James Ridinger of Market America Receives Business Leader of the Year Award

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James Ridinger, president and CEO of Market America, was named a Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader magazine at a ceremony held in Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday Feb 17.

I am honored that Business Leader Magazine selected me as one of their nominees for Business Leader of the Year

James Ridinger, president and CEO of Market America, was named a Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader magazine at a ceremony held in Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday Feb 17. Market America's continued growth despite the current economy, development of new products, a business plan that rewards aspiring entrepreneurs, job growth locally and worldwide, and James Ridinger's charitable contributions were all identified as factors leading to his nomination and eventual selection as Business Leader of the Year.

"I am honored that Business Leader Magazine selected me as one of their nominees for Business Leader of the Year," said James Ridinger. "I am even more honored that the winner was chosen by an online vote, meaning our Customer Managers, employees, and my peers in the business community have taken note of what Market America is accomplishing and how we are changing the way people shop online."

The announcement came just after one of Market America's most successful events, MA World Conference in Miami which saw over 25,000 attendees from the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia attend the conference to learn about the company's newest products, services, technology and how they can leverage the Internet to earn an ongoing income. Despite a slumping world-wide economy, Market America saw sales increase by 20% in 2008 and projects continued growth for 2009. "I have an announcement about the recession...we choose not to participate," said James Ridinger as he concluded his key note address of the three day conference.

Among the luminaries on hand to show their support for Market America's event were Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker, Grammy award winner Alejandro Sanz, Queen of Latin Pop Paulina Rubio, NBA star Alonzo Mourning, and model/actress and judge on the ABC series "True Beauty" Cheryl Tiegs who helped launch the new Fashion Channel on mamyworld.com; Market America's entertainment, fashion, digital, and sports portal.

ABOUT MARKET AMERICA, INC.
Market America (http://www.marketamerica.com) is a product brokerage and Internet marketing company that specializes in One-One-Marketing. With more than three million preferred customers worldwide and over 180,000 Customer Managers, the company has generated over $3 billion in accumulated retail sales. Headquartered in Greensboro, NC - the company was founded in 1992 by current president and CEO James Ridinger and employs over 500 people globally with international operations in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. Through its revolutionary One-to-One Marketing concept, Market America combines the Internet with the power of people - creating the ultimate online shopping destination.

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