Croton Resident Paul Steinberg's September 10th Letter to the Gazette is re-printed below. It concerns the "Toughman".
To the editor:
Amid all the discussion of "Toughman" nobody has bothered to point out that there is no such organization.
There are actually 4 corporations, only 1 of which is a non-profit entity subject to filing a public report with the IRS.
According to their website, "Toughman" is a trademark owned by "Toughman Inc." [sic].
According to the NY Secretary of State, "Tough Man Inc" is a non-profit formed in 2008 with an address in Sag Harbor NY.
to the IRS, "Tough Man Inc" had support funding of $210,171 in fiscal
2010, and by fiscal 2013 that had dropped to $318. There is no
explanation for what happened at a time when the "Toughman" race has
been growing and presumably increasing in revenue. It appears that
although the non-profit entity is the owner of the intellectual
property, it is not being paid for the use of the marks by Izzo's
There is also a
"Tough Man Enterprises Corp" which is listed as the site owner on the
race website. That entity is a for-profit domestic business corporation
formed in 2008 and since it is for-profit it does not file a Form 990.
After forming the profit-making corporation "Tough Man Enterprises Corp" Dr Izzo stated:
also marked the beginning of Toughman Enterprises, an apparel,
coaching, and event planning company that essentially has created the
brand for Toughman. Our product line has been assembled according to our
experiences in triathalon, but will expand as time goes on to reflect
the changes in our customer needs."
is also a "Tough Kids Inc" formed in 2011 as a for-profit domestic
business corporation. There is also a defunct entity formed in 2008 as
"The Westchester Toughman 1/2 Ironman Triathalon Corp" which was a
for-profit domestic business corporation.
Nobody begrudges Dr.
Izzo making a decent living, and Sag Harbor ain't cheap, nor is Rye
Brook. And if people choose to volunteer to help Dr. Izzo, that is every
bit their right as if they wanted to volunteer to work at Macy's.
Izzo told triathalon website Xtri: "In the end, you have to be a damn
good salesman." Dr. Izzo has certainly been a good salesman, and has
done well by being a good salesman. And participants in the triathalon
have donated money to many worthy causes.
when we speak of "Toughman" it is important to remember that there are a
host of related Izzo entities, and the only public documentation is for
the sole non-profit entity, whose most recent IRS filing shows that it
has a negative worth and only had a few hundred dollars in revenue, down
from over 200 thousand dollars in the space of 3 years.
also important for the Village to clarify what entity (or entities) are
liable for the actual "Toughman" race, particularly since the non-profit
entity appears to be a shell corporation.
In December 2011, an
interview with Dr Izzo gave to blogsite "TriEssential" identified Izzo
as "Race director and owner Dr. Richard Izzo." If he is the "owner" of
the race, this would impact certain aspects of the Village negotiations
with Dr. Izzo.
When residents write about "Toughman" it is important to clarify which entity they are talking about.
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