Whit Sutton 
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Re: “Defending JLL Deal

All spin Mr. Roberson.

I have been down the outsourced road before, it does not work for University's. JLL will find ways to take money's that would normally stay at a University and pocket it.

I know how they operate. It took us years to get rid of a large professional property management company. By the time we got rid of them and went back to in house management they had taken millions of dollars from us they scammed their way into.

Now, compare the tiny amount of work JLL is doing now for the state to what they are trying to bite off?? JLL has NO experience in large scale University building maintenance. NO experience in athletics, NO experience in research, NO experience in clinical care and NO experience in many other areas they say they have expertise. Mr. Robinson, tell us about JLL's successful experience managing large University's facility operations

As to your assessment that state facilities should be run by professionals, they are. Where I work, we employ, Architects, Engineers, Master Electricians, Master Plumbers, Master Carpenters, Cabinet Makers, Horticulturalists, LEED certified energy management personnel and many more. Perhaps you should have checked on the competency level on what great human resources the state presently has before you made this assumption.

In addition, That core competency argument you make is so wrong. Tell a Harvard or other Ivy league school that grounds keeping should not be one of their core competencies?? The condition of the grounds is one of the major reasons people get a good first impression of a school and end up enrolling there. Clearly your opinion is from a position of one who manages words, not buildings.

"The business case for this new procurement, posted on the CFG website for many months now, specifically cites the experience of Texas A&M University in contracting out its facilities management. The National Association of College and University Business Officers even held a conference on outsourcing in 2015. Saying that no state has done this before is not remotely accurate.:"

The statement above is misleading. Texas AM is the only large scale College in the country doing this and they are not a state.Texas is not doing this only A&M and JLL has nothing to do with this contract. As far as I know no STATE is doing this. (so the statement is more than remotely accurate,... right?...more spin...)

So tell me how JLL saves money? We have no figures from JLL yet so we dont know, but..... JLL says they will pay equal or more money to personnel with no reduction in force, ( this business is 90% labor), improve services, reduce cost, and make a profit. How do you accomplish this.... smoke and mirrors and poof...your money is gone.

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Posted by Whit Sutton on 06/29/2017 at 4:46 PM


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