Ivar Bruvoll is perhaps the toughest guy I’ve met. He can take any amount of adversity – in fact opposition really gets him fired up. If I were to pick one guy I believe could take the bridge from an enemy’s control in a war, it would be Ivar.
When I started to work in the recruitment company U-MAN in 1990, Ivar had already been the company’s salesman since a few months. The company was owned by a scientologist, used the OCA test as the primary tool in recruitment, and was regularly hounded by WISE for the weekly statistics. It paid 6% of its gross income to WISE for the use of the personality test – even though the test’s copyright was probably never owned by Hubbard, or after his death, L. Ron Hubbard Library. U-MAN was run by LRH Admin Tech and scientology was the backbone of the company. But Ivar was no scientologist. In fact he threatened to throw the office furniture out the window (without opening the window first) if he discovered a hard link between the company and the Church of Scientology. The link wasn’t hard enough and the office kept its tables and chairs.
Ivar has an unbreakable personal integrity. He never bowed for the personal pressures to make him into a scientologist. I suspect he is one of the very few people having attended a conference aboard the Freewinds (the CoS ship) without being a member of the International Association of Scientologists. The IAS officers kept hunting him down around the ship, but he wouldn’t yield and left the ship no more a scientologist than when he boarded a week earlier.
I was the CEO for U-MAN Norway from 1990 – 2000 and then left the position to Ivar. The company has since changed name to Performia with the advent of a Net-based testing system, and Ivar is still going strong as the man in charge of the daily operations.
When I left the CoS in 2009, I met with scientologist friends to explain to them why I was leaving. I also met Ivar. He was one of three people during my 25 meetings that really got it – why I left. Given the plummeting of the church in the last three years, it must be an interesting show for Ivar to watch standing in the middle of the storm without being a member. As the main stock holder of the company is an OT8 (a former very good friend of mine and a person I highly respect, Mårten Runow), Ivar gets to see the inside view while staying outside.
No matter how the CoS meltdown will pan out, Ivar will always stand the ground, will always do well. Ivar is a highly professional business man, knows people well, can assess the wide range of candidates for any job position – and he is a very straight shooter. He doesn’t mince words and he doesn’t compromise on getting the results he aims for.
I hope to one day in the future again be able to work together with Ivar.