Hey there everyone.
If you don’t know who I am, my name is Heath Vizier. I once owned and operated a yoyo company known as Vs. Newton YoYo Concepts or VsNYYC.
The reason of this post is first and foremost an apology, and second an explanation to several things VsNYYC related and not.
This post is really hard to write. Not because the community doesn’t deserve it or anything like that, but because I can’t really express how I feel. I threw away an AMAZING opportunity with a community that I considered my family. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about how badly I messed up. About the good friends I lost. About any of it. I don’t expect forgiveness at this point (I never have), but know that I am sincerely sorry for what I did, and I am still to this day working to make it up to the world.
I’m completely expecting questions at this point and will do my best to answer all of them, but I have done the bulk of you a favor by answering the following ahead of time:
How could you do this?/Why did this happen?
If I had to sum that up into two words it would be ignorance and pride. VsNYYC was something that I loved more than nearly anything, but I was a terrible business owner. What little profit was made always went somewhere it didn’t need to. It lead to the company inevitably never having enough money to do the things it said it would do, but my pride refused to give up or ask for help. I checked off the losses as growing pains. I even quit my job to devote all of my extra time to VsNYYC. It didn’t help anything. VsNYYC wasn’t the problem. My lack of knowledge in the industry and unwillingness to show weakness was the issue. Which inevitably lead to this…
I was stuck with a few weeks before the last worlds I attended, no money, and a promise to my team to pay their way, entry, etc. I KNOW it was the worst decision I could have ever made. I should have just told them sorry and not went, but I didn’t. I made the most horrible decision I’ve ever made. I borrowed against the charity money to send myself and my team to worlds…
I have no way of proving that’s what happened, and I am expecting you all to think I’m lying, but I have nothing left to lose in this matter and with all of you. That’s what happened. I had EVERY intention to pay it back. I know I shouldn’t have even considered it, but I couldn’t not go in my head. By the time I started gathering personal funds (nowhere near enough) it was far too late.
How did you get the funds then?
I sold off personal belongings. A silver burst Gibson Les Paul, a Sig AR rifle, and nearly all of my personal collection. I posted a receipt that every dime has been paid plus a few hundred after this all happened.
Why did this take you so long?
I wish I had some real excuse to put here. Something that made perfect sense. I don’t. Part of me felt like even coming back to say sorry meant that I wanted you guys to “take me back”, and I didn’t want to just be forgiven and come back. I’m still not sure if I do. I just know I needed to get this out.
What have you been doing to make this better?
Other than paying back all of the money plus some and not claiming it towards my taxes that year, I have joined a local group that donates 100% of its proceeds to Relay for life and ACS and has recently added on autism awareness. I don’t handle the money, but I work at events, walk in parades, and do everything that I can to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
In the world of yoyos I have no idea. As Steve Brown once said I offered nothing that a consumer couldn’t get from a more reputable company with a perfect history. I’m not completely against designing yoyos (my mom and best friend have asked me to), but I’m aware of my weaknesses at this point, and owning a company is simply out of the question. I just wanted to give the community the full explanation and apology it deserved so long ago.
I let you all down as a company, friend, and person and I can never truly apologize for what I’ve done enough. I’m sorry that I allowed my selfish pride and stupidity to ruin such an awesome thing.
P.S. If you were ANY part of what my mother did for my son involving reclaiming my old collection thank you from the bottom of my heart. Once he’s old enough to enjoy them, I know that he will.