Meet the 7 Owners of ARIIX...
Fred Cooper—Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Fred Cooper is a respected leader with a talent for creating lucrative opportunities on a global scale. A true innovator and direct sales forerunner, Fred perceives opportunities where others don’t and has the unique ability to create revolutionary business models that benefit the independent business owner—like the industry-first and patent-pending ACTIV8™ Compensation Plan. ACTIV8 is well known and coveted in the industry, and the unique brain-child of Fred Cooper!
Dr. Fred Cooper received his PhD in Business and Statistics and taught for 17 years as a professor at the University of Utah. He is also the original founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the university. The direct selling industry first piqued Fred’s interest while he was teaching an advanced statistics class to an accountant whose firm conducted business with a publicly traded direct sales company. He came to realize that working for a direct sales company has the ability to expand one’s perception of business opportunities, and he welcomed the challenge of creating a compensation plan that could truly be rewarding and one of a kind.
Today, with more than 20 years of industry experience, Dr. Fred Cooper is one of the world's foremost experts in the managing of direct selling companies, emerging as a pioneer with a knack for spotting inefficiencies and then fixing them. In 2018 Fred became one of only 40 recipients worldwide to receive an honorary professorship from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, and membership in the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation. As a recipient of this distinctive award, Fred is counted among an elite group of highly successful international leaders. Through these appointments, Fred is highly valued as a results-driven visionary for his contributions toward resolving commerce issues in the global marketplace.
A world-renowned speaker and award-winning businessman, Fred’s industry presence has earned him the title of Top CEO in the World by Business for Home, the leading industry publication. He was recently named Transformation Leader of the Year in the CEO World Awards, and he has been featured in myriad publications and news segments, including Performance 360, ABC4 “Good Things Utah,” The CEO Views, CIO Bulletin and Insights Success, to name a few.
But if you ask Fred, his greatest accomplishment is investing in people. He truly cares about his employees and representatives and takes a personal interest in the success of each one, as evidenced by the many devoted friends and associates who have seen their lives positively impacted by his unique style of guidance and support.
Mark Wilson—Founder, President
An entrepreneur at heart, Mark started his first business at age 20 and realized the amazing freedom it allowed him to determine his own success. His love for people and his enthusiasm for teaching others to unlock their potential is the reason for his passion for network marketing. Mark has more than 20 years of industry experience building relationships and supporting Representatives in the field.
Mark believes strongly in the importance of forging strong partnerships between the corporate office and ARIIX Representatives and always putting the needs of the Reps first. His unique, in-depth knowledge of the network marketing industry is a direct result of his extensive global travel, acting as the liaison between management and top leaders. Helping people dream big and achieve big is what he’s called to do.
Jeff Yates—Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff began his career by starting a sporting goods company with retail stores throughout Utah. He worked for several years as a CPA with the public accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse, consulting with premier clients throughout the United States. As the Chief Financial Officer for Franklin Covey Stores in Salt Lake City, he was accountable for 185 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Deseret Book, and he later served as the CFO of USANA Health Sciences with responsibility for the company's global financial performance.
Today Jeff, is responsible for ARIIX’s financial reporting, accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations and human resources—but the most fulfilled aspect of his career is watching Representatives achieve their goals.
Riley Timmer—Founder, Chief Operations Officer
As Riley leads ARIIX’s international expansion efforts, he finds great satisfaction in learning about the cultures, background and history of our diverse world. Riley’s talent for understanding ARIIX Representatives and his passion for delivering exactly what they need is a crucial part of what makes the ARIIX mission and vision stand out.
Riley feels lucky that he is able to do what he loves best — helping others enrich their lives.
Deanna Latson—Founder, Chief Product Officer
Deanna is living proof that it’s possible to transform one's life through proper education and nutrition. While she was in college, both of Deanna’s parents became ill with life-threatening diseases. It was after they experienced amazing transformations in their health, and Deanna improved her own health and wellness through wholistic means, that she decided to pursue a career in nutrition.
Deanna has been involved in the field of health and wellness for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant, spokesperson, writer and guest lecturer for some of the largest colleges, universities and corporations in the world, including Smart Water and the American Heart Association. She is a sought-after motivational and NCAA grant-approved speaker. As a master communicator, Deanna serves as the liaison between the ARIIX Scientific Advisory Board and the field.
Wenhan Harry Zhang—Founder, Chief Information Officer
Ian Chandler—Founder, Chief Sales Officer
Ian knows how to get results and loves to help others realize success in their financial dreams by leveraging passion and productivity into creating powerful organizations. With ARIIX, Ian has found the perfect vehicle for combining his professional experience with his dedication to helping others reach their greatest potential.