Thursday, September 7, 2017

The DOJ, SEC, and Tremco: Don't let their scam (Tremco) , become your problem.

Friends:

If you want to crawl in bed with Tremco, by all means, do.  It will be crowded however, because you'll have to share the bed with the DOJ, and SEC.  

The purpose of my work is simple:  Expose public roofing scams, protect taxpayers, and educate Administrators.  My job is compounded by Administrators who see me as the "bad guy" as I dare to comment on my chosen discipline. 

Private owners (the people who earned their money) are no trouble at all, and welcome the "heads up".  Public Administrators seem omnipotent, and literally hate anyone who offers an alternative.  You are the enemy, and believe me, will throw every resource they have (actually the public has) to destroy you.

The topic of conversation is meaningless to them, and follow their typical knee jerk philosophy.  People who have ZERO credential, ZERO experience, and ZERO money.

Volunteering, and investing thousands of hours in research, are meaningless.  The fact that I have not accepted a dime from anyone for 14 years is also insignificant.  I stopped accepting money because it would be used against me, and I would be punished.  

By refusing money, and personal advancement, I'd effectively removed the club from hands that wish me harm. I've found that once you remove money from the conversation, all that's left is the truth.

The very FEW Administrators that think clearly, and do not have an industrial fog machine in their heads, are a delight.  They are so rare however, that I keep a digital camera on me to PROVE that I've seen one.  Sort of like people who photograph flying saucers, and Loch Ness Monsters.

My point?  I do not want to see you in jail, and I don't want people who lie, cheat, and steal, anywhere near our schools.  That comment is a 2 for 1 deal, because you can't have one without the other.  Sad as it is.

Okay, let's see how much fun everyone is having with that stolen money.  I've said what I need to say, so now you can see what the law says:

http://www.debevoise.com/~/media/files/insights/publications/2016/09/20160923a_sec_complaint_serves_as_reminder_to_carefully_consider_disclosure_obligations_relating_to_government_investigations.pdf

NEW YORK 
Matthew E. Kaplan mekaplan@debevoise.com 
Alan H. Paley ahpaley@debevoise.com 

WASHINGTON, D.C. 
Jonathan R. Tuttle jrtuttle@debevoise.com
Ada Fernandez Johnson afjohnson@debevoise.com 
Jil Simon jsimon@debevoise.com

Client Update SEC Complaint Serves as Reminder to Carefully Consider Disclosure Obligations Relating to Government Investigations Registrants, particularly those involved in highly regulated industries, frequently must determine whether and when a government investigation and related pending or threatened litigation must be disclosed in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

On September 9, 2016, the SEC filed a complaint against a company and its general counsel that should serve as a reminder for any registrant subject to a government investigation to ensure that it has robust procedures in place to review disclosure requirements in connection with government investigations in light of the facts uncovered by any internal investigation and the course of settlement discussions with the government.

The SEC complaint alleges violations of the federal securities laws due to the company’s failure timely to disclose a loss contingency, or record an accrual for, a U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation into an alleged violation of the False Claims Act. In SEC v. RPM International Inc. and Edward W. Moore, filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia against RPM International Inc. (“RPM”) and its general counsel and chief compliance officer, Edward W. Moore, the SEC alleges that RPM and Moore violated the antifraud, books and records, and internal control provisions of the federal securities laws.

The gravamen of the complaint is that, in light of its own review of the facts underlying the DOJ’s investigation and negotiations with the DOJ about a settlement, RPM knew that it faced, but failed to account for and disclose, a material loss that was probable and reasonably estimable and accordingly required both accrual and disclosure under the relevant accounting and financial reporting rules.

NEW YORK Matthew E. Kaplan mekaplan@debevoise.com Alan H. Paley ahpaley@debevoise.com WASHINGTON, D.C. Jonathan R. Tuttle jrtuttle@debevoise.com Ada Fernandez Johnson afjohnson@debevoise.com Jil Simon jsimon@debevoise.com Client Update September 23, 2016 2 www.debevoise.com

SEC COMPLAINT’S FACTUAL ASSERTIONS One of RPM’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Tremco, Inc. (“Tremco”), provided roofing materials and services under a contract with the federal government. In 2011, the DOJ began an investigation after a qui tam complaint was filed under the False Claims Act against RPM and Tremco.

The qui tam complaint alleged that Tremco overcharged the government under certain contracts by, in part, failing to provide required price discounts. RPM became aware of the DOJ investigation in March 2011 when Tremco received a subpoena from the government. Mr. Moore, as RPM’s general counsel and chief compliance officer, was responsible for overseeing RPM’s response to the DOJ investigation. In September 2012, RPM’s outside counsel met with the DOJ to discuss the investigation.

During the meeting, RPM’s counsel informed the DOJ that, based on an analysis by a consultant, Tremco had overcharged the government by at least $11 million. In early October, RPM issued its earnings release and filed its 10-Q for the first quarter ended August 31, 2012. Neither the earnings release nor the 10-Q disclosed the existence of the DOJ investigation or reflected an accrual for the potential liability. In December 2012,

RPM and its outside counsel discussed a settlement offer that RPM planned to submit to the DOJ. The settlement offer totaled between $27 and $28 million, which reflected the amount RPM then believed it had overcharged the government. In early January 2013, RPM issued its earnings release and filed its 10-Q for the second quarter ended November 30, 2012 without any reference to the DOJ investigation.

Less than a week later, RPM submitted a settlement proposal to the DOJ offering to settle the False Claims Act violation for $28.3 million. On March 29, 2013, the DOJ countered RPM’s settlement offer with $71 million. Six days later, RPM issued its earnings release and filed its 10-Q for the third quarter ended February 28, 2013, which for the first time disclosed the existence of the DOJ investigation and recorded an accrual of $68.8 million for the potential liability with respect to the violation of the False Claims Act. RPM’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2014, filed in July 2013, discussed the DOJ investigation and the related accrual that RPM had recorded in the third quarter.

However, the 10-K indicated that the disclosure of the investigation and the recording of the accrual had been made in a timely Client Update September 23, 2016 3 www.debevoise.com manner and failed to disclose any material weakness in RPM’s internal control over financial reporting at any point during the prior fiscal year.

On August 28, 2013, the DOJ announced its settlement with RPM for $61 million. The SEC complaint alleges that, in light of the DOJ’s investigation and RPM’s own review of the facts, RPM faced a material loss that was, at the time RPM issued its earnings release and filed its quarterly reports for the quarters ended August 31, 2012, November 30, 2012 and February 28, 2013, probable and reasonably estimable, which triggered a requirement that RPM disclose the loss contingency and record an accrual on its books.

The SEC complaint further alleges that RPM’s 10-K was misleading because the disclosure of the DOJ investigation and the recording of the related accruals were not in fact timely and there had been a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting throughout the year.

In addition to RPM, the SEC names Moore as a defendant. The SEC complaint asserts that Moore oversaw RPM’s response to the DOJ investigation, but failed to disclose material facts about the investigation to fellow RPM officers, the audit committee, and the independent auditors.

Specifically, Moore allegedly knew—but failed to timely inform RPM officers, the audit committee, and the independent auditors—that RPM was in settlement discussions with the DOJ or that RPM determined that Tremco had overcharged the government between $27-28 million. The complaint also asserts that Moore made material misrepresentations to the independent auditors about the investigation, including falsely telling the independent auditors that no claims had been asserted, even though the DOJ had sent him a copy of the qui tam complaint.

According to the SEC’s complaint, these misrepresentations caused RPM to submit materially false and misleading filings to the SEC from October 2012 to December 2013. IMPLICATIONS The SEC takes the position that by acknowledging to the DOJ in September and October 2012 that Tremco had overcharged the government by at least $11.4 million, RPM was required under Accounting Standards Codification 450 (“ASC 450”) to disclose the loss contingency and to record an accrual of at least that amount.

Furthermore, because that amount was material to RPM’s first quarter net income, the MD&A included in the 10-Q for the first quarter ended August 31, 2012 should have disclosed the existence of the investigation and that it would have a materially unfavorable impact on RPM’s net income.

Client Update September 23, 2016 4 www.debevoise.com By the time of the filing of RPM’s next 10-Q, the company’s internal analysis of the overcharges to the government reached between $27 and $28 million and it was planning to submit a settlement proposal for that amount.

Although this analysis and proposed settlement had not been shared yet with the government at the time RPM filed its second quarter 10-Q, the SEC complaint charges that the failure to record an accrual of at least this amount was a further violation of ASC 450 and the failure to disclose the impact of the investigation in the MD&A was a violation of applicable disclosure requirements.

The obligation to disclose a government investigation and to record an accrual is a highly fact specific analysis.

As in this case, the facts uncovered by any internal investigation and the discussions and settlement negotiations with the government can be some of the most critical pieces of the determination.

CONCLUSION The SEC’s complaint against RPM serves as a reminder about the importance of transparency in the process around evaluating disclosures, particularly around areas of judgment such as accrual decisions. It also underscores the importance for internal transparency among general counsel, c-suite employees, and the audit committee when dealing with situations as dynamic and unpredictable as government investigations and settlement negotiations.

Companies should keep in mind that decisions around recording accruals and disclosures of loss contingencies should be made in consultation with independent auditors as well as, in many cases, outside counsel. Finally, the RPM case is a reminder to those individuals—such as attorneys and compliance officers—who sit in “gatekeeper” roles at companies that the SEC will carefully scrutinize their conduct. 

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Tremco, and Purchasing Cooperatives, are the biggest scam going today.  Believe me, when they come for Tremco, they'll come for you too.  You ARE the one who signed off on a single "Preferred" vendor after all.  They may want to know why there is no competition for public money.  I hope you have a good answer, because I don't.

I know all this reading is brutal, but if I can keep you out of a horrifying situation,  will feel like I've succeeded.

Thank you for the time you spend with me here.  I am humbled that you care one bit about what I have to say. 

NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

Reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".


Much Respect.

Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
State Certification  CCC 1325620
RobertRSolomon@aol.com

Monday, September 4, 2017

BUYING A TAXPAYER FUNDED ROOF. WHAT YOU MUST KNOW.



BUYING A TAXPAYER FUNDED ROOF.  WHAT YOU MUST KNOW.

A Private owner may do anything they like (following code, and safety requirements).  It’s their money, and can spend it without question, or oversight.

Publicly funded projects are just the opposite.  The taxpayers are the “Owner”, and all aspects of the project are subject to scrutiny.  Administrators do not possess either the credential, or experience, to make such complicated decisions. 

NO Administrator has the right to “exclude’ fair competition in favor of a “single “Preferred Vendor”.  That is called “Collusion’, and in some cases “Bid Rigging”.  An Administrator’s job is to provide “Serviceability, and Value” to the public, and not play favorites.
 
You might find yourself in a position to “explain” your actions to those you serve, and I suggest you be excessively prepared, or be made a spectacle.  “Ignorance’ isn’t going to cut it in court, I promise.

What can a Public Administrator do to achieve “Serviceability, and Value”, without exposing your district to suit?  I see this quite a bit, and one roofing manufacturer was recently fined $65,000,000.00 for abusing GSA contracts.

I happen to think they deserve it for strangling Administrators with a “Predatory Sales Model”.  If you ever hear the phrase “We handle it all”, RUN.  Anyone with knowledge can sue your district in a ‘Qui Tam” (Lincoln Law) suit, and probably win.   So, at that point, you’ve been ridiculed in court, lost your job, and your school district is on the hook for huge sums of money. 

Please do not take my word for this, and contact your School District Attorney.   They will confirm what I’ve said as true, and will advise the same, I’m sure. 

So Ron, how do we navigate this maze, and buy a roof without the problems you’ve described?




1.)      NEVER buy a roof through a “Purchasing Cooperative”.  The Purchasing Cooperative is nothing but a commissioned salesman, makes money on commission, and therefore have no incentive to compete.  Quite the opposite is true.  STAY AWAY from this obvious scam.  You CANNOT buy roofing material in “Bulk” for less money than I can.   Then, there’s the issue of storage, and triple handling.

2.)      Manufacturers offered by Purchasing Cooperatives (normally Tremco, or Garland) will typically charge 40-60% MORE, and they don’t even make many products they sell.  They have it made by someone else, and then “Private Label” it.  The only difference is that it’s marked up 300-400%.

3.)      Contact Roof Consultant’s Institute, and ask their ethics board how to move forward from there.  RCI is highly respected, and I know many of them personallty.  Factually, I was trained by the first, and only two time President of RCI, the late Mr. Bob Lyons.

https://wikiroof.blogspot.com/search?q=RCI  

RCI, Inc.
        1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27607-515
800-828-1902


        http://www.rci-online.org/

4.)      They will help you establish a “Standard” that best suits your needs, and will serve as an “apples to apples” type comparison.  This is normally included with the names of 4 manufacturers who will competitively bid the project.
These are names you know, like GAF (world’s largest roofing material manufacturer).  Firestone (backed by billions in Bridgestone assets)., Johns Manville (A Berkshire Hathaway Company), and Carlisle Syntec, leaders in fairness, and quality roof systems.

5.)      RCI will share the names of several respected roofing consultants in your area to draw up bid documents, roof plan, details, warranty term, etc.
NEVER allow one person to read sealed bids in privacy.  The best method is in an auditorium, where bids are opened, and read aloud to the public.  Any protests can be done with everyone present.




Playing with taxpayer money can ruin your life if not careful.  The Garland, and Tremco, Sales Representatives get a 25% “Commission” for getting you to sign up (unlike GAF, Firestone, Johns Manville, and Carlisle).   

NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation, or personal advancement of any kind.

Type ‘School Roofing Scam” into your browser, and then do the same on YouTube.  The only two manufacturers listed are Garland, and Tremco.  What does that tell you Mr. Administrator, who is preparing to replace a $2,000,000.00 roof?

Roll the dice if you must, but will strongly suggest not gambling with your future, and freedom.  NO amount of money is worth that.

“The “Sole Source” argument is a foolish one, and a “come on” to certain heartbreak.  I’ve seen enough of it to last 4 lifetimes, and still, feel sorry for them each time.  Many of them are actually featured on this blogsite.

Friends, I do not share opinions, but hard data.   If you need assistance, or have a question, feel free to write to my central address:


I help all people who ask for help.  It is my privilege to serve you.  I DO NOT ACCEPT MONEY for any reason, so you can compare that to the Salesman’s 25% “Commission”, and make a literate, logical, informed, decision based upon public record..

Our schools are wasting literally billions of dollars listening to slick sales representatives, holding slick paperwork.  Not one bit of that matters if there is no true “Competition” among manufacturers. 

The manufacturers compete, and each manufacturer notifies their applicators to bid the final installed roof.

Manufacturers do not submit “Final” bids, their applicators do. 

My best advice:  Stay away from Tremco, Garland, and Simon.  99% of your problems lie with them.  And it gets worse when I start comparing manufacturer warranties.  Much worse. 

I am very thankful you care one bit about what I have to say, and very appreciative of the time you spend with me here.

Reject negativity in all forms and always remember to keep looking “UP”.

Respect.

Robert R. “Ron” Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
Florida State Certification
CCC 1325620

Tampa, Florida  33647

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Honorable Florida Lawmaker To Help Stop "No Compete" Roofing in Public Works..

Friends:

A Florida State Senator called my home, and we spoke for almost an hour. 

The topic:  "Preferred Vendors", "Exclusion of Competition". "Line Item Bidding Scams", etc.  Regardless of the outcome, must respect the fact he was honorable enough to hear my concerns.  99% of public officials do not, and prefer to hide instead of work.

I am preparing a report for the Senator, and could use some help.  If anyone faces exclusion through a Purchasing Cooperative, Garland, Tremco, or Simon, please share it with me. 

I will get it to the Senator, and he's agreed to stop any project in which state funds were used without competition.  I don't want to be terribly specific at this time since it's been less than 48 hours since we spoke.

Here, I will praise his work as an honorable politician if he lives up to his word.  I will go into this believing in him.  If he's not a man of his word, I'll report that too, and in great detail.  

I may be on the cusp of success, and if I am, it's only because of my commitment to you.  I don't typically ask anyone for help, but if you'd like to contribute, you can do that with data.  Please share any school districts, or other public works in which only ONE manufacturer is listed, or accepted.

I suspect that will also apply to any Tremco, Garland, or Simon projects here in Florida, since they are the main culprits behind the "Predatory Sales Model", 

Needless to say, I am excessively grateful for your encouragement, and support.  Now, let's go get em'.  All information is held in strict confidence.

RobertRSolomon@aol.com

If you can see yourself clear to help me in my finest hour, I will protect you, and fight for you..  I do not turn down requests for help.

NOTE; Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

Reject negativity in all forms and always remember to keep looking "UP".

Much Respect.

Robert R. Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
CCC 1325620
State Certified




Monday, July 17, 2017

Purchasing Cooperatives and Public Roofing; The LIE that steals from our children.

I know that reading hideously boring verbiage gets old, so I will produce a series of YouTube videos that may be more appealing.  

Here's the scam:  A Purchasing Cooperative lies to the public by holding a fake "line item" bid.  The Purchasing Cooperative gets paid a "Commission", so all incentive to compete is eliminated.

Why would the Purchasing Cooperative care?  Because they get 2% sales commission, and in some cases, the local authority gets 5%.  This NEVER HAPPENS in the private market.

Tremco, Garland, and Simon do not make a single product that is "Better" than anything the "Majors" produce.  Factually, the manufacturers I just mentioned do not produce the material at all.  It is outsourced and private labeled (usually by Cooley, trailer park roofers of the century).  

So, all claims of "Superior Products" are false.  

Here are the videos I promised.  All available on YouTube under "School Roofing Scam".


video


video
video 

Horrid people, doing horrible things.  It's all sleight of hand, and no "Competition" ever occurs.  They can steal grotesque amounts of money from our schools, and it's infuriating. 

Anyone who wishes to restore honor to the roofing discipline, stop those who steal, and vastly improve the range of school maintenance budgets, should pay close attention.

The next time your child is asked to bring common supplies to school, because their school has no money, tell them to get it from Tremco, Garland, or Simon.  

I'll furnish a few more videos soon, and I'm in one of them.

NOTE:  Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

I am thankful for my audience, and blessed by opportunities to help others with a unique skill set.

Florida State Roofing Certification  CCC 1325620.

40+| years experience at the highest level.

Public Procurement Analyst

Respect.

Ron

RobertRSolomon@aol.com




Saturday, June 3, 2017

Garland and U. S. Communities busted AGAIN in school roofing scam.

Friends:

This is a follow up to the original Minnesota State Auditor's report.  

Garland AGAIN!!  





http://procurement-reform.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MN-State-Auditor-Letter-to-St-Cloud-Schools.pdf

Copy and paste link above for full report (suggested)


Continued, see link above.  Click to enlarge.



When I tell you about people who put you in danger, for a 25% commission check, , I am dead serious.  You will notice in the latest story (below).  If YOU stole $403,000.00 dollars from a school district, the punishment would be severe.  Garland and U.S. Communities don't care, and will take you with them on the way down.

I deal in reality, not "wishful thinking'.  Many times I've broken down how these school roofing scams work, and the ones who perpetrate it.  

Each and every time,  provided public record, because I don't feature "opinions".  I don't feature my own "opinion" to tell you the truth.  I live in a world of "measurable units", and not emotion.  What I care about the words of "Salesmen', you can put in a thimble.

I'll get you started on the above referenced article, and you can finish it for yourself.

Further to a case I've previously reported.

NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

Thank you to Ms. Jenny Berg for an accurate accounting of the scam.


Roofing project change orders to save district $403,000




http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2017/05/26/roof-change-orders/347331001/ 

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St. Cloud school board approved Thursday change orders on three upcoming roofing projects to save the district more than $403,000. 
The projects are for sections of roofs at Talahi Community School and Clearview Elementary School, as well as the new roof atQuarryview Education Center. Construction is underway at Quarryview.
The school board awarded bids to McDowall Company for the Talahi and Clearview projects on Feb. 23; it awarded bids to McDowall Company for the Quarryview project March 23. 
The change orders come after years of discussion about the district's roof bidding process; board Chair Al Dahlgren has raised questions for years about the chance of reducing costs through increased competition. For many years, the district contracted for roofing needs through the state-approved cooperative purchasing system U.S. Communities.
The Garland Co., an Ohio-based manufacturer that won a bidding process to be U.S. Communities' approved roofing supplier, subsequently worked with its certified installers and the district on almost $12 million in roofing projects from 2012-2015.
A review of school district bidding practices by the state's auditor's office in 2015 found the process may have violated two statutes, including one that calls for competitive bidding.
Amy Skaalerud, interim executive director of business services, said during the district's research into roofing systems and contracts, it hired Roof Spec Inc. as a consultant. 
"The board wanted to make sure that whatever specs were released weren't proprietary in nature, meaning that only one company could bid on it, or that only one manufacturer would be able to provide the product for that," she said. 
Roof Spec organized the specifications for the district roofing projects and managed the bidding process, Skaalerud said. 
"In putting those specs together, at some point ... (Roof Spec was) asked by district staff to include an alternate that essentially was the equivalent to the Garland system that we had previously put on, which is a proprietary system," she said. "The board didn't have any knowledge that that bid contained an alternate. ... Their understanding was the specs had been put together to not include anything proprietary in nature."  
Cont...... 
That should get you started, but again, the full article may be found here:
http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2017/05/26/roof-change-orders/347331001/ 
Follow Jenny Berg at www.facebook.com/sctimesjenny and on Twitter @bergjenny
Ms. Berg does a wonderful job with the article, and I encourage you to see how $403,000.00 ALMOST got away to a roofing scam.  Anytime you use U. S. Communities, and Garland, you may expect similar outcomes. 
Say "NO" to U. S. Communities, and Garland.  Taxpayers will thank you.
If you require other examples, just type "Garland", or "Roofing Scam" into the upper left search box.
NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit or accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.
Reject negativity in all forms and always remember to keep looking "UP"

Respect.
Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
Florida Certification  CCC 1325620





Saturday, May 27, 2017

Oklahoma State Auditor, and School Roofing Report

Friends:

Original investigative report:

http://www.news9.com/story/15953631/school-districts-accused-of-wasting-tax-dollars

That's me in the yellow blazer.

State Auditor's Report:

https://www.sai.ok.gov/Search%20Reports/database/School%20Roofing%20web%20final.pdf

A magnificent effort by the Oklahoma State Auditor, Mr. Gary Jones.  I would also like to thank Mr. Mick Dodson,of the SA's office for putting up with me, and not making me feel like an "Intruder".   

I cannot properly emote my heartfelt appreciation of such FAIR, and HONORABLE, Public Servants.   

I had the unusual experience of interacting with Oklahoma Lawmakers, and I've written about Congressman Jason Murphey several times.  Another clear eyed Public Servant who does his job, and cares about the people he serves.  Senator Jolly's effort may not go without recognition.

The fine people of Oklahoma are well served by their Honorable State Auditor, and you should be proud.  It took three years of my life, but learned a lot about myself, and the process in general.   

NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

I live in Florida, and  will never meet the hard working people of Oklahoma  who were served by this action.  Estimates are that SB630 will save Oklahoma taxpayers approximately $100,000,000.00 per year.  Think about that for a moment, and find the beauty of perseverance.  A brand new High School costs around $50,000,000.00 for comparison, and you can think of it that way.

Factually, you are receiving BETTER services, for LESS money once the "Predatory Sales Models" were exposed.

I don't discuss politics here, but people.  Republicans, Democrats, and Independents ALL PAY TAXES.  You WORK for that money, and it's REAL.  I dig people who work, but despise people who lie, cheat, and steal.  That's as straight up as I can say it.

Forgive me if it seems like I'm 'gushing" a bit, but in my line of work. HONORABLE Public Servants are a rarity.  You stand a better chance of having lunch with the "abominable snowman" than finding one.

It was the experience of a lifetime, and revealed a threshold that was previously unimaginable.  I am paralyzed from a hemorrhagic stroke, but it doesn't mean I have to quit on life, and wallow in sorrow. 

My civic pride will not allow it, and all I wanted to do was return to society as a productive citizen.  

I've been extraordinarily fortunate to have people who genuinely care about me, and my campaign.  If I can attribute it to anything, I would say it is the 'consistency" of my message.
   
A Colonel out of West Point influenced my life by believing in me.  That may not seem like such a big deal to some, but it is when you're trying to "rebuild" yourself in a positive image.

I have a very long way to go, but have the greatest role model you could imagine.  I'm just a broken down roofer from "Six Mile Creek", and do not deserve such grace.

Forgive me, but without him, would not know courage in the face of adversity.  With head lowered, thank my God for Col. RS.  Through him, my destiny was revealed.

General Douglas MacArthur:

“Duty,” “Honor,” “Country” — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

Another thing I learned about Oklahoma is that you don't say the word "Texas", lest you be accused of blasphemy. 

I want ALL Oklahomans to know you have a friend in Florida who cares about you, and your schools. 

NOTE: Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.  

You working people don't have the time, or hunger, for copious reading, long hours, and certain heartbreak that comes with it.

That's just my game, and have an aptitude for it.

I will help anyone who asks for help.

That's how I ended up in Oklahoma in the first place.

Reject negativity in all forms and always  remember to keep looking "UP".

Much Respect.

Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
Florida Certified  CCC 1325620












Friday, May 26, 2017

School District Attorney : BEWARE - Tremco Roofing Lawsuit

ALL School District Attorneys should know this, and advise your district accordingly.

I will apologize to my readers in advance, because this is extraordinarily tedious.  I think I became officially blind reading it myself.

NOTE; Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

RPM International is Tremco, the "We handle it all" people, and Boy, do they.

Below, you will find the complaint, but since it's so lengthy, can be accessed by interested parties by copy and pasting the following link:


http://www.howardsmithlaw.com/Complaints/RPM_Complaint.pdf

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Plaintiff, Individually and On Behalf of All
Others Similarly Situated,
Plaintiff,
v.
RPM INTERNATIONAL INC.,
, and ,
Defendants.
Case No.: DRAFT
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR
VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL
SECURITIES LAWS
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED


CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Plaintiff, Individually and On Behalf of All
Others Similarly Situated,
Plaintiff,
v.
RPM INTERNATIONAL INC.,
, and ,
Defendants.
Case No.: DRAFT
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR
VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL
SECURITIES LAWS
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT
1
Plaintiff (“Plaintiff”), by and through his attorneys, alleges the following upon
information and belief, except as to those allegations concerning Plaintiff, which are alleged
upon personal knowledge. Plaintiff’s information and belief is based upon, among other things,
his counsel’s investigation, which includes without limitation: (a) review and analysis of
regulatory filings made by RPM INTERNATIONAL INC. (“RPM” or the “Company”), with the
United States (“U.S.”) Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”); (b) review and analysis of
press releases and media reports issued by and disseminated by RPM; and (c) review of other
publicly available information concerning RPM.


NATURE OF THE ACTION AND OVERVIEW
1. This is a class action on behalf of persons and entities that acquired RPM
securities between July 26, 2012, and September 8, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking
to pursue remedies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

2. RPM, through its subsidiaries, markets and sells specialty coatings, sealants,
building materials and related services across three segments. RPM’s industrial products include
roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction
chemicals. RPM’s consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home
maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. RPM’s specialty products include industrial
cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration
services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries.

3. One of RPM’s wholly-owned subsidiaries is Tremco, a company that provides
roofing materials and services.

4. In July 2010, a former Tremco employee filed a qui tam complaint under the FCA
(the “FCA complaint”) in federal court against RPM and Tremco. The FCA complaint alleged
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT that Tremco overcharged the government under certain government contracts by, among otherthings, failing to provide required price discounts. The FCA complaint was filed under seal and provided to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) so that DOJ could investigate the allegations and decide whether to intervene in the lawsuit (the “DOJ investigation”).....................................................................


I would suggest any School District Attorney involved in the Public Procurement of Roofing, save it as reference.  You may also type "Tremco" in the upper Left search box, for additional data.

Please refer to the link, and full document as I don't want to cherry pick, or be accused of it.

Again:

http://www.howardsmithlaw.com/Complaints/RPM_Complaint.pdf
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Every School District Attorney Should know this.  I will help any Attorney who asks for help.

RobertRSolomon@aol.com

There are many ways to receive both "Serviceability, and Value"for your district, but a Purchasing Cooperative, Tremco, and Garland, are NOT among them.

I know this post has been BRUTAL on my readers, but perhaps you School District Attorneys are more suitable to "decode"?

The roofing discipline, and taxpayers deserve better than me, but I'm what you have until someone wants to take my place.

I approach my work as a civic responsibility, and without malice.  "People" don't stress me, but "Predatory Sales Models' do.  

Honor, and respect to my friend RS, and those like him, on Memorial Day.  I will also lower my head in both humility, and deep respect for "Brother Jake".  May God bless you all.

NOTE; Retired 2003, do not solicit nor accept compensation or personal advancement of any kind.

Reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP" (for CA).




Much Respect.

Ron

Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Public Procurement Analyst
Florida Certification 
CCC 1325620





The DOJ, SEC, and Tremco: Don't let their scam (Tremco) , become your problem.

Friends: If you want to crawl in bed with Tremco, by all means, do.  It will be crowded however, because you'll have to share the bed...