As reported here on the Trading Assistant Journal, Steve Grossberg - President of the IMA, had agreed and confirmed with Dave White of the eBay and Beyond Internet Radio Program to an interview. This interview was to occur next Saturday July 12, 2008.
Mr. Steve Grossberg, Internet Merchants Association President and Treasurer, has just informed the eBay and Beyond radio program of his decision to back out of this live radio talk show interview. Dave White was notified of this decision via email and Dave has given the Trading Assistant Journal permission to reprint this short notice.
I am going to have to back out of this interview. Right now my time and energies are geared toward #1 my family, #2 my business, and #3 getting IMA moving forward. We already have an open dialouge and interactive dialouge in place for IMA members to voice their opinions and be heard.
As will be commented here and elsewhere, this is not an unexpected development. I will say I think it is a mistake to back away from an opportunity to offer a different side of the story. This is a move which would not have been deemed advisable by any top notch PR firm or advisor.
Mr. Grossberg's comment in the letter above, stating there is already a place for members to voice opinions seems very empty, especially if Mr. Grossberg himself will remove any members from the Association who dare to voice a differing or dissenting opinion from his own, as has been reported by numerous sources.
Dave White would like to extend an offer for any of the remaining members of the Board of Directors at the IMA to fill in for Mr. Steve Grossberg. Former members of the Board or Ethics Committee are also welcome. The show will still be scheduled and the topics will certainly center around the recent implosion of the IMA governing body.
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