I realize it’s not the best climate for small businesses, especially recent start-ups. But when the whole goal of your business–the sole purpose for its existence–is to process membership dues from youth sports clubs? Then you might not want to spend those dues on your own failing company.
Terry Drayton, CEO of Count Me In, is accused of some pretty awful things. A Montclair, NJ., soccer club is owed $142,000. An Anchorage skiing group is down $150,000. And a Seattle baseball league is out $70,000. Where’d the money go? According to a lawsuit filed against Drayton, he has admitted spending the money on paying off his company’s own debts, and buying hardware and software.
“What is surprising and so hard about this case is that the people using this service are youth groups, research consortiums — people who are not big enough to host it on their own,” said Marina Len, the attorney representing the 1,600-member Montclair soccer club. “We are talking small non-profit organizations — pretty vulnerable groups.”
She’s an attorney, so she’s got to use legalese. But I’ll translate it into English: Drayton is an enormous jackass and an evil person who deserves Federal Pound-Me-In-The-Ass Prison.
But at least he’s owing up to his mistakes, and trying to set things right, right?
Over the past couple months since the problems came to light, [ski club director Diane] Moxness said they have received just one email from Count Me In. The email indicated that the money would be on its way in a week. But that week passed and the cash never arrived, she said.
Len, the attorney representing the soccer club, also said it has been difficult to get responses from Count Me In. “They are not returning phone calls, not returning emails,” she said.
I suppose it could have been worse. Drayton could have blown the teams’ money at a strip club.