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TEAM: What Really Happened in the Six Months Between Amway/Quixtar and MonaVie?

May 15, 2011

A number of comments posted recently have been talking about the “chaotic environment” in the six months from when Orrin Woodward was terminated from Amway/Quixtar to when TEAM joined MonaVie. The Forbes article states that during this time period, Orrin was hawking his leadership training system to car dealerships, his former university, and a pizza franchise. Somewhere during this time, his dreams of becoming the “Walmart of the Internet” was washed down in a flood of purple “jungle juice” concentrate called MonaVie.

I found a re-tweeted comment on Orrin’s Twitter stream from Claude Hamilton, one of the Policy Council members on TEAM:

If you talk about your past more than your future then your a has been. – C. Hamilton

Well Claude, since Orrin isn’t going to be talking about his Amway past, I guess we can all be “has-beens” for just a little while longer while expanding on this subject. What I’d like to know from the ex-TEAM members on this board is:

What really happened in the six months between Amway and MonaVie?

Ex-TEAM members have been writing that their upline “leaders” stole and redirected entire downline groups away from distributors. Another person wrote that they were encouraged to sign a relative up in MonaVie. When the six months came up, that family member would then transfer his or her business back over to them.

Thanks for reminding me about the REGISTRATION debacle. We were bound by the no-compete clause. So what did the BIG LEADERS suggest? Oh just register a relative of yours for now and in 6 months when the no compete is over you can transfer the business back to yourself. TOTALLY WRONG…. I should have known better… And after 6 months we asked our upline DAN & LISA HAWKINS how to go about tranfering it back over to out names. They said there is nothing you can do to get it back except the relative could WILL you the business when they DIE. Thats when my wife said we need to get out of this thing because for one thing they were having us lie about the no-compete clause. Secondly, if we would have made any significant money my relative would have been liable to pay taxes on the earnings because the business was in there name. The good thing is there isn’t much chance of making any money.

Then, there was the whole FreeTheIBO website and the… what was it called, the IBO Legal Defense Fund? What ever happened to the money put in there? Did it ever help ANY IBO other than Orrin and his rascal buddies?

It’s clear to me that the “chaos” the leaders speak of are primarily due to the fact that there were some serious Line Of Sponsorship (LOS) shenanigans going on! How else could Orrin go Black Diamond in MonaVie within WEEKS of joining? By having ex-TEAM members who were there comment about those six months, I’m getting a much clearer understanding of how this was made possible. Entire groups moved from one upline to another. Other people cut out of system profits and MLM profits. Some edified and others criticized and ostracized.

With the news that TEAM’s L.I.F.E. is being positioned as a possible new MLM, will history repeat itself? Is the TEAM LOS being re-organized once again behind the backs of distributors? If TEAM is leaving MonaVie, will Dallin Larsen slap on a no-compete clause on Orrin Woodward? Will Orrin come right back with a tweet like, “I am free to go, free to come, free to succeed and certainly free to scam you again and again!”

History often has a habit of repeating itself. Claude Hamilton should be wise to heed that advice, since it looks like it’s happening again.

Ex-TEAM members. Talk about the 6-month period between Amway and MonaVie here!

47 Comments leave one →
  1. bogart permalink
    May 15, 2011 12:56 pm

    We were told much later on that the LOS was changed exactly for the reason AMTHRAX stated. To make ORRIN BLACK DIAMOND so that TEAM would have a say at the table with MONAVIE.
    I don’t understand why having people combining there business’s made any difference to Orrin. Wasn’t everyone in his downline?

  2. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 15, 2011 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing that and I am really sorry about your experience.
    Sounds like you understand it completely now, like everyone else, including those who stayed.
    Misunderstanding…..what a flippin cop out!
    That must be the ‘nice’ way to justify their corruption and sooth their consciences?

    Thanks, for yet another example of the FACTS and corruption that were told to people to give away ‘their businesses,’ illegally, with the PROMISE that it would be their business again….sometime..?
    And Why tf would the Bigger Leaders follow these orders..KNOWINGLY, tell people to do this?
    Because of fear & trust of the dictators. They had to rank themselves, period!
    I admit it would have been confusing for those not knowing because the dictators only would have told people what they wanted them to know, all the while they knew exactly what THEY were doing and what THEIR goal was!
    The ‘culture’ of Team was and is created; based solely on a (dictatorship), for people to take & carry out orders, so people are used to the information being passed down from the ‘all knowing’ guru’s that convinced people they were ‘Honest & Godly’ and just totally ‘trusted’ them.
    The ‘guru/dictators’ knew exactly what they could do in what time frame with MV, no? How do we know this? It is not rocket science people, because 6 months after the beginning of registration, all of a sudden there was a final date to do any final changes! Except, apparently those they told to put ‘their businesses in other families names,’ couldn’t be changed?
    Must have been against MV rules or not? hmm..

    The leaders having direct contact with their ‘orders’ from the dictators KNEW, THAT IT WAS WRONG and those LEADERS taking those orders should have stood up and stopped it! Instead they lie & cover-up and tell people it was a misunderstanding?
    Real leaders stand on their integrity!

    You will never convince me people aren’t brainwashed and can freely THINK on their own, ‘own their own business’; they only carry out the dictated orders, without question, period!
    This will eventually catch the dictators, and those that continue, in the end. Hint: Big Part of the ROOT PROBLEM!

    It really is beyond my comprehension, knowing they just screwed people out of their business, on purpose & ILLEGALLY mind you, and lay the burden on someone else that did not even chose and/or didn’t have a flippin clue they just became a part of a corrupted scam, as in the case of someone on our team (trusting them to get it changed back) who was told to do the same thing, and ended with the exact same ‘proven result ‘ as your example, they lost their business too!
    What ‘Christian Principle’ is this, again?
    We must have not gotten that memo.

    This made us livid to put it very midly, when we found out they were screwing people, & with all the other corruption being dictated, we confronted the dictators, and people wonder why they stole our teams & money?
    This Should be a no brainer, but those ‘followers’ (not leaders) chose to believe differently, otherwise they would have to face their own true motives.
    The facts of this event, revolt me to no end and I cannot and will never wrap my mind around the corruption, lies, and destroying of others and even more mind boggling how these leaders stay and they haven’t been crushed under their own consciences? All for a worthless piece of silver?
    There is NO amount of money worth that!

    And how dare ANY of them say they ‘lead people to the truth’-GOD!

  3. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 15, 2011 1:32 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate posts but didn’t see you had this new post up.

  4. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:03 pm

    Good question on the IBO legal defense fund! I found out a year later someone on my team that never made a dime, they were still taking money out of her account automatically. So, I too would like to know the truth about that fund!

  5. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:04 pm

    Sorry didn’t see this.
    Registration into MV-
    Our upline PC made sure to wait for all their BIG leaders 6 months to be up, but didn’t wait for everyone. What they would call ” not leaders” didn’t matter. In fact we were told by our Policy Council if someone had a second leg in Amway/Quixtar but didn’t have anyone on Team system in his second leg, or if their second leg on system wasn’t large enough and their 6 months weren’t up, even if it was up in in say a week, they were going to lose their spot. Oh well too bad for them, they didn’t resign on time! Can you believe it???? After they told all of us not to resign on the same day!! All those people that spent their time and money to support all of us were treated like a piece of s***t!!! Discusting!!! And they call themselves leaders!!!!
    I also know of a BIG leader that tried to steal their downline’s personals and put them in their other leg!!!! I know of other leaders that were told to give almost all their personals to their downline, while other favorites were told by PC to keep all their personals and they did!!!!! ( Now of course they want all the new people to give away all their personals except two, one in each leg. New people do not realize they are giving up bulk order bonus’ and future check matching bonuses on the work they will do. They don’t know their upline didn’t give their personals away, they have many personals!)
    I have heard of leaders getting their team to trade and switch downline personals all over the place. Most people don’t understand what they gave up by doing that. Disturbing!!! It was all done to rank the high up leaders!!!
    I also know of a Policy Council that begged a BIG leader to steal a whole leg from their downline leaders and put them in their other lesser leg, to get ranked and paid at a much higher level in Monavie!!!!!! Good thing that big leader had more integrity then their PC and said NO! It seems really ridiculous to me that we couldn’t wait a few weeks to get everyone their spot where they belonged as we had already waited over 6 months !!!! Maybe they were running out of money, but highly doubtful since it seemed Team PC favorites were getting paid well enough from Team profit sharing. Maybe Orrin needed his 60,000K is it, a week ?
    It was so discusting to watch all the so called leaders just follow blindly like it all was on the up and up. We actually cared about our team and were discusted by this behavior!!!!!
    And then after all of that the Policy Council was calling and telling all the leaders to get their autoship weeks changed because they needed them spread out through the month to balance out to get ranked !!! Are you crazy? After screwing all these people now you want them to change it all, you could have waited and let them all have their spots and now you want them to change their autoships????? OH my gosh!!!!
    It is discusting!!!

  6. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:06 pm

    I believe also that Orrin had to hit a certain level to be able to sell his own training system in Monavie. I believe this was another reason besides the money.
    Either way they could have waited at least a few more weeks for everyone. Since Orrin said from stage “No one would be left behind”.

  7. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:11 pm

    Amthrax in the 6 months before mv we were told to show the plan, show the plan!!! Go Power Player, sell the business as a leadership development and the power of community with commerce…… All by our upline PC who also was doing house meetings. All at the same time that the Team office sent us and email stating that the Team was NOT a business opportunity!!!! Holy Crap!!!!!! I cannot believe I couldn’t see the writing on the wall….. We kept going like good brainwashed soldiers should. I cannot believe the power of the mind to decieve itself!!! We thought Orrin was a hero for getting us out of Amway!!!! OMG. what was I thinkiing?????? OH I wasn’t . My cult personality was, in my opinion.

  8. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:12 pm

    Everyone stayed in because we were led to believe the Walmart of the Internet was coming!!!!!!!!!

  9. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:13 pm

    Speak I heard of someone in my group too that is still paying the IBO defense fund too. They are not even in the business!!!!

  10. inside looking out permalink
    May 15, 2011 6:04 pm

    Have to admit, it was a crazy time. Sorta like moving into someone else’s house. Takes a bit to get used to the new surroundings.

  11. webelieved permalink
    May 15, 2011 9:55 pm

    Can you elaborate?

  12. webelieved permalink
    May 16, 2011 4:51 am

    Oh my Amthrax, I have to say Orrin promoting he went Black Diamond in weeks is JUST RIDICULOUS!!! Really??? I feel so bad for the new guy that is being snowed. I saw at least Randy Haugen and Mark Crawford admit that they were in mlm business for years!! It took Orrin what like 15 years to go Black Diamond! Do they really think people will believe this crap?
    There has always been a line of sponsorship on Team. You couldn’t see it until you hit profit sharing/director. Orrin stole his line of sponsorship from Amway/Quixtar and in a lawsuit was ordered to pay like 25 million? to Amway/Quixtar because of it!!! I heard eventually they settled for a different amount and I believe he had to wipe out all his negative blogs he had started about Amway. Kind of ironic hey, Orrin being negative? I know a leader still involved that said the reason Orrin has changed everything is because Team was set up as an illegal pyramid!!! Holy Crap, their own leaders admitting that and then staying…???

  13. webelieved permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:00 am

    Logical reasoning would say everyone is in his downline. In fact I would venture to say when he left Amway he got a whole lot more people in his downline. Big leaders like Randy Haugen, Billy Florence, Mark Crawford. So I would bet a big pay raise for Orrin. NONE of these people were in his downline in Amway!!! They were all crossline to Orrin. How would you like to inherit those types of groups, can you say PAYDAY???? I would bet on it because he is the only one that hit black diamond and had the largest business when we went into mv. The others went diamond etc. They were smart and eventually left Orrin’s training company. You can check out to see Randy and Mark’s Monavie training. Check out their guiding principles….it says a lot, as they were pretty close to Orrin and Co…

  14. webelieved permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:05 am under member support. I think it tells why they left Team without saying it.

  15. I Quit ( and glad I Did) permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:03 am

    Hey Amthrax- I just got caught up on things here and wanted to add my two cents worth of has been, negative, past talk. (Bite me Hamilton) We believed revealed all the same shananigans that we were told to pull on our team. We wouldn’t do it. We were of the school of belief that the LOS integrity should always be maintained. We all worked hard to get things to where they were and it simply wasn’t right to change things so someone upline could “set up” their business structure for max benefit. Our PC tried to persuade and also said it was just too bad for those folks who waited too long to resign. Put em in, put em in! We didn’t. We waited and made damn sure everyone was registered in order, THE RIGHT ORDER. Then we quit. We will not follow people who are that frickin dishonest. Hypocrits. Plain and simple.

  16. May 16, 2011 8:48 am

    I have a whole post on the departure of the Legacy leaders from TEAM back in the archives:

    Pay close attention to the comments from Clear The Air, who seemed to have been a higher-than-normal distributor with Legacy, formerly TEAM. Finally, for some humor, you may also want to read:

  17. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:09 am

    Greedy Thieves?

    That means NONE, absolutely none of the destruction needed to happen!
    They clearly had 6 whole months to put people in correctly, NO?
    Did they fail to tell everyone this in the beginning to take their time and do it right? “NO ONE will be left behind”~Orrin Woodward
    They created ‘chaos’ themselves with their (‘urgency’ call everyone, every hour on the hour), with threats and other bogus crap, you only had a week to put everyone in, then acted like it was beyond their control?
    Seems they left out that very important little tid-bit; how convenient!
    Could they have ranked themselves if they put people in, ethically, legally & morally, taken the time to not let anyone be left behind or screwed?
    You can answer that for yourself.
    Their “it was so chaotic”~ ‘complete BS
    It was intentionally created by THEM and they need to quit trying to get sympathy, make excuses, or try and justify their shenanigans, with that one!
    Try telling the truth for once, people already know they were cheated out of their (some were) entire groups, have different sponsors, threatened people and can’t get their businesses back, etc.
    Only makes your ‘true character and intent’ show when they look at their groups.
    For God’s sake do the right thing, and stop lying to people!
    Is the ‘truth’ too ‘negative’ for you?
    Shame on you!

  18. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:38 pm

    We went to the same ‘school of belief’, which was the honorable one, and not the school of scam & corruption!

  19. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:42 pm

    Think there’s a whole lot more that needs to be ‘admitted!’

  20. May 16, 2011 11:43 pm

    I turned off threading in comments. Ultimately, I think it’s easier to follow the comments sequentially instead of searching through threads of replies.

  21. webelieved permalink
    May 17, 2011 5:15 am

    Thanks Amthrax, It will help me not miss anything. I can just go to the bottom of the comments. We can refer to date and time of comment we are speaking on if we need to reference something.

  22. switch permalink
    May 18, 2011 7:12 am

    What really happened during that “6 month waiting period” was my upline was being paid while the rest of his team was running around asking questions, wondering what was going on, and along with being lied to every week.

    LOL….~talk about stories that haven’t been told.

  23. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 18, 2011 3:57 pm

    Switch~Tell more of your stories, lol
    I would love to tell some ‘untold’ ones, but they are not mine to tell.
    Hope those folks that have the stories come here to share them.
    Although, similar and bottom line it is Greed, their are some stories that are a little different and would shock some people, I know was shocked but it also confirmed what we were finding out, when I heard them.
    Now, and during that process the pieces all started falling in place, after the veil is ripped open and when all this took place it sure opened our eyes to the truth and it was the exact opposite of what ( we thought) these people were about. We never thought they were capable of stooping so low! ‘Tricked’ for sure!
    Just goes to show, you might spend years around someone and even if they may not be appear corrupt when you first meet them, you might find you really never knew those people after all.
    Whether they were corrupt all along or something at some point (greed) takes over and they cross the line beyond your understanding.
    What a waist.
    The best comparison, I have found to date is the Movie, “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” Unbelievable how fitting the characters and how the connection between the characters and what I saw to the PC.
    You could watch it and come to your own conclusion but I found it a very close character comparison!

  24. webelieved permalink
    May 18, 2011 4:59 pm

    Oh man I am going to have to watch that movie!!!
    Yep, quite the shock when you see the truth…… I think i was in shock for months when I saw the truth!!It was so against what I thought it was.

  25. Speak Your Truth permalink
    May 28, 2011 9:38 am

    You made this valid point in an above post:” they want all the new people to give away all their personals except two, one in each leg. New people do not realize they are giving up bulk order bonus’ and future check matching bonuses on the work they will do.”

    Wake Up People you are Giving Money Away if you are doing this!

    People should be told this when they are Registered! How would they spin and twist this to convince others to give away their personals? For starters no one studies the comp plan and rarely does anyone read the P&P!

    People get started, totally trusting these people to do things legally, ethically and morally.

    That is one thing they have proven to us, is they DON’T follow the rules, or care if it is legal, moral or ethical as long as it fulfills their agenda.

    This would NOT be based on performace, what they say they are all about!
    All the while they are taking from the person ‘earning’ it if they are bringing in more personals and giving them away and their $$?
    Their hypocrisy is incomprehsible, they tout ‘Freedom, Liberty, Paid on Performance, etc.. They are completely controlling and breaking rules all over the place, just like they did in Q/Amway and now MV.
    Inventory Loading, Buying rank, Customer Reporting, the Registration shenanagans!

    The IBO Legal Fund? ~ Amthrax brought up was another way for these con’s to take more money from people that weren’t even making any, how did they justify this?
    Does anyone know how these funds work?
    Wouldn’t they have to post, report to IRS? How much was collected, Where it went, and Who received what?
    Orrin stated himself he paid his OWN ‘legal’ fees out of his OWN money!
    So who’s legal fees Did it pay for?
    Don’t the people have the right to know where their Donated Money went too?
    Would this be like a charity fund? People donated (autoship like) directly out of their accounts to this fund for a long time!
    Anyone know?

  26. webelieved permalink
    June 4, 2011 9:21 pm

    copied from Would you have Stayed-
    webelieved permalink

    June 4, 2011 8:51 pm

    Hey Steve- What do you know about this???? I heard Orrin was going to meet with Aisle 19 to take us all there and then Dallin offered to pay him a lot of money to go to mv. Is this true? At the time, I checked out Aisle 19, it was a lot like Amway, some main core products and lots of big partner stores. I KNOW FOR SURE, WHEN I LOOKED IT UP ONLINE , LOW AND BEHOLD, THEY (AISLE 19) WERE SELLING TEAM TRAINING MATERIALS TO THEIR DISTRIBUTORS!!!!!! I COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES AS THE LEADERS HAD NO IDEA ANOTHER COMPETING MLM WERE USING TEAM MATERIALS!!! I BELIEVE AT THIS TIME WE WERE ALREADY IN MV FOR QUITE AWHILE.
    I wonder now if this was the company that Orrin was going to take us to?????? I remember in the 6 month wait a website came up on the Team site, or linked to it, that had a lot of Partner Stores. In fact I know people said they looked at it for awhile, and then quickly, the same day, it was taken down and hush hush. I think it was an accident and I think it would’ve gotten Team in a lot of trouble with Amway? Anyone know more about this ???

  27. webelieved permalink
    June 6, 2011 1:13 am

    I think we should post all the links to Orrin’s/ Team’s failed/lost lawsuits on this site, I think a lot of people haven’t read them. When I finally read them I was appalled at what I saw. Orrin continued to claim from stage, Quixtar/Amway was the best business in the world, all the while apparently setting up a lawsuit to sue Quixtar/ Amway for being an illegal pyramid! This is humerous in some respects to me now, as He himself was responsible for training us to run our “business” !! So he had us out building a business he thought was illegal, and was teaching us to build illegally ??!? What the hell??? Now (while with MV) I was told he is changing the pay plan of Team, as it is a pyramid !???? So leaders know they are building an illegal pyramid with the Team and they admit it?!! I of course I also had read that Tim Marks got in trouble for withholding documents in court and I know Orrin was meeting with people illegally when he was under a gag order by a judge? Do these people think they are above the law ??? Have they lost their minds??? What a shocker it was to see the real truth!
    Years ago, of course as “leaders” we followed all our marching orders from the top without question, boy were we dumb, duped and used! It makes me sick all the crap we bought in to. But I have to say the leaders who are still in now and know all this B.S. that has happened with the lawsuits,registration mess, people getting someone else’s teams, illegal volume loading, buying recognition, leaders peers getting screwed by Team, well they should really be ashamed of themselves! Their greed and arrogance is discusting!!!! And worse to bring new people into this fiasco is really downright evil! Team leaders saw and some were a part of their peers being screwed. Apparently these so called leaders have no concience or sense of morality!! I guess the love of money and power is more important than truth and fairness and Team keeping their word to the people who built their business !! They continue to repeat lies and decieve new people! I guess they have no fear of the God they speak of on stage…
    If the PC had conscience, they would make make public, written apologies admitting the lies/character assasination they pulled on each leader they screwed, they would open their books and records to the public, they would make financial restitution to their victims for back pay and future pay owed that was earned and promised and they would publically answer our questions!
    Of course we know this won’t happen!!
    Instead, we will just get more rhetoric and character bashing (just like the cult experts say happens when a follower leaves a cult) …. oh suprise, suprise!!!
    I am sorry what you allowed, approved of and did was ugly!!!!

  28. Speak Your Truth permalink
    June 6, 2011 10:34 am

    Excellent post! I laughed out loud at your restitution paragraph; I totally agree with it all and that IT WILL NEVER happen, UNTIL the power greater than themselves crushes them! When your image of yourself is a god and your ego is bigger than life, you treat and see people only as objects to serve you and your power hungry sickness and greed; it will take a miracle to crush them! They have Zero humility or remorse and the only thing left for them to do is to continue to lie to themselves, be arrogant, defend their position and attack others character and truth by calling people liars, jealous, haters and quitters etc.

    We too personally experienced his meetings with teams and know Orrin & Laurie spoke to people, DURING the gag order! Flat out breaking the law! Apparently he has no respect for the law thinks it doesn’t pertain to him; the end justifies the means, in his mind. You can’t justify that!

    And people follow and believe he has a ‘spotless’ character, and follow Christian principles knowing all this? Wow, the love of money and power must completely be blinding. How can they stand on a stage in front of thousands of people and GOD as their witness and say they are honest, Christians whom have integrity, and practice what they preach?
    All the mis-leaders that still follow know this truth, yikes, just think what this does to their mind, body, and soul, when they continue to lie to themselves and others. Who are the liars, again?

    It reminds me of Pharaoh when he wouldn’t let the people go and GOD hardened his heart because of pride and the choices he continued to make. Pharaoh thought he ruled too, he had a false sense of power, but the truth was he wasn’t in charge and was powerless! He was blinded by his ego and pride and had to be crushed before he let the people go.
    How ironic!

    Do these people not remember the things they were asked to do that were unethical, immoral and for some pretty sure illegal? That to me is just like Dr Parnassus making a bid with the devil. But yet, their pride won’t allow them to admit how they wronged tens of thousands and still are by bringing people into their illegal pyramid scam system. KNOWINLY, intentionally, illegal pyramid, because of their pay plan and no end users?!!!
    As you already stated they know this! The leaders keep this secret from everyone they bring in?

    They distract and pretend they are righteous in their ways, are leading people to the truth (lie) and distract others with their indoctrinating messages on Leadership. You can brow beat others to death with messages on leadership but if you don’t follow it yourself, and know right from wrong, your leadership is nothing but a false message and a distraction to the real truth behind it! Orrin’s ‘appears’ (false) with his implied messages he is the only one who has the highest level of leadership and continues to imply others don’t.

    He has been operating his illegal system scam since 1999 when he broke off his upline in Amway. So the PC hasn’t been able to make it a legal in 12 years?! Wow, maybe they should have taken that ‘legal fund’ that they took from others and used it to make it legal for all those people who don’t know they are involved in an illegal pyramid, profit-sharing scam! Orrin stood on stage and (paraphrased) told everyone there were many lawyers who studied ‘HIS’ profit-sharing and gave it a thumbs up, that it was the fairest and best? What is the rest of that story? How about that passive, residual income? The Attorney General Dirty, Malicious Attack that they used others for. Just like Amway was the best business bar-none and were ‘happy’ and gave us a thumbs-up to keep building, and then sue them for being an illegal pyramid scheme and bashed them all over the web!

    Who are the liars and haters, again? It is Crystal Clear! They lie, deceive, cheat, steal, and willingly bring people in to an illegal pyramid profit-sharing scam where their cover is a ‘product’ that they know and break the rules, where they take people’s money and 99% go broke, all in the name of Christianity… THAT’S WHAT I HATE!!!!

  29. CaptainKhaotik permalink
    June 8, 2011 4:56 pm

    Hi. I just found this while searching for something else. (Funny how that happens.) Anyway, I thought I’d relay my experience.
    I joined TEAM in summer 2006. I joined mostly because of the leadership training system. I loved the books and CDs. I was less than thrilled to deal with Quixtar… again ( I was in Amway briefly, just before the launch of Quixtar). I tried half heartedly to sell the products and the business for the next year or so. Then in the summer of 2007, things started to get funny.
    I’d heard the rumors about a coming split. There was even a rally outside the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, MI (I was there!). Next thing I know, I’m (happily) resigning from Quixtar and ready to endure the 6 months in exile.
    There was a bit of confusion at first. Then, several changes started to coalesce, ough without any consistency save two. First, we were told that we were no longer an MLM. Second, that we were to sell TEAM Leadership Development Packages. I was excited!
    I believe there was some mention of sponsorships and applications and making money from system sales (the original 2 leg TEAM strategy remained, but payout was up to your upline Diamond, now called TEAM Policy Council). Thus, we meandered for or 6 months. I even had a downline on the verge of setting up a deal to supply Leadership Inc. (the TEAM brand at the time) to none other than ITT Technical Institute! But, Then…
    In March 2008, after an open meeting, a large group of us gathered at my upline’s house in Holland, MI (I think she was a Sapphire in Quixtar). We were then inroduced to the Monavie plan and told that this was the direction TEAM was headed. Really? A juice? At $40/bottle MSRP? I’m sorry, I come from the poor side of town. Who pays that for juice? Anyway…
    I followed along for about another year. Got on, then off of auto ship for both the juice AND the training system. I had to eat the cost of my bus (we rented a coach) seat to the October ’08 Major Function in Louisville, KY because I had a car payment to make and couldn’t buy my ticket. She, my upline, asked me which was more important, my future or a car payment. Long story short, I quit it all. I realized that she and I were on totally different pages. It was simply time to move on.
    Don’t get me wrong. I learned a lot from my experiences with TEAM. I had a lot of fun with those people and am even still in touch with my other TEAMmates. I simply realized that I had learned what I need to learn from the whole thing. I think I can look back on the whole experience favorably because I wasn’t treating it like a business and therefore I was ignorant to all of the pitfalls that LOTS of people were running into. I guess ignorance is bliss.

  30. Speak Your Truth permalink
    June 8, 2011 11:05 pm

    CaptainKhaotik`~Hey, glad you made it out, hope without too much damage. Sounds like you were in for 3 years so I am pretty sure you have some major losses. You would be definitely in the minority. Read the comments on here and you will get a clear picture of what really happened. How were you able to stay away from the pitfalls that LOTS of people were running into? Who told you the “payout was up to your upline Diamond, now called TEAM Policy Council”, was that a reliable source?
    Not surprised at all the advice to you was; ‘your future’ was more important than a car payment. But what she should have told you she NEEDED you to get a ticket, because her biggest PAYDAY is from the MAJORS, that would have been the real truth. There are thousands of comments on here, from big leaders that were close to the PC & Orrin, who know and experienced some serious corruption.

  31. Ernie Larsen permalink
    September 26, 2011 9:48 am

    A message for the “navy seal” as Claude Hamilton would like to say he was when in fact he was a diver who repaired the hulls of ships. Quite a difference. Claude is nothing more than a modern day snake oil salesman. As an accountant for many of his downline occult members I have yet to see a single one turn a profit while witnessing many a marriage break and bankruptcy. These republican pinheads should be shackled and hauled off to the nearest third-world prison.

  32. Speak Your Truth permalink
    September 27, 2011 6:03 am

    Ernie Larsen~

    Thanks for your perspective…and for the 99%… if they are lucky…financial loss will be their best case scenario. Too sad. It is quite creative.. how they dress up their fake images…

  33. November 9, 2011 11:45 am

    It sounds like a bunch of third graders crying about not succeeding in a performance based business, your forgetting one critical part in your comments, you have to get off your butt and actually earn it. No free rides in this kind of business, sorry to all you lazy people out there! Orrin Woodward and the rest of the team has been a blessing to my wife and I.

  34. Speak Your Truth permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:21 pm

    Performanced based?….hahahahah…is that what you call the… ‘special deals’? No gettin off your butt for those nor is it ‘earning it’. Nice try though….glad O has been a blessing to you, but there are hundreds, if not thousands or more who disagree with you…but hey you are entitled to that opinion… and if you would even read this thread, not to mention the rest of the site…you would see it doesn’t have anything to do with ‘performanced based’…it would be called CORRUPTION, theft, and destruction. I see why you are bedazzled by Orrin…like attracts like.

  35. das permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:33 pm

    Troy, at least a third grader can read which is obvious something you did not do or you would not have posted such an ignorant post about not doing the work. You see only what you want to see.

  36. switch permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:36 pm

    Ahhhhh yes troy, you mind telling me how people got their worked ripped away and then GIVEN to another person/group so they could have this so called “rank/image” that the system is proven? But you call that “performanced based”?

    I believe that’s one critical thing you’ve forgotten in your comments.

  37. brent hansen permalink
    November 9, 2011 4:26 pm

    Troy, unfortunately in MLM work or performance does not equal results. If you care to discuss this topic further feel free to email me @ I would be glad to give you a phone call, and have a conversation at a much higher level than a third grader would have. thanks!

  38. Speak Your Truth permalink
    November 9, 2011 7:13 pm


    Your phone must be ringing off the wall…Cheers!

  39. brent hansen permalink
    November 9, 2011 7:27 pm

    Yeah…interesting huh? I keep offering but there are never any takers. I would love to help people understand some of the finer points of starting and operating an MLM business. Sixty thousand dollars huh Speak? Wow, you got off easy…….

  40. Speak Your Truth permalink
    November 9, 2011 10:31 pm

    That was just cd’s…my friend! Also you have way more patience..I wonder why you haven’t been taken up on that offer, it is mind boggling? Kinda shoots the ole’ hiding behind the curtain theory, I could be wrong but isn’t it what they want is to talk to those on here? Maybe you scare them..hahaha or perhaps they aren’t ready for the math lesson? 🙂 Keep trying.

  41. webelieved permalink
    November 10, 2011 4:06 am

    Speak- You didn’t make disco balls with them, or a psychodelic wall covering? LOL!
    I remember going throught the garbage and thinking oh my gosh what a WASTE OF MONEY!!!!! Disturbing to say the least!!!

    Troy- You’re words are another example of the cult indoctrination you’ve been led to believe about critics. Maybe you should read the WHOLE SITE before you come here and try to insult us, it makes you look dumb and ignorant!

  42. Peter Hatvani permalink
    December 18, 2011 2:58 am

    Hey Ernie Larsen,
    Your message about Claude Hamilton fixing hulls of ships and is nothing more than a modern day snake oil salesman is definitely off track. Having been in the military myself, I can tell you that a clearance diver, which is what Claude was, does not repair hulls of ships, in Canada and Australia, the clearance divers are a feeder unit for the special forces. I can tell you that special forces guys don’t talk a lot about their past or operations. No cd from Claude has ever glorified himself…it is usually others who don’t know about the terminology of the military.
    The rest of your argument could refer to any business. It’s not easy. At least with mlm, your risks or running costs are not as high as conventional business.

    Sydney, Australia

  43. Speak Your Truth permalink
    December 18, 2011 10:51 am


    You say; “The rest of your argument could refer to any business. It’s not easy. At least with mlm, your risks or running costs are not as high as conventional business.”

    First, ‘the rest of his argument’ IS about the MLM business and we aren’t talking about conventional business. But Gotta love your ‘at least’ argument, like even if true which it isn’t, doesn’t make all the other deception, lies, stealing of others teams and money, the churning, the odds and built in failure rates..Build and replace, undisclosed ‘special deals’ that only a ‘few get’. That isn’t even close to being a better opportunity or like any conventional business. But since you brought it up I can tell you we spent way more in the Team MLM business that we did NOT our own, (that we own and make our decisions for not Orrin, neither do you if you are in LIEf, Orrin owns that b-type passive, pipeline business NOT YOU) WE also made a decent profit in the first year in our conventional business which we did not make a ‘profit’ in the MLM. And after years of blowing money and giving it to the top when we did make a ‘profit’ the majority went right back into it because of many reasons you can find on this blog.

    I see you failed to comment on Ernie Larsen’s point when he said he was an accountant with first hand knowledge, that he has ‘yet to see Claude’s downline turn a profit’…

    So, I would say your argument blows; it is Not like any other business, not even close, as your argument implies. Typical though, the MLM’ers always want to say they are NOT like a ‘conventional business’ when if serves their agenda’ and then in the same breath say it is like any other conventional business. The double messages are astounding!

    What ‘conventional business’ do you know of that is ‘designed with the built in failure rates’ that guarantee the losses for the majority? Perhaps you should study and understand the LIEf P&P’s and Comp Plan analysis before you jump too quickly with the same ole bs rhetoric.

  44. Speak Your Truth permalink
    December 18, 2011 10:56 am

    BTW..Peter..Did you even read the post and this thread in its entirety because if you did I am shocked you would come here with any defense or bogus argument.

  45. brent hansen permalink
    December 18, 2011 11:12 am

    Speak excellent comments Peter needs to understand the difference between statistics and mathematical certainty.

    MLM idiots love to use statistics, but do not even understand them. In business, no one is subject to statistics, but in MLM everyone is subject to mathematics.


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