AVA’S STORY. Ava discovered at the age of 14, the issue of chemicals in personal care products and their hazardous health effects. The more Ava researched, the more concerned she became. She started a blog to talk about where to find safer products. The market is flooded with “organic”, “natural”, “safe” and “pure”, yet there were almost always toxic ingredients included as well. After throwing out most of her products, her mothers’ and grandmothers’ too, she still had nothing “Ava Approved” to replace them with, or to recommend.
Ava had become truly disturbed at how consumers were unaware of the risks of common brands and how those who thought they were making safe choices often did not know what was really in the products they were purchasing. After months of research, Ava realized that she needed to create her own products. Through a family friend, she located a manufacturer with research facilities that could develop and produce products to her standards. It was a great challenge to develop these revolutionary formulas, but with her vision and persistence she succeeded. Ava’s personal care company was launched in December 2009.
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic is a privately held company whose management team includes three generations of entrepreneurs with collective relevant experience in retail, manufacturing, and direct selling totaling over 100 years. We are committed to Ava’s important mission of educating consumers about the health risks and providing non-toxic personal care products, and in so doing, build meaningful businesses with many consultants, as we have done previously.
Ava Sprague Anderson Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Product Development
Ava Anderson grew up hanging around her mother’s home store. She loves researching products online. From the time she was very young, her unyielding belief in fairness and truth motivated her to solve the issue of unsafe cosmetics and skincare, and [now] drives her to share this important information with as many people as possible. She looks forward to pursuing the mission and building a business while enjoying her school and friends.
Kim Anderson Founder, President
Kim’s more than 25 years as a business leader and entrepreneur started in the executive training program of Jordan Marsh and buying department of Macys. She founded her own home store, Teapots & Tassels, Co., a cornerstone business in her town, which was awarded “Best of Rhode Island” repeatedly, and was featured in Southern Home Magazine. Personal commitment to the guiding principles of service, as well as creativity, product quality and uniqueness drew loyal customers from long distances. As a designer, Kim and her team of employees maintained a thriving interior business, often working on more than 30 projects at once. She has founded and led several significant community based programs. Kim was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the SBA in 1991 and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce for her Katrina relief effort that sent three freight containers of children’s clothing, food and water to Saint Bernard Parish within 5 days of the storm.
Pat Michener VP of Sales, Marketing & Training
Pat began as an independent sales consultant selling cosmetics to supplement her elementary teaching income and was amazed at her increased success and growth of her business and income along with the births of 3 sons over the next 3 years! She learned and applied the fundamentals of the direct sales business consistently over 8 years before becoming a “Trainer of Trainers” on the corporate level. Pat’s experience has included roles as a Corporate Trainer, New Markets Manager, National Sales Leader, International Sales and Training Director and Vice President of Sales for two highly successful, multi million dollar party plan companies. Career highlights included assignments as New Business Development Director in her US company’s markets in Europe, Mexico and Australia as well as long term top sales leadership assignments that included living in Australia and Canada.
Frohman Anderson Executive Vice President
Frohman has held executive positions in three direct sales companies. From 2002 to present, he has been a General Partner of EverWatch Financial and Champlain Capital Partners. Prior to this, Frohman was VP of Strategic Planning and Technology at Princess House, Inc, a direct-sales company, where he developed and implemented growth strategies and industry-leading IT solutions for a 12,000 person sales force. I n 1996, Frohman founded Inergy Online, a pioneering Internet services business, which he sold in 1998. From 1992 to 1996, he was General Manager of Heart and Home, and Art Treasures Guild, both direct sales companies, where he worked with Charles Collis, industry leader (see below). From 1984 to 1992, he worked for Cookson PLC, an industrial materials holding company. He has served on the board of directors of several private businesses. Mr. Anderson received a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1984.
Glenn Allen Chief Operating Officer
Glenn is a senior operations and manufacturing executive with extensive domestic and international business experience. His 25 plus years employment history includes 14 years experience as COO of a party plan direct sales company. Glenn’s experience includes operational responsibility for multi-plant manufacturing, purchasing, customer service, quality control, distribution/warehousing, and human resources. Glenn holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Bryant University.
John Mannix Director of Information Technology
John brings over 28 years of broad based, multi-industry experience including startup / early stage development, strategic planning, security and risk management, applications development, project management, business process reengineering, software and hardware implementations, organization and new business development, management consulting, and enterprise solutions. John's experience has been in many sectors including the eight years in IT management in the direct selling industry. John most recently co-founded ZeroPoint Risk Research, a security, privacy and risk based research and consulting company, where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at Way Systems, Princess House and Ciba Corning Diagnostics.
Anna Soares Consultant & Customer Service Director
Anna served in many roles during her eight years with Princess House, Inc. She has extensive experience and knowledge in many aspects of the business. In her previous position, she supported four top level Executives while acting as the liaison and coordinator for launch of their Mexico business.