Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012 with a mission to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe. Derek and Melanie firmly believe that all women should feel valued, smart, and empowered through opportunities for personal growth and financial reward!
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.
Derek and his sister, Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer Melanie Huscroft, founded Younique in September 2012. The pair envisioned a mission-first company designed to support The Younique Foundation, which brings healing and hope to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 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’s 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 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. She continues a hands-on approach to product selection, naming, and branding, with each Younique product’s persona reflecting her own.
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.
Joey Toscano is Younique’s Chief Experience Officer. In his role, Joey focuses on the company’s digital innovation strategy, including ecommerce, mobile apps, Back Office, and other digital tools for Younique Presenter success.
Joey has been with Younique since its inception, working to execute Founder Derek Maxfield’s vision and ideas into useable technology. Having worked with direct sales companies previously, Joey saw a need for better software and user experience in the industry. He built the company’s initial software and online experience, including its ecommerce, 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 afterschool 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.
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.
Joao came to Younique in May 2017. He is passionate about understanding consumers and collaborating with a dynamic team to find solutions in a fast-paced business environment. Joao has built his career in marketing for consumer products across countries, working in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the U.S. Most recently he worked as a general manager for Coty in Mexico City. Younique’s industry-leading social-first marketing drew Joao to Utah—but that’s not all.
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.
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. Under Tori’s leadership, Younique rebuilt the recognition and training programs as well as added field training, bonuses, and incentive programs. She also focuses on carrying out the vision of Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer Melanie Huscroft in 12 countries around the world.
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.
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.
The Younique Foundation was the driving purpose for the creation of Younique. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Derek Maxfield—who is Shelaine’s husband—had promised a dying friend that he would do something good with his life—and The Younique Foundation fulfilled that promise. 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.
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