FACTS about Public Roofing Procurement, and Oversight. Copyright 2010 by Robert R. Solomon

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Roof Consultant's Institute Protects Taxpayers, and Members"

Needless to say, I am thrilled to see the premier, and undisputed authority on "all things roofing" come out so strongly on the topic of "Exclusion".

These men and women are taking a bold stand to protect taxpayers from predatory business models designed to eliminate all competition for taxpayer dollars.

Purchasing Co-Op's facilitate this horrible deception upon our school districts, and is contrary to all  published state laws.  I can prove this in all 50 states, and every territory, and province of Canada.

Canada too is infested by "Exclusion", resulting in abominable, abusive, taxpayer waste.  Do you wonder why our children are asked to bring writing materials from home?

Based upon all documentation I've seen, investigations, and public record, I will estimate that 40% of every roofing taxpayer dollar is pure waste.  The commissioned salesman puts 30% straight into their pocket!

Canadian taxpayers paying $800.00 for a 5 Gal. bucket of roof coating?

Does that sting?

I guarantee you this topic will not go away, but quickly gain strength. 

Why Ron? 

Because RCI is RIGHT!

Okay, let me turn it over to the Pro's:
 About the Author:

Thomas M. Gernetzke, RRC, RWC, REWC, RRO, RBEC
President, RCI


I am pleased to announce Operation Moonshot was officially rolled out at the RCI convention in Orlando. Please see the following excerpt:

"We are facing the single biggest obstacle to our success, and I firmly believe that we will meet this obstacle and turn it to achieve a successful outcome.
Government sector tax-payer funded cooperative procurement and proprietary specifications that exclude our members hurt all of us.
Even if you don’t do government sector work, the waste, fraud, and abuse that frequently result from these procurement methods impacts your taxes and your bottom line.

“We choose to go to the moon.” On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced, before a special joint session of Congress, the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the moon before the end of the decade.
At the time, only the construction of the Panama Canal in peacetime, and the Manhattan project in war, was comparable in scope. Many politicians and scientists doubted that this goal could be achieved.

However, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar module ladder and onto the moon’s surface.

Although paling in comparison on every conceivable level, we have a similar challenge:
We choose to establish a goal to involve an RCI professional member on every public school re-roofing project in North America.” With this challenge, I offer Operation Moonshot.

The primary challenge and objective for Moonshot is clear. Significant milestones include:

- Encourage public school decision makers to retain independent third-party consultants and quality assurance observors in the re-roofing process rather than utilizing procurement methods detrimental to our membership.

- Demonstrate the benefits of using third-party consultants for the roofing installation process. These benefits include longer lasting roofs, better designed roofs, code-compliance, validated manufacturer warranties, greater selection of materials, greater energy efficiency and sustainability – all of which mean greater value and benefit for taxpayers.

- Demonstrate that, of third-party consultants, RCI professional members and in particular those with RCI designated registration titles offer the greatest assurances to school districts and tax payers.
- Promote roof maintenance and roof asset management programs.

Clearly this will not be easy. Moonshot will begin with a comprehensive blend of internationally distributed public relations pieces supplemented with direct mailing campaigns targeting school decision makers.

Moonshot will also develop materials, such as direct mail pieces and .pdf documents that individual RCI members can utilize to promote the merits of building envelope consultants for schools and consumers in general".
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I have nothing but praise and admiration of Mr. Gernetzke, and the fine organization Roof Consultant's Institute.

RCI's involvement has been a Godsend to my personal crusade to stop "No Compete Contracts", "Proprietary Specifications", and "Sole Source Agreements" in public works.

Magnificent in scale, and a blessing for taxpayers.

Much respect to Mr. Gernetzke.

As always, I ask you to reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".


Robert R. "Ron" Solomon                                                                                    
Director, Roof Consultant's Alliance

Respect to Mr. Jason Fenstermaker.

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