The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) is pleased to announce the recipient of its inaugural Champion Award: Terry Lemerond, founder and president of EuroPharma Inc. of Green Bay, Wis.
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 Lemerond by ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal just prior to the 10th Annual ABC Botanical Celebration and Awards Ceremony in Anaheim, Calif., on March 5.
Lemerond’s contributions to the natural health sphere 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, Terry 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, Terry 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.
Lemerond 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 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.”
“I am deeply honored to receive the Herbal Champion Award from ABC,” said Lemerond. “I find it extremely gratifying to be able to support the herbal community as well as ABC.” He continued, “ABC assures fair and honest reporting on herbal medicine to the media and to researchers and health professionals worldwide. This organization takes herbal medicine to a whole new level of professionalism. I encourage everyone who is dedicated to protecting our rights and choice of complementary medicine to support ABC.”
“ABC is always grateful for the many hundreds of industry and community leaders who support our nonprofit educational mission,” added Blumenthal. “Everyone who supports us often has their special way(s) of doing so. However, Terry stands out,” he noted. “His generosity and strong belief in ABC’s unique role as an agent of social and cultural change have been top notch. It’s people like Terry Lemerond that have been instrumental in ABC’s growth and long-term successes for almost 27 years.”
Acknowledging his generous support of the natural foods and dietary supplements industry and natural health communities, Terry has been the recipient of such honors as the Natural Products Association’s 2008 Industry Champion Award, the Southeast Natural Products Association’s 2013 President’s Award, and the National Products Association Southwest’s 2010 President’s Award.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of the herb and natural health community for over 45 years,” said Blumenthal, “is the quality of interesting, highly independent, and accomplished people I’ve met over the years. I am profoundly grateful for the many amazing, intelligent, sincere, and deeply committed people I’ve met in this community who are helping to raise the consciousness of Americans about the value of good nutrition and natural health. Many of these people become close friends, not only professionally, but personally. Terry is one of those people.”