Family Is the Foundation of Younique
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
As Younique’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Derek Maxfield oversees all of the company’s strategic initiatives and growth objectives. His primary focus is on Younique’s mission, and he always seeks to provide Younique Presenters with the tools and support they need to succeed.
After 12 years of developing software for top players in the direct sales industry, Derek sought to capitalize on the untapped potential he saw to improve the direct selling business model. Derek’s passion is providing a simplified digital experience in a traditional sales environment. With Younique, this is achieved by social selling and virtual parties instead of traditional home parties. He loves creating simple but powerful mobile technology, empowering Younique Presenters to run an entire business anytime, anywhere, from the convenience of a mobile device.
Derek emphasizes the corporate motto is to “Keep it simple, keep it special.” This means choosing technology because it’s powerful in achieving the Younique Presenters’ goals, not just because it is popular. The roles Derek treasures most in life are those of husband and father of five. His faith and his family come first in his life.
Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer
Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer Melanie Huscroft is the heart and face of Younique. Despite the company’s colossal growth, Melanie’s personal touch and creativity run through every department and aspect of Younique.
Melanie teamed up with her brother, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Derek Maxfield, in September 2012 to create an entirely new experience in direct sales as a means of supporting The Younique Foundation. From its inception, Younique leveraged Melanie’s experience in advertising, art, marketing, purchasing, and sales as well as her flair for fashion and beauty. Her 16-year career as a full-time homemaker, wife, and mother of four likewise prepared Melanie to connect with the company’s Younique Presenters at a deeper level.
She understands the wins and struggles inherent with the stay-at-home role, and she appreciates the limitless power and potential women possess. Melanie’s passion is tied up in the visual identity of Younique’s brand, from website and catalog design to the packaging, even down to the very details of the coveted charms Younique Presenters receive for various achievements.
She takes pride in the company’s Younique Presenter-first focus, including using Younique Presenters instead of professional models to represent the brand. While Melanie has many professional accomplishments, she is most proud of her marriage and family. She also spends her time and resources involved with the community.
Chief Sales Officer
As Chief Sales Officer, Tori Poulter is responsible for ensuring that Younique Presenters—Younique’s direct sales force—have everything they need to succeed. This encompasses the company’s events, field support, and customer care departments in all local markets.
Creating beauty is Tori’s passion—including inner beauty, pulling out the best in others and helping them feel they have value. Ironically, that can be a challenge in the beauty industry, and it was this personal mission that brought Tori to Younique in September 2015. She has spent more than 20 years in the beauty industry, specifically working in training and sales with a number of national brands.
Prior to Younique, she worked for L'Oréal for more than a decade, most recently serving as vice president of sales for one of their brands. Tori says her greatest accomplishment in life is being mother of four amazing children and maintaining a happy marriage. She loves Younique’s culture that supports a work-life balance with personal success and fulfillment.
Chief Experience Officer
Joey Toscano is Younique’s Chief Experience Officer. In his role, Joey focuses on the company’s digital innovation strategy, including e-commerce, mobile apps, Back Office, and other digital tools for Younique Presenter success.
He built the company’s initial software and online experience, including its e-commerce, Back Office, and social media. As Younique grew, Joey oversaw its software development, customer care, user experience, and marketing departments before shifting his focus wholly to future and long-term strategy. Crafting meaningful experiences and understanding people are Joey’s passions.
He’s fascinated by the psychological interplay of digital experiences and people’s actions, and this interest has fueled Joey’s career. A background in photography and digital arts, coupled with a knack for programming, positioned Joey to excel in UX. He has worked in the tech industry for 20 years, including in the health, home automation, and education sectors.
While getting Younique off the ground, Joey also helped launch a STEM after-school education center, building the software to teach children programming and robotics. Joey thrives on projects that get his creative side going—especially where his passions for music, technology, and art intersect.
He spent most of his 20s living the musician’s dream, touring the United States with his band. He continues to dabble in diverse projects like building custom web apps for record labels and providing custom art direction and design.
Chief Marketing Officer
Joao Rodrigues is Chief Marketing Officer at Younique. In this role, Joao applies his extraordinarily robust experience in overseeing the company’s global marketing, user experience, product development, communications, and recognition teams.
The idea of uplifting, empowering, and validating women resonates with Joao, who has two daughters with his wife, who he has known since high school. “When I look at my two daughters, I would like them to have a better future,” Joao said. “When I see the reason why the company was started, I have a personal connection.”
When he’s not creating marketing solutions, Joao can be found running, playing soccer, skiing, and spending time with his family.
President, The Younique Foundation
Shelaine Maxfield is president of The Younique Foundation. In this role, she creates the vision of what should happen for the The Younique Foundation, including its retreats.
A conversation between Derek and Shelaine sparked the idea to specifically create an organization to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse find healing and hope. Younique was founded in 2012 with creating funding for The Younique Foundation as its ultimate goal—and as the fastest-growing direct sales company in history, Younique succeeded enough to make that dream a reality within two short years.
Shelaine has been at the helm of The Younique Foundation since it opened in 2014. She credits the foundation’s work with awakening in her a sense of purpose she didn’t know she had. Shelaine has traveled the globe inspiring Younique Presenters and others to find their callings and to make a powerful difference in the world. Before her work at The Younique Foundation, Shelaine was a stay-at-home mother to her five children.
She currently serves on her children’s school board and loves spending time with her family. Although Shelaine loves to travel and has the ambitious goal of seeing all of the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, she says that her favorite place is home.