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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series PPI Watch List
Victor Aldrey
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This past week I wrote about National Field Network (NFN), based on scuttlebutt and the hunch the company may be insolvent, placed them for a second time on the PPI Watch List. This was predicated by several inquiries from folks looking for avenues to collect monies owed to them. This week is a little different, no; NFN is not coming off the PPI Watch List. As a matter of fact if you are owed especially if you have received “Hush Up” payment on what you’re owed. Reports are coming in of people owed $27k and only after complaining did they receive $15k. NO NFN is definitely remaining on the PPI Watch List.

This is not a good sign. In addition I have received information from sources speaking on the condition of anonymity, that the internal C-Level employees at NFN have grave concerns their payroll is in peril. I’ll be nice…Here’s the reality, if C-Level employees have payroll concerns, you as a Contractor, should also have brave concerns about getting paid. When we developed the PPI Watch List no one had the debt that NFN is currently reported to have with Labor.

With rumors circulating in the FIVE Million Dollar range…whether true or not…and this is just me. I would be lining the ducks up and placing a lien on any services that have gone past the payment date in you contracts. The PPI Watch List was designed as a precursor to the obituary that is eventually written about companies when the file bankruptcy. Make no mistake folks that is the Road Shari Nott is going down.

This Morning I received an email from a source over on Face Book;

Aaron,

After I read your article last week I asked if this was the same company as the logo was the same. Here is their response and mine. I posted the question on the NFN Face Book page and I received this response a couple days later via a private message.


National Field Network is responding to your activity on the page

NAME REDACTED, If you are having issues with outstanding payment, please contact Maggie Sinanan at 732-276-5563 and we’ll make sure to address your concerns. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please ask to speak to the COO. Best regards, NFN

This was my response,

I’m not currently owed anything by your company…merely asking a question. You’re company is on the verge of insolvency for the second time within five years what type of upper management do you have??? You routinely ask people to work for free and have established a system for fraud throughout the industry…If your company is stand up then conduct and interview with Aladay LLC or Forclosurepedia. Sherri refuses to do so or allow anyone else to talk publicly. What are you hiding? Reports are your company is almost 5 million in the rears and people are being advised to place liens on Contractors are being advised to lien properties so they can collect what you owe. Did you receive a check last week? Contractors are not according to reports.

Interesting, so if you are owed money you know whom to contact at NFN, give Maggie a call she’ll get you squared away (QUACK!!!)…also that is a good question Shari Nott, why not do an interview? Perhaps Shari knows it would be futile and reminiscent of when Robert at SEAS was begging for more time to continue stealing from Labor.

PPI Watch List Honorary Inductee. EDNAMFS For knowingly Allows members to skirt business laws.
PPI Watch List Honorary Inductee. EDNAMFS For knowingly Allows members to skirt business laws.

Now this is not the first time NFN has had issues paying people. If memory serves me correctly the name Buczek comes to mind. One of the biggest issues in the PPI is that of payroll by members of the National Association of Mortgage Filed Services… Management For Stealing…and for whatever reasons this failed business model of being a second tier National Subbing Company, (NSC) continues to thrive. Obviously Eric Miller has to maintain some sort of membership to continue receiving his salary of one hundred twenty thousand plus dollars a year. This is a system that is strife with crime on a level that has made Eric Miller parallel to Crime Boss Tony Soprano. Difference being, Miller is actually conspiring, and by overseeing crime daily is an accessory to the fact, Tony was a character played by an actor.

This is far worse than CWIS who has been awarded $180.9 MILLION dollars in HUD contracts since 2004 and being ordered by HUD to pay the vendors they were paid on…Which brings me to this…

YOU GET PAID WHEN WE GET PAID

One of the most recent contracts I have reviewed is one out of Southern California with this clause. I was rather blown away when I discovered the contract belonged to NRES. Normally I would be sounding alarms when I read something like that in a contract. However, in this particular case the “man behind the curtain” if you will, has always been straight forward with Labor and while a bitch or two has come in over the past three years, nothing that would warrant entry into the PPI Watch List. No NRES has always been for the most part square with Labor. Keeping in mind, **it happens, you’re going to get a bitch in business now and then. Still the fact is that NRES has not cheated people or Labor so while I cannot endorse the contract because of certain language there is absolutely no reason to believe that NRES will not pay you when they get paid. Sono entry on the PPI Watch List, unlike NFN, CWIS, and the rest of the lot over at the Management For Stealing office.

Now I touched base with Brian Mingham over at NRES. Brian pointed out something that all the good Contractors have to suffer for. CRAPPY Craigs List hacks!!!! I informed Brian that I had received several inquiries to the contract and let him know I would have to write something. Unlike Shari Nott, Brian has no issue speaking in the media about industry issues that affect his company.

It is the contract. We pay people weekly, we reserve the right to pay when we get paid. If there is an issue, quality, construction, anything we reserve the right to pay. The issue is labor is never on the hook for doing it wrong, I’m getting charge backs so we have to work together to make sure the industry improves the quality, photos, description, do asset management and not a work order…

Now I have to say, and many of you are going to fall out of your chair reading this, however, I kinda have to side with management on this issue of shoddy workmanship. Brian went further stating,

We had to get a much stiffer contract after all the litigation that comes in from owners of PFC homes, clients pushing it down and labor not doing a good job. I know it is rough, our agreements are as bad and the charge backs kill us so all of good people pay for it. I’m not trying to screw anyone, any company, I’m trying to protect our brand, do the right thing, pay contractors but go after the bad ones and the only way to do it is with a contract that people acknowledge, sign and live with. I’m happy to connect any time and discuss.

The Scenario for the PPI Watch List

Now many of you know that for years I have screamed at that scenario and the fact that it an open ended scenario to create graft and theft, theft by deception if you will. However, in this particular case Mr. Mingham does not have a track record of not paying Labor, furthermore I do not believe for one split second that NRES is insolvent.

However, allow me to expand on something Mr. Mingham has brought up. Something that the National Order Mills refuse to address is the labor factor in the equation. As an employer I have the same issue finding quality employees to protect our brand and company reputation. Make no mistake folks I have no issue giving you up if you’re screwing the pooch. I have more than once reported vendors taking hazards to job sites to “pad” the invoice.

Williams Home Repair here in Reno operated for almost a year without a valid business license and when the owner told me about her Hazard Scam I followed her for a day or two until I could get some photos. Many of you know I’m no choir boy and I have a past. Said past has made me have to work ten times harder than most to develop a solid company reputation and brand. I’m not complaining here, just pointing out that because of the road I went down I must work harder than the next guy to prove myself. Now when you go and screw the pooch and damage all the hard work I have done and place my company in a bad light because we are in the same industry, well sorry but I give you up and hope you receive criminal charges and fines.

The message here is that Labor HAS to work with Management and Management with Labor. Unlike the belief that Eric Miller has, that labor is immaterial. The two co-exist because of each other. However, in this insane industry there is a factor that I will delve into in upcoming articles. The other side of Management. OH Say…Fannie Mae, HUD, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo et al. These are the folks setting the pricing and telling everyone that we are government backed and you have to pay prevailing wage. As I said a story for another day.

I have long stated that if Management wishes me to assist with them honoring their negotiated contract that I/Labor needs to be part of the equation. Have any members of Labor been asked for input from the National Oder Mills when they were negotiating contracts? And therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub. We all participate in an industry that the Too Big Too Fail gang dictates too.

bannerproofSome events are rapidly approaching, a FAST event in Ohio and the National Association of Mortgage Field Services Fraud Fest in Dallas. Perhaps it’s time folks on the West Coast shake of the California Dreamin’ attitude and come together and start some meaningful discussions on how to remedy the fact that the following has occurred in the past five years:

  1. Dump Fees have gone up,
  2. Hazard disposal fees have gone up
  3. Mimimum Wage has DOUBLED
  4. Fuel pricing is still unstable
  5. Insurance, licensing fees have both gone up (our license in 2007 was $75 now $150)

All of these cost of which Labor pays, as they are the cost of doing business. While I’m not sure how this will take place. One member of Management has stepped up to acknowledge that Management and Labor must work together to bring about positive solutions for change and in fact has opened the door.

Make no mistake folks, Property Preservation is an Industry, we call it the Property Preservation Industry. Isn’t it time we all sit down and start treating the PPI as such???

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

 

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Written By: Aaron Aveiro

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Opinions expressed do not reflect those of Aladay LLC Ownership

NAMFS Bi_laws & Election Rules Keep Labor Out

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To Facilitate Change… You Have to Make changes

From the NAMFS Convention...notice the last sentence...
From the NAMFS Convention… notice the last sentence…

Well it’s status quo for Eric Miller and the band of offender Members. No seat at the table for Labor. No, not on Miller’s watch. Heaven forbid that Miller has to deal directly with a member of labor.

Perhaps a closer examination of who is eligible to vote in the National Association of Mortgage Field Services is in order here, as this may give understanding to the Nepotism factor this organization seems to have ingrained into the organization…from NAMFS Bi-laws;

Before we get to that a wood from our sponsor

Section 2.1  Classes of Members

The Association shall have the following classes of members:
Voting Members:

  • National Members
  • Regional Members

Non-voting Members:

  • Associate Members

  • Affiliate Members

  • Provisional Member

  • Life and Honorary Members

Now this would explain some of the short comings the organization has in regards to Labor and can be attributed  to the following By definition…It would be very difficult for a company of Labor to be a voting member as most shops that are Labor are Mom & Pop style businesses…However, there is one member of NAMFS that is Labor…and just so Happens to be a Regional Member…Now here is a question for Labor….What if you just organized in one or two states???? You could develop a prospectus and present it to the Mortgage Houses…The real client in the PPI…and negotiate some numbers with them….

Now while Labor can join the organization and Eric Miller and company would welcome the revenue the membership dues would provide. However, if you area Mom & Pop shop you do not qualify to be a “voting” member. I said it seven years ago and I will say it again this morning…Labor needs a seat at the table…But you have to ask yourself…Why do I want to join an organization that has shown time and again they have no respect for Labor? Eric Miller himself would not assist in developing a conflict resolution program. He has been heard saying disparaging comments in regards to Labor…well perhaps he just hates the phrase Boots on the Ground. Which would make the sign at the top of the article fall into that “irony” category. The sign is from one of the presenters at the recent NAMFS event in New Orleans.

One thing that is fact, Mr. Miller has made statements in the press that would lead one that knew nothing about the PPI that all the ill’s of the industry are Labor’s fault.

National Members.  National members are defined as those firms or individuals who cover a territory encompassing eight or more states.  National members are eligible to serve as directors and hold office in the Association.

  • Regional Members.  Regional members are defined as those firms or individuals who cover a territory encompassing one state, a portion of a state, or a region including up to seven states. Regional members are eligible to serve as directors and hold office in the Association.

Now let us look at who gets to vote???

Section 2.5  Voting Rights of Members
National Members and Regional Members are entitled to one vote per company, regardless of the number of employees from that company who are active in the Association.  Associate Members and Affiliate Members are not entitled to vote.

Members of the Association vote upon the following matters:  direct election of the President and Vice President of the Association; a decision to voluntarily wind up/dissolve the Association; and any other matters deemed by the Board of Directors to require a vote of the membership.

National and Regional Members of the Association nominate:  Officers of the Association and members of the Board of Directors.

A vote of the membership may be conducted at any Annual Meeting or Special Meeting of Members, or may be conducted by U.S. Mail delivery or by verifiable electronic mail as directed by the Board of Directors……..

However, …Once again the NAMFS has violated their own rules…This organization has set a new standard for incompetence in interpreting their own Bi-laws.

This is not the first time under the Miller Regime that the Bi-laws have been violated. Most of you’ll remember the “Hummel Affect…yes the Joseph Hummel that ratted out his accomplices in his Texas Embezzlement case…Yes the one the Little Man got all excited about. The Joseph Hummel that had fiduciary crimes and was writing illegal back charging policies for companies that were members. Well here is a caveat for everyone…Yea the one that suddenly was a Board of Director member after only being…well you remember… let us not forget the two member companies that Hummel destroyed….

Section 5.2 Term of Office for Officer

The offices of President and Vice President are each limited to one two year term.

My Understanding is that Adam Miles has been elected as the Associations President once again…Not sure where all the time went but I do believe that he has been president for the past two years???

I did not write the Bi-laws for this association. Don’t care who did.  Now I have heard from a couple of members that that were in New Orleans that they have been informed that the Bi-laws have been amended, however, no has yet to actually be allowed to review the new Bi-laws…

If this “Association” is not going to follow their own rules why would the members consider compensating Labor properly or even paying them? It’s no secret that the National Order Mills are responsible for assigning work orders to Labor….well they assign the work orders.

When will labor understand that they have some control over things…and stop accepting the insanity of the pricing…

I’m going to spell something out for everyone.

You are not a business when these companies put the ring in your nose and lead you around the ring and pocket grotesque profits while you foot the bill. Labor floats the industry. Not one of the Order Mills fronts their monies to complete services Labor does.

My question to Labor??? How are you doing it??? The margins are not there. I have said this once and I will say it again…Anyone completing a winterization for less than $125 you need you head examined…. in addition you are cheating, you cannot complete the service to specs given at the numbers…My company cost to complete a winterization TO THE SPECS EVERYONE WANTS…HUD SPECS… is $57….what’s that I hear????

YOU %%^$& *&))*…Pay yourself…that is where that number comes from. Not only does Aladay LLC educate and train our employees to work for us. We pay them…that is called Labor.

Many of you will remember people making a stance in the public forums about how they are not Labor…They called themselves…No Boots on the Ground here…I’m a Mortgage Field Professional…are you now??? Ain’t that a HOOT?????? Yet these folks went right out like the good little Emplactors they are and scrubbed the commodes, performed the janitorial, mowed the lawns…quite obviously those idiots do not pay themselves…or they would truly understand what Labor is.

I had a conversation with our Bankers yesterday, Wells Fargo, when we got to the topic of shifting our business model, the question WHY??? When I explained what is going on in this industry Linda, the gal that was helping me was a little aghast when she heard that WFHM is a member of NAMFS and what the “Association” calling themselves the Industry Leader has done over the past 8 years during Eric Miller tenure, I spoke with four different people at WF yesterday for various business services,(Business 101 article later on some of new e-commerce getting ready to start in October), They actually had no clue that WFHM was a member of any Association. They also were a scouch on the embarrassed when I spelled things out they became appalled at how business is being conducted on a daily basis in the PPI.

However, they completely understood why as a business Aladay LLC was shifting our business model from getting the shaft to providing quality products and service to private parties or working directly with mortgage houses. Also one of them was very excited to hear that we will be entering the Cottage industry and that my pickles will be available to the public in January. Yes folks I’m known for other things in this area other than being an activist.

They also tipped their hats to the fact that even though our company is moving in other directions that the blog will continue to beat Eric Miller and the Offender Members of NAMFS like a rag doll.

And now a word from our sponsors…

For those you claiming you’re not labor…You’re an Idiot…and oh by the way..you’re not an Independent Contractor either…..if you were you would not be accepting the BS pushed on you from the NAMFS Membership…if you for one minute think you’re not labor you have no respect for your time and you have no clue how to place a value on your time. Which means chances are you don’t pay yourself….you’re just the type of Emplactor that the NAMFS Offender Members want completing the services that when totaled up are paying less than minimum wage.

Here is the rub folks on the pricing….As a business I have no obligation to your business to assist you to fulfill your contractual obligations when you do not include me in the negotiation process…. When a member negotiates they do this lowest bidder thing and never even think to ask anyone how much their dump fees are or how much it costs to dispose of hazard materials properly…That is why you have to include Hazards in the debris count instead of billing separate for them, this is also where the “Flat Fee”: comes from. The companies that pay the flat fee make the money…sort of baffles me when they get $2200.00 for a property pay you $600 and you have to remove 40 yards o debris include hazards in your debris counts. Then take a percentage of the fee they pay you…

So while you’re looking in the mirror this morning ask yourself…

Am I an Emplactor or am I an Independent Contractor?

Hey folks…Gonna Be a great day…let’s have a good time and Let’s all be safe out there…

Until Next Time

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