Keith B. Laggos, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., began his career in the direct sales industry in 1971 as an Amway distributor, and was a consistently high producer in his affiliations with several direct sales companies until he co-founded Money Maker’s Monthly in 1986. In 2004, Network Marketing Business Journal replaced Money Maker’s Monthly.
In his over 30-year association with the industry, he has been a management and marketing consultant to dozens of direct sales companies as well as to other sales and distribution companies outside of the industry. Laggos serves as keynote speaker for many direct sales companies’ annual meetings, trainings and special events. Laggos is president and publisher of Network Marketing Business Journal and previously Money Maker’s Monthly, the world’s leading publication for the direct sales/network marketing industry. Formed in 1985, this international publication has been published in seven countries and seven languages. A monthly readership in North America and worldwide now makes Network Marketing Business Journal the most widely circulated publication serving the direct sales industry. Network Marketing Business Journal is also pleased to be a supplier member of various industry associations.
In September 1996, Laggos launched a monthly full-color publication, Wealth Building magazine, of which he was also president and publisher. Wealth Building, which is no longer in print, was, in its day, dubbed “The How-to Manual for the Home Entrepreneur,” dedicated to serving its readers according to its motto:“We don’t just cover success, we create it!”
In July 1998, Laggos launched a third publication – The Direct Sales Journal – designed to serve the corporate management needs of companies within the direct sales industry.
Keith B. Laggos holds a bachelor’s of science degree with emphases in mathematics and computer science, a master’s of arts degree with an emphasis in economics, and a master’s of business administration degree (M.B.A.) with emphases in management and marketing. He has completed all of the necessary pre-dissertation criteria for a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in public policy analysis, and completed his dissertation on alternative methods of distribution and was subsequently awarded a Ph.D. in business economics in mid-1998. Laggos has taught management, marketing, economics, accounting, mathematics and computer science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in several public and private colleges and universities. His extensive educational background and teaching experience provide him with a strong foundation for helping entrepreneurs around the world.
B.A. –Lewis University, Illinois •Majors: Math; Computer Science
M.B.A. –DePaul University, Illinois •Emphases: Management & Marketing
M.A. –University of Illinois •Emphasis: Economics
Ph.D. (All but Dissertation) –University of Illinois •Emphasis: Public
Policy Analysis (Economics Major)
Ph.D. –London School of Business •Business Economics
Laggos has been co-sponsor of the Entrepreneur Series – the longest running seminar series in the direct sales industry. He is also the creator and sponsor of the Successful Women in Network Marketing seminar series. He held positions on the board of directors and has been treasurer of the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA), and has assisted in founding several international chapters. The MLMIA has awarded Laggos and Network Marketing Business Journal’s predecessor Money Maker’s Monthly, several prestigious awards, including its Global Vision Award, Supplier of the Year and President’s Spirit Award, among others. Laggos conducts and sponsors direct sales seminars and expositions worldwide. He has represented the direct sales industry to many foreign government officials and to their country’s news media.
Laggos is actively dedicated to acting on his mission to empower entrepreneurs globally. Network Marketing Business Journal serves as a constantly growing venue for entrepreneurs worldwide to enjoy a common source of information and have a common meeting place where they can share their voices. He hopes to contribute to the development of a standardized national college-level curriculum leading to a marketing major with emphasis in direct sales by authoring five college textbooks, which together will comprise the first comprehensive textbook series on the direct sales industry. Book one, Direct Sales – An Overview, was published in 1999 and is being used as the authoritative source on direct sales in major universities. It serves Recruit & Sell as the class textbook on direct sales in several colleges and it has served as the industry standard in many state and federal court cases. With the help of this first textbook, Laggos has achieved his goal of integrating fully accredited courses in colleges and universities and opening doors for the further acceptance of the direct sales/network marketing industry to be recognized as a viable profession and career choice. How to Recruit & Sell in an Over-commercialized Society is the second in this series. Laggos has also written a fiction book, Higher Than The Highest Mountain, an inspirational, warm and humorous fictional account of how a Christian family’s love and faith overcome all while facing everyday challenges in today’s society. It also provides a positive example of how network marketing helps families at various aspects and junctures of their lives.