and Presenter at Blue Green Resorts BXG
Las Vegas, NevadaCapital Markets
Expertise in managing talented teams and very exceptional professionals as well as bottom line responsibility for budgets and attaining corporate goals, milestones and promoting a productive work environment within the values and mission of my employers.
Professional consulting practice consists of private sector and public sector clients. On the private sector side it assisted businesses in need of capitalization for their operations and/or those in search of a new location for relocation and/or expansion for new business opportunities
and market expansion for business development. Pointing out the most advantageous business climate and location and negotiation of public incentives and inducements that lower the upfront costs for the client thus lowering market entry risks.
Also public sector clients to recommend the creation of incentive and capitalization strategies and tools that will increase their ability to attract investment into their locales. Our focus is on deals that create quality jobs, significant investment and improve the quality of life for residents of our community clients. Typically this helps the community's economic development organization diversify their economy and improve their outcomes to their communities. Assisted in creating conceptual catalyst projects that can achieve their economic development expectations and design the business case to attract such opportunities to our client communities. We can assist EDO's in vetting developers, operators and investors in such concepts. Specialized in destination tourism projects that create branding value, additional jobs & tax base and greater economic impact than many more traditional economic development projects.
Specialties: Site Location Analysis, Business capitalization, Hybrid capitalization using special economic development tools, public policy such as incentive strategies tied to ROI, deal negotiations for public incentives and investment inducements
Don A Holbrook, TV45 Interview - Moving Beyond A Fragile Economy
Podium Speaker and Presenter
Blue Green Resorts BXG
August 2012 – Present (6 months)Las Vegas, Nevada AreaResponsible for creating an economic desire to purchase the company's time share
product of flexible vacation ownership. This position requires two 60 minute presentations each day in front of a mixed audience of solicited attendees and converting their built in resistance to acting today into a sense of urgency and desire to make a choice to do so now.
Board of Director
CDC Small Business Finance
March 2007 – Present (5 years 11 months)CDC Small Business is the largest SBA Certified Lending Organization in the USA, they serve the California, Nevada and Arizona markets. CDC has over $1B in capitalization and loans nearly $300M per year to economic development based business needs.
Keynote Speaker, Economist, Author, CEcD
Don Allen Holbrook, LLC
January 2007 – Present (6 years 1 month)Don speaks on the topic of the impact of globalization and how local economies can rebuild and retool themselves to better compete, survive and thrive in globally chaotic times. He discusses the perfect storm that set this in motion in simple understandable details and advocates for fearless leadership as the first line of defense and the best offense to address globalization. His approach is any city or town can become a world class locale.
Member, CEcD, FM
January 1990 – December 2012 (23 years)
Professional Economic Developer and Site Location Consultant specializing in public policy incentives to attract business. In addition I actually do turn key financing for projects that I am involved in from inception to construction through my network of non-traditional capital market sources.
Board of Director
International Economic Development Council
January 2004 – October 2012 (8 years 10 months)Washington D.C. Metro AreaI have been active in the volunteer leadership of the economic development industry for approximately 16 years, serving first on the Mid-American Economic Development Council, MAEDC and eventually becoming Chairman of the Board. Now I have served for four terms on the International Economic Development Council, IEDC. My greatest contribution has been to remain a neutral thought leader advocating for the needs of the practitioners. I am one of the most active writers and public speakers in the industry on leadership and business investment attraction strategies in the world. As an economist I take a critical look at how to use public-endorsed and/or backed incentives to grow local economies in smart and responsible manner, but I am definitely pro-incentives and not against their responsible use.
The Next America: Moving Beyond a Fragile Economy
Author and Keynote Speaker
January 2010 – August 2012 (2 years 8 months)worldwideI have just released my third book in a series started prior to the Global Financial Crisis that engages the discussion of rebooting, rebuilding and renewing America to remain the most competitive economy in the world. The lighthouse of hope for those that want a better quality of life, the most competitive business climate for investment and the hub of innovation and world class quality of life.
Economic Developer, LLC.
- Ed Burghard
CEO and Manager at The Burghard Group, LLC
Don is one of the most deeply thoughtful and insightful economic development professionals I have encountered. He has the...View
January 2006 – August 2012 (6 years 8 months)Las Vegas, Nevada AreaI am the chief executive officer and primary consultant for all contractual obligations to clients and business manager of the enterprise to create business development opportunities with particular focus on public incentives negotiations and public affairs for corporate clients seeking to expand or relocate their businesses. This included site location screening and systemic site search considerations for capital investment criteria that best benefits the corporate clients.
Knights Templar Fictional Book Project
2008 – July 2012 (4 years)Las Vegas, Nevada AreaI have written the first of a series of fictional history novels that are based on the Knights Templars... the series incorporates actual history but is set in modern day. It is a combination of spy, mystery, adventure and action thriller all in one. The book is now ready for publication.
Interim President & CEO (acting on pro-bono basis currently)
The EarthQuest Institute
2009 – May 2012 (3 years)East Montgomery County TexasI helped to found and organize the non-profite and developed the mission and objectives. I later negotiated for their acquisition of their future site for the construction of their public demonstration facility and showcase pavilion for green strategies and products that will raise consumer awareness. Currently EQI is not soliciting funds as they are awaiting the announcement of the new theme park developer by EMCID and the expected official business relationship that EQI desires to have with the new developer. At that time I expect the new board will hire a new President/CEO for renewed and sustained operations going forward. I am still a major supporter of this concept and believe in it's purpose greatly!
October 2006 – May 2012 (5 years 8 months)East Montgomery County TexasI have been a working project director under a consulting agreement to help create EMCID as the largest central time zone tourism destination in the US. It is anchored by the EarthQuest Theme Park & Resort, but we have expanded the concept to focus on ancillary and stand alone additional destination tourism concepts and opportunities to build the district's over-all tourism capacity even greater.
Site Location consultant/Managing Partner
The Vercitas Group
January 2007 – January 2012 (5 years 1 month)Las Vegas, NVVercitas is a consulting firm that specializes in economic development services for community based economic development organizations. In addition, they provide site location and business capitalization services which include negotiation of incentives and investment inducements that lower front end business investment costs for projects. I am the only partner in the firm and I utilize world-class associates in response to our clients needs, such as economists, subject matter experts, investment bankers, creative venue and thematic attraction design & costing consultants, land use & planning experts, tourism experts, market feasibility and others depending on the unique needs of our client base. It is important to note that Vercitas and Economic Developer are both entities that are controlled by Don A. Holbrook and collaboratively supported each other.
Professional Economic Development Organizations
January 1990 – February 2006 (16 years 2 months)Don worked in several economic development non-profit organizations as the chief executive officer. His tenure included Port Authority's, County wide EDC's and local Muncipal EDC's. His breath of experience covers most economic development agency types. He served on MAEDC Board of Directors and as their Chairman in 1996.
(Open)1 honor or award(Open)1 recommendation
- Jeff Finkle, CEcD
President, International Economic Development Council
Don is an innovative economic developer and a thoughtful writer and presenter on the tends in the field of economic development. Don has been at the forefront in the use of technology in the profession and is now cutting new ground in the area of...View