West Michigan Millionaire Talks Self-Made Health Empire

Posted at 7:09 PM, May 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-15 23:47:12-04

Nick SarnicolaGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 15, 2014) — Nick Sarnicola has come a long way since his days at Wyoming Park High School.

At 35, the West Michigan husband and father has made tens of millions of dollars from scratch.

Sarnicola is a co-founder of ViSalus, a network-marketed diet supplement and weight loss platform.  It’s a marketing phenomenon that’s taken over Facebook and Twitter.

After selling a majority share of the company in 2008 for $75 million, Nick and his wife Ashley went back to running their own sales team.

“I became an entrepreneur at 18, made my first million at 25 and several times over since then… and Ashley and I actually met through business,” Sarnicola said.

In 2011, Nick started the Sarnicola foundation to help young people become successful entrepreneurs, teaching them that they don’t have to work for somebody else their entire lives.

At the local level, he and his wife also started the 10/10 Program  to fight hunger.

“Every time an adult loses 10 pounds, or gains 10 pounds of muscle, we feed hungry children on their behalf; kids right here in Grand Rapids,” he said.