I will prove to you that TCPN has a very unhealthy financial interest in Tremco/WTI. I would like to tell you that is unique, but it isn't. The purchasing cooperative does not get paid to SAVE money, they get a COMMI$$ION of 4%. Where is the incentive?
The more it costs, the more they make. Period.
Would a rational person (taxpayer) approve of this method? Of course not. But, they are unaware, because they "Trust" others to care about our schools, and tax dollars. The opposite is true, and permeates the very core of all government purchasing ciooperatives.
This example illustrates the nepotism, esoteric companies formed only to funnel money away from you. I will make an attempt to bring them to you, and also continue to fight for fair bidding practices that do not excludee competition as TCPN does.
Let us begin.
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Roof Consultant's Institute, and my group Roof Consultant's Alliance
(5,000+ members combined) take great exception to roofing services contracted
through government purchasing cooperatives.
"TCPN will receive 4% of the total revenue from each PO executed under
this contract. This fee will be included in the contractor's pricing proposal and will not be
issued as a separate line item in any job proposals issued to client members.
This contract management fee will be required to be paid within thirty days of the completion of any work order".
TCPN is essentially a commissioned salesperson, and the more roofing
services cost, the more TCPN makes. All incentive to achieve a lower price is
immediately vacated. Shameful.
We are fed up with terms like:
Sole Source Agreement
Line Item Contract
Job Order Contract
They are designed only to circumvent fair, open, and transparent, competitive bid laws of every state in this country.
I see one of your preferred vendors is WTI/Tremco. Are you aware they
were just handed a federal fine of $61,000,000.00 for abusing GSA "Line Item"
WHO is "Weatherproofing Technologies'?
Let's check TCPN's website for roofing contracts:
|Job Order Contracting (JOC) Services (AZ)||Weatherproofing Technologies||3/31/2015||R5155|
|Job Order Contracting (JOC) Services (LA)||Weatherproofing Technologies||2/28/2015||R5229|
|Job Order Contracting (JOC) Services (MI)||Weatherproofing Technologies||3/31/2015||R5121|
|Job Order Contracting (JOC) Services (MI) (Federally Funded Projects)||Weatherproofing Technologies||3/31/2015||R5122|
|Job Order Contracting (JOC) Services (TX)||Weatherproofing Technologies||10/31/2014||R5101|
|Roofing, Roof Repairs, Roof Maintenance||Progressive Roofing||10/31/2014||MO928|
Who is Progressive Roofing? A "Division" of Progressive Services.
Here is the "appointment" by TCPN to make Progressive Roofing a "partner", as they all like to say.
That document will show you that Progressive Roofing submits some convuleted mess of numbers to TCPN for contract award. NOT to a municipality, or any public works. ALL COMPETITION has been effectively eliminated by the Vendor, and TCPN, although they keep saying "Competitively Bid", they are not.
TCPN is getting 4% (minimum) for jacking up roofing prices. It really is that simple. Tremco and Progressive Roofing are more than happy to oblige them.
Now, attorneys across the nation are seeking additional retribution, and
the cases include defective materials, and even the roofing applicators
themselves? The data is very easy to furnish if that is your pleasure.
We normally see either Tremco, or Garland as the only ones represented in
government purchasing cooperatives, and that is not by accident. It's by
I've shown these individually before, as they are public record. But Ms. Campbell (please visit her site for so much more information) has them organized for you.
How about some RPM/Tremco stock selloff by Corporate?
(Note: items in red were not included in my original message to TCPN)
Folks, you MUST read this link, and see the massive sell off. This is the SAME company that TCPN is using exclusively. A lot of money is flowing folks, and none of it reaching our schools.
They've appointed a past Attorney General and official of DOJ (specialty in bid rigging) to
the Tremco board as well. Does that sound above board to you?
I could go on, but the pattern does not change, and think I've proven my
Tremco, and Garland "Salesmen/women" are paid exorbitant commissions
(25%). That means for every tax dollar designated for roof replacement, or
repairs, only 75% actually gets there. A vicious taxpayer assault in my view,
and that of any rational person.
You are causing great hardship to taxpayers in this country, and to my
Brothers and Sisters within the roofing discipline who seek a fair opportunity
to bid for their own taxpayer dollars.
The path is well worn by Tremco, and Garland.
You, as a government purchasing cooperative facilitate this heinous assault
on taxpayers, and the roofing world is vehemently opposed to it.
Don't believe me? I've attached the words of a Garland Salesman, and
proudly listed in his profile.
AEPA, NJPA, US Communities, and TCPN are all variations on the same theme
since in the past - Tremco mostly won. In some cases, the copy cats like
Garland and Hickman were successful.
The line item bid process is far from a true bid process where the low
company gets the work. Individual line items receive an estimate that is then
arbitrarily weighted. Whoever wins the most line items wins that portion of
In some cases, manufacturers are forced to bid on line items that they are
legally precluded from like the provision of design services. In the case
of AEPA, the contract has more points riding on masonry restoration than on
roofing services. At the end of the day, the line item portion is only a
fraction of the rating system used to select a vendor since other subjective
measures come into the picture that are not clearly defined to those of us
on the outside trying to figure out their scoring system.
In the recent CV Schools lawsuit, found the AEPA process was flawed in that
no due diligence was ever done to ensure that the schools got market compet
itive numbers. When pressed they claimed that they never promised to
provide a more competitive price.
If you read their marketing materials, you will find that this is not
accurate since most school districts are left with the impression that they are
getting a competitive number and the contract has been "pre-competed".
In addition to their recent board addition, I also saw that they had added
an attorney with an extensive background at the DOJ with experience (12+
years) with bid rigging.
At the moment, it is going on with a current RFP, and we will vigorously
protest if not withdrawn.
TCPN (see attachment)
Due Oct 28
RFP states: "TCPN (The Cooperative Purchasing Network) intends to enter into Roofing Products and Services Contract(s) for the construction, maintenance, repair and alteration services related to roofing systems. These contracts will be available for use by all public entities such as ESC's, ISD/USD's, universities, city and county governments, community colleges, state and federal agencies in these United States and other jurisdictions."
I would appreciate acknowledgement of receipt by all copied, and will await
The purpose of this writing is to advise you of certain misconduct, and
make you aware. I am praying you see the copious data as illustrative,
informative, and helpful. Everything I write is for public consumption, and you
are free to share it with anyone you wish. Particularly Tremco, and the
How shall we proceed?
Without benefit of reply, sent a second message to each member:
Robert A. Pechacek
Andy Pechacek, the CEO of R4 Enterprises LLC
- President/CEO at R4 Enterprises, LLC
|David Naber - Houston, TX|
Southeast Texas and Louisiana
Telephone: (281) 358-4957
If not, I will piece it all together into presentation form, and take our chances. Please do not make me invest a huge amount of time into "Bid Rigging", although that's exactly what this is.
I am dedicated to a civil, fact based, discussion. If you are amenable to such a theme, I would appreciate it.
Soon, I will have to report my progress to the taxpayers, and the lawmakers sworn to protect them.
What's your pleasure?
Finally, received this reply from: email@example.com
Sorry to interrupt "Quiet Time".
This is proven by their association with R4 Enterprises, LLC.
- The Cooperative Purchasing Network - Assumed
- Tcpn - Assumed
- R4 Enterprises LLC - Legal
Key People & Organizations for R4 Enterprises LLC
Overview of R4 Enterprises LLC in Houston, TX
R4 Enterprises LLC filed as a Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the State of Texas on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 and is approximately two years old, according to public records filed with Texas Secretary of State. The filing is currently active as of the last data refresh which occured on Monday, October 21, 2013. A corporate filing is called a foreign filing when an existing corporate entity files in a state other than the state they originally filed in. This does not necessarily mean that they are from outside the United States.
Angela Bishop serves as the Director and has interests in other corporate entities including H-Ram Holdings, LLC, Kinetic Group LLC .
Robert Pechacek is the Director of R4 Enterprises LLC. Robert's additional corporate interests include Kinetic Group LLC .
Jason Wickel. The Director of R4 Enterprises LLC . Jason has other corporate interests including Kinetic Group LLC located in .
Angela G. Bishop is also the registered agent for the company. Also known as a statutory or resident agent, the registered agent is responsible for receiving legal notifications regarding court summons, lawsuits, and other legal actions involving the corporate entity.
We'll soon work on "The Kinetic Group, and reveal what we find here.Active
D&B Company Report
- 3 Active Members Found
Texas Secretary of State
|Filing Type:||Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC)|
|Date Filed:||Wednesday, July 20, 2011|
|Registered Agent||Angela G. Bishop|
- The Cooperative Purchasing Network - Assumed
- Tcpn - Assumed
- R4 Enterprises LLC - Legal
That Friends, is OBSCENE by any stretch of the imagination.
I will report back on this development if TCPN, Tremco, and R4 Enterprises, LLC., admit to this obvious wrongdoing, and ceases.
If there is no such admission (although supported by public record), I will take you along for the ride.
I will no longer participate in any activities not directly related to "Roof Consultant's Alliance" or "Public Roofing Procurement". You will see no mention of manufacturers, distributors, consultant's, or contractors, who are not either the problem, or not committed to solving the problem.
If I am to protect taxpayers everywhere, may not be dependent upon the ambitions of others.
I will try harder to condense these posts for you, but every turn I take reveals more. Collecting this material is time consuming, and I'll try harder to bring it to you in a more "Professional" format. For now however, you're stuck with facts, and a few illustrative photos.
Soon, I hope to do some audio "break downs" for you, as I present documents, and share the meanings with you.
Please note that I alone am responsible for every word I say here. I encourage constructive criticism, or factual corrections.
Thank you for visiting with me today. Please reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".
Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Director, Roof Consultant's Alliance
CCC 1325620 (Florida)
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