Dennis Wong is the co-founder of YOR Health, a direct marketing company based in Irvine, Calif., that provides nutritional products to a global clientele. Dennis Wong was born in Hong Kong where he lived in government-run projects in one of the world’s most crowded cities. His family was very poor and shared one room with others. According to Dennis Wong, his mother was his best friend, his father was seldom around, and the family struggled just to make ends meet.
In 1968, Dennis Wong and his family immigrated to California after an uncle had convinced Wong’s mother that America would offer the family a chance at a better life. Dennis Wong remembers that the family was allowed to move into a predominantly white neighborhood despite the widespread segregation so common in the 1960s. Still, life in the United States was difficult for young Dennis Wong, and his family could not afford simple luxuries, such as snack time at school.
At 22, Dennis Wong enrolled in college where he majored in electrical engineering. However, after graduating into a job market glutted with electrical engineers, Dennis Wong and his younger sister blindly entered the real estate market where, providentially, a few wealthy businessmen took a liking to the two siblings and guided them through the often difficult-to-understand real estate market. In a few short years Dennis Wong joined the ranks of self-made millionaires—before his 30th birthday.
However, Dennis Wong soon sought a new challenge and in 2000, he co-founded a company selling Internet technology services. After seven years concentrating primarily on voice-over IP products and services, Dennis Wong began experiencing declining health and, as a result, started investigating nutritional products.
Through his research, Dennis Wong and his sister made the acquaintance of premier product manufacturers in the nutritional supplements industry. Dennis Wong negotiated agreements with the manufacturers, and YOR Health was born, and quickly became successful.
The story of Dennis Wong could be an inspiration to immigrant entrepreneurs in America. Growing up, Dennis Wong had no mentors and felt no one could give him a straight answer on how to become successful. Today, Dennis Wong is happy to share his knowledge and experience as to what he has found to be the keys to success.
After coming to America at age 6, by age 22 Dennis Wong was in crisis, running with a bad crowd and having no idea what his purpose in life was. However, he enrolled in college and majored in electrical engineering because, at the time, that’s what was expected in Chinese-American culture—to either become an engineer, architect, doctor or lawyer. Because of ADHD, Dennis Wong struggled at school and felt he had to work four times harder than everyone else.
To add to his challenges, by the time he graduated, electrical engineering jobs were hard to find due to the end of the “Star Wars” defense program and the influx of many electrical engineers into the workforce. Therefore, he decided to join his entrepreneur sister in real estate development in the mid-1980s where together they were very successful. Dennis Wong started in real estate with $30,000 in school debt but within a few short years had become a millionaire. By 1996 however, he became disenchanted with the demanding lifestyle, so he moved into direct marketing. In 2000, Dennis Wong and his sister began selling Internet technology services such as Web hosting, email, dial-up service and eventually, voice-over Internet.
In 2004, at age 38, Dennis Wong was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and heart disease, including extreme plaque build-up in his arteries similar to that of a 90-year-old. At the time, Dennis Wong says he was devastated and frightened, but tried to run away from it by simply ignoring the facts and focusing on his business. But by 2007, voice-over Internet was no longer a sustainable product to market, so that new reality and coming to terms with his failing health motivated him to look for a new business opportunity. Since he had been investigating nutritional health, that became the obvious choice.
After strenuous research, Dennis Wong and his sister encountered a product development manufacturer who was at one time co-founder of the largest direct-sales nutritional company in the world. This individual was looking for a new marketing partner and Dennis Wong was looking for nutritional products. The match produced instant success, but more importantly, he was able to provide financial stability for himself and his employees, as well as finding nutritional balance that resulted in a healthier lifestyle.
Dennis Wong credits the immediate achievements of YOR Health to a global need for a superior nutritional company. He says he feels blessed to have found financial independence, health and well-being through a company that he is proud to share with anyone who is interested in changing his or her life for the better.