Last week in Washington, D.C., Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court presented Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot with the Horatio Alger Award. This prestigious honor recognizes Frank as a “Distinguished American” whose work has contributed to free enterprise and has inspired people to achieve the American Dream.
Almost 30 years ago, Frank founded Melaleuca to help typical American families get ahead in life. Because of his unwavering commitment to Melaleuca’s mission of enhancing lives, hundred of thousands of families receive a Melaleuca check every month. Frank has always served as a champion of the “little guy.” Thanks to his vision, Melaleuca is successfully helping thousands of “little guys” reach their goals.
The Horatio Alger Award is given annually to accomplished American leaders who have not only overcome significant adversity to achieve success in their own lives, but who are dedicated to higher education, philanthropy, and helping others reach their dreams. Former recipients of this award are Ronald Reagan, Buzz Aldrin, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Tom Landry, Ray Kroc, Lou Dobbs, and Tom Selleck. A nonprofit educational organization, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honors these outstanding leaders while also encouraging young people to achieve their goals through higher education by providing them with over $110 million in need-based college scholarships.
Mary Blakeley says
I am so proud to know Frank and to be a part of Melaleuca! It is wonderful to realize other people recognize what an outstanding man he is. The first time I heard him speak at a convention, I will never forget the comment he said when talking about the Melaleuca products-he said “don’t lie and don’t exagerate, the truth is enough”. That made a really big impression on me because I had seen so many other companies whose only goal was the amount of money made-no matter how.