Phil & Sue Guido
Field Vice President
$36,000 - $44,999
Field Vice President
I grew up on Long Island and went to St. John's University in New York. At 23, only weeks after receiving my license to practice pharmacy, I borrowed thousands of dollars and bought the pharmacy that I worked at while I attended college.
I grew up on Long Island and went to St. John's University in New York. At 23, only weeks after receiving my license to practice pharmacy, I borrowed thousands of dollars and bought the pharmacy that I worked at while I attended college. Along the way, I met Sue, and we got married on her birthday in August 1986. My sales went up every year for a consecutive 19 years. Along with the growth came more employees, a bigger payroll, a larger inventory to manage and more paperwork. By the end of my 16th year, my business was making significant profits every year in sales. I had status in the community as a professional pharmacist and as a successful businessman, I earned a very substantial income and my golf game was great. I had what most people would consider the American dream. But things started to change. Business was getting tougher and tougher. Creative insurance programs and managed care programs were cutting deeper into my profit structure. Big chain pharmacies were moving into the area. We were filling more prescriptions than ever before, but making less and less money each year. Eventually, I started working more hours at the pharmacy so that I could maintain the income I had grown accustomed to. I was being buried in so many rules, regulations and paperwork, I almost drowned in it. And I was getting extremely nervous and apprehensive about my future. I had two of the cutest kids who ever lived, 2 and 4 years old, and after spending a lot of time with them for the first few years of their lives, I found myself in a situation where I never saw them. The pharmacy was becoming a 12-hour-a-day prison. My white coat felt like a strait jacket. I worked morning, noon and night, weekends and holidays. I started to realize that my version of the American dream was coming to a halt. In April 1993, a customer came into the pharmacy and told me about a business that she had started out of her home, on a part-time basis. I thought it was just another one of those "things," so I didn't listen to a word she said; everything went in one ear and out the other. She came in month after month; it got to the point where when I saw her coming in the front door, I would duck down behind the counter and tell my employees to get rid of her. I was clearly in a rut and I missed my kids so much it hurt. Fourteen months later, I reluctantly agreed to look at what she was doing. She showed me a simple business plan that I could fit into my busy schedule, so I decided to give it a chance with the thought in my mind that this might be a way I could develop a supplemental income each month, to take the edge off. A year later, I attended Market America's International Convention, earning a significant amount each week part time. However, I continued as supervising pharmacist and owner of a retail pharmacy. In February 1997 (two-and-a-half years after reluctantly signing my application to be a Market America Independent Distributor), I reached Director level. Two weeks later, I put the key in the door of the pharmacy for the last time. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I could start a business with a few hundred dollars and build it on a part-time basis to the point where I could close my pharmacy business and retire at the age of 44, earning more money than I ever had in my entire life. My wife Sue and I are having fun spending more time with our children. We have been able to travel, make friends and gain control of our financial future. Our Market America Independent UnFranchise® Business has enabled us to create the lifestyle we have always dreamed about. We are currently at the Field Vice President level and have consistently earned a significant ongoing income with our UnFranchise Business since 1997. In 2012, JR and Loren Ridinger invited me to join the Corporate Team of Market America. Between 2012 and 2018, I traveled frequently to England and Scotland, helping ma expand our business to Europe and establishing a foundation to a Meeting, Training and Seminar System. In 2019, I was offered the opportunity to step into the role of Director of the Global Meeting, Training and Seminar System (GMTSS) for North America and Europe.
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