The Idaho Business Review officially named Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot an Icon in Idaho at an awards ceremony in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 15, 2019.
The prestigious award recognizes the most iconic Idahoans who have made significant contributions in transforming Idaho into a great state in which to live, work and play.
Frank was specifically honored for his tremendous business
acumen in leading Melaleuca for more than three decades, overseeing a diverse
product line of exceptional health and wellness products, and achieving
record-setting growth virtually every single year. The business publication also
highlighted Frank’s track record of generosity and charitable giving to serve
families in need throughout the world.
“The Icon Awards recognize men and women for a lifetime of
community involvement, professional achievement, mentorship and vision,” said
Rebecca Palmer, editor at the Idaho Business Review.
Entrepreneur & CEO
Ever since Melaleuca began in Sept. 1985, Frank has directed
the company’s growth from a small startup with eight products to a global
enterprise reaching more than $2 billion in annual revenues. The company now
manufactures and distributes more than 450 different health and wellness
products and operates in 19 countries around the world. As one of the largest
ecommerce companies in North America and one of Idaho’s largest private
employers, Melaleuca has become a significant driver in the state’s economy.
“Frank VanderSloot is not only an ICON of Idaho business but
an ICON of all that makes Idaho great,” said Chip Schwarze, President/CEO of
the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. “His business success has allowed
him to achieve even greater success as he gives back to our community and
communities across the globe.”
In addition to creating the largest fireworks show west of the
Mississippi each Independence Day to honor veterans and active military
families, Frank has been consistently running to the rescue of families in
need. By directing the Melaleuca Foundation’s relief efforts, Frank has responded
to several emergencies throughout the world.
In 2017, he sent the company’s private jet stocked full of
generators and packaged food to immediately help Puerto Ricans after Hurricane
Maria knocked out the island’s power grid. Once those supplies were dropped
off, VanderSloot tweeted that he was offering a free flight for those who
needed to leave—helping multiple people get off the island long before
commercial flights were available.
One of those who benefitted from the free flight was Blanca
Figueroa, who quickly packed her bags.
“I feel highly blessed. I believe in miracles and I know the
Lord answered the prayer of my son,” an emotional Figueroa said after landing
in Idaho Falls.
Another urgent response came when Melaleuca sent truckloads of
supplies to Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Houston. Melaleuca was one of the
first companies to arrive with products at the Houston Convention Center, where
the American Red Cross sheltered 9,000 people in the days following the storm.
It also sent two 53-foot trailers to a distribution center that restocked 25
other shelters throughout the region.
For these philanthropic activities and others over the years,
Melaleuca was named Corporate Partner of the Year in 2019 by the American Red
Cross of Greater Idaho.
“Those who choose to follow Mr. VanderSloot’s example
will not only find themselves successful in business but will also find ways to
give back to those who have helped them along the way,” Idaho economist Will
Jenson said. “His actions show that he truly appreciates his employees and the
communities they call home. I think he exemplifies the definition of icon and
is deserving of the award.”