Kristine F. Hughes, co-founder and board member of Nature’s Sunshine Products, passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 81. For nearly 48 years, Hughes helped revolutionize the herbal and natural wellness industry and gave rise to the modern supplement industry.
Utah-based multi-level marketing company Nature’s Sunshine used cost-cutting measures and restructuring to successfully turn a profit in the fourth quarter with a revenue drop of 5.8 percent. The company’s annual financial results reported $91.7 million in sales in the fourth quarter compared to $97.4 million in 2018, but were still able to pull at $1 million profit. The fourth quarter results for 2018 showed a $2.2 million loss. Nature’s Sunshine closed out the year of 2019 with a $0.5 million loss, compared to $2.2 million in losses for the full year of 2018.
Heidi Thompson, who previously served as president of Scentsy, will now share the title of co-CEO with Orville Thompson. The husband and wife team founded the company 15 years ago and have led Scentsy as equal partners, though unofficially. They have since scaled back their involvement in daily operations and will continue to focus on long-term, high-level contributions to company growth.
Dan Orchard has been promoted to president of Scentsy. He was previously general manager of emerging markets and has been an integral part of Scentsy’s executive team for 10 years, with strong engagement and interactions with consultants in multiple roles and leading international expansion. His prior direct selling experience includes working with Nu Skin.
Chelsey Berend, Stream
Stream has promoted Chelsey Berend to vice president of field experience. Berend started at Stream as a receptionist and created new roles for herself at the company, founding the organization’s event department. Berend helped initiate the project Women of Power, which brings women together to support each other in business.
Erik Patterson, 4Life Research
Erik Patterson has been named vice president of North America at 4Life Research. Patterson joined 4Life in July 2018 as director of Southeast Asia. He has more than 25 years of experience in direct sales including time at Xyngular, MonaVie, XANGO and Nature’s Sunshine. Patterson’s geographical responsibilities will include the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.