Speaking at the Jeunesse Global September 2015 annual global convention, with an audience in excess of 15,000 Jeunesse Global distributors, the (now former) Imperial Diamond Director of Jeunesse Global, Jason Caramanis, professed that “it’s not where you begin, it’s where you end up”.
Indeed, where Jason Caramanis ended up while working for Jeunesse Global is quite impressive. He was nicknamed the “Double Diamante” for achieving an astonishing level of sales and working his way up to the 14th, and penultimate, distributor rank. The Double Diamante was so financially successful that at one point he signed off a 100,000 US dollars, cash, charity gift without breaking a sweat.
In his motivational speech at an event titled “EXPO6: Unite” Caramanis claimed that he built his business with the “philosophy that there is no one in this room that I am better than, but there is nobody (here) that is better than me”. Seems that with a balance of humbleness and confidence, we can all be where Caramanis is – except the fact is that this success story wasn’t built by simple humility and confidence.
Claiming to possess “one of the most lucrative and truly balanced compensation plans around”, there are multiple ways to sell products for Jeunesse Global. An investigation launched in October of 2015 by a non-profit group TINA.org, was coupled with filed complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney General. This official complaint brought to light dishonest income claims made by Jeunesse Global regarding how much money someone can make as a Jeunesse Global distributor.
But how does that tie in to Jason Caramanis? It would seem that while Caramanis was an excellent salesman he was an even better manager. He recruited a team of hundreds, if not thousands, of distributors. But all was not entirely right with Jason’s path to success. If the court papers freely available online are anything to go by, Caramanis exploited his sales representatives, following a pattern that appeared to work time after time. The system was simple, if clearly deplorable. Caramanis readily paid contractors cash advances to help build the Jeunesse Global brand and build his own team. He paired these cash advances with sales targets that he clearly knew were unachievable. When the sales didn’t come in, Caramanis sued the very same sales representatives that he recruited, claiming that he was due financial damages for breach of contract when sales goals were not met.
Various legal papers accompanying court cases filed by Caramanis show a trail of rampant predatory behavior dating back several years. One such article succinctly describing the process as “networker reaches terms with Caramanis, networker fails to produce, networker gets sued”. It seems highly unlikely that Caramanis found himself willingly in court because he kept hiring contractors that couldn’t make their sales goals. It is public knowledge that this super sales rep was quite successful in his hiring of very effective distributors for Jeunesse Global, so the only logical explanation here is that this pattern was carefully developed and executed in order to greedily get back the money he promised to members of his sales teams, all the while progressing toward his goals.
Hiding behind what appears to be a shell corporation, Online Communications, LLC, Caramanis has systematically filed at least nine lawsuits for “breach of written contract” against networkers in California.
To be fair, Jason Caramanis’s success obscures the challenges that must be overcome to achieve the “Imperial Diamond Director” status. To become a “qualified Diamond Director” at Jeunesse Global, you need to have at least 8 different “Diamond Legs”, and must accumulate 4,000,000 US Dollars in Commissionable Volume (CV) in one calendar month. That’s right, 4 million dollars in a month. More so, this position must be maintained for four consecutive months. At this rate, and considering how difficult such a task would be, it would be surprising if Caramanis only victimized 9 of his own sales team members. What is more likely is that there are even more people that we haven’t heard of that were affected by this aggressive scheme and his predatory behavior.
Let’s look further into the Diamond Director title, from the details and perks side of things. A lengthy list of terms and conditions comes with reaching this level. No more than $500,000 in Commissionable Volume from any line of sponsorship counts toward the total $4,000,000 required. You must also have 20,000 distributors in your Personal Group who have “auto ship” orders set up. Further, you must:
- earn seven levels of Leadership Matching Bonuses and qualify to participate in the Diamond Bonus Pool
- attend the Jeunesse Global annual Diamond Discovery event once you have maintained the Imperial Diamond qualification for at least three months of the year
- most enticingly, you must accept a one-time bonus of $500,000 paid over a 24 month period.
Clearly, the stakes are high. It is clear that the odds are tough for anyone attempting to successfully reach this sales level, let alone sustain it, but Jason Caramanis pulled of these incredible sales and met these requirements – twice. On the surface, this should inspire admiration, or praise even. Scratching at the surface, however, quickly reveals someone that was laser focused on reaching his goals at the expense of all moral regard for teammates and those making his dream a reality. But the biggest question is, why would Jeunesse Global allow their representatives to do this kind of thing to their sales teams? The answers is that while the money is coming in at these rates, who cares?
Eventually, Jason Caramanis and Jeunesse Global did end up disagreeing. Soon after earning the coveted “Double Diamante” status, Caramanis left Jeunesse Global to establish his own company, setting up with another direct sales heavyweight, Glen Jensen of Agel Enterprises. With his appetite for big money already thoroughly in his taste, Caramanis only had one way to go – setting up his own “magic beauty” company, a company called Epic. If you ever come across “Epic”, which promises instant health and youth, you’ll know what kind of operation they run and who runs it. And trust me – his team, his morals, and your health are the last things this guy is concerned with.