Tom Barendregt, one of our newest Crystal Executives, is championing Isagenix for young entrepreneurs, having shown us that it’s possible to build a business whilst playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL), and he’s achieved all this whilst beating cancer twice!
He was first introduced to Isagenix by his coach to gain muscle and support his performance whilst in the USHL, the top ice hockey league in America for under 21s. On top of using AMPED™ Nitro, AMPED™ Hydrate, Ionix® Supreme and e-Shots™ for training, he also consumed IsaLean™ Shakes with a scoop of IsaPro® and IsaLean™ Bars on top of balanced meals to gain muscle*, eating double his body weight in protein a day.
But devastatingly, at the age of 18 he was diagnosed with Leukaemia, and what followed was 7 months of horrendous chemotherapy treatment, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. From the aggressive mix of Chemotherapy and steroids, he suffered greatly and went from weighing 90kg to just 65kg. Refusing to let his journey get the better of him, he started using Isagenix to gain back his muscle, and that’s when he started business building.
Through sheer hard work, he hit Executive within 80 days! His story was so inspiring that he came to the Spanish and Belgian roadshows to help open the markets and share his business tips for young entrepreneurs. “My advice to anyone looking to start their business at a young age is to be open minded. The most expensive thing you can have is a closed mind. Modern life opens up opportunities like this, so you’ve just got to run with it. Lot of things are distracting when we’re in our 20s and 30s, but I just realised that if I put in 3-5 years of hard work, I might become financially independent** and that’s definitely worth a try!”
Just as he signed another contract for the USHL, the worst happened. Tom was diagnosed with Cancer again and he had to undergo advanced immunotherapy and endure another gruelling 7 months of treatment. “It was unbelievably tough. I had just recovered, built my Isagenix business, signed my dream Hockey contract, and then everything was taken away from me.” He moved back to the Netherlands to recover, and then in April this year he started building his business again, and in June he became our number one global START income earner, hitting Crystal Executive!
“I used Isagenix at my lowest lows and my highest highs: the performance products whilst playing hockey, and the shakes whilst recovering. This insight into the product range really helped me build my business and I’ve been able to create financial flexibility at such a young age – it’s now my main income! More importantly, I’ve been able to help my friends so we can all enjoy the financial opportunity together.”
So what’s next for Tom? He’s just signed an ice hockey contract for the BeNe League, which is the highest division in Belgium and the Netherlands, and as for his Isagenix business, he aims to earn consistently at the 1 star rank, and reach 2 star by next Celebration!
With an exciting hockey season coming up and his Isagenix business booming, we can’t wait for him to join us on some roadshows to share his journey to other START business builders!