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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

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    I checked with a Facebook buddy and it turns out he has apparently only blocked me personally and the Earthquest Facebook page. So, my friend will be updating us on Holbrook's drunken antics with the Earthquest people as needed. Why would he want pictures of himself with Frank McCrady and the Earthquest people that he made public removed from the Earthquest Houston page? Has Holbrook finally figured out how totally unprofessional his drunken antics with his consulting clients really looks?

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    Why would you need to be blocked if they weren't doing anything wrong to begin with?

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

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    Why would you need to be blocked if they weren't doing anything wrong to begin with?
    Perhaps the big guy has figured out that the taxpayers and donors to the defunct Earthquest charity and project are not finding his drunken escapades with the county officials as amusing as he had hoped.

    I just got this picture of his wife with their Maserati. Likely, Earthquest bond money and Earthquest charity donors helped pay for that ridiculous extravagance.Attachment 684
    What a slap in the face to all those losing their life savings having invested in the area where the project was supposed to be built, those that donated their hard earned money and those that are facing dramatically increasing taxes on their property because of this now defunct charity and proposed theme park. So many good people are being hurt while Don Holbrook and the Earthquest gang live high on the hog!

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    Mr. Holbrook asserts they do not own said vehicle. His wife threw a 50th birthday bash at the Red Rock Casino and he posted the photographs form that party that included Frank McCrady and numerous other party guests dancing on the table.
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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Don Holbrook is a work at home scam promoter:

    Don Holbrook ‏ @9thTemplar


    One more month and Ill neeeever have to wake up for my stupid booring job again - so happy I found this! Consumer Warnings Report


    7:30 PM - 11 Jul 11 via web · Details
    Glad to know how boring his stupid job developing EarthQuest was. He has some nerve saying all this:




    He specializes in developing catalyst projects to attract private sector investment into destination projects. His unique approach of developing meaningful public private partnerships has created a unique Art of the Deal Today. Holbrook is a consummate professional on all aspects of public and private sector finance and brings a get it done approach to such projects. He has worked on over $1B in investments in his career and created over 50,000 jobs as a result of his projects.
    Great! Where is the funding for Earthquest????

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    Green products that are virtual. That may be all Earthquest ever is --- virtual!

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Don Holbrook is not a NY Times best selling author. His books are self-published using https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/. They are available by print on demand. He is also the reviewer on his most recent book on one site that carries it:



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    This is my latest book on how to get America back on track... growing and creating jobs that will restore and rebuild our own lives, our communities and not sell out our ideals as a great republic in hope of some panacea of being cared for by Big Government... which is inevitably not productive and UnAmerican. The loss of economic creativity, innovation and freedoms directly affects our ability to maintain our own civil liberties and individual freedoms. I hope you like the book!
    Don Holbrook has been asked repeatedly to name the hundreds of projects worth billions of dollars that created 50,000 jobs that he continually brags of. He has declined to name them, but did in one rather intemperate response suggests folks refer to his books and the enthusiastic response to them. Well, they are little self-published wonders and number three here has not caught the attention of any big publishing house, so no Holbrook, I am not satisfied with that answer.

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    From the February 9 Board meeting minutes:
    http://www.emctx.com/February_2012_Minutes.pdf
    Mr. Brown next updated the Board on the status of the Earth Quest development. He stated that he had been working with investors to secure funds to acquire the land and believes that he has a solution to work with the bankruptcy court and the bank to acquire the land. Mr. Brown further noted he hopes to have the land secured by the next meeting.
    That explains why the following was noted at the March meeting:
    Crowd interested in recent EarthQuest revelations receive little formal update - Friday, March 09, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com
    Board Chairman Leon Cubillas said that since a Contour Entertainment representative was not present, the item could only be deferred. Later Cubillas said that Contour has been asked repeatedly to present an update, but has failed to do so several times.
    Contour has not filed anything with the bankruptcy court, but the bank sure did. Remember that $500,000.00 Whitestone wanted to get out of the bankruptcy and pay Marlin Atlantis. Well, I e-mailed the bank's attorney about that and they have objected to that insider enrichment. Why should Trey White and John Marlin get $500,000.00 passed from one hand to the other while the bank and taxpayers take a blood bath???

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Don Holbrook commented on a link.
    Yesterday

    Frank you and the board did a good job. This is a huge project with enormous positive economic outcomes for your residents. Nothing as you stated of this enormity comes without some level of investment and thus risk, and your decisions thus far have been very appropriate to keep the project alive and moving forward even in this very tough and recessionary economy. I agree with your statement, what would these folks have EMCID do, just give up? That will absolutely assure your residents of losing all their investment with no hope for any recovery much less any return on investment. I think your criticism would be even worse or at least it should be if the board had taken such a short sighted route of abandoning a project that has been validated by three different global economic theme park experts as very viable in the Greater Houston area. In the end, I do not feel the project should be berated just because the former developer John Marlin failed to perform in a global financial crisis. During the GFC thousands of developers failed and thousands of communities had to face this same issue of how to mitigate their investments and keep viable projects under control and solvent and moving forward. EMCID has done a great job of guiding the project through these turbulent waters and positioned it with a new very experienced theme park expert as the new developer. What I feel others have not realized is that EMCID has done a great job of repositioning the risk as well to appropriately shift the repayment requirements to the new developer when the project moves forward. Thus they have put in a place a stronger and even more precautionary requirement and milestones for the developer so that better accountability has been created and by doing so EMCID has shifted the use of funds to action steps that will also progress the project forward in a very realistic step by step process towards a ground breaking and eventual opening day. Great job for staying the course in a very difficult economy.
    What developer will be able to find any investors crazy enough to pay back the 7.8 million in bond money Frank McCrady and this bunch have blown through up front as part of financing this very risky project. There is not a snowball's chance in hell the project will go forward with the investors having to foot all this upfront. McCrady is off in outer space on that one. Not to mention that the bankruptcy court may well not agree to the purchase option baloney Frank has been rambling on about. Why should be bank that financed the property get soaked any further and have to wait on Contour or someone else to purchase that tract?

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    The Burghard Group | Strengthening Brand America
    Here is my comment that the owner declined to publish.
    Pardon me, but Mr. Holbrook brags of that 100 projects worth billions that created 50,000 jobs, but has yet to name even one of these. I want a complete list so I can verify that he was responsible for these lofty accomplishments he brags of.

    His recent projects have been falling through. Earthquest is in bankruptcy and the charitable institute part of that project is defunct after Don Holbrook walked away with 33% of the almost 1 million raised.

    Other projects may well not go forward as his credentials and accomplishments are being investigated.
    The owner e-mailed me this:
    You will have to ask Mr. Holbrook your questions directly. I believe you can contact him through LinkedIn.

    Sent from my iPad
    Don Holbrook, like many other scammers we have exposed, talks and people eat it up hook line and sinker. Why is he not being forced to document these successes? Holbrook's guest blog should be pulled if he cannot substantiate his wild claims.

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    From the January board minutes we get this. Sonday International asked for $3,000.00 to fund holiday turkeys for 500 families in the area and EMCID, which judging by their spending habits is overrun with money, refused. I guess the local needy can go to heck because Frank and his cronies will need that money for Chez Nous and the Las Vegas hot spots they will be hitting. Frank suggested they make a future request for improvements or other needs rather than food staples. Good grief. East Montgomery County has needy families who desperately require food assistance. COMPLETELY DISGUSTING!!!!

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Minor league team hinges on EarthQuest - Your Houston News: News
    EarthQuest has come under scrutiny from local residents recently. According to an article published by the East Montgomery County Observer, citizens had numerous questions about the long-delayed theme park at a hearing at the East Montgomery County Improvement District Complex March 8. Representatives from Contour Entertainment did not attend the hearing, and EMCID officials told residents they had nothing new to report, according to the article.

    The article explained that at a March 5 bankruptcy hearing, there was a provision that allows another company to purchase the land. McCrady is quoted as saying that D.R. Horton Homes, the largest home builder in America, “purchased the land and will close on the property in June.”
    “There is an important provision in this deal that will allow Chris Brown of Contour Entertainment to enter into an agreement with EMCID to purchase the right to the property where EarthQuest will be located.” McCrady said in the article.

    McCrady said that Chris Brown definitely will exercise his option to purchase the land necessary to complete the EarthQuest project.
    Wrong Frank! The land has not been sold to DR. Horton. The bank is objecting to that purchase option agreement and the judge hasn't ruled. DR Horton made a preliminary bid that would likely allow the property to go to auction. The next hearing in the bankruptcy case will be April 24th. It is anybody's guess at this point who will get the property. Chris Brown was to have the property purchased by March according to the minutes of the February EMCID meeting, but obviously can't raise the funds to do so as he has filed nothing with the bankruptcy court and has not announced that he has the funding to purchase the property.

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    These expenses are downright criminal:

    EMCID entourage racks up expenses at resorts, restaurants, theme parks - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com
    EMCID entourage racks up expenses at resorts, restaurants, theme parks

    Monday, April 02, 2012
    Cynthia Calvert
    In early March 2007, a fat envelope arrived at the EMCID offices for Frank McCrady. Inside was a contract from Steven R Baker, CEO of the Baker Leisure Group. Don Holbrook, consultant to EMCID for EarthQuest, is also Baker’s partner.

    ‘Dino’ Don Lessem, one of the original consultants to the EarthQuest project, had recommended Baker to McCrady and after some initial discussion, McCrady signed the contract on April 5.

    Also included was a letter to McCrady and Lessem suggesting “Step One” – a 12-day familiarization trip to exotic and lush locales and theme resorts including Las Vegas, the Canada Royal Terrell Institute (sic) in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, ( the actual name is The Royal Tyrrell Museum), Quebec City, Canada, Niagra (sic) Falls, Orlando and the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

    A second tour, to Europe, was also recommended. This one would last 10 to 12 days and include trips to see museums about German volcanoes, the Eden Project in Cornwall, England and “other European thematic sites.” The Tribune has been unable to determine if the group took this trip.

    Baker/Holbrook charged $125,000 for this advice and a project analysis, plus any and all expenses. In addition, Holbrook received $195 per hour plus mileage, presumably to travel on his own recommended trips. Baker asked for $150-$225 per hour plus mileage. Covering all bases, they also tacked on a provision that all expenses such as copies, postage, etc would be paid at cost plus 15 percent.

    The contract, signed on April 27, was immediately acted upon. EarthQuest, at this point in time, was little more than discussion and intent but the first order of business for EMCID was an incredibly expensive,12-day tour for dinosaur consultants, an attorney, an engineer, family members, a vision creator and an artist. McCrady didn’t wait long, just a month, to take off, and along with him, came 10 others including his wife, Allison, and their son, Phillip. Holbrook brought his son, Aidan. Rounding out the entourage were board chair Leon Cubillas, EMCID engineer Joseph Costanza, EMCID attorney David Marks, Zofia Kostyrko-Edwards, a Polish, ex-Disney portraitist and illustrator, and Brian Blanchard, vice president of a company who specializes in ‘creating vision and identifying opportunities.” Last but not least was Dino Don Lessem himself. Airfare alone for the group was thousands of dollars.

    On May 28, 2007, most of the party left Houston, flying first to Atlanta. Others flew in from Burbank, California and Las Vegas. On May 30, they flew on to Walt Disney World in Orlando where lodging exceeded $10,000. One dinner, at Charley’s Steakhouse, cost nearly $3000. Then, on June 2, they departed for Nassau, The Bahamas, to stay at the Atlantis Resort. Credit cards receipts indicate the group checked out on June 5.

    Just three weeks later, the EMCID group, now swollen to 14, departed for an even more exotic locale – China. This time Holbrook brought his other son, Ian. The McCradys brought both sons, Phillip and Christopher. Cubillas and his wife Mary went. Marks tagged along and brought his wife Alexandra. Dino Don was there and so were a few others: Mary Grimord, a secretary to Marks, Joseph Costanza, and Susan Osumi, a resident of Las Vegas. Total cost? Nearly $75,000 including more than $20,000 on airfare alone.

    Twelve months later, McCrady, Cubillas, Marks and Costanza flew first class, at a cost of $7294.54 each, from Houston to Tokyo to Saigon and back. Nearly $32,000 – with food, hotels and expenses additional to this sum.

    During 2007, EMCID paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly Holbrook to and from Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Orlando and Minneapolis. McCrady, Cubillas and other board members also traveled numerous times during 2007. Expenses racked up – hotel rooms, car rentals, golf dates, gasoline, and most of all meals. Meals upon meals upon meals. A single Christmas event at Chez Nous restaurant in Humble cost $2664.44.

    In 2008, it was the same story, with hundreds of thousand of dollars going for Holbrook’s and McCrady’s expenses. During one April trip Holbrook made from Las Vegas to New Caney, EMCID picked up the tab for $8800 for Rockets tickets, nearly $500 for sporting equipment at Sports Authority and a farewell dinner at Chez Nous that cost $1149.20. Limousine charges on EMCID secretary Suzanne Parmer’s American Express account were numerous. The largest charge was for $3937.50 on August 1. Parmer’s credit card statements show several trips to Las Vegas and charges for thousands of dollars for hotels, car rentals, and meals including a whopping $277.95 room service charge at Mandalay Bay Hotel. Other charges during 2007-08 included a Top Deck Express pass to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City, Comedy Club tickets, tickets to Las Vegas shows and everything from Smoothie King to Burger King to gasoline to phone services - all listed on her itemized statements.

    Despite repeated requests by the Tribune, as of press time McCrady has not provided a list of all the EMCID-related trips McCrady’s wife and children have taken nor has he provided documentation for reimbursement to EMCID for his wife and children’s trips or for board members’ spouses’ trips, meals, etc. As of press time, the Tribune has to wonder if the taxpayers paid for these costly, personal expenses.

    Click below to download the credit card statements:

    Suzanne Parmer: http://www.ourtribune.com/apdf/emcid.pdf

    Frank McCrady: http://www.ourtribune.com/apdf/emcid2.pdf

    Loan funneled through second entity questioned - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com
    Loan funneled through second entity questioned

    Monday, April 02, 2012
    Cynthia Calvert
    Immediately prior to press time, The Tribune confirmed that EMCID, through its affiliate, the East Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (“EMCEDC”) made an unsecured loan of $225,000 to Whitestone Houston Land, Ltd. (“Whitestone”) on May 23, 2011. (Whitestone is the legal owner of the EarthQuest land). That date was only two months before Whitestone filed its bankruptcy petition. Based on correspondence uncovered by The Tribune, it appears that EMCID leadership was already aware that the Whitestone bankruptcy was imminent. So what possible motivation was there to simply throw away another $225,000 of taxpayers’ money? And why was the loan “hidden” by EMCID by using EMCEDC as the loan conduit? Was the EMCID leadership somehow persuaded into this transaction? The EMCEDC minutes reflect the approval of the loan, but make no mention of its purpose. EMCID also refused to answer The Tribune’s inquiry as to the purpose of this loan.

    I think it is high time for criminal charges. Don Holbrook swindled us out of a fortune! Don Lessem revealed to me on April 25, 2011 that the deal was bankrupt and the property was not being paid. And, on May 31,2011 Holbrook bragged to Pahrump, NV that Matlin Atlantis was bust, but Earthquest was going forward and would break ground in December 2011 or early 2012. He is a lying sack of shit. McCrady and that board are all just plain dirty.

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Cynthia Calvert, like me, has the charity's documents and a calculator. She dug even further than I had and it is a shocking and well researched expose:

    EarthQuest Institute: a betrayal of the public's trust? - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com
    EarthQuest Institute: a betrayal of the public's trust?

    Monday, April 02, 2012
    Cynthia Calvert
    On Dec. 8, 2009, the inaugural “Friends of EarthQuest” fundraiser was held in the grand ballroom of the stately complex that houses the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID). It seemed that everyone wanted to be there, from the county judge to the county lineman. So many showed up for the festivities that some were turned away at the door, no doubt crestfallen by their inopportune misfortune.

    But for the fine folks of East Montgomery County that were allowed in, it was a gala affair, punctuated by diamonds and dinosaurs, Cretaceous critters and Christmas glee. All the while, the giant head of a T-Rex held sway over the proceedings, its toothy grin a warning, perhaps, for those who might venture a little too close.

    Most of all, this grand event was a celebration of hope for East Montgomery County and its residents.

    After almost five years of plans and promises, the advent of EarthQuest seemed fitting for the Christmas season. For it was a gift that vowed to keep on giving, with new jobs, new businesses, new developments . . . indeed, a whole new way of life.

    But the good citizens of this community didn’t just attend as well-wishers. Not at all. They came with their pocket books in hand, ready to make a tangible contribution to the dream that had been promised them by local politicians, civic leaders and, most of all, the members of the EMCID board.

    And on this one night alone, more than $75,000 was raised for the EarthQuest Institute (“Institute”). This Institute was a nonprofit corporation established by EMCID and the EarthQuest developers as an “edutainment” center, so that the young and the young at heart would be able to learn valuable lessons from the past.

    So how ironic is it, that on the very same night the ‘Friends of EarthQuest’ were reaching into their wallets to support this great adventure, the consultants hired by EMCID and the EarthQuest developers had already plundered the Institute’s bank accounts for all that it was worth. So egregious was the theft of the public’s trust that, by the night of the great ball, the Institute was already bankrupted.

    The Tribune has obtained copies of the federal tax returns for the Institute.

    A diligent review of those records has produced a sordid tale of unbridled avarice; a story that will shock even the most cynical individual. Consider the following facts, all of which are taken directly from the federal tax returns of the Institute for the three-year period of 2008 – 2010:

    The Institute received contributions totaling $996,667.

    Don Holbrook, president of the Institute (and a consultant for EMCID and EarthQuest), received total compensation of $328,255.

    Deborah Thomas, treasurer and secretary of the Institute (and an employee of Marlin-Atlantis), received total compensation of $218,993.

    (Unbelievably, as stated in the tax returns, Holbrook only worked an average of 15 hours per week; Thomas, 20 hours per week).

    Even more appalling, “professional fees” paid to “independent contractors” equaled $601,776. These fees were apparently paid to EarthQuest consultants, including those controlled by Don Holbrook.

    Although contributions totaled $996,000 for the three-year period, the salaries and benefits paid to employees and consultants equaled $1,148,370, exceeding total contributions by more than $150,000.

    And the forgoing figures don’t even consider “other” expenditures by the Institute's two employees. These “other” costs included $118,700 for “travel expenses,” and $37,479 for “information technology” among other things.

    Consequently, on the night of the great ball, the Institute had a negative cash balance of $225,034. Hence, the prior statement that the Institute was bankrupt in December of 2009 was a factual, not a figurative, assertion.

    But the story doesn’t end there, because it’s not easy to spend more money than one has in their bank account, unless they can borrow funds from another source. So how did the Institute spend more money than they had on hand? Simple. By borrowing $332,110 from an account payable, $222,018 of which was incurred in 2009.

    Unfortunately, the tax returns do not indicate from whom the money was borrowed. Of course, the logical presumption would be EMCID (or one of its affiliates), as EMCID has been the primary benefactor of the Institute since its inception. In a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ dated January 22, 2008, EMCID agreed to donate to the Institute $300,000 in 2008 alone. What other monies may have been given to the Institute by EMCID is unknown at this time.

    Another intriguing fact discovered in the tax returns is that the Institute acquired a building in 2010, valued at about $300,000, with a $195,000 mortgage. Curiously, no one seems to know where the building is located or even its address. More importantly, who would have loaned $195,000 to a bankrupt organization? Did EMCID, or one of its related entities, provide the mortgage for the EarthQuest building? Again, the tax returns do not identify from whom the mortgage was received.

    At the EMCID town hall meeting on March 22, 2012, several questions were posed regarding the Institute. Those queries were largely deflected by board members, stating the Institute was completely separate of EMCID, that the Institute never had an office in the EMCID complex and that none of the EMCID board knew the current status of the Institute. But documents obtained by The Tribune appear to indicate that a very cozy relationship has long existed between the two entities.

    Even though Frank McCrady stated at the town hall meeting that the Institute has never had an office at the EMCID complex, all of the federal tax returns mentioned in this article listed EMCID’s complex as the domicile of the Institute. Furthermore, the EarthQuest Institute’s website also lists the EMCID complex as its business address, even specifying Suite No. 200.

    How separate is the Institute apart from EMCID? Leon Cubillas, chairman of the board of EMCID since July 8, 2004, has also been chairman of the board of the Institute since mid-2008. This dual representation would have ensured that both organizations were fully aware of each other’s activities.

    Lastly, the claim by EMCID board members that they don’t know the current status of the Institute seems incomprehensible. First, the dual representation of Cubillas mentioned above makes such a statement implausible. Secondly, the board of EMCID had a fiduciary duty to ensure that its $300,000 in grants to the Institute were properly disbursed.

    Sadly, in the final analysis, the Institute was cleaned out, and allowed to be cleaned out by the very persons entrusted with its mission and oversight.


    Well, boys and girls can we say Don Holbrook is a well dressed thug!

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    re: Trey White Fake Multi-billionaire / Marlin Atlantis / EarthQuest Park / Don Holbrook of IEDC

    Here is Don Holbrook's e-mail to his marks in Pahrump:
    CC: hdkuIkin@hotmai|.com; bkohbarger@pahrumpnv.org
    From: economicdevelopf-:~r@gmaiI.com

    Subject: Re: Theme Park

    Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 20:13:53 -0700

    To: ALBALLOQU1@aoI.com

    Al, Harley and Bill

    l don't know where this person got these ideas but they are highly inaccurate. Let me set the facts out:

    The Developer did go bust and he was the developer the public partner choose against our advice.

    Contour and l have a great relationship with the public partner.

    The process we recommended is now engaged and Comtour is now the lead developer, including raising the
    $6OOM for phase one of the project. There was never a reduction in the project scale and scope.

    We are now engaged with our investment banking team and we are planning our ground breaking for December
    this year or 1st quarter 2012. The developer cost us 21 months in our timeline. The public partner signed a
    development agreement with Contour to take over the project just earlier this month,

    We are now purchasing the site from the bank since the developer over leveraged himself.

    Frank McCrady would gladly vouch for everything I am telling you, he is the President/CEO of the public sector
    entity.

    I want to stress the need to the backing of the Chamber and the Tourism Advisory board so we have the
    remaining votes of the additional town board members.

    Please confirm this is your intentions for next Monday.

    You may reach me at 928-706-4440

    Sincerely

    Don Holbrook

    Live, Love and Laugh... Veritas vos Liberabit (the truth will set you free)
    He will say whatever he has to to keep the money flowing his way!

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    International Economic Development Council
    International Economic Development Council Code of Ethics


    Adopted October 22, 2008

    The following code of ethics was established by the professional economic developers in the International Economic Development Council to ensure a high ethical standard for those involved in economic development.
    There may be circumstances where the board may choose to interpret and apply this code to a particular event such as a man-made or natural disaster.

    1. Professional economic developers shall carry out their responsibilities in a manner to bring respect to the profession, the economic developer and the economic developer's constituencies.
    2. Professional economic developers shall practice with integrity, honesty, and adherence to the trust placed in them both in fact and in appearance.
    3. Professional economic developers will hold themselves free of any interest, influence, or relationship in respect to any professional activity when dealing with clients which could impair professional judgement or objectivity or which in the reasonable view of the observer, has that effect.
    4. Professional economic developers are mindful that they are representatives of the community and shall represent the overall community interest.
    5. Professional economic developers shall keep the community, elected officials, boards and other stakeholders informed about the progress and efforts of the area's economic development program.
    6. Professional economic developers shall maintain in confidence the affairs of any client, colleague or organization and shall not disclose confidential information obtained in the course of professional activities.
    7. Professional economic developers shall openly share information with the governing body according to protocols established by that body. Such protocols shall be disclosed to clients and the public.
    8. Professional economic developers shall cooperate with peers to the betterment of economic development technique, ability, and practice, and to strive to perfect themselves in their professional abilities through training and educational opportunities.
    9. Professional economic developers shall assure that all economic development activities are conducted with equality of opportunity for all segments of the community without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, marital status, or socioeconomic status.
    10. Professional economic developers shall abide by the principles established in this code and comply with the rules of professional conduct as promulgated by IEDC.


    International Economic Development Council

    I wrote to the IEDC about the ever charming Mr. Holbrook who referred to me as vile and disgusting. I e-mailed everyone on the list.

    From: Kelly Bielen [mailto:kbielen@iedconline.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:59 PM
    To: Heather Dobrott
    Subject: RE: Don Holbrook

    Hello Ms. Dobrott,

    I’m confirming that we received your email.

    I’ve also been asked to pass this link along to you: International Economic Development Council.

    Thank you,

    Kelly


    Kelly Bielen
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    734 15th St. NW
    Suite 900
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    Main Line: 202-223-7800
    Direct: 202-942-9476


    Driving Innovation and Prosperity: Transforming Industries and Communities for the Next Economy
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    Attend the International Economic Development Council's 2012 Spring Conference to learn cutting-edge tools and strategies that ignite innovation and transform your community's economic base for a promising economy. After struggles in the past St. Louis is now known for world-class healthcare and research institutions, a growing brokerage and investment services sector, and as a center for plant and life science.





    From: Heather Dobrott [mailto:hdobrott@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:52 AM
    To: kbielen@iedconline.org; kbielen@iedconline.org; landerson@iedconline.org; sghosh@iedconline.org; cmulcaire@iedconline.org; dcrater@iedconline.org; ethorstensen@iedconline.org; jsowders@iedconline.org; pmchugh@iedconline.org; mcobb@iedconline.org; pgoodwin@iedconline.org; pkelley@iedconline.org; ebell@iedconline.org; kenwemnwa@iedconline.org; jgibson@iedconline.org; ejones@iedconline.org; bklein@iedconline.org; eway@iedconline.org; scoy@iedconline.org; jchristian@iedconline.org; rthomas@iedconline.org
    Subject: Don Holbrook

    Dear IEDC,

    I think you should get the facts on your member Don Holbrook. Though he claims to have developed 100s of projects worth billions of dollars creating 50,000 jobs he has not substantiated a single one of those alleged projects. Please find the links to current news articles and the site I admin for that tell the real story:

    EarthQuest Institute: a betrayal of the public's trust? - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com

    Loan funneled through second entity questioned - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com

    EMCID entourage racks up expenses at resorts, restaurants, theme parks - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com

    http://www.realscam.com/f11/trey-whi...-holbrook-654/

    Sincerely,

    Heather Dobrott / Soapboxmom Administrator for www.realscam.com
    Perhaps Mr. Holbrook will explain how extensive world travel on the taxpayers dime and drunken debauchery with the EMCID board members exemplifies the IEDC Code of Ethics! It is all catalogued and archived here!

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    Comment by: Don Lessum on Apr. 3rd, 2012 - 8:34pm
    I would like to clear up a few misconceptions. I have never spoken to Soapboxmom in my life. It seems she has been fabricating stories in order to try to destroy this wonderful project. I am a dedicated paleontologist and have been a consultant to many theme parks in my career. In my opinion, the EarthQuest project will overcome all these setbacks because of the thorough master planning and quality that has gone into the design.

    I am personally familiar with several developers interested in taking over this project should they get the chance. I have recently spoken to several members of the original development team and everyone is very excited to return to the project this summer - after the property ownership has been established. There is a chance EarthQuest will not be on the original property, but potential developers are also looking at nearby plots of land.

    Soapboxmom, please stop telling untruths, I would never discuss a project of this magnitude with a member of the public. I have signed several disclosure contracts because of my evolvement.

    Dino Don


    Comment by: The Wizard on Apr. 3rd, 2012 - 8:16pm
    I would call Child Protective Servces on Smallbusinessowner too, but I am certain she is gay and has no children.

    Mr. Admin, will you PLEASE stop allowing all these trashy idiots to post on this otherwise highly sophisticated website. I DEMAND that you be more diligent or I will be forced to call the State Attorney General!

    Thank you.


    Comment by: Dorothy on Apr. 3rd, 2012 - 7:54pm
    Damn. I thought for sure somebody would have dropped a house on that Garland witch today. Pity.
    Identity theft. Nice! Possibly a felony in Texas as well. Don Lessem's last name is misspelled and I don't think he would have used the word evolvement (which doesn't mean the same as involvement) or called a non-disclosure agreement a disclosure contract. My detractors are complete morons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wizard
    Mr. Admin, will you PLEASE stop allowing all these trashy idiots to post on this otherwise highly sophisticated website. I DEMAND that you be more diligent or I will be forced to call the State Attorney General!
    Get the State Attorney General involved,

    hmmnn, maybe that's not such a bad idea, after all.
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    DaytonDailyNews: Dayton, Ohio, news and information
    10/28/2010
    More than a business
    Don Holbrook and his wife Laurie

    Don Holbrook, a Butler Twp. native and 1979 graduate of Butler High School in Vandalia, is co-owner of the Red Zeppelin winery in Paso Robles, Calif. His wife Laurie, a Minneapolis native, is more involved in the winery than he is, Holbrook said. “I just like to drink wine,” he said.
    A developer, he has plenty of other business interests that form the bulk of his professional career, but the wine industry “just kind of sucked me in,” said Holbrook, whose parents still live in Butler Twp. Holbrook and his wife now live in Las Vegas, but he found an opportunity to invest in Red Zeppelin — which is transitioning to simply the Zeppelin winery — irresistible.
    “At first, I looked at this as purely a financial transaction,” Holbrook said. “But it was evolved into much more than that.”
    When reached earlier this week, Holbrook and his wife had just arrived in southern Australia, where they toured vineyards and visited wineries in the Barossa Valley wine country.
    “I love everything about this industry,” Holbrook said. “And we get invited everywhere.”
    (Each photo was contributed by the subjects.)
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    Newspaper article questions theme park player’s resumé | Pahrump Valley Times

    Holbrook, meanwhile, responded to the newspaper article’s allegations by saying they were patently false and referenced an employee who was terminated from his company for misconduct.

    He suggested that the employee was trying to exact revenge for her termination, which prompted the EarthQuest news story in New Caney.
    “She’s mad at me, but okay so what. She did wrong and I fired her, the board supported it. That’s it. And that was 10 years ago,” he said......

    “If I fire back at these people, all it does is exasperate the problem in my opinion and it just causes people to write more, and more, and more, negative stuff, whereas why not Google all my good stuff. There’s tons of good stuff out there about me. Look at all my books, look at the comments on my books,” he said.......


    The paper also claims that in 2001, Holbrook was hired by the Lake Havasu Partnership for Economic Development, but less than two years later his employment contract was not renewed.

    Holbrook said family issues at the time superseded his employment responsibilities.
    I chose to leave Lake Havasu because my parents were back east in Ohio. That was my choice. My mom and dad are in their 80s. I took a position 30 miles from mom and dad. I’m their only child,” he said.

    So, Holbrook wants to move near his parents when the doodoo is hitting the fan, but now 9 years later is 1900 miles away living it up in sin city. And, we are to believe the scathing articles in Ourtribune.com by Cynthia Calvert are due to a disgruntled ex-employee from ten years ago lying about him??? This Las Vegas party animal thinks the taxpayers are pretty dumb apparently. Sorry Donny, but we were not slipped enough booze to be dancing on the table with the others you have snowed!

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    EarthQuest Institute officials reveal little history, questionable future - Thursday, April 05, 2012 - Copyright 2007 Ourtribune.com

    EarthQuest Institute officials reveal little history, questionable future

    Thursday, April 05, 2012
    Geoffrey Geiger
    The Institute EarthQuest (EQI) spent more than $1.4 million in three years, yet institute officials are mum as to present activity.

    A “Friends of EarthQuest” fundraiser held Dec. 8, 2009 in the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) building raked in more than $75,000 from 275 attendees.

    The event was a hopeful celebration for the county residents and public officials after several years of courting the 500-plus acre eco-resort development for New Caney. Another large fundraiser was held in September of 2010 at Kirksey Architecture in Houston.

    The Tribune has attempted to document EQI's history from its creation in February of 2008, and recent findings present several gaps in who is left in charge and how EQI funding was used.

    Here is the sequence of Tribune findings:

    A request made to EarthQuest and development consultant Don Holbrook by another entity, received a denial of current involvement with EQI by Holbrook on Feb. 28. Holbrook said he ceased his officialy employment after John Marlin, of Marlin-Atlantis and a director of EQI, was unable to meet financial obligations. Holbrook also denied knowledge of available access to any current financial records. However, this appears to be a contradiction to what EQI's accountant, Derek Ryan, told The Tribune on March 20 after an information request was made.

    According to Ryan, Holbrook would not authorize Ryan & Company, PC from releasing any records to The Tribune. Although Ryan said EQI has not reported any activity to his firm since 2010.

    A phone call and email to Holbrook were not returned. However, Holbrook wrote to another entity that “EarthQuest Institute has gone on hiatus from operations and fundraising,” which EQI Chairman and EMCID Chairman Leon Cubillas publicly confirmed on March 22.

    Existing financial documents for EQI are presently at the EMCID building, according to Dr. Matthew Gardner. He claims they were shipped to the New Caney address following his resignation from the board in 2011.

    “You'll need to go to EMCID and talk to Frank McCrady,” Gardner told The Tribune.

    EMCID President and CEO Frank McCrady denied Gardner's claim since the institute is a private corporation. McCrady emphatically stated that the institute did not an office, nor a filing cabinet at the EMCID address, which is listed as the same physical address as EQI on its website. An information request sent to McCrady, Cubillas and EMCID attorney David Marks on Feb. 16 was met with the following response on March 12:

    “Since the District is legally not affiliated … it has no control over its records and if request, would refuse to accept such responsibility for the records...” Marks wrote.

    Don Lessem, one of the directors for EQI and the original proponents of EarthQuest, claimed that any documents could have been shipped to EMCID, but they would have to be forwarded to Holbrook. Lessem also mentioned that he has not been involved with EQI for well over a year.

    Cubillas said he could not produce any knowledge of the whereabouts of any records, their accessibility nor a current director or employee roster for the institute when questioned on March 9 and March 22.

    The only records The Tribune has obtained are tax returns (Form 990s) for 2008, 2009 and 2010 and documents relating to the formation of EQI, still in existence, according to records from The Texas Secretary of State. The tax returns, eventually found online through a nonprofit information website, GuideStar, consecutively list Holbrook, Cubillas, Gardner, Lessem, Marlin and Deborah Thomas as officers for EQI. Holbrook as President and CEO, Thomas as Treasurer, Cubillas as Chairman, Gardner as Science Officer, Lessem as Director and Marlin as Director. Only Holbrook, Thomas and Gardner received compensation from EQI.

    According to the formation filings through the Texas Secretary of State, EQI was formed on Feb. 28, 2008, and restated formation on Oct. 1, 2008. David Rosenberg, an attorney with Thompson & Knight, LLP, is the current registered agent. However, Rosenberg said he is in the process of resigning. According to Rosenberg, EQI ended a formal client relationship with him in 2009, yet he “forgot to resign.” Thomas was his primary contact with EQI, who is allegedly also not connected any longer, yet phone calls to confirm have not been returned.

    The original certificate of formation lists Lessem, Cubillas and Austin attorney Daniel Matheson as the EQI directors. Matheson told The Tribune he originally signed, but did not conduct any role beyond that. According to him, Marlin and Lessem took more control over the direction of EQI.

    The restated certificate, signed on Sept. 30, 2008 by Lessem, replaces Matheson with Marlin. The assumed name certificate was also signed on Sept. 30 by Lessem and notarized by Patricia Suzanne Parmer, the office administrator for EMCID.

    Although Parmer notarized the certificate, it is still unclear the ties between EMCID and EQI. Questions were raised about EMCID funding sent to EQI, yet it is currently unverifiable.

    On March 22, EMCID member Vickie Thumann said EMCID did contribute to EQI, but could not present a specific itemized amount, but assured it would be listed in EMCID records. Lessem confirmed that EMCID contributed to EQI during its early incorporation but could not recollect an exact amount, nor could he state whether it a grant in one sum or through several contributions. EMCID cash flow records for 2008 and 2009 do reflect EarthQuest and Project Rex expenditures. However, it is currently uncertain if any of those funds were ever used specifically for EQI.

    Those expenses are:

    $18,257.74 (Feb. 14, 2008) for Project Rex

    $13,500 (March 24, 2008) to Holbrook Development Company for Project Rex

    $5,000 (March 24, 2008) to Holbrook for EarthQuest

    $24,250 (Aug. 14, 2008) wired to Project Rex

    $1,383,036.86 (July 9, 2009) to Global EarthQuest Ventures, LP for a developer reimbursement

    $386,223.61 (Aug. 26, 2009) to Global EarthQuest Ventures

    $388,864.11 (Sept. 10, 2009) to Global EarthQuest Ventures

    $111,937.15 (Oct. 2009) to Global EarthQuest Ventures

    Another awesome article from Ourtribune.com. I am happy to report I am "another entity" and had contacted many associated with the questionable charity!

    Global Earthquest Ventures is one of a number of entities that are associated with the Marlin Atlantis White (Trey White fake multi-billionaire gang).

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    The feds need to be brought in on this.

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    Mike Dimengo making progress on developing the donations for the operational programs of EarthQuest Institute our 501C.3 non-profit showcase center of green technologies and best practices.















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    No worries folks... I got it all under control this is my state. Frank McCrady takes charge and leads the way on the public sector side of the EarthQuest adventure project and EQI.

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    Frank and Allison visit with the Dali Lama in Indiana, yes EarthQuest got his blessings.
    — with Allison McCrady.
    How involved McCrady and the EMCID are with the Earthquest Institute is a very pressing question, but as Don Holbrook says Frank McCrady "takes charge and leads the way on the public sector side of the EarthQuest adventure project and EQI." I think there is no way Frank can deny his involvement. He is leading the way for the EQI (Earthquest Institute) according to the CEO and president, Don "fat pockets" Holbrook. Of course 1.4 million dollars and no charitable activites later everyone has dropped the box of documents and run!!!

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    Earthquest: Sinkhole for residents
    Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:00 am By Nancy Flake
    As hopes for a $500 million dinosaur theme park in East Montgomery County – including the jobs and tourism dollars that would follow – continue to dwindle, Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler is asking the president of the East Montgomery County Improvement District to scale back on his advocacy of the project.

    Residents appeared en masse at a March 8 EMCID board meeting hoping to hear an update on EarthQuest and to question EMCID officials about money the organization has put toward the development. But board members deferred the item because representatives from Contour Entertainment, the developer of the park, could not attend.

    Announced in 2005, EarthQuest was to have broken ground by now. The approximately 1,600 acres to be used for the giant park is in bankruptcy, but EMCID President Frank McCrady previously said D.R. Horton homes purchased the land and will close on it in June.

    A provision in the land sale to D.R. Horton allows for Chris Brown, of Contour Entertainment in Van Nuys, Calif., to enter into an agreement to purchase the right to the property where EarthQuest will be located, McCrady previously said.
    McCrady will not discuss when Contour will begin developing the park, saying that’s for Brown to say. Brown did not return calls for comment Thursday.

    But with resident concerns that EarthQuest may never happen – even after receiving $7.8 million in bond money and $2.5 million from EMCID, McCrady said – Sadler is cautioning McCrady about his role in continuing to fire the hopes of East County residents and business owners over the promise of EarthQuest.

    “Having been a department head of real estate at a major Houston bank for 12 years, I have always been supportive of this project, yet skeptical of its viability for a number of reasons,” Sadler wrote in a letter Wednesday to McCrady.

    “There has never been a lender, bank, investment banker or the like who has stepped up to the plate to fund this project. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been an individual or corporation with the ‘credit’ or financial statement to make a project of this scope and size become a reality.

    “In short, the entirety of this project has been nothing but photos, renderings and dreams funded with taxpayer dollars.”
    Sadler concludes his letter by advising McCrady “that I would not continue advocating this project or addressing the media that ‘this project will happen’ unless and until the above two questions can be answered with clarity and with certain assurances.”

    EarthQuest is “busted,” Sadler said. “I’ve been following this for five years; I could have written this a year ago. Hell, enough is enough. It’s unbelievable.”

    Sadler said he also has advised McCrady to quit spending money on EarthQuest until an investment banker steps forward.
    He also has sent some information regarding EarthQuest to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, he said.
    “Anytime something is brought to the attention of the Texas Rangers or the Public Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office, this office has a duty to investigate,” District Attorney Brett Ligon said about EarthQuest and EMCID’s involvement. “We have been receiving information from not only the county judge but other members of the community regarding what they believe is conduct considered to be questionable.”

    Sadler has not personally given any money to EarthQuest, and said the county has only “informally” supported the project.
    But in 2009, county commissioners agreed to consider a tax abatement for EarthQuest, The Courier previously reported.
    The EarthQuest Institute is meant to be a “leading edge” learning center “focused on how we can live and prosper in a responsible, efficient and environmentally balanced manner,” according to the EarthQuest Institute website.
    The website also states that it is located at the same address as the EMCID offices on U.S. 59. Leon Cubillas, who serves as EMCID board president, also is board president for the EarthQuest Institute.

    Sadler believes that to be a “huge” conflict of interest, but McCrady disagrees.
    “The way we structured our (agreement) was that one of our board members would serve on their board,” McCrady said. “It gave our board insight.”

    But according to federal tax returns obtained by The Courier, the EarthQuest Institute is essentially bankrupt.
    Its 2010 tax return lists total assets at the end of the year as $309,797, with total liabilities as $514,468.
    The institute paid Don Allen Holbrook, the president and CEO, $44,940 in 2010 for 15 hours of work per week, and paid CFO Deborah A. Thomas $43,920 for 20 hours of work per week, the tax reports state.

    The 2012 approved budget for EMCID shows total income of $5.75 million and $5.075 million in expenditures. The budget, which can be found on the EMCID website, also lists expenses of $190,000 to EarthQuest.

    In an audit completed in June last year by McCall, Gibson, Swedlund and Barfoot PLLC, also on the EMCID website, the district’s liabilities exceeded its assets by $15,118 as of June 30.

    “Actual expenditures were $523,384 more than budgeted, primarily due to expenditures for community development, contract labor, capital improvements and EarthQuest costs,” the audit states.

    EMCID had $12.39 million in bond debt at the end of its 2011 fiscal year, the audit states.
    That year, EMCID had more than $414,000 in expenses for EarthQuest. It paid $293,337 in salaries, $178,169 in professional fees and $135,925 in travel expenses, the audit states.

    McCrady could not say when Contour Entertainment will begin developing EarthQuest.
    “We want the developer to be successful in putting it on the ground, period,” he said. “If we have one idea and they have another idea, we want to be in sync with what our developer is proposing.
    “We’re going to let our developer speak for the project from now on.”


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    I can't wait for the authorities to take a hard look at Frank McCrady's extremely questionable spending. The hundreds of thousands spent wining, dining and flying folks all over the country have been exposed by Ourtribune.com. The real fun is just beginning!

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    Located in southeastern Montgomery County, and with direct access to Hwy 59, this planned premier master-planned community will offer parks, trails, a large lake, and recreational facilities. There are planned landscape reserves and greenbelts for a quiet, natural setting. Whitestone, located on the east side of US 59, is the residential community component of a significant mixed-use development. The entertainment venue as well as a major retail/commercial development are located on the west side of US 59. Residential homes of various types will appeal to a broad market base. In Whitestone, residents will enjoy living, working, playing, and learning, all within the community. Planned are churches, a school site, daycare facilities, shopping, offices, and restaurants.
    COMING SOON!
    That is the land in bankruptcy since last August. Those dirty dogs need to remove it from their planned developments page already!!! The entertainment venue / Earthquest is nothing more than drawings on paper --- a pipedream!

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    profilesprofiles Deborah Thomas
    Chief Financial Officer
    Ms. Deborah Thomas gained capital markets experience while working at Morgan Stanley and at Manufacturer Hanover Merchant Banking Group-both in New York City-and at Merrill Lynch Private Capital in Dallas, Texas. After leaving Merrill Lynch in 1989, Ms. Thomas served as President and Chief Financial Officer for Just Brakes Corporation, a chain of wholly-owned automotive after-market service centers in Texas. She has since held the position of CFO for a number of early- to mid-stage companies in the software, telecom, and financial services industries. Deborah Thomas has extensive experience in securing debt financing, raising capital for expansion and corporate restructuring, preparing and implementing strategic and operational business plans, preparing corporate and project budgets and financial analysis, and managing all aspects of company accounting functions.
    For the last 3 years, Ms. Thomas has been affiliated with White Ventures as CFO, and has managed all private equity investment activities and real estate development projects and partnerships.
    Deborah Thomas has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She earned her Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, and earned her CPA while working for Ernst & Young in New York City.
    Thomas was the CFO of the now defunct Earthquest Institute. Why on earth was she paid $135.00 an hour in 2009 when a CPA firm was doing the books and preparing the tax returns???

    Also from 2005 we have:
    profiles Trey White
    Chairman
    Mr. White is Chairman and CEO of White Ventures, Ltd., a private equity company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. White Ventures controls and manages over $200+ million in assets through White Ventures and its affiliates. The company holds controlling interests in real estate property, real estate development, manufacturing, technology, and oil and gas companies. Mr. White is also committed to investing in the production of renewable fuel sources both domestically and on a global basis. White Ventures’ philosophy is to invest in forward thinking solutions where technology will accelerate and create exponential benefits and new markets in global economies.

    Mr. White funded and co-founded HomeBuilder.com, the nation’s largest MLS system for new homes and the official web site of the National Association of Homebuilders. Applying innovative technology to the business, he opened over 250 US markets and created the most comprehensive real estate listing site in the nation. He took the company public in 1999 as HomeStore.com with a market capitalization of $3 billion. Prior to a secondary stock offering, HomeStore reached a market cap of $10 billion with $350 million in revenues in 250 markets employing 3,000 nationwide. Mr. White resigned shortly after the secondary offering to pursue new investment opportunities through White Ventures. Mr. White serves on boards of several corporations.
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    Trey White's profile is now gone from the Marlin Atlantis site. From a high of 26 people profiled we now have 4. With Trey's reputation ruined by the Evolv "zero water" fiasco I am sure sanitizing him from the site was a no brainer!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B/S Biography Services
    Mr. White is Chairman and CEO of White Ventures, Ltd., a private equity company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. White Ventures controls and manages over $200+ million in assets through White Ventures and its affiliates.
    You Americans are a funny lot.

    "Controls and manages over $200+ million in assets and sells rebottled tap water on the side"

    BTW, that would be "funny peculiar" not "funny haha"
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