According to a recent press release, YTB has hired Bobby Simpson to spearhead the Canadian expansion. Prior to entering travel, Simpson was involved with a telecommunications marketing company (mind you it is not a telecommunications company, but a marketing company). It is interesting that the more YTB proclaims to be in the "travel" industry, the more they hire people from the MLM industry.And according to long time friend and YTB CEO, Scott Tomer,
Having known Bobby for many years, we are very familiar with his international management skills, and are pleased to have him head up this important initiative. Bobby has proven himself to be an accomplished executive with extensive experience in corporate operations, sales and marketing, and international business development. He also has a successful track record in the development of global business ventures, consolidations and corporate restructuring. Bobby will be focused on the development of our operations in Canada, which has proven to be a great market for YTB. We couldn't think of a more suitable person for the job.According to page F-25 of the current 10K, Canadian operations realized $105,000 in commissions of which 60% (minimum) are paid out to the field. Doesn't leave too much left over for a "renowned international business strategist" assuming responsibility of operations for an entire County.
While the press release offers little background on his former company, it apparently was 121.tv. Here is a little backstory on Bobby Simpson from Npros.com
121.tvSo, let me get this straight, YTB has hired someone with experience in closing MLM companies without notice and without refunding Rep fees to run a travel operation in Canada. Good luck with that one!
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Michael Skellern ( Mike Skellern ), Interim CEO**
Previous Experience: President, The BigStore*. CEO The BigBiz.*
Ray Mario, President
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Senior VP of Business Development
Director of Marketing/Promotions
The company website is down, "profit portals" are unavailable online, and phones are not being answered. Anyone with any info on this closure please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a representative of 121.tv, please let us know if any notice was given prior to or following the closure.
Reps have reported that the company closed without notice, and without refunding rep fees.
**Michael Skellern comments in an email request for correction that he "was interim CEO on a consulting assignment and departed the
company February 27, 2001" and "The CEO of record was Bobby Simpson and Ray Mario was President until May /