While at the International Association of Field Service Technicians (IAFST) Southington Summit, I had the occasion to speak with a gentleman whom was stiffed by Grant Donnelly, of MAPP One out in Eastern New York. Donnelly, after making the rounds with both Prime Vendors and then targeting marginal order mills, raked in a truckload of cash. And what happened when he got that cash? He closed up shop. As I began to do the autopsies on these and other firms such as Ameritrust — oh, wait they changed their name — Primestar, and MSI, I began to find a common theme: It is anyone else’s fault other than their own. Even Sentinel Field Services’ CEO, Phil Johnsen, took the same Naziesque defense. Here, let me allow Phil to put it in his own words,
I can see from your data that the unpaid contractors appear to be associated with work we did for two clients. Both of those clients carry significant unpaid balances to Sentinel – over [Redacted] in aged invoices >90 days. We have already suspended work for one of those clients and the other client is in the process of being suspended. We have also suspended any work to Alliance.
We, too, are significantly exposed from a financial perspective. We have paid Alliance for all work completed through them, even though our invoices have not been paid by the client. To just agree to “make whole” any contractor who was not paid by Alliance would be to suffer a treble loss. We are not being paid from our client, we paid Alliance for the work completed, and now are being asked to pay the contractors who were stiffed by Alliance.
What? Are you fucking kidding me? The banks are not paying you? Sounds like a rerun of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) President and CEO of Rowe Enterprises, Justis Smith’s excuse for not paying! Everyone remembers Smith’s threats to sue Foreclosurepedia for reporting upon her refusal to pay upon Wells Fargo work orders. I mean what a fucking crock of shit. It gets better, though. Phil Johnsen likes to throw out the legal jargon and forgets that he is talking out of his ass instead of his mouth. Sentinel freely, willingly, and with overt intention chose NOT to ensure the financial solubility of his own network! This is not simply some kind of oops. Johnsen, whom is in a world of shit from being sued by the State of California — yes the STATE OF CALIFORNIA — under Dynamex for misclassifying employees as contractors. So, I would have thought that those million dollar a year attorneys might have told him about the law currently on the books. What is even more striking is the fact that Johnsen has personally benefited from the recruitment provided by Foreclosurepedia and the IAFST and now turns his back on those very people in favor of his jet setting pals.
Here is what boggles my mind. For the price of a cup of coffee per day, Phil Johnsen and Sentinel chose to flip the middle finger at myself and the IAFST. Hey, I grant you that takes a pair of balls. I will also tell you this, it was an unwise decision.
Sentinel Field Services has chosen to allow a couple hundred dollars crash and burn any future chances of rising out of the ashes. I want that myopic viewpoint of Sentinel to register. The IAFST currently represents Membership whom perform well over One Hundred Thousand inspections per month. And the IAFST is fully committed to ensuring that not a single one of those inspections will be performed on behalf of Sentinel Field Services unless and until our Member is made whole.
Johnsen represents that rare kind of breed whom believes that their education separate they from the boots on the ground. Even Robert Klein was neither that ignorant nor condescending. And in the days of viral communications, Johnsen has insured that the IAFST will prosecute the matter both with Fannie Mae — whom currently got a taste of our capabilities in the Involuntary Bankruptcy of National Field Network (NFN) as well as with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In closing, the IAFST will go to bat, at the drop of a dime, for our Membership. Today, we are capable of making that a costly process. And with respect to going directly to MidFirst Bank, the IAFST has every intention of doing such. Hell, just take a look at those line item numbers to get a grasp on how bad things are! Moreover, though, Minority Females and Labor need to understand that if white corporate CEO’s, like Johnsen, are capable of doing this to a Minority Member of the IAFST, what else are they capable of doing when their House of Cards begins to collapse?!
What Phil and others do not want to talk about is the simple and salient fact that they should have been following the guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board whom, since 2013, addressed THESE VERY ISSUES! Both documents are below, respectively.