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This Weeks NAMFS Illegal Activity Bulletin

PPI Watch List Additions This week's addition. Smith Property Management in Tennessee. Hanna Smith and her Criminal Boyfriend Daniel Vass/Smith/Barber. Contact us for petition information on having NAMFS shut down for supervising criminal activity in the Mortgage Service Industry XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX LABOR...go to www.iafst.org and become a member to assist in stopping the NAMFS offender members criminal activity.

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Business 101…Contract clauses…

From ASSERO SERVICES LLC another Lee Mertins illegal contract clause….

Contact us today for your consultation.

Contact us today for your consultation.

 

This morning I received from three clients a request for contract consultations. Funny…the Contract is from the Former Criminals at Asset Management Services. Yes Lee Meetins has taken his show on the road and developed a new company after running AMS into the ground with Brian Christy. This is the same illegal payment system that the squirrely creep developed for AMS. Another way the embezzle from LABOR. This is nothing more than another form of a MONEY GRAB.

Let’s put things in perspective.  ASEREO SERVICES LLC is going to pay you a flat fee that will be discounted. They are not taking a discount form  what they are billing…but from what they are PAYING…then they want to force you to pay for the monies you have earned,or wait for 75 days, a clear violation of the Prompt Payment Act.

Here is the contract clause;

  1. PAYMENT FOR SERVICES. In exchange for the Services COMPANY will pay SUBCONTRACTOR

according to the following schedule:

a. NET 45 DAYS from date of acceptance (Note: acceptance must occur prior to payment and the invoice should be mailed on the date it is submitted). The billing cycle is defined by a period beginning the first day to the last day of the month in which contracted services are completed. Payment will only be issued only upon completion of assigned work, and services, which have been deemed acceptable by COMPANY. COMPANY must approve all work order additions and or omissions. SUBCONTRACTOR will accept all financial responsibility for any services completed by SUBCONTRACTOR that is not covered in this agreement or that is not approved by COMPANY Management.

Look at this very carefully and understand what it is saying…from the last day of the billing period..45 days you can receive the monies you have earned…that is 75 day folks…75 days from the time you start completing work orders. No please keep in mind that on HUD work the Prompt Payment Act is in play. In addition OSHA regulations are also in play as you are on a government job and property. Please keep this in mind when the demand for your company to complete the HIPR service that OSHA has deemed hazardous and unsafe. Also remember to check with your local contractors board as this may be a service that your state requires a Licensed Electrical Contractor to perform. Now let’us examine the next section of the “Payment” process for this compay that is gouging people that do not know better.

b. NET 15 DAYS (Prompt Payment) from last day of billing cycle. The billing cycle is defined by a period beginning the first day to the last day of the month in which contracted services are completed. When a discount for prompt payment is to be taken, payment will be made as close as possible to, but not later than, the end of the discount period. Discounts for Prompt Payment are as approved by COMPANY. Payment will only be issued only upon completion of assigned work, and services, which have been deemed acceptable by COMPANY. COMPANY Management must approve all work order additions and or omissions. SUBCONTRACTOR will accept all financial responsibility for any services completed by SUBCONTRACTOR that is not covered in this agreement or that is not approved by COMPANY.

Now again this is extremely deceptive. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO RECEIVE YOUR MONEY IN A TIMELY MANNER… You should never have to pay to receive your monies EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To tell you that you will be paid withing 15 days is a lie…The payment period is 3o days add the 15 you are now at 45 days and then wait for them to approve 5 more days and then your money is sent…50 plus days is also a violation of the Prompt Payment Act. In addition you are being forced to pay for your money???

Should you wish to review the Prompt Payment Act look here;

prompt payment

Prompt Payment

The Prompt Payment rule ensures that federal agencies pay vendors in a timely manner.

Prompt Payment assesses late interest penalties against agencies that pay vendors after a payment due date.

This rate was established under the Contract Disputes Act and is referred to as the “Renegotiation Board Interest Rate,” the “Contract Disputes Act Interest Rate,” and the “Prompt Payment Act Interest Rate.”

Quick Links

Contacts

  • For more information on the Prompt Payment interest rates please call 1-800-266-9667 or (202) 874-9130.

With this in mind folks 24 Asereo goes on this weeks watch list…not only because they want to steal from you but also because they want to train you which makes you an EMPLOYEE…or in this case an Emplactor!!!

 

 

 

No Matter Where You Are...We'll be Watching

No Matter Where You Are…We’ll be Watching

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

Photographs courtesy Google Images

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership

 

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brunswick Insurance..

Foreclosurepedia does report

 

That Brunswick Insurance, a member of the infamous National Association of Mortgage Field Services that many companies (LABOR) in the Property Preservation Industry are forced to purchase business  insurance from, website has been hacked. It is being reported that Brunswick Insurance has  sent out viruses in emails confirming the fact that there is a virus in Brunswick Insurance Servers…

If you remember Foreclosurepedia reported a few weeks ago that Spectrum Field Services had a viral situation when their servers had been hacked, then shortly after that the National Association of Mortgage Field Services, (NAMFS) servers were hacked and now Brunswick. This is a little more serious than NAMFS and Spectrum as Brunswick has information for harvesting that will fetch a pretty penny…Something tells me that now is not a good time to be a member of the infamous NAMFS. Wonder how long before we see the big dog up there in Ohio huh????

One has to wonder…Some form of Terrorism, now there’s a vision, a terrorist virus. Can you just see some little crazy thing running around in your computer shooting it up with miniature ouzi with namfs scribbed into it’s itty-bity forehead???

As information and details become available we will bring the stories to you…Normally I would link the company names to the sites…but if they have been hacked?????? sorry not gonna do it!!!!!!!! That would mean I would have to go to the sites and get the link….

 

Have a good night folks…

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening.

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

 

 

Business 101…Work Place Crime

We’ve all done it. We’ve “accidentally” taken a few office supplies home from work. But is stealing office supplies really that big of a deal?

While the items listed may be incidental, what do these seemingly harmless acts lead too?

While the items listed may be incidental, what do these seemingly harmless acts lead too?

 

 

One of the most frustrating issues of being in business is workplace crime. We have all had employees leave with our company’s tools, information, and in some cases even vehicles!!! So as we start looking into the new year this writing came to me this morning and I thought that this would be a nice share with everyone….That and I’m real busy and do not have tome to write a couple articles that I wanted to write this morning!!! The following tips are brought to us this morning by TYCO Intergrated Security.

 

Protecting your business from crime – both internal and external – takes  effort. But with criminals looking to take advantage of you on every front, it’s an effort you need to make. But where do you start? To non-security professionals, knowing what to do can be difficult. To make your challenge a little easier, we’ve boiled down business security to three basic, more manageable steps.

Without an assessment, you might spend money that will add little or nothing to your overall security.”

Get a security review

Call a professional security vendor before you even think about getting a new security system,expanding to new facilities or upgrading or updating what you already have. Don’t trust any vendor that wants to sell you equipment without taking the time to make sure your current (and future) needs are being met.

A review – or risk assessment – will help identify potential threats to your business based on location, industry, number of employees and other specific needs. Without an assessment, you might spend money that will add little or nothing to your overall security. And don’t worry about the assessment’s cost, as most reputable security vendors will provide one for free. Expect an assessor to thoroughly review your internal and external areas.

Here are only a few of the things an assessor will check:

■ The parking lot

■ Fencing

■ Lighting

■ Landscaping, especially if it blocks views of your facility or

could act as a hiding place for criminals

■ Exterior doors and windows

■ Locks or access control system

■ Security cameras and recorders

■ How you manage visitors and vendors

■ How valuable supplies, equipment and hazardous materials are stored

■ Who has access to your executive offices

There are no good cookie-cutter reviews, so expect the assessor to take time to complete yours. You can help by clearly defining your business process as well as your concerns. If done correctly, the completed assessment will give you a good road map of the steps required to help improve your security.

“Double check that all doors are locked and the intrusion system is set as the last person leaves the building at night.”

Control your entries

Too many businesses are unable to monitor who enters or exits their facilities. Unless you run a retail operation that invites customers to come and go easily, lock all your doors and keep them locked. That also means loading docks and outbuildings. Provide keys, codes or properly encoded access cards to only those few trusted employees that might be the first or last to enter or leave your business each day. Put a video intercom on each door used by customers or vendors. That allows a receptionist to see and communicate with a visitor before remotely unlocking the door. If the person has no reason to come in, then keep the door locked. Be sure to collect any access cards or keys from employees that have quit or been terminated. If the employee had access to the intrusion system, ask your security vendor to remove that keypad code. And double check that all doors are locked and the intrusion system is set as the last person leaves the building at night.

Here are a few more tips:

■ Check to see that all exterior doors and windows are in good repair

■ Have cameras installed to monitor your entries. Then add clear signage announcing that visitors are under surveillance. Cameras can often deter would-be criminals

■ Engage a professional central monitoring station to monitor your entries – and interior areas – after business hours

 Be Aware

Criminals are often opportunistic. They might not even be thinking about committing a crime, but they’ll take a chance if they see one. Try to think like a thief. Look around your business and try to see what could make an easy target. For example, don’t leave computers at arm’s length inside a window, where they can be grabbed in a quick smash-and-grab. Make securing your business a team effort. Get your employees involved in looking for weaknesses in your security. Ask them to report suspicious people and cars loitering around your business. Have periodic security related discussions to keep your employees informed and enthusiastic about the effort.

Other steps you might consider implementing, include:

■ Keeping cash registers far enough away from customers so that money drawers can’t be accessed if an employee is distracted

■ Locking money, jewelry and other high-value goods away in a safe at night. These are major targets for thieves.

■ Running background checks on job applicants. Many employees steal from their employers. Try to minimize that possibility before making a job offer.

■ Limiting the number of employees with entry keys, access cards or codes for the burglar system

■ Checking invoices for purchases of supplies. Make sure you aren’t paying for things employees are taking home to sell online.

■ Immediately remove graffiti as it can mark your business as a target for more vandalism and other crime

Also, keep in mind that while today’s security equipment is generally very reliable, it does require maintenance and can break down. Having a maintenance agreement with a qualified security vendor will add another pair of eyes to regularly inspect your systems to better ensure they operate as intended. You’ve worked hard to build and run your business. Make the effort to implement these steps to help see that your investment in time and money isn’t lost to criminals.

More Questions??? Contact Call 1.800.2.TYCO.IS (1.800.289.2647) for more information or visit us at www.tycois.com.

For those of you in the Property Preservation Industry you may wish to keep in mind that there are two very qualified organizations in the industry providing Risk Assessments, Of course we have Ray and Kathy Griffin of Griffin Security Services, and also Paul Williams of Foreclosurepedia assists folks with website issues.

Hey it’s going to be a wonderful day Let’s all have a great time and let’s all be safe out there!!!

 

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening!!!

Thank you to the folks at Global Security and Tyco Integrated Security  for allowing me ti republish this white paper.

Photograph courtesy Google Images and Officezilla Blog.

Business 101….5 Ways to Build Trust in a Business…from the SBA

SBA Helping small Businesses…

The SBA has been assisting small business since 1953

The SBA has been assisting small business since 1953

 

This article was sent to me via the SBA and I thought it would be a nice way to start the week. Remember the SBA success depends on your success. So be sure to check with your local SBA office and see what programs they have in addition to the free webinars that can help your business.

 

5 Ways to Build Trust in a Business

By Marco Carbajo, Guest Blogger
Published: December 9, 2014

The most valuable business commodity is trust. Richard Branson, author and founder of Virgin Group says, “Building trust in your brand isn’t easy to achieve and it may take time, but it doesn’t have to come at a high cost. With honesty, ambition, hard work and attention to detail you can instill a level of trust that will enable you to move forward.”

The fact is that integrity impacts all aspects of business and is among, if not the most important character trait for a company to have. It is the barometer by which your customers, lenders, potential business partners and employees evaluate you and your business. Trust in a business speaks volumes on how a company services and communicates with its customers.

A trustworthy business can be defined many different ways depending upon the person, business, or organization reviewing it. Here are five ways you can build trust in your business:

1. Deliver on your promises – Doing what you say you are going to do when you say you’re going to do it is crucial to building trust. Famous entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “One customer well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.”

2. Have a solid reputation – Potential customers and business partners will search for information about you and your business online. According to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research, 90 percent of respondents who recalled reading online reviews claimed that positive online reviews influenced buying decisions, while 86 percent said buying decisions were influenced by negative online reviews. It’s crucial to manage your online reputation and establish an active social media presence, website and blog.

3. Communicate effectively – Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful company. In today’s fast paced business world, having a range of communication channels available such as phone, e-mail, instant messaging, fax, etc. is key to maximizing your ability to communicate effectively with customers.

4. Stay in compliance – Staying up to date and compliant with all federal state, and local rules required to keep your business in good standing where it conducts business is essential. Failure to meet the necessary requirements can cost you loss of good standing, not to mention fines, penalties, reinstatement costs and even business closure.

5. Creditworthiness – Lenders, potential business partners and investors will check your company’s credit reports. With positive business credit reports and ratings with a credit agency such as Dun and Bradstreet, a creditor can assess how your company handles its financial obligations. “All of this can be done by taking the initiative. Increased credit affords businesses better relationships with partners, vendors, trade sources and the community at large” says Jeff Stibel, CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

Let this be a guide for you in building and maintaining trust in your business. Integrity and credibility are invaluable business commodities. Take the time to study the habits and behaviors of those businesses who have gained trust in the business world. Adopt or adapt those that you can authentically incorporate into your own behavior. With time and consistency, you can build up trust and credibility for your business in the marketplace.

About the Author:

Marco Carbajo

Guest Blogger

Marco Carbajo is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle. He is a business credit blogger for Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, the SBA.gov Community, About.com and All Business.com. His articles and blog; Business Credit Blogger.com, have been featured in ‘Fox Small Business’,’American Express Small Business’, ‘Business Week’, ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘The San Francisco Tribune’,‘Alltop’, and ‘Entrepreneur Connect’
Thank you to the SBA and Marco for the article and allowing us to republish this article….

PPI BREAKING NEWS….IAFST TO ASSIST…

International Association of Field Service Technicians assists in….MEDIATION ARBITRATION…

Tell Us What You Think. Fair or Unfair

Tell Us What You Think.
Fair or Unfair

 

Over the past few days there has been tremendous amount of scuttlebutt Rippling through the Blue Grasses of Kentucky and throughout the Allegheny Mountains down into the Bible Belt and on to the Wild Wild West coast of California.

The What If games have started in the country’s Heartland an up into Dairy-land and the Fairest of All Canyons around the Universe the yarns have been being spun and the exchanges of pro-con are being made as I write.

Well I have some pretty amazing news to share with the world…Breaking news you could call this…An Industry First…Something you’ll never see again…well that is only because this is actually the first time in the Stored  History the National Association of Mortgage Field Services that two parties that are  haggling over funds will come to the table for something that has been needed since NAMFS…well for a very long time…MEDIATION ARBITRATION….

Your eyes do not deceive you. You not having an out of body experience nor is this some sort of hypnotic alien experience you’re going through. I know what you mean…EXACTLY what you mean. But it’s true, there is a couple of people out there that actually have enough compassion for what they are doing they have agreed to say…hey will someone else help us decide this???

How you ask can there be MEDIATION ARBITRATION if NAMFS Executive Director, Eric Miller flatly refused to entertain the idea???

Simple…two parties agree to a third party over seeing and basing a decision on the facts and merits of  each side’s subject matter.  I’m thinking Mr. Miller forgot about something like that…Because this is such seriously GREAT news for the Property Preservation Industry we’re going to leave Eric alone and enjoy this juxtaposed moment in the history of the PPI…

There are two parties…I’m not at liberty to divulge any more…that have actually agreed to have the merits of their subject matter reviewed and….there you have it the Property Preservation Industry’s first ever MEDIATION ARBITRATION case. They will each submit their information to to be examined under a set of rules set forth and agreed upon….that, at least to me folks, is the key element in everything in the PPI…there is no agreements that are not lopsided in the PPI, these parties will be agreeing to a set of rules…go figure huh???

I sincerely hope that others will start to pay attention to the shift in the industry..while some may not have the patience to look out on the horizon there is definitely change coming. This is an exciting time to be active as a somewhat wet behind the ears journalist with a advocating mentality.

The change is going to be seen in the product that the International Association of Field Service Technicians produces. I mean come on in order for labor to be recognized they have to come together and agree on the product they will deliver. That’s kinda a backhanded way of saying a “union” but the reality is this…if labor can seize this moment, come together there’s a force to be reckoned with.

I’m hoping this MEDIATION ARBITRATION is successful…then maybe we’ll get some true believers.

There are several other issues to be addressed in the Property Preservation Industry. However this is probably the most important issue there is. WHERE IS MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a link to a list of other issues in the industry.

Tell us the most important issue that needs to be addressed in a manner of agreement between the two parties…

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

Photograph Courtesy Google Images

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership

Business 101…Today We Talk Jingles

Company Branding…

Contact us today for your consultation.

Contact us today for your consultation.

 

We’ve all heard commercial jingles. That distinct sound of McDonalds, “You deserve a break today” or the Kentucky Fried Chicken, “Finger Lickin’ Good”… Almost all major companies have a jingle to identify with. So why don’t smaller companies?  I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. I mean after all what part of a jingle is NOT part of a Company’s Brand? So, since I ask clients ever day…What is your company’s brand???

So as the sun peeked through the office window bringing the mid-fall-day warmth to my face I thought I’d touch on how to develop your company’s brand for a second or two this afternoon. Well, there is also the fact that I spoke with Bob Crawford, a musician that does exactly that, writes music for companies to use to promote their business and develop their Company Brand.

A song or a jingle is always a nice touch. Can you afford it is usually the question that first comes to mind. Well the way the music industry works you may very well be able to have you very own song or jingle developed for your company.

So without further ado…Meet Bob Crawford…Bob is President of RMCO Music/BMI currently residing in the ccity si nice they named it twice…New York, New York.

You can find some information on Bob hereand here….well here’s another link too

You’ll find a wide varity of musical styles on Bob’s You Tube station.

 Some Jazz,

Pop and rock

 

R&B/Soul 

 

When asked to describe his business

BobCrawford

 

As President of RMCO Music I work as a songwriter/composer, producer, & consultant providing original customized music for clients involved with music supervision, underscoring/transitions in film, TV, advertising and product placement, corporate presentations, video games, ringtones, etc. in Pop, R&B/Soul, Crossover Jazz, Indie Rock, Dance, & Singer-Songwriter genres.

 

Are you actively looking to bring on new clients?

As a matter of fact, I am looking for clients needing original music for business advertising & presentations. As President at RMCO MUSIC I am actively licensing my music to artists, music supervisors, and advertisers for film, TV, product placement. etc. ringtones, video games, and the like in the Pop, R&B/Soul, Crossover Jazz, Indie Rock, Dance, Singer-Songwriter, & New Country genres.

BC Gr Audiosparks3_Copy

 

When asked about costs. Depends…there are always variables but the basic fee structure is one that consists of a flat fee and royalty…Bob is registered with BMI. For those of you that are not familiar with how music works..Unless you purchase ALL the rights to a piece of music…for example if you buy the “rights” to your favorite song, Jingle Bells…anyone using the song other than “Listening pleasure” you must pay a fee for the “right to use” the song in your commercial…There are more in depths do’s and don’t’s in owning the rights to a piece of music. But that is the basics. If someone owns a piece of music they will always make revenues on it…

Here are the basic fees;

Radio Promo
Local $98.00
Regional (generally five states) $180.00
National $252.00

So the royalty…all depends on the negotiations.

So if you have been wondering about a Jingle to help develop your Company Brand give Bob a call and see what you can work out…

Until Next Time…

Happy Gardening…

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

Photographs courtesy Bob Crawford and Aaron Aveiro

Happy Christmas Everyone…

 

Irony From Eric Miller and Company

Some food for thought on a blustery afternoon.

NAMFS Offender members Payment Plan

While everyone prepares to hunker down with our first serious winter storm approaching blasting our senses with 75 mile an hour winds raising dust clouds so bad visibility is about 20 feet, I  have the pleasure of enjoying Irony at it’s Finest brought to you form the Industry’s Smoke and Mirror masters over at the National Association of Mortgage Field Services.

So Eric Miller and the National Association of Mortgage Services is going to have a Webinar…now ain’t this a hoot…a Webinar that should explain why all their members are violating the IRS Independent Contractor rules. I find this so fricken IRONIC!!! But hey since they are struggling to retain membership I guess it beats a blank. Wonder if this Miller starting to address the federal laws????

Here is the the email I received and the statement from NAMFS

Independent Contractors vs. Employees: FLSA Misclassification

Presented by: Melissa Fleischer, Esq.

11:00AM EST

 Recently wage and hour lawsuits have far exceeded discrimination claims and demonstrate the new area of risk that employers are exposed to. The Department of Labor has vowed to identify and punish employers that misclassify their workers as independent contractors when in fact they are really employees. Employers who fail to understand how to properly classify their workers do so at great risk for potential Department of Labor audits and lawsuits.  This informative in-depth webinar will provide essential information on how to properly identify who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. Get up-to-date on the tests that the Department of Labor and courts use to identify who is an independent contractor. Learn helpful tips to avoid making mistakes and ensure that you get it right the first time.

WOW!!! They even have an attorney to talk about it. Make no mistake about this folks…THE NAMFS MEMBERS ARE BEING SUED FOR THIS, and they are losing their cases. One would think as THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION they would have righted this ship when the membership started losing their battles in court 4-5 years ago.  However, IMHO this is nothing more than window dressing this holiday season in land of smoke and mirror that NAMFS Regime Offender Members live in on a daily basis. Why you ask???? Very simple.

Let us examine a time line for a minute. Back in 2010 one off the NAMFS Offender Members Buczek Enterprises had a lawsuit filed in the California courts. Hurst v Buczek. Now one of the elements of the case was this issue, Independent Contractor v Employee. Buczek lost on both issues of the case. Now over the past year I have given the name to these people that have been incorrectly classified as Independent Contractor, Emplactor. An emplactor is, an Employee incorrectly classified as an Independent Contractor with specificity to the Property Preservation Industry.

Now here is the rub folks…NAMFS as THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION , while IHMO there was a deal arranged to keep the final decision suppressed to the lay person so Labor was kept in the dark about the results. This allowed NAMFS Offender Members to carry on as if nothing was ever decided.  However, NAMFS has had the past four years to attempt to fix both of the issues with their membership that has pyramided the PPI as if this was some sort of shell game. Myself if acting as the Executive Director of THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION the issues would have been addressed the day the court case was filed, as EVERYONE OF THE NAMFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS KNOWS THIS AND HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT ALLOW THEIR MEMBERS TO CONTINUE TO BREAK THE LAWS WHILE DEMANDING YOU PAY FOR AN OVERPRICED BACKGROUND CHECK FROM  A NON AMERICAN COMPANY MEMBER…

Two issues came out of the Hurst v Buczek case. WHY THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING TRADE ORGANIZATION has waited four years to address one of the issues in the case is beyond me. The second issue is one that will break several companies. Companies like Glitter Field Services out of California. They claim to have NATIONAL COVERAGE with a subbing business model that allows them to steal from Labor. While GFS is not listed on NAMFS’s Offender member list of members they are subbing members work out. Now correct me if I’m wrong but EVERY OFFENDER MEMBER has demanded proper licensing and insurance from us, so why would a company with the subbing business model be exempt from that?

The courts in Hurst v Buczek ruled…Buczek had no standing in the California Courts as the company WAS NOT PROPERLY LICENSED in the state of California. Of course, Buczek protested stating they did not need a license in California because they did not physically work there.  Well that courts reply was POPPYCOCK!!! The court said no, you PROFIT from the work therefore you are conducting business in California and to [profit from business you must have an active business license.

Now why this issue has not been address by the Board of Directors of NAMFS is beyond me.  Perhaps because the organization would lose members that would not be able to afford the business licensing required to PROVIDE NATIONAL COVERAGE…oh and also the insurance thing…and there would not be enough membership dues to pay the six figure salary of Eric Miller.

What is so disturbing about the issue is the fact NAMFS has allowed their membership to continue to violate laws for the past four years. Allowed to continue to steal, cheat, falsify claims, illegally back charge, and illegally conduct business in other states for the last four years with the knowledge their membership is doing this.

Facts are a pesky thing, they don’t go away. I would like everyone to remember this phrase…Personal Capicity…sometimes the term will read Individual Capicity…

In law, individual capacity is a term of art referring to one’s status as a natural person, distinct from any other role. For example, an officer, employee or agent of a corporation, acting “in their individual capacity” is acting as himself, rather than as an agent of the corporation. Thus, their actions, in their capacity as an individual would not generally incur a liability on the part of the corporation, nor would they have any protection from liability for their own actions as an individual.

In general, a person may be said by a second party to be acting in their capacity as an individual, whenever the person’s actions are the result of their own decisions, rather than being actions to which they are obligated in their capacity as an agent of another person or agency.

So tell me something good people of the Property Preservation Industry…

Do you think that the Board of Directors and Eric Miler don’t have intimate knowledge of the illegal activity of the NAMFS members?

Kinda Rhetorical HUH???? What this means is that a prosecutor can charge them all ‘IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CAPICITY…for allowing crime to take place as we all know that breaking the law is wrong. Sorry Eric…you supervise and organization that continually has members violating the laws on a daily basis yet you do nothing to stop it or change the direction of things. Something I would think any respectable Executive Director of any organization would do.

Instead Miller has gone out and made Labor, the people financing the industry so the membership can pay his salary, the man makes Labor the scapegoat for the industry’s whoa’s and just sits by and allows the crime wave of the NAMFS membership. Every soundbite I have read concerning Labor has been in a extremely negative connotation. In addition the members that sit by defend the organization and continue to allow or sit behind the curtain and push issues like Wells Fargo did with the Aspen Grove background checks, those people that sit and say nothing and act like everything is fine…a case under Individual Capacity could be made against them also. Puts a new twist  in the game don’t it??? Oh yeah there is that accessory after the fact thing also .

With the membership losing court case after court case on this issue you have to wonder if the NAMFS people have read a damn thing I and several others in the industry have been screaming about for the past five years. This has Spin Doctor 101 written all over it. For the past five years this has been subject matter of several threads and there are numerous articles we have published on this subject. So I have to wonder if this may not be part of one of the settlements of their members that have lost their case???

In closing I have to say…If I was a Member of NAMFS I would be livid that Eric Miller insulted and thought me so stupid not to be able to read the IRS guidelines and understand them. Having an attorney make a presentation after members have lost this argument in the courts…well that is just smoke and mirrors…

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening.

 

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

Photo Courtesy Google Images

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Alladay LLC Ownership.

Business 101…Updating Services…

A legitimate service or another hand out for a piece of the pie?????

Contact us today for your consultation.

Contact us today for your consultation.

 

We all know all too well about the very thin slicing of the pie in the Property Preservation Industry(PPI). Seems there is always twelve hands out for the eight pieces. In addition, everyone wants to “help” you run your business. You have people offering QC Inspections, Processing Services, Initial Inspections. Heck there are even companies that “specialize” in single services like lawn and maid services.

For the most part when you see something like this it is a member of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services. However, while this company may be involved for several years, lately there has been a lot new faces, this organization is just one of several that have been soliciting  their  services to Contractors in the PPI. In addition to companies billing themselves as a “National”, there just seems to be a lot of new faces…and they are asking the same questions that many of us started answering five years ago…

The other day I received the email below. Now on the surface sounds like a service that could help…if you’re turning 1,000 work orders a day…

Seriously, While I applaud these guys for their efforts to provide a quality service, the truth is…it would take more administrative time to put all the information together on a daily basis to send to someone to do…which I do not understand, if you’re going to prepare a spread sheet with your company’s updates, why not just email it yourself??? But such is the crazy formula of outsourcing in the Property Preservation Industry…

Allow me to point out a couple red flags in this email that I cut and pasted…

#1 Gmail Email address??? Nothing wrong with Gmail…However, I would think someone doing this type of work..”data entry”… would have a website for simplifying things…

#2 No Signature Block…

#3 The phone number has one of those monotone messages that are stock when getting a service. If you’re using a phone for business then create a Business message…

#4 I can find no website…you’re going to trust this???

Here is the email in it’s entirety…

We are an updating company in the panhandle of Florida. We are not a P&P, REO or have our own contractors. We strictly update.

Our team of experienced, professional people can assist in simplifying your life. Updating orders is a necessary evil of having a P&P, marry that with the added expense of finding, training and retaining competent updaters, it may seem like an impossibility.

Let us assist you. We have already found and trained the updaters- they are on our team. Our people are knowledgeable, competent and love what they do.

Our company is located in Florida, no out of country updaters, and quite astute with P&P and REO’s. We locate, through the contractor’s photos, all work completed and bids. Our job is to make our clients money.

That being said, if you are interested, please give us a call to discuss your needs and our solutions.

UU.CDK.Updaters@gmail.com

850.398.5452

Now I’m not sure about you and your company but my Administrative Assistant…that is part of her job. Should she be ill…IT IS my job!!!!

Here is a response to my email this morning inquiring about Company Name and Website…

No, sir, we do not have a website. XXXXX and  I have been flying ‘under the radar’ for over eight (8) years and never felt the need to have a website. That being said, our work is excellent, thorough and complete. We do not leave an order hanging open for any reason. We will contact the contractors for any needed pics (ie HWH, HVAC, furnace, etc), carefully search every pic the contractor sends in and will bid every bid (some the contractor has placed and some he may have missed).  Our philosophy is  quite simple, “We  make our clients money!” If we are making yu money, you are happy…ergo, we are happy.

Now they say they are going to review photos on completed work and bids….I have a serious problem with that… First every company has a different  crap loophole to beat you on your bids…Second…why would someone doing updates be reviewing your photos on completed work orders and reviewing your photos to come up with bids…Remember folks…when someone else submits a bid on your behalf it is not yours. We just went through this the other day on a Landscaping Bid…They got all stupid with me wanting measurements of tree branches… Unless you’re going to pay me $65 an hour my feet do not leave the ground. I supplied 300+photos. But this is the excuse to make me give time on my dime… We want to compare it with…and now I’m drawing a blank on the Bidding Software they want to compare it to…my response???? Regardless of what your software says, that is our bid and we will not change it. If you’re not satisfied by all means call an Arborist and see what they will bill you….

I thought  that this company is VERY new to the PPI as they do not know the difference between Processing Work Orders from your daily updates on outstanding work orders which require no photos or bids.

Until Next Time

Happy gardening…

 

Written By: Aaron Aveiro

Photograph: Aaron Aveiro

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership

How Lenders Manage Third Party Vendor Compliance for Field Services

The Eric Miller and Offender Member Propaganda machine at it’s finest…

Eric "you must have my permission to assemble" Miller, Executive Director and Master Puppetier of NAMFS

Eric “you must have my permission to assemble” Miller, Executive Director and Master Puppetier of NAMFS

I was sent this information this morning by National Mortgage News. I find it ironic that once again we have this media blast that clains to be a solution to Property Preservation issues. What is ironic is the fact that once again the members of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services is pushing everything down the line to those individuals that finance the industry. Once again the issue of the criminal activity of the Offender Members of National Association of Mortgage Filed Services (NAMFS) are ignored by Eric Miller the Executive Director of the Criminal Members of the organization he oversee and supervises on a daily basis.

No, once again Miller completely ignores what his little flock of merry crooks does to innocent women, children and most of all Miller completely ignores the fact that the members of the NAMFS Regime STEAL FROM OUR NATIONS VETS ON A DAILY BASIS…

Below is an Industry White Paper that everyone needs to understand. The paper completely ignores the fact that the police department down the street from oour office will provide a BC for $20 versus the $65 demanded by NAMFS members. The fact that indivduals have to use ONE company with two or three different names should send RED FLAGS up to any logical business owner. However, that is not we what we have in the PPI and Miller and company know this and exploit this fact on a daily basis.

Here is the white paper in it’s entirety…you’ll find per-tenant commentary along the way in colors and italics….

Introduction

With the American housing market slowly recovering from its 2008 crash and the banking business on firmer footing,
the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is sharpening its oversight.
One area the CFPB is shining its light is on third party vendor management and the range of consumer facing field services, including property preservation, property management, appraisers, real estate agents, and claims adjustors. The agency wants financial institutions to exercise strict oversight on all their processes and procedures with regard to third-party vendors. With consumer complaints on the rise, CFPB’s scrutiny shouldn’t come as a surprise.Some third party vendors see an increase in oversight as intrusive and say it interferes with how they run their companies.
Others, however, view the CFPB’s warning as an opportunity to control the industry’s future.[enter NAMFS Members] The property preservation and inspections services sector, for example, believes that standardized vendor compliance background checks will lead to more accountability within the industry[except for the members of NAMFS stealing from Labor] while encouraging a higher level of consumer confidence.
“One of the things we were looking for and we have talked about for years is standardization,” says Jack Bryant, executive vice president of client relations at MSI, a national vendor with 30 years of experience in the field services industry.

“Now at least we have this opportunity to have some standardization on criminal background checks.”

Working together as an industry to design a standardized vendor compliance criminal background check presents an opportunity for financial institutions and vendors to team up for a common cause, something that, in the long term, can only strengthen relationships and improve the profession.
Collective collaboration of this type is already happening. A diverse working group made up of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services, Wells Fargo Bank, Aspen Grove Solutions, national and regional vendors and two nationally recognized background check companies have created a comprehensive, standardized, data rich, auditable vendor compliance program.
The flexible solution allows for easy customization to the specific needs of different industry sectors while still meeting the CFPB’s guidelines and preempting it and other federal agencies from imposing government authored solutions.

Current Compliance Issues

All lenders in their Master Services Agreement (MSA) require background checks and vendor management as a business condition. Consequently, most field service companies have some type of compliance background check policy in place. However, standards and procedures vary widely from company to company.
For instance, one field service company may prefer a criminal background check that spans a decade while a competitor chooses a program that stops at seven years. Some companies may refuse anyone with a felony conviction, while another will accept those applicants.
It’s true then that individual vendor background checks are currently being performed – without established standards.
Compliance checks without established standards aren’t auditable and a background check that isn’t auditable is virtually meaningless.
Standardized background checks are important because the field service business is an elongated, tiered process. It starts when a financial institution issues a work order to inspect or perform work at a property. They typically contract with a national field service provider to perform the requested work.
Depending on the property’s location, a national vendor sub-contracts the work to a regional business that in turn assigns the work to a local company. The owner of the local company then chooses the appropriate field service professional to complete the work order.
The bank almost certainly doesn’t know anything about the individual chosen to represent them at the property. Whether or not the field service professional has been properly vetted is vitally important because the CFPB expects financial institutions to hold third party vendors to the same standards as full-time employees. Essentially the CFPB has told the financial industry you can outsource the work, but not the risk.
Satisfying that mandate requires a vendor compliance solution that is auditable and has a consistent process of identification and verification to ensure that the people undertaking field service work do not have a pattern of behavior that may pose a risk to consumers or neighborhoods. so because NAMFS members stealing from Labor are not on site they do no have to pass a background check??? They are allowed by the NAMFS Regime to be criminals????
Many financial institutions currently outsource the risk to their national vendors who in turn outsource the risk to a regional vendor and so on. This gives rise to a lot of misunderstanding of the requirement and its implementation. Banks, lenders and GSE’s can ill afford to be non-compliant in the eyes of the regulatory authorities. More importantly, they have a corporate desire and obligation to protect consumers and reduce complaints. In light of this they have taken an active part in the formation of a solution by standing shoulder to shoulder with their network of vendors and the industry as a whole to implement an industry standardized solution.

“There is no consistency from one company to another in deciding what is allowable for our
industry. We now have a standard format in determining who we hire and who we pass up. ”
Michael Evangelo, National Mortgage Field Services

I’m guess Micheal doesn’t see the need for industry standards????? at the completing services level…

Standardized background checks are important because the field service business is an elongated, tiered process. It starts when a financial institution issues a work order to inspect or perform work at a property. They typically contract with a national field service provider to perform the requested work. Depending on the property’s location, a national vendor sub-contracts the work to a regional business that in turn assigns the work to a local company. The owner of the local company then chooses the appropriate field service professional to complete the work order.
The bank almost certainly doesn’t know anything about the individual chosen to represent them at the property. Whether or not the field service professional has been properly vetted is vitally important because the CFPB expects financial institutions to hold third party vendors to the same standards as full-time employees. Essentially the CFPB has told the financial industry you can outsource the work, but not the risk.
Satisfying that mandate requires a vendor compliance solution that is auditable and has a consistent process of identification and verification to ensure that the people undertaking field service work do not have a pattern of behavior that may pose a risk to consumers or neighborhoods.
Many financial institutions currently outsource the risk to their national vendors who in turn outsource the risk to a regional vendor and so on. This gives rise to a lot of misunderstanding of the requirement and its implementation. Banks, lenders and GSE’s can ill afford to be non-compliant in the eyes of the regulatory authorities. More importantly, they have a corporate desire and obligation to protect consumers and reduce complaints. In light of this they have taken an active part in the formation of a solution by standing shoulder to shoulder with their network of vendors and the industry as a whole to implement an industry standardized solution.

New Law, New Rules

In 2010 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. Two years later the CFPB started flexing its muscles, giving banks and mortgage companies their first warning that the third party vendors they hired should not present “unwarranted risks to consumers.”
The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Office of the Inspector General followed suit, recommending that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac establish uniform pre-foreclosure inspection quality standards and quality control processes for inspectors.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and an alphabet soup of other federal agencies have also chimed in and started clamping down on these areas.

Like the CFPB, the FDIC has also told banks and mortgage companies that they are responsible for overseeing anyone hired through third party relationships and “identifying and controlling the risks arising from such relationships, to the same extent as if the activity were handled within the institution.”
“All these entities are basically saying to the mortgage field services industry and the mortgage service industry
that they need more accountability,” says Bryant. “This is not a passing fad. This is a requirement now and will be a
requirement 20 years from now.”

Does anyone read that NAMFS members get a pass on the BC issue???

The message delivered by the federal agencies is clear: **No matter what type of vendor compliance background check
a national, regional, or local field service company says it has completed, if something goes wrong while representing the financial institution, the financial institution are the responsible and accountable party. [pay attention to that statement folks…this means that anytime an offender member steals your money the BANK or LENDER is liable to you….UNDERSTAND THAT….IT IS CRITICAL TO DEVELOPING AND ORGANIZING LABOR

“There is a huge misunderstanding that needs to be addressed,” Evangelo says. “It is not the lenders or any of my clients who initiated this new standardized background check process. It’s the government.”
But it’s still within the industry’s power to define what that standardization will look like. That was the task at hand when the first of its kind working group met in 2013.

“Our goal is to assist our NAMFS members meet the increasing regulatory requirements and cost associated with background screening. ”

Eric Miller, Executive Director, NAMFS

My Question to Miller….What about all the employees of your Offender Members??? Why are they not being background and credit checked??? Why do we find every day someone with prior fudiciary crimes subbing work to an unsuspecting Contractor and they never pay them??? Why do you allow your members to conduct criminal activity on a daily basis and YOU OR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEVER SAY A WORD OR MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO STOP THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY?????? oh costs…they are higher with your offender members than with my police department….

 

The group knew that the service level agreement between a financial institution and a national mortgage field service vendor obligated the vendor to ensure background checks were conducted. In turn the national vendor, as the owner of a network, stipulated the same requirement of the regional vendor, and so on down the line.

However the only proviso in the agreements was that a background check be performed. Generally agreements of this nature do not define what constitutes an acceptable compliant background check. Nor do they state who must undergo a background check. Does it apply to just the principal of the company? Or does it mean that every individual hired to do a property visit must be vetted?
To eliminate the confusion, the working group settled on requiring that anyone visiting a property must have a valid background check. But that raised another issue. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission does not allow spurious, non-job related background checks. [denying you employment because of a crime is discrimination]

The working group spent countless hours and a huge amount of effort working through the issue. The group eventually arrived at a unique solution which it termed ‘Fit for Purpose’ that meets EEOC standards. How does it work? Well, roughly 80 percent of every compliance background check, no matter the industry, is pretty much the same. The remaining 20 percent is industry specific. And that’s where Fit for Purpose comes into play. The Fit for Purpose approach allows for varying levels of background checks. For instance, a Fit for Purpose vendor compliance background check for an appraiser may be different than the check for
a real estate agent. Likewise, the background check for a real estate agent may be different than a background check for
someone mowing the lawn.
The working group recognized the need for confidentiality to protect each business network. The ability to identify and verify individuals, while guarding against physical identification, was ultimately achieved through a unique vendor ID and unique individual ID features.
Protections were also put in place for the field service professional. Those scoring below the highest level receive a copy of their vendor compliance background check report. A dispute resolution process is available for anyone who feels his or her results are inaccurate or shouldn’t be considered in the Fit for Purpose solution. [this is not what victims of a bad BC are saying]

The Software Powering the Solution

The technology driving the industry vendor compliance solution comes from Aspen Grove Solutions and its vendor management compliance platform Aspen iRecord™. The technology company does not conduct the criminal background checks. It does, however, provide the vendor compliance management portal that enables the process that integrates financial institutions and vendors with nationally known background check companies First Advantage and Sterling BackCheck.
Aspen iRecord™ also provides network owners and vendors with a cost effective and much needed solution to assist with the increasing demands of vendor network management and compliance.
Aspen iRecord™ empowers auditors to immediately and remotely assess if required, the verification of any contractor or sub-contractor conducting business at a property. But its technology goes beyond being a conduit for all the parties involved.[again everyone but the members stealing from LABOR] It also includes a unique proof of compliance at the point of service.

“It’s one thing to ask vendors and their field service representatives to ensure that those attending a property have appropriate background checks, but how do you satisfy yourself as to the quality and extent of the process being used to manage this?” says Edmond Buckley, Aspen Grove Solutions’ chief operating officer.

Aspen’s answer, Buckley says, is to integrate the solution with a number of prominent mobile app providers used across the industry. This seamless integration identifies the person, establishes that they were at the property, and verifies that he or she is compliant with the industry approved background check standard and process.

But it doesn’t end there.

Using their own mobile device, field service professionals can virtually sign in themselves, their crew, and visitors at the property via a mobile app. The date, time, and geo location of the property is received and compared with the information in Aspen iRecord™. If something doesn’t match, it is recorded and is available for performance reporting and to support any internal or external audit requests.
“There isn’t anyone in this industry who hasn’t wished they had a way to verify they or their crew is at the right property,” Bryant says. “We want to make sure that we are at the right property.”

The Value Added

Adopting a standardized vendor compliance background check has several benefits; the most obvious of course is preventing the CFPB from imposing its own industry solution.[something NAMFS does not want as their membership would have serious problems] More importantly, accepting a standardized background check is right for the industry. A NAMFS endorsed standardized background check system adds a level of professionalism that previously didn’t exist for mortgage field service professionals. [Excuse me???? When did crime in the form of Fraud in the Inducement, Theft, Embezzlement etc become “professionalism”???]
For field service vendors and their network of contractors, standardized background checks will lessen the expense of doing business. Until now individuals have had to pay for multiple background checks to satisfy different clients and work providers. A universally accepted, one-size-fits-all program translates into money saved.

“The industry standard background check solution obtainable from Aspen iRecord™ allows our members to secure
one standardized and compliant background check and reuse it over and over again with multiple organizations,”
Miller says.

Are you kidding me???? then why is there criminal activity by your members on a daily basis…oh that’s right Heir Miller…only LABOR has to complete the BC…not your Board of Directors, or companies the are the ORDER MILLS operating illegally across state lines and stealing on a daily basis, violating RICO statutes.

There is a substantial upside to adopting the working group’s plan aside from burnishing a field service vendor’s professional profile. Using the industry’s standardized background check assures potential clients their company is a safe business partner to the consumers and the neighborhoods in which they live.

“These are steps that move us in the direction of more accountability and a higher level of confidence,” Bryant says. “I believe this is a win/win for the field services industry.”

 

Conclusion

Aspen iRecord™ is to be welcomed by financial institutions, service providers, and consumers as a much needed standardized solution that provides a win/win scenario for all who wish to remain compliant in today’s heightened regulatory environment.
If you are interested to learn more on how Aspen iRecord™ can help your organization or industry to develop and improve vendor compliance management, log on to www.aspenirecord.com.

About Aspen Grove Solutions

Aspen Grove Solutions, founded in 1997, is an end-to-end property solutions software firm delivering high speed to value for its clients. They apply simplicity and process to the complexity of managing properties, compliance, vendors and third party suppliers in the areas of distressed assets and sales; inspections and field services.

Well that wraps up the White Paper.

As you can see it is nothing more than Propaganda from NAMFS and it’s Offender Members. This Background Check issue that members of NAMFS are touting as an industry solution does nothing to stop their members from being criminals and participating in criminal activity on a daily basis all supervised by Eric Miller…no they only want individuals with a spotless record to scrub the shiter’s for  their Offender Members so they can laugh all the way to the bank….

**….this section reads that everyone in the industry…the OFFENDER MEMBERS…have inserted…those going to the property…to protect the criminals in their organization…However, the law does not read that way…all the members that are stealing…you need to file a complaint with the CFPB. If you are the victim of an Offender Member click the highlighted words and file a complaint. Foreclosurepedia and us will assist absolutely FREE if you will only get the guts to stop being an Emplactor***, stand up and be represented as Labor and a true Independent Contractor.

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening

Written By: Aaron White Paper furnished by National Mortgage News.

Photograph courtesy Google Images

Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership

***Emplactor is an employee that has been incorrectly classified as an Independent Contractor with specificity to the Property Preservation industry.

Afternoon Conversation With Dennis J Harlow…

Health Guru Nutrition Specialist….

Mr & Mrs  Dennis J. Harlow....

Mr & Mrs Dennis J. Harlow….

 

Meet Dennis J Harlow…whose tagline says it all…

Holistic Health & Sports Nutrition Specialist… well almost, as Dennis is also a Shaklee Distributor.

Dennis and I meet through G+ on Google. Dennis saw that I we have a small Organic growing operation and introduced himself and we started talking about a product called “Basic H”.

After some research I am absolutely baffled and do not understand how this product is not more mainstream that it is. I thought myself fairly knowledgeable about various organic/biodegradable products in the gardening/farming/ranching arena…I now have to wonder about the entire Agriculture Community and the growing controversy of GMO products.

Now Dennis wasn’t always a Health and Wellness guy. But a few years ago..a decade or so give or take a day or two…Dennis discovered Shaklee and the Rest is History as they say.

Dennis is now a

STUDYING HOLISTIC NUTRITION PRACTITIONER, 2014 – 2015

Advanced Holistic Nutrition I: Applied Science of the Acid Alkaline Diet,

Advanced Natural Lifestyles & Philosophies

Advanced Holistic Nutrition II: Applied Science of the Acid Alkaline Diet

The Mind of the Spirit

Currently Dennis practices his trade at Harlow’s Holistic Health Center

As a Holisitic Nutritionist our clients have found that our answers to their health problems change the physical, mental & spiritual outcome of their health . The human body is organic in nature & made up of trillions of living cells. Our proven approach to cell regeneration though whole foods therapy addresses the cause of health issues in individuals instead of the symptoms. By removing the cause there can be no symptoms in the body. We specialize in simple approaches for peak performance & health. We don’t use fads, only sustainable health practices for long healthy lives.

Just for good measure go visit Dennis’ Youtube station 

So how did we get to the Basic H conversation? Silly I grow Chilies!!!!  Before we go there … a little history…

Shaklee Corporation is an American manufacturer and distributor of natural nutrition supplements, weight-management products, beauty products, and household products. The company is based in Pleasanton, California with global operations in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, China and Indonesia.

Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee created “Shaklee’s Vitalized Minerals” in 1915 before the concept of vitamins was fully understood. In 1956, Dr. Shaklee founded the Shaklee Corporation with his two sons to manufacture nutritional supplements. Shaklee chose the then-relatively unknown multi-level marketing business model to market his product Starting in 1960, Dr. Shaklee began marketing organicbiodegradable cleaning products. He continually emphasized “natural” and “environmentally friendly” in his marketing messages, ideas which were not common at the time….

One of the most refreshing findings I in researching for this article, I can find ZERO pending Lawsuits against Shaklee…In this day of societies “Sue Me Sue You Blues” that everything is always someone else’s fault that in itself is a serious milestone…Speaking of Milestones…this company has a pretty impressive list…I’ll just let you go here to read it

Now back to the Basic H…in April of 1975 C. Dean Piper, PhD. Head of the Soil Science Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Decided to investigate some rumors he had been hearing about the potential “soil wetting” capabilities of Basic-H. Growing up on a farm in Michigan combined with 23 years experience in soil science made Dr. Piper aware…intimately aware of problems associated with irrigated agriculture in California and throughout the United States. Intrigued by the results He received in his rose, house plants, and front lawn he continued his studies.

I found this particular PDF very intriguing as it contained information about the use of the product Basic-H in our Great State of Nevada. However, here is another PDF, and yet another containing information about the product.

So why has this product not broken into mainstream organic gardening and farming? Not really sure of the answer. However, I would think the fact that Shaklee does not use conventional advertising may play into things, perhaps the intention of the product itself may also play a part. Most companies that have products that sell themselves usually do not spend millions on a “Propaganda Machine” to brainwash people into believing their products are superior to the others in the market place.

I have not used the product Basic-H at this time so I cannot comment on its abilities from experience, I can only base an opinion on the information provided in the studies in addition to the commentary and testimonials from ranchers and farmers that have used this product. On the flip side I can say with some confidence that Shaklee products are tested extensively prior to entering the market place. That said I will be picking up some of this Basic-H product to find out for myself firsthand just how well the product works. I mean seriously now. We are located in a desert with a growing medium consisting of sand, I would venture to say some would not only think but they would highly recommend I get my head examined after being afforded the information and did nothing to verify things. So  this coming growing season we will definitely have a bit of this Basic-H on hand and you can bet we will be publishing our results so be sure to tune in!!! I have a feeling I will be happy with the results…

Currently I’m working on coordinating a show with Kelly Rush of Gastro Gab so we can speak with Dennis about the product on her show. In addition look for a couple of shows from the organic food industry, scuttlebutt has it that Chef Alain Braux of Austin Texas will be on sometime this month talking food…GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOd food!!!!!

As soon as I have scheduling information I will let you know…

Until Next Time

Happy Gardening