Visions of Greater Purpose
“Today, because of this business, we have fulfilled many of our dreams,” state Ron and Georgia Lee Puryear. “We have the freedom, the time, and the money to do what we choose, when we choose, and with whom we choose.”
At the time the plan was shown to the Puryears, the road of life resembled a graveled dirt road. Times were rough and rocky as Ron became increasingly dissatisfied with his career as an office accountant and treasurer of a public utility. The low income potential and the lack of freedom were like a thorn in his side. Meanwhile, Georgia Lee was working nights and weekends as a waitress at a Denny’s restaurant, and the unpredictable long hours began taking their toll on her. Ron knew there had to be a better way.
Starting with Hope
Then they saw a business that would help pave the road to financial and personal success for them. At that time, they lived in a 1,500-square-foot home and drove a 1965 Rambler station wagon that leaked oil. “When the business was presented to us, I saw it as a way to replace Georgia Lee’s paycheck and bring her home from work,” says Ron. “I started our business with the hope that we could make an extra $400 a month. That was the amount of money it would take to replace Georgia Lee’s take-home pay. It was a way for her to be at home with the children without a loss of income.” Georgia Lee was against the business at first because she did not really understand it, so it became Ron’s dream. He was very much against Georgia Lee’s job and felt she should be a full-time mother for their two sons, Jim and Brian. He built the business on his own for the first six months and did well enough that Georgia Lee was able to quit her job.
With Help, Effort Pays Off
Within three years the family retired from the rat race of life when Ron quit his job. “We were making about four times as much from our part-time business as Ron was making full-time in his job,” says Georgia Lee. “Since we already had our bills paid off and had accumulated a lot of new material things, we decided it would be fantastic to have Ron home as a full-time father at age thirty-five.”
River of Dreams
Over the years, Ron’s dream has become a reality. What is now called “The Riverhouse” is a grandiose family compound spanning some 26,000-square-feet on view acreage above the Spokane River. The Riverhouse has four separate residences (for he and Georgia Lee, each of their two children’s families, and a full-time resident overseer), a weight room, private theater, virtual skeet-shooting and golf, outdoor putting green, a basketball court, tennis court, and a pool area that rivals a luxury resort.
But like most dreams, this one needed to be shared. That’s why they open their home to all IBOs who meet the “River Rendezvous” qualifications. Why? Because dreams do come true, and the Puryears believe in sharing theirs.
Two years later, the Puryears reached the Executive Diamond level and became totally free from financial and personal demands. “We were a phenomenon in America at age thirty-seven,” asserts Ron. “We were financially independent with both time and money under our control instead of someone else’s. Five years later we had reached the Double Diamond level and then onto Founders Crown, and a lifestyle that is totally unbelievable.”
Ron and Georgia Lee admit to being proud of their material possessions because they acquired them through their own honest efforts in a business of their own, while building their success upon the success of others.
“Having special time with our children, grandchildren, and friends is a blessing from this business,” says Ron. “Being able to travel, golf, or just spend time at our Riverhouse family estate are extra benefits you can’t get anywhere else.”
“We can have most anything we want,” says Georgia Lee. “But we have discovered that we have so much more in our lives than just the material things that money can buy. Our special time with our two sons and their families, our time with our business friends, and our personal freedom mean so much more.”
“As far as material rewards,” says Ron, “we don’t drive the Rambler anymore. When we travel, we can choose from first-class airfare, motor home, yacht, or six different cars. We now enjoy a beautiful 5,000-square-foot home with a swimming pool on a golf course, and we have built a 26,000-square-foot second home (a family compound) on six and a half acres of river front property just fifteen minutes from our permanent home. The dreams are still alive in my family.”
“We now have a ‘cause’ in our lives to do everything we can to preserve the free enterprise system and this business opportunity to keep the American dream alive. We do this for our sons and daughters-in-law, our grandchildren, and others in America who have a dream to better their lives and the courage to work hard for it by serving the needs of others first.”