Ignite Founder Chris Domhoff resigns from Stream Energy

by louabbott on November 20, 2009

The following is the text from an email from Ignite:

We are saddened by the fact that Ignite founder Chris Domhoff made the decision yesterday to resign as Senior Managing Director of Stream Energy. We thank Chris for his many contributions to the Ignite and Stream Energy family and in addition to his role over the years as one of the firm’s founders and senior most leaders.

Going forward and as of today, Doug Witt will serve as the head of the Ignite organization. Doug brings many years of network marketing experience, both in the field as a sales associate as well as within a more structured corporate environment. Moreover — but as Stream Energy’s original full-time employee — Doug is uniquely positioned to lead the Ignite effort, which will greatly benefit from his expertise and wisdom in this upgraded status.

Alongside the elevation of Witt, Darryl Smith will also be playing a more visible and prominent role in field leadership supporting Ignite’s Associates. It is perhaps an understatement that Darryl has established himself as a well-loved figure by the Ignite Army. His considerable network marketing experience as a liaison between corporate staff and the field has been, and continues to be, a significant reason for the dynamic relationship between Stream Energy and its Ignite Associates.

For its part, Stream Energy and its senior management is extremely excited about our prospects for the coming year. We are working on a number of new plans and initiatives — many of which will be unveiled at Ignition 2010 — and with the new year promising to be one of growth and expansion.

What does this imply as to the opportunity with Ignite? Leaders, as always, were assuring their downlines that all is fine. My source was not convinced.

If you know more about why Domhoff resigned, accurate information is welcome below.

Also, see our Ignite / Stream Energy page.

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Bill November 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

No one got this right… Chris “resigned’ because he wanted a video phone – which was old technology. He got his feelings hurt when he was denied and couldn’t convince others to go along. He poured a lot of time and energy into the project and his ego took a hit. He couldn’t get over it.

It was all about him and he wanted to be the center. There was a lot of ego that came a long with him (some justified, both good and bad). The energy he provided was good and he left you with confidence that we were all heading in the right direction but his ego also served to isolate him among some company peers and upper associate leaders.

There is no doubt the company is clicking on all cylinders after some reorganization – not that anything was wrong before.

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Keith jones November 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I joined ignite in 2006 and I have been with them for 8 years. I love it. I honestly worked hard for a month and stopped. Every single month I have received my residual check from 115.00. To 300.00 a month. I love getting paid every month for working 1 month. I have made over 20k. In life there are dreamers and some are doers. I’m both! Thanks Ignite, best 350.00 I ever paid to start a company.

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YSmith March 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Don’t worry! They play musical chairs at ignite and Stream Energy. Now they just fired Doug Witt for what some Executive Directors are calling it “incompetent” I say the entire so called “leadership” are incompetent. Very few of them have experience in the Energy Industry, Now very few if any now Darryl Smith who replaced Doug Witt is the only one with MLM experience, they they move people around from one department to another, experience or not and hope they can surpass Ambitt Energy who just accomplished their first million customers with the same business model. The company Mr. Snyder used to call them “pretenders”
Rob Snyder ( a chairman) is no longer the CEO seems to show a few crocodile tears at their convention to show how he “cares’ about the Ignite associates when in reality is and always be a “mergers and acquisition guy” Eventually he will screw all his hardworking “cult like” followers.

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ignite director November 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 6

Ignite is a very reputable company. everyone that joins now could potentially be a billionaire.

all you have to do is pay $329 and we pay you less than $1 per customer per month. but there are potentially 6 billion customers out there.

imagine making a billion dollars per month. if you sign up, you’ll probably be one of the richest people in the world.

join us!!! remember: only about $300.00.

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louabbott December 1, 2010 at 12:29 am Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

ignite director, I should have done your company and fellow directors a favor and not allowed your post.

But, your prediction is so far-fetched that I thought it might serve as a great example of what I dislike most about about network marketing. I call it RES disease – Rampant Exaggeration Syndrome.

Fellow networkers, if we can’t do better than this, don’t we deserve the negative reputation that MLM has earned?

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Lawrence Tam April 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

I’ve been with Ignite for awhile and they really do have a class act. Chris’s departure was abrupt but the system in place should be okay going forward. I would still like to know more about why considering how much he must be getting paid but as long as IA are still getting checks I can’t really complain.

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carl February 4, 2010 at 1:40 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was with ignite for a 1.5 years and found the business to be very good. It should not matter who runs the top as long as they are honest and profitable. Ignite is a good business, but I found it easy at first to find customers, but when the rates went up – many customers left. The top founders must keep the rates low. I continued marketing for stream energy until I found a better deal with better rates.

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Al December 7, 2009 at 1:00 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m an IA. What bothers me is that Chris resigned rather abrupt. He didn’t say a word then and hasn’t said a word since. It leads me to believe that there had to have been a disagreement of sort. I’m a bit concerned about my biz. Time will tell.

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Barbara Davis February 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

From what I know from inside staff, it was a bit of a clash but this in no way will affect Ignite with his exit. Chris, as I was told, wanted complete autonomy with Ignite but because of the rapid and unexpected growth of Ignite/Stream, a board of directors was set in place and he had to get approval from them. He also did not want founder Rob Snyder going out and attending Ignite business presentations. He is a terrific showman and extremely personable but the promotions and events all the while from Ignite’s beginnings were orchestrated by Doug Witt and Daryll Smith and that is still continues. Doug does not have the charm of Chris and Darryll will most likely be the one going out in the field and talking. Chris had been working with headhunters for the past year and looking to exit as he had not been happy for a while and it reflected in how he was not pleasant to deal with. I personally had email from him where he lashed out at me and that to me was quite out of character and that occured in February of last year. The company is still sound and I still wholeheartedly believe in it. I have never been in a network marketing company before that I have actually made substantial money in and I am nothing special. Those who will put a consistant effort in it will reap the rewards.

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Retta December 1, 2009 at 3:27 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

Perhaps David should also watch your presentation showing pyramid scheme -vs.- legit MLM. And while he is at it, he should also research a little more regarding the history of Excel, the changing of hands of leadership, and most especially, as Nick mentioned, Chris’ position, etc, with that company. I was not part of the Excel success or failure, but I do know that the people I have spoken with that did have success with that marketing plan attribute that success to Chris and his marketing wisdom (and helpers). Those who were still in during the crash-and-burn times blame the new leadership of the company. As for his resignation at this time, those of us who have been lucky enough to have benefited from his ideas and guidance will treasure the wisdom he shared with us. We will miss him, regardless of “why” he has chosen to move on. Lots of people move on — does not necessarily mean anything sinister is lurking! This company has lived up to everything they ever presented to us in their offerings. We, as individual marketers, have only ourselves to blame if we do not take what they offer and utilize it. No Fear, No Limits – Thanks!!

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Wall1 November 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

Agree with the positive comments; leaders come and go, the bottom line to find out is if the concept is sound and legal which it is. As mentioned by Tiffany November 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm in another blog “I agree with Snyder. I researched several MLM companies like Mary Kay, Sentsy, Primerica, and more when deciding on a great company for me to own. I chose Stream, but felt comfort in seeing the structure in all these companies was very similar. Although stream was a new company, I felt confident due to the solid structure and history of sucess. It hasn’t let me down yet. IMHO, many legit MLM companies seem basic in structure. You just have to find one you enjoy owning.”

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charles April 26, 2012 at 11:08 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

thumbs up for this comment.

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Nick November 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

Just beware of people who don’t have their facts straight. I worked with Chris Domhoff at Excel for years. While he was a key contributor, he was nowhere close to those who drove Excel into the ground. Cantu’s statement “he speared headed (Excel) and then sold, and drove to the ground!” is absolutely ludicrous. Chris was nowhere near the “speared headed” (sic) of Excel, and he was middle management. His highest title was VP. Chris had nothing to do with the demise of the one-great Excel Communications. That dubious honor belongs solely to Joe and Connie Mitchell.

While I have no idea why Chris resigned, Ignite will go on because it’s a decent company, and it makes a difference in the lives of many.

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Rebecca November 23, 2009 at 7:48 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1

My business experience is that founders are rarely the right folks to lead a company through periods of rapid expansion. As a former Curves owner, I saw how the idealism of the owner interfered with logistic planning that might have supported longer term franchise growth and continued success. Perhaps Domoff is enjoying the prospect of retiring young? Regardless, I’ll assess the company on operational soundness rather than upon an individual founder.

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Steve November 23, 2009 at 2:03 am Thumb up 7 Thumb down 6

If you haven’t noticed that executives resign from major corporations all the time for various reasons, then you haven’t been paying attention. The fundamental business of Stream Energy/Ignite is unchanged: marketing gas and electricity under energy deregulation. Texas and Georgia are just the tip of the iceberg. National expansion begins in 2010. I started my Ignite business about a year ago, and I’m so glad I’m on-board now!

Stream Energy hit #198 on the Inc. 500 in its first year of eligibility. In 2009, it might become the fastest company ever to reach a billion dollars in annual revenues (5 years). Have you seen all the other awards and news? See http://tinyurl.com/ignitenews .

If not Ignite, then what? If not now, when? The bottom line is, if you’re not interested in earning residual income on thousands of energy bills every month, then you’re not right for Ignite. But if you are, the timing couldn’t be better.

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David Cantu November 21, 2009 at 7:48 am Thumb up 8 Thumb down 9

Lou,

I don’t know if you remember in one of my previous emails that I was no longer going to be active in Ignite because, after reading your book, “MLM The Whole Truth”, I had a bad gut feeling about the founder Chris Domhoff. In your critical success factor 3 you mentioned to investigate management and when I investigated Chris Domhoff, immediately Excel Communication came up, which he speared headed and then sold, and drove to the ground!

Well, I’ve got news for you. Yesterday I received an email from Ignite notifying all associates of Ignite that Chris Domhoff, the founder, had just resigned. This was a shock to very one, well, except me, thanks to your book. This is another of Chris’ exit strategies. I’m sure you now what’s next with ignite.

Thank’s to your book “MLM The Whole Truth” I didn’t waste my time and energy on this company.

In a nutshell, my gut feeling was right!

This morning I received an email from one of the top money producers for ignite saying not to worry about the founder and leader of Ignite resigning, that everything is going to be fine and the opportunity of ignite is still great. Well, what can he say?

I just wanted to share this with you, so that you may upgrade your profile on Ignite. Take care and keep up the good job your doing.

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