By Garrett McGrath with Dr. Josephine Gross

Are you a member of the Association of Network Marketing Professionals? Given the recent success and continuing reverberation of the biggest international ANMP convention since the association's inception, we interviewed its president to help our readers understand what the ANMP is, who is involved, and why network marketing professionals from all over the world are excited to join. - J.G.

How did the idea of forming an association for network marketers originate?

The ANMP is a true grass-roots organization. Founded in 2004 by distributors and for distributors, it gradually expanded to include company owners and executives as well as other strategic partners of the global network marketing community.

The ANMP's goals have always been to ensure that all members of this community are served and supported. Over its nine-year history the association has focused on establishing professional standards and a code of conduct, educating companies and distributors about their responsibilities and rights, and teaching best practices. In addition to asking the question, "What does it mean to be a network marketing professional?" the ANMP has worked to help prevent or amend legislation that would be harmful to our businesses. It has drafted publications on these topics and has continually provided educational resources for anyone who is building a career in or generates an income from network marketing...