Richard “Dick” Loehr (1943 - 2008) began his successful career as a race car driver for the champion Ford drag racing team. He was not only a successful racer from 1961 through 1971, but also captain of the Ford Drag Team. Over the course of ten years, Dick raced for the best and won hundreds of races. In 1971, Ford left the racing industry and so did Dick.

Dick remained in the automotive industry. His entrepreneurial spirit drove him to start his own car dealership and RV lot in Portage, MI., which he successfully owned and operated from 1971 through 1979. Concurrently, as he was actively helping his dealership thrive, he opened a second that became one of the largest dealerships in Kalamazoo, MI. His dealerships became home to nine different franchises and hundreds of loyal employees. Dick’s business sold approximately 145,000 cars, generating millions of dollars for the automotive industry.

As an active leader, not only in the automotive industry, but in the community he grew up in, Dick prospered. He was president of the Kalamazoo American Cancer Chapter, president of the New Car Dealers Association, president of the Jeep Ad Council, president of the Chrysler Ad Council, a director on the board of Yugo America, a member of the dealer council of Volvo America, president of the Mazda dealer council, president of the dealer council of American Motors, director of Michigan auto dealers association, a member of the advisory board to turn around Chrysler, and helped raise money for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. He was active in the automotive industry until 1990 when he sold both dealerships and moved to South Florida.

Continuing to follow his entrepreneurial dreams, Dick owned and operated 9 restaurants in the South Florida area from 1992 through 1995, employing hundreds of people. The passion for servant leadership continued to grow and in 1996 Dick began developing a company that would provide benefits and services to consumers. Now called membership savings, Dick designed a one-of-a-kind savings program, which would allow anyone who owns a package, to enjoy discount buying power like that of a Fortune 500 company. One year later, Dick introduced his membership savings and services to a small direct selling company. By 1999, Dick had purchased the marketing plan and associate group from that direct selling company to form the National Companies, now known as Team National.

Through his 10-year battle with cancer, Dick always kept his smile and positive attitude. He passed away on May 13th, 2008; but his winning spirit, positive attitude, as well as his time-honored legacy of honesty and integrity live on in his family, his wife MaryLou, and in the thousands of leaders he inspired.

1943 - 2008

"There is no I in Team."

"If you are going to be a bear, be a grizzly."

The visionary responsible for our collective success and tremendous growth is Dick Loehr, our founder and my father. He was unique in his wisdom and his zest for life.

We are all truly blessed to be part of such a terrific company. I've been told by many of you, that it feels more like being a member of an extended family, than being an independent marketing director. I too consider you part of our family.

For ten years, he valiantly battled prostate cancer. He fearlessly did whatever it took, time and time again, defeating all odds with his positive mental attitude and love for life.

Dick was treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a wonderful cancer center. It is a great organization that uses both traditional medicine and natural medicine to heal people with cancer and decrease side effects for a better quality of life.

Dad had a team of doctors helping him enjoy life to the fullest despite the diagnosis. This team of doctors continued to marvel at his "great" attitude. The disease spread quickly in the end, and he went to be with the Lord on May 13th, 2008.

Dick's love for people and his desire to see them grow and prosper are the foundation for Team National. As your President and CEO, I will continue to lead the company as I have for the last several years, with the same ethics and philosophies I have learned from my father and best friend. Our company's corporate team is committed to your success, and the company's continued growth.

Let's join together and make Dick proud, by continuing our common goal of providing value, enriching lives and inspiring dreams!

Angela
 

"Enjoy life and never give up on your dreams."

"Work for success, not for money and the money will chase you down."