Paul Haverstick is listed as Business Coach & Marketing Manager of Revive Franchising LLC, franchisor of the Revive Energy Mints vending franchise opportunity.
Paul Haverstick is the last person many of the Revive Energy Mints franchisees heard from before the franchisor – along with their contracted services and source of inventory – vanished without the courtesy of an email or phone call.
It turns out that Paul Haverstick may have ties to an earlier vending scam that sent his previous bosses to prison and ordered to pay nearly $10M in restitution.
Paul Haverstick: Business Coach of Abandoned Vending Franchisees?
According to the Revive Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), Paul Haverstick joined Revive Franchising affiliate Sito Marketing LLC as Business Coach & Marketing Manager in October, 2008 where he “coached distributers on Key fundamentals of the business. Furthermore, Mr. Haverstick helps manages [sic] many marketing incentives to help ensure proper branding of Revive Energy Mints. Prior to working for Sito Marketing, Mr. Haverstick was a business coach for AVS [American Vending Services] in Centennial, Colorado from January 2008 – October 2008.”
Paul Haverstick was also a manager for Penthouse Movers in Denver, Colorado and Two Men & a Truck in Boulder, Colorado.
Revive Energy Mints franchisees are asking: Where’s Paul Haverstick?
Steve wrote: “I think Paul Haverstick ran off with our money.”
Steve Gill wrote: “…Haverstick is more than likely setting on a beach somewhere.”
On Scambook, Jeff wrote:
“I wanted to invest into a franchise and after speaking with a Mike Ramirez and Paul Haverstick with Revive Energy Mint franchise, I decided to get into the franchise opportunity and spent over 16K. After getting the product into a few stores and a couple of vending machines in place I got a lead with a large distributing company to service several contracts. I could not get in touch with anyone from Revive to get orders or ask questions.
“After speaking with Franchise Gator, I find out that Revive Energy Mints went out of business around August 23rd and they apparently took my money and ran. I do not know how many others this has happened to but it is very despicable.
“I did some checking and found that Paul Haverstick who was a marketing person with Revive, lives in Littleton Colorado and after calling his number from the white pages a lady answers and said she is renting the house from him but declined to give any information.”
Jim wrote: “The last time I talked with Paul was when I placed my first product order on August 16. It arrived on August 23 so I called Paul and from that day forward through emails and phone calls there has been no response.”
Wyatt wrote: “I emailed Paul [Haverstick] and he contacted me from a different number than usual, he told me there was difficulty through the website and he said he would place the order for me. I have had no contact since after making numerous attempts.”
Paul’s Previous Employer, American Vending Services, Was a Scam.
A search for “Paul Haverstock” uncovered a Ripoff Report complaint for American Vending Services, Haverstock’s previous employer:
July 25, 2008, Taylor wrote:
“Watch out for the Buzz Bites opportunity, American Vending Systems, and Selective Consulting Group.
Initially I thought this was a great concept energy vending, sounds great! Be careful, this is an over hyped over priced scam. I worked with a company called American Vending Systems, AVS and was lied too and cheated. I invested over $15,000 into machines, candies and locations all of which are not what I was promised. The machines are poor quality, jam constantly and are just overall poorly made…”
The rebuttal was made by none other than Paul Haverstick:
My Name is Paul Haverstick and I am the Office Manager for American Vending Systems. Not only am I the Office Manager for American Vending Systems I am the personal coach for all route owners. It is my main priority to provide the highest level of customer service to all of our route owners.
A search for Paul Haverstick’s previous employer, American Vending Services, reveals that it was a scam busted by the FTC. In March, 2011, AVS principals Gary Luckner was sentenced to 90 months in prison and was ordered to pay $4,524,456 in restitution and Richard Black was sentenced yesterday to 97 months in prison and was ordered to pay $5,066,456 in restitution.
According to the Department of Justice: “The two men arranged for various telemarketing sales rooms to sell business opportunities for vending machines that dispensed highly caffeinated energy chews and energy shots… Most of the victims never made any money and lost their entire investment. The largest of the telemarketing sales rooms involved – and the one that made the most sales – was American Vending Systems, which was located in Centennial, Colo.”
If you are a victim of Revive Energy Mints franchise, Rylo Products or Sito Marketing, email us at UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com.