• Report: #314419

Complaint Review: Strategic Business Partners

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  • Submitted: Mon, March 03, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, May 29, 2008

  • Reported By:Seymour Tennessee
Strategic Business Partners
3255 Arlington Heights Rd Arlington Heights, Illinois U.S.A.

Strategic Business Partners Consultant in Charge Arlington Heights Illinois

*Author of original report: Total Lies

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Strategic Business Partners LLC and Ron Bridges Defend Themselves!

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On February 8, 2008 I was fired after 3-1/2 years of employment by telephone. The company owes me $10,000 for commissions, expenses and vacation.They are auditing my expense reports for alleged discrepancies and it will take 90 days. These expenses were billed and collected from clients and vouchered with valid receipts.
They are withholding final pay subject to an audit by ADP and are out of compliance with the Illinois Labor Board for final payments. They rescinded the vacation policy and are charging back vacation pay from 2007 and are withholding vacation earned in 2007 for 2008. Vacation was paid for 2 weeks in 2005 and 2006.
I was told by the owners, Chuck Orabutt and Dan Hostetler in December 2007 that I was one of their best employees. They will not talk to me or the 27 others they terminated who they owe money to. The new COO Ron Bridges threatened to get a restraining order against my wife if she called again to inquire about my pay.
They have gone from one of the "seven crown jewels" of consulting groups to an unfair, unethical place of business.

Prospective clients and employees beware.

Three pie
Seymour, Tennessee
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Three Pie - (U.S.A.)

Everything in Bridges' rebuttal is a falsehood.
I was not a disgruntled employee until they cheated me out of my earnings
I have not settled with SBP, the paltry check for $165 was never cashed
The Illinois Labor Board has not closed the case
My attorney is pursuing all legal options for recovery as well as representing several other ex-employees
Another attorney is representing another ex employee for wages.
Can we all be wrong??
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Strategic Business Partners LLC and Ron Bridges Defend Themselves!

AUTHOR: Sbp Ownership - (U.S.A.)

By authorization of its Board of Directors, Strategic Business Partners LLC is exercising its right to respond to this allegation which we recognize as being unjustified and a total misrepresentation of the quality of our client engagements and a blatant impugning of our recognized position in the marketplace. We are an ethical and professionally accomplished consulting firm with no affiliation to International Profit Associates (IPA) or the George S. May International Company (Park Ridge, IL).

This complaint was filed by Mr. Jim Merkle (Three Pie) from Seymour, TN, who is and was a DISGRUNTLED and INVOUNTARILY TERMINATED EMPLOYEE.
The Illinois Department of Labor has recognized that there are no financial obligations with regard to work compensation due to Mr. Merkle and that his filings were inaccurate, incorrect, exaggerated and overstated. A check for $165 was tendered and accepted by the complainant as full satisfaction for any wage compensation outstanding. At all times, Strategic Business Partners has been in compliance with Illinois Labor Law.

The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr. Ronald W. Bridges, who was recently appointed to his position, emphatically states for the record that he has had no contact, written or oral, this year with Mr. Merkle, his spouse of any other member of Mr. Merkle's family and that his allegations are spurious, malicious, and libelous.

Strategic Business Partners categorically denies the involuntary termination of 27 employees as Mr. Merkle purports to have occurred. There are no wage compensations due or outstanding. Strategic Business Partners LLC has no outstanding complaints filed against us for compensation matters.
In Mr. Merkle's final comment, he encourages Prospective clients and employees beware.

For any interested reader of this website, Strategic Business Partners would respectfully ask you to cut and paste the following websites into your browser in order to get a more accurate picture of who Strategic Business Partners are, what they do and how they operate:

http://www.consultingmag.com/articles/405/1/Firm-Snapshot-Strategic-Business-Partners/Firm-Snapshot-Strategic-Business-Partners.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24179284#24179284

http://www.strategicbusinesspartners.info/resources/Wall+Street+Article+Reprint.pdf

http://www.press-release-writing.com/distribution1/sbp-pr.htm

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5345/is_200705/ai_n21287756

http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=105908

http://www.strategicbusinesspartners.info/resources/Seven+Small+Jewels.pdf

http://www.strategicbusinesspartners.info/resources/Atlanta+Chronicle+Article.pdf

http://www.strategicbusinesspartners.info/resources/Daily+HERALD.pdf
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