By Michael Dean, CEO of Nature’s Sunshine Products
I really enjoy this time of the year. The holidays sure are busy, but they’re also a lot of fun. I especially like Thanksgiving because it gives us a day or two away from the daily business-world grind to catch up with family and friends. And I don’t mind the wonderful food either!
We have so much for which to be thankful. I can only speak for myself, but I’m thankful for:
I regularly mountain bike and ski to take advantage of the amazing mountains here in Utah, and it makes me happy to get out there and be active. Good health can be gone in a second, and we should live each day to the fullest. And so I’m thankful that we’re in the business of helping people improve their health. It’s a great feeling to wake up day after day, knowing that our products and our efforts are helping millions of people feel better.
Nature’s Sunshine is a wonderful organization, founded over 40 years ago on quality, service and integrity. I believe in the principles of a free market economy and am thankful that we are in a position to provide goods and an opportunity that greatly benefit so many people around the globe. When we share the NSP business opportunity with friends and neighbors, we open the door for them to have the peace that accompanies financial independence. We give people hope, both through our quality supplements and our financial opportunities.
Our beautiful, spinning planet has provided us with natural supplements and ingredients that are truly amazing! We’ve got fruits, seeds, roots, leaves and plants that boost energy, nourish our cells and help the body heal. What a gift! And to have the knowledge and ability to get these from the fields and into the hands of the masses is almost miraculous.
I believe that family is the most important thing in the world. And in this regard, I feel very blessed. Not only do I have a wife and three children that are amazing, but I am fortunate to be part of the NSP family. This company was built by Gene, Kristine and Pauline Hughes on the belief that we are not just another company, but we are a family. We can accomplish more as a family, because we share a deeper bond and caring for each other. And this is why after 40 great years, our company has never been stronger.
So let me take a minute to say thank-you to all of our wonderful managers, distributors and employees the world over who are sharing NSP products and the opportunity with their fellow men. This company wouldn’t be where it is today without your tremendous efforts. I invite you to keep sharing the sunshine today, tomorrow and next week because when we reach out to others, we in turn are blessed.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with the people and good things you love dearly.
About Michael Dean
Michael D. Dean is the President and CEO of Nature’s Sunshine and serves as a member of the Board of Nature’s Sunshine Products. Prior, Mr. Dean served as Chief Executive Officer of Mediaur Technologies Inc., responsible for all aspects of the privately-owned satellite technology company that provides proprietary antenna system solutions for both private industries and governments. Before joining Mediaur, Mr. Dean worked at The Walt Disney Company from 1997 to 2003. He was Executive Vice President of ABC Cable Networks, a multi-billion dollar global division of Disney, where he was responsible for the non-creative, day-to-day business, including Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Broadcasting Operations, IT, Human Resources, and Business Development. Earlier at Disney, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning and Development, responsible for all corporate strategy, development and deal work in Disney’s broadcasting, cable, and film studio businesses. Before Disney, Mr. Dean was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.