The National Property Preservation Guild (Guild), a Non Profit Corporation in the State of Texas (be aware they will charge you a dollar to pull the Papers, but we already did that for you in this Article), have begun casting their Net for Clients on behalf of their Members which you will see is an odd dichotomy. With that said, the Net appears to have brought back a decent bounty beginning with Information Systems and Networks Corporation (ISN) based out of Bethesda, Maryland. ISN currently hold a US Marshals Service (USMS) Contract and a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Contract amongst others.
The Guild’s concept of maintaining a database is not new by any stretch of the imagination. Most National, Regional and Otherwise Unspecified Order Mills (Order Mills) all function in the database (SQL) worlds. With that said, ISN really doesn’t fit the characteristic Order Mill pattern in that their pay and Order Distribution System are far different than the Industry at-large. The concept of putting a database together for ALL Order Mills to access is novel in that other than Stealth in Florida and a Private Consortium in New York no one else is doing it. Both Stealth and the Consortium approach the Database System more as a commercial enterprise. As you will read, the Guild takes a different path.
When an Order Mill participates with the Guild they actually become a Non Voting Member, but Member nonetheless. Now, I do not currently possess a recent copy of the Guild’s Constitution nor did the Secretary of the State of Texas have one on file so I am not able to opine as to what additional benefits, if any, come along with Membership. I did confirm that Members accessing the Database do pay an annual fee.
Bennett Vinson, Owner of CD McIntosh Vinson, INC and the Secretary of the Guild, was kind enough to speak with Foreclosurepedia today and related as follows:
Foreclosurepedia: How exactly does the Database work with respect to the movement of a Contractor to an Order Mill?
Ben: Depending upon which level of purchase and I will relate the example of ISN and they deal with some Guild Members holding Elite Status I personally liaise with [Name of ISN Manager]. So, we examined what ISN needed and then went to the database and began vetting Contractors. I vetted them personally. We stay in constant contact with the Client, with ISN, and follow up and additionally request that ISN review the Contractor so we are able to ensure the Client, ISN, is getting what they need and then also measure the metrics of the Contractors.
Foreclosurepedia: Metrics. So, then over a period of time, say a year or whatever maybe quarterly, this will give you some measurable information then. Is this going to be public or private?
Ben: Well, we would never release any personally identifiable information about any Contractor without their permission and the Client information is only released in the same way. Ultimately, we may look at some kind of anonymous association of the metrics with those Contractors whom are not performing. We record it all as we have to be able to put the best Contractors forward to the Clients. I think it is simply too early to contemplate walking down that road.
Foreclosurepedia: With respect to a Client; say I am a Client and I am interested in purchasing your package, how do I go about doing that?
Ben: Simply Apply for Membership and state the purpose of requesting Membership.
Foreclosurepedia: Are you able to quantify some of your statistics such as a Membership count?
Ben: Sure. We currently have 270 Members. We are climbing each week as well.
Foreclosurepedia: 270? That’s not too shabby. I think the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) has around 350; neither here nor there. Are you able to opine upon a percentage which have been assigned work from say ISN?
Ben: (Checked Database I presume as I heard typing) Yeah, five to seven percent right now. Obviously, we anticipate that number to climb as the relationship swings into full gear.
Foreclosurepedia: So, correct me if I am wrong, but you have begun only this year. See, that’s what I find positive. You started a Pilot Project, for want of better words; a beta model, and you have already capitalized. That is beneficial for both the Contractor and Client, right?
Ben: Definitely. We began working informally with ISN around April of this year. We studied what they needed, vetted those in the Database whom uniquely fit their requirements and we are constantly in communication with [ISN] to ensure they are getting what they need.
Foreclosurepedia: Well, it’s looking good and I really appreciate your time! Hopefully, you might allow us to revisit in a month and update?
Ben: Sure. Give me a ring. We’re here to stay, Paul. Just like anything that stands the test of time, it takes a minute to build. We wanted to take the time to ensure that what we were putting together was done right the first time.
When I look at this a David vs Goliath scenario comes to mind. Founded by Contractors themselves, the Guild has prevailed against astronomical odds to get where they are today. It hasn’t been completely smooth sailing for the Guild, either. Growing pains and environmental conditions have witnessed the changing of the Board of Directors to its current and stable state today.
The evolution of the Guild is really the stoic rendition of something out of Grecian times. Prevailing against most mathematical odds, the Guild ultimately restructured from its original non incorporated status to that of a Non Profit under the Laws of Texas; Insiders inform me that a run on the Golden Federal 501 (c) status is not that far off.
As an outsider looking in, the Guild would strike me as having accomplished far more than any other Industry Association on behalf of the Contractors with respect to employment. Those within the Industry may want to take note, with cautious optimism, as to how the Guild is operating its Database and whether or not it will be a good fit for them.
So, recommendations? Not yet either way. The Guild currently is the sole avenue for Contractors to bind themselves to; strength in numbers served many labor organizations well. The Database System; the ability for Clients to obtain labor in a systematic way, is good from the perspective of Labor and the Client in most situations. The reason I cannot recommend good or bad yet is there is not enough empirical data available. Questions such as whom has access to what; how the Guild will protect the movement of its data sets to those whom did not purchase it; what security (https and types of encryption) is utilized to protect Contractor and Client. come to mind immediately. This isn’t a bad thing. These are all questions analysts have with respect to any new concept. What I do know is this: If the Guild has the tenacity to invest monetarily into their Database, maintain confidentiality and stick with it for the long haul, they will be a force to contend with in the future!