Changes at Expressobeans.com

Regional Trading for International users and other types of group sales.
New threads require Moderator approval.
Forum rules
This area is for regional trading threads for international users and other types of group sales.

Before starting a thread in this area please send a message to the Global Moderators group with details and await approval.

Postby whalaw on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:20 pm

I’m letting all know that there have been some changes on the Board of Directors (BOD) and in the structure of the Officers of Expressobeans.com (EB). Yamar, has stepped down as President and from the BOD. As a result, I’ve been appointed as interim President of Expressobeans.com. Likely, we are going to ask a current Team Member to fill Yamar’s vacancy on the BOD. In addition, there may be other vacancies soon, as I’ve requested each current BOD member to affirm their commitment to the BOD by 11:59 pm Pacific, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. So, time will tell whether or not there will be additional vacancies. Obviously, EB has been in a downward slide the last 4 or 5 years. I’m hopeful that we can correct that and move EB in a more positive direction, but it will take time and dedication to do so and that starts at the top, with the BOD.

Now, on to the “upgrade.” As much as I hate to say it, I believe the “developer” has scammed us. We have been provided with a beta site (https://beta.expressobeans.com/) a little over a year ago. However, the site has not changed since we were provided the address. And, the numerous promises made by the “developer” have not materialized. Moreover, the “developer” will not respond to any form of communication. I am drafting a formal Demand Letter to the “developer,” however, I don’t believe it will have any impact. The “developer” is not located on USA soil, so he cannot be touched by our court system, unfortunately. There are ways to seek a foreign judgment, but it’s only worth doing so if the “developer” has any assets to seize/levy upon. Here, it doesn’t appear there are any assets. However, we may continue to pursue the foreign judgment just to seek justice for EB. (Do we have any British/European counsel that can assist?) And, no, we are not willing to take any “informal” action against the developer.

My hope is that EB can remain independent. However, I want the membership to be aware that we are in discussions with several entities regarding the possibility of merging. For us to remain independent, we are going to need to find a way to upgrade the site. However, funds are severely limited at the point. I don’t know the exact amount because I’m waiting on accounting ledgers from Yamar. And, please understand, if we continue on the downward slide, there is the very real possibility that EB is dissolved. So, is there anything you can do to assist with the upgrade?

Acting as president of EB is not something that I’ve ever desired. I prefer to keep my “digital footprint” small and work anonymously from the sidelines. With that said, I have made the commitment and do intend to see it through, whether that’s EB remaining independent, EB merging with another like-minded entity, or, even legally dissolving EB, if necessary. I didn’t accept this position to make friends or get the inside double-secret-scoop on the next “drop.” My duty lies with Expressobeans.com and what’s in the best interests of Expressobeans.com. Like all of us, I have a deep “love” for EB and hope to see it reach new heights, even greater than its past “glory.” To do so, will require dedication and commitment from the BOD, Administrators, Global Moderators, Team Members, and you, the Members, EB’s most important asset. So, again, what can you do to help EB through this difficult time to become a better site?

That’s all I have for now. I’m still at the office (Eastern Time) and my family would like to see me (well, at least I know my dog would – ha). I’ll keep peeking at this thread over the next day or two and answer as many pertinent questions as time will allow. I will also make the commitment to update this thread twice a month, at least as long as I’m acting as president of EB, as to our progress with the “upgrade”, the BOD, and any other significant changes which affect Expressobeans.com and/or its Members.

whalaw


______________________________

Update: February 14, 2019:

Letting all know there have been some changes to the Membership of the BOD. Morst and bigdz68, both original Members of Expressobeans.com and The Team, have resigned from the BOD. I appreciate all the hard-work they have provided to Expressobeans.com. Thank you, morst and bigdz68. In addition, we have voted to expand the BOD from 7 to 9. Most importantly, we have added four new BOD Members: mfaith, 1nkling, pewter14, and theperfecttree. Right now, we only have 8 spots filled. Over the next couple of days we will be implementing new procedures for the BOD and defining roles. And, likely, adding a 9th Member to the BOD. More changes will be forth-coming, and I'll update regarding those, once they are done.

Thanks.

wha


___________________________________________________________________

Update: February 19, 2019:

Hey. I want to inform our Members where we currently stand in regards to the re-developing/upgrade of Expressobeans.com. We have formed a Technology BOD Sub-Committee, comprised of our 3 most computer knowledgeable BOD Members. In addition, 4 volunteer Members have graciously reached out to offer their assistance to the site. My thanks to those volunteers, as their help is greatly needed and appreciated. So, those 7, and possibly a couple additional non-EB Members, are taking a look under the hood to see where we currently are in the "upgrade" process and, hopefully, will be able to provide us with some options/directions for getting this project completed. More later, I'm sure.

Thanks.

wha



__________________________________________________________________

Update: March 8, 2019

Hey. It's been a couple of weeks, so I thought it was time to update this thread, again. As most or all know, mfaith has resigned from the BOD and The Team. Obviously, we are going to miss his work product; however, it was his choice to resign and we accept/respect that. Progress is still being made, albeit, slowly, on moving our servers. Previously, we were paying around $650.00 per month for sever space. We now expect it to be around $300.00 or so per month. Continuing with expenses, now that EB is no longer paying a salary, I've cancelled the Workers Comp and Disability Insurance associated with the salary. So, that should save EB around $250.00 or so per month.

The "back-end" of EB is a mess. I've been through the entire box of documents sent to me. I have provided the last 7 years of tax returns to the Finance Section of the BOD. I believe they have reviewed and have found no malfeasance/misfeasance, thus far. Unfortunately, I have not found any entity docs for EB; however, I'm still waiting on one more box to be sent to me. Hopefully, they will be in the next box. If not, I will begin drafting entity docs once I receive some requested docs from the State of New York. Regardless, I intend to structure the By-Laws in such a way that what happened previously won't happen, again.

Finally, I ask everyone to please remain patient with us. We are all working diligently to get this ship turned around; however, it won't happen overnight. Also, once we get the servers moved and I have an opportunity to review documents in the second box, I'll provide an explanation, at least from my perspective, of when, where, how, and why EB took a turn for the worse.

Thanks.

wha



______________________________________________________________________

Update: March 31, 2019

Hey. I delayed updating this thread a week in hopes that I would bring news that our servers had been moved. Unfortunately, that's still not the case, but soon, I hope. We are making progress on the back-end:

1. By-Laws are out for their final round of discussion. Item of interest: No Director or Officer of EB shall be permitted to draw a salary.

2. We've set new officers for the corporation:

President - whalaw
Executive Vice-President - electrachrome
Secretary - theperfecttree
Treasurer - pewter14

3. We're in the process of moving the domicile for EB from New York to Georgia. I've initiated the incorporation process in Georgia. I hope to have it finished by the end of the week. Then, I will need to merge the New York EB into the Georgia EB. After that, I'll dissolve the New York EB. We're making the domicile change because I'm far more familiar with Georgia laws and fees are much less in the State of Georgia.

4. I sent out an initial draft to the BOD yesterday regarding the new Articles of Incorporation.


We also want to let everyone know that due to the generosity and graciousness of the TRPS organization (thank you, again, Marty and BOD of TRPS), Expressobeans.com will have a booth at the Fall TRPS Festival this year, on October 19. I know at least three EB BOD Members will be attending the event and "manning" the table. We're in discussions now regarding what we're going to do with the table. There are some additional "tidbits" to go along with this, but I can't reveal those as of yet. Hopefully, we'll see some of you in October.

That's all for now.

Thanks.

wha



___________________________________________________________________

Update: April 22, 2019

Hey. I want to begin by welcoming our newest Members to the Team: RiotAct; jkw3000; and, moseslawson. Their hard work is needed and greatly appreciated. They have my personal thanks.

We are making progress on the tech side of things. Today, the Tech Team provided the BOD with a link to begin testing the "test" site before we move to a new host. Next, the Tech Team is moving the "test" site to its own URL for final testing. So, I'm hopeful that we will be moved soon.

We have received the Certificate of Incorporation from the State of Georgia. So, we are officially incorporated in the State of Georgia now. Next, I'll merge the two EBs. And, finally, I'll dissolve the New York EB and we'll be all set. In addition, we have adopted Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for Expresso Beans.com, Inc.

I filed an extension for EB for Year 2018 State and Federal taxes. Due to the volume of materials and short-time frame from the BOD change to April 15, I didn't have time to complete my "due diligence." Once I finish going through all the documents, I'll have a CPA complete the final returns for the corporation.

One of the benefits afforded EB by TRPS is the opportunity to have space in the TRPS Newsletter, which is printed on a bi-annual basis. I think this is an excellent opportunity for Expressobeans.com. I'm hoping one of our Members will volunteer to write an article or two on behalf of EB. I'll create another tread regarding same for comments, discussion, volunteering, etc.

That's all I have for now.

Thanks.

whalaw
whalaw
Site Admin
 
Status: Active
Posts: 5776
Joined: Sun Aug 10, 2003 12:00 am

Postby finneganm on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:42 pm

The king is dead.

Long live the king!
User avatar
finneganm
Art Freak
 
Status: Active
Posts: 15617
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:08 pm
Location: NJ
...
...
That's what she said

Postby earlgreytoast on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:46 pm

Can I raise a practical question at this point? Are we going to do Stonehenge tomorrow?





Thanks whalaw. Good luck, hoping for the best.
User avatar
earlgreytoast
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 8254
Joined: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:14 pm

Postby acidburn on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:51 pm

Pmd
User avatar
acidburn
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 9190
Joined: Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:06 pm

Postby pj101ca on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:56 pm

Was the "developers" name Rata??
User avatar
pj101ca
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 2436
Joined: Mon May 30, 2005 12:00 am
Location: Ott.Ont.Can
mike123230 wrote:hahahah lawyers are stupid. boom. roasted.

Postby earlgreytoast on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:02 pm

acidburn wrote:Pmd


Best thing I have seen posted on this site in a long long time! :clap: :clap: exciting.
User avatar
earlgreytoast
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 8254
Joined: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:14 pm

Postby middayshadows on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:03 pm

The burning question of being of course, how much exactly did eb get scammed for by the "developer"?

acidburn wrote:Pmd


I'll go ahead and hit the "Like" button on this comment.
User avatar
middayshadows
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 5762
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:15 pm
Location: Los Angeles
Image Image

Postby RottenAtom on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:05 pm

Wow. Thanks for the update, whalaw. And thanks for taking the torch (even if its currently burning your hand). Best of luck pulling this thing out of the muck.

I personally hope the site doesn't merge with another entity or get dissolved.
User avatar
RottenAtom
Art Freak
 
Status: Active
Posts: 14612
Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:51 am
Location: Houston, TX
Image

Postby middayshadows on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:07 pm

Yes. Finally some level of transparency, and intent to proceed that way. Thanks whalaw, and best, in the endevour.
Last edited by middayshadows on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:10 pm, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
middayshadows
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 5762
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:15 pm
Location: Los Angeles
Image Image

Postby acidburn on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:10 pm

Just don't think this site should ever reach to a point of being dissolved.
User avatar
acidburn
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 9190
Joined: Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:06 pm

Postby middayshadows on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:10 pm

Dissolution would be a gigantic waste of what continues to be a resource that supports and can sometimes actually drive and enrich the hobby.
User avatar
middayshadows
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 5762
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:15 pm
Location: Los Angeles
Image Image

Postby Codeblue on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:14 pm

Luls. #TAPS
User avatar
Codeblue
Yaks 2 Much
 
Status: Active
Posts: 50814
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:00 am
Location: Expresso Beans
RupertPupkin wrote:I live by this rule and this rule alone: people are drymounting idiots.

Postby tourist504 on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:14 pm

:neutral:
User avatar
tourist504
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 4112
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 12:00 am
Location: NOLA
maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

Imagex6

Postby finneganm on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:14 pm

Fool me once...
The EB raffle.

I’ll donate a lot of prints to raffle for round two, good stuff, if we can come up with a plausible plan to move forward using a vetted, reliable developer.
User avatar
finneganm
Art Freak
 
Status: Active
Posts: 15617
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:08 pm
Location: NJ
...
...
That's what she said

Postby Jesusmalverde on Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:43 am

I know a guy in Nigeria.
User avatar
Jesusmalverde
Art Expert
 
Status: Active
Posts: 4326
Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:57 pm

Next

Return to Community Sales Threads



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest