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Rita Davenport of Arbonne “Retires”, Some Speculate She Was “Fired”

We first reported about the possibility of Rita Davenport leaving Arbonne in February of 2010, shortly after the Arbonne Bankruptcy. We reported the Arbonne bankruptcy rumors about three months before it was announced and over 500 people commented at the time, if you have time, the comments are an interesting read with some insite into whether or not Rita was forced out or truly retired.

Here is a letter that was sent out to Arbonne VP’s about the “retirement” of Rita Davenport:

It is with bittersweet emotion that we share with you recent developments at Arbonne. We are gratified to report that the company has achieved great progress and accomplished so much in just one year following its financial restructuring. Despite an uncertain economy, the Company is at an inflection point of substantial, sustainable growth and has been growing on a year-to-year basis for the past 12 months. This is a major accomplishment, for which each of you should be extremely proud. Our recent success has truly been a team effort, reflecting your hard work and that of our new executive leadership.

At the same time, after 20 years as a dedicated member of the Arbonne team, Rita Davenport has decided to retire. We tried to persuade her to stay, and in fact we offered her many meaningful opportunities with significant compensation that would have allowed her to remain a vital part of Arbonne field development. We respect Rita’s decision at this point in her career to retire from Arbonne, take on new challenges, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Rita has touched and inspired so many. She has been instrumental in helping many of you achieve success at Arbonne and she has been an important part of making Arbonne what it is today. We greatly appreciate Rita’s hard work, passion and leadership over so many years.

We know you feel the same way. It is clear that you appreciate Rita and all that she has done for Arbonne and for many of you individually. We also understand that change creates challenges and uncertainty. However, it is important to realize that truly great organizations such as Arbonne owe their success to many factors, the most important of which are the drive, passion, vision and leadership that each of you brings to the company, your fellow Independent Consultants and to life in general.

Arbonne has made tremendous progress over the past twelve months, much greater than anyone could have imagined. The Company is in its strongest financial position in years, with healthy free cash flow and modest leverage. This will mean more income for Independent Consultants who are actively growing their business. New executives, with proven leadership and business experience, have been recruited, each of them believing in the power of Arbonne and the outstanding track record of the Independent Consultant organization. Significant investments are being made in business-building initiatives, product development, technology/systems, logistics and financial controls, all with a view toward supporting you and helping you grow your business.

Kay and her management team work tirelessly with that as their primary goal. Of course, there is still work to do and it is impossible to please everyone all of the time, but we believe these initiatives are beginning to show results and we have expectations for even greater success and accomplishments over the coming months and years.

This was not always the case. It is important to realize that in the past this Company’s growth was driven by unsustainable initiatives, and was not supported by the necessary infrastructure, systems and people with the experience to manage and sustain that growth. Furthermore, the excessive debt incurred by prior owners and management, coupled with the worst economic downturn in most all of our lives, created substantial barriers for this Company to overcome. Arbonne has made tremendous progress, in less than two years, toward overcoming these barriers and positioning itself for accelerated and sustainable growth.

We are aligned with and support Kay and her management team’s efforts in leading this business, but even more so we applaud, acknowledge and greatly appreciate the continued hard work, dedication, commitment and leadership of the field. We know – as does Kay and the management team – that you, the Independent Consultants, are the lifeblood of this Company and that sustaining, supporting and growing your businesses underlie all decisions. The ultimate goal of the management team is to make each of you more successful, which will then lead to success for the Company.

Thank you for all that you have done, and for all that you will do in the future, to make Arbonne a success. It will take all of us, working together, to achieve our goals. Truly great organizations, in general, and Arbonne in particular, achieve their greatness because many talented individuals are focused on contributing toward common objectives. As we all heard at GTC this year, “we are better together.”

Sincerely,

Members of the Board of Directors Arbonne/Natural Products Group
 

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120 Responses to “Rita Davenport of Arbonne “Retires”, Some Speculate She Was “Fired””

  1. Susie says:

    hi. i’m new to this blog. i was in arbonne and a vp for a long, long time. i saw the writing on the wall after i attended gtc. all the stuff i suspected and thought were wrong, were manifested. including that cheezy letter from kay apologizing for rita’s joke. duh. i have gay friends that attended and they did not find it offensive! rita is funnier than heck and as a comedienne she can make fun of lots of people and things and all who love her know it is just in jest.

    candy, nothing is true until it happens. all rumors. but,with that said, it seems to follow the course. kay, a corporate success story, was hired to prepare arbonne to be sold. like susan said, banks don’t want to own a cosmetic company. 18 banks own arbonne just hoping to get their $8,000,000.00 back.

    i looked up the marketing study someone mentioned and there it is on page 7 of the study, arbonne listed as part of the companies p and g should buy to put in target’s new high end department. we shall see. truly a tv reality show on jeronimo rd in irvine california.

    ryan, don’t feel sorry for those that are getting checks from arbonne and are just figuring out or suspecting the truth.
    if they make ‘pin money’ then they can go to any other company they want. if they are making big money in arbonne then they too can start over just like you and i and the many others sharing on this blog. because whether they believe it or not they are the ones that attracted their large organizations to the business. they can start over and succeed quickly if they leave and introduce all those zeroes on their stats to something fresh and new.

    arbonne is a company of the 20th century. sorry folks, this is the 21st century. i too tried products from other lines looking for one so good that i could get my nwm passion back. i found it and worked hard these past months to match my arbonne vp check. and a lot of it i did by retailing. a solid clientele is the basis of a solid downline.

  2. Candace says:

    A few months ago Candace Keefe said “If you are selling rotten eggs, could you also ask your friends to sell rotten eggs so that you could make money?”

    If you are selling products that are not the most innovative and no longer give good results, then your Professional Reputation is in question.

    If you ask anyone else to sell your outdated products so you can make money, then your Personal Integrity is compromised.

    Who will trust you when you try to start a new business with another company?

    It takes time to earn trust and have a reputation for integrity. It will take a long, long time to rebuild a Professional and Personal reputation that has been damaged, if you can rebuild it. At the end of the day, your reputation is your most valuable asset.

    You should be able to trust the ethics and integrity of your corporate leaders, and be able to offer the most innovative products and lucrative compensation plan to all. Your energy should be in building your business, and a bright future. Mine is!

  3. betty says:

    Yes, the writing is on the wall. There is no denying that. Too many weird things that went on. Also funny in Canada was that John Darraugh was let go back in June. Not sure what happened but he was in tears the month before that. He must of known that he was being let go. However, it happened when his daughter Jen. Paxton promoted to NVP. He wasn’t at her big party. You can tell that she is hiding it too. How can she go on with what they did to her dad. Though she is bragging on FB that she makes money etc but at what cost. It is really starting to be just buying inventory here in Toronto. Which is what happened back when they fired Stian Morck a few years ago and now he is back. But is that true that corporate is selling on EBay. That is terrible. Someone posted on the previous page.

  4. Susie says:

    arbonne on ebay and amazon: a rumor circulating that corporate sells new products in this manner. again…just a rumor.
    but at the ntc less than 2 years ago when launching the re9 advanced and the new color, that night immediately after, all the new products were on ebay! not just hearsay. my friend and i heard a top envp mention it so we went back to our room to check online and saw pages of all the new products that were launched that night.

  5. jess says:

    That’s horrible, but how else could it have been put on Ebay so quick.

  6. megan says:

    Hi Nancy

    You were right. Look at this site below that talks about how Arbonne is NOT pure, safe or beneficial

    http://www.greenwala.com/channels/eco-beauty/blog/15895-Arbonne-Not-Safe-Not-Pure-Not-Beneficial

  7. Susie says:

    hi. correction on what arbonne owes to banks: 800m not 8m

  8. megan says:

    Arbonne is not the same Arbonne when I first started. It’s foundation is all gone. I think the doors will change this year for sure. Maybe it will be found in Target. Such a shame!!!!

  9. Susie says:

    correction: I misspoke when I said Arbonne shakes didn’t have stevia. They still do but the number one added ingredient is sugar.

  10. Errett says:

    Ok
    So now there us another Arbonne war going on on Facebook!
    Group A is frustrated with group B because they are ruining ” their ” industry by promulgating the concept of actually letting the Internet WORK for them to enroll in their business and not ” work” as they do by ” developing ” relationships through group A s methodology.
    So because group B builds networks differently their way is jeopardizing Group As work and all the honor “they” bring to NWM as an industry
    Amazing!!! And they wonder WHY people leave Arbonne .
    Arrogance at its best !
    BTW Arbonne is breaking records…. Again.
    Promoting new VPs etc
    Well sure front loading ….. Again just cleverly disguised and… Lots of VP s leaving rumbles the rankings!
    The hype just continues…… On and on and on. …
    Facebook has become the juvenile playground of clever wordsmiths!

  11. Looking For Answers says:

    Errett – can you post a link to the Facebook page?

  12. Errett says:

    I have come to a conclusion.
    Because of poor financial management Arbpnne has suffered and is no longer the company it once was. The products have lost so much of their integrity and it has the distinct flavor of corporate America……
    I wantedto believe and hang in there.
    And as an educated well read person I cannot delude myself any further. I personally have painstakingly looked at this from many sides willing to be wrong or right . I just wanted to know.

    While I do believe in the industry the incongruences and strife and backbiting and pointing of fingers does not at all represent the industry. ……. At least for me.
    Arbonne does not care about me. They have made that perfectly clear on many levels in many ways . I am deciding that I am done. Done coming to comment , done playing games with my head ever thinking this company will be a great company for me to keep sinking my teeth into.
    For the person who asked if I would provide the Facebook link I say:
    Is this a trick question?

  13. denise says:

    Speaking of FB, Sue Cassidy has a post telling the Isagenix people to leave her downline in US, Canada, Australia and UK alone. Funny how she thinks she owns her downline. It is quite funny. It is basically geared and LIsa DeMayo and a few men. Perhaps they mean Micheal Clouse. The fact is if she is printing that on FB, of course there are people in her downline who aren’t doing well. So what. Donna Johnson make a comment too but what a hypoCrite. She herself left Jafra to go to ARbonne. She too went to her Jafra downline and brought some over to ARbonne. Who is calling the kettle black. It happens everywhere.

    Get over it ARbonne ladies. Nothing personal but it is just business.LOL

  14. justme says:

    If the “PEOPLE” in Isagenix were doing so well..as their posterboard checks indicated…why are they recruiting from other peoples downlines??? Isagenix is binary…and what happens when people cancel orders all you have is a title and NO PAYCHECK….

  15. betty says:

    It’s the same with ARbonne, no volume, empty title. There are many VPs that have been buying in their volume. Shameful on all parts. But remember Donna Johnson did the same when she left Jafra to come to ARbonne. She brought her downline too. So it happens everywhere.

  16. Sandy says:

    Errett, I know exactly how you feel. I tried to hang in there as long as I could. I truly wanted to see Arbonne become a force to be reckoned with but unfortunately I need an income and could no longer spend my days trying to overcome the bad publicity about Arbonne with evey prospect I encountered. I will never speak badly of Arbonne or any other company because I believe that only weakens the entire industry. I too believe whole heartedly in this industry so I have gone with another company. I am not going to get on here and say it is the best company, with the best product and the best compensation but what I will say is that I see a lot of potential with this company and if you would like to learn more about it just let me know.

  17. maggie says:

    Truly, I don’t know what the big deal is about ARbonne. There are other products which are much better and not to mention ARbonne does have synthetic ingredients. It has fallen behind in the organic and vegan section of skin care. The trend is going certified organic. Arbonne is not listed on the Safe Cosmetic site.

    Personally, I tried the products and didn’t like the burning feel. I also felt sick when taking the supplements.

  18. Becky says:

    Arbonne is not the same without Rita. The GTC 2012 was boring without her. No matter all the social media that they have added it is still left with no heart. Kay is just a cold person who doesn’t have the dynamic energy that Rita had. The company only made 350 million in sales. So they are not even close to a billion. It has been since 2009 that they said they would hit 2 billion. Without Rita it is still in finanicial stress. They keep hiding it but with those free trips etc It is like America’s debt. Just like getting a 2nd or 3 rd mortgage and not changing the spending habits. Good luck people in ARbonne. I think P & G will buy them and then go retail and then sell the stock on the stockmarket. Only way to change it around. Just saying………………..

  19. Dina D. Rodriquez says:

    How sad reading all of this. Today I listened to a Networking for Savy Women Seminar and was delighted to hear Rita Davenport. I did not know who she was, but she was a true delight. In ordering her new book, I stumbled upon this blog. I did not know she was with Arbonne for 20 years. I am with the most AMAZING skin care company (Rodan+Fields.) This company continues to grow through the roof. Please contact me if you are interested. The sky is the limit! dinadlg@aol.com Good Luck to all!! :)

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