Just a few years earlier, in 1993, Charles E. Ragus or Charlie as we learned to call him launched a new business enterprise called AdvoCare. He wanted to form a company with world-class nutrition products that truly made a positive difference in people’s lives. Something we desperately need, but as fitness professionals, we’d heard this story before. In fact, we’d tried many supplements and we saw little or no results. To say the least, we were skeptical, but desperate, so we started on AdvoCare products in January 1996. Within 90 days we had dropped 50 pounds between us and felt better than we’d felt in years. We were convinced!
Of course, when you “melt” away in front of everyone you know, they notice and they are curious. Telling others about the products was just a natural part of our conversation. So we joined Charlie and AdvoCare and that’s when Powerhouse Unlimited was born. Because the products actually worked, we had a business on our hands. This was a really good thing! Not only were we struggling physically, but financially we were in a huge mess too. Our fitness business was on the brink of bankruptcy, with $250K in debt. We felt sure that we were sunk. Thanks to AdvoCare, we didn’t have to file bankruptcy, and 6 years later were debt free by using the “Debtbuster” system. Now, no way that could have happened if the products didn’t work!
During our 8 years with Charlie, we watched him sacrificially model how to work and live authentically. After much success, in June 2001, living larger than life, Charlie passed from this life. With his passing, his dreams and goals passed to the people of AdvoCare; men and women, whom he loved and mentored over the years. Charlie’s dream of helping people “become more” hareality become our dream.