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Joan Hartel Cabral, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Vantel Pearls

Joan’s story begins over 30 years ago, on a trip to Hawaii where she first experienced an oyster opening. She said, “It took my breath away. I was so awed by the pure magic of it!!!”

She brought the business idea back to Massachusetts and opened a small seaside store in Martha’s Vineyard.  Looking for flexibility to raise a family while running a business, Joan transitioned Vantel Pearls to direct sales, opening the way for thousands of Consultants to join her in the magic of oyster openings, genuine pearls, beautiful jewelry, and meaningful entrepreneurship.

From simple beginnings to a $40 million-plus direct selling company, Vantel Pearls was an early adopter of social media pearl parties.  For 3 decades, Vantel Pearls has brought people together to share in the fun of opening real oysters to reveal a genuine pearl (or two!) in each and every oyster.  Imagine the thrill of finding a white, cream, pink, blue or even a black pearl for a piece of jewelry you or someone special will treasure for a lifetime.

At the core of Vantel Pearls are eight guiding principles. Joan composed these “Treasured Gems” in the early years of Vantel Pearls to ensure that Vantel Pearls remained true to its values.  They have been a key factor in the amazing success of the company.  For the Consultants, the Home Office Team, the vendors and organizations that Vantel Pearls chooses to align with…all are guided by these values.

Vantel Pearls thrives on giving back to numerous charitable organizations that help improve our communities and individuals’ lives.  Central causes include eradicating domestic violence, breast cancer research, awareness for autism and developmental disabilities.

Joan feels when we focus on positivity and gratitude, we attract miracles.  She is an inspiration to women (and few great men!) across the nation. She has helped thousands with personal development and financial independence. Her warm energy fills a room and helps everyone believe in limitless possibilities!

Jane Creed, President and Chief Executive Officer, WineShop at Home

Jane Creed’s direct selling and food & wine experience spans over 20 years. She spent 9 years as a Senior Vice President with The Pampered Chef ltd., and was part of the executive team that helped that company grow from $220 million to almost a billion and be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway. Jane’s wine and food expertise is extensive and includes writing and/or editing over 20 cookbooks, hosting international press events for California winegrowing regions, as well as individual wineries and winemakers. Jane has written a monthly food and wine column for California’s oldest food and agricultural magazine and executed product and brand development strategies for numerous wineries, including a French wine company entering the American market. She has written features for Direct Selling News, Europe and the U.S., and serves the Direct Selling Education Foundation on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the DSA/DSEF and The French American Chamber of Commerce. Jane and her husband, Dudley, have five children and two dogs.

David Holl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Inc.

David Holl joined Mary Kay Inc. in June 1993, and in 1996, he became Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.  In 2001, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer.  Subsequently, David was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.  David is responsible for the leadership of the Company with the world headquarters in Dallas and operations in almost 40 international markets.  Mary Kay develops, tests, manufactures and packages the majority of its own products at state-of-the art plants in Dallas and in China.

David is a member of the Mary Kay Inc. Board of Directors.  He also is a past Board Chair of the Direct Selling Association as well as a member of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) Board and the World Federation of Direct Selling Association CEO Council.  David serves or has served on numerous civic boards, including The Nature Conservancy, the Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Dallas Citizens Council. 

He is a graduate of Clemson University.  David earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina, where he was designated the outstanding MBA candidate, and in 2008 received USC’s Moore School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Jessica Honegger, Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing others to step outside their comfort zones and live lives of purpose. Honegger is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a fast-growing social impact fashion brand dedicated to designing and selling an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans in vulnerable communities. By harnessing a passionate community of social entrepreneurs called Ambassadors who sell Noonday’s accessories at Trunk Shows in their communities, Noonday has been able to create dignified jobs for over 4,400 Artisans. Noonday Collection was featured in Inc. magazine’s 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America at number 45. Jessica won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for central Texas in 2017. Jessica’s first book Imperfect Courage launched on August 14th, and is available for sale wherever books are sold.

Milind Pant, Chief Executive Officer, Amway

Milind Pant joined Amway in January 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He leads the overall management of Amway and is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and growth strategies.  Mr. Pant reports directly to and holds a seat on Amway’s Board of Directors. He is the first non-family member to run the business since its founding in 1959.

Most recently, Pant was President of Pizza Hut International with Yum! Brands. In this role, he led the international division across 109 countries with more than 9,000 Pizza Hut stores.   He was also previously President – Yum! China, served as Managing Director, Yum! Thailand and Chief Marketing Officer – Yum! Indian Subcontinent.

Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Pant spent 14 years with Unilever in a variety of executive roles, including Vice President – Foods for Africa, Middle East, Turkey.

He holds a Masters of International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a Masters of Management Studies from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, India.