Scooter Store CEO resigns

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Friday, March 23, 2012

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Doug Harrison, founder and CEO of The Scooter Store, has resigned, effective immediately, the company announced last week.

Harrison resigned to "pursue other interests," the company stated in a press release. Board member J. Randall Bishop will serve as interim CEO.

"Over the past 21 years, Doug Harrison built The Scooter Store into one of the most recognized and respected brands in the industry, with a reputation for quality products, a presence in practically every state, and a powerful employee culture," Bishop stated in a release. "To continue to build value and drive growth for the company, Harrison and the board have decided that this is the right time to make a leadership change."

Last week's announcement is not the first high-level management shake-up this year. In January, Chief Financial Officer Tom Shaw and Chief Sales Officer Mike Pfister both left the company.

Harrison founded The Scooter Store in 1991. He will remain with the company as a member of the board of directors and one of its largest shareholders.

Bishop, a board member since 2011, has served as CFO and in other financial leadership positions at leading companies, including US Electrical Services Inc., Ernst & Young and Cameron & Barkley Company.

The company stated it expects the transition to Bishop's leadership to be "very smooth."

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Where did all the comments go from last week on this story????

"other interests"?? Like fishing I guess! That man was hated by his own employees and no one there is sad to see him go. Most of us are happy. Maybe things now will improve with new leadership. <br />
But I gotta say that the press release saying Doug is stepping down to pursue other interests is really rich. Either Doug doesn&#39;t want to go down with the ship and the new investors can&#39;t afford to buy him out. Or, Doug was told to step down and go pursue other interests. There&#39;s no happy departure as the article implies. That&#39;s just more smoke and mirrors by the scooter store.

No censorship. This is the updated newswire version. The comments posted to the first version. If you type scooter store or doug harrison into our search function, it will pull up both versions, comments and all.

@Orchestra. I donâ&euro;™t recall having you voted as a TSS employee speaker. So please you may express your opinion about DH, but you canâ&euro;™t speak for all employees at TSS. My guess is you are just a disgruntled employee.

@ employee do you still work there? Obviously not if you&#39;re trying to say positive things. My guess is you have no idea what is actually going on.

Sorry, I was not voted the offical spokesperson for TSS employees. My previous statement is my opinion mixed with the reactions and comments from those I work with at TSS. <br />
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On another note!<br />
Why is it that not even HME News reports on the contradiction within the TSS press release regarding Harrison&#39;s resignation? Let me help by grabbing a couple sentences out of the release:<br />
"Harrison resigned to "pursue other interests," the company stated in a press release."<br />
Next statement: ""To continue to build value and drive growth for the company, Harrison and the board have decided that this is the right time to make a leadership change.""<br />
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So which is it? Doug Harrison resigned to pursue other interests?? Or the board thought it was time for a leadership change?? <br />
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These two statements contradicting each other say only one thing, Doug Harrison was fired. They just couldn&#39;t buy his stock so he gets to sit on the board still. <br />
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Why is HME News not questioning this? Why are they not questioning the financial stability of the company? Why are they not asking questions that 2300 employees would like to hear the answers to but can&#39;t ask because they&#39;ll be fired?

Yay! I&#39;m glad to see them all go...whether it is their choice or not...and who cares if they are disgruntled.<br />
TSS has never been anything but a boiler room for bilking Medicare.

What someone needs to do is investigate TSS. Like who is working there now. Who is actually handling sensitive medicare information? The bar has been lowered to where it&#39;s less educated part time employees and wait for it--convicted felons. Yes- someone whose law license has been taken away in Texas (for forging federal court documents) is now handling the Social Security numbers of our grandparents and management IS WELL aware of this. Why is no one writing about that?!

Perhaps an editor can comment on why Doug Harrison&#39;s resignation didn&#39;t make the April paper copy of HME News? Was there no story in the CEO of the largest power mobility provider resigning/being terminated? Surely the editors there saw the blatant contradiction within the scooter stores press release??<br />
There&#39;s a big story that I&#39;m sure many would be interested in reading but all it received was two very minor web site articles. Should we be questioning the the integrity of HME News that their advertisers don&#39;t need to be investigated and that HME News will only print their press releases?

COME ON PEOPLE READ THE HAND WRITING ON THE WALL. WE ALL KNOW THE HIGH DOLLAR PROFIT IS GONE, THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE SCOOTER STORE. IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON AND FIND ANOTHER OPENING TO EXPLOIT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER.