Steve Stromp, Bernard Haldane Associates "henchman" Director of Client Services who threatens the unhappy clients that have been deceived and want a fair refund.
Bernard Haldane Associates has a horrendous reputation across America for deceiving and abusing their clients. Once they have your $4000-$20000 fee for their "services", the client will quickly find out that they were deceived by the salesperson (Vice President-Catherine Slemenda (in Akron, Ohio)).
Bernard Haldane's salesperson will tell you everything you want to hear to sell you their expensive program and make a huge commission. They make promises of access to the "HIDDEN JOB MARKET" and tell you that the companies they have connections with will refund their huge fee when you are hired. These are all lies, since they have NO CONNECTIONS AT ALL!!!
Their universal sales pitch is made to make you feel "special" and cared about, while all they care about is getting your money and having you sign their "iron clad" contract that holds them unaccountable for their deceiving sales pitch and broken promises. They make it impossible to get a refund after you realize you have been deceived and are unhappy with their program.
The Kansas Attorney General forced Bernard Haldane Associates on September 13, 2002 to refund $300,000 to the cutomers they deceived (probably all of them). They were also fined $100,000 for their deceptive sales practices. I encourage anyone that has been victimized by Bernard Haldane Associates, to file a fast, simple online claim with their Attorney General to let them know you were deceived and that your consumer protection rights were violated. Also, they should know what the Kansas Attorney General has done for their citizens.
People in Ohio can file an online complaint at: http://www.ag.state.oh.us/consumer/howhandl.htm
Here is a recent article about the Kansas settlement.
By PAUL WENSKE Columnist (Kansas Star)
Bernard Haldane refunds aren't limited to Kansans People who live outside Kansas who think they were misled by Bernard Haldane's career-counseling offices in Overland Park and Wichita also can get refunds, Kansas officials said last week.
The career-counseling giant agreed last month to refund $300,000 to clients who complained to Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall's office that they were cheated out of thousands of dollars with false promises of getting an inside track on a "hidden job market. "The initial refund announcement referred only to Kansas residents. But a spokesman for Stovall said last week that it should have explained that it applied to anyone -- including people outside Kansas -- who bought services from the Kansas franchise offices.
To get refunds, people must file complaints that fall within the violations that the attorney general's office documented at the Overland Park and Wichita offices.Among other deceptions, Stovall's office found that career counselors falsely said they had exclusive access to jobs, allowing them to bypass normal business channels.
The franchise offices also solicited clients with advertisements disguised as job openings. Bernard Haldane's New York office and Reed Freeman Management Group Inc., which owns the Kansas franchises, agreed to the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing. Mary Tritsch, a spokeswoman for Stovall's office, clarified the settlement announcement after I told her I was receiving numerous calls from Missouri residents. Most voiced the same complaint: They paid upfront fees of $4,000 or more for career counseling but spent most of their time combing newspaper ads and Internet sites for jobs, search exercises they could have done themselves for a lot less money.
Tritsch said, "Any consumer who paid for services at either Kansas office can file a claim for a refund. "The deadline is Oct. 28. Tritsch said 109 new complaints had been filed since the settlement was announced Sept. 13. The office already had 47 pending complaints.
Akron, Ohio Click here to read other Rip Off Reports on Bernard Haldane Associates CLICK HERE, You must read this!! ..Financial Post Article LINK - Haldane not up to the job ..exposing this company for what it really is - a huge scam