Cachet Hotels & Resorts Joins Forces to Ensure “The Future Doesn’t Suck” in China 

WechatIMG9-2Cachet Hotels & Resorts is proud to join the global movement against single-use plastic and work to permanently remove one billion single-use plastic straws by the year 2020! This past weekend, Cachet Hotels & Resorts joined forces with Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, and Lonely Whale, the award-winning non-profit, to extend #TheFutureDoesntSuck campaign to Shanghai, China.

The event took place at URBN Boutique, our award-winning, environmentally- conscious property known for its use of reclaimed construction materials and eco-chic design. Complementing the launch were two expert panels speaking on the impact of plastic pollution and the opportunity for China to lead the way in addressing marine debris at scale, starting but not stopping with the single-use plastic straw.

#TheFutureDoesntSuck was launched in July with a goal of permanently removing one billion single-use plastic straws by the year 2020. Launched in London, the campaign has already garnered international media attention and participation from top chefs including our own award-winning, Shanghai-based celebrity chef and co-founder of Cachet Hotels & Resorts, David Laris.

Plastic waste has become the most pervasive sources of marine litter in the ocean. Once released into the ocean, plastic debris absorbs other toxic chemicals from the ocean and breaks down into microplastics, which are often mistaken for food by marine life. Collectively, plastic pollution results in more than in the loss of more than 100,000 marine animals each year through consumption and entanglement.

Cachet Hotels & Resorts is proud to support Lonely Whale and collaborate with Bacardi to introduce #TheFutureDoesntSuck to Shanghai. This campaign offers a fantastic way to bring attention to the plastic pollution issue to a larger audience. Through collaborations like this one, we can make impactful change to ensure #TheFutureDoesntSuck.

To join this global campaign, visit https://www.thefuturedoesntsuck.org/

 

 

Sand Hollow Welcomes Kenny Loggins in Concert

Sadownloadnd Hollow Resort, a Cachet Hospitality Group property, will welcome Professor of Rock Live with Kenny Loggins on Saturday, October 6. As part of this exclusive evening of story and song, Kenny will tell the stories behind his celebrated music, and share deeply private moments from his incredible 50-year career. Sand Hollow Resort will provide a stunning, red rock backdrop for this intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kenny Loggins’ remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts while bringing his soulful, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it’s been a part of his life as long as he can remember.

When Loggins was 7 years old, he watched his two older brothers struggle to write a song, “and I remember thinking, it just can’t be that hard,” he laughs. Around a year later, inspired by the film Yankee Doodle Dandy, he realized songwriting was his future. “It’s a moment that sticks with you,” he says, “I knew deep inside that this is something I could do.” And, once he started doing it, he never stopped.

Sand Hollow is excited to work with Professor of Rock (POR) LIVE to host this event. POR is a worldwide online platform where music fans can gain access to watch mini-documentaries about the greatest songs and artists of the Rock era. Created and hosted by Adam Reader, the “Professor of Rock” — a moniker courtesy of the Beach Boys — the POR sessions are exclusive conversations with artists about life, love, serendipity and the creative process.

I hope you will join us at Sand Hollow Resort for this special event. Several VIP packages are available, including preferred seating, a VIP tent with beverages and small plates prepared by guest gourmet chef David Laris, and meet-and-greet opportunities with Loggins after the show. Room packages are also available

Visit www.sandhollowresorts.com for ticket information.

Tune in to Tea Leaves

It was a pleasure participating in The Asia Group’s Tea Leaves podcast. I sat down with Kurt Campbell to discuss my experience building businesses in both China and Japan, as well as my perspective on China-Japan relations and U.S.-China trade challenges.

170x170bbTea Leaves is hosted by The Asia Group’s Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma. These guys know Asia. Dr. Kurt M. Campbell is CEO and Chairman of The Asia Group, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013. Richard Verma is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, and served as the United States Ambassador to India from 2015 to 2017.

The podcast regularly presents interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists and explores critical issues in the Asia-Pacific, the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. I encourage everyone to tune in to the episode and subscribe to Tea Leaves!

 

Acorn International Celebrates 20 Years!

Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founding a business is a lot like raising children, it takes a great deal of care and nurturing, and the time passes quickly. When I co-founded the company in 1998, Acorn’s business was originally focused on direct sales of various consumer products in Beijing, and soon expanded to cover all of mainland China. Acorn has a strong track record of developing and promoting trusted brands in China, including its widely popular Babaka posture correction products, Youngleda oxygen generating products, Yierjian fitness products and Aoya cosmetics.

Through much of its history, Acorn focused on the marketing and branding of its branded products through TV direct sales, and at one point was the largest TV direct sales operator in China. Following a downturn in the TV direct sales business which began in 2014 and was precipitated by regulatory changes in China, Acorn has been focusing on turning around the business. It has been focused on profitably growing certain of its legacy brands, with an emphasis on e-commerce, while streamlining operations, reducing overhead expenses and selling non-core assets as it shifts towards an asset-light model. Today, Acorn is incubating new business units such as Acorn Fresh and Acorn Entertainment, which target attractive addressable markets in China. We have successfully steered our Company through a number of challenges and are continuing to make progress in reinvigorating the business.

Under the deft leadership of Jacob Fisch, President and CEO, we are shaping Acorn for the future while remaining true to our past by leveraging our key strengths in marketing and branding, insight into the needs of Chinese consumers and delivering desirable, high quality brands and products. Jake and his team are working hard on expanding our core businesses and are optimistic about the prospects for our new business units, Acorn Fresh and Acorn Entertainment. We continue to emphasize our mission statement, which is displayed prominently in one of our main conference rooms: ‘Bringing the best of the world directly to the Chinese consumer.’”

Acorn International Partners with IS Seafood to Offer High Quality Seafood Products in China

Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) recently announced that it has begun offering high quality seafood to Chinese consumers through its newly established Acorn Fresh business. As Executive Chairman of Acorn and a co-founder of IS Seafood, I am extremely excited about this partnership. IS Seafood employs a network of industry-leading cold chain logistics specialists and uses state of the art processing and packaging techniques to deliver the finest, all-natural seafood.

And now, Acorn Fresh will bring safe, wild, and healthy premium seafood direct to consumers in a market where food safety and supply chain integrity remain significant problems. Acorn Fresh will be available on major and niche third-party e-commerce and digital media platforms in China, as well as Acorn’s official websites and own proprietary platforms.

Acorn Fresh’s seafood products are primarily sourced from Iceland and feature single-frozen, sustainably caught wild seafood, through IS Seafood, a seafood wholesaler that provides seafood to some of China’s leading hotels and restaurants. Acorn also separately engages one of China’s leading cold-chain logistics operators with a reach that covers over 70% of China’s population to deliver its products directly to consumers at a constant temperature of maximum minus 18 degrees Celsius.

Food safety is a real problem in China and consumers are willing to pay a premium for high-quality products. Acorn Fresh is tackling the vast seafood market in China, which is expected to drive more than half of global seafood consumption growth over the next decade according to industry reports. Early indications are that Acorn Fresh is being very well received by Chinese consumers looking for safe and healthy sources of protein for their families.

 

Road Trippin’ to Sand Hollow Resort

Of course, I have always recognized Sand Hollow Resort as the perfect location for outdoor KUTVs-Fresh-Living-at-Sand-Hollow-Resort-The-Championship-Courserecreation, golf, and relaxation, but it’s rewarding to see the resort gaining public recognition as well. Last week, Sand Hollow Resort was featured on Salt Lake City’s KUTV Summer Road Trippin’ and Fresh Living segments. Resort Operations Manager Adam Jasperson hosted KUTV’s Caitlin Hansen and showed off the resort’s Clubhouse, accommodations, amenities, and award-winning Championship golf course!

The Road Trippin’ segment features the best spots for southern Utah adventures and tourism. “The resort offers something for everyone with a top-ranked golf course, boating, motor ports, biking and hiking,” stated Hansen. “Guests have unlimited recreation right at their fingertips.”  Click here to view the coverage!

For those of you who haven’t visited Sand Hollow, there’s never been a better time. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Sand Hollow is offering special events and promotions throughout the summer, including the Skills Sprint 5K/Cross Fit, 2 Man Shamble 100-Hole Golf Tournament, and live music every weekend. And, when you book a stay for three nights, the third night is just $10.

Visit www.sandhollowresorts.com for more information!

Leading With Your Gut

“Trusting my gut became life or death. If you read nothing past this line, you must take this in: We absolutely can live or die by our convictions.”

For entrepreneurs, gut instincts can often be the difference between success or failure. Every leadership book ever published includes at least one chapter on trusting your instincts. But truthfully, leading with your gut somewhat challenges human nature . . . it’s much more natural to second-guess ourselves and turn a deaf ear to our inner voice.

A couple weeks ago, one of my colleagues sent me an article, “Here’s the Real Cost of Ignoring Your Problems.” It was written by Jason Saltzman, an acquaintance of my colleague. I asked him to share it with my leadership team, and I wanted to share it here on my blog as well. Many of the people I know are entrepreneurs and have become successful by following their convictions. Many have also likely put their professional success ahead of their personal interests. This article serves as a critical wake up call. We all need to work as hard on our health as we do on our business!

I hope you take a moment to read and become inspired by this article.