Like many companies, ours started small. In 1998, Dennis and Carol
Berardi co-founded Trilogy International, now Life's Abundance with
a commitment to offer exceptional health products for people, the
planet and pets.
From the outset, they employed two other people, including Stephen
Berardi, Dennis’ brother. Together, they worked out of the office
of Dennis and Carol’s home in Palm City, FL.
In 1999, Dennis and Carol began searching for qualified product
formulators. Within a few weeks the duo met with fate, at a pet fair
where one of the nation’s leading holistic veterinarians, Dr. Jane
Bicks, was in attendance. Soon, a great partnership was formed. With
Dr. Jane onboard, the company quickly added more professionals – Ann
McEver, Linda Logue and Lester Thornhill – each with their own areas
of expertise. It wasn’t long before they realized they had too many
people working in that one-room office, and soon they moved their
new “home office” in Stuart, FL. Soon, there were more hires and
product was flying off the shelves.
The next phase of development came when George and Cris Jochum became
major shareholders. Based upon George’s extensive business development
experience, the Berardi’s asked him to assume the mantle of President
and CEO. Under George’s direction, the company flourished … in fact,
month-over-month, Life's Abundance has never failed to make a profit
since 2003. Soon, the corporate headquarters was relocated to Palm
City, FL, to accommodate an increasing need for space, both for new
employees and growing inventory supplies.
Helping us to maintain our debt-free status, even throughout the worst
economic collapse in several generations, has been the competent
management of Anthony Sinclair, CPA. Hired in 2005, Anthony was
promoted to CFO in September of 2008.
In August of 2008, Lester Thornhill was promoted from Senior VP of
IT to Life's Abundance CEO and President. Dennis and Carol Berardi
ceased their overseeing of day-to-day activities of the home office,
and now they commit all of their energies to supporting our extensive
network of Field Reps. George retired in 2012 and Cris succeeded him
as Board Chairman.
Throughout the years, the company has continued to grow and expand.
As sales have increased, so have the numbers of employees and
warehouses. Growth and improvements in technology have also led
to numerous improvements in our products, services and business
processes over the years.
In October of 2010, the company officially changed its name to Life's
2012 was a banner year for Life's Abundance. In July we moved into
our new headquarters (pictured at the top of the page) in Jupiter
Florida. Our new facility was custom built from the ground up to
support our growing company. This is the result of all the hard work
from our Field Reps and all of the Life's Abundance employees. We are
so proud to call this our home!
Also in 2012 Life's Abundance received a prestigious award as one of the
top 50 Florida Companies to Watch. Growing second-stage businesses
statewide have the opportunity to join an elite group of nationally
recognized companies as part of Florida Companies to Watch, an awards
program that celebrates second-stage companies throughout the state of
In 2013, the Company achieved another milestone, becoming 100%
employee owned by executing an ESOP transaction. The Jochums and
the Berardis remain with the Company in the same capacities they
held before the ownership change.