The ABC Champion Award was created to recognize an individual or individuals who have been outstanding supporters of ABC helping significantly to promote the achievement of ABC’s nonprofit educational mission. The award was given to Mr. Lemerond by ABC founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal just prior to the 10th Annual ABC Botanical Celebration and Awards Ceremony in Anaheim, California, on Thursday, March 5.
Mr. Lemerond’s contributions to the natural health industry over the course of his more than 40-year career are manifold. His self-proclaimed mission is to “improve the health of America.”
Preceding his founding of EuroPharma, a botanical and dietary supplement manufacturer and distributor to natural food stores, and its sister company, EuroMedica, a manufacturer of dietary supplements for health professionals, Mr. Lemerond founded and owned both Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. and PhytoPharmica, Inc. before he sold the companies in 2000. Enzymatic Therapy was instrumental in being one of the first companies in North America to offer a retail line of standardized herbal extracts (e.g., ginkgo, milk thistle, et al.) for which he partnered with the respected global extract manufacturer Indena of Milan, Italy.
A veteran of the natural foods industry, Mr. Lemerond started in the natural products business in 1969 when he purchased Bay Natural Foods, an independent natural food store in Green Bay. He sold the store along with Enzymatic Therapy in 2000, and then started EuroPharma and his new health food store Terry Naturally in 2007.
He has developed more than 400 natural products, empowers health education through his various Terry Talks Nutrition outlets, and has authored two books — Seven Keys to Vibrant Health (1995) and Seven Keys to Unlimited Personal Achievement (1997). Among the various Terry Talks Nutrition programs is a live radio show, which Terry hosts weekly.
“Terry has been a good friend and great ABC supporter for over 25 years, since the earliest days of ABC,” said Mr. Blumenthal. “He is a strong believer in the value of education to help consumers and health professionals learn about the beneficial roles that herbs and other dietary supplements play in a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the years, Terry has been one of ABC’s most consistent supporters — of the organization in general and of many of our publications and programs. In addition to providing ongoing support of ABC’s programs, Terry is often one of the first to support, or even help launch, a new ABC initiative.”