Monday, October 19, 2015

Digging into the Hawkshaw Deal (Homyak Peacock Edition)

Jim Homyak owns New World Landing  He is a nice guy, and is well connected. He was just voted onto the Visit Pensacola Board of Directors.  Jim was also part of the ITEX deal team that proposed on the Hawkshaw property.  ITEX is a Port Arthur Texas based Company.

Homyak's team (ITEX) was selected as the "winner" for the Hawkshaw deal only to be told NO! when Brian Spencer killed the process for some unknown reason.

His trusted allegiances did not pay off for him as expected, or did they? In this edition, I will detail the relationship between Homyak and fellow DIB member John Peacock who was on the Hawkshaw selection committee.

March 27, 2014 City Council Minutes

Mayoral Appointment - Downtown Improvement Board

Recommendation
That City Council confirm the Mayoral appointment of Jim Homyak to the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) to fill the unexpired term of Corbett Davis Jr. expiring June 20, 2014.

Current DIB Board

John Peacock Chair - Downtown Property Owner
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Susan Campbell Vice Chair - Susan Campbell Jewelry
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Jim Homyak
Board Member
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Teri Levin Treasurer - Levin Rinke Resort Realty
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Burney Merrill
Merrill Land Company
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Grover Robinson Escambia County District IV Commissioner
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Brian Spencer
City Councilman - District 6
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Ron Butlin*
Secretary - Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Board
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*Mr. Butlin is an officer of the agency but not a member of the board.

DIB Board

So Homyak was on the ITEX deal team being evaluated by fellow DIB member Peacock who is a good enough friend to be invited to Homyak's intimate reception at a friend's home.

Is there any conflict for Peacock here?

Sep 23, 2014 - Dee Dee Davis Column

Pamela Woodiwiss recently married Jim Homyak in a small, intimate setting.

Family and friends there to wish the newlyweds well included .... John and Jerre Peacock

VISIT PENSACOLA DESIGN TEAM COMMITTEE
  • Others
  • Jim Homyak, Pelican Real Estate
  • John Peacock, Edward Jones
They serve on the same committees for Visit Pensacola.

So along comes ITEX and Jim Homyak to propose on Hawkshaw!


Peacock Scoring on Written Proposals
  • Aragon Group     61 points
  • Granger Group    80 points
  • Gunther Group    25 points
  • ITEX Group         67 points
  • Whitesell Group   75 points
Peacock rates them third not first but the top three get into the Oral Presentation Phase.  Good enough!


Final Evaluation

Evaluation of Hawkshaw Proposals

Peacock moves them up to second but his second actually gives the vote to ITEX on points.

But something is weird here! Who else has ties into this process?
What happened between oral presentations and the CRA meeting?
Was ITEX trying to get out of the Hawkshaw RFP after it won the bid?
Were there other motives at play in telling ITEX NO!

Does Spencer have ties to this?  Tomorrow we dive into Spencer and Homyak.






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Insider dealing is pretty much how Pensacola has always worked. Take a good look at the Fiesta of Five Flags participants. It's a Who's Who of community leaders who do insider deals on a daily basis. Every year they dress up in old Spanish Aristocracy garb wile others dress as Crazy Injuns and parade around with their debutante daughters in what can only be described as one of the most boring (Coronation Ball), self serving events known to man.