ADA, Mich., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of its outstanding partnership, commitment to innovation, and support of Amway Independent Business Owners, Bank of America has been named Amway North America's 2012 Partner of the Year.
Bank of America provides Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) with the Amway Visa® credit card, which offers points on everyday purchases, to assist IBOs in strengthening and growing their Amway™ businesses. The Visa program is one of Amway's most successful and longest-running Partner Stores programs.
"World class customer service and the highest product quality standards in the industry make Bank of America the clear choice for Amway Partner of the Year," says Jori Hartwig, Vice President of Marketing for Amway North America. "They've also demonstrated their commitment to Amway and our Independent Business Owners by providing electronic payment innovation that will help grow the business."
Winners of the Partner of the Year Award were announced during Amway's Supplier Business Meeting held in late September in Ada, Mich. More than 150 of Amway's top partners and suppliers participated in this year's event.
Amway's Partner Stores program provides Independent Business Owners and their customers with convenient access and membership rewards from over 50 national retail brands, specialty merchants and service providers.
"We are honored to accept this award on behalf of all Amway Independent Business Owners who see the value that we have jointly built with our partners at Amway," says Bank of America Senior Vice President Jake Frego, who manages Bank of America's National Brands credit card and banking programs. "Over the past 10 years, we have worked closely with the Amway team to develop a card product that resonates with these customers, featuring customized rewards currency that fits the lifestyles of the IBOs who carry the card. We are very excited to renew this program, and will continue to work hard to strengthen it both for our existing customers and for those who choose to use it in the future."
Amway (amway.com) is one of the world's largest direct selling businesses. Alticor Inc., parent company of Amway, reported global sales of $10.9 billion in 2011. Founded in 1959 by entrepreneurs Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, and based in Ada, Michigan, Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities through a network of more than 3 million distributors in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. The top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE® vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY® skincare and colour cosmetics, and eSpring® water treatment systems. The company provides product development, manufacturing and logistics services through its Access Business Group and Alticor Corporate Enterprises divisions. For company news, visit http://news.amway.com/.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 56 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,600 retail banking offices and approximately 16,200 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services.