The current contract for Zoo Amp management and operation held by the Facilities Management Group expires in December. FMGs successor is 3Horse Productions.
The contract has been at the center of controversy for months, as FMG owner Howard Pollack, his employees and attorneys have criticized the deal.
Pollack, who has had the Zoo Amp contract for about 10 years, said his company has revitalized the concert venue, and that his contract was terminated because of personal differences.
A trust selection committee memo stated that 3Horse will provide a stronger financial return for the zoo; that the company is willing to partner and receive input on program content and co-branding; that the company had superior professionalism and integrity throughout the request for proposal process; and a willingness to guarantee financial performance.
Pollacks attorneys argued to the trust that 3Horse is a shady company that cannot be trusted and is a front for the Chickasaw Nation.
3Horses spokeswoman, Kym Koch,, said the allegations were baseless.
3Horse, which was incorporated shortly before the deadline to submit proposals to the trust, is a collaboration between two existing companies Queen Productions (co-founded by Michelle Colbert and which has mostly worked in booking talent for tribal casinos) and Enduring Brands (an Edmond-based company with experience in restaurant and hospitality services).
Colbert has said Queen Productions lacked experience in the food and beverage area, so it decided to partner with Enduring Brands for the Zoo Amp venture after Remington Park officials recommended the company.
Pollack has said that the zoo trust provided competitors with his contract when proposals were requested, thereby giving other applicants an unfair advantage. He also said the trust had planned all along to hire 3Horse, despite FMG making a better offer for a new contract.
Negotiating a contract with 3Horse was first considered at the trusts May 16 meeting, but the item was tabled twice until todays special meeting first because a city attorney said the trust may have violated the Open Records Act, and the second because Pollacks attorneys asked for more time to hammer out an agreement.
City Manager Jim Couch, a member of the trust, previously said the review and request for proposal on contracts is simply good stewardship of public money.
In its proposal, 3Horse offered a base payment of $258,000 with annual inflationary adjustment and an initial capital improvement offer of $100,000, as well as an annual incentive structure based on results. FMG offered a base payment of $250,000 with no inflationary adjustment and a bonus of 10 percent of its net profit from gate revenue.
Todays meeting grew acrimonious after Pollacks lawyer, Jerry Foshee, confronted trust member Vince White about why he had smiled and chuckled during a presentation.
I was laughing because of the misrepresentations that you make over and over again, White shot back.
Foshee accused the trust of not checking 3Horses references and called the deal irregular.
Pollack addressed perceptions of trustees animosity toward him.
If you dont like me, thats fine, because Ive been told by many of your employees you dont like me, he said. Thats OK. Im not here to be liked; Im here to do a good job and thats what Ive done.
After Pollack made a final request for an independent inquiry into the process, White spoke up again.
We now have, through numerous meetings, listened to the rants of you, Mr. Pollack, and now by the people youve hired to do that for you, as well. It has been full of misrepresentations, false allegations, threats, White said.
Ive got to tell you ... after seeing the way youve behaved throughout this process, if you were the only party that bid on this, I would be in favor of closing it down, because youve shown your character and thats where the bad behaviors been.
Pollack later said the matter will likely go to court.
I feel that what Mr. White had said was apropos of how the zoo trust has felt about me for a long time, he said. Its definitely a personal issue.
Were going to go to court, Im not going to let this drop. They have a process that was tainted from the beginning and were going to prove it in court.