A TPG contributor who was also in Vegas confirmed the incident to Business Insider. Nonetheless, even after partying, Kelly managed to put on a presentable front for TPG. and pushed him off and swam away.". The Points Guy UK is a trading name of Red Ventures Services Ltd, registered in England and Wales No. The next day, the freelance producer flew to Mexico to meet up with his friends. I think that he was a bit disinterested in the work and more interested in getting drunk.”. Adam Kotkin, TPG’s former chief of staff, told Business Insider that if Kelly didn’t like running the company, “he probably wouldn’t be there.”, “Without a doubt, he wouldn’t want to do anything else … he is giddy about airplanes … and trying new things,” Dixon added. It rakes in affiliate fees by getting readers to sign up for credit cards or reward programs. Despite his incredible professional success, several former employees told Business Insider that they didn't believe Kelly was fit to be the CEO of a 100-person company.

Palau? Nonetheless, even after partying, Kelly managed to put on a presentable front for TPG. At a 2018 party Kelly hosted for TPG employees on the rooftop of his apartment in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, the former editorial employee said he gave away flight credits for the person who typed in Slack the fastest: “Brian is the world’s best boss.”. kind of person," the former marketing employee said. Years after a former colleague's husband helped teach Kelly search-engine optimization, Kelly gifted the family enough points for a trip to Ireland. From 100mph to zero Fs in 24 hours- the Caribbean vibe sure has a way of hitting the reset button. This past holiday season was a busy one for Brian Kelly. But while the 6-foot-7 Kelly sells the dream of glamorous travel to both his readers and his staffers, the reality of working alongside the 37-year-old travel guru can be a nightmare, according to a number of former and current employees with whom we spoke. Either way, life is good , A post shared by Brian Kelly (@briankelly) on May 26, 2018 at 1:23pm PDTMay 26, 2018 at 1:23pm PDT. Former employees said that despite the downsides of working at TPG, Kelly could be generous and charming. A former senior colleague and the former editorial employee told Business Insider that one of their coworkers was fired after acknowledging using a marijuana vape pen in June at the New York City Pride March, where TPG had a Boeing 747-themed parade float. Several former employees described a pattern: If you didn't challenge Kelly, they said, you'd stay on his good side. After Red Ventures bought TPG, all new employees were required to take a drug test.

The Points Guy, a travel and credit-card-rewards website also known as TPG, was founded 10 years ago. Brian has 4 jobs listed on their profile. Kelly got his start as a recruiter at Morgan Stanley, where he made less than $70,000 a year. The rest was allocated for local fixers and location fees.

A former senior colleague and the former editorial employee told Business Insider that one of their coworkers was fired after acknowledging using a marijuana vape pen in June at the New York City Pride March, where TPG had a Boeing 747-themed parade float. The pool at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo. He just started trying to make out with me and I was like, 'What the f---?' NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: The Points Guy, Brian Kelly speaks onstage during The Points Guy Awards on December 4, 2018 in New York City. Dixon said Kelly had free rein at TPG and would take him and pals on all-expenses-paid trips around the world, traveling to the Maldives, Greece, and London, among other destinations. During a 2019 work trip to Israel, Kelly allotted $50,000 to his personal security detail. “You might get the dad that is in a great mood and is giving out gifts and praise like it’s candy, or you might get the bad dad who is on a raging bender,” she said. But the moment you started to question his decisions, your days at TPG were numbered. The travel honcho hosted parties at his homes in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Pennsylvania, and Miami Beach, the latter of which he sold for $2.59 million in 2019. It was the single largest expense of the $138,000 13-day trip on which Kelly and four crew members embarked.

Tahiti? A number of employees would resort to asking their friends to leave comments on TPG stories, videos, or posts so that Kelly would see their suggestions and hopefully execute them. I was like, 'Oh wow, this isn't normal,'" Dixon said. He takes everything you say to heart. The TPG contractor confirmed to Business Insider that he remembered hearing the freelance producer’s account the next morning, and the best friend confirmed he had heard it two days later, in person in Mexico. Two years later, he sold the blog to Bankrate for more than $20 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. After Kelly attended a Jennifer Lopez concert, the CEO  was unreachable the following morning, according to the freelance producer, and the team missed its flight to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. First, he hopped aboard a first-class flight from New York to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a private cabin with butler service and its own bathroom. It's great. A TPG contributor who was also in Vegas confirmed the incident to Business Insider. “You get on that bad side, and then it snowballs and snowballs, and then you’re eventually pushed out.”. And then he pushed his whole body up against me so I was pinned between him and the wall. "At the end of the day, he would always perform what he had to do.". He just started trying to make out with me and I was like, ‘What the f—?’ and pushed him off and swam away.”. His ultimate goal, sources said, was simply to be famous.

Business Insider spoke with 28 current and former employees, freelancers, and contractors, 23 of whom described a toxic work environment they said was fostered by Kelly. When Business Insider provided further details via email, the second friend did not respond. as well as other partner offers and accept our, Dave Kotinsky/Stringer/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider, Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo, Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories, a suite at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem. The former senior colleague said she thought Kelly had little faith in his team members. TPG and its parent company, Red Ventures, do not tolerate any form of harassment, exploitation or discrimination in the workplace and take seriously their responsibility to create environments where people feel safe, respected, and able to do their best work. It may sound extravagant, but for Kelly, the founder of The Points Guy, it’s just another week on the job.

“There was a lot of wiggle room with what he could get away with,” Dixon said, citing an extravagant 2016 TPG holiday party aboard the Intrepid, a maritime museum inside a ship docked on the Hudson River in Manhattan. Josh Dixon, left, Brian Kelly's then-boyfriend, and Kelly at an amfAR gala in New York City in June 2016. Much of this boiled over when Marriott’s global marketing officer took Kelly as her date to the 2019 Oscars. "You get on that bad side, and then it snowballs and snowballs, and then you're eventually pushed out.". According to the freelance producer, two friends of Kelly’s were in the pool at the time.

Since then, it has grown from a one-man blog into a company with more than 100 employees who bring in 10 million monthly unique visitors to the site. The TPG contractor confirmed to Business Insider that he remembered hearing the freelance producer's account the next morning, and the best friend confirmed he had heard it two days later, in person in Mexico. A roundup of uplifting stories about everyday heroes. “He swam up to me and came up in front, so I had my back to the wall, and put his arms on both sides of me, so I was kind of trapped. First, he hopped aboard a first-class flight from New York to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a private cabin with butler service and its own bathroom. Some said his temper was well-known among employees.

"Our last night in Costa Rica, we were filming for JetBlue, and he just kept on getting more and more tequila and then he wanted to go in the pool afterwards," the freelance producer said. A contractor who worked with Kelly for about one year said, “I found the job so emotionally and professionally abusive that I needed to seek therapy.”. A second current employee added: "Everyone who deals with him personally complains about it.". “At points, I remember sitting in a hammock in the Hamptons and asking him, ‘Is this lonely?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, it is.'”. Disclaimer: Insider Inc, Business Insider’s parent company, has an affiliate business partnership with The Points Guy. ", "Without a doubt, he wouldn't want to do anything else … he is giddy about airplanes ... and trying new things," Dixon added. By that time, she was almost five months pregnant.

"You might get the dad that is in a great mood and is giving out gifts and praise like it's candy, or you might get the bad dad who is on a raging bender," she said. ", While Red Ventures attempted to tame TPG's spending, Kelly still remained known for an over-the-top lifestyle in his personal life, which Dixon described as "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.". Kelly lives a lavish lifestyle of first-class flights and luxury hotel suites in destinations including the Maldives, Venice, and Japan. Yep.. 2018 and still #jetlaggedAF ✈️✈️ Can’t wait to see where this year takes me.. next up: Puerto Rico , A post shared by Brian Kelly (@briankelly) on Jan 1, 2018 at 6:49am PSTJan 1, 2018 at 6:49am PST.

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