Orkin Real Estate

"We Know Houston"

PRESIDIO

July 22, 2003

Mr. Bob Orkin
Orkin Interests
8441 Gulf Freeway, Suite 212
Houston, Texas 77017


Dear Bob:

We would like to let you know that your organization was selected by our staff for the 2003 Creativity Award based upon your in-site into finding business and completing deals at our property. You have exhibited repeatedly the ability to "think outside the box" and look at the unique position of the property. We appreciate your contribution to our operation and congratulate you on this award.

As always, please feel free to contact me at 713.572.1818 if I may be of further assistance.

Sincerely,
PRESIDIO COMMERCIAL SERVICES, L.P.

Wende Lewis-Buckley, CPM
Regional Manager

Presidio Commercial Services, L.P.
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1600 Houston, Texas 77046 Telephone: (713) 572-1818 Fax: (713) 871-8259 www.presidiomvestments.com


Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
John Cornyn

January 31, 2002

To Whom It May Concern:

I have known Bob Orkin for several years and have the utmost respect for him and his abilities concerning the leasing industry.  Bob has been directly involved with several of the agency's leasing transactions and has consistently performed with a great deal of integrity and professionalism.  I look forward to working with Bob in the future.

Respectfully,

Jerry L. Spencer
Manager, Facilities Management


Williams Bailey Law Firm L.L.P.

John E. Williams, Jr.
Managing Partner, Attorney at Law

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the Managing Partner of Williams Bailey Law Firm.  I have known Bob Orkin since 1993.  He has done real estate consulting work for the firm and also manages and leases the Williams Bailey Law Firm building at 8441 Gulf Freeway in Houston.  When he took over the building in 1994, it was approximately 50% leased.  He has leased the building to 95% and implemented cost saving measures such as power factor correction equipment, bidding the janitorial services, and protesting the taxes.  Needless to say, we are very pleased with his performance for us and value his real estate experience and wisdom. 

One of the first leases he closed at the building was a 5,500 square foot lease with the State of Texas Department of Human Services.  When no one else wanted this agency, he figured out how to make the deal work for the landlord and the tenant.  This DHS office handled the aged, elderly, and handicapped.  He understands both sides of the equation very well.  For more information about the tenant's thoughts, please call Ken Esene, Regional Administrator at DHS, at 409.981.5920.

Mr. Orkin has a great deal of experience in the real estate industry; i.e., leasing, marketing, property management, construction management, etc.  I recommend you seriously consider his thoughts and ideas. 

Very truly yours,

John E. Williams, Jr.

JEW/mc


TEJAS POWER CORPORATION

January 21, 1994

To Whom It May Concern:

Tejas Power Corporation is an American Stock Exchange company with a market value of approximately $150 Million. We retained Bob Orkin, President of Robert Orkin Interests, Inc., to consult with us regarding whether to buy our former headquarters building, extend our lease in our old space, or seek new facilities.

First, he negotiated with the seller to buy the building. His work included evaluating all of the economics of the 60,000 square foot building. Had we elected to purchase the building, we would have formed a partnership with Bob Orkin and he would have managed and leased the building for us. Ultimately, he showed us the benefits of moving from a Class B building to a Class A building for almost no additional cost. He generated all of the net present value calculations for owning versus leasing, and for comparing leasing at one building versus another. This information was used for presentation to our Board of Directors. He negotiated a complex 30,000 square foot Sublease Agreement from British Petroleum with ratification of the arrangement by BP building owner Barker-Patrinely Crimson Corporation.

Bob is a "get it done" person and easy to get along with. He has a great depth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of real estate transactions---legal, financial, architectural, construction, leasing, property management, etc. He loves the real estate business and gets deals closed. Please feel free to call me at (713) 597-6216 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

Regards,

J. Chris Jones
Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

JCJ/crs


KENNETH SCHNITZER

July 9, 1997
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

I have known Bob Orkin for over 25 years, both personally as well as in my capacity as CEO of Century Corporation and Century Development Corporation. Bob’s tenure of service for Century was from August 1979, to June 1989.

During his employment with Century, Bob was involved and/or had responsibility for almost every aspect of commercial real estate development, construction and management. His attention to detail, and understanding of real estate, made him an invaluable team member of CDC’s management group. I have always felt that his moral values and loyalty were great assets for me personally and for the company.

It is without reservation that I recommend Bob for any position in the field of commercial real estate.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Schnitzer

KS/em


FRIEDKIN COMPANIES, INC.
7701 WILSHIRE PLACE DRIVE
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77040
IVAN E. LEONARD
VICE PRESIDENT
REAL ESTATE
713-744-3503
FAX: 713-744-8844

To Whom It May Concern: Re: Robert Orkin Interests, Inc.

Gulf States Toyota (GST) retained Bob Orkin, President, Robert Orkin Interests, Inc., to sell or lease a 17,000 square foot warehouse we own at Mississippi and Clinton Streets, near the Port of Houston. Mr. Orkin’s knowledge of the industrial market was important to us but even more important was his reputation for paying tremendous attention to his client’s needs. GST was not disappointed.

Our original intent was to sell the property. After a careful review of the market and receipt of several offers to purchase, we decided to lease the property instead of selling it. We were very happy with the lease Mr. Orkin negotiated with UPS Truck Leasing, Inc.

The quality of work was excellent. We would recommend Bob for whatever assignment that you may be considering him for.

Sincerely, Ivan E. Leonard

IEL/sb


WILLIAMS BAILEY LAW FIRM

January 31, 1994
To Whom It May Concern:

Williams, Bailey & Wesner, L.L.P. is an eight member law firm. I am the managing partner. We retained Bob Orkin, President of Robert Orkin Interests, Inc., to represent us (i.e., 8441 Gulf Freeway, Ltd.) in the acquisition of our six-story, 80,000 square foot headquarters building. One year prior to this, he put together a development budget on what it would cost to build new facilities. After analyzing the build versus buy comparison, we decided it made more sense to buy.

He negotiated a Letter of Intent with the seller, Gentra Finance (a subsidiary of Seattle First Savings), and then negotiated the purchase price and all other terms of an earnest money contract. Bob supervised all of the building inspections and environmental testing, secured third party financing, negotiated the property management/marketing contract, and "closed" the deal. Because of the difficulty in obtaining financing in the real estate markets, we needed more time. He got along very well with the Seller’s agent and was able to get three extensions of time.

Bob Orkin understands all aspects of the real estate business-legal, financial, management, marketing, architectural, and construction. He managed the entire acquisition team, including recommending the outside legal counsel. We were extremely pleased with the outside consultants that he recommended and with whom he worked. Robert Orkin Interests, Inc. has been retained on an ongoing basis as the Asset Manager of the building. Please feel free to call me at (713) 649-6464 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

Sincerely,
John Eddie Williams
Managing Partner

 




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