Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) under Attack Again

by louabbott on May 20, 2010

This time, for Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, the attacks are in multi-part video.

Once an MLM company is attacked with some success in one jurisdiction, it seems inevitable that they will draw fire from others.  This time, it’s from the press in FHTM’s home state, Kentucky.

Here are some of the salient points from the WHAS11 report:

It’s been called the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to own your own business… Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, based here in Kentucky, is growing rapidly worldwide.

The company says average people can quickly make big bucks by selling products from well known, trusted companies.

But former Fortune managers tell WHAS11 that the company is a pyramid scheme, where raises and promotions are not based on product sales, but on recruiting.

But some former representatives we talked to said that the focus of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing is on anything but the products.

“They don’t even train you in how to sell the product,” said Joseph Isaacs of Tampa, who joined Fortune in 2009.

“It’s a people mill. They just run them through,” said Isaacs.

“Your promotions are not based on product volume. They’re not even based on product sales. They’re based on the number of people you bring in and recruit into the business,” Isaacs said.

Recruitment is a recurring theme.

“When you get your first three people signed up, you will have made $300, so you’re quickly back to even on your investment,” said Rowland, while pointing to a graph on the screen during his presentation. “Then we’ll teach them the exact same thing and everything necessary to repeat the process.”

“If you’ve got 90 people in the room and five of them are guests, something’s wrong. It means you didn’t put someone in the car and bring them,” said Mullens, speaking at the church.

Joseph Isaacs brought plenty of people to meetings, and signed them up for FHTM. That helped him quickly rise to the level of Regional Manager.

“98 percent of my income came from recruiting others into the business,” Isaacs said. “I made $16 in residuals in six months.” Residuals are the payments from the sale of products.

The commissions are as low as one-half percent, according to Fortune’s pay structure plan.

“If I got switch my own cell phone over, as an example, I make a $1 a month on my cell phone bill. So I’m making $12 a year. If I switch over somebody else, I make a nickel a month, so I make 60 cents a year.”

But payments received for recruiting new members range from $100 for those at the lowest level to $480 for a National Sales Manager.

Former representatives say that the top National Sales Managers can each make $20,000 on a good night of recruiting, so they constantly tour the country, speaking at local Fortune meetings.

“He’s there for one reason and one reason only. When you get in the business, the guy makes $400. So the only thing he cares about is your $400. He doesn’t care if you’re successful or not. He knows it’s a numbers game,” said Isaacs.

WHAS11 talked to another woman who sold her business to join Fortune.

“I can’t tell you how stupid I feel that I fell for this,” said the woman, who doesn’t want to be named.

“Once I started doing the numbers, I realized something’s terribly wrong here,” she said.

The former Regional Director says Fortune overcharges for many products.

“I called Allstate and asked them how much this package of roadside assistance would be. It was $52 a year. Ours was $191.”

Each Fortune representative is required to buy or sell multiple Fortune products and services in order to accumulate points which allow them to get paid.

Fortune also charges service fees of up to $30 a month just for members to receive weekly commission and bonus checks.

That’s in addition to a $299 joining fee, a $250 optional training fee and a $199 annual renewal fee.

Fortune Hi Tech Marketing, headquartered in Lexington, KY, was formed by Paul Orberson and Tom Mills.

Both made millions of dollars in the now-defunct Excell Telecommunications network marketing company, which sold long-distance service in the late 1980s and early 1990s …

What’s my position?

As the founding Editor of this site, my goal is to inform people about what’s really going on in the Network Marketing “industry.”  Along with other business fundamentals that are critical for an MLM to achieve lasting success, it is very important for networkers to get a good understanding of what is legal, what falls in the gray areas, and what is definitely illegal and falls into the pyramid scheme category.

If a company falls into a gray area as, IMHO, FHTM does, they can (but don’t always) become a target of regulators and/or the press.  Once this happens once, whether fair or not,  others will pile on.  When reporters get the scent of blood in the water, you can bet they will attack mercilessly and the carnage can be fatal.

Now let me be clear.  I am not expressing a ‘moral’ opinion about whether the laws are right or wrong or the attacks are fair or unfair.  While I do frequently have such opinions, my goal here is to help networkers understand what makes for a good business decision and what does not.  Far too often people join, work, and stay with specific businesses for emotional, not logical, business reasons.

That can be a costly mistake.

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Terry Hagedorn March 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

scam or not the normal person only puts in 2.3 people in this type of business in their
life time and should not get in to this type of business with out proper training,but if they do they should look for a company that does pay you for your volume and they are out there and most have been there since mlm company’s started.

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Lance January 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Wow, it’s incredible how wrong you all are. FHTM is a common sense business system that works, it worked in Excel comm for over a decade and it is working now for FHTM in year 13. . I and many of my friends make our living with FHTM. The small commissions are exactly what all MLM companies work with. You are supposed to make a few % on your customers and a small % on the customers gathered through 8 levels of your network. That is what MLM does, look it up. If we wanted large commissions we would sell cars or houses, this is a different business system, now pay attention, you just might learn something today. The fact that Issacs from Florida didnt figure that out isn’t a problem with the business, it’s just his lack of business understanding. He was in the business for such a short time he didn’t give it enough time for the commissions to grow. The only people that call this “get rich quick” are the people that never took the time to read the comp plan. The lady that sold her conventional business immediately to build a long term residual income has a beef with her sponsor, maybe he lied to her and she wasn’t sharp enough to check out the truth. The truth is this business takes time to grow because it is a real business.. She is no smarter than the guy that quits his day job to build a MLM residual income. (The key words there are “to build a residual income”) I can’t feel sorry for people with no common sense, the world if full of those just turn on “peoples court” . Here is a clue for you, FHTM is not being shut down, wait for the announcement soon. The next clue to help you all is to use your very own brain and look at the facts, learn the comp plan before you speak about something you know nothing about. Even the author of this blog is commenting on what others are saying about FHTM, very dangerous way to go through life. FHTM is the greatest comp plan ever put forth in the MLM arena and that is what is so shocking to people. It’s the easiest to get a full return on investment and it’s the easiest to build a residual income. Is it easy? No, building a business is never easy, I said it’s the easiest! Anytime you are dealing with people there will be challenges but most are cleared up quickly when dealing with smart, rational people. I have been successful for 25 years in MLM because I choose only to work with smart, rational people. Good luck to you all, Watch FHTM climb to the top of the MLM world using fair business practices, offering people a legitimate way to grow a team of customer gatherers….

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louabbott January 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

In investment circles, we say “Don’t fight the FED.”

In this case and for all practical purposes, Lance, the opinion that counts is the opinion of the FTC and AGs that closed FHTM down.

I am sorry it happened to you and others, but it was predictable.

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Tom Parker January 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2

For one if you take a look at most of the negative comments about Fortune High Tech Marketing are quite old what I think needs to be done is look at the current rep of this company and I think you will find quite a differant story those who dwell in the past live in the past lets take a look at the future and move forward. If you want to put in a good days work and help people beside your self make a good living why not work in network marketing. I think the owner of this company is looking to not only make a living but also give back to the reps who work it and there families. I say cudos to the people in net work marketing and shame on the people who wanted to cheet the the system and not work and expect the money to come rolling in, you have to work for what you want and at has been this way from the begenning of time.

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Nick w August 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 5

Hi, my name is nick Wilson. I am giving my name because of the fact that I have an opinion that I am willing to back up with the FACTS. I own a piece of FHTM because I also franchised it. Like All bad press, you are going to have someone who wasn’t treated like the others that feels like they need to voice their opinion. The problem here is that these people are putting down this brilliant company that has achieved more than any other company could in this amount of time. If someone signed someone up and left them in the dark then it is their responsibility and their fault. They own a piece of this company, not the company as a whole. The man that recruited me has been texting and talking to me day and night about the great customers we have brought to this company and many other huge corporations. I have only signed two people up and already have many customers and that is my residual income. That is money I will make until these people cancel their package. I get to SAVE them money which in return I get a little pinch for. By helping people I get a residual income. So, if this is a scheme then i guess these corporations charging you money must be way worse than this company making you money or saving you money. I have made my investment back in a small amount of time, not because I signed two people up, but because the fact I saved people money on the bills they already paid on a daily basis.

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b84fht84d October 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

Nobody owns a piece of FHTM except Paul Orberson. You did NOT buy a franchise. If you did it was sold to your illegally as they are not a registered franchise anywhere in the USA or Canada. Someone blew a bunch of BS up your skirt.

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m pettit January 14, 2011 at 1:30 am Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5

I have seen this busines thrive in Montana after they shut it down for political reasons. I have ran Two other business before and i know if most the people who join a network marketing company work at their business the way they work at their job of course they wil not make any money most people just slip through with out really work hard for what they want abd then they blame other people or reasons. If this business was not leagal and did not do what is says it would not be running right now. The fact is you have to want to make it very bad thats why it is a numbers game you are looking for people who are leaders. This thinking system Americans have now is why 5% control 95% 95% control 5% of the wealth.
FHTM IS A GREAT BUSINESS TO A CLOSE LOOK AT ANYTHING YOU DO BEFORE YOU GET INVOLVED

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b84fht84d October 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Are you still in FHTM? How much money have you made from residuals this year outside all of your own purchases? Have you made it to regional yet after more than 12 months? I highly doubt your residuals fro the year were in excess of $200

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Byron October 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2

It is my understanding that the difference between a Legitimate MLM and a Pyramid Scheme is the Value that is returned to the participant (rep), as it is related to the Cost to get involved. Therefore, being that FHTM gives it’s reps the opportunity to receive a commission on practically everything that they already use (cell phone, television, internet, nuitritional products, travel, etc…), and allows them to save money & make a percentage back on the products that they have been purchasing for years, from the same places they have been shopping for years… There is obviously value in that… Correct?

So I do not understand where the Pyramid questions are coming from… Someone please explain? FHTM offers the same features and benifits as ACN & 5Linx, plus a more advanced savings and refund percentage than Protect America… I dont understand why those companies are not in question, and they charge more to be a rep than FHTM does…

Someone please explain???

Who is getting paid at ACN… 5Linx… Their numbers are way worst!!!

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John March 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3

haha that is true!!! And hiring reps are simply another way to make bigger money after that fact that we also can sell and introduce great products and services. As you pointed out above and I would like to add for people to understand it more deeply, that as rep. I see it as a benefit for us to earn some money back from services and products that we need anyway. I consider it more if you are a rep. in this business as my “give me my money back program,” they say I only get a little commission out from this, but what the heck, I get some money back anyway. So it all depends on your perspective for this company…Either you join the ride and get some or walk away and walk your life out of your financial problems. So please b4 you say anything think about the opportunity here and join!! I promise you it may solve your problem as long as you leave this SCAM claims from the company to people who makes money through LAW suits…….it works if you keep your focus and make believe for what the company stands…..

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Paulie Moorehouse July 31, 2010 at 6:27 am Thumb up 4 Thumb down 3

FHTM operates an unlawful product-based endless recruiting pyramid scheme that relies on untrue and misleading representations and unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices. While FHTM purports to be in the business of selling name-brand services like wireless, satellite television, home security, vitamins, nutritional products and travel services, its true business is using consumers to generate fee income for representing non-existent partnerships, major sports figures, and prominent businessmen. To entice consumers to participate, FHTM makes untrue or misleading claims regarding its relationship with Fortune 100 companies like Verizon Wireless, GE Security, Dish Networks and Travelocity to create the illusion that consumers can become millionaires in three to five years.

FHTM’s growth exploded when it began to lure consumers disenchanted with traditional jobs and the recession that began in 2007 to inspirational and high-pressure business opportunity seminars touting an innovative business model that promises huge financial rewards through multi-level network marketing. FHTM erring presenters claim to have proprietary tools, special relationships, and other support that allow consumers to grow their own business by partnering with FHTM’s “companies”.

It would not be long before Isaacs (and the world) made several troubling discoveries about FHTM’s business plan and practices that doused his enthusiasm: (1) Paul Orberson had not made any special arrangements with the companies mentioned at the business opportunity/presentation seminar or in the company produced videos; (2) the only way to earn a significant income and be promoted up the ranks was to recruit additional IRs; (3) FHTM had not received regulatory approval for its pyramiding scheme in every state; (4) only a handful of IRs had earned anywhere near the residuals projected; (5) the prominent businessmen, politicians, former attorney generals and sports figures to whom FHTM constantly alluded were in fact IRs actively promoting their own FHTM business; and (6) a growing number of state attorneys general had already begun investigating FHTM in response to numerous complaints.

It turns out that FHTM’s ‘innovative’ marketing plan is nothing more than a face lift to an age-old scheme. According to the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau:

Pyramid schemes now come in so many forms that they may be difficult to recognize immediately. However, they all share one overriding characteristic. They promise consumers or investors large profits based primarily on recruiting others to join their program, not based on profits from any real investment or real sale of goods to the public. Some schemes may purport to sell a product, but they often simply use the product to hide their pyramid structure. There are two tell-tale signs that a product is simply being used to disguise a pyramid scheme: inventory loading and a lack of retail sales. Inventory loading occurs when a company’s incentive program forces recruits to buy more products than they could ever sell, often at inflated prices. If this occurs throughout the company’s distribution system, the people at the top of the pyramid reap substantial profits, even though little or no product moves to market. The people at the bottom make excessive payments for inventory that simply accumulates in their basements. A lack of retail sales is also a red flag that a pyramid exists. Many pyramid schemes will claim that their product is selling like hot cakes. However, on closer examination, the sales occur only between people inside the pyramid structure or to new recruits joining the structure, not to consumers out in the general public.

Nonetheless, the truth is catching up with FHTM. On December 10, 2009, The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office filed a Cease and Desist Order for violation of the Consumer Fraud Law, the Transient Merchant Law, the Home Solicitation Sales Law, and the North Dakota Pyramid Schemes Act. On January 19, 2010, FHTM entered into a Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office. On March 16, 2010, the Montana State Auditor’s Office filed a Temporary Cease and Desist Order against FHTM, Paul C. Orberson, Thomas A. Mills, and Dianne Graber (a Montana IR). According to the Montana State Auditor’s Office, FHTM has engaged in acts or practices constituting violations of the Securities Act of Montana, Montana Code ANN.30-10-101 et seq. On April 22, 2010, FHTM agreed to pay nearly $1 million and to change its business practices to resolve the charge that it is operating a pyramid promotional scheme.

With each passing day, more states are jumping on FHTM’s bandwagon. The alarming rise in consumer complaints and governmental sanctions has prompted the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky to downgrade FHTM’s rating from “B-” to “F”. At the same time, a proliferation of online bulletin boards and blogs, such as http://www.complaintsboard.com and http://www.scams.com criticize FHTM’s pyramid scheme confirms that Isaacs’ experience is not unique. Will those operations be the next target of Fortune’s high price legal team?

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Henry July 28, 2010 at 5:28 am Thumb up 5 Thumb down 4

You know its funny when reading a negative comment about a company and industry, amazing how it can sound so negative towards a company such as FHTM but they forget that if you align the stats or income possibilities or averages of income with other “traditional opportunities” like Real Estate Agent, Insurance agents (part timers or even full timers), mortages and many other businesses as such and also look at the cost of starting or getting true profit after all expenses…..amazing how the stats are not much different, including the work it would take to develop incomes. They always leave out details that may show them to falsely accuse. Bonuses up front are from annualized commission for a new contract or subcriptions to products/services….NO different from the insurance industry, we get paid a good chunk of annualized commission then very small percentage on the residuals…..

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billy montchamp July 31, 2010 at 6:32 am Thumb up 7 Thumb down 3

Except you forgot one minor detail. FHTM does NOT make any residual commission from cell phone or Dish Networks. The #1 product now being hawked is True Essentials which is owned by Paul Orberson – so he gets you coming and going – selling hit no name vitamins at a 4000% markup – no wonder they can afford to give you the IR 1/2 of 1% commission monthly. Wake up and smell the coffee…….

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Gene July 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm Thumb up 6 Thumb down 5

Wow! With over 95% of small businesses, that require an initial investment of thousands of dollars, failing within the first 5 years, a few uninformed want to ridicule a company that gives you an opportunity for unlimited income for less than a $200 initial investment with less of a failure rate! The truth is most people are not willing to do what it takes to succeed, whether it’s in traditional business or a network marketing company. And as with traditional business failures, it’s always someone else’s fault! Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions! As with most of my businesses, I have been successful with FHTM. That’s because I’m willing to get off my rear and do what it takes to succeed. You have a choice. Do what you have always done and remain at the level of success you have always had, or step outside your comfort zone (something other than sitting around blogging about everyone else) and make a positive difference for your family!

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billy montchamp July 31, 2010 at 6:30 am Thumb up 6 Thumb down 3

what if i am already more successful than you and my comfort zone doesnt allow me to be affiliated with scams? Your answers to FHTM are so canned and you sound like a robot. FHTM preys on the scared, broke and people who have nothing.

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Jerica10 September 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

If you already are successful, then good for you!

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Bill Klein June 15, 2010 at 9:30 am Thumb up 6 Thumb down 8

It seems that Betty has been drinking too much of the kool-aid. Paul was a scamster when with Excel still is with FHTM. He has added attorneys because he is reactive instead of proactive. Those ex- AG’s are also on the advisory board with their competitor ACN – isnt that a conflict of interest?

The news reports had nothing to do with another MLM feeling threatened because of Paul’s promises or successes. The news reports – 5 to date were because the media finally figured out that Paul and FHTM are a pyramid scheme and defraud over 90% of the people that get sucked into becoming an “IR”. Even by the FHTM disclosure statement that was produced a month or so ago, thanks to the Montana Securities Commissioner the results are as follows:

January 23, 2009 – January 20, 2010
1. Only 71.85% of active received at least one check in past 12 months;
2. 18.15% of active reps were paid ZERO during past 12 months
3. 54.26% of reps averaged only $93.00 a month before expenses – they lost money (residuals were nil)
4. 40.55% of reps averaged only $256.00 a month before expenses – most of them lost money (mainly from recruiting and not residuals)
5. 94.81% of active reps spent more on products and tools than they earned.
6. The average Executive Sales Manager made $31,000 a year – far less than any projections FHTM claims in the presentations or trainings.
7. The average National Sales Manager earned $238,000 a year in spite of claims they made in excess of that monthly
8. The highest earnings for a Presidential Ambassador was $285,000 monthly in spite of claims that Todd Rowland makes in excess of 400,000 monthly and Ruel Morton earns in excess of 800K monthly.

LIES – LIES – LIES

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Ed June 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm Thumb up 9 Thumb down 6

Paul is a wonderful human being who is giving opportunity to the average person to make a difference in their lives. Just as in corporate America if you work at it you can make alot of money. If you stay on the couch and complain you won’t. I’m working at it.

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TERRIE July 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 5

Hey Bill, your math was slightly off on point number 2. instead of 18.15% of active reps that was paid nothing, the actual number is 28.15%. I’m sure it was just a typo, but still almost 30% of those who enrolled in a one year period didn’t make a dime. Not Good!

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TONY September 6, 2011 at 11:24 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN WILL do you nothing but misery and failure at d end!!!

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ryan February 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Look at #7 and 8..who cares if they made more or less those are crazy numbers just for helping others..I’m a RSM and very successful in fhtm..I’m sure Lexus and BMW wouldn’t put their name on the line to give cars away if it was a scheme..if you didn’t make the money you were promise take it up with your sponsor,perhaps they lied to you.I can personally say that when I did work,I made money,when i chose to relax and do nothing,I got nothing..get out what you put in..this will be my 3rd year with FHTM making RSM in less than 2 yrs(largely due to my inactivity or working for the gov’t making 60k/yr)so i wasn’t into it like I should have but I have seen people join my team that was about to loose everything and this company help them get it all back plus some and help others at the same time.After this little battle with the FTC I will be an ESM in 2 months or less.

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Kay Aubrey-Chimene June 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm Thumb up 7 Thumb down 6

As a relatively new FHTM rep, with a background of doing network marketing, I did my due diligence and was thrilled with what I found at FHTM. The marketing plan is brilliant (and the cost to join just dropped to only $199.99) and profitable. Where people get into trouble is when they assume they will get something for nothing. Like any other business – it takes WORK! I understood that when I joined, took the time to really understand the business model and then began to develop a network. I made my initial investment back quickly and now have a growing income each month. But I work at it!

Most of the naysayers would be naysayers for any network marketing program. And, they will always fail at network marketing because they just don’t understand the power of leverage.

IMO FHTM took the high road in Montana and took responsibility for the failures of a distributor who gave misleading information and failed to train their new members. The large payout mentioned by the AG’s office is mostly made up of refunds to anyone who wanted out – more than generous in my mind. Each representative always has 10 days to get their money back and access to all the rules and policies from the moment that they join. They just didn’t take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.

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Betty June 12, 2010 at 10:31 am Thumb up 10 Thumb down 8

The reviews you do are helpful, in that they should be incentive for people to do their due deligence before getting into any business. However, this particular issue is just another example of how we should take what is reported in the media with a grain of salt. What happened ‘after’ the attacks on FHTM turned out to be a good thing in fact. And, yes, I am a FHTM rep. As a Christian that actually walks the talk, Paul Orberson became so upset that he implemented several safe guards with the company, to include hiring two MORE attorneys (former state attorney generals and a former judge) to now form a full time legal assessment team for the purpose of handling matters like this and to make certain that FHTM is in compliance with laws in every state and country that we are doing business with and in. In addition, we are learning that it was not simply disgruntled reps behind this story, but rather another network marketing comany. Why? Because FHTM is fast emerging as a threat in this market. Paul has dared anyone to compare FHTM’s comp plan and has now even reduced the cost(s) across the board. He turns 95 cents out of every dollar the company brings in back to the reps in the field and still remains a debt free company. listed with D&B, paying to ‘unlimited levels’ in the compensation plan. They don’t call Paul the ‘Michael Jordan of Network Marketing’ for no reason. But he is a simple country teacher who just happens to be a multi-millionaire that simply states, “….to whom much is given, much is required” and lives by that. He isn’t a corporate goon and he is now learning how to play with the ‘big corporate dogs’. There is so much more to FHTM and what it is and has done for thousands of families who were on the brink of financial ruin. If people want to find something negative to talk about – they will. But if they are truly looking for an awesome opportunity – they need to do the research for themselves! Credibility in any company starts at the top.

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Thia Hamilton June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

I had come close to signing up with FHTM after attending a meeting with a friend who had recently joined and was working on her first three recruits. After sleeping on it–and simply not being able to see how I could possibly make a full-time living on the pay structure described, and not wanting my income to be dependent on my recruiting family, friends, and anyone I came close to–I decided against joining. Am I ever glad!

I continued my online search and found something that has been a great fit for me.

I think that “fit” is the key. I believe that “opportunities” run the gamut in honesty, reputation, structure, income potential, and so forth. Once the honesty criteria is met–and there are companies that meet those criteria–then it is still a matter of fit.

My humble opinion is that more people are drawn to the idea of owning their own business and generating income through a network model, than are really cut out for what it takes to achieve great results. You hinted at this in your comment about the emotional pull and the importance of making a logical business decision. I agree and would simply add that head and heart pulling in the same direction, can be helpful.

It takes real work to start, grow and maintain a successful business–especially in the start up phase. While the rewards can be just as real as the work, they aren’t for most people, and that can lead–unfortunately–to hard feelings and distrust of the entire industry by people whose hopes for “easy”, “quick” and “phenomenal” results were not met in their own experience.

Thanks for posting and sharing this article–and your entire website– for everyone who is still doing their due diligence and trying to make sense of the options. I think it is a great industry for a very small and “uniquely wired” part of the population.

All the best,
Thia Hamilton, Ph.D.

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Kat May 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm Thumb up 11 Thumb down 5

Just in case anyone is interested, Joseph Isaacs used to be in Fortune and was let go from his business contract. That was his way of getting back. The media really should report both sides and maybe state why he is a former manager.

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Kendall Peterson May 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

[The video for Part 1 is on this page in the upper right corner.]

You can judge for yourself the tone.

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Amber May 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

I watched the news clip you have on here and I am wondering what was said in the 11:00 news broadcast as it refered to them having comments from the Kentucky attorney general and others. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what was said there? My guess is that it would not be negative. I am pretty sure that this particular attorney general is on the legal advisory board for fhtm.

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louabbott May 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

That would be a good clip to see.

Anybody have it?

BTW, here is the part 2 video.

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Kendall Peterson May 21, 2010 at 11:21 am Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

I went to a hotel presentation and then walked through the FHTM marketing plan page by page as well as their P&P with a client and ran the numbers. From a compliance point of view, I saw red flags.

One of my tests of a networking company is this, if the volume next month is the same as this month, but no one recruited any one into the organization, how much money would you make? I believe this is a legitimate question to ask. Very few companies today have compensation plans based solely on volume.

There a number of other things that made me scratch my head and in the long run, my client decided to entertain other opportunities.

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Dick Bendtzen May 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

Thanks for keeping us informed about these legal actions against MLM companies. Good way for us to learn the issues involved.

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Jennifer Rowell May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm Thumb up 5 Thumb down 2

Thank you for the info. I wish I would have come across this a couple days ago, I would have mentioned it in my review. I wasn’t as diplomatic as you were…but I struggle with that anyway. Great insight! Thank you again 😀

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