Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Mark B Yarnell
Over a 29-year career in network marketing Mark Yarnell became a legend in the industry and earned a reputation as one of the most passionate and respected advocates of the profession. He was irrevocably convinced that network marketing is a force for good in the world, an equalizer, and the last bastion of free enterprise. He encouraged us all by writing, “Let’s all bond together in a committed effort to uplift our friends and associates in this marvellous industry. Everybody counts.”
Mark grew up in Springfield Missouri. His high school debating skills earned him a full scholarship to prestigious Drury College. During his four years of college Mark won the national extemporaneous speaking competition two times and was awarded the ”best debater” distinction at thirty-one collegiate debate tournaments.
In 1979 he attended seminary and studied stress management at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka Kansas. He served as stress management consultant for the Hills Medical/Sports Complex and published a helpful recording, Relaxation, Imagery and Cancer.
Mark was an accomplished author, orator, and international business leader. In 1986 he joined an upstart network marketing company and ultimately developed an international organization of more than 300,000 marketing representatives in twenty-one countries. You will find his Rags to Riches story under “Mark’s Story.”
Mark ultimately touched the lives of millions. He believed that there is a seed of greatness in everyone. One of his greatest joys was mentoring others to reach their full potential. He influenced others through: his example, eleven published books, incredible speeches, countless articles, blog posts, videos and recordings. His bestselling book Your First Year in Network Marketing is considered a veritable bible of the profession.
Mark was the first and only person from networking marketing to serve as Contributing Editor to Success Magazine. He and Dr. Charles King of Harvard University co-created the first certification course in Network Marketing taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago from 1993 – 2011.
Mark was honoured and recognized internationally with numerous awards including the American Dream Award. He was named the Greatest Networker in the World by Upline Magazine and indoctrinated into the Network Marketing Hall of Fame.
As a noted philanthropist, Mark supported a variety of charitable organizations. He founded The Eagles, a literacy organization for penitentiary inmates and the School of Sobriety, the only free treatment program in Nevada for alcoholics and addicts at that time. His charitable work earned him the Nevada Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Washington Times.
In his last fourteen years, Mark and his wife Valerie resided in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia Canada where they lived a dream life while pursuing their passion for building a network marketing organization together.
Mark read voraciously and wrote daily. He was particularly passionate about the family and cherished his daughter, Amy Yarnell. He mesmerized the grandchildren with his music, magic tricks and playful nature. Mark valued close friends, fellow networkers, philosophical debates, paragliding, gold panning, fly-fishing, and fly-tying. He was passionate about playing a variety of musical instruments and treasured communing with nature.
Mark was truly inspiring — “I’ve lived a “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” life he said. “I’ve squeezed every ounce of joy out of every single day. It’s been an absolute blast!” And, he encouraged each of us to become the best possible version of ourselves while living a life of freedom.