Biltmore Who’s Who is NOT a SCAM

by Holli Kurdes
(USA)

Biltmore Who’s Who is not a scam…according to the many members who sing the praises of what this social networking and registry entity did to help them strengthen their business and personal brand reputation online. In fact, not only is Biltmore Who’s Who not a scam to these folks, but quite a few consider their membership a vital tool to help them compete for business and job success in today’s new digital age…

When investment manager Alex Gallego received the news in October, 2007 that he qualified for inclusion in the Biltmore Who’s Who Registry, he didn’t know much about the honor, but felt it could add some good publicity. He had no idea how much…

“We had just opened our first branch office and a colleague told me about Biltmore. Apparently the Biltmore Who’s Who Registry Committee felt that, as a Hispanic business leader, I would be a strong representative for my local community and a good fit with their other published candidates. Alex now sees that initial invitation as one of his most successful business strategies to date:

“There’s no getting around it –meet a potential client or employer and what’s the first thing they do afterwards? They Google your name online. We are all living in a digital world. If you really want to be taken seriously, you must have a presence online. That’s what Biltmore did for me.”

“For me, the Biltmore association has been fantastic: it’s worked so well for us. Their people are completely professional. They know exactly what they’re doing. Their promotional engine keeps pushing me higher in the online rankings – now I feel totally confident telling clients to Google me –thanks to Biltmore Who’s Who.”

But if Biltmore Who’s Who is not a scam, what about those who claim they joined and didn’t get customers or jobs from it? According to Alex, those arguments don’t hold water. “Frankly if you’re looking for Biltmore to be your miracle worker, you’re being unrealistic. Biltmore is one part – an extremely important part – but still one part of your overall plan. Biltmore didn’t legitimize who I was as a businessperson: I did that myself. What they did was get my name out there in high-profile ways which further boosted my credibility. But I still had to do my part.”

But don’t they just send out those invitation letters to everyone? Actually no. Skeptical readers may be very surprised to learn that less than 5% of all adults in the United States qualify to receive a Biltmore registry invitation. Professionals are selected based upon stringent professional and financial criteria.
However, Biltmore candidly admits that once in a while, an invitation is mistakenly sent to someone who shouldn’t qualify. That’s why their committee requires an in-depth phone interview as part of the approval process before anyone is allowed in the Registry.

“When people learn about the steps we take to catch any mistakes and the genuine PR services we provide our members, they quickly see that Biltmore Who’s Who is not a scam. We really do work hard to help members network more effectively, build online reputations and learn how to compete in the digital age.” Explains Holli Kurdes/ Administartion coordinator..
(author of this article)

The Biltmore Who’s Who roster includes thousands of members, and while no entity can ever claim to please every potential client, many members rave at Biltmorewhoswho.com about the positive benefits they enjoy:

 Landscape Design Professional Arthur Lempke, Houston Texas credits Biltmore Who’s Who’ for his networking success: “Biltmore Who's Who has helped me tap into my inner strength of what the networking world has to offer. Biltmore Who's Who and their assistance programs has helped me build a better image for working performance, not just in my field of work but for a better future in general. When it comes to business, always use your abilities and your options to connect in the world of networking for your success.”

 PMX Industries’ Electrical Supervisor Sostenes A. Santiago is a Biltmore Who's Who member from Cedar Rapids, IA since January 2006. She just started tapping into the Registry’s networking tools: “I never expected to generate so much feedback, and higher conversions and sales in my business. At the end of the day, you have to stand out from the crowd and build a social profile. Biltmore Who's Who has helped me do this. You really haven't left anything out and I hope to be included for lifetime.”

Could a complimentary Biltmore Who’s Who Registry listing enhance YOUR reputation too? In today’s digital world, if you don’t have a strong online presence, you will lose opportunities to those who do.

While you can only enjoy Biltmore Who’s Who Registry listing and membership through invitation and qualification by the Biltmore Committee, they do accept Registry requests at their website for consideration.

To apply for a complimentary listing in Biltmore’s annual Who’s Who Publication, submit your candidate request at http://www.biltmorewhoswho.com. The membership committee will evaluate your request and contact you by email within 3 weeks with their decision.

If you qualify, you will be interviewed by phone. If approved, there is no charge to be listed in their annual online Registry Publication.

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I find it amusing how many times I have read the exact same stories from different people, and even more amusing that they are describing the exact same experience I had.

A friend of mine had recently posted that became a member of Biltmores Who's Who. He is a bit pretentious, over exagerates regularly and is constantly sharing stories of his success with any one who will listen. Having never heard of Biltmore's I didn't give it a second thought.

I know, at first you may think I am a bit jealous at the success of my friend, but a year before he became a member he sent a "letter" to a very important political figure. His last year has been spent locked away under observation by doctor and family orders..his career and life in ruins.

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When I got my "invitation" last week was the second time I had ever heard of them, but I filled it out, after all it was an invitation based on my lengthy career and accomplishments.
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Well I just got off the phone with them, the same phone call most of the people on this site have had. No didn't bite but i have never been one to give money to people over the phone regardless of how pressed they were to get the publication to print.

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If Biltmore's (and other Who's Whos) does not want to be considered a scam, they should not engage in the practices they do, particularly asking a prospective member to provide credit card information over the phone. Nobody that is considered professional should be willing to do or advise somebody to do such a thing. Instead, they should invite the person to look at the website and research the company and then get back to him/her within a certain time period.

If they are not a scam, they should allow somebody that did sign up for a membership and later found out that the Biltmore networking site is no better than what they can get on LinkedIn for no charge, that the "free" airline tickets come with numerous restrictions, and so on, and wishes to cancel the membership to do so within a 30-day time period and be refunded at the cost of no more than a reasonable cancellation fee.

If they are not a scam, they should respond to customer e-mails and voice mails immediately. There are too many reported cases of customers never hearing from this company again once they have provided their credit card information.

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