Founded in 2005, ViSalus emerged from the vision and commitment of three distinctively individual young entrepreneurs, Ryan Blair, Blake Mallen and Nick Sarnicola. Despite their varied backgrounds, they shared a common bond of being people who experienced hardships and victories in their personal lives, and adversities and successes in their business lives. The result of these experiences has been a complimentary blend of passion, work ethic, and skills that, when combined, helped them create something special.
Blake and Nick met through their association with a high tech Network Marketing company known for promoting entrepreneurship. Both quickly achieved top–distributor status at extremely young ages through hard work and youthful resilience. When the company ended up failing due to circumstances outside of their control, Blake and Nick experienced first–hand the sting of broken promises and the weight of responsibility for the thousands of team members who had followed their vision. Inspired to prevent such a devastating situation from ever happening again, the pair channeled their entrepreneurial drive and leadership abilities into creating a solution that would always put Distributors first and stand by its commitments.
They had the vision—Life, Health, and Prosperity for all; they found the first product—a revolutionary cellular technology, the Vi-pak®; but they knew they would need help building a solid corporate foundation. They needed a visionary entrepreneur with the experience and proven track record of growing start-up companies into long–term mainstream successes. They then found Ryan Blair.
Ryan was 27 years old and had just sold his interest in his third successful company that he both created and ran. But life had not always been easy for Ryan. He was born into a family burdened with addiction, poverty and poor health. His youth was full of pain and suffering until, at the age of 18, he had the great fortune to find a successful mentor who nurtured and honed Ryan’s innate talent for business. Coming from this background, the mission of ViSalus was magnetic, and Ryan agreed that ViSalus would become the vehicle for him to pay forward both the hard lessons and good fortunes he had experienced.
United by their desire to transcend their pasts and to make a positive impact on others, the three Founders worked and sacrificed to build the ViSalus of today. Now supported by a strategic partnership with Blyth, Inc., a publicly traded billion dollar global leader in Direct Sales, and with the guidance of a top rate Executive Management Team, ViSalus touches thousands of lives daily, putting an end to cycles of poverty and poor health in homes and communities throughout the world.