After retiring from a successful 25-year career in direct sales, Mary Kay Ash wanted to enrich women's lives by providing an unparalleled business opportunity that allowed women to achieve their dreams while keeping life's priorities in order:
Faith 1st, Family 2nd, and Career 3rd, as well as acting upon the Golden Rule.
On Sept. 13, 1963, Mary Kay, her son Richard Rogers, and 9 Independent Beauty Consultants opened Beauty by Mary Kay from a 500-square-foot storefront in Dallas. Today there are more than 2 million consultants in the U.S. and 39 global markets worldwide.
Mary Kay is the highest paid direct selling company in commission in the nation, not to mention bonuses, cars, trips, diamonds, etc.!
Mary Kay has been the #1 Best Selling Brand of skin care and color cosmetics for more than 16 years. Based on the most recent industry sales data according to Brand Keys, Mary Kay ranked #1 in the Customer Loyalty Engagement Index in both the Cosmetics and Moisturizing Skin Care categories over 518 brands in 71 categories!
Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. Mary Kay, Inc. and its international subsidiaries achieved another year of record results in 2009, with $2.5 billion in wholesale sales.
There are more women earning $50,000-$100,00+ incomes in Mary Kay than any other company in the USA. Approximately 600 women worldwide have become Independent National Sales Directors, the highest pinnacle of a Mary Kay business. Nearly 300 Independent National Sales Directors in the United States have earned more than $1 million in commissions. Approximately 37,000 women are currently Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors worldwide.
Mary Kay, Inc. introduced the famous Pink Cadillac to the U.S. Independent Sales Force in 1969. Today, there are more than 120,000 Mary Kay Career Cars on the road today!
The Mary Kay Foundation was founded in 1996. It has awarded more than $22 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence, and nearly $13 million to find cures for cancers affecting women in the United States.
Mary Kay is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and funds several of these projects.
Mary Kay has several “Pink Doing Green" efforts with products and packaging that are recyclable. As a part of its Pink Doing Green initiative, Mary Kay, Inc. planted 200,000 trees in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation and the United States Forest Service.
Mary Kay does not conduct any animal testing for its products. Mary Kay develops tests, manufactures, packages and distributes the majority of its own products at its state-of-the art plants in Dallas and China.
The Mary Kay product line includes more than 200 premium products in facial skin care, color cosmetics, body care, sun protection, fragrance, and a men'’s product line,
Mary Kay Ash's dream was to help women achieve financial independence and personal fulfillment by recognizing their achievements, rewarding them, and allowing them to progress up the career ladder with no restrictions and at their pace with no glass ceilings.
Mary Kay offers one of the most generous rewards and recognition programs in the direct selling industry. Worldwide, the company spends more than $50 million annually on rewards and prize incentives for the independent sales force. Mary Kay Ash believed in lavishing women with recognition and prizes fit for royalty, and the selection gets better every year. Picture a state-of-the-art television in your living room; or reaching into your jewelry box for a gorgeous diamond ring or pendant. If you can dream it, you can earn it through the Mary Kay rewards and recognition programs. You are limited only by your ability to believe and achieve the goals you set for yourself.
In December 1995, Mary Kay, Inc. completed its corporate relocation to North Dallas. The new world headquarters totals nearly 600,000 square feet and can accommodate 1,200 employees. The company is totally debt free.
Mary Kay is a dual marketing company rather than a pyramid company for 4 reasons. (1) There are no commissions on starter kits, (2) all commissions are paid directly from the company, (3) all consultants order directly from Mary Kay, (4) ordering discount is based on the size of the order not the number of team members.
Case studies on Mary Kay’s business model have been shared at the collegiate level at several prestigious universities including Harvard. Professors and college textbook writers have contacted Mary Kay, Inc. to learn more about Mary Kay Ash and the company she founded.
In 1985, Mary Kay Ash was recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential women. In a study conducted in 2003 by Baylor University, Mary Kay Ash was designated as the greatest female entrepreneur in American history. Her autobiography has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and her two other books, You Can Have It All and Mary Kay on People Management, achieved best-seller status. Her life story has been made in to an A&E film.
Mary Kay Ash was Chairman of the company when she passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2001. Today Richard Rogers, Mary Kay's son, is Executive Chairman, and David Holl is President and CEO.
Mary Kay Cosmetics' generosity to the Independent Sales Force is unmatched in the U.S. Direct Sales industry. We believe in praising people to success.