Report: #265357

Complaint Review: Insight Management

  • Submitted: Sun, August 05, 2007
  • Updated: Tue, August 07, 2012
  • Reported By: New York New York
  • Insight Management
    8274 E. Del Cadena Drive
    Scottsdale, Arizona

Maria And Melvyn Brunner, Insight Management And GSG Entertainment Cronies, Insight Management has no website, they are scamming the band the Moody Blues and going under a false name Ripoff Scottsdale Arizona

*Consumer Comment: Wonderful Company and People

*General Comment: Setting the record straight.....

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Insight is legit

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These two cronies known as Maria and Melvyn Brunner are nothing but con-artists or investment acquisitions specialists posing as a music management company and are trying to use the Moody Blues good name and reputation to cash in and use the band as one of their "financial toys" and doesn't see them as talented musicians they are only trying to scam them and rip them off. They don't have a website online and when I called information there was no "Insight Management" listed in the phone book the name came up as "Melvyn and Maria Brunner" the owners of the company. I am trying to warn the Moody Blues about this company and that they made a terrible mistake hiring them and also GSG Entertainment and that they should terminate their relationship and dealings with them immediately! I feel that both of these frauds have something to hide and are trying to silence their critics. The sad fact is, The Moody Blues fall into a pattern lately where they don't seem to check these companies out before hiring them. They have made the same mistake over and over and it's only the band that these companies are hurting. Both of them are hostile, rude, and insulting to the media and I am one of them that they were horrendous on the phone to when I requested an interview. When they turned me down for no reason and I asked for an explanation; they refused to give me one and hung up on me. This is very unprofessional belligerent behavior and should not be tolerated. It sends a message that the Moody Blues are unaware of these frauds; nothing is ever told to them, they don't know what goes on behind the scenes with the fans and the media; and that they should be more careful and investigate before doing business. The music business isn't what it used to be. They are greedy bastards and are only after one thing, The Moody Blues money!!! They need to be stopped immediately before they do more damage and I think it's starting to show already. These people at Insight Management and GSG Entertainment are not listed in the Better Business Bureau; and the reason I'm linking them together is that they seem to have a "hidden agenda" and love nothing better than to "red flag" people who in "their eyes" think are crazed fans or stalkers as that's what happened to me and I DO NOT FALL UNDER THOSE TWO CATEGORIES AT ALL!! I am just doing my job as a journalist. And it's part of the business that many journalists like myself have to be aggressive in order to get a story. If they just sit on their a*s; they never get anywhere. So if these two companies are not legitimate; then something needs to be done about them and the feds need to investigate. These two companies are bullies and I think are part of a sting operation or organized crime. They should be out of business forever.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Wonderful Company and People

AUTHOR: Thrasmussen - (USA)

 Hello, I reccently had the chance to talk to Maria personally about an artist/band she manages. I had a questions about a sold out show and she did all that she could to get me free tickets and free backstage passes. She certainly went out of her way to take care of me as a fan and I can't say thank you enough. She is a wonderful person who is very generous. I believe the company is more than legit considering they have employees and honestly do as they say which is manage artists and do it well.

The particular artist/band I was inquiring about was George Thoeogood and The Destroyers. She went above and beyond to meet my needs and did more than that. She didn't have to do anything for me or even reply but she took the time to do so. Maria replied personally to me and replied to every question I ask and even took time after work hours to reply to my questions and make sure everything was set up for the show I was attending. Maria and the company she works for/has (it isnInsight Management) is a wonderful company and she is a wonderful employee and person at heart.

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#2 General Comment

Setting the record straight.....

AUTHOR: Tim - (United States of America)

I wish to support the rebuttal expressed by the former employee of Insight. I've known Maria Brunner for 30 years. I was a recording artist for Warner Bros. in the early eighties and Maria was our management rep. for Concerts West who managed  Southern Pacific the group I was in. Maria worked tirelessly and successfully to manage and promote Southern Pacific. As an important part of the Concerts West team she worked for Tom Hullett one of the most loved, revered, and respected individuals in the music bizz.

She gave the same tireless attention to The Moody's, the Beach Boys, and countless others. She has been a respected and contributing member of the music industry and there are countless record executives, managers, and concert promoters that would tell you the same thing. I continue to work with Maria on a number of different projects and she is invaluable in her knowledge of marketing and the music business as a whole. The negative comments expressed towards her upset me to the point of having to write this rebuttal as I found it to be so ridiculously off base and totally unfounded..... I hope this helps to set the record straight.... 
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Insight is legit

AUTHOR: oc - (United States of America)

Melvyn Brunner died several years before this report was posted, so I don't see how one could say that both Maria and Melvyn are rude and hostile.  Since there is no way that the poster spoke with Mel Brunner, I would say that it calls this report into question -- clearly there are exaggerations.

Though I can guess that Maria Brunner may have been suspicious and condescending to the report poster over the phone, Insight Management is, in fact, a legitimate organization working with countless legitimate music and entertainment clients.  When I was employed by this company some years ago, I suggested building a website and using non-AOL email addresses to lend more credibility to the company, but they felt it was not necessary as their contacts are all behind-the-scenes in entertainment and their relationships in that world are very strong. 

Insight's stellar history in the industry and Maria's vast network of contacts keep the business booming.  She told me the company has no need for a website that only draws in a bunch of distracting new inquiries when they are continually getting new clients based on referrals from satisfied artists/managers/promoters/etc.  Since Maria literally works nonstop (she dictates emails, tasks and to-do lists to her employees into a tape recorder even while exercising, driving and eating), it may very well be the truth that the business doesn't have time for new accounts.  I don't see how Maria could be a con artist when it appeared to me that all her waking hours were spent marketing the living daylights out of every client she had.  I would be very shocked if a workaholic with her level of integrity was involved in any shady dealings.

Having worked in their office, I can tell you that it is a highly structured, endlessly busy environment with tons of clients and very full days.  Maria Brunner is a well-educated, compulsively efficient marketing professional with a huge client list who'd vouch for her on any day of the week.  After a couple years of insane days working in the same room with Maria from morning until night, hearing all of her phone conversations, making business calls, designing marketing campaigns, typing her emails, assisting in servicing clients and participating in after-hours pro bono work for animal charities, I can say that I seriously doubt there was any type of "scamming" going on.  I worked on nearly every account she had, and while I didn't know how much each client was paying for our services, I do know that I was part of thorough, legitimate marketing campaigns for numerous artists (Moody Blues included) and several pro bono charity efforts.   

I realize this report is several years old, but Maria Brunner and Insight Management are very much still in business and do not deserve for this kind of malicious libel to mar their reputation. 

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