Duke Tubtim Terminated by Usana for Ariix Participation
This post is to those that have requested a timeline of events leading up to my termination.
Fact: I have been looking into the Ariix opportunity as an addition to my Usana business. According to the policies, I thought I had the right to do so.
Fact: Anyone who I spoke to from Usana, I DID NOT recruit or promote the Ariix opportunity to them, being that I wanted to stay in good standing with my Usana business. MY INTENT WAS NOT TO HARM USANA.
Fact: I attended an event on Saturday; where I stated multiple times not to recruit Usana Distributors. NOR DID I INVITE ANY CROSSLINE MEMBERS.
Fact: Monday afternoon/evening, Mr. Bramble contacted me about my attendance on Saturday. I was hesitant to answer his questions due to what I had heard about what happened to Lynn Allen Johnson. Her being cancelled due to listening to what appears to have simply been “considering the Ariix opportunity” with her family. I mentioned to Mr. Bramble that I would respond to him after speaking to her. Mr. Bramble then asked for a written response, which I agreed to do.
Fact: Mr. Bramble sent me this email shortly after our conversation on June 27, 5:07 PM:
Thank you for speaking with me this afternoon. As promised, this email summarizes our conversation. As I explained, it has come to our attention that you promoted another direct selling opportunity to USANA customers, including presenting at a meeting for Ariix, another direct selling opportunity, to USANA customers. By promoting another network marketing company to USANA customers you have clearly violated USANA’s policies including Policy 3.6.
Your decision to promote another marketing organization to USANA customers has seriously jeopardized your good standing as an Independent USANA Distributor. As you know, unauthorized recruiting is one of the most serious breaches of policy a distributor can commit.
I was very sorry that you refused to answer questions regarding your activity. In order to address the damage that has been caused by your breach it is important that you explain your position on the breach and on any possible fix to the damage that has been caused. Please provide me with a written response no later than Thursday June 30th at noon PST, with an explanation of your improper recruiting activities. This response will be shared with the Compliance Committee. If you change your mind about talking with USANA about your breach, please give me a call any time day or night.
Fact: On Thursday before noon PST, I send my written response to Mr. Bramble (which has already been made public).
[6:47:50 AM] USANewlifeLA: Fact: Shortly after my letter was sent, Mr. Bramble sent me this message at 11:12 AM:
Thanks Duke. We will get this to the Compliance Committee today and let you know. The USANA customers in the audience who were shocked and saddened to see you on stage promoting Ariix to them need to understand that we will do the right thing in protecting them. You promoted Ariix at that meeting in fact to USANA distributors who had not made up their mind (which is why they are so worried now about the damage that is being done to their businesses). What you say about Lynn Allen Johnson is equally false. I am sorry that you feel that way.
Fact: This message was not for me to respond back to, but rather to wait.
Fact: I did not receive a single phone call from any member of the management team to discuss how we can fix this matter. Instead, I receive my “Termination of Distributorship” letter at 4:55 PM.
Is this considered a fair and loving partnership? Except for Mr. Bramble’s “interrogation” phone call on Monday, I never received a single phone call from any member of Usana’s management team during this issue. If this is what you call “due process”, then I guess you are a part of the right company.
The issue is that they did not give me a chance to fix the matter. In my letter, I requested how I can continue my Usana business and have the freedom to look at other opportunities. Instead of working with me on how to resolve the issue at hand, it seems to me they already had their minds made up with their course of action; which now gives me no other choice but to pursue a new opportunity full-time.
At this point, I simply want to move forward and rebuild what I thought was going to be a life-long opportunity. It is apparent that Usana does not want me working with them any further. Even though I am saddened by their decision, I guess we all have to move on. Unfortunately, I have no time to focus on this anymore and I must now focus on my future. I wish everyone the best in building their legacy.