Does Dennis Talbott work for Les Wexner (OSU Trustee)?

Submitted by BoBo24 on June 10th, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Mod Edit: I've added the post's text here and deleted the other thread. It's giving everyone problems.

Another MGoBlog member (GustaveFerbert) mentioned in an earlier thread that Dennis Talbott, the freelance photographer who allegedly has been paying TP to sign memorabilia, is actually Director of Recruiting and Staffing (or something like that) of Limited Brands. Can anyone confirm this?

The founder, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands is Les Wexner. Wexner is also a major OSU booster (he gave $100 million earlier this year alone) and is a member of OSU's Board of Trustees. He is spearheading a $2.5 billion fundraising campaign to boost their endowment over the next few years.

Wexner is good friends with Jim Tressel and, word on the street is, it was not until Wexner gave the nod that JT was finally told he had to resign. Is it possible that a principal player in the "memorabilia for benefits" scandal at OSU actually is a member of Les Wexner's management team?

Mod Edit: I deleted the LinkedIn profile. If people want to search, they can. [zl]

OP Edit: I think deleting the LinkedIn profile is a mistake. It's not like we are heavily pirating LinkedIn for any reason that is related to their business (i.e. networking). The portion of Talbott's profile that was posted here is critical to confirming this is the same guy. I think you should let it stand. IMO.



June 10th, 2011 at 1:47 PM ^

can only get it to work on the iphone.

There's a post with an empty frame of an embredded picture that seems to have caused the probelm.  



June 10th, 2011 at 1:49 PM ^

This site has been having trouble. This morning I posted a heads up that I got a warning that a threat was blocked. The weird thing is that it only happens when I log in on my desk top using Firefox. Using Chrome on my laptop and have never been hit with anything.

Feat of Clay

June 10th, 2011 at 2:15 PM ^

Yeah, I'm on Firefox on a Mac.  Partway down I can see an ad for the Mealer shirt and then it ends.

To be honest I thought it was just me.   That thread had me breathing faster and clutching myself in an attempt to suppress my horrified glee--I thought perhaps I'd squeezed my own ribs too hard and had cut off my oxygen.


June 10th, 2011 at 1:58 PM ^

Not to create panic in the streets but i was having the same problem too so clicked "reply" directly to the OP and tried to upload a pic. Within 30 seconds my system crashed on my PC and now i have a virus.

Had to switch to IPAD to warn

Zone Left

June 10th, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

For what it's worth, I delete links to people's social media pages. To me, it's encouraging harrassment from the relatively small minority here who would do that. It's a judgement call and people will disagree, but I don't like it.


June 10th, 2011 at 3:37 PM ^

...the same guy. Here's what I posted on the other thread (minus any links to LinkedIn):

LinkedIn Dennis Talbott has a profile that says he was President, Strategia Retail Solutions, LLC from 2002 - 2007 and Director, Recruiting and Staffing, The Limited from 2007 - 2009).

His photo on his LinkedIn profile and his former position with Strategia is conclusive evidence that Memorabilia seller Dennis Talbott (photo taken from this story about the scandal) -- note the Strategia signage -- is also Former "The Limited" Talbott.

He was apparently unemployed/self-employed from some month in 2009 to Dec 2010. This is apparently when he tried his hand at full time memorabilia sales and freelance photography.

Undefeated dre…

June 10th, 2011 at 8:08 PM ^

Fairly standard LinkedIn profile.
The Limited is a big employer in Columbus, so Talbott working there is most likely just a coincidence. But if there was ANY personal connection between Talbott and Wexner, that would be death death death for OSU, given Wexner's clear uber booster status.
What's interesting is Talbott is a LinkedIn Member of only one group, and it's "Clients, partners, and friends of BSM Nation", where BSM = Buckeye Sports Management. Only 36 members in the group, and it's a locked group. Owner is Lee Connors, who is VP of Marketing for Varsity O Memorabilia, who has a lot of signed Pryor stuff to sell (a drum SportsbyBrooks has been beating). Connors describes BSM as:
"BSM Nation consists of Buckeye Sports Management, Buckeye IT, and BSM Music. We are a sports marketing, event planning, PR and fund-raising firm from Columbus Ohio. Many of our clients are Former Buckeyes doing great things in the community. Our company motto is "Think BIGGER!" We have amazing partners in the Community and have adopted a collective "we do that" strategy with our partners. In every meeting we consider our family of partners. Chances are if we don't do something, I have a partner company who does."
BSM's Twitter Feed is not active, but followed by the OSU Alumni Association so there was some knowledge they existed.