As I mentioned in my blog note earlier today, I’m not going to bash Dan Maes on things which I’ve assumed about him without actually meeting him. But that doesn’t mean I can’t and won’t write about things we do know.
And unfortunately for Dan Maes, the new information isn’t good.
Dan Maes’ web site says “Dan has over 20 years of progressively successful experience in sales, management, mid-size and small business development in multiple industries.” His resume says “Specialist in both start-ups and turnarounds.” However, other than starting his own “Amaesing Credit Solutions” in 2005 – more on that in a minute – his resume is almost entirely that of a salesman for “enhanced telecommunications services including voice messaging, unified communications, and audio and data collaboration.”
I’m not putting down any job that anybody has, but with Dan campaigning with lines like “And it’s time we put a real business manager/executive into an executive office”, one infers that he’s claiming not to be just an executive, but a success.
However, when Maes released his tax returns to the Constitutionalist Today, a small Colorado Springs paper which I like quite a bit, the numbers showed a man who has, financially speaking, struggled mightily in recent years. Having been involved in startups, I don’t begrudge a guy some low numbers during a company’s first year. But the Maes’ net income during 2007, his company’s best year, was under $52, ooo. And his average net income for the years surrounding 2007, i.e. 2004, 2005, and 2008, was only $17,000.
Again, I’m not sneering at someone who doesn’t make a lot of money. We all know that some years are tougher than others for many people, and 2008 certainly wasn’t great for people involved in the mortgage brokering business, which Maes was. But I have a huge problem with someone portraying himself as a successful executive when, as a Denver Post reporter noted, his “income has fallen below federal poverty guidelines for a family of four at least twice in the past five years” and just barely missed that line in a third year.
It’s no surprise that Maes refused to release his tax returns for as long as possible and then only to the friendliest possible outlet. When the Denver Post asked for the financial information, “After recommending The Post talk to his accountant, (Maes) declined to give the accountant permission to divulge information.”
Perhaps another early clue that Dan Maes is simply not the savvy businessman he claims is that four out of five items he lists in the “Education” section of his resume are seminars and self-study “via audio-tapes and books.” Interestingly, he also doesn’t note the subject in which he earned his college degree.
Dan Maes’ business “success” has always smelled fishy to me. Now we see the fish.
How can it be that the GOP has chosen two candidates each of whom is, at least in a minor way, a fraud?
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