I have some really big news to share with you today! This past weekend, I was recognized by Stampin’ Up! at OnStage in Atlanta as the #1 demonstrator in the U.S. as well as the #1 demonstrator globally (yep, that’s in the whole wide world)! This is a pretty cool finish out of 46,000+ demonstrators worldwide! These honors were based on a combination of factors relating to sales, recruiting and leadership. The rankings are kept confidential until they are announced. For those that witnessed my reaction (video below), I think it was pretty evident that I had no idea what was coming. The 50+ members of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community in Atlanta, my upline and mentor, Lisa Pretto, and my administrative assistant, Kris Kilcoyne (BFF, niece and right arm of my business), were cheering, crying and jumping up and down right along with me. I know those members of the Pals who were not in attendance were cheering as well!
This was truly the most incredible milestone of my professional life. Yes, it’s even sweeter than reaching my $1 million in personal sales last September (read about it here)! What a year this has been! I’m honored to be recognized by Stampin’ Up! as well as be in the company of so many top demonstrators, who I admire and get to call my friends. Here is the list of the Global 100! You can click on the list to enlarge.
I’m so grateful that my friend, Susan Itell, and member of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals Virtual Community, had the confidence in me to begin video taping my “moment” when #1 in the U.S. was announced. There was quite an emotional “dance” and plenty of tears prior to where this video begins – but you’ll get the idea!
I told Lisa Pretto that I had my fingers crossed to reach the top 20 globally. As Stampin’ Up! announced #4 in the countdown (video below) I was in complete disbelief that I was still in the running.
SO PROUD! I also want to give a HUGE shout out to Brian King for being #34 (the lovely and talented Pam Morris is his direct upline) and Jennifer Michalski for being #97 in the world. Bravo! I’m so fortunate that I can claim both of you as part of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community.
Other fun in Atlanta included a pizza party with the Pals on Saturday night, a Silver Elite Retreat (pillow gifts and fun for my top business builders) as well as a World Card Making Day event hosted by Pam Morris and Brian King last Friday. Almost 190 demonstrators attended their event. Amazing turnout! In celebration of my $1 million in sales last September, I was called to their stage to receive my congratulatory gift – a photo of Brian and Pam framed in $100,000 bars (check out the screen). I ultimately got them to autograph the photo for the perfect touch!
THANKS! I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love and support for my business and paper crafting these past 8 years. I realize I don’t reach the top spot alone and am humbled by this experience of a lifetime. It’s going to take awhile to process all that’s happened. I still choke up when I watch the video.
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