BIZZIBIZ Jim Piccolo, Out, Kurt Ohlson in as CEO of Bizzibiz
December 12, 2011
Kurt Ohlson is the new CEO of embattled digital marketing franchise start-up Bizzibiz.
According to a message from CEO Kurt Ohlson, founder Jim Piccolo has stepped down from his position as head of the company due to a “severe medical condition requiring a major emergency surgery… and several additional surgeries and hospitalizations afterwards.”
The news about Jim Piccolo was contained in a message that Kurt Ohlson sent to UnhappyFranchisee.com regarding our post BIZZIBIZ Chris Hendley Social Media FAIL or Murder-Suicide as a Social Media Tool.
Statement From Bizzibiz CEO Kurt Ohlson
Dear Unhappy Franchisee,
I would like to respond directly to your post and to the post by Chris Hendley. I apologize for the delayed response but, as you know, BizziBiz prefers to answer in a professional manner with verifiable facts.
First, I would like to clarify that Chris Hendley is not a BizziBiz Account Manager. Mr. Hendley is associated with Extreme Franchise Marketing, Inc., an independent company that does not share any ownership with any of the principals of BizziBiz. Extreme Franchise Marketing, Inc. currently has the exclusive rights to marketing the BizziBiz franchise opportunity in 2011. This contract ends on December 31, 2011. Mr. Hendley works for Gary Curtis, a vice president of Extreme Franchise Marketing, Inc. When Extreme Franchise Marketing, Inc. attempted to contact Mr. Hendley to discuss his post, he did not respond in time for this writing. Mr. Curtis responded on behalf of Extreme Franchise Marketing, Inc. and his team member, Chris Hendley. In a statement to the company, Mr. Curtis reported that “Mr. Hendley has had success in selling BizziBiz franchises and is a very passionate man who truly believes in the BizziBiz franchise product.”
Second, BizziBiz does not condone the use of profanity, nor do we believe that making threats is a proper way to respond to statements made about the company. As stated above, Mr. Hendley is not a BizziBiz Account Manager, nor is he a franchisee or a DMC (Digital Marketing Consultant) of a franchisee. Therefore, he does not have the authority to speak on behalf of BizziBiz. Furthermore, BizziBiz does not condone or endorse Mr. Hendley’s opinions or his actions. We hope that these facts help to clear the air on the posts from Mr. Hendley.
Lastly, you are probably wondering why this response is not from BizziBiz Founder Jim Piccolo. Due to Mr. Piccolo’s severe medical condition requiring a major emergency surgery on June 26, 2011 and several additional surgeries and hospitalizations afterwards, I was appointed CEO of BizziBiz on July 18, 2011. As many people know, Mr. Piccolo is a caring, charismatic, energetic, and philanthropic entrepreneur who is dearly missed by all staff, franchisees and DMCs of BizziBiz. We all pray for his full and speedy recovery.
If anyone wishes to discuss the items addressed in this forum, I encourage you to please contact me, Kurt Ohlson, directly at 480.991.8888 extension 120.
Read more about Bizzibiz here:
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