As you all know, the 2015 Presidential debates were scheduled for this Friday (December 5th), right here in San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Despite the great deal of effort put in over the past weeks, candidate Georgiana Slincu has been unable to secure a visa to visit the United States. Therefore, she will not be able to enter the country to participate in the debates or election process, or take on the role of FanBox President.

Georgiana has shown great leadership and support to the community through both her Presidential campaign and many years as a Success Coach, so it is unfortunate that this has happened at such an inopportune time.

 

In an effort to still take advantage of the energy and passion that Georgiana has for this community, I have asked Georgiana to become a part of the President’s Cabinet so that she can continue to help lead the Success Coach team, as well as provide direct feedback to FanBox based on the wishes of the entire community.

I realize that this is an upsetting circumstance for many of you, but thankfully, your 3rd place candidate in the second election round, Vijay Kumar Karumuri, has agreed to rejoin the election process so that Martin Binnington and himself can face off in a live debate in San Diego to determine who will be the next community President.

FanBox will be working with Vijay in hopes that he will be able to obtain a travel visa without any issues, so that the debates can be rescheduled as soon as possible.  I will keep you posted, as soon as there is news.

 

In the meantime, I want to thank many of you that have provided your feedback as to what you hope the next President will accomplish. Several of you have brought up concerns on your ability to cash out FanBox earnings in a faster manner. Because of your feedback, I have been working with the Finance department for the past several weeks and have come up with an idea that looks promising.

You will learn more about this approach as early as mid-month (this month: December) as I have set the execution on this project as the highest priority for both the Finance and Engineering departments.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.  

529 Comments

Jessicca Lee

I am really sorry to hear that happened. Was anticipating to watch a great debate. Thank you so much president Brian for making such an effort on the cash out sequence, it matters a lot.
Looking forward for the coming presidential debate!

34 months ago
Georgiana S

The debate needs to take place anyway, this is fair to do and hopefully we will have a President :)

34 months ago
Jessicca Lee

Yes. I am so sorry that you can't make it.

34 months ago
* Shahzad *

This is really upsetting to know about Georgiana's visa issue. I hope Vijay will get his visa on time. Best of luck to Martin and Vijay in Final!
Thanks for the undate on Cash out. We hope it will be a good news for the whole community! :)

34 months ago
Georgiana S

I hope the same, Shahzad, this is his chance and I cannot help, but just be happy for him :)

34 months ago
Marius B)

You are great, Georgiana.

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

It is bad news indeed Shahzad. At least now we know that this kind of issue can arise for candidates outside of the USA, and we can be better prepared in future.
I welcome the opportunity to debate with Vijay just as much, and I am sure Georgiana will do a great job as part of the President's cabinet!

34 months ago
Frankie (Gaining Momentum)

Thanks for the update. I am truly disappointed at Georgina's circumstance. I was rooting for her. Success

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Frankie, thanks for your support, dear! Please think positive, we need to move forward and be excited for the debate between Vijay and Martin now! The best will win and it will become our President that I am sure will do a great job for the community!

34 months ago
Valentin Besliu

Totul din cauza unei vize :)
E ca sicum si-ar taia "craca de sub picioare" :):):)
De ce trebuie sa fie neaparat acolo,este necesara acea confruntare directa :)
Sondajele ,voturile o indicau ca si castigatoare...cam mare diferenta.
E prevazut in regulamentul acestui site...prezenta obligatorie la acea confruntare :)
In Romania avem un alt Presedinte care a ocolit cu dibacie,istetime confruntare directa.
De ce nu se amana acea confruntare...e batuta in cuie data :)
Normal ar trebui oferite sanse egale pentru candidati ...inegali.
Cred in gasirea unei solutii pentru a rezolva si aceasta problema de a da o sansa binemeritata si Giorgianei !
Eram convins ca mandatul Presedintelui nu are cum sa dureze doar 6 luni...a fost de 1 an si ceva...inspirat am mai fost.
Sper in gasirea unei solutii inovatoare,nu ne alegem presedintele decat o data pe an :)
Asa e corect,normal,democratic.

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Valentin, s-ar fi putut face confruntare online insa daca se presupne ca as fi castigat, tot mi-ar fi trebuit viza si dupa ce am fost refuzata de doua ori, s-ar putea intampla si a treia oara!
Iti multumesc pentru sustinere, dar se pare ca nu este o solutie acum si trebuie sa acceptam!

34 months ago
Javed Iqbal

Really sorry to hear that :( about Georgiana.
And thanks for your updates on cashout :)

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

Hi Javed. I am also sorry to hear about Georgiana's issues. It would have been an interesting and lively debate, I am sure!
Vijay has a different style, so I will have to re-prepare some of my notes for this one :-)
And once again, I am sure that whoever becomes the President next year will have the interests of the community (now and in the future) at heart

34 months ago
Georgiana S

My advice: Just be YOURSELF no matter who will you confront with!

Good luck, Martin :)

34 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

Thanks a lot for the updated news. We hope that everything relating to the debate will be solved suitably

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

Hi Kong,
I am sure that we will have a debate soon! I don't want to disappoint the community by not having one, and I have done a lot of preparation so I want to debate with someone :-)

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Great job for being prepared, Martin! Running all the day here and there to solve the visa issue didn`t let me the time to prepare myself, the main thought was to get the Visa to get to the debates were things would work out naturally!

Be positive, you will have someone to debate with :)

34 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

We believe in both of you. Take care.

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

Thanks for the updates Brian. It is a shame that I won't be facing Georgiana in the debate... The show must go on though, and I am sure Vijay will be as tough an opponent!
It will be interesting to see what changes to cash out procedure are coming too!

34 months ago
Zubair Shah

Best wishes to you coach, hopefully you'll make it. All the best

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

Thanks Zubair! I am prepared (My Visa and my luggage are by my front door, just waiting for confirmation), and I am sure that Vijay will be doing everything possible to make it too.

34 months ago
Zubair Shah

Looking so excited coach and me too to see you as president for the next tenure.
Mr. Woosley has indeed made the history here and strengthened the fanbox through thick and thin.
Thumbs up!

34 months ago
Jake Muanpuia

I am so sorry to hear about Georgiana. Yes, she is really a great leader for us. Good to hear that Vijay is willing to debate with Martin, my Success Coach. I wish both of them the very best. I am very glad to FanBox for making this arrangement, they are always thinking the best for the community.
I am anxiously waiting for the new cash out rule that will come out soon.

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Thanks, Jake for considering me a great leader! I will do my best to help the community as a Success Coach for now!

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

Hi Jake!
It's a shame for Georgiana, but we must learn from this so that it doesn't happen in future. I know it is no consolation to Georgiana though, she was in the lead coming off the last round... but it was all to play for in this round.
I am sure that Vijay will be just as tough an opponent in the debate, and we will all work hard to lead FanBox forward!

34 months ago
Zubair Shah

Since this is an online community, the debate can be arranged using online conference until the visa gets resolved.
Anyway, the official barriers by embassy seem way too much and unnecessary.

34 months ago
Bash Syed

Thank you brain for updating us ... Also waiting for your cashout idea :)

34 months ago
Arunpreet Kaur

I'm really eager to get my first cashout :)

34 months ago
Miya Scort -Rusalii

Good luck to the new president ... I prayed for this....

34 months ago
Iftikhar Ahmad

Thanks for the updates.

34 months ago
Manuela A.

I´m so sorry because Georgiana did not got the visa! I was expecting to see the debate, still Vijay will be great too!
Great news about cashing out, just wait to see!

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

I know what you mean Manuela. I was looking forward to having a spirited debate with Georgiana!
But I know Vijay will be just as tough to beat, so we will see how it goes :-)
I wonder what the new cashout information will be... Brian keeps us on the edge of our seats waiting!

34 months ago
Georgiana S

You guessed, Martin! For sure it could be a spirited debate, I am a spirited person :)

34 months ago
Maria Dolores Rara

Oh sad to hear about Georgiana, but good she belongs to the President Cabinet. And, thanks for the exciting news of the cash out. Thank you Brian for the update!

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Thank you for our support and consideration, dear! We are still togheter :)

34 months ago
Evelyn Damayon

Sad news for Georgiana but she can still be of great help to the Presidential cabinet. Great news for the much awaited cash out issue. Hoping for the best!

34 months ago
Martin Binnington

I agree Evelyn, it is such a shame for Georgiana to have to drop out at the last minute because of a technicality... but still, she is able to make a difference in the community as part of the President's Cabinet!
And it brings Vijay back into the election!

34 months ago
Evelyn Damayon

I wish you the best Martin. Have a great day!

34 months ago
Jamil Ahmad

I like it thanks for sharing keep your posting

34 months ago
Prashant Dimri

Quite Upsetting news about Georgiana's absence ...Hope the things will settle down shortly.
Cash out news is exciting for the betterment of whole community..
Thank you Brian sir ,we wish to achieve the beautiful destination in your great guidance...

34 months ago
Angela Costin

Thank you for the updates!

34 months ago
Mir Alam Khan

Thank you for the updates President. I hope FanBox will announced as soon the next step to forwards that to be able every one for early cash out's.
Thank you !

34 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

ThankFUlly gEOERgiana wilL be IN THe CABINET IN lieu oF not bEIng Able To Join the dEBATE whiCH IS Sad. bUT i am still haPPy fOR HeR BEINg paRT OF the CABINET membER THAT wiLL cONTINUE her Leadership in a higher Level. GooD luCK GeorGiAna FOR the upcoming new rOLE. Happy to hear for VijaY to gET The chaNce ANd hoping HE CAN GET A viSA.
Can't wait for the upcoming promising Cashing out Feature THAt eveRYOne mUST BE ExciTEd about. Thank YOU dear President Brian. HI eVERyone :)

34 months ago
Angela Fanache

I really don't have the words to say how sorry I am for her. I sure hope she will be fine.

34 months ago
Georgiana S

Tosam, I am curious if you even read the post?
If not and you are just commenting, stop doing this now and in the future! This is for your own best!

34 months ago