Where David magazine goes, trouble follows

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imageIt’s an all too familiar refrain: The publishers of David magazine face staff revolts and accusations of mismanagement and the boss fires back at the disgruntled staffers. What’s new this time? The drama is unfolding inside the magazine’s recently launched Florida operation.

Yes, David magazine – despite lawsuits, troubles with editorial quality control and staffing problems right here in Atlanta – took their show on the road earlier this year to launch a Florida edition. How’s it going? About the same as it is here: Its primary sales people quit and lobbed accusations of bounced checks, employees without paychecks and printers not getting paid, according to the South Florida Gay News.

Atlanta-based David Magazine, which launched a February operation in South Florida has run into difficulties with its Fort Lauderdale team of salesmen. Their business relationships have come to a screeching halt.

Both Kenny Fritz and Brad Casey, the magazine’s primary salespersons, have left the company, announcing their departure in a press release to SFGN Tuesday afternoon.

The short-lived operation is enmeshed in an unfolding and emerging swell of accusations and replies accusing Publisher Matt Neumann of bouncing checks, not paying employees, and not compensating printers for services rendered.

imageNeumann denies all the accusations being thrown his way, telling SFGN that “we have had a hard time since we started, but we came out last week, and we are coming out tomorrow.”

All of that leaves us wondering if Fritz and Casey bothered to spend a few minutes Googling what they were about to step into with the magazine. But that’s beside the point.

The back-and-forth drama includes Fritz saying his brief employment with the company included nothing but “broken promises.” Sound familiar? It should. Casey says he went to work for David with a compensation package that included “partial ownership.” That never materialized.

Neumann (photo), as he has done in the past when employees in Atlanta bolted for the doors, fired back with accusations that the Florida men didn’t make sales, sabotaged the magazine, and really owe him for the privilege of working there.

The trail of printers holding David’s unpaid invoices also stretches to Florida. Bruce Bogan of Planet Press says the magazine is in the hole to him for nearly $4,400 for “personal loans and services performed.” Neumann’s response? Those services were delivered in trade, which means the printer should soon expect an invoice for what they received from the magazine. Tit for tat. Sigh.

Bogan’s had his fill of the Atlanta transplants: “Neumann has hurt a lot of people locally. He said he had money for a year, but he appears to have lied to lots of people.”

The magazine’s Kaos has made it all the way to Florida — in record time.

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