This is an email sent from Phil Kessler, who was my Vistage Chair, to our Vistage Group shortly after they confronted him about stealing my business:
***Amazingly Kessler was not fired until almost four months later when his group had basically disbanded ***
Date: June 25, 2015
Subject: Mea Culpa
All my Vistage members:
I’m sure you could tell my concern when I shared with you my involvement in introducing one of Eran’s ex-employees to my daughter. She wants to start a company, but became the GM of a company that has been in the video production business for several years and wanted to expand into lead generation.
When Eran’s ex-employee contacted me, I introduced her to my daughter without first talking to Eran. I see now that was a major mistake on my part. I first learned about his concern when a member of our group shared with me a communication from Eran saying that his ex-employee was hired by my daughter and that she is in competition with him. (To set the record straight, the ex-employee is on disability and not an employee of my daughter’s company.)
Be that as it may, I need to make sure that I set things right with Eran. He was a valued member of our group and he deserves my apology. Because the ex-employee learned about me when I met her while I was helping Eran’s reunion company, that makes it a Vistage introduction that I should have discussed with him in advance.
When I return to the States I will contact Eran and find out how he would like this situation handled. While I don’t own this business and don’t have the authority to cause any action on their part, they should know of Eran’s concern.
I take Vistage confidentiality very seriously and will do whatever it takes to make things right. I apologize to you for creating this disruption in our group and causing you to question my integrity. I can assure you that I will never let anything like this happen again.
I’ll let you know the outcome of my conversation with Eran.
2 quick footnotes:
(1) Kessler says “While I don’t own this business and don’t have the authority to cause any action on their part” – At trial Kessler testified that he asked his daughter, Diana Owens, to register the company in her name so I would not be able to detect what he had done. Kessler also testified that he in fact does own the company.
(2) Kessler says, “When Eran’s ex-employee contacted me, I introduced her to my daughter without first talking to Eran” – to be clear this was not an ex-employee but rather my General Manager, who was also in a Vistage Key Man Group.