At the 2015 Scottsdale Conference, Chairman’s Club Directors O’Ferrall Pauly and Michelle Long were inducted into the Seven Million Dollar Club in a ceremony that also honored the life of the late Janet Pauly. AIM Senior Vice President and co-owner Ron Wright led with a moving speech about Janet Pauly and how she helped grow The AIM Companies™ during its early days. “Janet was dear to all of you,” he said. He recounted how Janet once went to Idaho to speak at a restaurant during a blizzard. Unable to attend the meeting due to the storm, Ron asked AIM President and co-owner Dennis Itami to film the presentation. He did, and the video became a pre-Internet viral sensation, passed from person to person on video tape. “Janet Pauly was friends to us all and loved by all of us,” Ron said. “She was the real beginning of The AIM Companies.”
Instead of using a wheelchair ramp to get on stage, O’Ferrall quaffed a Red Rush™, rose from his motorized wheelchair, proclaimed that he “didn’t need the scooter,” climbed the ramp and walked the length of the stage unaided. The audience laughed and cheered.
Royal Emerald Director Jann Abrams, a hospice nurse and a close friend of Janet Pauly, described Janet’s lifetime battle with various illnesses, their friendship and how BarleyLife® helped strengthen Janet’s immune system. “AIM’s a better company because Janet was a part of it, and the world is a better place. She was compassionate, unselfish and always looking to help people,” Jann said.
Royal Emerald Director Opal Wright (wife of co-owner Ron Wright), also close to Janet, described her as a comedian, a great speaker and very relaxed. “I feel her spirit is here among all of you, and she’d be so proud to see you here.”
O’Ferrall Pauly and Michelle Long gave their acceptance speeches: “I’ve shed tears of joy,” O’Ferrall said. “Thirty years ago, this year, Janet and I attended our first AIM conference. It was held in Lake Tahoe. We drove all the way from Texas. AIM announced their first car contest. Janet and I looked at each other because we needed a new car, and we tried to figure out how to achieve that goal. It lit a fire under us. The next year, we won the car, and were able to win a couple more cars over the years. It was a lot of fun. We met a lot of wonderful people. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your words to me and about my family.”
“On behalf of my mother,” Michelle said, “I would like to thank her upline, downline, Dennis, Kay, Opal and Ron. For those of you who knew my mother, you would know that she was not about the money. Tonight would make her very uncomfortable. Just to show you just how much AIM is in my blood, my son was born twenty years ago next month, the first day of the AIM San Francisco Conference. Mom was supposed to be the keynote speaker, but she kept postponing her flight so she could have more time with her grandson. She then flew to the Conference, didn’t even change her clothes, just walked up on stage and said ‘I’m a grandma.’ Thank you for all your love. I’m very proud to be a secondgeneration AIM Member. We will continue to drive the line.”
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