Who We Are
Our vision is to see over five million children across the world embrace a greater quality of life, thriving, nourished and full of hope.
Who We Are
The M5M Foundation is an independent 501c (3) non-profit charity organization. It was officially launched on January 1, 2015. Executive Director Sarah Bowen oversees the daily operations as well as coordinates the expansion of the organization’s efforts. Bowen has traveled extensively throughout her career, attending international mission outreaches and experiencing firsthand the effects of childhood malnutrition. In 2014, she had the privilege of visiting Guatemala with one of our partners, RU 4 Children, which solidified her passion to help others. Her dream has been realized with the M5M Foundation.
What We Do
The M5M Foundation serves to bring hope. Mannatech, Inc., a direct sales company, engaged in research, development and distribution of health and wellness products, had a passion to apply their real-food technology and glyconutrient supplements to help tackle a global issue. They had the resources that would help malnourished children receive proper nutrition, but they needed a way to supply it. The M5M Foundation acts as an ambassador for these children by delivering the gift of better nutrition which Mannatech provides through their PhytoBlend™ product.
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Landen Fredrick is the senior vice president of supply chain and IT. He is also a director on the Board of Directors of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) as well as the chairman of the M5M℠ Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting children in need by fighting global malnutrition.
At Mannatech, Fredrick oversees supply chain, global logistics and regulatory affairs. He is passionate about creating the best customer experience possible for Mannatech’s independent Sales Associates. Having been a part of Mannatech since 2006, Fredrick has played a key role in developing and driving systems to create efficiencies and manage scale for a company on the Direct Selling News’ Global 100 list.
As a member of the DSA, he has served as Chairman of the Awards Committee since 2013, and has been a supporter of the Direct Selling Education Foundation.
Fredrick’s experience in direct selling has spanned almost 20 years and three companies where he has climbed the ranks from sales to operations with each engagement. Prior to joining Mannatech, he had five years of advertising experience as the owner of Killian Fredrick, LLC. Before that he was a consultant with a banking software company.
Fredrick earned his B.A. from Abilene Christian University, with an emphasis on International Business and Japanese. He later earned his MBA from Amber University. He is married with three children, is an avid outdoorsman and has had a lifelong involvement in church activities.
Chris Simons currently serves as Mannatech’s Regional President of North America, Europe, South Africa and Australasia. Simons has provided pivotal leadership in these markets and in supporting the implementation of the company’s 3-Point Plan system, which helps sales Associates advance their business and personal development. Prior to his time at Mannatech, Simons spent 19 years in the direct sales industry as a field leader and business manager for one of the largest independent networks of direct sellers in the world.
Over his career, he has played an integral role in launching many new markets, including South Africa, Malaysia, India, China, Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand and many countries in Europe. He has overseen the deployment of global systems incorporating events and business education platforms that have resulted in more than $1 billion in revenues in those specific markets. Simons is known for working very closely with his field leaders, and creating a market where those leaders have the freedom and support to thrive, while also building an operation that is set up for ongoing, sustainable business.
Alfredo (Al) Bala joined Mannatech in October 2007. Al’s current role as President, is focused on leading Mannatech’s efforts to streamline and unify sales and marketing efforts to even better support their independent sales Associates worldwide.
Al served as Chief Operating Officer of Britt Worldwide, LLC, one of the largest independent Amway network marketing organizations, from 1992 to 2006. While with Britt Worldwide, his main focus was providing motivation, training and tools for Associates in the field in more than 65 countries across the globe. Al was also heavily involved in the launch and re-launch of over 60 international markets, including BRICS markets—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which propelled the international sales volume to more than $500 million.
Al served as manufacturing plant manager for Bose Corporation from 1983 to 1992. He is conversant and/or fluent in more than 13 languages. In addition to more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in network marketing, Al’s proven record includes growing a major direct sales organization to $750 million, reaching more than one million people in 60 countries.
Mark Shank is a partner with the law firm Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Practicing law since September 1979, Shank is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He represents clients in a variety of labor, employment (advice and litigation), business and litigation matters, as well as investigations. He also has experience with disputes involving covenants not to compete, confidentiality, trade secret, disputes involving or among boards of directors and investigations. He routinely represents companies and executives in disputes and transactions involving executive compensation and related issues. Mr. Shank currently serves as legal counsel to U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions.
Shank has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his career including recognition in “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine from 2001 to present; “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” and “Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas” by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly, and selected by his peers for “Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Litigation” from 1995 – 2012.
She brings her energy and excitement to the efforts of a highly motivated team, whose heads, hearts and hands are clearly aligned in a mission of changing life for children around the world.