Toni and Jay have been such an inspiration to me. I knew them long before signing on with the
network marketing company.
Watching Toni and being a part of what she does, is such a joy. As a mentor, leader, and friend, she instills a never give up attitude. Just as you’re about to hit a goal, she celebrates and in the next breath tells you to push even harder and go bigger. This has helped me achieve greater success than I could’ve done without her support.
I adore Toni and Jay and have the utmost respect for them as they live out their dream and help others do the same.
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned from Jay and Toni are:
Work hard every day
Never give in to negativity
Never underestimate yourself and what you are capable of
Everyone needs a couple like Toni and Jay in their life. I’m honored to have them in mine.
- Suzanne Richardson Krygier
Running a network marketing business as a couple has been an evolutionary process. Here’s how it works for us:
Amy heads our business as the Chief Executive Officer. She has the vision, the dream and the dedication to push our company forward. We started running our business as a couple when I started doing more at home so she could devote more time to the business. Now, we operate the business as a partnership where she leads the way and I manage the logistics and support.
Opening a business as a couple has two distinct advantages. The first is that the weight of the business doesn’t fall on the shoulders of just one person. Tasks can be delegated to the partner according to their competency. Second, when you decide to work the business with your spouse, you get to spend more time with the person you have dedicated your life to.
Working together allows you to grow together, both personally and professionally.
Toni helped us before we even had the privilege of meeting her. Her reputation precedes her. She embodies the level of success that we wanted to achieve in business. In her role as the “Mother of Network Marketing,” she was always there when we needed guidance.
Toni leads with her heart, passion, and is governed by ethics. Without apology, she tells it like it is.
After having a great experience with Toni, we met Jay. Knowing them both, it’s not hard to tell where Toni draws her strength from. In this crazy business of leadership, personalities, and egos, Jay is Toni’s rock. Through Toni and Jay’s example of growing their business as a team, Amy and I grew in ours.
Toni and Jay set the stage for all other couples to come after. They are a perfect example of “a whole that a is greater than the sum of its parts.”
- Amy & Tim
What have Toni and Jay done for me?
That is not an easy question to answer because they have been generous beyond measure to spoil the ones they love.
Wow! It is really hard to talk about them without becoming emotional. Toni, Jay, my husband, and I have developed a very special relationship. We love each other unconditionally and accept one another the way we are—that is hard to find these days. There is a mutual respect and love for one another. That is our secret sauce and what makes our bond so special.
Toni and Jay taught me to strive for better and showed me a path to follow for my own success. Their faith, hope, and abundance is extraordinary and such a gift.
Toni taught me to dream bigger than I ever thought was possible. I see the light and it just keeps getting brighter. Toni is the beacon. She is bigger than life as my friend, my mentor, and my business partner.
- Amy Lazare
What Toni has done for me? The list goes on and it would be a book in itself. But let’s address what she does for everyone first. Her passion for what she does and helping people is unlike anyone that I’ve ever seen. She is so dedicated and loyal to the people around her and she will bend over backward and wears her heart on her sleeve. She is the most selfless person and amazing servant leader I have ever known. In fact, I never knew what a servant leader was until I met her. Take her out of this industry, just as a friend, and how she treats people is one of a kind. She treats everyone like they are family. And speaking of family, her whole entire family is just as open, welcoming, and loving. They really are a united force.
As far as what Toni and Jay have done for me, as I mentioned above, it could be a book in itself. From day one she has been there and has believed in me. And over the last few years, we have become incredibly close and have built a wonderful friendship. She and Jay (the kids too) are my family. Toni has pushed me in a loving way… teaching me to dig deep and find my purpose and share it with the world. She stands behind me, no wait, I take that back… she stands right next to me and helps me cross every milestone like we are crossing the finish line together. She has helped me become the type of leader that I am today and understands my thought process and personality. She gets me. Besides being unselfish with her time and energy she puts towards not just me but everyone, you can see a sense of pride in those that she believes in accomplish great goals!
Anytime I have been asked to describe Toni and Jay, I actually stumbled to come up with the words. Because I don’t feel that there are words created to fully describe who they are, what they do for other people, and especially what they have done for me. The only thing I can say is it’s in my heart that these truly are the best people I have ever met! They have shown me so much and changed my life. I am forever grateful, thankful, and blessed to know them.
- Jennifer Gardner Pavlick
Oh, goodness! I don’t know where to begin expressing the love and admiration I have for Toni. I really do have a loss of words when it comes to expressing the gratitude I have for all she has done for me and my entire organization. Toni is definitely one of a kind. There are not many like her out there. She is kind, caring, compassionate, driven, and just such a down to earth no BS kind of gal!
She taught me so much about myself and about the real world. Since the very beginning when I met her during the pre-launch of a network marketing company— she and I had a connection. I knew I had a lifelong friend that would always have my back and would never let me down. Anytime I needed a pick-me-up or a kick in the butt, I call her. When I get off the phone with her, my entire world is different and I feel like I could conquer anything.
Even after all of her success, she is one of the most humble people I know. I look back on everything and am so grateful for the opportunity to do this (network marketing) business with her by my side. No matter how big her team is, she always makes time to encourage and lift me up when I need it.
Toni and Jay are a dynamic do together. Jay loves and supports Toni. They balance each other out while working together! That is an amazing example for so many. When a couple works together, you can achieve so much more. The example they show their kids about supporting each other in a marriage is amazing to see. Not many get that in a spouse. I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with these two—amazing people and look forward to the future and many trips to come!
There is not a word big enough to use to even remotely come close to thanking Toni for all she has done! So, Toni, THANK YOU for being raw, for being real, and for being an amazing mentor for so many out there, especially me! You are setting the bar for a lot of us! I love you!
- Kyla Williamson
I’ll never forget the first time I met Toni and she instantly stuck out her hands and said, “Look!” I saw one hand with sunspots and one with none and said, “Wow, what’s that from?” She said, “Our oil!” I’ve been using it for a month.
Then she used a word that I’ll never forget in regards to a network marketing compensation plan. I was like, “alrighty then—I think I’m going to like this woman.” She was real. She was honest. She was unapologetically Toni Vans.
She told us about the founders of the network marketing company work worked for. She spoke of what kind, humble, hard-working people they are. She spoke of their vision for the company and mentioned they were very philanthropic, wanting to support the field and support the environment and the less fortunate. That is extremely important to me in a company and I was happy to hear that it was equally important to them.
It was in a private room at Starbucks in Schaumburg, IL, maybe ten of us were there. I had chills knowing that this was the beginning of a network marketing movement, unlike anything we’d ever seen. I was proud to know we had the founders and Toni at the helm.
I thought, “Wow, this woman is the real deal; a straight-shooter.” It was so refreshing to see that. The company I left was all smoke and mirrors. I instantly knew I was in the right place with the right leadership.
That was in October 2014. We’ve come so far but yet have only just scratched the surface.
Toni has always been there to support me. Note I said, support me; not coddle me. If I had an issue (and, believe me, we had many bumps in the road as a start-up company), she gave me 30 seconds to have my “pity party” and then it was back to business.
Numerous times she said to me in the first six months when I had a complaint, “Is this going to make or break your business?” I’d think about it and say no. She’d say, “Okay, then.”
Toni does not major in minor things.
I’ve found myself multiple times saying that same thing to my team. Get back to business and let’s change the world together. And, that is exactly what we are doing!
I have a million-dollar team with over 20,000 people in it. I could never have done this without Toni or without my amazing team. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Toni has all the qualities that a strong leader needs to possess. She is confident, passionate, focused, inspiriting, and transparent. She has integrity.
The mediocre leader tells. A great leader inspires. Toni inspires our whole organization every day by walking with integrity and being passionate about us and about network marketing.
She is passionate about making all of us grow into the best people and greatest leaders that we can possibly be. She often gifts us with self-development and leadership books. She is always pouring into and investing in her team. After all, real leaders know that the greatest challenges come from within themselves. Toni is always helping us to develop and knows what is important. She knows that the only way to get to the top is by pulling a whole lot of people up with you. She has shown me what a great leader is, and I aspire every day to be the kind of leader that Toni is.
I think people’s chief desire is to have someone who will inspire them to be their greatest selves, and Toni does that. A few months ago, we had an important training in Chicago. She gave me a training topic that I am not great with. I knew she assigned me that topic for a reason; it was to make me better at it. I needed to brush up on it, and brush up on it was what I did. I delivered and did it all. I think I made her proud! 😉
I have always said that you can tell a lot about a person through their children; how they act, their beliefs, and how they conduct themselves. Toni’s children are truly some of the most incredible young people that I have the pleasure to know. Naomi is tender-hearted, driven, wise, and mature. And little Catharine—I picture her being a true leader with a comedic side. She is confident, brave and so funny. She is definitely a great mixture of both Toni and Jay.
You always know where you stand with Toni and you always know that she is doing the right thing. She has a leadership style that fosters both results and purpose; a purpose to help others to be their truest selves and to leave the world a better place.
This quote makes me think of her: “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter Drucker.