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Who Owns Kyani?

For a company that is just over 10 years old now, Kyani is still new to the MLM world. Not many people have heard of it before, myself included, and there isn’t a lot about the company online. I wanted to do some digging on who owns this business and what their story is, and hopefully, this can help others decide if Kyani is the right MLM for them.

What’s their mission?

Kyani has centered their core line of products around their mission – “to bring hope – the promise of a better life – through wellness and opportunity.” It is obvious that wellness and opportunity are a much more delicate way of saying vitamins and money, but I will say that they seem to do a lot of work giving back through their charity so I’ll let it slide.

Who are the owners of Kyani?

Their website vaguely names them as “founders” or a “group of friends” that came together and formed a company that centered around the health benefits of the Wild Alaskan Blueberry. While that may be true, their names aren’t listed. With a little research through the state department, I found that the owners are Kirk Hansen, Jim Hansen and Carl Taylor. Each of them are owners of several other businesses in Eastern Idaho and have been for many years.

Who is Kirk Hansen?

The Chairman of Kyani, Kirk Hansen, is a multi-generational businessman. Working in the family petroleum business from an early age, Kirk oversaw long-distance fuel deliveries in commercial trucks. Kirk oversaw the growth of the company and built the company’s bulk oil business, now one of the larger in the country (just do a google search for Conrad & Bischoff). After that, he focused on the expansion of the family business into hotels, restaurants, and real estate development. When looking up his name in the Idaho directory for businesses, you will see his name listed for many businesses.

Who is Jim Hansen?

Kirk’s brother is Jim Hansen. Jim is not in as many facebook posts or pictures for Kyani which led me to believe he might be working more for the oil business still. I called the Conrad and Bischoff corporate office to ask about Jim, like what time he usually worked, what his role was, etc. Apparently, a typical work day for Jim starts before 4 am where he personally inspects each fuel delivery scheduled to depart that day. I was impressed to hear that not only he works every day but that he is always the first to arrive and the last to leave. This work ethic could explain how their annually reported sales have grown so much: annual fuel sales went from roughly 2 million gallons to a now staggering hundred millions of gallons of fuel sold each year. Who knows what kind of growth Kyani has had.

Who is Carl Taylor?

Carl Taylor is an Idaho potato farmer. He grew his family farm from a single family farm into one of the larger potato businesses in the country. Their farm consists of 30,000+ acres of cultivated land as well as a respectable cattle ranching operation. The success that Carl and his farms have seen is due primarily to his work ethic, land acquisition, and innovative process technologies. A variety of agricultural harvesting and sorting methods were actually created and patented by Carl. While it may seem odd that a potato farmer is involved with an MLM company that sells blueberry products, it is clear that Carl is the man behind Kyani Potato Pak. Through its charitable and philanthropic arm, Kyani Caring Hands, Carl distributes Potato Pak to countries around the world. Created from potatoes grown on Carl’s acres, Kyani Potato Pak is a pack of dehydrated potato flakes that is easy to make and contains over 25 vitamins and minerals as well as milk protein. These potatoes are distributed to malnourished children throughout the world. Recently, Kyani has participated in service projects partnering with the Red Cross in places like Hungary, Philippines, and The Dominican Republic. See the press release here:

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