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. "When I talk to people, one of the things people will say is the perks have been getting worse," the current employee said. “Brian likes new and shiny things,” the former senior colleague said. This past holiday season was a busy one for Brian Kelly. The freelance producer said on one occasion, he saw Kelly partake in the illegal substance in a room at the Nobu Hotel during the 2016 Vegas trip. The freelance producer says that he went back to his room at the Andaz Papagayo hotel alone after the incident with Kelly. In a statement to Business Insider, TPG's parent company, Red Ventures, said Kelly "unequivocally denies all allegations of drug use, sexual harassment and assault. According to the freelance producer, two friends of Kelly’s were in the pool at the time. The trip included Kelly flying first class on El Al Airlines and staying in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem, the latter of which Kelly booked with points.

Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a travel and credit-card-rewards website also known as TPG.

"There's no question that he loves what he built.". But I’ve never seen that last with anyone at the company.”. TPG is now owned by Red Ventures, which bought Bankrate for $1.24 billion in 2017. Sign up for Insider Life. Philippines? "He will trust [reader] comments over what we say is the best strategy, or a random person he met at a party over anything that we would have to say.". 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. “When I talk to people, one of the things people will say is the perks have been getting worse,” the current employee said. But the moment you started to question his decisions, your days at TPG were numbered. 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. You have to get people to take action,” Brian Morrissey, the president of Digiday, said. By that time, she was almost five months pregnant. Years after a former colleague's husband helped teach Kelly search-engine optimization, Kelly gifted the family enough points for a trip to Ireland. During a trip to Japan in spring 2016, the freelance producer said Kelly requested cocaine — demanding he not come back without it. 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. Disclaimer: Insider Inc, Business Insider’s parent company, has an affiliate business partnership with The Points Guy. Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a travel and credit-card-rewards website also known as TPG. Some said his temper was well-known among employees. This past holiday season was a busy one for Brian Kelly. Tahiti? The partying would sometimes seep into Kelly’s work life too, according to sources. Two former freelancers each said Kelly asked them to buy cocaine for him while on a work trip in Asia. 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. "Brian would name the website 'The Points God' if he could," a former employee who worked on TPG's marketing team said. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

According to the company budget memo obtained by Business Insider, another $30,000 was estimated for a local tour company. It was later discovered that the job listing had been posted on LinkedIn shortly before the freelancer’s offer was rescinded.

“At the end of the day, he would always perform what he had to do.”. ". Ideally I like good diving spots. The Points Guy, a travel and credit-card-rewards website also known as TPG, was founded 10 years ago.

Every time someone signs up for a credit card or rewards program via the site, the company collects anywhere from $25 to $700, the former editorial employee told Business Insider. A former executive said that when he was at the company, Kelly would occasionally miss meetings with important partners, such as airline and credit-card representatives, and be hostile with those who actually attended, contesting decisions made in his absence.

"I think the big thing that [TPG] got right, which is something that publishing is waking up to from a business-model standpoint, is that just putting ads in front of people isn't good enough.

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