• Report: #1132616

Complaint Review: EXIM Strategies

  • Submitted: Fri, March 21, 2014
  • Updated: Tue, October 28, 2014

  • Reported By: Anonnom — Decline to state Pennsylvania
EXIM Strategies
7305 Boulevard 26 North Richland Hills, Texas USA

EXIM Strategies AKA: EXIM Strategies Corporation, Global Trade Base, Patrick Blake Donnell: Scam Operated by Convicted Sex Offender Felon in North Richland Hills Texas

*General Comment: Legal Notice

*General Comment: Patrick Donnell is a scam artist

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Please read this Rebuttal

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I was recently (within the last six months) cold-called by a company claiming to be an "export and import" company in the Dallas area of Texas. I am a contract manufacturer of chips, cookies, pretzels, and other baked goods. The majority of my business is done through a local grocery store who buys our products that we produce and label for them. I have been in the food business for twenty two years and have heard just about every marketing scam there is. This one however, was an unpleasant surprise.

An individual who dropped the ridiculous title of “account executive” claimed that for a small fee they could get my products in front of international buyers. In my experience, when something sounds like a lie it usually is. I kept this individual on the phone for a bit longer to dig as much information as possible. Immediately suspicious to me was the requirement to pay up front for marketing without being told what this figure would be. The explanation I was giving was that EXIM Strategies would need to see various samples of my products to see if they were marketable. Only after seeing what the products were like could they tell me what it would cost to “retain my buisness”. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if real businesses worked this way? You just loaded up your grocery cart, then the cashier arbitrarily and lazily made up figures for each assorted item and every item was a different price each time? When I used that example to question the business model I was told “that’s not how it works” even though I reiterated exactly what I was told.

Suspicious that this company could be operating a marketing scam, or even worse, was simply looking to steal food samples, I began Googling. Immediately I ran across a report here on RipOffReport about EXIM Strategies from a year or two ago before they changed their named from “Global Trade Base”. The name Patrick Blake Donnell also appeared in another report and alluded to a felony conviction. A quick Google Search for “Patrick Blake Donnell…” autocompleted “sex offender” after the name and pulls up a TX Department of Public Safety (State Government Agency) page listing him as being convicted of possession of child pornography. Looking deeper into the Department of Public Safety page I found a service allowing one to pay a few dollars to dig up a more detailed criminal report. Within I discovered that Mr. Donnell was once charged with molestation of a child, but this charge was later reduced to harboring a runaway child, then endangering a minor. Whatever the sealed story behind that record is, there’s certainly more to it than just some pornography. It goes without saying, but the conviction was not this individual’s first felony charge.

Be forewarned! If a person is so twisted in the head that they prey upon children, imagine what else they are capable of. After reading here on RipOffReport how those who have worked for EXIM claim the whole business iis a scam, I am afraid to think of how the money Patrick acquires is really being spent.

If you have been contacted by EXIM Strategies I suggest you immediately call your local law enforcement and inform them that a convicted child molestor is attempting to do business in your city/state/county. Stay safe and remember to Google everyone these days! Even your kid’s new boyfriend/girlfriend could be a predator in hiding.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/21/2014 07:05 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/EXIM-Strategies/North-Richland-Hills-Texas-76182/EXIM-Strategies-AKA-EXIM-Strategies-Corporation-Global-Trade-Base-Patrick-Blake-Donnel-1132616. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 General Comment

Legal Notice

AUTHOR: Legal Notice - ()

Please take notice that Export Import Strategies Corporation (“Plaintiff”) has initiated an action in the 348th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County (TX), cause number 348-274321-14 (“the Action”), due to allegedly false statements made by “Anonnom” and “Novice1.”  In the Action, Plaintiff seeks to subpoena the records of Xcentric Ventures, LLC for contact information and any other messages that each of you have posted on Ripoff Report under those pseudonyms, or any other pseudonyms, about Plaintiffs, to Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP at: 301 E. Fourth Street, Suite 3500, Great American Tower, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Plaintiff has served a subpoena on Xcentric Ventures, LLC, the company that owns and operates this website, to reveal your identities.

You may have a right to file and serve a response to the subpoena anonymously. If you intend to file and serve a response, please do so, or notify us of your intent to do so, on or before November 11, 2014, Whitney C. Gibson, Esq. via email (wcgibson@vorys.com) or facsimile (513-852-7825).


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Patrick Donnell is a scam artist

AUTHOR: Novice1 - ()

The whole company is a sham and cover up. He doesn't do anything but lie to people and take their money. The samples he receives sit in an office he doesn't pay for and he gives them

away as gifts. He has an ego larger than himself. He preys upon innocent children and is a liar. A control freak and a theIf! 

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

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AUTHOR: Patrick Blake Donnell - ()

First and foremost, I recommend any potential client do their due diligence.  EXIM Strategies is a corporation of honor and integrity.  While we cannot guarantee a sale from representing a product line in a foreign market, we stand behind our level of service.  We do not have a single client who received less than they pay for.


Yes, we charge a fee to represent clients internationally.  There is significant expense with conducting a trade mission across multiple countries in a foreign market.  The level or coordination required to organize numerous buyer meetings within each country during the visit is a significant effort. 


We also maintain a staff of people screening through domestic producers seeking high potential items for foreign markets.  Any product we represent must pass an evaluation to determine market feasibility.  While we do charge for our representation, we will not represent any products that do not pass this evaluation.  It serves no purpose to add products to our portfolio that have low chances to sell in foreign markets. 


We have been recognized for our international business success by the US Department of Commerce, US Commercial Service and congressional representatives.  When we sell US Products abroad, we lower our country's trade deficit.  We bring foreign funds into the US economy and make our successful client companies more profitable.  These efforts are needed now more than ever.


I cannot state the level of attacks endured personally due to having background legal issues from over a decade ago.  Every debt to society has been paid and no issues have occurred since.  I abide by every law and  work each and every day to build a positive future and overcome the past.   In some instances, there is no overcoming past issues.  People want to attack and be unforgiving, in some cases making up things to attack about.  This is just what I have to endure.


The past facts have been shared before and there are always one of two reactions.  People see that justice has been done, the debt paid to society and that it is over now.  Other people see a travesty of justice, enduring an unearned punishment, and it is over now.  Either way, these are issue of the past and they are over now.  They do not make up who I am today.  These issues have nothing to do with how business is conducted.  As harsh as these experiences have been, and continue to be, I would not change what I have been through.  For what I have been through has changed me.

I have received several honors in my life both before and after the legal issues of the past.  These include being an Eagle Scout, Vigil, Honorably Discharged USAF veteran, recipient of the Cambridge Who's Who in business, and recipient of the 2007 Congressional Order of Merit and 2008 Presidential Commission.  This is a true story of endurance overcoming past negatives to create a positive future. 


Regardless, the past cannot be changed.  It is something that I have to endure addressing on an almost continual basis.  I choose to work and contribute to society instead of being a drain on welfare.  My efforts contribute to making a stronger economy by selling US products into foreign markets. 


I can only request that you do not judge me based on the past but on who I am today.  Know that you will be treated with dignity and respect.  Know that our company will go far beyond in service to gain successful results.  Our international revenues continue to increase in significant percentages from product sales every year.  This is a testament to what can be accomplished through hard work despite the past, enduring targeted attacks against character, and increasing market share for our represented clients.


Our team of employees are hard working, loyal and have the utmost of integrity in their business practices.  We could not have stayed in business without generating successful international sales.  We manage exports across five continents for clients.


If you are considering doing business and have run across these postings, know that anyone can post anything without validation.  Those postings will not be taken down from the website.  But, there are far more positive internet search results available proving our ability to perform.  Ask to speak to our satisfied clients.  Ask for copies of international sales contracts proving performance.  Let these prove character and ability to perform instead of focusing on negative anonymous internet postings.


I do not ask for pity, forgiveness, or help.  I do ask for fair consideration based on ethical business practices and the good things that can be achieved by exporting.  Consider the level of successful results we have accomplished on a continual basis.  You will not find anyone who will work harder to achieve success for you than we do. 

With respect to all.





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