Questions about former Harlequin associate David Campion

Editor’s note: With the collapse of so many large scale, foreign-owned projects in Barbados in the last few years, Bajans are understandably cynical about any new projects. And when a former Harlequin employee sets up shop, some folks naturally want to ask how much they knew about Harlequin and when they knew it.

This article by BFP reader Due Diligence is tough on David Campion and Argo Development Studio. If Mr. Campion desires to comment or reply, we will print his unedited response right here and give him full coverage. Could Mr. Campion himself be more of a victim of Dave Ames than a participant? We’d like to hear his side of the story.

Take it away, Due Diligence…

Harlequin’s collapse produces growth industry of ex-employees setting up for themselves

How much did David Campion know, and when did he know it?

by Due Diligence

I read the article “Move to revive construction” in the June 21 edition of the Nation

A LOCAL DEVELOPER has invested just over $60 000 with the aim of helping to revive the island’s anaemic construction industry.

David Campion, managing director of Argo Development Studio, told a group of engineers, architects, interior designers and other industry players that the time was “perfect” for his new design and development management company. He said that it was poised to provide “world-class” service while offering opportunities for those in the industry to operate.

Being curious as to how David Campion, MD of Argo Development Studio will help to revive the island’s anaemic construction industry, Due Diligence decided to visit ADS website at http://argo-ds.com/#

The website is very slick and glossy – worthy of Harlequin. If you close your eyes while playing the videos in the Film tab you can imagine the speaker to be Dave Ames, who may have written the script.

This is from the Home Page…

corporate + social responsibility

Our teams work with local industry, creating a strong bond between our projects and community. We work closely with Governments to ensure we preserve the natural beauty of the environments we develop in. We engage with the community through outreach programs and sponsorship to charities, schools and sports clubs.

We connect our organization to the wider industry worldwide through building strong connections both inside and outside the organization.

WOW – working with Governments, community outreach, sponsoring charities, worldwide reach.

In the Projects tab is a list of projects for which MD Campion claims to have been involved are five public sector projects in Ireland. Of more interest is the three private sector projects the MD of Argo Development Studio claims to have worked while working with hdstudio (Harlequin).

Buccament Bay Resort – Contract Value (Phase 1) US$120 million
H Barbados – Contract Value US$28 million
Marquis Estates – Budget US$250 million

Strangely, no claim to have worked on that highly successful project The Merricks.

In Greek mythology the ARGO was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Having worked for Dave Ames at hdstudio, Dave Campion will be totally familiar with the concept of seeing Ames fleecing people of their money (even if he was not involved in the sales end himself.)

Help to revive the island’s anaemic construction industry? This whole thing screams of SCAM.

It is time for Immigration to rescind Campion’s work permit, if he has one, before he does serious damage to the island’s anaemic construction industry.

Due Diligence

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12 responses to “Questions about former Harlequin associate David Campion

  1. John Smith

    Dave Campion was in the thick of the harlequin disaster. But not only did he aid a crook, he knew what was going on and decided to play king. Very sad… Some former workers might actually come looking for him as he and his Brother left a trail of mayhem in St. Vincent!

  2. C Brian Barnes

    We really have not progressed much further on from the days when a well dressed man speaking with a fine accent could secure credit from a local company based on what often turned out to be bare bs. I regret that I have been duped into getting into business with a Canadian who had actually done jail time and had I been more prudent I would have saved myself a bundle of money and heart ache. Bajans need to have their banks assist with background checks. References need to be sought and if you made a determination you would not deal with a local under the same circumstances, dealing with a potential foreign crook would be lunacy. Don’t be embarrassed to ask in depth questions. It’s your money at stake!

  3. 74

    In response to the posted comment “how much did David Campion know, and when did he know it?” One would be inclined to assume, as a co director of a Harlequin IBC in Barbados, he knew or knows pretty much everything there was or is to know.

  4. Trev

    Is John smith, Andrew Jonathan Smith of procure it direct? Who also knew what was going on? Him and his side kick Newman….. Who I believe has jumped ship and parking in Guyana now…..

  5. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb/ 24/06/2013
    pages 4,5 ,6,7
    Make sure C.O.Williams has Clear title to land and not good fraud title,
    Clear title goes back to the Plantation deed and please let no lawyer of any rank or Minister use there office to get your funds,
    Records of Barbados are missing at the land registry and Archives .
    investing in c o w and Government of Barbados may end you all up like
    Harlequin. Investor beware .Again
    Need to see where the land is that COW claim he own, and make sure you have outsiders do your title search .

  6. looking in from the outside

    Never mind Campion what about Garret Ronan the Vice President who is just about ready to flee Barbados

  7. 74

    LIFTO: maybe that could be the other co director?

  8. looking in from the outside

    He is more than that

  9. BBaywatch

    Is it not time for the government agencies of Barbados to investigate in the same way that in the UK the Serious Fraud Office and the Police are investigating the activities of Harlequin Property and related companies? Criminality should be punished.

  10. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    David PM Of Barbados Had the Fraud Squad with Dottin looking in to the Massive Land Fraud by Sir Cheltenham and CO Williams, As soon at David died? All things stop and the massive fraud went on as nothing happened. The new AG and the NEW PM today and before the last Election is the same Crooks. None reply to nor kept doing the work.
    That is why Barbados is in a Fraud mess ,
    Ministers and more than 180 lawyers in this mess and another 360 know?
    .records missing , stolen , removed, hidden just name it ,
    Dont Invest in Barbados till its clean up and crooks removed from office .
    Dottin is now removed for may be other pvt reasons ,

  11. Leaky Leaky mole in the bunker

    I think its a bit unfair to tar him with the same brush.

    Nothing happened unless Ames fatty pug face OAP says so. I met Campion and he seemed to be the only one with any grey matter.

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