Corporate ISKCON, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF


Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A systematic review of ISKCON-related corporations and projects.


Before moving on to the next major node, today we'll begin by backtracking to cover a few peripheral connections of interest. We begin with Satvatove Institute, Inc., an organization covered in the Cluster #3 and Cluster #4 reports. One of the Satvatove Institute directors, Serene Syer, is considered a keystone person because she is a connector point to numerous other entities, most notably New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.

The map today branches out to cover a total of 13 corporations, all but one of which are currently active. About 1/3 of them appear to be related to preaching. In a later stage of the project, we'll begin to detail out the history and activities of each organization, so this will become clearer.

Like others before it, today's cluster map is a good example of the blend that exists between inter-connected preaching projects and personal businesses. We continue to get queries from readers who ask, what is the importance of knowing this information and how can it be used for the good of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON? This is a question that we will try to answer in a variety of ways throughout the series. We hope to help the devotees become aware of the value of the information, and learn how to use it.

One of the obvious ways in which the information can be used is in leveraging influence in order to effect change. Let us create a case scenario to make the point: We begin with a hypothetical problem that needs to be solved. We'll use an example that clearly illustrates the strategy, rather than a more subtle scenario. Our case study is also a 'real life' situation of which we have had several examples in ISKCON.

The problem: a devotee has been accused of child abuse, investigated by the GBC/CPO, and deemed guilty. The GBC/CPO set down sanctions against the individual, meant to serve as boundaries for future relationships between ISKCON temples and projects and the perpetrator. Unfortunately, a temple/temple leader has ignored the sanctions. The perpetrator has returned to the temple community and is therefore considered to be a threat to local children. The GBC for this temple is an absentee GBC he is seldom seen, and has not been responsive in dealing with the issue when contacted by members of the community. The temple president, having no direct pressure from above and being the good friend of the perpetrator, has also chosen to ignore the problem. What can be done, aside from lodging a letter of complaint in the Sampradaya Sun?

This problem will no doubt be familiar to most readers of the Sun, and they will have actually seen such a dynamic play out in different scenarios, of varying seriousness. So, how can the sort of information being gathered in the Corporate ISKCON mapping project be put to good use to bring about a solution? Here is a simple example:

Beginning at the local source of the problem, we can easily trace the many connections that have been mapped between the temple at issue and other devotees (and non-devotees), through related ISKCON projects and personal businesses. Let's say the cluster maps indicate that there are six related preaching projects and fifteen related commercial businesses branching out from the 'problem' temple. All are located or headquartered in the same town. The temple president is involved in a few of these businesses, as are other notable devotees in the community. In fact, some of the temple's biggest patrons run successful businesses in the community.

From the standpoint of a classic public relations campaign, how would one use this information? The answer is, one would make a study of how and where pressure can be applied to bring about the needed change. What leverage can be brought to bear with all those who have influence with the temple president, temple board, or absentee GBC?

For example, if the temple president or a member of the temple board also sits on the board of directors of a local company, how would the other board members of that non-ISKCON related commercial entity react if they were informed that there is a serious problem at a local temple a problem that could result in the abuse of children? How would they feel about the fact that one of their own board members is also a director of the temple? If the problem goes uncorrected for too long a time, it's possible that members of the congregation will go to the local press. How will the non-ISKCON corporation's board feel about having their company named in the news article, because they share a common director with the problem temple?

The strategy of applying leverage becomes quite clear in such a scenario. Of course, long before one would go to an outside company and begin exerting pressure, they would first explain to the temple board member that this strategy exists as an option, and the option could be leveraged if the problem at the temple is not properly dealt with. The peripherally related businesses want one thing to continue making a profit without interference. They understand that their personal alliances could have an effect on their business, and you can be quite certain that as secondary parties to the matter, they will lobby their board member to get the problem resolved.

Naturally some devotees particularly those in leadership positions will find such an approach to problem solving to be outrageous. We would remind them, however, that an institution whose internal system of justice is broken or non-existent will therefore have constituents with no other means to get their grievances handled. Such persons will likely seek assistance from outside the institution when a serious problem arises. Whether they seek the help of law enforcement, the press, or the web of personal relationships such as those illustrated in the cluster maps, they will be likely to seek a solution. We have increasingly seen this trend in (and outside of) ISKCON.

Devotees understand what the concept of 'good association' means. Likewise, we can understand how 'bad association' works. When it comes to employing traditional public relations strategies, instances of bad association can become serious liabilities.

Much to the dismay of many of its members, ISKCON has increasingly become corporatized. The institutional leaders are taking shelter of karmi business advisors, schools of practice developed by western academia, and similar non-Vaisnava shelter. They are working their own avenues of public relations, whether it be from an interfaith agenda or otherwise. We can certainly assume that they understand how campaigns of influence like the one described above work, and how they are best dealt with. We also know that they have seldom had to deal with such pressures in the past, because the devotees have not yet learned to bring this sort of well placed leverage to bear.

We hope to help change that, for the benefit of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON. That is, we hope to encourage the devotees to understand how hierarchies of personal connection and power/funding work within their own society, and to put that understanding to good use. If handled in a mood of right action, responsible action, a little knowledge can be a powerful thing. We have great faith in the devotees, and know they are Srila Prabhupada's sincere will-wishers. We have no doubt that if relational intelligence like the data from the Corporate ISKCON mapping project is made available to the devotees, they will do their best to employ it properly, in a Krsna conscious manner, to move the society forward.


Cluster #7 Report

[Bold 'keystone' entities; Italics non-active corporations]


      01 Satvatove Institute, Inc.

      02 New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.

      03 Vending Works, Inc.

      04 Picc Services, LLC

      05 J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC

      06 Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc.

      07 Alachua Heritage, LLC

      08 Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC

      09 Stickermania, Inc.

      10 Autoflex LLC

      11 Icon International Connections, Inc.

      12 Venice Venture Group LLC

      13 Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc.


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CORPORATE ENTITIES

01 Satvatove Institute, Inc.
Previous Clusters: #3, #4
Incorporated by David Wolf, Kim E Molner, Marie Glasheen, Satvatove Institute, Inc. is located at PO Box 1694 Alachua, FL 32616. Satvatove Institute, Inc. was incorporated as a domestic non-profit on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 in the State of FL and is currently active. Marie Glasheen represents Satvatove Institute, Inc. as their registered agent.

02 New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.
Incorporated by Jeffrey T Moy, Serene Syer, Steve Govinda, Tom Allin, New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc. is located at PO Box 1795 Alachua, FL 32616. New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc. was incorporated as a domestic non-profit on Thursday, September 11, 1997 in the State of FL and is currently active. Jeffrey T Moy represents New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc. as their registered agent.

03 Vending Works, Inc.
Incorporated by Serene Syer, Vending Works Inc. is located at PO Box 571 Alachua, FL 32616. Vending Works Inc. was incorporated as a domestic for-profit on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 in the State of FL and is currently not active. Serene Syer represents Vending Works Inc. as their registered agent.

04 Picc Services, LLC
Incorporated by Jeffrey T Moy, Joanne Moy, Picc Services, LLC is located at 20415 NW 113th Way Alachua, FL 32615. Picc Services, LLC was incorporated (changed from a domestic for-profit Inc.) was a Florida Limited Liability corporation on Friday, September 07, 2007 in the State of FL and is currently active. Jeffrey T Moy represents Picc Services, LLC as their registered agent.

05 J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC
Incorporated by Jeffrey T Moy, J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC is located at 20415 NW 113th Way Alachua, FL 32615. J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC was incorporated as a Florida Limited Liability corporation (changed from a domestic for-profit Inc.) on Tuesday, February 01, 2005 in the State of FL and is currently active. Jeffrey T Moy represents J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC as their registered agent.

06 Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc.
Incorporated by Glick H Douglas, Jeffrey T Moy, John Howley, Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc. is located at 18127 NW 112th Blvd Alachua, FL 32615. Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc. was incorporated as a domestic non-profit on Monday, October 07, 2002 in the State of FL and is currently active. Jeffrey T Moy represents Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc. as their registered agent.

07 Alachua Heritage, LLC
Incorporated by Thomas Gause, Alachua Heritage LLC is located at PO Box 1300 Alachua, FL 32616. Alachua Heritage LLC was incorporated as a Florida Limited Liability corporation on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in the State of FL and is currently active. Thomas Gause represents Alachua Heritage LLC as their registered agent.

08 Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC
Incorporated by Govinda Romero, Serene Syer, Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC is located at PO Box 1300 Alachua, FL 32616. Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC was incorporated Florida Limited Liability corporation on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in the State of FL and is currently active. Serene Syer represents Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC as their registered agent.

09 Stickermania, Inc.
Incorporated by Serene Syer, Stickermania, Inc. is located at PO Box 1300 Alachua, FL 32616. Stickermania, Inc. was incorporated as a domestic for-profit on Thursday, January 02, 1997 in the State of FL and is currently active. Serene Syer represents Stickermania, Inc. as their registered agent.

10 Autoflex, LLC
Incorporated by Govinda Romero, Autoflex LLC is located at PO Box 1800 Alachua, FL 32616. Autoflex LLC was incorporated as a Florida Limited Liability corporation on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in the State of FL and is currently active. Govinda Romero represents Autoflex LLC as their registered agent.

11 Icon International Connections, Inc.
Incorporated by Govinda Romero, Icon International Connections Inc. is located at PO Box 1800 Alachua, FL 32616. Icon International Connections Inc. was incorporated as a domestic for-profit on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 in the State of FL and is currently active. Govinda Romero represents Icon International Connections Inc. as their registered agent.

12 Venice Venture Group LLC
Incorporated by Narayan Goodwin, Nimai Palomar, Venice Venture Group LLC is located at PO Box 1119 Alachua, FL 32616. Venice Venture Group LLC was incorporated as a Florida Limited Liability corporation on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 in the State of FL and is currently active. Nimai Palomar represents Venice Venture Group LLC as their registered agent.

13 Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc.
Incorporated by Anthony Ellis, John Howley, Noel D Merced, Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc. is located at 2006 NW 55th Ave Apt J2 Gainesville, FL 32653. Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc. was incorporated as a foreign non-profit on Monday, February 09, 1998 in the State of FL and is currently active. John Howley represents Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc. as their registered agent.


INDIVIDUAL RELATIONSHIPS

        Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
        Previous Clusters: #3, #4

        Related Companies:

          Ananda Distributors Co.
          New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.
          The Alachua Learning Center, Inc.

        Related People:

          Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
          Sandra Elsey
          Seth W Spellman
          David Wolf

        Ellis, Anthony (Yogi Abhaya dasa)

        Related Companies:

          Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc.

        Related People:

          John Howley (Jada Bharata dasa)
          Noel D Merced

        Gause, Thomas

        Related Companies:

          Alachua Heritage LLC

        Related People:

          Serene Syer

        Glasheen, Marie (Malini dd (Niranjana Swami)
        Previous Clusters: #3, #4

        On Facebook

        Related Companies:

          Satvatove Institute, Inc.

        Related People:

          Kim E Molner
          Serene Syer
          David Wolf (Dhira Govinda dasa)

        Glick, Douglas H. (Isa dasa)

        Related Companies:

          Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc.

        Related People:

          John Howley (Jada Bharata dasa) Jeffrey T Moy

        Goodwin, Narayan

        On Facebook

        Related Companies:

          Venice Venture Group LLC

        Related People:

          Nimai Palomar
          Govinda Romero

        Govinda, Steve

        Related Companies:

          New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.

        Related People:

          Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
          Jeffrey T Moy
          Serene Syer

        Howley, John (Jada Bharata dasa)

        Related Companies:

          Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc.
          Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc.

        Related People:

          Glick H Douglas (Isa dasa)
          Anthony Ellis (Yogi Abhaya dasa)
          Noel D Merced
          Jeffrey T Moy

        Merced, Noel D.

        Related Companies:

          Bhakti Yoga Society, Inc.

        Related People:

          Anthony Ellis (Yogi Abhaya dasa)
          John Howley (Jada Bharata dasa)

        Molner, Kim E.

        Related Companies:

          Iskcon of Tallahassee, Inc.

        Related People:

          Debbie J Benson
          Robert Cohen (Brahmatirtha dasa (ACBSP)
          Cesar Narosky
          Jean Roy
          David K Walker (Daru Brahma das)

        Moy, Jeffrey T.

        Related Companies:

          J.T.M. Research Associates, LLC
          New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.
          Picc Services, LLC
          Radha Damodar Tskp, Inc.

        Related People:

          Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
          Glick H Douglas (Isa dasa)
          Steve Govinda
          John Howley (Jada Bharata dasa)
          Joanne Moy
          Serene Syer

        Moy, Joanne (wife of Jeffrey T. Moy)

        Related Companies:

          Picc Services, LLC

        Related People:

          Jeffrey T Moy

        Palomar, Nimai

        On Facebook

        Related Companies:

          Venice Venture Group LLC

        Related People:

          Naryan Goodwin
          Govinda Romero

        Romero, Govinda

        On Facebook

        Related Companies:

          Autoflex LLC
          Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC
          Icon International Connections Inc.
          Venice Venture Group LLC

        Related People:

          Serene Syer

        Syer, Serene
        Previous Clusters: #3, #4

        Related Companies:

          Alachua Heritage LLC
          Guru Kuli Holding Company, LLC
          New Varshana Homeowners Association, Inc.
          Satvatove Institute, Inc.
          Stickermania, Inc.
          Vending Works Inc.

        Related People:

          Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
          Thomas Gause
          Marie Glasheen (Malini dd (Niranjana Swami)
          Steve Govinda
          Kim E Molner
          Jeffrey T Moy
          Jerome A. Poritz
          David Wolf

        Wolf, David (Dhira Govinda dasa)

        Related Companies:

          Satvatove Institute, Inc.
          The Alachua Learning Center, Inc.
          Vaishnava Academy for Girls, Inc.

        Related People:

          Tom Allin (Tosan Krsna das (ACBSP)
          Nancy Delaney (Naraka Candrika dd (ACBSP)
          Sandra Elsey (Sukhada dd (ACBSP)
          Marie Glasheen (Malini dd (Niranjana Swami)
          Linda Hickey (Laxmimoni devi dasi)
          Kim E Molner
          Lisa Romeo (Akuti dd)
          Seth W Spellman (Sesa das)
          Joseph Tanhara


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