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My morning mail arrived with a packet sent by an anonymous contributor…copies of emails and correspondence concerning the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). I must say it caused me to
choke on my breakfast.

The CAMTC, according to their website, is currently conducting a search for a CEO. That’s not shocking news. What is shocking news is the insistence of former Board chair Ahmos
Netanel, who is said to be gunning for the position, that the job is
worth $348,000 a year, and that it should come with an executive
assistant to the tune of another $144,000. Is there another Gold Rush
in California that the rest of us haven’t heard about?

Let’s put that in perspective: The governor of California gets paid $206,500 a year. The President of the United States makes $400,000 a year.

An e-mail from Netanel states “…for the kind of skill set and record we are looking for, anything less than $29,000 per month would represent a major cut in pay for the kind of CEO we need.” READ MORE...

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Comment by Carol Johnson on March 19, 2010 at 8:16am
Is anyone surprised? Netanel and his cronies have jammed through what appears to be a half million dollar executive package for him and an assistant, and are apparently taking the money out of the hides of the very people who have kept CAMTC going - the staff. No surprises here.
Comment by Beverly May on February 13, 2010 at 4:56pm
As the chair of the Board of Directors of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), I think it’s important to set the record straight about our Board’s deliberations and decisions about hiring a CEO. At this point, the only things that have been decided are that we need a CEO and that we need to complete a due diligence process to determine the appropriate compensation for the position.
The Board is unanimous in its belief that a CEO needs to be hired to manage the tremendous volume of CAMTC work, much of which has been carried by the completely volunteer Board of Directors. Several of these volunteers have averaged over 30 hours per week for the last year or more. The CEO must be able to work with the diversity of people and organizations with whom CAMTC interacts, including massage schools, massage professionals, law enforcement, elected officials, industry associations…the list goes on.

One of the things I love about the CAMTC Board is that it is comprised of individuals from varied backgrounds who have diverse opinions on almost any topic we discuss. So, yes, individual Board members have expressed their opinions on CEO qualifications and compensation – as they should. After completing our due diligence, the Board has voted on a salary range for the position and then will vote again on the specific compensation when it chooses a CEO. It will be an open, transparent process…and one that won’t involve anonymous packages.
Comment by Wendy Hammarstrom on February 5, 2010 at 2:55pm
That is shocking news!

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