xristrettox wrote:not to hijack, but does anybody have any comments or input on why all the Europeans stepped down from the WBC committee?
Mark Prince wrote:It's basically because of a dispute of espresso machine cleaners, if you can get that...
USBC is a "standalone" event in March 2009 in Portland, and we may see (maybe) new espresso machine and/or grinder sponsors.
Matt Milletto wrote:From my understanding, the WBC will be held in Atlanta, and it was decided to not be in conjunction with the USBC only days before.
Mark Prince wrote:... if that's the goal of the President this year- to not necessarily put board directors where their strengths are, but instead, get them more welll rounded in their knowledge and impact on decisions the SCAA makes, then why is Nick the head of USBC, which most would agree is where his strength is? Why not another committee for Nick. That's the only nagging thought I had, especially since the position was, at one point at least, leaning more towards going to Tracy Alan.
bz wrote:gotta say: i'm floored by the lack of reaction here to the issue of what ethical standards association/committee leaders are held to. i've truncated this post, after corresponding with nick, out of sympathy with the wrinkles in his case and because my perspective probably isn't that valuable to anybody here.
however, whatever your personal feelings about nick, this looks TERRIBLE. it's unfathomable to me that someone publicly nailed for not paying taxes would be allowed to serve and chair committees in an industry organization that has struggled with ethical issues, real and perceived, in the recent past. it's mind-blowing. if the scaa were of a prominence to be covered by the media, reporters would be ALL OVER this -- and not in a "gotcha" sense.
none of this is a personal slight or bash of nick, to whom i bear no ill will.
some brief googling will tell you what customers, former employees and the government have to say about the seizure of murky's d.c. shop and the prospects for the remaining shop in arlington.
obviously, i'm not privy to what has happened behind closed doors with the scaa. but on the outside, it looks like things continue to roll along, ho-hum, with nick advancing in very prominent positions. shouldn't these usbc and wbc resignations carry a giant warning?
i believe nick is trying to fix his mistakes. i feel deeply sorry for the personal and professional hell is he is going through. i believe nick should be given second chances at some point. i hope he opens a d.c. shop again. but on some level it doesn't matter what i think, because the perception problem -- stemming from real illegality -- threatens to eclipse it all.
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