Of course this is both an honor, and responsibility that I must be objective about, regardless of my own philosophy. I welcome words of opposition, or contributions to the discussions with equal enthusiasm. So please feel free to say what's on your mind, or start your own discussion there.
We cover many topics including new products, energy, clean water, and roofing practice. So, if you want to advance your knowledge base regarding any of these (and more) topics, I will personally welcome you.
I'm mobilizing a rather large group of roofing contractors, and roofing organizations, that have grown tired of taxpayer deception, and in many cases, outright fraud. An honest manufacturer will be given a forum to declare (Publicly) that they do not participate in, nor encourage "Proprietary Specifications", or "Sole Source" arrangements. I will contact each of them, and how they respond. It's either "YES", or "NO". The name and title of each manufacturer's representative will be given.
Friends, I started this advocacy long ago, with the idea that all manufacturers would encourage the promotion of such positive philosophy for their approved contractors, and the taxpayers. BUT, I AM WRONG. I've been told the only way to secure support, and respect (?) is to specify projects, and reduce revenue streams of those I don't like. Or gain favor with the ones I do. I reject this philosophy, as I find it very unflattering, and inconsistent with my mission.
Remember, I'm here to discuss roofing topics, create a level playing field for my colleagues, and save huge sums of taxpayer dollars in the process. I'm convinced these are honorable goals, and will not compromise my position regarding them.
The climb will be almost vertical, I understand that, am prepared for it, and with your help, will see it to conclusion. There is a groundswell among contractors across North America, and I am determined to give them an opportunity to express dissatisfaction in numbers.
In the meantime, a true test of any manufacturer may be displayed in this way: Ask them to sign a document saying they do not participate in, nor encourage, "Propietary Specifications", or Sole Source" agreements. If they refuse, spend your money with an honest manufacturer that will. This is our first step.
I will begin exposing every exclusionary project, and jurisdiction, along with the decision maker's name, phone number, and address.
You will be furnished public documentation of the activity in question, and will soon learn how easy it is to spot the fraudulent behavior.
I will eliminate the "Trusted Professionals" aspect of this site, and will replace it with a "Pledge" feature where you will be listed with others who place value on honesty, and integrity.
Reject negativity in all forms, and remember to always keep looking "UP".
Robert R. "Ron" Solomon