|Subject: Where is the MAO Corporate Governance?|
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Date Posted: 13:34:23 02/04/15 Wed
I'd like to understand the corporate governance that allowed the MAO license selection committee to award Ohio to Steven Oliveri. They have a fiduciary responsibility as a board and there's far too much evidence of impropriety by Oliveri and his group that it brings into question if they did any due diligence or proper vetting of their selection.
When was the last time Ohio's finances (not their processes, but their actual books) were audited by an independent CPA firm?
It was reported in the Mansfield News Journal that Oliveri and Kunkle orchestrated the 'moving to Zanesville' lie to leverage money from the host city of Mansfield:
>>>>>Lou Whitmire, email@example.com 7:38 p.m. EST December 16, 2014
The Miss Ohio board started a restructuring in 2011 at the urging of the convention bureau, after some Miss Ohio program members (Oliveri and Kunkle) said publicly the city of Zanesville wanted to lure the pageant there.
Tasseff (President of the convention bureau) researched that and found it was never true. “There was no deal on the table from Zanesville,” he said. “That was a story perpetuated by (Miss Ohio) leadership at the time. Eventually a Mansfield committee formed to keep the program here found out the bid from Zanesville didn’t exist."<<<<<
full article here: http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/local/2014/12/16/mansfields-miss-ohio-pageant-peril/20506729/
I have copies of letters from several former state contestants who during this process wrote the MAO detailing Oliveri's 'judging improprieties' over the years.
Schnitkey was disbarred (as a lawyer).
Kunkle ran out on all his production bills last year. When the standing board took bids (after he spent $212,000 on production the year prior) he claimed he had an anonymous donor for all production fees. After lots of excuses, it was discovered mere weeks prior to the state pageant he and Schnitkey made the whole thing up. (see the other MNJ article)
There were at least 2 other groups who submitted bids, but were never even interviewed by the Miss America Selection Committee. These are solid, respected, educated people with good reputations and exceptional corporate/pageant experience. I’m not confident the Selection Committee even knew of the other bids.
It begs the question, did the selection committee follow corporate governance or properly vet this candidate to uphold their fiduciary responsibility.
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