By Frank J. Maurizio
For the first installment of the Music Man, it was accurately stated the Houston EarthQuest project declared bankruptcy August 1, 2011. At approximately the same time, Mr. Don Allen Holbrook was declaring to the town board he never had a project fail, nor has he had a dissatisfied client.
Maybe the East Montgomery County Improvement District EMCID didn’t mind losing $22 million, $7 million of which is public money. Doctor Water’s response was that I don’t have my facts right. Which facts? The amounts owed to creditors came directly from the filing number 11-42400. That Mr. Don Holbrook is involved in EarthQuest is a known fact, touted by Mr. Holbrook himself.
According to an audit conducted on the EMCID, the EarthQuest Institute, of which Mr. Don Holbrook was involved, received at least $1,200,000 from the district related to the now bankrupt project, of which Mr. Holbrook received a reported $328,255.
Here is the rub. Mr. Holbrook is hired to raise money for the town’s project and gets paid by the town to do so as well as receiving a cut from the investors. Mr. Holbrook’s objective is not necessarily consistent with the town’s. The town wanted a “destination” site, while Mr. Holbrook just wants money, anyone’s money.
It doesn’t matter if the project turns dirt or is successful in the long run. That makes the reasoning behind Mr. Holbrook’s hiring even more important. Remember Mr. Holbrook’s own statements about his splendid success.
In fact, as time passes, trickles of information come out that reveal Mr. Holbrook has been less than truthful.
EarthQuest is bankrupt and was filing when Mr. Holbrook stood before the town board claiming success.
Now the city of Huber Heights, Ohio is suing Mr. Holbrook for allegedly performing a substandard economic analysis for that city. They paid over $53,800 on a $66,000 contract. According to the city of Huber Heights, Mr. Holbrook “wholly failed to conform to the terms of the contract and wholly failed to conform to industry standards.”
The city accuses Mr. Holbrook of fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment. The minutes of the executive session indicates “the work product is not at all what was expected nor does it conform to contract requirements. Subsequently, a motion was approved to proceed with legal action.
Mr. Holbrook’s claim about having satisfying clients just went bust.
Mr. Holbrook himself has declared bankruptcy. This despite his stated best seller publications, high demand for speaking engagements, successful projects in every type and satisfied clients. It is a matter of public record in the State of Arizona.
Apparently not everyone recognizes his credentials, or maybe they just see through his self promotion.
It may be time for the Pahrump town board to put aside their collective egos, admit their mistake and end this Music Man’s relationship before any more public money they hold in our trust is wasted.
The work product submitted is a copy of the EarthQuest material. It has been manipulated and rearranged and not worth the paper it’s printed on.
Take your cue from the city of Huber Heights, Ohio before we suffer the fate of EarthQuest. Send the Music Man down the road. We are never going to get any band uniforms.
Maybe the East Montgomery County Improvement
District EMCID didn’t mind
losing $22 million, $7 million of which is public money. Doctor Water’s
response was that I don’t have my facts right. Which facts? The amounts owed to creditors came directly from the
11-42400. That Mr. Don Holbrook is involved in
EarthQuest is a known fact, touted by Mr. Holbrook himself. ”