I thought I'd address this as a business owner, someone who knows Son, and also does business with Hyperlite / HO / Ronix....and dealt with similar issues in my own business.
First....Regarding Son....change like this is NEVER easy. Son is extremely talented and his art has truly influenced a great deal of board designs / imagery for the industry. That said, I'm sure that given his abilities, he will be able to find a place that will nurture his skills. And as simplistic as it may be...I often equate work / a job to being like a plant. Sometimes when a plant stays in the same place for too long it can become dormant. To grow....you have to prune it or move it to a place more suitable for its growth and flourish. It may not make sense now, but in several years this may be a blessing for him as he will find a place where he can continue to grow personally and professionally. Again, he is talented....and should focus on the future and not dwell on the past. That said change is never easy...and I wish him well finding a place that will allow him to grow.
As for Hyperlite / HO and the decisions they make. I can tell you that things are tough in our industry. I don't know the facts regarding HO / Hyperlites budgeting issues, but I'm sure there are specific reasons they made the changes they did. As to why they made them.....how they decided to make them.....we can only speculate as we are not privy to the discussions and information that lead to them. That said, as a business owner.....when I've had to deal with situations like this........I've had customers / people outside my business question my ethics / reasons why I did certain things. All I can say is that....without without knowing all the facts that relate to this / why things happen / and the details...its truly hard to fully understand what is really going on. And while we can speculate, without knowing the facts from both parties perspective....its not fair to either party to do so. Change was made....right or wrong...and everyone needs to move on.
That said....one thing I can suggest to anyone out there who works for a larger company or individual...99% of issues like this seem to relate to communication issues, knowing what is expected of you...discussing things you are doing well or need to do better and setting goals and reviewing them frequently. That said, I will be the first to admit that I, as an owner, still need to work to do this more effectively...but also would suggest to those reading this... if you value your job...work to have open lines of communication with your boss / employer / manager on what is expected...how you are doing...things you need to do better. Sometimes there will be issues you don't agree with or want to hear...but honestly..these may be things you NEED to hear. And if you don't talk about them / know them...they will create problems. Sorry for getting up on the proverbial soap box..but felt I might be able to offer some thoughts as a business owner. Again, this is never a good situation... I hope things work out well for all parties. Change is never easy...but sometimes good...even if it makes no sense.
Bill @ Performance