Martin Andelman is NOT a Fraud, Mandelman Matters is NOT a Scam, and Erin Baldwin is Completely INSANE
My name is Martin Andelman and I am the author of the blog,Â Mandelman Matters. I’ve written this post about Erin Baldwin’s blog post “Martin Andelman is a Fraud and Mandelman Matters is a Scam” before, sort of… this one is updated and enhanced. I’m posting this new version because it’s supposed to be more search engine friendly, so it should appear at the top of Google search, or at least right under hers. Â I don’t mind answering anything anyone asks about me, but I’m getting tired of answering the same questions over and over again as a result of one crazy person out of millions of readers.
So, here goes… and this will be the last time I do this.
Although Iâ€™ve never met or otherwise interacted withÂ Erin Baldwin, I have certainly seen Erin Baldwinâ€™s blog post, “Martin Andelman is a Fraud and Mandelman Matters is a Scam” before, although it has been many months since she has come up in conversation.
She used to write a blog called, Bad Biz Finder, but apparently an attorney sued her, won a $650,000 judgment, and WordPress was ordered by the court to take down her site down as a result.
Here’s a link to the actual COURT INJUNCTION against her. Â And here’s what a site dedicated to reporting on her has to say:
“Erin K. Baldwin (aka BadBizFinder, Erin Baldwin, Beverly Sullivan) has finally received a PERMANENT injunction (gag order) from a Superior Court Judge against Erin Baldwin, BadBizFinder, and anyone associated with her ill-advised â€śanonymous consumer advocacyâ€ť organization.”
“Justice came in the form of a $604,515.66 judgment against Erin K. Baldwin and BadBizFinder. This injunction is permanent across all media (tv, radio, print, internet, any website), it is retroactive, and if the Judgeâ€™s order is violated, Ms. Baldwin will find herself facing a bench warrant and some well deserved jail time.”
Ms. Baldwin has posted numerous writings attacking many high profile individuals as being scammers of one kind or another, many of them attorneys, and at least one District Attorney. Â There were a few corporate CEOs thrown in there as well.
So that an interested reader may follow along, you can find her blog that talks about me, and calls me all sorts of names, here:Â The Big Bearian Returns.
I have to sayâ€¦ Iâ€™ve made it a policy not to respond to Ms. Baldwin’s statements.Â In fact, the only time I did respond to Ms. Baldwin, I did so with tongue-in-cheek, and you can find that response here, and again at the end of this document:Â Bad Biz Finderâ€™s Erin Baldwin is Awe Inspiring.
However, I have now heard from enough people that seem to sincerely want to know the facts of the situation, and I’m happy to provide them.
Do I feel silly doing so? Â Frankly, yes.Â However, there are enough people out there that donâ€™t know me and itâ€™s conceivable that some may not recognize the psychosis at play inÂ Erinâ€™s Big Bearian writings.Â After reading this response, it should be clear that Ms. Baldwin is a troubled soul, and I take no pleasure in any of this.Â It is purely to set the record straight, and is intended only for those that are interested.
Initially, I didnâ€™t think there was any need to addressÂ Ms. Baldwin’s accusations one by one because, they were either obviously untrue or obviously GOOFY, and additionally, they are the kind of things that are easily verified so I had figured, why bother.
When I say that her accusations are either untrue or devoid of substance, I mean things like the following. Â Her first three or four points seem to be about my career in business. Â It’s very difficult to tell what she’s trying to say, but I’ll respond to her statements directly, and in the order she presents them, and I’m the reader will quickly get the idea.
1. Her first reference is to Mandelman Inc., which she says was “Suspended,” as if it was somehow a bad thing. Â Here’s what she writes on her blog:
Letâ€™s have a look at all the bogus ways Martin Andelman has achieved his level of â€śexpertise.â€ť MANDELMAN, INC
Corporate Name:Â Â Â Â Â Mandelman, Inc.
Corporate Number: Â Â Â C2482873
Date Incorporated:Â Â Â Â Â October 18, 2002
Corporate Address:Â Â Â Â Â 1472 Marelen Drive, Fullerton, CAÂ 92835
Current Corporate Status: SUSPENDED.Â Mandelman, Inc. lost all rights and powers for failure to meet statutory filing requirements of either the Secretary of Stateâ€™s office or the Franchise Tax Board.Agent for Service of Process
Okay, Mandelman Inc. was a corporation I used to do some publishing and consulting under, although I haven’t done such work in quite some time… maybe 8-10 years.
The corporation didn’t have any assets or liabilities, so when I stopped using the corporation there was no need to continue paying the annual filing fees, so it simply languishes in my CPA’s filing cabinet. Â If I wanted to use the corporation, I suppose I would simply contact the state and pay the current fees and bring it back to life.
I don’t know why this is a bad thing… it’s not like the corporation was “suspended” for doing something wrong, although I guess in her mind she thinks that’s the case. Â Corporations in California are suspended when they are no longer doing business or no longer active, and stop paying their annual filing fees. Â She does have my home address right though, not that itâ€™s a secret either.
2. Next sheÂ references a couple of white papersÂ that are somewhere on the Internet, and that I authored some years ago; my best guess would be 2003. Â She lists my phone number as 714-904-2288, which was my number then and still is today.
She shows my email address asÂ email@example.com, and then reminds the reader that Mandelman Inc. is a suspended corporation. Â I feel silly saying anything further about this point, except that she’s right, Mandelman Inc. hasn’t been active in some time.Â When it was active I had the email address as shown. Â Why that’s somehow a bad thing, I have no idea.
For the last I donâ€™t know how many years, my email has been firstname.lastname@example.orgâ€¦ itâ€™s a .Mac or .Me account, which Apple makes available and I like the features it comes with, so I use it for everything.
Then she points out that the addressÂ on the white papers I’ve authored and that can be found on the Internet is 610 Newport Center Drive, Suite 950, Newport Beach, CA 92660, which she correctly says “also happens to be the address of” TBG Financial,” which after a merger a few years ago is now Mullin/TBG. Â Here’s what she writes in her blog post:
There was another reference to Martin Andelman, Mandelman Inc., Â in an article he wrote for The Free Library entitled:Â â€śIn Defense of Deferred Compensation â€“ The Last Win-Win in Corporate Americaâ€ť wherein he makes the following statement:
â€śAt the risk of sounding elitist, $300,000 a year, while nothing to sneeze at, is not a huge amount of money these days. If youâ€™ve worked hard enough in life to earn that amount of money each year, why should you be penalized when saving for retirement?â€ť
At the bottom of the article is his contact information as follows:
Mr. Martin Andelman
610 Newport Center Drive, Suite 950
Newport Beach, CA 92660
[Remember, Mandelman Inc. is a suspended corporation.]
This also happens to be the address of:
TBG Insurance Services Corporation / TBG Financial
610 Newport Center Drive Suite 950
Newport Beach, CA 92660
And she’s absolutely right.
With something like $20 billion in assets under management, TBG Financial is the largest provider of nonqualified deferred compensation plans in the country.Â Today, the firm is owned by Prudential, but when I worked for TBG back in 2002-2005, it was owned by Nationwide (62%) and the balance by its founders who are still involved in running the firm today. Â The founders and I were good friends then, and still are, by the way.Â I see them several times a year, although not as much as I’d like to.
Why does any of this matter?Â I have no idea why she thinks this is troubling in the least.
4. After that, she starts to getÂ delusional.Â She says that I claim to have been the CEO of The 4th Floor LLC, which is absolutely correctâ€¦ I do claim that. Â And not only have I been, but I still am.
She says that The 4th Floor is “a creative and strategic marketing communications consulting firm,” and again, this is absolutely correct. Â And she says that “Andelman possesses in-depth expertise in industries including: insurance, financial services, health care, accounting, law, among others,” which is not only absolutely correct, but also fairly widely known in some circles. Â (After 20 years, it’s hard to keep what youâ€™re good at a secret.)
Here’s what her blog says:
THE 4TH FLOOR
His bio fraudulently states that he served for 20 years as CEO and Creative Director of The 4th Floor, a creative and strategic marketing communications consulting firm and that Andelman possesses in-depth expertise in industries including: insurance, financial services, health care, accounting, law, among others.Â This is what he claims:
The 4th Floor
(Marketing and Advertising industry)
February 1994 â€“ Present (15 years 5 months)
The 4th Floor â€śEngineering Persuasive Communicationâ€ť.
The 4th Floor is an award winning strategic communications consulting firm that specializes in the communication of complex subject matter to senior level audiences. Our clients have included: JPMorgan, Nationwide, Arthur J. Gallagher, Gallagher London, Merrill Lynch, Warner Bros, Centura Health Systems, AXA Equitable, Kaiser Permanente, along with numerous others.
Then she states:
“First of all, there is no record of â€śThe 4th Floorâ€ť ANYWHERE on the internet except for Andelmanâ€™s LinkedIn Profile, Zoom Info Profile and his Speaker Profile.â€ť
I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it certainly could be. Â It might be mentioned on my Facebook profile page too, I really don’t know, but what is her point here?
The 4th Floor is a California Limited Liability Corporation that’s been in business for 20 years… yikes, I’m getting old. Â I was not aware that a firm was required to have a Website, or that not having one was bad. Â The 4th Floor has never advertised itself online. Â Its clients are C-Suite executives, and we donâ€™t do the type of work that our clients want publicized. Â Heck, I wasn’t even on the Internet until Christmas Eve 2008 when I started blogging… didnâ€™t personally use email until â€™04â€¦ so sue me.
And, more importantly than a Website, while she was looking up Mandelman Inc. to find its status listed as “suspended,” I’m assuming she noticed that The 4th Floor LLC, wasnâ€™t.
After that she lists a smattering of the clients I’ve had over the years at The 4th Floor, and saysÂ she called them and they had never heard of me. She writes:
We called and spoke with the corporate offices of the clients he states he worked with during that 20 year reign as CEO…
This is a sad statement, and a large part of why I chose not to respond to her accusations in this detailed way up until now. Â The list of my client companies she claims to have â€ścalledâ€ť follows, and my response by client does as well:
Merrill Lynch – Merrill Lynch, like the companies that follow below, is not a company that you could call to ask such a question, unless perhaps you called Human Resources.
The fact that Ms. Baldwin doesn’t know or understand this is not funny, it’s just an indication that we are dealing with someone who, at best, has limited experience with Fortune 500 companies, and at worst, is simply not completely in touch with some aspect of reality.
Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America, doesn’t have A single location to call. Â The firm has divisions that range from Investment Banking to Retirement Plan Services, to the Retail Brokerage to Derivatives, to International and Private Banking, to so many others that I couldn’t possibly list them.Â I think most people either know this, or imagine it to be the case, so I won’t waste anymore time on this point.
In any case, The 4th Floor was an Approved Supplier to Merrill Lynch, at the corporate level, supplying consulting services to several areas of Merrill over the last decade including, among others, Nonqualified Plans,Â which are executive benefit programs,Â Defined Benefit Plans, which are pension plan managers, and Defined Contribution Plans, which are 401(k) plan administrators.
(Although, I must admit that the idea of someone calling “Merrill Lynch,” and then asking whoever answered the phone: â€śDo you know Martin Andelman,â€ť is a little funny.)
JPMorgan – Like Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan is not a single place or organization, it’s a giant holding company type of conglomerate, that includes an investment bank and has thousands of office locations both throughout the US and around the world. Â I worked for several divisions at the corporate level for many years, including JPMorgan/RPS, which stands for Retirement Plan Services, headquartered in Kansas City, MO.
At the time I was there, I reported to the CEO, Tom Kmack… although he has since retired. Â You can Google him though, I’m quite sure he’s around doing something. Â Feel free to send him an email about me and do tell him I said hello and will call the next time I’m in KC.
Centura Health Systems – Centura Health Systems owns and operates hospitals throughout the mid-west, and I spent most of my time working for the company in Denver, at Porter Adventist Hospital, which is where Centura’s Organ Transplant Program is housed.
I was responsible for developing and implementing a strategic marketing communications plan for Centura’s Organ Transplant Program for 4-5 years, under the direction of Hank Fanelli. Â Hank left Centura two years ago, but we remain close friends as weâ€™ve worked together, on and off, for many years.Â Should you find him online, heâ€™s on LinkedIn, I thinkâ€¦ please tell him I said hello, and that I owe him a call, which I promise to make soon. Â (I’ve been busy this past year, as you know.)
Also, in response to Ms. Baldwinâ€™s assertion that I never worked where I said I did because Iâ€™m unknown by whoever answered the phone wherever she was calling, assuming she did actually call anywhere to begin withâ€¦ here is a link to a documentary-style video that The 4th Floor LLC produced for Centura’s Transplant Program in 2004-05. Â Our work, as Hank would happily verify, resulted in the program growing by roughly fourfold over a three-year period. Â Click her to see Centura Video:Â http://www.youtube.com/user/mandelman.
Kaiser PermanenteÂ – The 4th Floor worked for Kaiser Permanente for so may years I couldn’t even count them… maybe 12? Â Maybe longer. Â During that time, we worked for numerous divisions of Kaiser Health Plans, Kaiser Hospitals, and Permanente Physicians of Northern and Southern California. Â We created hundreds of marketing initiatives, most notably a documentary style video titled: Everybody’s Talking, in 2000. Â I’ve got several copies around my office, happy to send one upon request.
Warner Bros – The 4th Floor was the creative agency that helped launch and support Warner Bros. Studio Stores.Â Remember them?Â They used to be in all the malls and were really gorgeous stores, until that idiot Steve Case from AOL bought Time Warner and closed them down. Â There were about 200 at the time, I believe.
I worked directly for the SVP, who after the stores were closed, went on to become Vice Chairman of Sharper Image, and later moved to London to work with his brother in investment bankingâ€¦ I think.Â Thatâ€™s really hearsay, at best.Â Iâ€™m not sure where Ms. Baldwin called to check on meâ€¦ do you suppose it would have been Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, or perhaps the Time Warner Building in Manhattan.Â Youâ€™d have to ask her yourself.
AXA Equitable – AXA is one of the largest corporations in the world, in the past I believe it’s been listed as #4. Â It also has offices all over the world, so it’s hard to say where Ms. Baldwin would have called to check me out, but I worked most closely with the Annuities Division, whose EVP is a good friend of mine. Â He is still at AXA, and wouldn’t be hard to reach, as he works in AXA’s Manhattan offices, which is a big skyscraper thatâ€™s easy to find. Â Ask for Phil and tell him I’ll call when in NYC next, which may be as early as next month. Â Actually, Phil and I met when we worked together at TBG Financial, as referenced above.
Nationwide – (SHE SAYS: “weâ€™re assuming he means Nationwide Mortgage.”)Â – Actually, no… as Iâ€™ve written on numerous occasions, I’ve never worked in the mortgage or real estate industries.
When I say Nationwide I’m referring to Nationwide Insurance, with corporate offices in Columbus Ohio. Â You know… â€śNationwide is on Your Side.â€ť
Like the rest of these companies, I’ve worked on Nationwide projects for many years, and for many divisions, althoughÂ I’ve worked more in the COLI area than anywhere else. Â The 4th Floor has handled many initiatives for Nationwide, I couldn’t possibly list them all, but if you can figure out what COLI is, and find that area of Nationwide in Columbus, just drop my name and Iâ€™m sure someone will recognize it.
Arthur J. Gallagher – (SHE SAYS: “Unless heâ€™s referring to Arthur J. Gallagher International in London â€“ but weâ€™re not calling London.”)Â â€“ First of all, the Arthur J. Gallagher Company is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. Â It was founded in 1927, by Arthur J. Gallagher, and although it’s publicly traded on the NYSE, it’s still family run. Â Today, Pat Gallagher is the CEO and Chairman of the Board, and The 4th Floor has reported directly to Pat on several occasions, in addition to reporting to the President of Gallagher Benefit Services.
And, in reference to Ms. Baldwin’s quip about â€śnot calling London,â€ť above… I have also worked for the Arthur J. Gallagher Company in London, which is now called Gallagher London.Â In fact, my firm was engaged by their London brokerage just a coupleÂ years ago. Â Going to London was fun, but the weather was crummy.
The phone numbers for Gallagher are easily obtained by calling directory assistance for Itasca, ILâ€¦ it’s just outside Chicago.Â Ask for the presidentâ€™s or CEOâ€™s offices, and I’m sure they’ll put you right through… then use my name, and you’ll certainly get a return call in the event that one or more are in meeting.
The 4th Floor has worked for The Arthur J. Gallagher Company for maybe 10 years… maybe a little longer. Â In fact, I was the Keynote Speaker at the company’s Annual President Conference 2 years in a row!Â No small feat, because you need all new jokes.Â Here’s a link to see speaking in front of 700 Gallagher company division presidents in Chicago, 2005:Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi3x8sWiWfg.
Even with all of that being said… and I am sincere when I say that anyone is more than welcome to contact any of the companies or corporate executives listed above, Ms. Baldwin on her blog makes the following statement following her listing of The 4th Floor’s clients:
“Not one company had heard of Martin Andelman or â€śThe 4th Floor.â€ť
5. After the companies being listed, she shows something titled: “Agent of for Service of Process,” and the name Samuel Crowe.
Agent for Service of Process:Â Samuel Crowe
1131 West 6th Street, Suite 300,Â Ontario, CAÂ 91762
Samuel Crowe is an attorney licensed to practice law in California.Â He became an attorney in 1961, which would place him in his 70s.
I simply don’t have evenÂ the foggiest idea who he is, where she found him, or why he’s involved in this discussion. Â He has absolutely nothing to do with me, I can assure you of that, and if you contact him and he even intimates that he knows me, please conference me in immediately, as that would be something I’d want to get to the bottom of right away.
6. After that, she references RFP NATION, which is the title of a book I wrote in 2006. Â And she brings up another company she says I was CEO of, Energi, and I cover that next. Â About RFP Nation, she writes:
Apparently Marty wrote a book called â€śRFP Nation:Â How to Increase Your Firmâ€™s Win-Rate in Our Proposal-Driven Business World.â€ť
The website claims: Martin Andelman has spent the last 15 years showing companies how to win more RFP-driven new business competitions.Â Now he shares his secrets and best practices in â€śRFP NATIONâ€ť.
It must really be secret because neither ENERGI nor THE 4TH FLOOR even exits.]Â Andelman has been a speaker for such firms as JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Financial Services, and numerous other well-known professional service firms.Â Heâ€™s certainly one of the countryâ€™s leading experts on the subject of selling and differentiating a company in writing.
We used to have a Website dedicated to the book and the corporate training and university programs offered, I don’t know if it’s still up… I hope not, as I don’t do that sirt of work anymore… but here’s a link to Amazon and you can buy the book there, if you’d like. Â http://www.amazon.com/RFP-Nation-Martin-Andelman/dp/0977226409.
7. Ms. Baldwin says that I claimed to be the CEO of a company by the name of Energi, but that it too has been dissolved. Â She shows is this way, and by this point in her writing about me, she has obviously lost touch with reality in some way. Â Ready? Â You’ll love this:
“DISSOLVED.Â Energi, Inc. voluntarily elected to wind up its operations and has completely dissolved its business as a corporation.”
Wow, dissolved? Â The people that work at Energi today are going to be so surprised, to say nothing of Craig Lack, Energi’s President since 1996 or 1997, I can’t remember which. Â I’ll adress this further just below. Â She goes on…
â€ś(Energi is) a professional consulting firm that, among other things, offers RFP University programs, used to train and arm those in new business development how to win in todayâ€™s and tomorrowâ€™s business environment.â€ťÂ What does that even mean anyway?
There is no such company.
This part confused me, so I’m not sure how to respond. Â According to her, was Energi “dissoved,” as she says above, or is there “no such company”? Or is she saying that “RFP University programs” is not a company. Â That must be it, because RFP Nation was never a company… IT WAS A BOOK… IT IS STILL IS A BOOK… buy one, you’ll see.
Then she goes on… keep going… it’s a little confusing, but it’s worth it at the end, I think:
The bio asserts that, â€śMartin and his firm have been hired to write RFP responses and other proposals for some of the most recognized companies in the country.
He is a highly rated speaker at various industry trade shows and conferences, has published numerous articles and white papers on a variety of business topics, and is a seasoned CEO.â€ť
This entity is dissolved.
Corporate Number:Â Â Â Â C2518521
Date Incorporated:Â Â Â Â Â June 24, 2003
CorporateÂ Address:Â Â Â Â Â 1924 West Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CAÂ 90041
Current Corporate Status: DISSOLVED. Energi, Inc. voluntarily elected to wind up its operations and has completely dissolved its business as a corporation.
Agent for Service of Process
10440 Paramount Boulevard, E-254
Downey, CAÂ 90241
See: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx (Scroll down and type in Energi, Inc. or the business entity number which is C2518521Â .)
The only Enrique Molinet we can find is a program manager for IBM.
There seems to be remnants of a websiteÂ but note that Albert Sandoval is the only person named.Â Â Â Â See: http://energi.com/index-4.htmlhttp://energi.com
VERY IMPORTANT:Â Please note, that Albert Sandoval vehemently denies any connection whatsoever with Martin Andelman.Â See his comment from yesterday, February 13, 2010: â€śI am the owner of the website energi.com. I have no idea who this individual is, nor have I ever had any communication with him, nor did I know he even existed. Energi.com is dedicated to â€śGreen Livingâ€ť and the business of renewable energy and has nothing to do with this business or individual.â€ť
[I want to make this point and then I will remove this section of the blog post entirely in a couple of weeks.Â Because the search engines have already picked up on it, I want to clear his name and then remove the statements.]
She posted this blog post on February 13, 2010. Â It’s now October 13, 2010, and she never removed the section about poor Mr. Sandoval, so I guess his name has never been “cleared,” as she puts it. Â I wonder if he’s okay. Â I worry about him.
There was also a company called Energi Multimedia, Inc. in Burbank but that company was suspended by the California Secretary of State and the Agent for Service of Process resigned on June 22, 2004.
See: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx (Scroll down and type in Energi Multimedia, Inc.)
There was also a company called Energi Marcom in Agoura Hills, but â€“ there seems to be a pattern here â€“ that company is also suspended and the Agent for Service of Process resigned on September 26, 2008.
See: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx (Scroll down and type in Energi Marcom, Inc.)
There are also companies with that name in South Africa New Zealand, but that would be a tough commute.
WHEW! Â She certainly looks like she’s being very thorough, doesn’t she?
Well, I recently called the President of Energi, not having anything to do with this response or Erin Baldwin, but just because heâ€™s been a close friend and business associate of mine since 1996, I believe.Â Here’s a link to Energi’s Website:Â http://energiusa.com/.
The company was founded in 1996, and has been humming along without interruption in Laguna Hills, California ever since.Â Should you decide to contact the companyâ€™s president, Criag Lack, just keep in mind that he may be appear confused if you start the conversation by telling him that his company, Energi, has beenÂ DISSOLVED.
I haven’t spoken with him in a few months now, and I’ve never mentioned this whole Erin Baldwin thing, so if you do call, just explain why youâ€™re checking to see if he knows me.Â He’ll undoubtedly laugh and sayâ€¦ nope, never heard of him.Â LOL
Now let’s get back to poor Mr. Sandoval, as referenced above. Â Remember,Â Ms. Baldwin posted the following quote, indicating that it was â€śVERY IMPORTANTâ€ť:
VERY IMPORTANT:Â Please note, that Albert Sandoval vehemently denies any connection whatsoever with Martin Andelman.Â See his comment from yesterday, February 13, 2010:Â Â â€śI am the owner of the website energi.com. I have no idea who this individual is, nor have I ever had any communication with him, nor did I know he even existed.Â Energi.com is dedicated to â€śGreen Livingâ€ť and the business of renewable energy and has nothing to do with this business or individual.â€ť
When I read this, I started to cry. Â You see, Albert and I were lovers for many years, and when it ended…
STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT!
Who the heck is Albert Sandoval to â€śvehementlyâ€ť deny any connection with me?Â Whyâ€¦ Iâ€™ll see his â€śvehementâ€ť denial, and raise him one â€śfervid,â€ť a â€śvigorous,â€ť and a â€śpassionateâ€ť denial.
I have no idea who this Sandoval cat isâ€¦ nor do I care.Â Not only that, but â€śGreen Livingâ€ť is for sissies, how do you like them apples, Sandoval?
Perhaps a little sanity would help here…
It would seem that Ms. Baldwin’s confusion related to Mr. Sandoval comes from her assumption that â€śmyâ€ť Energi’s Website address wasÂ www.energi.com. It isnâ€™t, however, â€śmyâ€ť Energiâ€™s Website address isÂ www.energiusa.com.
Now, Iâ€™m just thinking out loud here, but it occurs to me that hadÂ Ms. Baldwin sent me an email to inquire about Energi’s Website address, I could have saved her quite a bit of time pretending to be snooping around uncovering stuff that HASN’T BEEN COVERED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.
To say nothing of how poor Mr. Sandoval must feel.
I suppose, I could now contact Mr. Albert Sandoval and explain that I never claimed to be the owner of his Website, nor do I have any interest in being the owner of his Website, and that I haven’t heard of him either… and that Erin Baldwin is insane and needs to be hospitalized…
BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW RIDICULOUS I’D FEEL DOIING SO?
(I’m thinking that you do.)
ALMOST AS RIDICULOUS AS I FEEL WRITING THIS RESPONSE.
She then goes on to point out that I say that I’m a staff writer for The Niche Report magazine, and that I write a column that appears on the very last page each month titled: Bringing Up the Rear.
And that’s only because I AM A STAFF WRITER FOR THE NICHE REPORT MAGAZINE AND I DO WRITE A COLUMN THAT APPEARS ON THE VERY LAST PAGE TITLED: BRINGING UP THE REAR.
Each month I BRING UP a new REAR. Â Last month the REAR in question was Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the month before that it was Sen. Christopher Dodd. Â Actually, I’ve been writing that column since August of 2009. Â You can subscribe to The Niche Report magazine by clicking here: SUBSCRIBE!
The publisher’s name is Robert Pegg and I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of anyone calling and asking about me… expecially if he knows it’s in response to Erin Baldwin’s online garbage.
FORTUNATELY, we’ve finally reached the end of her very insightful claims about me. Â And please understand… I’m not the least bit frustrated with anyone for inquiring about this. Â It was my choice to respond in detail, so if you were one that inquired, please don’t feel any need to apologize.Â I wanted to do it, so I did.
When I started my online column on Christmas Eve 2008, I had never blogged before, and since then I’ve become a widely read columnist covering the economic, political and social impacts of the foreclosure crisis. Â Iâ€™ve had literally millions of readers. Â I DON’T SELL ADVERTISING or make any money from my blog, Mandelman Matters, it is by far the most expensive hobby I’ve ever had.
(The only exception is that I do write a book review now and then when I love a book, and if you buy a copy through the link I provide, I get 6-7% from Amazon. So far this year, I’ve made about $1,000 and change, which is really not bad if you think about it.)
I HAVEÂ NEVER BEEN PAID A PENNY HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH A LOAN MODIFICATION, SHORT SALE, MORTGAGE, REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION, or anything remotely relatedâ€¦ or for referring anyone anywhere at anytimeâ€¦ EVER!Â NOT ONE TIME.
Once in a while, a lawyer might offer to pick up the tab at lunch, but thatâ€™s the extent of my compensation, if you want to think of it that way.
Lastly, this year I was a featured speaker at the American Bar Association’s Conference on Consumer Financial Services, where I spoke in front of 400 banking attorneys about the foreclosure crisis, and I was on a panel discussion with Tom Pahl from the Federal Trade Commission.
And this past April, I spoke at the Judicial Conference for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges, where I spoke on the foreclosure crisis and causes of the current economic meltdown. I did my undergraduate work majoring in economics, my MBA at Pepperdine University, and I completed a specialized masters program at the University of Missouri at Kansas Cityâ€™s Block School of Business.Â (Go Kangaroos!)
I live in Fullerton, California with my wife and daughter… all of us are on Facebook, and I’m on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well. Â Lastly, I’ve written close to 350 in-depth articles on the foreclosure crisis in the last year alone. Â You can find most of them on the Mandelman Matters site, which you can subscribe to by clicking the SUBSCRIBE tab on the site. Â Here’s a link:Â http://www.mandelman.ml-implode.com.
I readily admit that when I first saw Erin Baldwin’s baseless attacks, they shocked me.
Luckily, I soon discovered that I have a lot of readers and, after 350 articles, many of them both know me and trust me… and I take that trust very seriously. Â So, many wrote to me, saying that I should just ignore her, that she was obviously insane.
So, I tried to joke it off and get her to go away, recognizing that she was a deeply disturbed person that I didn’t want to disturb further.
But she kept going, and soon others contacted me wanting to know if I was going to respond to her blogâ€™s accusations. Â I did respond, and the link is immediately below. Â I hope you’ll take the time to read it because it’s funny and makes a pointâ€¦ or several, actually:
TITLE: Erin Baldwin is Awe Inspiring
In response to my writing that article, however, I received the following email from Erin’s sister:
Dear Mr. Andelman,
Wow…where to begin. In my former life I had a sister.
My ex-sister has beenÂ a topic in many bitter blogs as of late. It pains me to see the problems and pain that she hasÂ been accused of causing.Â Painful but not surprising.
Please know that despite the multiple indiscretions sheÂ is accused of committing, she does not represent the loving parents that raised her.Â Also know that as many lives as she has been accused of hurting, nothing compares to the pain she caused her own parents. Unforgiveable.
I am not even sure why I am writing you. I don’t want anything to do with the toxic dump she has waded into.Â May the powers that be shed some grace and sanity on Erin.Â May the rest of the affected parties find forgiveness in their hearts.
Ellen M England
So, I wrote back, as follows:
Dear Ms. England,
I cannot thank you enough for contacting me. I’m very sympathetic to your situation and appreciate the insight. Â It’s so unfortunate that she struggles as she obviously has skills and intelligence that are far above the norm.
And her sister replied with the following:
Dear Mr. Andelman,
I thank you for your prompt and thoughtful email.
To say that Erins’ behavior mystifies the family would be a serious understatement. I appreciate your insight and recognition ofÂ the obvious intelligence and capabilities of Erin.Â Simply stated, and something I have felt for a lifetime…it’s a shame she doesn’t use her powers for good rather than evil.
On a good note, I have discovered your blogs and thoroughly enjoy your candid humor and sharp wit!
Carry on kind sir.
Ellen M England
And that was the last time I paid any attention to Ms. Erin Baldwin or any of the aliases she often uses, like Beverly Sullivan, or Cathy Bigby, or the Big Bearian, or whatever.
A few months ago, someone wrote to me and told me that Erin Baldwin had moved to Big Bear and was now blogging as thebigbearian.com, or something like that. Â I visited the site and saw the post referencing me, but chose to ignore it.
Around that same time, I was informed that she had gotten in some trouble with the Sheriff in Big Bear and had been incarcerated. Â She wrote all about it on her blog, and a quick read through it, and you’ll know everything you could possibly want to know about Erin Baldwin. Â Here’s a link:
When I heard she was put in jail, I felt sorry for her and decided to let it go. Â People like that have enough problems without me chasing her around, and I believed that my readers would be more than capable of seeing the situation clearlyâ€¦ frankly it’s not that difficult a situation to see or understand, as I’m certain all would now agree.
But when I started making theÂ REST Report available to lawyers and homeowners, which I think is the most important thing we can all do to help the situation related to loan modifications, and I started getting more inquiries asking for my response to her accusations, I decided that I had to address her allegations point by pointâ€¦ no matter how silly I felt doing so.
I hope anyone interested has taken the time to read my response and that it clears things up, once and for all.Â I hope everyone will pass on to others that Ms. Baldwin, although she may sound at times as if she’s got a grasp on reality, it is not the case.
Again, thank you to my readers who raised this issue with me, and I want everyone to know that I am someone to whom you can FREELY ASK ANY QUESTION AT ANY TIME. Â I would very much prefer that nothing ever remain unsaid… ever.
Feel free to contact me anytime by emailingÂ email@example.com.