The Miami Herald reports again on the turmoil at Fairchild Garden. The well-rehearsed spin by Bruce Greer, Fairchild president for life and Gene Stearns tries and fails to dress up mismanagement and the disheartened morale among employees at the Garden. In the Herald, Stearns claims, "There is no dispute at Fairchild, except for a handful of people who are very vindictive and want to hurt Fairchild. And they have no support." An unprecedented internal memo last week by Bruce Greer's close aide, Nanette Zapata, asked trustees to be at their polished best: "Please wear either business attire or your dark green Fairchild polos."
In Garden officers are afflicted by anxiety how their own mismanagement, including micromanaging bizarre personnel decisions by the president for life, triggered a revolt of long-time and distinguished members, including volunteers whose service to the Garden has been honored in the past. They reacted like corporate directors of a public company protecting against a shareholder revolt. Trustees are mostly scared witless of the attention and afraid of being ostracized for peeping up. Recent board meetings have been organized like military drills.
Like any corporate officers under shareholder revolt, Stearns and Greer took measures to ensure by-laws cannot be accessed by members. Not only did they change the rules to thwart members in advance of the annual meeting, they also scheduled that meeting for today, Monday morning, at 8 AM, in the middle of rush hour traffic to ensure a scripted outcome claiming victory because of light attendance. They cannot control public opinion. What is really unprecedented is how much awkward embarrassment and tarnished reputation Fairchild has brought on itself. Thanks to the wide distribution of this blog, anyone interested can recall what happened. It is not vindictive to present the facts. It is called, history. Click on the tag, "Fairchild", for more.