Marketing Directors Targeted in Scam|Spam

CMO-Summits

 

I did start this as a place to talk business and here is a perfect thing to discuss… If you have the word marketing in your title, beware!

I received this email today at my business email address:

From: Matthew T. Keener [mailto:matthew@cmo-summit.org]
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2012 7:33 AM
To: Talia Davis
Subject: Talia, let me know if you can participate

Hi Talia, hope you are well. On behalf of our Board, I wanted to personally invite you into The CMO Summits because of your key role and experience.

The CMO Summits is an invitation-only group comprised of the very best CMOs and Marketing executives and visionaries. We meet monthly by teleconference to exchange what is working, what is not, strategies and ideas. It is a confidential forum with dedicated groups of other successful CMOs and Marketing leaders whose only agenda is to help each other outperform.
Our meeting schedule is at cmo-summit.org

I am certain you will find the experience both enjoyable and useful in your efforts. Please take a look and let me know of your decision or relay if you think another is more appropriate. Thanks Talia.

Truly,
Matthew T. Keener
CMO Summits
The Organization of CMOs and Marketing Executives
cmo-summit.org

This message is confidential and intended only for the original recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete it or mail us back if you no longer wish to receive further email. If any follow-up is needed I show your contact information as: Talia Davis, ******@*******.org Allied Jewish Federation ***-***-**** and you may also reach us at 1200 Abernathy Rd, Atlanta Georgia 30328 or through the contact page of our site.

Wow… sounds cool, right? Well, when you click on the link you are taken to a URL parking lot.

Well, being the inquisitive person I am… I started google-ing. Turns out, there may have actually been a real CMO Summit in 2010. It’s website is here – www.cmosummit.org and they list Accenture, Jigsaw, Denny’s, Farmer’s Insurance, Jeep, Motorola, Nokia, Orbits, Subway, Wells Fargo, AAA, ADP… I am listing these all here in the hopes that these brands monitor their brand and see this blog and that they know that this other website is using their name.

So CMO Summit sounded kinda cool. I wrote the Matthew back and told him that his links were bunk and to provide more information if he wants me to be interested… Then I dug some more…

Here is the WhoIs listing for CMO-Summit.org:

Continuing to google, I find this website – altlink.org/cmosummit/main.htm – hum, altlink is not a very reassuring start to a web address. They seem to use quotes from famous people (Bill Gates for example) but there is no evidence that they are members… oh yeah, I didn’t mention… they want you to join for $1250 a year to access their conference calls and networking. Well, since it took me nearly an hour to unearth this website (by searching the addresses provided) I don’t know how extensive their networking is. It appears to be a part www.bizsummits.org which has a list of 3,500 orgs that they say work with them. Again, extensive and ‘impressive’ but the website is generic and really provides little information.

However, I have found these blogs saying the whole process is a scam:

 

PLEASE NOTE: I am presenting information here. Information that I feel is pertinent to my fellow marketers. Some of these may be legit businesses but there are practices that I feel are spammy or scammy and make them suspect to me. These are my own opinions.

 

UPDATE:

I was recently threatened by the CEO of Biz Summits. To read this, click here.

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  1. I received this e-mail today, looks like they have a new website “http://www.cfosummit.org/”. Here is the spam e-mail from Patrick Hansen- his e-mail: patrick@cfo-summits.org. Here is the e-mail I received:

    Hi A****, hope you are well. On behalf of our Board, I wanted to personally invite you into The CFOSummit because of your key role and experience.

    The CFOSummit is an invitation-only group comprised of the very best CFOs and Finance executives and visionaries. We meet monthly by teleconference to exchange what is working, what is not, strategies and ideas. It is a confidential forum with dedicated groups of other successful CFOs and Finance leaders whose only agenda is to help each other outperform.
    Our meeting schedule is at cfo-summits.org

    I am certain you will find the experience both enjoyable and useful in your efforts. Please take a look and let me know of your decision or relay if you think another is more appropriate. Thanks A****.

    Yours Truly,
    Patrick Hansen
    CFOSummit
    The Organization of CFOs and Finance Executives
    cfo-summits.org

    This message is confidential and intended only for the original recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete it or mail us back if you no longer wish to receive further email. If any follow-up is needed I show your contact information as: (**I am keeping my full name & e-mail private**) Mount Allison University Mount Allison University 506-364-2473 and you may also reach us at 1200 Abernathy Rd, Atlanta GA 30328 or through the contact page of our site.

    • Hi A! Thank you so much for sharing this! I think it is SO important to get as much of this information online to help folks like you and me who Google it. Scammers are sick and I don’t want anyone to be taken in by them! Thank you for sharing!

      • I don’t know if you’re still following up on this story, but I’ve also received an email from this man at my workplace in Australia. He’s now operating under the address prexecutives.org and I’ve received not only an email from him but also Matt T. Keener. It’s the follow up emails that really get me, which is why I decided to research this organisation and find out other peoples’ experiences.

        Thank you for posting this blog and your follow up as it’s saved me a lot of time and was the first search result displayed. It’s crazy how they target people as I have nothing to do with PR or marketing at all. I work in the environmental field!

    • Thank you so much for your blog. I received an identical email from Chris Sanders for the CFO Summit. When I didn’t respond to the first one, he sent a second one to follow up and included the first email. Thank goodness I googled and found this! Thank you

  2. I just received an email from a Matt Keener (matthew@thecmosummit.net) as well and now it’s called the CMO-Summit (as of 12/17/12). It directs me to this website: thecmosummit.net. Glad I researched it first. Thanks for the notice!

  3. I do some system administration for a couple of outside projects as well as for our company. I’ve seen this particular email promoting different summits for that past few months now. Matthew Keener seems to be the latest incarnation. Looks like he’s also looking for live email addresses(since Matt is probably a pseudonym, I’m making an assumption here). But he never get’s the format correct. Since we use a “catch all” account to hold misdirected email, I have quite a few emails from Matt, Pat, and Patrick, all promoting sales and marketing summits. My guess is that even if he doesn’t get you to “buy” his stuff, he probably wants to grow his list with viable email accounts for future attempts.

  4. This is all part of the bizsummits organization (bizsummits.org) they use a webcrawler (plugmein.com) to scan websites and guess emails. Parent “company” is CEO Ventures

  5. […] received from a Matthew T. Keener of CMO Summits.  You can read the blog post in full here – Marketing Directors Targeted in Scam|Spam. I wrote about how when I tried to learn more about this potential professional development […]

  6. Just got an email today (see below) from this outfit. I figured it was most likely a scam since I received something similar from an org that profiled itself as an “executive whose-who” directory. And the money it cost to join each of these is quite a joke.

    Looks like “Matthew” has moved on to greener pastures, and Chris Sanders (at gmail no less) has taken his place as chief fleecer:

    Dear Madeline,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of a Marketing Leaders group, we think that you would be a great addition.

    Our next meeting is on 7/8 and we also have upcoming meetings on 8/5 and 9/9. The CMOs that will present their marketing best practices and ideas include NBC News, SAP and Arrow. We meet once per month via teleconference and the meetings typically last for an hour.

    See cmo-summit.com to become a part of the group. Just enter the letters CS3 in the comments field of the signup form to indicate that I asked you. Due to limited space I would advise that you become a part of the group before our next meeting on 7/8, thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris H. Sanders
    Marketing Leaders
    Reply with subject Remove if wished
    600 North Park, 17th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30328

  7. Oh… and I should add, that my comment above, is just my personal opinion, and in no way should be considered as a serious critique. :0

  8. Thank You So Very Much for this site and this posting. I received this scam e-mail today written just as you described and I simply was not sure if I should respond. I searched and found your site and it confirmed that I was right to be suspicious. Matthew Keener is however still at it. Thank You for taking the time and making the effort to provide this information!

  9. Thanks!

    Got a similar email today:

    Dear Marvin,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of a Marketing Leaders group, we think that you would be a great addition.

    Our next meeting is on 8/5 and we also have upcoming meetings on 9/9 and 9/23. The CMOs that will present their marketing best practices and ideas include SAP, Experian and Arrow. We meet once per month via teleconference and the meetings typically last for an hour.

    See cmo-summit.com to become a part of the group. Just enter the letters CS3 in the comments field of the signup form to indicate that I asked you. Due to limited space I would advise that you become a part of the group before our next meeting on 8/5, thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris H. Sanders
    Marketing Leaders
    Reply with subject Re move if wished
    600 North Park, 17th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30328

    from Chris H Sanders

  10. My turn! I got Matt’s inticing email today! It sounds very interesting, especially since I’m looking for another job, but decided I should check out the email before clicking the link and infecting the entire college with a virus or something aweful.

    Thank you for posting your research into this scam so the rest of us are protected from this online slime! I get so sick of these scams clogging up my inbox and hacking my email address, etc. Be careful out there!

    K

  11. More spam:
    Dear Ed,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of a Marketing Leaders group, we think that you would be a great addition.

    Our next meeting is on 9/23 and we also have upcoming meetings on 10/7 and 11/4. The CMOs that will present their marketing best practices and ideas include SAP, Experian and hibu. We meet once per month via teleconference and the meetings typically last for an hour.

    See http://www.Marketing-Leaders.org to become a part of the group. Just enter the letters CS-5 in the comments field of the signup form to indicate that I asked you. Due to limited space I would advise that you become a part of the group before our next meeting on 9/23, thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris H. Sanders
    Marketing Leaders
    Direct: 678-256-2906
    Reply with subject Re move if wished
    600 North Park, 17th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30328

  12. Chris Sanders just sent me this spam:

    Dear L—-,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of an Finance Leaders group, we think that you would be a great addition.

    Our next meeting is on 10/17 and we also have upcoming meeting on 11/7. The CFOs that will be presenting their operations best practices and ideas include NASDAQ, Toyota and Goldman Sachs. We meet once per month via teleconference and the meetings typically last for an hour.

    See thecfosummits.org to become a part of the group. Just enter the letters CS-5 in the comments field of the signup form to indicate that I asked you. Due to limited space I would advise that you become a part of the group before our next meeting on 10/10, thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris H. Sanders
    Finance Leaders
    Direct: 678-408-1895
    Reply with subject Re move if wished
    600 North Park, 17th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30328

  13. Looks like they are after engineering leaders now as well?
    I just received this…

    Dear M——,
    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of a Engineering Management Leaders group, we think that you would be a great addition.

    Our next meeting is on 11/21 and we also have an upcoming meeting on 12/19. The Engineering Management leaders that will be presenting their best practices and ideas include Unisys and Wyndham Peachtree. We meet once per month via teleconference and the meetings typically last for an hour.

    See engineering-summit.net to become a part of the group. Just enter the letters CS3 in the comments field of the signup form to indicate that I asked you. Due to limited space I would advise that you become a part of the group before our next meeting on 11/21, thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris H. Sanders
    Engineering Management Leaders
    Reply with subject Re move if wished
    600 North Park, 17th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30328

  14. Chris is a busy bee – and now offers special deals:

    *****************************************************************
    Hi Ann,

    On behalf of our members and leadership, I am writing to personally invite you to join our finance leadership group. We are an invitation-only group that is comprised of some of the very best executives and visionaries in finance. Perhaps you can provide great insight as well as enhance your own professional development and knowledge?

    The CFO Summit is a virtual networking group that was created in 2005 and we meet once per month via teleconference. Each meeting features a keynote speaker and is moderated, so that our members can communicate effectively.

    We have upcoming meetings scheduled on 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/8. All of our meetings are at 12 PM ET.

    Membership dues are $1,250 per year, but we are currently offering our previous rate of $995 if you register before our next meeting on 2/13. There is a 30 day evaluation period, if you don’t feel like the group is a fit, you will be refunded in full. You can complete your registration at http://www.cfosummit.org (click join now).

    If you would like to register on the website, please enter “CS995” in the comments field at the join now tab to receive priority slotting.

    Kind regards,

    Chris Sanders
    CFO Summit
    Direct: 678-619-2280

    ******************************************

    Thank you guys for posting your experiences – I would have maybe clicked a malignent link without these posts!

  15. Just received an invitation (5/20/14). It smelled funny so I started Googling. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

  16. We are busy bees and apparently can morph the “summit” to be whatever your title is:

    From: Jason Armstrong [mailto:jason@cio-summits.org]
    Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:07 AM
    To: EJ
    Subject: EJ, invitation follow up

    Hi EJ,
    I am just checking back regarding my previous invitation to join the CIO Summit. Have you had a chance to consider joining the group? If so, your input and expertise will be greatly valued by our members.

    Per my previous email, the CIO Summit is an elite group of top IT professionals. Members receive exclusive access to monthly teleconferences, webinars and online networking forums. The ultimate goals are to exceed expectations, share solutions to challenges and create new synergies. All sessions are moderated, recorded and archived. Some additional benefits include:
    – Monthly executive summaries from our meetings with key takeways.
    – Meeting completion certificates for continuing education and accreditation.
    – Monthly spotting of the most important articles to keep you current.
    – Monthly business book summaries with all key points and takeaways.
    – Key quarterly studies on compensation, best ideas to cut costs, etc.
    – Meeting archives where you can instantly watch any missed mtg.

    Our next meeting is on 7/11 and we also have meetings scheduled on and 8/8 and 9/12. All of our meetings are held at 12 PM ET.

    A complete list of dates, organizations you would be interacting with and recent speakers can be found at http://www.cio-summits.org. If you would like to register on our Join Now page please put JA in the comments section in order to ensure priority slotting. Feel free to contact me directly for details and to let me know your plans for registering.

    Best regards,

    Jason Armstrong
    Membership Director
    CIO Summit

    This message is confidential and intended only for the original recipient. If you have received this message in error, please click here to unsubscribe. You may also reach us at 1200 Abernathy Road #1700, Atlanta Georgia 30328 or through the contact page of our site.

  17. Well…looks like Matt is back, but now as a Product Developer. FYI – my job has nothing to do with product development… so I have no clue why I was targeted.

    Hi Megan, one of our members had nominated you for membership and I just wanted to follow-up on that request if you could advise.

    We are a high level group of top Product Development executives who meet monthly. You will find the other executives, topics, dates, and yearly dues info here.

    http://www.productdevexecutives.com

    Place my name in the last field of our signup page before our next monthly meeting for 10 pcnt from dues and I will also walk it through our screening committe.

    Sincerely yours,
    Matt T. Keener
    Prod Development Summits
    The Organization of Product Development Executives

    This message is confidential and intended only for the original recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete it or mail us back with re move in the sub ject. If any follow-up is needed I show your contact information as: **Name, email and phone – keeping it private ** and you may also reach us at 1200 Abernathy Road #1700, Atlanta Georgia 30328 or through the contact page of our site. Thank you.

  18. Peeling back the layers of this company reveals a rotten core: http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence/ROK10544/michael-price-bizsummits.org/main-info

  19. New guy on the scam front…Richard Avery. He’s even adding a 10% discount credit to make joining more enticing!

    e-mail copy below…

    Hi Heather,

    I wanted to reach out and see if you would like to become a part of a Marketing leadership group. We think that you and your organization will fit in well with for our dynamic group.

    The CMO Summit is composed of forward thinking leaders and professionals. Our next meeting is on 9/8 and we also have upcoming meetings on 9/22 and 10/6. Marketing leaders presenting their best practices and ideas include Conde’ Nast, Acxiom, Weather Channle and Flextronics. We meet once per month via teleseminars and web conferences and the meetings typically last for an hour. Please see HYPERLINK “http://cmoexecs.com”cmoexecs.com for a list of who you would be interacting with, dates, topics and annual dues.

    By adding RA – $1,125 to the comments field at the bottom of the Join Now page on the website you will indicate that I have invited you and receive a 10% discount. Typically, new members input credit card information for efficiency. Due to limited space I would suggest that you join our group before 8/12.

    Kind Regards,

    CMO/Marketing Summits
    Richard Avery
    1200 Abernathy Rd., 17th Floor
    Atlanta, GA 30328
    678-929-5242
    richard@cmo-summit.com
    richard@cmomarketingleaders2.org
    [click to unsubscribe]

  20. And yet another new guy. And an even better discount. I wonder who nominated me. :-p

    Email copy below:

    Hi Brenda,
    One of our members has asked us to reach out to you in hopes that you will consider joining the Public Relations Summit. Our organization is an invitation-only group that is comprised of some of the very best executives and visionaries in communications. We discuss best practices and find ways to help one another.

    Our next meeting is on 11/19 and Jenifer King from University of Phoenix will present to our group.

    We also have meetings scheduled on 12/3 and 12/17. The companies that are scheduled to present include Rust-Oleum Corporation and McGraw Hill Financial.

    This is an annual membership and we meet once a month via teleconference. Membership dues are $900 per year, but since you were referred by one of our members, you are eligible for a first year rate of $700 if you register before our next meeting on 11/19. There is a 30 day evaluation period, if you don’t feel like the group is a fit, you will be refunded in full.

    You can register at pr-summit.com (click join now), please be sure to enter “PR700” in the comments field so you are billed the correct rate.

    Kind regards,

    Jason Armstrong
    Public Relations Summit
    404-590-3520
    http://www.pr-summit.com

  21. These guys are persistent and have several variations. I recently received one for “corpcounselexecutives.org” from Jason Williams [jason@corpcounselexecutives.org]. It included not only the 10% discount but the assurance that he would personally walk the application through the otherwise onerous application process.

    In case you want to reach them by phone, the post a phone number on their web site. It does not actually reach anyone, so I was unable to find out why they were of the view that I was qualified to send them a large sum of money.

  22. Just wanted to say thank you, I am a Marketing Director of a small business and recently received an identical e-mail. I receive similar requests on a monthly basis and am so glad I did a quick search to find your post. Thanks for helping me potentially avoid disaster!

  23. Hi (MY NAME HERE) I was just following up on my earlier email below. Might now be better timing for you to join the group?

    —–Original Message—–

    To: (ME)
    From: M. Keener
    Subject: Tuula, question.

    Hi (ME), quick question for you because of your past experience and background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting Ford’s head of Lincoln marketing will lead a presentation and discussion on what has worked and what hasn’t in brand transformation. The following month Campbell Soup’s Dir. Global Marketing will lead a presentation and discussion on leveraging IT in marketing and the IT/CMO relationship.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is marketingsummits.org and many of our member’s names appear there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks (ME).

    Kind regards,
    M. Keener

  24. I think he is still at it, received this today:

    Hi XXXXX, quick question for you because of your past experience and background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting Ford’s head of Lincoln marketing will lead a presentation and discussion on what has worked and what hasn’t in brand transformation. The following month Campbell Soup’s Dir. Global Marketing will lead a presentation and discussion on leveraging IT in marketing and the IT/CMO relationship.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is marketingsummits.org and many of our member’s names appear there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks XXXX.

    Kind regards,
    Matthew Keener
    CMO Summit
    matthew@marketingsummits.org

  25. Good old Matt has changed his approach (see below). This is my first contact from him, yet he’s showing me a previous email he sent me. Thanks so much for publishing a warning about this scammer. Such a good reference point.

    From: Matt Keener [mailto:matthew@prexecutives.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:50 PM
    To: Kate
    Subject: Kate, follow-up.

    Hi Kate, I was just following up on my earlier email below. Might now be better timing for you to join the group?

    —–Original Message—–

    To: Kate
    From: Matt Keener
    Subject: Kate, question.

    Hi Kate, quick question for you because of your past experience and
    background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I
    think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best
    practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting DHL’s Director of
    Communications will lead a presentation and discussion on optimizing
    your bench of media spokespeople. The following month VeriFone’s
    Director of Communications will lead a presentation and discussion on
    turnaround communications strategies and implementation.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also
    subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person
    who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is prexecutives.org and many of our member’s names appear
    there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it
    and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks Kate.

    Kind regards,
    Matt Keener
    PR Summit
    matthew@prexecutives.org

    ————-
    This message is confidential and intended only for the original
    recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete
    it or mail us back with re move in the sub ject. If any follow-up is
    needed I show your contact information as Kate,
    *shows my email address and company name* and
    our address if needed is the PR Summit, Attn: J. Ratering, 8914 Raven
    Park Dr, Charlotte NC 28216. Thank you.

  26. productdevexecs.com

    This one seems to be the new version of this ‘scam’.

    Not much online about it, this “summit” seems to bounce around domains.

    I just received an eMail on 1/20/2016 from “M. Keener”.

  27. i just got an email from this Matt Keener person going to an email i never use so i know it’s bull. Anyway… he’s under another company as opposed from what you mentioned. Claiming he’s the CMO of Summit. matthew@marketingsummits.org

  28. Vigilant Readers – it looks like Matthew Keener is still a thing – now they are a ‘group of high level sharing of ideas’. Beware.

    “Hi Mike, I was just following up on my earlier email below. Might now be better timing for you to join the group?

    —–Original Message—–

    To: Mike ******
    From: Matthew Keener
    Subject: Mike, question.

    Hi Mike, quick question for you because of your past experience and
    background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I
    think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best
    practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting Wal-Mart’s head of IT
    Operations will lead a presentation and discussion on what is working
    and new ideas to increase operations productivity. The following
    month Schwab’s head of Operations will lead a presentation and
    discussion on influencing the internal client experience.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also
    subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person
    who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is cooexecutives.org and many of our member’s names appear
    there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it
    and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks Mike.

    Kind regards,
    Matthew Keener
    COO Summit
    matthew@cooexecutives.org

    ————-
    This message is confidential and intended only for the original
    recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete
    it or mail us back with re move in the sub ject. If any follow-up is
    needed I show your contact information as Mike *******,
    *************, Seattle University, (206) 296-6000 and our address
    if needed is the COO Summit, Attn: B. Ewain, 6030 Dyer Brook Dr,
    Houston TX 77041. Thank you.”

  29. matthew@cooexecutives.org

    This email has been emailing me trying to make me join their “club”.

    Make sure you don’t.

  30. Patrick Hansen is still at it…Here’s what I just received this morning:

    Hi Ronald, I am checking in to see if you are now able to join our group. The caliber of the members is exceptional, several are shown below and you would really enjoy getting to know them. We meet monthly by webconference then a summary of all key thoughts is sent out afterward in case you have an occasional schedule conflict. I don’t want you to miss any further ideas, just let me know.

    Truly,
    Patrick Hansen
    Programs Director
    The CFO Summit
    http://www.CFO-Executives.com

    Some Members and Past Speakers (more on our site):

    – Toyota, Chris Ballinger, Sr.V.P. & CFO.
    Presenting: “Using Data Analytics to Drive Performance.”

    – Office Depot, Terry Nichols, Vice President, Global Loss Prevention/Safety.
    Presenting: “Predictive Modeling to Reduce Risk.”

    – Shell, George Connell, VP Strategy and Finance Operations.
    Presenting: “Finance Transformation Case Study.”

    – Microsoft, Marilee Byers, Director, Financial Compliance Group.
    Presenting: “Controls Monitoring.”

    – MillerCoors, Tim Wolf, Chief Financial and Integration Officer.
    Presenting: “The CFO as the Chief Dealmaker.”

    – FASB, Edward Trott, Chairman.
    Presenting: “Discussion of the FASB’s Agenda.”

  31. Here’s what I got from these creeps:

    Yes a scam with 400 members, most companies bigger than yours. Why don’t you reach out to one of them or keep your mouth shut.

    On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 2:03 PM, Gabe wrote:
    Chris, nice scam. Good luck, and I’ve reported your solicitation.

    From: Chris Sanders [mailto:csanders@cfosummit.net]
    Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:43 PM
    To: Gabe
    Subject: Gabe, question

    Hi Gabe,
    We would like to reach out to you in hopes that you would consider joining our finance leadership group. It appears that your role, experience and your organization’s background makes you a great fit with our current group. I think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best practices..

    Here is a link where you can view a past presentation: CFO Summit 1/15

    The CFO Summit meets once per month via web conference. Membership dues are $1,250 per year, but you are eligible for a first year rate of $975 if you register before 8/31. There is a 30 day evaluation period, if you don’t feel like the group is a fit, you will be refunded in full.

    You can register at http://www.cfosummit.net (click join now), please enter CFO975 in the comments field to be billed correctly.

    Kind Regards,

    Chris Sanders
    CFO Summit
    Direct: (404) 590-4092

    • :O!!! That’s my shocked face. I knew these guys were dirty but damn… defensive much?! Wow. Sorry you were treated that way, Gabe.

  32. Thank you for your post. These guys are still doing it today.
    ———-

    Hi Axxxx, I was just following up on my earlier email below.
    Might now be better timing for you to join the group?

    —–Original Message—–

    To: Axxxx
    From: P. Hansen
    Subject: Axxxx, question.

    Hi Axxxx, quick question for you because of your past experience and background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting McGraw Hill’s SVP will lead a presentation and discussion on financial department transformation and ERP implementation tips. The following month Lionsgate’ EVP will lead a presentation and discussion on best practices in optimizing your effective tax rate.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is thecfoleaders.com and many of our member’s names appear there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks Axxxx.

    Kind regards,
    P. Hansen
    CFO Summit
    patrick@thecfoleaders.com

    ————-
    This message is confidential and intended only for the original recipient. If you have received this message in error, please delete it or mail us back with remove in the subject. If any follow-up is needed I show your contact information as Axxxx, (626) 351-xxxx and our address if needed is the CFO Summit, Attn: D. Ewain, 120 Tustin Ave Ste C, Newport Beach CA 92663. Thank you.

  33. years on from the start of this blog i receive this!

    Hi Anita, I was just following up on my earlier email below. Might now be better timing for you to join the group?

    —–Original Message—–

    To: Anita Purbhoosing
    From: Pat M. Hansen
    Subject: Anita, question.

    Hi Anita, quick question for you because of your past experience and
    background.

    I wanted to ask if you might like to become a part of our group. I
    think you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best
    practices.

    For our next monthly teleconference meeting McGraw Hill’s SVP will
    lead a presentation and discussion on financial department
    transformation and ERP implementation tips. The following month
    Lionsgate’ EVP will lead a presentation and discussion on best
    practices in optimizing your effective tax rate.

    Because of the value you would bring to the discussion, you can also
    subtract $150 from the regular dues (just put my name as the person
    who okayed this in the Comments field of the sign up page).

    Our site is thecfoleaders.com and many of our member’s names appear
    there. It is an exceptional group — hopefully you can be part of it
    and you will enjoy meeting the others. Thanks Anita.

    Kind regards,
    Pat M. Hansen
    CFO Summit
    patrick@thecfoleaders.com

  34. “Jason Armstrong” emailed me today , $1,250.00 membership or $900 if I rego before 30-11-16.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    M
    Brisbane, Australia.

  35. Same address … different company name and contact … SAME SCAM. Website uses the same framework and structure as these other sites. PR, CMOs, Development, etc. etc. They are targeting them all.

    ###
    Hi Thomas

    I have been asked by our Administration and Membership to find out if you would like to accept the offer for you to become a part of our leadership and excellence group. As you may recall from a previous circular/reminder, the Corporate Development Summit is composed of forward thinking and dynamic professionals in Corporate Development, Planning, Strategy and Business Development. Our group has confidence that you would really enjoy the high level sharing of ideas and best practices.

    We meet every month via teleseminars and web conferences. The next two monthly teleconferences are set for 12/7 and 1/4. All live Summits are recorded while in session and archived. The virtual nature of our program eliminates the need for travel and requires minimum live participation requirementsCorporate Development VPs and Directors from SanDisk/Western Digital, Adobe, Ritz Carlton and GE Power & Water will be presenting to our forum over the next few months. Advanced analytics and business process transformation, best practices in the new digital age for business, strategic revenue management optimization and M&A best practices are examples of upcoming subject matter.

    Participants enjoy access to online training and content, optional Accreditation programs, quarterly best practices reports and monthly audio books for professional development. Details on benefits and features are found on the Why Join and What’s New pages at http://www.corporatedevexecs.com/.

    This is an annual membership and continuous program. Membership dues are typically $1,250 per year. However, you are eligible for a first year rate of $1,050. There is a 30 days evaluation/refund program. If you feel the group is not a fit, you will be refunded in full.

    You can register on the website’s Join Now page. Please include the code RA – 1,050 in the first field at the top of the registration form. Feel free to confirm your intentions to participate. Thanks Thomas.

    Corporate Development Leadership Summits
    Richard Avery
    Membership Director
    1200 Abernathy Rd., Suite 1700
    Atlanta, GA 30328
    678-929-5242
    ravery@corporatedevexecs.com
    ###

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