This is a letter sent to city council members supporting the embattled
head of the cvb, Jordy Tollett...

From: William Harper
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:51 AM

Dear Council Member:

Last night I saw the expose on Jordy Tollett - what a bunch of low life
journalism with a news channel that has nothing better to do then try and
destroy a good man's life. Notice no media is investigating the problem with
taco trailers, storm sewer drainage, the fire department's opposition to
fire sprinklers or allowing newspaper boxes to sit on city sidewalks
blocking them for the handicapped, nor investigating the fiasco of
"Privatization of Inspectors" that the homebuilder owned Mayor White
supports, that would be doing real journalism.
I have personally known Jordy Tollett for 30 years. He is a man of
exceptional abilities, common sense, highly intelligent, skilled at his
craft, and an absolute national leader in the convention and association
field. His national and international contacts are known as the best in
America by the convention and association community.
In the 1970s and 1980s when Houston had little to offer to draw large
national and international conventions, Jordy Tollett and his team were at
the American Society of Association Executive's national conventions working
to convenience organizations to come to Houston, which they did. ASAE has
22,000 CEO's that run associations like the American Medical Association,
National Gas Association, American Railroad Association, National Contractor
Associations, National Aviation Association and thousands of others.
Never one time did our staff (Houston Apartment Association, National
Apartment Association, International Home Furnishing Representatives
Association) ever hear one single criticism or negative comment about Jordy
Tollett. We only heard good things, positive things and professional
comments about him.
He comes from a family of successful people including H.J. Tollett, Jr.
(former President of HAA, Douglas Tollett-successful real estate developer
in Atlanta, Wayne Tollett-successful computer executive, Pat
Tollett-President of Oak Leaf Management in Houston).
It is curious that Mayor Bill White who is supposed to understand basic
management principles violated a primary one the last two days, "Praise in
Public, Criticize in Private." For the mayor, who has done little during his
administration to publicly criticize one of the best department directors in
this city - comparable to Jimmy Schneiderwolf, is below the belt.
Jordy has done his job exceptionally, superbly and effectively. I can tell
you that those of us in the association management community will stand
shoulder to shoulder in supporting him.

Sincerely yours,
William A. Harper, CAE
Executive Vice President
Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association


  1. Anonymous July 12, 2006 10:45 pm 

    sounds like the mayor wants to get rid of jordy. i bet his people leaked the story, or someone with channel 2 has an ax to grind.

  2. Anonymous July 12, 2006 11:38 pm 

    Unfortunately, Mr. Harper just ignores the fact that channel 2 caught Mr. Tollett nearly wasted off his ass not once but twice during work hours. How could you defense such actions. Mayor White has no choice but to bring a sober man in to run the shop. It’s the logical thing to do. If Tollett has a drinking problem then get him some help but his arrogance in the report shows he just didn’t care how the public reacted.

  3. Anonymous July 13, 2006 12:16 am 

    I say fire the bum…

  4. Anonymous July 13, 2006 6:31 am 

    i don’t see how you can defend someone like tollett when the evidence is in your face. he lied about what he was drinking even though we all saw the tape. there is a policy that no city worker is to consume any alcohol/drugs while on duty and one would hope that they never go to work high and endanger the lives of others. wouldn’t we all like to have a job where we can get paid for not doing the job. he has too much free time and it is obvious that he didn’t do much planning for the essence festival, oh i forgot he probably was somewhere drinking instead of doing his job.

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