Monday, November 29, 2010

First, the old news

As I mentioned this is a post that was written last year some time. Some of it is out of date now but I'm posting it anyway.

Alot has changed since I last posted about Those Producers. This will be a huge update!

Officially, The Producers Inc have been reduced to just one. As of the annual report in April, the only one remaining is Vernon "Butch" Decossas. To make things interesting, his name is intentionally miss-spelled as Decosas. Anyway, removed from the company listing are Michal Gardner, Sigmund Solares, Noah Lieske, Donald Simonton, and William Moore.

In anticipation of his "promotion", Butch (or someone working for Butch obviously) has spammed his name across the internet in various blogs to water down his Google results. It's still quite easy to find information on him though. You can find out where he and his wife Lisa Decossas live, their previous jobs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, etc.

Butch also registered a few domain names: which still has Vernons home address and personal email...

Butch and Donny Simonton have also gotten together to start Keypath, LLC. More details to come on that one...

Michael Gardner has been quiet but his wife Katie Gardner is reportedly pregnant. Congrats Katie and Michael! My suggestions for baby names: Melissa or Serge. Unfortunately no more teeny bikinis for you Katie! I also forgot to mention that Katie started another business last year (One Eight, LLC... check on for details) and used it to buy a house just a few blocks away from their home in Belleair Beach. It's a big step down from the other house, which they still own ofcourse, and it's not on the water but it's close by and has a pool. It looks decent. It's probably bought for a family member like how Michael bought a place for his sister Alysons family. What a guy!

Sigmund Solares has also been quiet except for some traveling, pool parties and buying a run-down place in Seffner. His sister, Vivian Solares got married though and now owns a restaurant with her new husband and Sig. Rajun Cajun Cafe & Catering in Metairie. Check it out. The gumbo is alright.

I was surprised to see Sigmunds old Money Tree Loans, LLC business still active with Vernon Delossas running it now. Again with the bad spelling? Really? Anyway, a quick search brings up this old gem:
by digest, 6/22/06 23:12 ET
If you own property in New Orleans be aware of this scam. There is a ghost company, Money Tree Loans, LLc. listed at 650 Poydras street, suite 1150, who are taking advantage of the disaster and displaced residents. The company is not actually at the address another company called Intercosmos, is listed at this address and may be part of this scam. My neighbor, who has paid bills and taxes religiously recieved a notice in the mail, from a tenant. The notice looks like junk mail and is listed under Money Tree Loans which does not exist. My neighbor had never recieved any notice to the home address from the city nor this company. The letter is signed by an attorney Sigmund J. Solares and they claim to have purchased your property. My neighbor had one tax bill in 2001 for around $50 dollars, a bill they never recieved. The number listed on the letter is a recording 274-2189. The other attorney associated with this white collar crime is David W. Nance. The city claimed to no nothing about the company. The letter to property owners also list a fax which rarely works and an e-mail address which does not exist. It appears these carpet baggers are using the disaster to hopefully find properties and steal them from the families who own them and truly worked for them.The letter from Money Tree, Intercosmos, tells you nothing about information regarding the lien, nor does it tell the resident where to go to pay this off. The mistake my neigbor had was the fault of CITY HALL, in 2001!! The company has been reported to the Attorney General and the City, who knows what could happen. The finance department of the city WILL NOT CONTACT YOU BY PHONE AND WILL NOT TRY TO FIND YOU, YOU MAY LOOSE YOUR PROPERTY. If you stay in New Orleans or come back, which I highly do not recomend, go by the city finance department and get in writing your property taxes paid up to date for at least 10 years.Corruption will prevent the rebuilding of New Orleans. "

What else do we have? We have Daniel Walter Bugmann! Apparently Daniel Walter Bugmann of Zurich looks after the Schaffhausen branch of directNIC Ltd. I'm sure directNIC is very popular in Schaffhausen to require it having it's own branch. Or it could have something to do with a couple companies called Snow Turtles Ltd. and Flying Stingrays, Ltd. Both are VERY interesting and worth some extra investigation. Snow Turtles has an insane amount of capital for a nothing company and look for from Flying Stingrays.
Also in looking back on my old posts, in particular the one on Domain Magic, LLC, I found that I forgot to mention an important detail... So to recap just the facts, we have a company named Domain Magic, LLC. The company was started by a Michael Barnett in Florida. Sigmund Solares has a friend since childhood named Michael Barnett... aka Buff, Ikilled007, Interdictor, Chatroomromeo, etc. After my intial post, Michael Barnett emailed me claiming his innocence. He said I was wrong - It wasn't him and that he hadn't worked with any of the Producers since 2003. What I forgot to mention was that I have the details on a court case - Chicago Architecture Foundation v. Domain Magic, LLC - where Domain Magic, LLC was represented by David A. Vinterella. Yes that David A. Vinterella... The in-house counsel of Intercosmos Media.

Also in the news is this:
"Local Technology Company Awards Members of The University of Tampa Graduating
Class of 2009 for Business Leadership

John H. Sykes College of Business Students Gain Key Business Skills During
Semester Long Competition

TAMPA, Fla., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Producers, Inc., a technology company
located in Tampa, today rewarded members of The University of Tampa'sJohn H.
Sykes College of Business graduating class for their efforts on proposing
successful business plans for the domain name "" Two teams
consisting of nine students won first and second place and learned important
business lessons during a business management case competition developed by
Dr. Jody Tompson through The Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy.

The contest began in January 2009 with 33 teams consisting of 150 senior
students participating in the capstone course. The graduating seniors were
asked to create a business idea using the domain name "" No
parameters were placed on the students. The competition culminated with the
four surviving teams competing for the top prize of a cash award. Faculty,
students, friends, as well as the four-judge panel consisting of Michael
Gardner, Sigmund Solares, Donny Simonton and Butch Decossas -- all executives
of The Producers, Inc. -- attended the finale and listened as each team
presented their business proposal. Despite the fact that all four
presentations were exceptional, only one could earn the top prize. Seniors
Alex Amini-Rad, Eric Speeth, Mike Torrance, and Carlos Acedo won first place
for their business concept of developing into a local portal where
visitors could learn about local events, purchase tickets to upcoming shows
and provide maps to various hotspots. The winnings team's motto for
-- Life Lived Eventfully -- also resonated with the judges.

"Supporting local university business programs is important for our company,"
said Michael Gardner. "We were honored to be part of The University of Tampa's
case study competition and view the initiative as a great mechanism to prepare
graduating business students for life after college. We congratulate the
winning team members for their hard work and all of the students who

Second place was won by Kyle Burdine, Lydia Watling, Nathan Taubenberger,
Raine Roberts and Maura Kafel for their business idea -- Get In The Loop:

"The case study competition provides students with the opportunity to learn
practical business skills and utilize them in a real business environment,"
stated Dr. Dean A. Koutroumanis, Assistant Professor of Management, John H.
Sykes College of Business. "The lessons learned go beyond the competition and
will enable the students to be even more prepared for their careers post

About The Producers, Inc.

The Producers, Inc. and related entities (TPI) is a leading, privately held
domain names registration service provider and portfolio holder, domain
advertising solutions provider, and web hosting company. TPI's customers range
from individual small business owners to Fortune 500 companies and consist of
over 500,000 domain name registrants worldwide with over 4,000,000 domain

About The University of Tampa --

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, private university
located on approximately 100 acres of prime riverfront land in the heart of
downtown Tampa. It is the school of choice for 5,800 students from 50 states
and U.S. territories and almost 100 countries. More than half of
undergraduates are from Florida. Approximately 70 percent of full-time
students live on campus.

The University offers more than 120 majors, minors and pre-professional
programs through a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. An
Evening College presents degree programs to adults who want to study part-time
at night. Graduate degrees are offered for Master of Arts in Teaching, Master
of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in
Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing,
Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Innovation Management and
Certificate in Nonprofit Management.


Michael Ward
Director of Marketing
The Producers, Inc.

And finally, 838 Camp St. in New Orleans is up for sale! They want $880,000 for it. Google it for a lovely picture and details...
Description: This 3-story townhouse with a 2-story service wing contains 5,514 SF and consists of first floor retail space and three apartments. One of the apartments is leased on a month-to-month basis. There is a common alley in rear of the building that provides access for off-street parking.

This building is located between Julia and St. Joseph Streets


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Uh oh...

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