OR-1: Rob Cornilles accused of running telemarketing operation disguised as executive training program
One of my undone to-do items this election cycle has been to try and understand what OR-1 congressional candidate Rob Cornilles does for living.
After all, he claims that his experience as a business leader is what qualifies him to run for Congress. His campaign has been fairly vague about what his company, Game Face, does exactly.
Now we know why.
At the Forest Grove News-Times, Christian Gaston reports that despite claims of being a sports management training company, Game Face is basically a glorified telemarketing operation. And Cornilles' employees actually pay HIM to work there!
According to documents filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, in 2003, Game Face paid $9,052.07 to three former participants in the academy after they made claims with Oregon's wage and hour commission claiming that Cornilles' academy was an unpaid call center gig with a $1,395 entry fee.
"What they don't tell you is when you show up you go through one week of classwork and you learn the first day that you're a salesman for him," said Keith Marson, one of three former Executive Academy students who Game Face settled with in 2003. "You're a cold-call telemarketer." ...
[Catherine] Turallo, now 38, was a few years older than the other academy attendees. She said when she applied online to attend, it seemed like the academy was poised to set her up with a high-level marketing position. ...
But once Turallo flew out from her hometown in Maine to Portland and arrived at the Tualatin Game Face headquarters, she said she was surprised to find out that after a week’s training the academy would consist of her calling to Texas and beyond selling tickets.
"I think most of us went into it thinking it was marketing rather than telemarketing," Turallo said. ...
"They were on your ass if you didn't make calls," said Marson. "They were on your ass if you didn't make enough calls. They were on your ass if you didn't make enough money."
Unbelievable. And this guy wants to be in Congress?