According to Kyani’s official website, two of the co-founders — Gayle and Dick Powell – were in Alaska and they chanced upon someone who was doing a research on the Tlingit tribe. They found out that the members of this tribe regularly consumed Alaskan Blueberry and Sockeye Salmon. According to studies, these two foods contain very high nutritional value.
With knowledge of what had happened in the superjuice market over the last several years by companies bringing a unique product to market, the Powell’s were excited about the prospect of launching what they felt was a unique product using an MLM business model and based on the Alaskan Blueberry. They relayed this information to several potential business partners and together they founded Kyani International in 2005. Keeping with the Alaskan motif, they chose the name Kyani which in the Tlingit native American language stands for “Strong Medicine.”
The company is headed by CEO Michael Breshears, who has years of experience in leading MLM companies. His previous roles encompass all aspects of the multi-level marketing business from logistics to customer service to distribution and marketing. He also continues to be active in the Direct Selling Association (DSA). Presently, Kyani International is still a privately-held firm that operates in Asia, Europe, and North America. While it was established in 2005, it wasn’t until three years later that the company started to show appreciable growth when they finally began to attract some successful experienced networkers to their product and business model.