Thankful for God’s Plan

Thankful for God’s Plan

I just can’t get over that Premier is in its 30th year. WOW! As you know, when Joan and I founded Premier, we had our own plan—to just sit back while others ran the company. We wanted to visit missionaries and stay in the background of Premier. Well, God had a very different plan for us.

As I think back about some of the times in our life when His plan was evident, I can’t help but think about how I arrived at Home Interiors and began working for my mentor, Mary Crowley. Joan and I were happy in Dallas with no desire to move, but the company I was working for at the time was relocating to California. We were all set to move when we decided that we just didn’t want to leave Dallas again. A few months later and still job searching, I asked a friend if he knew of 2015-05-11 09.44.46anything and he told me to go see Mary because she had started a company, Home Interiors and Gifts. By chance? No!Read More »

Saint Patrick – A Man of Faith

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Saint Patrick – patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that he wasn’t born in Ireland? At a young age, pirates kidnapped him and many others from their homes in Great Britain and sold them into slavery in Ireland. During those six years when he was mostly imprisoned, he dreamed of seeing God. In his dreams, God told him how to escape. He followed God’s plan and returned home to Britain where he became a bishop. Again he dreamed, this time about returning to Ireland to tell them about God.

His ministry covered all of Ireland, from the north to the south, from the poorest to the royal families. He was confident in the Lord with untiring zeal. He set up schools, churches and monasteries during the 20 years he served the Irish. He was beloved and his life is celebrated each year on March 17th.Read More »

We Are Premier – Amy Jo and Mike Bazzle

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Amy Jo and Mike Bazzle are Four Diamond Designers from Belding, Michigan.  They began their Premier Designs journey in March of 2002 and because of their extraordinary vision and effort to expand and grow their Premier business, they have not only built a great business, but also received the 2013 Vision Award.  They inspire others to dream big for themselves.  Their greatest accomplishment is their family, and they have consistently encouraged their children to reach for their goals as well.

We Are Premier

What an honor to be asked to represent Premier in a blog entry titled “We Are Premier.”

Everywhere we go, we represent the company of Premier. How I act today is a reflection of WHO Premier is because I AM Premier to all of my Customers, Picture14Hostesses, friends, and family. We, the Bazzle family, are Premier. Likewise, any woman/couple who holds a current “Jeweler number” IS Premier!

Have you ever pondered this?

WOW, the implications behind these words are powerful. The reputation that proceeds us will either send a desirable or detestable taste of who Premier is to everyone watching. As a nation of Jewelers, we must honor each other, with a life worth repeating. Some easy ways we can do that is to never hide our mistakes, be quick to apologize when we are wrong, and take the responsibility for our actions.  For example, when I mess up on a replacement by not sending it into Premier quick enough, I owe it to every other Jeweler to tell the Customer, “I am so sorry, I messed up.” Otherwise, the Customer might think that Premier isn’t trust-worthy. When I’ve done this, she has thanked me for my honesty and I haven’t lost a Customer!

Or another example is my biggest fail to date. I accidentally swiped the credit card of a Customer for $1,000 instead of the $100 she owed.Picture7 I realized the mistake right away and did not complete the transaction, but I failed to explain to her what had happened.  While she was never charged, her checking account was put “on hold.” I didn’t even know that was possible. Well, as you can assume, she was mad – super mad – rightfully mad – and I was to blame. I apologized and took responsibility, but my greatest fear was realized … she no longer wanted anything to do with Premier. I cried, not for myself, but because I felt the pain of damaging the reputation of a great company.

On the opposite spectrum there have also been great “wins.”  As a new Jeweler, at my fourth Jewelry Show, I met a gal who seemed extremely interested in everything I explained about Premier. Quickly, I realized “this gal would love to join Premier!” Yeah! Picture8But after asking some detailed questions, I also realized she had been a Hostess before! I was only watering a seed that had been planted by another Premier Jeweler. I purposed in my heart to find her original Jeweler to tell her about this very “hot prospect.” And I was glad to hear that the guest signed up as a Jeweler within the month!

Mike and I believe that because we’ve always been willing to give freely to others, we have also been greatly blessed. We’ve been blessed to serve 871 hostesses earn free jewelry, and 88 women start a Premier business of their own. This was all just one at a time, faithfully serving the next family that God brought into our lives.

Reputation Matters

Proverbs 27: 21b – “We are valued by what others say of us.”

Picture3Premier is also valued by what others say of you, of me, of us.  “We Are Premier,” Oh, how I pray that we bring great value to a fundamentally great company!

I knew when I was 6 years old that I wanted to teach others! I graduated from Cornerstone University with Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts and Education. What I didn’t know at 6, was that God was grooming me to teach in Premier! I chose to pursue Premier instead of pursuing a career in teaching.

I began my Premier journey in 2002, in order to be a stay-at-home mom. As a young woman, I never cared much about fashion. I was the gal you might have seen happily walking around Walmart in her polka-dot pj pants. (I am so sorry, at that time of my life I didn’t realize that was dis-respectful to the community.) I preferred to be in my favorite baseball hat than high fashion jewelry. It was Picture12way out of my comfort zone.  (As seen in this pic, I’m the only one wearing a cap at a ball-game!)

What did prepare me for Premier as a young woman, wife, and first-time mother,
was having a heart to honor God and serve others. I had been praying a popular prayer in 2002 – The Prayer of Jabez. 1 Chronicles 4:10, “He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!’ And God granted him his request.” When I read the last page of Premier’s business plan, it said, Picture11“there are no territories.” it didn’t get any bigger than that! I decided, “Ok, God, this is what I believe you are leading me to do!” We signed up for Premier that week!  I was about to be way out of my comfort zone and blessed for a very long time!

Now 12 years into our Premier journey, I have had lots of highs and lows. Mike likes to tease that our 4 kiddos are “Premier speed-bumps” because when they were born, everything in Premier slowed down for a little bit. But the nicest thing for us about Premier has been that we have been able to adapt our Premier business into whatever we need it to be for our family – whether Picture4that was holding two Jewelry Shows a month, showing up to training or striving to serve a wildly talented team of women and men that God brought into our lives. WHY? Because We ARE Premier!

How do you win in this company? You never quit, no matter how many “speed-bumps” you come across and no matter what those “speed-bumps” may look like. You slow down when you must and you begin accelerating as soon as you can!

Since January 2011, Picture9I’ve been able to work side-by-side with my husband and best friend.  We have chosen to work Premier full-time together. That’s right – a family of six living on Premier alone.

We did not do this because Mike lost his job. No, he “re-wired” from his “9-5 job.”  Because of the leadership and administrative skills that Mike possesses, we knew the impact we could have as a stay-at-home couple for our children, for our marriage, and for our financial future.Picture5

We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but we know that whatever it looks like, whether its 10 shows a year or 200, whether we have diamonds behind our name or not, our future will have Premier in it. We will aspire to be our personal best to honor God and serve others!

How do we know that?!?! Because, we ARE Premier!  Are YOU?

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We Are Premier – Joni Brummel

Our 2013 Premier Princess, Christmas photoJoni Brummel, has consistently exhibited the Spirit of Premier by serving others and honoring God through her Premier Business.  She and her husband, Mel, are Silver Executive Directors from Michigan and have been Jewelers for 18 years, building their business and leading others with integrity, kindness and an eagerness to help others excel.    

Have you ever wondered how one decision could change a life in such a dramatic way?

In 1985, God called Andy and Joan Horner to start Premier Designs, Inc. based on the Philosophy and Purpose to honor God and serve people.  Little did they know that their one decision would be used by God to change not only theirs, but countless lives … just like ours!

Becoming a Premier Jeweler was that one decision for me – it impacted my life in dramatic ways.

Mel and I joined Premier in April of 1996 to earn additional income to help our daughters attend college.  I was a nurse and we were managing a local campground here in Michigan.  I did not wear jewelry; I was the furthest thing from a “sales person.”  God has used this business opportunity and the people of Premier to teach me about finances, leadership, relationships, and faith.

Finances:  Working our business has provided for our family financially.

We have been able to completely pay for two college educations for our daughters,
Becca and Melissa, and a beautiful wedding for Melissa and Dave.
God has provided financially through our hard work and Premier’s generous compensation plan more than we could have ever imagined.  brummel - rallyIt’s our joy that both of our daughters are also Premier Jewelers and working their businesses to support themselves and their families.

Leadership: It’s a blessing to serve our Downline and grow our business.

I have also been given the privilege to help many other women start their own Premier businesses.  I have been greatly touched through the lives of these women, including my daughters.  These ladies have become not only my friends, but they have become amazing leaders who serve to enrich the lives of the people God brings into their life.

Relationships: The Premier Family is amazing!

We have really enjoyed the friendships Premier has given us with fellow Jewelers, but one of the unique blessings for me over the past 18 years is that over 1,000 women have invited me into their homes.   brummelAs I share the hope of Premier with my Hostesses in their own home, I have been encouraged generously by them.  God has used Premier’s Hostess Plan to bless countless Hostesses with free jewelry and a night of fun and fellowship with their friends.

Not only have we been impacted by our extended Premier Family, but the Brummel Family values the many memories we have been able to make together on leadership trips, at Rallies, and various Premier events.  We work alongside of one another, and we do life together as a family in Premier!  We “Count It All Joy” to be in this together and see the blessings of Premier as it reaches out to others.

Faith: Premier has deepened my relationship with God.

This is the greatest impact Premier has brought to my life.  His patience, love and faithfulness to me are truly life-changing.  Through Premier, God has given me countless opportunities to share His amazing love and grace with thousands of women.  When they believe Premier is just about jewelry and earning money and they find the love and hope of Jesus in this business, my heart overflows with joy!  Saying “YES” to Premier’s opportunity to enrich lives and serve others was that one decision I made that has truly changed my life forever.

 

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