US-China Strong Partners With WeChat App to Support Cross-Cultural Connections

The US-China Strong announced their new partnership with mobile app WeChat to deepen engagement between American and Chinese Citizens.

This April, the US-China Strong Foundation announced a new partnership with WeChat, a mobile instant messaging app, to expand engagement between American and Chinese citizens. Through the partnership, US-China Strong has an exclusive WeChat Official Account that will provide resources to Americans learning Chinese language and culture, and encourage greater interaction between American and Chinese users. The cooperation with WeChat will help further US-China Strong’s mission to strengthen relations between the two countries through education and personal connections.

The US-China Strong WeChat Official Account features language learning tools, games, scholarship information and other resources that will help American students connect with Chinese classmates and friends. With nearly 900 million active monthly users, WeChat is a leading social communication service. Eugene Huang, the acting CEO of US-China Strong, expressed the value of the partnership in enhancing US-China relations.

“While the bilateral relationship impacts a range of critical global issues – security, trade and the economy, climate change and more – its foundation ultimately rests on people-to-people ties,” Huang stated in a press release. “We’re thrilled to work with WeChat and look forward to seeing more young Americans on our WeChat Official Account as they interact with their Chinese peers to gain a better understanding of the Chinese culture, language, business and history.”

US-China Strong and WeChat announced their cooperation at the “Bridging the Cultural Gap” conference at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The conference focused on US-China relations and featured panel discussions and speakers from business, academia and non-profit sectors.

Robert Roche joins Board of Directors of The Center for New American Security (CNAS)

The Center for New American Security announced that Robert Roche has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) announced this week that Robert W. Roche, President of Roche Enterprises, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. In his new role, Roche will join the other Board members in providing oversight as well as strategic direction for CNAS.

The Center for New American Security is a bipartisan nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  The organization was founded in 2007, and conducts research and analysis on U.S. national security and defense policies. CNAS also provides policy recommendations to inform the decisions of the U.S. government, private sector leaders and the public. The organization engages policy experts, policymakers and the American public to elevate the national security debate and inform current and future national security leaders.

Robert Roche was selected to join the CNAS Board of Directors due to his extensive business experience and civic leadership in the U.S. and Asia. Roche has founded, invested in and helped lead businesses in U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years. He has also been active in the American Chambers of Commerce of both Japan and China and represented the U.S. as a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy from 2010-2014.

“We are excited to have Robert join our Board,” Kurt Campbell, CNAS co-founder and Board of Directors Chair stated in a press release. “Having lived in Asia for over three decades and by working diligently on both sides of the Pacific, he provides CNAS both an on-the-ground perspective and a businessman’s point of view.”

In his new role as a CNAS Board Member, Robert Roche recently published an op-ed in Newsmax arguing that economic and business ties in Asia are critical to U.S.-Asia relations.

Michèle Flournoy, Chief Executive Officer of CNAS, also stated in the press release “Robert’s experience as a global business leader will provide invaluable expertise to the CNAS Board of Directors. His insights and engagement will help CNAS have even greater impact in Asia – his particular focus – which has never been more important to U.S. interests.”

US-China Strong’s “1 Million Strong” Initiative is Working Towards 1 Million American Students Learning Mandarin by 2020

US-China Strong launches its 1 Million Strong initiative whose goal is to increase the current number of students studying Mandarin from approximately 200,000 to 1 million by 2020.

1 Million Strong, an initiative of US-China Strong, seeks to greatly expand the number of American students learning the Mandarin language in grades K-12. The initiative’s goal is to increase the current number of students studying Mandarin from approximately 200,000 to 1 million by the year 2020.  With expanded language learning at the K-12 level, the 1 Million Strong is working to equip the next generation of leaders with a deep understanding of the Chinese language and critical world issues. The initiative was launched in 2015 when it was announced by President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping.

The campaign endorses Mandarin curriculum norms for grades K-12 as well as expanded teacher training to more than double the number of Mandarin language teachers in the US.  It also promotes the adoption of technology platforms to increase accessibility of Mandarin language in all communities, especially those in underserved areas. US-China Strong is working with educational leaders and elected officials at the state and local level in order to implement these three pillars and achieve the goals of the 1 Million Strong Initiative.

1 Million Strong follows 100K Strong, a presidential initiative led by US-China Strong to send 100,000 American students to study abroad in China by 2014. The goal was surpassed and increasing study abroad opportunities for American students in China remains part of US-China Strong’s core mission.

The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is working towards strengthening relations between the US and China. The organization invests in educational programs to grow the next generation of American leaders with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with China, America’s most rapidly growing trade partner.

Cachet Hospitality Group Closes Construction Loan to Build Deluxe Tower at Cachet Corazon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) alongside Cabo Villas Group and Spa (CVBR), announced the closing of a loan for the construction of a Deluxe tower at Cachet Corazon resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. The loan will allow for the beginning of the demolition of the resort’s current building, and the beginning construction of the new tower.

Last month, Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) along with Cabo Villas Group and Spa (CVBR), announced the closing of a loan for the construction of a 204-room Deluxe tower at Cachet Corazon resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. The loan will allow for the beginning of the demolition of the resort’s current Cabo Villas building, and begin construction of the tower. The hotel is set to debut the dual-branded Cachet Corazon resort during the first quarter of 2019. The loan came from Sabadell Bank as lead agent for construction.

Cachet Corazon is located on Medano Beach in close proximity to the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Puerto Paraiso Mall and many downtown nightlife and entertainment venues. The Cachet Deluxe Tower will join the Cachet Beach Hotel, Cachet Beach Club and ALETA restaurant, and will complete the Cachet Corazon development project. The beachfront property has been recently remodeled, giving everyone a “taste of what is to come”, Christopher Erickson, developer of CVBR stated in a press release. The area will remain open throughout the construction of the Deluxe tower.

Cachet Deluxe Corazon will feature an array of East Meets West dining options, ranging from casual eateries to fine-dining establishments.  Some of the restaurants set to open in the new resort include Mediterranean-inspired Laris Kitchen and Bar, Stonehaus Bar, featuring seafood and cocktails, Philipe by Philipe Chow, an award-winning Chinese fine dining experience, and burger restaurant chain Wahlburgers. Cachet Corazon will also feature more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces.

“The Cachet Corazon resort is a significant development for Sabadell, Cabo, and the whole tourism industry in Mexico, ” said Manuel Muñoz, Real Estate Structure Finance Sabadell.

The Cachet Corazon Resort continues the expansion of Cachet Hospitality’s global portfolio.

Cachet Hospitality Group Expands Growth in Thailand with Cachet Resort Phuket

Cachet Hospitality Group announced their management agreement for Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket.

This week, Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) announced the signing of a management agreement for Cachet Resort Dewa Phuket. The opening of the hotel marks Cachet’s second in Thailand, following the announcement of Savant Vela Hotel in Bangkok, and continues the brand’s expansion into Southeast Asia. Renovations under Cachet are set to begin this month, and interior renovations are expected to be complete by November 2017.

The hotel will be located on Thailand’s largest island, on the shores of Nai Yang Beach, neighboring Sirinat National Park. The 128-room resort will feature two dining venues, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, a yoga-focused wellness center and amenities for children and families. The resort’s restaurants and bars will feature both Thai and international cuisine, appealing to travelers as well as long-term residents. Cachet Resort Phuket guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Stonehaus, a renowned California wine bar brand. With Cachet Pool Club and Cachet Beach Club, the resort will be a destination for indoor-outdoor social events including weddings, corporate functions and other gatherings.

“We are honored to collaborate with R&B Partners Co., Ltd. and eager to introduce the Cachet resort brand to this region,” Kimy Chen, President of Southeast Asia, Cachet Hospitality Group, stated in a company press release. Chen also noted that Phuket is an accessible and appealing vacation destination, with 59 flights from Bangkok per day.

Cachet Resort Phuket will be Cachet’s second resort property and marks the brand’s continued expansion as an international hospitality leader.

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Acorn International Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Initial Public Offering: Founder Robert Roche Recognizes Milestone for the Company

Acorn International Founder, Robert Roche reflects on the companies milestones on its 10th anniversary of their initial IPO.

Acorn International celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s initial public offering (IPO) earlier this week. On May 3, 2007, the company made its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for more than 8,855,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs). Acorn went on to gain 39% from the IPO price of $15.50 ADS during its first day of trading. The deal generated net proceeds of more than $108.9 million for the company, with Deutsch Bank Securities and Merrill Lynch Co. acting as joint book runners for the offering.

Robert Roche, Acorn International’s founder, chief executive officer and executive chairman, recognized that this anniversary was a major milestone for the company. “I am proud of the resiliency Acorn has shown in the face of major headwinds during our first decade as a public company,” Roche stated in a press release. “Offering some of China’s best known and trusted products, Acorn is committed to supporting our own brands and building a reputation as a trusted partner for top foreign brands entering China.”

Acorn International is one of China’s leading marketing and branding companies. It has grown a reputation for developing and marketing some of China’s most popular consumer-branded products since it was co-founded by Robert Roche in 1998. Acorn is organized into two main divisions, a direct-sales platform and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn’s direct-sales business markets and sells products directly to consumers through the company’s outbound marketing platform, as well as through an online sales platform. The company’s distribution network distributes these products throughout all provinces in China, reaching more than 2,200 retail outlets across the country.

Since its inception, the company has also developed proprietary-branded product lines such as the Ozing line of electronic learning products and Babaka posture-correction products. Acorn has also developed several proprietary kitchen and household products that are now sold throughout China.  

Robert Roche founded and has managed Acorn International with the goal of taking the world’s best products, designs and management practices and offering them to Chinese consumers. He has led the company through a number of business challenges, recently leading a business turnaround in 2016 which resulted in the first net profit for the company since 2011.

Cachet Hospitality Group Named 2017 Up-And-Coming Hotelier

Cachet International Hospitality Group receives prestigious award of 2017 Up-And-Coming-Hotelier.

Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) was named one the year’s up-and-coming hoteliers at BDWest, a design trade fair for hospitality design professionals. The award was presented during the fair on April 7th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and recognized CHG’s role as an innovator in hospitality design. The Up-And-Coming Hotelier award was launched in 2015 to recognize young hospitality brands that are poised to change the look and function of future hotels. Hospitality brands that have been recognized in the past include Room Mate, Dream Hotel Group, and Starwood Capital Group.

In a recent press release, Pauline Choo, CHG’s Director of Cachet Interior Design, expressed the organization’s excitement at receiving the award. “This award is a tribute to the hard work of our CID team and our strong alignment with CHG Operations to design spaces that capture revenues,” Choo said, “We are proud of our team’s efforts.” Cachet Interior Design (CID) is a team of interior designers that provide design solutions for CHG’s hotels, restaurants and nightlife establishments around the world. Members of the CID team include Npatchanan “Bee” Sasiworasad, who has focused on public food and beverage spaces within CHG properties; Pawaroot “Paul” Pibulrat, who has contributed to Cachet projects including Cachet Deluxe Cabo, Zheijang Circuit in Shaoxing, and Cachet Hotel Chengdu; and Benjaporn “Tah” Songsanan who joined CID after working for international firms such as Blink Design Group and Space Matrix.

BDWest is presented by Boutique Design Magazine. The trade fair was started in 2013 as a companion to Boutique Design New York and has a larger focus on hospitality design. The fair showcases the latest trends in hotel design elements and products, and also introduces attendees to some of the industry’s innovators through panel discussions, exhibits and recognitions like the Up-And-Coming Hotelier Awards.