Chairman’s Club Directors Carolyn and Jim Kling have been with The AIM Companies™ since its beginning, starting as co-founders in 1982,
and continuing as top earners through the AIM Compensation Plan. The past thirty years have been a remarkable ride for the Klings with their AIM business, and their success is evident as they are being inducted into the Seven Million Dollar Club, having earned seven million dollars in commissions from AIM.
Throughout their thirty years with AIM, the Klings have witnessed many thousands whose lives have been improved through better health with the AIM products. Their personal health and wealth story would not be complete without the testimonies of those they have reached with AIM’s living well message. Here are two of Carolyn and Jim’s favorite AIM stories excerpted from Carolyn’s book Turning Green into Gold:
Years ago, we had a champion yodeler from Idaho, Buzz Goertson, give a concert at our church. As he was singing, I could see he was struggling with his voice. He had a terrible cold and could not reach the high notes. After the concert, I remember going out in the freezing cold to his vehicle and talking to him about AIM’s barley juice. I gave him a jar and told him it would help him over his cold. Time passed, and I never followed up with him.
Years later, imagine my surprise as Buzz was called up on stage at an AIM convention to be honored for his promotion to Star Sapphire Director.
I had to know the rest of his story, so after the program, I asked him to fill in the details.
After I had given him that first jar, he took the barley juice a few days and then stopped and put it in his cupboard. A short time later, on a trip to Hawaii, someone else had given him another jar of AIM’s barley juice to try. He promptly took that one home and set it in the cupboard beside the first jar. One day while Buzz was out of town, his wife Wilma was really suffering with her health. A friend came over, noticed the barley juice in the cupboard, and convinced Wilma to try it.
Buzz came home from his trip, and right off, he could see that Wilma was different. Not only had her health improved, but she also seemed to have a happier state of mind. However, he was not about to try it himself. Wilma was not daunted, and when they needed more products, she challenged Buzz, “Why don’t we buy six jars? You take three, and I’ll take three. Then, if you don’t notice any difference, I’ll never bring it up again.”
Buzz thought, “Here’s a great way to get rid of this,” and took up the challenge. Within three weeks, Buzz knew this was something he would take for the rest of his life. After noticing benefits with his health, he saw a great opportunity to help others as he traveled. His
sponsor actively worked with him, helping him reach out to the many lives he touched, not only with his beautiful music, but also with health.
Needless to say, I was devastated that I had let Buzz slip through my fingers. Here was a man God had led to me, and I had not been diligent in my follow-up. Now, here he was an AIM Royal Emerald Director and an active business builder, and I had had the first chance with him. Each contact God sends our way is vitally important. Buzz is still an active Royal Emerald Director today.
We had set up an appointment to meet with Dan and Louise Erceg after church one Saturday night. When we arrived, we found
Dan in his bathrobe. He had been very ill, very depressed, and had not been dressed for days. In fact, he was the most depressed person I had ever seen, hardly looking up during our time together. When we presented AIM’s barley juice to him, he immediately signed up and purchased a whole six pack. As Jim and I were driving off, I turned and said to Jim, “That was the biggest waste of time. That guy is so sick and depressed; he will never do anything with this. He won’t even take it!”
Jim had set a date for a little meeting the following week in Dan’s home. We drove back to his home, wondering why we had agreed to a meeting in the first place. What a waste of our time it was going to be when no one showed up.
However, when we turned down his street, what a shock! There were cars everywhere, down every side street! We couldn’t even find a parking place. Talk about an abrupt attitude change! We shifted into high gear.
When we walked into the house, it was packed full of people. We finished our presentation, and Dan signed up some people who went
immediately to the top of the business. One man, who attended the meeting in a wheelchair, started taking AIM’s barley juice and exercising. Within a very short time, he was up walking. Another lady, a school teacher, sat swinging her legs during the meeting with a kind of disinterested attitude. After the meeting, she signed up and right away was a top producer.
And talk about a top producer! Dan really had a zeal for this product. It turned his own health around, and he was eager to share his discovery with others. He started putting on his own meetings with great success, and he even produced his own videos. Little did we know then that Dan would have one of the largest producing lines in AIM and be inducted into the Million Dollar Club.
Through a business connection, Jim had known Dan for quite some time. After their first meeting, Dan took Jim aside and said, “I’m really upset with you. Why didn’t you share AIM’s barley juice with me when you first knew about this product?” Barley changed Dan’s life for the better.
The Klings remain actively involved in their AIM business and in their community. Carolyn and Jim sing in the Grace Notes choir. Jim is a senior elder of their church and Carolyn is head of the church hospitality committee.
Jim loves entertaining friends and guests with his guitar and mandolin. Their love of music extends to their three children, Cathy McCrea (AIM Star Sapphire), Cheryl Towery (Director), and Jim Kling, III (Director), as well as 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
For many years, the Klings have sponsored sports teams from Northwest Nazarene University.
In 2008, Carolyn purchased a house in the historic district of downtown Nampa, where she and her daughter Cathy continue to serve her customers and Members through her Green Barley Nutrition Center. They regularly hold leadership meetings. They often make presentations at the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, where they have been members for over thirteen years.
In September of 2000, Carolyn was named as one of four “Every Women” entrepreneurs for the state of Idaho, sponsored by the State Treasurer.
Building an AIM business remains a clear focus for Carolyn and Jim. “Our philosophy is to work like the dickens,” Jim said. “We really aren’t just sitting around in our old age,” Carolyn added. “We’re still extremely busy and still making a difference in a lot of people’s lives. We are still attracting new Members who use the AIM products and share them with their friends and family.
“Even in the initial stages of our AIM business,” Carolyn said, “we had a special excitement, and that excitement grew even more when we felt God was witnessing to us. We knew we had a hold of something bigger than us. We felt it and this gave us the passion to jump in with both feet. It was sink or swim, and swim we did. We still have the same passion today, burning within our hearts, as we did all those many years ago.
“With the amazing number of people who have been touched by us through our AIM business, it has been incredible to look back and see what has happened to us. We never in our wildest dreams could have envisioned the success we are having.”