Wingspan Portfolio Advisors - A snapshot in Corporate Corruption, Abuse, and Racism

UPDATE:  Wingspan CEO  Steve Horne has been OUSTED after the company failed to make even its FIRST payment on a reported $18.8 million dollar loan. Housing Wire also reports that Steve Horne attempted to regain control of the company and he failed at this measure too. Apparently investors grew nervous about the missed loan payment and other 'questionable' decisions Steven Horne made as Wingspan CEO, including devoting Wingspan's philanthropic resources to the singing career of a family member. It is stated Steve Horne mixed personal expenses with business expenses. 

One notable quote from the Housing Wire article announcing Steven Horne's ouster was this:

“It appears Wingspan does not care for their employees, families nor the community as they also did not inform Brevard County workforce of the layoffs,” one former Wingspan employee at the Melbourne location told HousingWire.

The former employee, who wished to remain anonymous, also told HousingWire that Wingspan created a hostile work environment in Melbourne, which caused clients to abandon the extension of their contracts, leading to the layoffs

Well, well.. It's not news to me that Wingspan took its way of doing business down to Florida and was rebuffed. From my experience, these guys have always done business in a nasty, ruthless manner. Look at the reviews many of their Florida employees have given them. They do business in a "Texas" Fashion which is no holds barred, fuck everyone, profit over people type of fashion and Florida simply wasn't having that shit. They started to lose contracts left and right.

Executives Justin Belter, Melanie Pellegrino, Jason Dickard, and several others (including Director Kevin Conn) all left right before Steven Horne was ousted. They all left around the same time. Suddenly. Out the Blue. Now that sounds like these guys were PUSHED OUT but who knows. That's a strange way to leave all of a sudden. Especially around the same time. From what I heard the bankers wanted entirely new leadership so they most likely were forced out.

Can Anyone say "POETIC JUSTICE" and Can I Get An "AMEN"!

Looks like Justin Belter, Jason Dickard and another Wingspan Executive named Cesar Hernandez have hurriedly started another company called Agility 360 in Carrollton, TX with a fancy website and they are putting out 'press releases' notifying the public they have hired 'each other'  The website is so new it hasn't even been rated by my security software. After reading all of the fancy wording about what this company does I pretty much gather it does a whole lot of nothing. 

According to the Agility 360 Website the company --> "resolves and prevents operational challenges for banks, lenders, insurers and investors resulting from economic fluctuations, regulatory demands, and industry re-positioning. Our unique engagement model increases operational adaptability while reducing financial, operational and compliance risk or exposure.

And again I don't know about you but that sounds like they are doing a whole lot of 'nothing'. Pretty much sitting pretty in jobs where they try to give 'advice' about something they know 'nothing about'. Maybe the flashy website and over the top language will work for them. The poor bastards just might make a good go of it. They are going after big banks after all, and white folks with money aren't known for being the smartest tools in the shed. Some are quite stupid in fact. Just look at how many have been fooled out of large sums of money by Nigerian hustlers. So the large corporations just may send a lot of business their way. They probably won't care that these so-called 'experts' started this company after damn near driving their last company into financial ruin. 

You can read more about Steve Horne's ouster here -->

THIS JUST IN -> WINGSPAN PORTFOLIO ADVISORS FILES FOR CH. 7 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. THE COMPANY LOSES MORE THAN $47 MILLION DOLLARS IN 30 MONTHS. Lists Employees, The United States Department of Treasury, The IRS, Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County and others, as UNSECURED CREDITORS. (Bankruptcy Filing Post is below)
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"They've taken off their robes, and now they sit in corner offices in business suits;
however they still think THE SAME"
"For they WILL be evil people. For plain human people, both power and money can corrupt. For corporate "people" with no innate sense of fairness and no instilled morality, the corruption is a certainty."

Be careful about the employment you take. Especially in Texas. A state known for Oil, Cowboys, Start-ups and Crooks.

A bad employer can do more than hurt you emotionally, financially, or cripple any other career prospects. A truly bad employer can make you withdraw from the Job Market entirely. The experience one gains from working with a ruthless and cutthroat employer can leave one permanently scarred.

I speak from experience. More people should speak from experience. I had over several years of work experience when during a period of unemployment after a layoff, I heard about a small company in Carrollton, TX which was hiring for Bank of America as a third party vendor. That small company was Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, located at 4100 Midway, Suite 1110, Carrollton, TX 75007. After interviewing for a position with the company, I was hired on the spot.

The first few weeks working at Wingspan felt ok. The work was not too difficult and the management told us constantly we could become permanent with hard work. So we worked hard. All of us. However, in a short time, I began to notice what I felt were very unethical business practices by the company. I was instructed to lie on more than one occasion when speaking to Bank of America customers regarding loan documents. Management was non supportive and were at times outright racist against the African American employees. I, along with others, started to notice many white employees being hired permanent whereas the black employees were not even though their work was of high quality. Management also became openly hostile to black employees as well.

I left the company feeling disillusioned with Corporate America.

The last few days I worked at the company and I saw the warped mentality and lack of ethics of managers who treated the blacks with such contempt and back-handedness; and it became so depressing I didn't know if I could ever work for another company again.

I had a realization that Corporate America is the white man's domain. It is his world. We only play in it. For the first time in my life, I understand the importance of African Americans to become entrepreneurs in higher numbers than we are currently. We will never be treated as complete equals working for white people in traditional corporate America. No matter our work ethics, values, education or experience we will always be pushed to the second tier. I became resentful of corporate America and to this day liken Corporate America to crooks and crony capitalism.

It took months of health issues from the stress from the job, dealing with the racist comments such as when one of the managers referred to the black employees as "roaches" openly and to one male employee in particular as "nigger". When you experience that you will never get over it. It will mold your perception of white people, especially Southern Rednecks in positions of power, forever.

That is why I wrote this blog. Don't let white people no-matter what titles "THEY" give "THEMSELVES" take your dignity. Stand up for your dignity. At the end of the day, they may take your job, but don't let them take your dignity.

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