DSWA Advisory Board

The Industry's Best Are Working For You!

The DSWA Advisory Board is comprised of a team of distinguished executives and industry leaders. These individuals have been selected to help shape the future of the Alliance by increasing its visibility and providing expert guidance on how the DSWA can better serve their members and the profession.

 


 

Rodney Brandt

Co-Founder, WebBrand
Rodney Brandt is a professional marketer who helps others find their voice, tell their story, and apply their message to their business and personal goals. His company, WebBrand, produces marketing and online training tools for the business to business and business to consumer markets, with an emphasis on the direct selling profession. One of those tools is Direct Selling Indicator, an online assessment that helps direct sellers understand how their foundational beliefs are helping or hurting their business.

Rod’s core strengths are helping companies with their corporate storytelling, training and staff development. Prior to starting his business, Rod held several public sector positions in marketing, public relations and public education. That vast experience includes stints in higher education, intercollegiate athletics and child welfare.

 

Katharine GardnerKosta Gara

CEO, GaraGroup
Kosta Gara is a highly respected international networker and corporate executive. His direct sales organizations have spanned to more than 30 countries, and his most recent venture is in the energy drink market with accumulative sales in excess of $300 million. Helping people learn and implement his "12 Organic Principles for Success" is what motivates Kosta, today. His personal achievements, success and ability to connect with his audience on a personal level have made him a highly demanded keynote speaker at conventions across the globe. Kosta is a co-author to two Amazon best selling books, More Build It Big and Guerrilla Multilevel Marketing. He has also been featured in Forbes, Inc., CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Grupo Formula, Cronica, and Televisa, the largest broadcasting station in Mexico.

 

Mark Victor HansenMark Victor Hansen

For over 28 years, Mark Victor Hansen has focused solely on helping people in all walks of life reshape their personal vision of what's possible. From Bangladesh to Birmingham, Mark's keynote messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have helped create startling and powerful changes in more than 2 million people in 38 countries.

Mark Victor Hansen has been called one of the "Top 10 Greatest Motivational Speakers." He has been inducted into the highly acclaimed circle of Horatio Alger recipients in honor of the remarkable path of service, contribution, and accomplishment he has created for himself.

Mark Victor Hansen is enthusiastic about his involvement on the DSWA Board of Advisors and looks forward to making a significant contribution to the Alliance's efforts to elevate this rapidly growing and life-changing industry. Visit Mark's web site for more information.

 

Daniel Jensen

Dan is a direct selling consultant specializing in the development of compensation plan strategies, He began his direct selling career founding Jenkon in 1978 which became one of the premier software providers for the direct selling industry. In 1997, Dan was awarded the DSA Partnership Award for his work while at Jenkon. Working with hundreds of new start-up companies as well as many direct selling giants during the last 38 years, Dan has acquired a broad and unique perspective on what makes successful companies succeed, and what makes some fail. He has written numerous articles on sales force compensation and other industry issues including The 10 Most Common Mistakes of Direct Selling Companies, and has consulted for many companies on their technology and sales force compensation challenges. Dan has been a guest speaker at many Direct Selling Association events and a member of the DSA since 1984. In June, 2007, Dan received for the second time the prestigious DSA Partnership Award, this time for his contribution to the industry and his consulting clients’ success. This coveted award is given to only one person each year based on endorsements of client companies. Dan is the only person in the history of the DSA to have received it twice.

After Dan’s retirement from Jenkon in 1999, Dan has focused on consulting and training industry executives in the development of successful compensation and sales force development strategies. Between his executive training seminars and his consulting projects, Dan and his wife, Beverly, also find time to enjoy their five children and fifteen grandchildren. They reside in Vancouver, Washington (near Portland, Oregon).

 

Anthony McIntosh

President & Founder, SSE Advisors
Anthony McIntosh, President & Founder of SSE Advisors, has more than 25 years of experience in business leadership, strategy and sales, including Direct Selling. He founded SSE Advisors on the premise of helping businesses, of all sizes, build sustainable success.

Prior to founding SSE Advisors, Anthony was Vice President of Sales for Thirty-One Gifts, a leading Direct Selling company. He led more than 175 sales professionals, supporting 100,000 independent field sales representatives. Key areas of responsibility included Strategy, Field Sales Training & Development, Field Sales Support, Events, Communication, and more.

Anthony’s unique perspective on addressing business issues is derived from his consulting background, combined with years working for or within small, medium and Fortune 500 companies. His knowledge, experience and core competencies cut across different industries as well as functions within an organization.

Anthony is driven by helping individuals, as well as organizations, better themselves and build sustainable success.

 

Kevin Thompson

Attorney
Kevin Thompson is one of the most sought after attorneys in the country in the direct sales industry. Named as one of the most influential people in direct sales in 2014, Kevin Thompson has extensive experience and helps business owners operate their businesses on secure legal footing. He was also recently selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication by Thomson Reuters.

As one of the founding partners of Thompson Burton PLLC, Kevin has helped the firm grow from two attorneys to twenty in the short span of five years. By focusing on leadership development and company culture, Thompson Burton was selected as the "Support Company of the Year" in 2014 by the Academy of Multilevel Marketing. Thompson Burton provides support in several categories for network marketing companies, including MLM compliance, government investigations, litigation, corporate securities, hotel services agreements and much more.

Kevin is a leader and prolific contributor in the network marketing community. Kevin frequently meets with media and investment advisors to explain the legal nuances associated with the industry, with CNBC, Barclay’s Capital, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg being some of the more recent. He has served as a keynote speaker at multiple conferences throughout the world, including locations in Paris, Amsterdam and Dubai.

Prior to practicing law, Kevin earned all-American honors in Track and Field in 2002. As a decathlete, he learned the value of persistence, perseverance and discipline. Kevin Thompson is a proud husband and father of four children.

 

Bobbie Wasserman

Managing Director, Wave2 Alliances Inc.
Award-winning public relations executive, Bobbie Wasserman, has helped to shape the communications landscape of today’s global brands and build the reputation of tomorrow’s leading companies. As a veteran of global public relations agencies Fleishman-Hillard and Edelman, where she served as a vice president in the public affairs and the corporate reputation and crisis management practices. She transferred her skills to the direct selling industry in 2011 in working with Arbonne and then as Vice President of Public Relations for ViSalus, where she setup department infrastructure and directed global communications efforts during the company’s hyper-growth period.

Bobbie earned an MBA in Finance from USC and a BA in Economics from UCLA. She currently serves on the advisory board for The Luncheon Society, is the former National Board Chair for the Celiac Disease Foundation, Environment Commissioner for California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (now Congresswoman) and a former elected County Committee Representative for California's 41st Assembly District.