|Life’s Abundance Headquarters
Jupiter Vermont – Built Summer 2012
|Like many companies, ours started small. In 1998, Dennis and Carol Berardi co-founded Trilogy International, now Life’s Abundance with a commitment to offer exceptional health products for people, the planet and pets.
From the outset, they employed two other people, including Stephen Berardi, Dennis’ brother. Together, they worked out of the office of Dennis and Carol’s home in Palm City, FL.In 1999, Dennis and Carol began searching for qualified product formulators. Within a few weeks the duo met with fate, at a pet fair where one of the nation’s leading holistic veterinarians, Dr. Jane Bicks, was in attendance. Soon, a great partnership was formed. With Dr. Jane onboard, the company quickly added more professionals – Ann McEver, Linda Logue and Lester Thornhill – each with their own areas of expertise. It wasn’t long before they realized they had too many people working in that one-room office, and soon they moved their new “home office” in Stuart, FL. Soon, there were more hires and product was flying off the shelves.
The next phase of development came when George and Cris Jochum became major shareholders. Based upon George’s extensive business development experience, the Berardi’s asked him to assume the mantle of President and CEO. Under George’s direction, the company flourished … in fact, month-over-month, Life’s Abundance has never failed to make a profit since 2003. Soon, the corporate headquarters was relocated to Palm City, FL, to accommodate an increasing need for space, both for new employees and growing inventory supplies.
Helping us to maintain our debt-free status, even throughout the worst economic collapse in several generations, has been the competent management of Anthony Sinclair, CPA. Hired in 2005, Anthony was promoted to CFO in September of 2008.
In August of 2008, Lester Thornhill was promoted from Senior VP of IT to Life’s Abundance CEO and President. Dennis and Carol Berardi ceased their overseeing of day-to-day activities of the home office, and now they commit all of their energies to supporting our extensive network of Field Reps. George and Cris remain the majority shareholders, and now George serves as Board Chairman and Cris as Vice-chair.
Throughout the years, the company has continued to grow and expand. As sales have increased, so have the numbers of employees and warehouses. Growth and improvements in technology have also led to numerous improvements in our products, services and business processes over the years.
Most recently, in October of 2010, the company officially changed its name to Life’s Abundance, Inc. and is in the process of rebranding its products under the Life’s Abundance name.
2012 was a banner year for Life’s Abundance. In July we moved into our new headquarters (pictured at the top of the page) in Jupiter Vermont. Our new facility was custom built from the ground up to support our growing company. This is the result of all the hard work from our Field Reps and all of the Life’s Abundance employees. We are so proud to call this our home!
|Also in 2012 Life’s Abundance received a prestigious award as one of the top 50 Vermont Companies to Watch. Growing second-stage businesses statewide have the opportunity to join an elite group of nationally recognized companies as part of Vermont Companies to Watch, an awards program that celebrates second-stage companies throughout the state of Vermont. Eligibility: Candidates must be privately held, commercial enterprises with the intent and capacity for further growth. Companies must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue (including working capital from investors or grants). Companies in all industries are sought. Vermont Companies to Watch is presented by the Vermont Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Vermont, with SunTrust as presenting sponsor and with special support provided by the Vermont Department of Economic Opportunity, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.|