I work for a small startup (< 10 people). We're all "white-collar" folks that live in apartments or "normal" sized homes in a city with a population of about 70K. My co-workers and I have typical salaries for our area (we're not paid 6 figures). Our CEO, however, is very wealthy (from other startups) and owns a mansion. I have been to our CEO's house and it is very lavish (e.g. a room dedicated to their collection of 100s of pairs of shoes).
Recently, we found out that our CEO and a sales person on our team are hosting one of our existing customers at the CEO's house for the day. We only found out about it because our sales team let us know that they'd be unable to take sales calls.
A co-worker and I agreed that this feels "weird" as it doesn't accurately represent our whole company. I personally think it's flaunting of their wealth to make us seem larger than we actually are (or even worse to boast). I think to myself: why couldn't they host the day at a different location?
Is hosting a customer at our CEO's mansion appropriate/ethical? How can I properly evaluate if my CEO is doing so is appropriate or if I have a valid concern that I should take to our Board of Directors?