companies and distributors about their responsibilities and rights, and teaching best practices. In addition to asking the question, “What does it mean to be a network marketing professional?” the ANMP has worked to help prevent or amend legislation that would be harmful to our businesses.