Reader Report: Letter From Former Round Table Members Mark and Raquel Peters
We’ve read about how former Round Table members John and Melanie Morgan were screwed over by George “strategic default” Guzzardo and Orrin Woodward, now it’s time to read how the another set of former Round Table members, Mark and Raquel Peters, were given a similar raw deal.
This is a copy of a letter I received from a reader that was written in June 2009. It seems the Peters drafted it with the intention of sending it on to an attorney.
I’ve made some minor changes the formatting for clarity.
The Team according to Forbes online are making millions. We have been promised a residual,pipeline,b type business income from Team in public and on cd’s and dvd’s for years by millionaire Team Policy council and we expect it. Our team and income has been stripped from us based on lies and slander as you will see in the enclosed letters . We want our team Mr Guzzardo took and gave to Eric Blomdahl restored back to us and a public and written apology from all these people for all these vicious attacks on our character. We have brought thousands of customers to purchase Team materials, who continue to purchase weekly . We have worked 5-6 nights a week for years promoting the Team. We want to see the Team books publicly opened showing why ours and others incomes have dropped so dramatically, how we have been paid past,present and future. We would like copies of any contracts we have signed for the Team. We want past and projected future money owed and any due damages for pain and suffering and loss of income, false advertising etc because of the below reasons. We also want others like us protected from future assaults and them to receive all the above as well. And there are a lot. We would like the truth to be exposed so no other person will be deceived and suffer like we have.
Team provides leadership and training materials including cd’s, books, dvd’s, websites, open meetings and seminars. We sell their training materials to a community of people that we bring to them. I started with the team and Amway in January 2003. We get paid by the Team on materials(called tools) and tickets sold, team profit sharing and speaking engagements.
Amway/quixtar is a direct selling/mlm.(left sept 2007)
Mona Vie is a direct selling/mlm. (joined March 2008)
Details, following, sorry couldnt put in 2 paragraphs.
For 6 years we have been promised a passive, residual, ongoing, pipeline, willable income from the Team. Team teaches us to build numbers in their training system, they have recognition based on these numbers at there seminars. I built a community of people for the team that continues to grow, working 5-6 days a week for years, promoting the team. We spoke at engagements,at the team’s request, across the country for years. I achieved the Round Table / Turbo 100 level in the Team and the Sapphire level in Quixtar/Amway in 2007. We were making enough money with the Team and Amway to give up my photography business and for my husband to give up his plant manager position and pursue the Team business full time. Quixtar/Amway was not mentioned at any open meetings or seminars. Always it was implied the Team was the business that built communities and Amway was just the shopping portal we used. At one time all profit sharers were herded into a room at a Go-Diamond weekend and told we needed to sign a 25 page document to get paid from the Team. Raquel asked if she could take it home and mail they said no and when asked to get a copy was told no. I couldn’t get copies and was given 5 minutes to sign it, encircled by Team office workers. She trusted them and went against her uneasiness and signed it.
It was implied we (the Team) would be the Walmart of the Internet. Our income was presently 8000 to 12000 a month from the Team and 2000-3000 a month, from Amway/Quixtar. In spring of 2007, at Go Diamond Weekend, all the silvers and above were shown a document, on overhead,on how the Team paid us based on numbers of people using Team information. It was very inticing. It was removed quickly when some people took pictures of it, angering some policy council members. A few months later in August , Mr. Woodward and other Team Leaders chose to leave Amway/Quixtar. We knew if we didnt leave with the Team, our team would be gone. Also we were unhappy with the pricing of Quixtar so we trusted and followed,. We were told by the Guzzardo’s what date to resign from Quixtar and then told ” not all of us to do it on the same day.” We had a 6 month nocompete to fulfill. The Team told everyone to sell leadership materials during this time, as they continued with our seminars and tool sales.(our open meetings were shut down due to lawsuits) Our income dropped from 80,000 in 2007 to about $600 most months in 2008. My husband and I had no jobs and they knew it. Also the Morgans income and others dropped like that as well.Again no explanation and no other contracts signed. We have never seen how our pay is figured, except for seminar speaking where there was a flat fee based on our team levels. While others in our group appeared to make much more and also were offered to speak at seminars to keep their income up we were going broke.The tools were sold and changed frequently over these 6 months making them useless and profit sharers were made financially responsible for refunds. Many people quit because of the expenses incurred and the Team never followed through on Walmart of Internet which was promoted cd’s and resold.
When they demanded in March/April that we register people in Mona Vie, most that we were working with were not legally free of there 6 month contract. We had been told from stage no one would be left behind. For years these people that we loved and cared about had bought team and quixtar products that all the “leaders” got paid on. We had the paperwork for our smaller leg and decided to put a few in at a time, as they got free, because it was the right thing to do. We wanted people to be put in the same order as they gotten started on the team. Because for years we told them to hold their spot. We had @10 people free and hundred+ that were not. Mr Blomdahl recommended that we give away all our personals except three, to the Samuels.Our other team was already registered and we knew no one else had done that. Mona Vie’s pay plan was based on our personals. We decided to work with John Morgan who we trusted on our registration process.
This is when chaos began. Mark was threatened by mr blomdahl on a phone message ” if we didn’t give him our password” (to our private MonaVie website) “within a half an hour”, that Mr Blomdahl “was gonna give away the Samuels, to someone else”. ( the Samuels are our personals which would have drastically affected our pay. He also told us he was putting our personal, the Winklers in his Mona Vie business. Later the winklers profit sharing team was removed from our group to his group. We as well as some people on our team were harassed or threatened by the Samuels/Blomdahl’s, given phone calls all under the direction according to them of the Guzzardos/Woodwards. We also received a nasty phone call from Renee Oettinger. Mr Blomdahl accused me of not being a leader and Team player, all because we refused to cheat our downline out of their business and refused to give our personals away.Earlier, one of our personals, Gloria Klomsten was asked if she would be willing to wait a few weeks to get her spot so others who got in years before she was involved could keep their spot. She agreed. Than at 1130pm that same night, Mark received a call from her stating “if we didn’t put her in Mona Vie, tonight, she would be sponsored by someone else!”. We assume she had talked to the Samuels or Mr Bolmdahl that night. We did what she asked under distress because people had already been stolen. We were in shock that they would treat us like this after we had sacrificed to help them build their business with our time,energy and finances night after night. We called John Morgan and he eventually had a lot of these things changed back, and he wasn’t too happy with these unethical practices. It appears anyone that has and issue with us, has it only after they talk to Blomdahl’s, Guzzardos, Winklers, Samuels. (Note:Mrs Klomsten later apologized to Raquel for threatening us and not coming to us with her issues)
Because of all this, our credibility continued to be destroyed by Mr Blomdahl and Mr Guzzardo and the Samuels. More people quit, stopped coming to seminars and meetings. They were angry that the integrity of the line of sposorship wasn’t kept and some about the phone calls they recieved from the Samuels. All this created doubt confusion and upheaval in our team.This destroyed the unity of our group. When we went to our seminars some wouldnt talk to us.When people asked us what happened we did not deny the truth. Also they werent happy about the broken promises made by the Team Leadership.
Mr. Guzzardo had a secret meeting with blomdahls, Samuels, klomsten and gina Schaefer to talk about how they couldn’t work with us! They began to put people in wrong places and cause more destruction at the instruction of Mr. Guzzardo.I knew this was wrong and spoke thru email to Mr Woodward, Guzzardo’s superior. Mr woodward agreed this was wrong. (email documentation)
Through all this we still stayed and tried to build our Team and Mona Vie business attending all weekly and monthly meetings.
When we started in 2003 there approximately 25 total people attending open meetings in southeast wi . Through her hard work, Raquel had started the Madison Wi Open and the Madison Seminar system along with helping build the Milwaukee open to hundreds. When we left Amway she was speaking up to 4 tues a month, the opens had approximately 300 people attending at each the Milwaukee and Madison locations.We brought thousands to the Team over years of hard work and effort. There are witnesses and email documentation of these facts.After the registration chaos, we were black listed by Mr Guzzardo off the speaking circuit, taking away our credibility in our teams. We were not allowed to speak at ladies leadership or open meetings and others were speaking that clearly had smaller businesses than us. Our downline that was speaking, and others were asking why we weren’t speaking, knowing our business was bigger. Seeing this was unfair, Raquel drove 7 hours to talk to the Woodwards about all this. Mr Woodward just told her to go Ruby and than point out the discrepancies to Mr Guzzardo. And that Mr Blomdahl needed to be removed from our team because he was managing and not leading and that we could go black diamond and policy council over the next 2 years. Mr Blomdahl never was removed .On the way home, with witnesses the Team office finally squeduled us to speak and then. according to Mr Guzzzardo’s direction, changed it. The people i was traveling with, that had smaller business than us were requested to take that open meeting positions taking our ability to speak right away, It upset Mr Guzzardo that the Team squelduled us without his permission . Finally Angela Ragland at the Team office called a Guzzardo organization conference call and got us on the speaking circuit.We were invited to speak twice, than we were told by Mr Guzzardo we didn’t do a good job and they’d have to think about letting us speak again. He wasn’t there and for 5 years I had never received a complaint about my speaking, in fact that night we received high fives from people in room said we did awesome. Because of the stress these harassments had caused we decided for the benefit of Raquel’s health that it was neccesary to take ourselves out of speaking. Raquel was advised by 2 physicians that she should quit her business for her health.
At this same time her health was deteriorating more. She had been having breathing problems and lethargy for many months. From oct 2008 till Jan 2009 she was given anxiety medicine, prescribed depression medicine and on 4 rounds of antibiotics, eventually 4 months of steroid treatment, than finally figured out in Jan 2009 by a pulmonary specialist that she had chronic stress induced asthma and she has been suffering ever since. Her quality of life is not good most days and she doesnt think she could work full time again,as smells, chemicals and stress cause her to have asthma attatcks. She doesn’t think she will ever breathe normal again and cannot live without medication.
In nov 2008 the Morgans were checking out another, noncompeting business to do along side their mv business for extra income and had sent an email to their family and a few best friends on the Team. They said hey check this out. This other business was similar to the one Mr Guzzardo and Mr Woodward had promoted we would go to, all those months we were waiting and it never came. Our names were not included in this email. Mr Guzzardo got ahold of email and went around and slandered the Morgans and their friends, systematically destroyed their teams that gain them income and destroyed the Morgans credibility to thousands. Secret Meetings were called in all our groups as well as Morgans teams by Mr Blomdahl and Guzzardo. The Blomdahl’s, Guzzardo’s and Samuels then slandered us to our groups, upline and downline. Mr Guzzardo told Jammie Fisher we were implicated and told Ben Prescher we had moved on and quit our business.The Morgans joined a coupon cutting business, according to Jammie Luerquin. Our team name was changed and we were out. We had not joined any business, had not quit, Raquel was in and out of the emergency room and hospital at this time. Were still buying their materials and attending their seminars and getting paid from the Team.
Not Mr guzzardo, Blomdahl, Winklers, Samuels, Hawkins, woodwards, Oettinger, Team Office anyone who slandered us had called us or the Morgans before they pulled these stunts.At this time us and the Morgan’s decided to quit attending team functions as Raquel was very sick and we felt we could no longer associate with people like that. We kept buying their cd’s, and quit buying seminar tickets and waited to see if they would pay us our income we had earned. We have spent thousands of dollars on Team materials and events and thousands of hours of our personal time. We gave it all to serve the Team. We were crushed.
As people came to us with these lies we told the truth. Most people, including Sharon Lesch ,who called us were discusted that those that talked of integrity, honesty and character from stage would do this to one of their own and not make even a call to confirm their assumptions. We knew we could never go back, to protect our integrity and our future team we could no longer with a clear concience promote our upline or the Team.We still had our Mona Vie team in place and decided after these events to seek out Mona Vie training in other places to save our investment. Mona Vie states we can use what ever training company we want.
We now have received this letter from the Samuels that is full of lies and 1/2 truths. The Samuels have only spoken to us face to face twice since spring 2008 and that was last summer 2008 and two weeks ago when Tim showed up at Raquels’ dad’s. He has never mentioned he had a problem or brought up the Team. Him and his wife made it very clear right from the start theydidnt want to work with Raquel and that they were working with Mr Blomdahl and didnt want the help which we have offered. It is normal for people to work with any upline they chose and it was always ok with us, like we have chosen to work with upline higher than Mr blomdahl , the Morgans. We believe that the Samuels have been put up to this letter to take away our income by Mr Guzzardo and Mr Blomdahl and the Team . Tim Samuels is my cousin and knows that we built most of his team for him and he inherited volume from all the hard work we did. Our team has been removed from our business management screen and given to Mr Blomdahl. Mr Blomdahl has noone personally sponsored in the Samuels organization that I’m aware of and He didn’t build our team, he did support it in a small way as is his job, and he already was getting paid for it.This appears to help Mr Blomdahl get a higher income.Because of this letter and action and Mr Guzzardo’s approval this has removed us from our profit sharing and took our future Team income away. Our total Team income was $80,000 in 2007 according to our 1099, $18,000 in 2008 and has been ave $600-800 a month this year and now is being taken away. The communities that we helped build, Including the Samuels and Hawkins groups have brought to the team approximately $70,000 in sales this month alone. These sales will continue as long as these teams continue to exist in the Team system. We sent an email stating these were lies and were told it was up to Mr. Guzzardo in the letter from the office. We have asked for contracts from the Team office we have signed and have had no reply.
Our family is in financial ruin as well as many others, that are too afraid to speak out . We have so many bills we cant pay, my husband has had to go back towork and is making 1/2 of what he made at his plant manager position and our Mona vie income is dropping because of this too. We feel we were misled for years and left our children for the Team. Now we are destroyed financially, our credibility in our community is destroyed and Raquel’s health is destroyed as well.. In 2007 we were debt free outside of our mortgage, now we may possibly be forced to file bankruptcy and lose our home, due to unpaid taxes and bills as well as. We can no longer even afford every day bills much less the things we need to continue to build our business. We are humiliated. There has been a lot of pain and suffering for all of us.”
Mark and Raquel Peters