Just some quotes which are standing out to me presently from the Great Connectening:
RDM President Joseph M. Hohman said he has heard criticisms of the ways his firm gets work. He contended that it's not the businessman's job to tell prospective client to first issue requests for proposals, or RFPs, from multiple firms. "[S]peaking from a marketing standpoint, when those opportunities present themselves, I don't say back to the municipality, 'Well, I really think you ought to RFP that.' " (P-G, Lord 3)
Sounds more than correct. No car salesman should recommend to a prospect that he or she spend a few extra weeks testing out all the other cars on the market. You should stride right up with confidence, a handshake and a great sales pitch, and if it's potential repeat business you should ask, "How are the kids?"
At the end of the second of two short-term contracts to train authority personnel to manage themselves, a municipal authority board majority and RDM negotiated a new pact, for 14 years, at a fee that would start at $750,000 annually. Gone was any reference to RDM training the authority to manage itself. Instead, RDM would manage. The contract required that the authority's top employee, Mr. Kerr, jump from public servant to consultant at the private firm. (ibid)
Well, that guy sounds like he brokered something unusually fancy for himself. Being a public servant at the time, that sort of thing leaves a bad taste among many.
Justice Zappala said he never helped RDM. "Emphatically, the answer is I had nothing to do with RDM, and if you suggest otherwise, you'll be hearing from me." (ibid)
Zappala's emphasis would seem to have been in light of the fact that he happened to be chief justice of the state's Supreme Court in 2002, when a long-term contract awarded to this RDM -- which here is being described as a Network "cornerstone" -- was in dispute. RDM's contract was nixed at the lower courts but saved in middling court. I'm not sure whether the high court is in the habit of describing the theory behind hearing or declining certain cases, but I don't see particularly why it should not be. One trusts an explanation would pass a basic reasonableness test.
[Dodaro] added that people who have served in government sometimes face a perception issue when they leave. "When relationships assist them in developing business contacts, it's called political. When it occurs in business, it's called networks."< (P-G, Lord 1)
Again, this strikes me (and most) as the height of reasonableness. Social networks, even the analog kind, are useful in general. One hopes that the occasional perceived nasty entanglements like those which momentarily tripped up RDM are exceptions rather than the rule in the life of prominent civic networks -- and this was the Thrilling Crescendo of the series, after all.
Mr. Verbanac's response: "Ed Grattan is working on the finance plan right now."
After that e-mail, the funds that rolled into the Coghill campaign account were laden with contributions from sources tied to firms that do business with the city or its authorities. (P-G, Lord 2a)
The Network was getting all juiced up over a City Council race? Between two kids and a crazy roofer?