(FranchiseBest.com) In an advertorial-like interview on Franchising.Com, PIRTEK CEO Kim Gubera claims she is PIRTEK’s “Chief Motivator.”
“…if I can look myself in the mirror each day and know that I have acted with integrity, that I have treated all people well, and that the brand is achieving its goals, that is success.”
In practice, some may contend the Kim Gubera is more like the “Chief Disparager.”
Kim Gubera Allegedly Fails to Comply With Terms of $500,000 Settlement Agreement
PIRTEK USA agreed to pay the celebrated, award-winning franchisee $300,000 cash and forgive approximately $153,000 owed for purchases.
PIRTEK USA also agreed to waive the non-compete provisions of their franchise agreement and allow Jim Lager to operate as a direct competitor.
Both sides agreed to disassociate from the other online and in social media.
Lager complied by removing his critical blog posts, and proceeded to build his successful Texas Hose Pro business in the Dallas Market.
PIRTEK USA, under Kim Gubera, inexplicably refused to remove Jim Lager’s name, likeness and success story from the Internet, including those hosted on PIRTEK USA’s own servers.
Kim Gubera Resorts to Disparagement of Former Top Franchisee
According to the PIRTEK Proposed Final Arbitration Award drafted by PIRTEK attorney Michael Joblove, Kim Gubera testified at a private arbitration hearing that “given Lager’s character, including his growing and use of marijuana, and his arrest for domestic abuse or battery, PIRTEK did not want there to be any association between PIRTEK and Respondents.”
Gubera left out that the abuse charges were without merit and almost immediately dropped.
She failed to provide any substantiation to her false allegations that PIRTEK’s former Rookie of the Year, Franchisee of the Year, 2x Mentor of the Year & High Sales Record Holder is a weed-smoking marijuana farmer… or why that’s relevant information about a former franchisee.
And Ms. Gubera failed to explain why PIRTEK USA has made little-to-no effort to disassociate with Mr. Lager online, even 1.5 years after their settlement agreement appears to have required it.
PIRTEK & Kim Gubera Created a Competitor They Now Want to Destroy
If PIRTEK USA and their attorney Michael Joblove are out to destroy the former franchisee who helped build the PIRTEK chain.
Joblove has requested a judgement that will shutter Lager’s successful small business, lay-off 22 employees, bury him in more than $700,000 in debt (to be paid in 10 days), and prohibit him from accepting employment in his career field.
It seems that Michael Joblove, Kim Gubera, Glenn Duncan and arbitrator David Kaufmann all have a common goal of not only shutting down his competitive business, but crushing him personally.
If Kim Gubera can claim that she looks in the mirror each day and knows that she “has acted with integrity,” and “treated all people well,” maybe PIRTEK should look into what she’s been smoking.
Related Reading on PIRTEK CEO Kim Gubera:
PIRTEK’s Continued Misuse of Jim Lager’s Name, Likeness & Success Story 2/6/22
Links: NASAA Proposed S.O.P.
Mediator David Kaufmann Ethics Accusations
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