While I was at IntegraCore, a guy who had worked for me at Ancestry.com
, Chris Peterson
, contacted me.
and I had developed a good rapport while working together.
before I did when he
had the opportunity to become the personal PR man to Eric Schmidt of Novell.
came to me and told me about this opportunity he
had to follow Eric around, shoot footage of what he
did, and create PR materials for Novell
The money was great and Chris
was excited about the possibilities this job held for him, so I told him to take it.
The MyMangosteen Story
A couple of years later, in the fall of 2002, Chris
contacted me and told me his cousin, Aaron Garrity, was starting an MLM company called XanGo
along with some other gentlemen.
already had MyXango.com
reserved, so we were in a good position to leverage the Internet for our recruiting efforts.
designed the site, Dan and Nate handled the programming, and I became the face and voice for the marketing sites, the trainings and also conducted the conference calls.
All of us but Chris
were still working other jobs and building our XanGo business as a grassroots effort.
Although I was busy building the XanGo business Chris
, Dan, Nate, and I had started together, Ken began working on me to come over and join him at Solution X. I consulted with him and did what I could to help him get the company going, but I was content as a XanGo distributor.
, who held the spot above Dan and I (we had bought Nate out of the business) became a 200K distributor and stepped into the limelight.
Even though I had noticed this when I read it, the realization of what was happening struck me hard when my then-13-year-old daughter read the article and asked me, "Dad, isn't Chris
I replied he
"Then why didn't he
even mention your name in this article?
It was obvious to everyone that we were no longer a team.
With that said, Chris
, who came to me asking for direction and help when he
knew nothing about the world of MLM, had come into his
had matured and told the XanGo story well.
developed a good stage presence.
became a good motivator.
At one point in his life, he was the drummer in a band, which won a competition and had the possibilities of a real future.
wanted to be a rock star.
That all ended when the singer decided she
wanted to quit and have a baby.
The gig was over.
Although his group has disbanded once again, this time by his choice, Chris has become a real rock star in XanGo.
I tried to get bought out of my position in the team Chris
and I had launched, but that didn't work out.
This story of my experiences with Chris
as a XanGo distributor brings up an important point.