UPDATE - the court found that the charges were without merit and Mr. Hall was
found NOT GUILTY of all charges.Copies of the official acquittal
court documents may be found on Jim's personal website, "jameslhall".
Any new news?
I knew the guy as well. James Hall is accused of stealing money to finance his
lifestyle. I can tell you that the "big deal" is that this man was entrusted
with insurance premiums and then proved to be untrustworthy, selfish and
dishonest. His deeds caught up with him, and now CMN's good name was threatened
in the process.
I knew the guy and think its a shame. I think his heart was in the right place.
Unfortunately, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and it was not
even CMN's cookie jar. So, what's the big deal?
We are truly disheartened by this sad revelation. It would certainly behoove
the next CEO to be thoroughly and radically "raked through the coals" to prove
their worthiness for such a great cause. I am very close to the wonderful
benefits for the children of the 170 hospitals across the USA. This bad apple
will NOT bring the CMN group down, it will become stronger and more accountable
because of this. Please do not give up on CMN - the cause is greater than the
greed. Give generously and know your donations are kept within the boundaries
of the specific hospital in your area. Remember: It's for the Kids!!
Some chairitable heart huh? IF he was doing all this "work" from his heart he
would accept a minimal salary. Don't give me that stuff about how hard it is.
I first hand KNOW what he did. I worked for him! Not through CMN. His company
made tons of money and believe me his full time employee's were treated like
they were subhuman. Poor wages, horrid hours. His "manager" over these
employee's was mean spirited and mean mouthed. Which by the way, I don't think
any of them work there anymore.. big surprise. He was not a humble man. When
he spoke publicly he was so busy patting himself on the back it became an
embarrassment for those of us in the audience. While he and his family were
living in the lap of luxury, his employee's were scraping by. Good people with
families. And they had to jump at the crack of the whip of his "manager." I
personally have not donated to CMN since I had this experience.
Hall's resignation and its collateral damage upon CMN's reputation is very
unfortunate. CMN has done immense good for our nation's children's hospitals
and it can weather this storm. The question is not about the mans salary. The
question is what will CMN and its leadership emerge as following this major
embarrassment? Hall, as with the CEO before him, had a management style and
leadership that dispirited staff internally and alienated the very beneficiaries
of its mission, the children's hospitals. Rumblings have grown louder among the
largest 25 or so children's hospitals about secession and among large sponsors
about reducing or eliminating their support of CMN. CMN is a classic case of an
organization and brand that has lost its way due to lack of innovation,
collaboration, investment and, not to be dismissed, inbred attitudes and
culture. It's time for an airing-out and recovery. The Board of Directors
needs to own it's responsibility and in doing so find a CEO who can craft and
articulate a new strategic vision.
In a country where the median house is $300,000 a CEO making $333K a year is NOT
grotesque, especially for such a large organization. In 1975 the median house
was $50,000. If a CEO made $55K back then, no one would have blinked. His salary
is peanuts compared to the average CEO salary these days.CMN is a
wonderful organization that clearly did not do its due diligence on this guy and
will now get a horrible black eye for it. It would be smart to not attempt to
make any excuses and to go over the top in an effort to keep its credibility.
Stop whining and start shoveling, my grandpa used to say.
This article states that the violations took place in 2003, three years before
he came to CMN. Charges were filed in Feb. of 2008. CMN is a
voluntary association of 170 children's hospitals in the US and Canada and, as
an employee of a hospital that was a charter member of the organization, I can
tell you that our board was impressed because all of the money we raise in our
local community is collected at our hospital and stays here. CMN does collect $$
from national sponsors and disburses those funds to the hospitals quarterly. CMN
doesn't offer insurance to local hospitals. CMN has helped children's hospitals
better serve millions of children in its 25 year history and no doubt the CMN
Board will find a suitable new leader for this fine and worthy organization.
How many hospital get their insurance from National Benefit? CMN employees do.
Did he get the CEO position at CNM for personal benefit? I'm sure there is no
conflict there. How long was he on the board before they made him CEO?
Resigned or not, anyone who covered up for this guy should be toast as well.Anyone who works for a charity especially when they're upper management
should have an annual criminal background check. I can't believe they didn't
know about charges in Feb. Somebody did.
Jim Hall resigned from his post as CEO today.Not sure how he got the
job in the first place.
This is much bigger than Salt Lake City... Children's Miracle Network is a
world-wide organization supporting over 170 hospitals in North America - this is
unfortunate for every community who raises funds for their local hospitals
through the network.
It's very unfortunate that a very good organization, with a good reputation,
will be dragged through this mess. The transactions described in the article are
not affiliated with CMN, however they may be forced to pay the price for some of
them. It would have been very difficult - if not impossible - for the Board to
do any due diligence on Hall's character...the charges were not filed until
February 2008. That said, I do think that the Board will need to fire Jim Hall
if they want to restore their image. And conduct a very public audit of the
their books, accounts and donations.Greed and dishonest behavior
will always catch up with you - its just a question of who will be dragged down
in the process.
All CEO's of all organizations need to see the light. Just because you are high
up on the totem pole doesn't mean that you actually deserve that money. You need
to really work for what you earn, and not milk off someone else's back. This was
one of the more solid charities to donate to. It is so incredibly sad that
someone has to cheat like that - and for what?
The Board of Directors says "the allegations pre-date his employment." The
allegations don't pre-date his appointment to the board. The entire board who
did not do their due dilligence on this man at the time of his hiring should
first fire him and then resign themselves. Or, have some of them benefitted from
his insurance company activities? Oh, and by the way, the article says his
company sold insurance to hospital employees. How many hospitals did he have
access to after he was placed on the CMN board? How many employees of those
hospitals were victimized by this man?
$333k is that all they paid him? That's not much for the level of
responsibility that position demands. All of this stuff that happened with him
was 3 years prior to even joining CMA and someone would have to be an idiot to
hold it against the charity. Good luck finding a quality candidate to do a job
because he believes in the mission - you are fooling yourself.
my husband had our insurance premiums deducted from his paycheck at the very
small company he worked for. imagine our horror when we went to fill a
prescription for our son and found out we had no insurance. the prescription
cost over 600 dollars out of pocket. turns out the bosses wife who was also the
office manager took the premiums, but didn't bother to pay the insurance
company. he's in prison now. she should be. instead she sits in a mcmansion in
utah valley waiting for his return. disgusting. this type of behavior hurts
i won't be donating again. how do i know my hard earned cash won't mysteriously
find its way into his bank account instead? i for one don't want to help pay
his mortgage. i'm appalled that his salary is so high. ever donate and sign
one of those balloons? think how many individuals it took donating just a buck
to pay him. my charity donations will all go to my church where i know every
penny will be used appropriately.
"You have to pay CEOs and other quality people a fair salary..." What kind of
quality did CMN get for its money? When you pay a high salary, you get but one
quality - GREEDY. You don't get someone who takes the job because he believes in
the mission of the organization.
The Children's Miracle Network is a wonderful foundation and helps so many
children's hospitals.. their givings are very far reaching for many families and
recipients. It is unfortunate that the CEO may be guilty of such charges when
he is the "leader" of such a great organization.
The justice system will have to prove him in the
wrong.. but I am here to judge no one.. and I will keep donating to their worthy
You have to pay CEO's and other quality people fair salary in order to keep
them. If not someone else will come in take your performers. And the turnover
will only harm the ones that the charity is designed to help
I agree. $330K a year for a Utah based charity for children?? Crazy in Utah or
anywhere. How can Childrens's Miracle Network afford to keep this guy?
(financially and ethically) Dump the CEO, keep the organization. As a family
having benefited from this organization, they actually do great work.
A Utah-based charity CEO was making $330K a year? In Utah. Crazy.
It''s one thing when the Red Cross or the United Way pays high six
figures for an Executive Director or CEO.And look how well those
turned out. But to pay that kind of change for this organization? A
total sham. I think their donation stream may have just dried up.
Find a deserving kid and family yourself and give your gift directly