Two sources are telling me that Robert Dean has been terminated from the Limu company.  This follows on the heals of his public split with Visalus and before that EvolvHealth and before that Monavie and before that Tahitian Noni

Update 1/25/2012: Troy Dooley reports that as of right now,  Robert Dean Jr. has not been terminated from Limu but rather suspended.  I suspect that this is a legal maneuver by Limu in preparation for a lawsuit.  It is pretty clear that Robert Dean Jr. has left Limu for Momentis.

All of this in the last 3 years.  Sometimes, there are really good reasons to move companies. Ethical reasons or corporate leadership issues that have a major adverse affect on your business might force a person to make the difficult choice to make a move.

However in the case of Robert Dean, it appears as though one word can sum up his reasons to move, “money”.

Dean apparently owes so much money to Tahitian Noni, that he is jumping from deal to deal in order to meet his payment schedule.

Let’s take a look at Nick Sarcola’s letter to his team about the departure of Robert Dean from Visalus:

ViSalus Science Co-Founder Nick Sarnicola Breaks His Silence On The Robert Dean Deal

And here is Dean’s deal with Visalus:

Robert Dean’s Private Money Deal To Join ViSalus What About His Team? Now Limu!

Oh but there is more.  Apparently Robert Dean owes Tahitian Noni a huge amount of money and was making payments to them with his Limu deal money (series of emails):

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Robert Dean
Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: Wire
To: Mary Baxley <>

Thanks so much!

“Stay focus”

On Mar 1, 2011, at 8:28 AM, “Mary Baxley” <>

Good morning Gentlemen,

The wire transfer to Robert’s account for $100,000 is complete. Have a
great day!

Vice President of Finance
LIMU, The Company

And more communication:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mike Drake <>
Date: Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 6:53 PM
Subject: follow up
To: Robert Dean

Mr. Dean:
Following up on your email earlier this month, I still have not received the
two payments for July and August ($10,000 each, $20,000 total) which were promised by the end of the month. Please confirm that the $20,000 will be received by Wednesday, August 31, and let me know how the payment will be made (by check, charge or wire transfer).
H. Michael Drake
Associate General Counsel
Tahitian Noni International, Inc.

And lastly:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mike Drake
Date: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Subject: RE: TNI settlement agreement
To: Robert Dean

Thank you. That will be fine.


*From:* Robert Dean
*Sent:* Monday, March 21, 2011 6:53 PM
*To:* Mike Drake
*Subject:* Re: TNI settlement agreement****

I will get the rest of that to you by April 3rd 2011

“Stay focus”

On Mar 21, 2011, at 6:21 PM, Mike Drake wrote:

Dear Robert:

I am sending this email to let you know about the status of you settlement
payments to TNI. The settlement agreement you signed will permit you to
satisfy the $1.5 million judgment by paying $600,000 in installment
payments. The payment schedule was originally as follows:

$10,000 owed by Dec 15

$40,000 owed by Dec 20

$10,000 per month beginning July 1, 2011

However, the foregoing payments were modified by a letter agreement dated December 20 (when we met in John’s office). The payment schedule now is as follows:

$10,000 owed on Dec 24–PAID
$20,000 owed on Jan 18–PAID
$20,000 owed on Jan 19—NOT PAID
$10,000 per month—to begin July 1, 2011

The $20,000 owed on Jan 18, at first, did not clear—only $2500 was
authorized on Jan 18. That left a balance of $17,500 owing for the Jan 18
payment. Days later I was able to talk to you about getting the remaining
$17,500 paid, and you kindly authorized TNI to again make credit card
charges (at the rate of $5000 per day) to cover the unpaid $20,000. So, on
Wed Feb 9 $5000 was charged to your card, then on Feb 10 another $5000 was charged, and on Feb 11 a third $5000 was charged. The remaining $2500 was charged on Mon Feb 14. With these five credit card payments ($2500 + $2500 + $5000 + $5000 +$5000), you satisfied the $20,000 obligation that was owed on Jan 18.

However, in our discussions about getting the Jan 18 payment taken care of, I failed to resolve your payment for $20,000 that was due on January 19. I now would like your permission to again make four charges of $5000 to your card to bring your settlement payments completely up to date—and keep you on track to resolving the judgment by paying the agreed amount of $600,000.

I will contact you tomorrow to get authorization for the remaining $20,000
payment through your credit card. Or you may simply respond to this email to authorize TNI to proceed with clearing the payment through four equal payments of $5000. Your assistance is appreciated.


H. Michael Drake
Associate General Counsel
Tahitian Noni International, Inc.

It will be interesting to see what happens next with Robert Dean.  I have to imagine that companies will be leery about giving Dean a big deal, but you never know.