A Downline’s Perspective and Request for John and Melanie Morgan
A former TEAM member sent me this email about his/her uplines, John and Melanie Morgan, who were former TEAM Round Table members. From what I’ve gathered reading this story and the thousands of comments on this website, the Morgans were seriously screwed by the TEAM leadership, including Orrin Woodward and George Guzzardo.
If there’s anything to learn from John and Melanie’s story below, it’s do not trust the LIFE TEAM leadership. Current members should be especially wary, since they might find themselves in a similar situation to the Morgans.
Here’s the reader letter:
I’m writing this letter because I’m sure some of your readers know John and Melanie Morgan from the TEAM, and I believe their story needs to be heard. The Morgans were Round Table, Triple 100, Sapphires and Rubies with TEAM. They spoke nationwide and had a CD called “The One Thing” in the Top 50 pack and were Top Gun winners. Well respected, they were promoted throughout all of TEAM by Orrin Woodward for many years. In my opinion, they sacrificed many years of their lives and precious time away from their family trusting the wrong people. I am deducing they have had to start over from zero, due to sacrificing everything to build their TEAM business over the years.
The Morgans had influence and respect from their teams because they truly devoted their time working their business. They spent 10+ years helping their teams grow into thousands of distributors. In Quixtar/Amway, TEAM and MonaVie the Morgans were at the top of George Guzzardo’s largest leg and developed it without much if any direct help from him.
Guzzardo or Woodward would call a meeting every now and again in their team but that was about it. For years Guzzardo managed his taproot from his hot tub in the woods. His team knows if it hadn’t been for the Morgan’s, Guzzardo wouldn’t have his largest, most profitable team including: Semple, Ahnen, Oettinger, Morris, Rassmussen, Spearing, Vogelman, Edwards, Purkette, Schweitzer, Postel, Bradford, Van Vorst, J. Peters, Wisniski, Merring, Park, Rodman, Doberstein, Brost, Croening, Boyer, Newbauer, Schreiber, Hemila, Blomdahl, R. Peters, Prescher, Hawkins, Luerquin, Klamm, Fisher, Graf, Shortreed and the thousands of other past and current team members not mentioned here. These people were all Platinums, Sapphires and/or Open Meeting Speakers spread over multiple teams.
In 2008, while John was taking care of Melanie through an illness, George Guzzardo took the liberty to do, order and overlook all kinds of dubious things in the Morgan’s team. This was a very disheartening time for them, but it quickly went from bad to worse. Guzzardo, their upline Policy Council member, used his influence to arrange covert secret meetings throughout Wisconsin in the Morgan’s teams. It was at these meetings where he and some of the Morgans’ own leaders smeared and disparaged them. Distributors were lied to and told John Morgan was raiding their downline into another business. Told to change their team name, they were informed that the Morgans would never speak from a TEAM stage again.
Why would George do this to his “friends” John and Melanie you ask? It was done because the Morgans looked at something else. The operative word here is looked. Looking at a business or job is not a reason or justification for a Policy Council member to destroy someone’s business or reputation, is it?
The irony of it all, is that unknown to anyone, for months Orrin was only paying the Morgans a pittance of their previous income, with no justification or warning. Previously they were earning ten thousand+ dollars monthly, and now the Morgans, Round Table members, were being paid thousands of dollars less than others at only the Profit Sharer level. Of course a respectable, good, honorable man like John Morgan would need to find a way to provide for his family when his income was taken away unexpectedly. No one would expect him to not be looking for another source of income under these circumstances, and we all know the Morgans clearly would not destroy or ruin the business they spent 10+ years building! Unfortunately for John, Mr. Guzzardo and some leaders didn’t see it that way. Many of John’s own leaders failed to even talk to him and Melanie before they shunned them. They just believed the pied pipers and followed them on down the road, many pretending he and Melanie never existed!
This fiasco produced even more division in all of the Morgans’ teams than was previously created in the registration debacle that George and Jill Guzzardo directed. The occasion where leaders were stealing personals from other leaders and when George had directed leaders to take whole legs from other leaders and register them elsewhere in MonaVie! The leaders who executed the meetings above and other questionable (and possibly illegal) orders during the registration into MonaVie created massive damage in their own teams. These actions truly revealed the lack of of integrity in TEAM leadership and have opened many people’s eyes to their true character. Thousands of people have left TEAM in the past few years because of this.
Not a phone call was received from the Woodwards, Guzzardos or any other leaders to talk about the issue they had before the nasty meetings were carried out! The same week the Morgans and a few of their downline leaders had their TEAM profit sharing meeting invitation reneged. In a email, I believe, Orrin Woodward called John Morgan a coward! This was weeks after he allowed Guzzardo and friends to destroy John’s credibility and his business! Furthermore, Orrin never sent them a letter or notice before he took the remainder of the Morgans income!
The pipeline, will-able, residual income Orrin and TEAM promised to everyone for over a decade was unjustly taken from the Morgans after years of their money, time, blood, sweat and tears were invested into this lie. Woodward and Guzzardo should be ashamed of themselves and convicted of their transgressions against their own leaders, who sacrificed their lives to make them fortunes and undoubtedly played a part in providing their lifestyles! Based on history, I have no doubt Orrin and George have recently taken all of the Morgans’ leaders and teams they worked in for over a decade from the MonaVie line of sponsorship and transferred them into the LIFE line of sponsorship. Guzzardo and Woodward are still profiting from the Morgans efforts and teams today! Furthermore, the LIFE contracts codifies what happened to the Morgans. This can happen to anyone who gets on the wrong side of Woodward and his chosen leaders! I do believe God has blinded their awareness of their own evil deeds and they must believe the ends justifies the means.
I would guess after all this the Morgans would tell you to run from TEAM, keep your day job and spend your precious time, all your nights and weekends with your family. I am sure they would tell you having a job will give you more time with your loved ones than building the team. I am sure they would tell you they have major regrets of being involved in this group that does not seem to practice the principles they claim to teach. They would tell you to get a real education and truly live your priorities. Do not waste your time on fake friendships. They would say keep your family and true friends close and enjoy every minute of your life with them. Know that no matter what you are called to do you are valuable just the way God made you. You are worthy and you are making a difference, whether you are a garbage man, a truck driver or a doctor. God has called us all to our tasks and values us all equally. He gave us gifts and talents and individuality so we can contribute to the world not so we can stuff them away and all become like someone else. I know Melanie would say follow God and your heart in all you do and love and care for one another above all else.
After all the Morgans and their family have went through now they have to deal with a life threatening illness. Unfortunately after lengthy sickness, Melanie Morgan was diagnosed with leukemia recently. She is hanging in there and is currently seeking medical treatment while waiting for her prognosis. It has been heart wrenching for all of us who love this wonderful woman but she is a fighter. Unselfishly she continues to worry about everyone else in her family. She loves the Lord with all of her heart and she wouldn’t want your pity. She would only want your prayers. So our family will be passionately praying for God’s peace and restoration of health for Melanie and her family. He remains the Great Physician and Healer. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers and we will continue to do the same.
I pray this letter helps others tell their stories with names and facts. My hope is the leaders above who participated in these riff-raff tactics are convicted of their transgressions against the Morgans and others. They claim they are Christians, yet they do terrible, corrupt things to their own friends with whom they have spent years. I hope followers will no longer be deceived by their lies they have been told, and I am sure you can see that Orrin’s teaching on resolving conflict is a ruse that he doesn’t even follow himself.
Keep up the good fight!
The events and knowledge expressed in this letter are based on what I and others have witnessed or experienced while on the Morgans’ team.