August 11, 2009
Ms. Elizabeth M. Murphy
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC 20549-1090
Dear Ms. Murphy,
Changing the SECís shareholder proxy access rule will not lead to American businesses, large or small, becoming more successful. When the government involves itself in this kind of private business matter, the consequences never outweigh the perceived rewards. We need to be nurturing and protecting our countryís free market spirit. It is for this reason that I must ask you to oppose this rule change.
My position as an independent consultant with Arbonne International allows me the freedom to run my own small business. When I found out about this opportunity, I was excited to take charge of my work and my finances. One of the best parts of this opportunity is that I am affiliated with a large, strong company that backs up its products. I have the best of both worlds, in that I run my own business but have the backing of a large and quite successful company. If the SECís rule change had a negative impact on the running of a company like Arbonne, then I would surely be affected as well.
Many large companies were started by families that had a clear vision for how to run a successful business. Allowing minority shareholders a chance to meddle with these practices and potentially cost the company large amounts of money is ridiculous. For the sake of freedom within private business in our country, I ask that you oppose the change to the shareholder proxy access rule.
Brittney D. Lunceford