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Save Ghost Runners

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**1/29/18 UPDATE**

Our kids were 8, 7 and 3 years old when we started Ghost Runners. Over the last 5 years they have sacrificed a lot so we could build the business. I regret that they will have to make yet another sacrifice because we are powerless to stop what is happening to us.

Today we were told by the receiver that we will not be paid for our jobs at the brewery and that we just worked the last two weeks without compensation. We did not prepare for this. To the contrary, over the summer we tried to push forward on the brewpub despite the actions of our partner. We spent all our savings developing the plans for the Grant Pier restaurant.

I am not sure how we are going to survive without an income. The receiver still desires for us to do our jobs at the brewery and if we leave our jobs it could result in the brewery being shut down due to lack of management. These are not easy decisions to make.

Starting today donations to the Go Fund Me campaign go directly to our family in order to fill the void of our lost income. If you are at the brewery when Jeff is behind the bar he is allowed to take his tip income home.

Our goal in saving the company is best served by working at Ghost Runners for as long as we can.  If Ghost Runners shuts down we have personal liabilities in the business that will be very expensive for us personally.  We trust in God and lean on bibical promises as we endure these hard times.  Thank you for your prayers and support. 

**1/15/18  UPDATE**

In the January 2nd hearing Brad entered into evidence a false document and sworn statement that lead the judge to believe that the managers of Ghost Runners were refusing to work with him.  The judge ordered the appointment of a receiver and allowed us 10 days to come up with a alternate receiver from the one that Brad wanted.  

We found a company that offers receivership services and focuses on getting companies back on their feet.  On January 12th the judge choose the receiver we suggested and signed an order stating that the job of the receiver is to save the company.  This is a much different outcome than Brad wanted.  The order Brad wanted would task the receiver to sell off all the assets and close the company.   We are encouraged that the judge saw the facts of the case and decided for the best interest of Ghost Runners.  We will remain open and it is business as usual.  

We have provided to the courts a counterclaim showing 6 ways that Brad interfered with the company through operating agreement violations and breaches of duty. The damages associated with these claims are substantial and a ruling in favor of Ghost Runners would help put things right again.

Thank you for donating towards these legal fees, we could not seek justice for Ghost Runners without your help.
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Ghost Runners Brewery
  needs money for legal fees. On December 1st Brad Rummer  filed a motion with the courts to have the company removed from the control of Jeff Seibel and his wife Amy, despite the fact that the couple has been operating the brewery for 5 years.  Ghost Runners will need to raise at least $20,000 to cover the cost of legal fees. 

How did this happen?
Running a business is hard and expensive.  The Seibels have poured their time and money into the brewery since 2012.  In 2015 they met Brad, a very wealthy investor.  Brad offered to invest in Ghost Runners Brewery in order to fund their expansion.  He had an option to convert his investment into ownership after a couple of years.  In the beginning he was an investor, business mentor, and friend.  

In December 2016 Ghost Runners was approached by Gramor development for a restaurant/brewpub at the new Vancouver Waterfront. The Seibels and Brad all met with the developer and signed a lease for the location early 2017.  The brewpub leaseholder is a seperate company,  yet 100% owned by Ghost Runners Brewery.

In April 2017 Brad asked if he could convert his investment into 40% ownership and since the threesome were working so well together, the Seibels added him as an minority owner to the company.  The Seibel's and Brad all had jobs. Jeff was designing the brewhouse system.  Amy was working on the business plan and timelines. Brad offered to secure bank financing  for the project.

This is when things went wrong.  Brad did not look for a bank loan.  When bills became due he instructed the Seibels to pay the bills out of Ghost Runners Brewery money.  He continually promised that he would have funding soon but never did.  By late June, the brewery had diverted too much money over to the restaurant opportunity and Brad withdrew his offer to co-sign the bank loan.  He suggested that he would personally finance the restaurant but only if the ownership in the restaurant was turned over to him personally.

After the Seibels rejected Brad's second attempt to take ownership of the restaurant he retaliated against the Seibels personally and threatened legal action.  The Seibels and Ghost Runners have already spent thousands of dollars in legal fees in effort to find a peaceful solution.  

Brad is asking the courts to force Ghost Runners Brewery over to a court appointed receiver who will be tasked with selling off all the assets of the brewery (including the restaurant) and close down the parent company.  

Brad is using the courts to force Ghost Runners Brewery to shut down.  He is using false accusations and his tremendous wealth to choke out a small, family owned craft brewery.  Don't let this happen!

Ghost Runners Brewery has a strong case to remain open with the Seibels operating the company.  The Seibels have a strong counterclaim against Brad, who violated the company's operating agreement and his fiduciary duties on more than one occasion.  Help us fight for Ghost Runners Brewery.  Any donation is appreciated, even a "pint" sized one.   Please share this with anyone and everyone.  Cheers to you and thank you for supporting us.

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Our kids were 8, 7 and 3 years old when we started Ghost Runners. Over the last 5 years they have sacrificed a lot so we could build the business. I regret that they will have to make yet another sacrifice because we are powerless to stop what is happening to us.

Today we were told by the receiver that we will not be paid for our jobs at the brewery and we just worked the last two weeks without compensation. We did not prepare for this. To the contrary, over the summer we tried to push forward on the brewpub despite the actions of our partner. We spent all our savings developing the plans for the Grant Pier restaurant.

I am not sure how we are going to survive without an income. The receiver still desires for us to do our jobs at the brewery and if we leave our jobs it could result in the brewery being shut down due to lack of management. These are not easy decisions to make.

Starting today donations to the Go Fund Me campaign go directly to our family in order to fill the void of our lost income. If you are at the brewery when Jeff is behind the bar he is allowed to take his tip income home. We still aim to save Ghost Runners by working at the brewery as long as we can. We have another hearing on Feb 2nd and hope to get the receiver removed from Ghost Runners. Thank you for following our story and sharing our campaign.
Seibel kids and brew dog summer 2017
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Chantel at Studio V in Felida has donated a $100 gift certificate to save Ghost Runners. This gift certificate can be purchased at the taproom or by contacting me directly. Chantel’s business card is included so you can contact her directly for an appointment. Chantel is a skilled hair stylist and a delightful person
$100 for Chantel at Studio V
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Our friends at Industrial Crossfit have donated a 2 month membership to help us raise money for Save Ghost Runners. Industrial Crossfit is a great place to get in shape. The staff and members are very encouraging and welcoming. If you are considering Crossfit I highly recommend Industrial. $300 buys the first two months of membership (new members only). Since there is only one of these available, the membership voucher can be purchased by contacting me directly.
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The hearing was yesterday. The judge scheduled us for a full session on January 2nd so he can give this important case his full attention.

Brad’s legal action against us has enabled us to file counterclaims against him. Brad blatantly violated our operating agreement and laws the govern how people are supposed to conduct business in the state of Washington. We need to raise enough money to cover our initial legal fees so this case can be heard by a judge. The judge will find that Brad violated these statutes and award legal fees back to us. When this happens we will return the “Save Ghost Runners” donations back our donors.

Brad has argued that Jeff and I are broke and this GoFundMe campaign is proof of that. Why would a multimillionaire care about how much money we have? Because the lease for the Waterfront Brewpub and Ghost Runners Brewery operating agreement states that bankruptcy is triggering event for a member to lose their part of the company. Brad's strategy is to force us to incur legal fees so we eventually become unable to pay our bills which will prevent us from presenting our case against him and allow him to take over our company.

This is not new territory for Brad (Rummer v. OKT Resources, LLC). Several months ago I had a insightful conversation with David who was forced into personally bankruptcy at the hand of Brad.

We started in incur unplanned legal bills in August when Brad first threatened suit against us. Brad made sure our attorney was very busy with unnecessary work. After speaking with David I requested that Brad’s lawyers communicated directly with me in order to cut down on costs, knowing that Brad’s goal was our bankruptcy.

We have three kids aged 13, 12 and 8. We have made sacrifices so we can withstand this attack and pay our bills. We are not buying Christmas presents this year because we need to be as careful as possible. Our kids are understanding and a little scared of what the future holds for our family. We are not rich. We are not broke. We are middle class America.

The GoFundMe campaign has been a blessing to us and God’s provision for this attack. We stand strong in that knowledge and also trust that God will continue to provide. We will not allow Brad’s accusations to shut down this campaign. This is about a community supporting small business. This is about many working class people taking a stand against one wealthy person who is looking to add another notch to his belt.

Thank you for your support and for sharing this campaign.


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