Hometown Journey

Owner Chris Burch’s Island Resort

Finding the right vacation spot is necessary in order for you to relax and unwind from your daily work routine. Getting to your destination, you will want to have all of the needed amenities in order for you to do so. Chris Burch is an entrepreneur who knows how to put together vacation plans for any visitor.

Years ago, Chris came upon an island located in the Indian Ocean that housed a small hotel. This island and hotel for the most part was a mecca for surfers. The island is protected from the ocean by several reefs which make the waves higher in this area. The coastline has beautiful white sandy beaches and is always filled with tourists. The hotel was small and intimate and Chris knew that it had the potential to become much more than it was.

The owner at the time needed help with financing possible expansion of the hotel and Chris, along with a friend who was experienced in hotels, visited the island to see if they could help. Chris worked out a deal with the owner and bought the hotel outright. His plan was to expand it and bring more visitors to it for luxury vacations.

Every time he would get to the island, he would put his plan into action and have more and more villas built. He then included many amenities to go along with them and a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant featured many of the local native dishes. He employed the top cooks on the island to work there.

Today, the Nihiwatu Resort in Sumba is known as the best vacation spot in the world (businessinsideer.com). It was voted number one by a travel magazine. Plans continue to be made to increase its potential and Chris is constantly working on new ways to make it work.

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The Breathtaking Chris Burch Sumba’s Five-Star Resort

Billionaire Chris Burch, a businessman and an entrepreneur, transformed a cult surf destination into an amazing five-star resort in the islands of Sumba. Sumba is not only a remote island but also one of the most uninhabited islands in Indonesia. The surf destination is now a resort and has even been voted as the number one Hotel in the World by readers of Travel and Leisure magazine in 2016 and 2017. Sumba is two times the size of Bali and it was formerly called Sandalwood Island. It is located in the southeast of Bali and has a population of more than 60,000 people. Due to its lack of resources and its fierce inhabitants, the island has been ignored over the years and has had very little contact with modern civilization.

Sumba’s isolation has strengthened the power of its culture and authenticity since it has remained uninfluenced by outside cultures. The coasts of the island have remained unspoiled and unpolluted hence it has maintained its natural beauty. Since 1980, the island has been receiving visitors that are mainly surfers who tour the area to surf and visit the Nihiwatu beach. Nihiwatu has an interesting story (businessinsider.com). The beach started centuries ago when its ancestors, the Marapu, settled along the beach. Up to date, it is assumed that the Marapu spirit is still protecting the way of life in Nihiwatu.

Nihiwatu means “mortar stone” because of its remote rock formation along the beach. The acquisition tale of Nihiwatu began in 1988 after Claude and Petra Graves visited the area. The visit culminated the idea of establishing a resort that would maintain the beauty of Sumba islands. The Graves named the resort Nihiwatu. The resort is now called Nihi Sumba Island and is owned by Chris Burch. Chris Burch learned about the resort in 2012 when Claude Grave needed some aid to expand it. After learning of the freedom and the natural beauty possessed by the island, Chris contacted James McBride, his friend, to visit the island.   See medium.com for more reading.

Mr. McBride is a hospitality innovator with a 25 years’ experience in the field. The partnership between Chris and McBride marked the transformation of the surf destination into the finest resort in Sumba. Burch purchased the property and began a major upgrade worth 30 million USD to transform the destination into a five-star resort. The resort is on a 700 acre piece of land and its design is fascinating.

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Rodrigo Terpins: Participating in the 25th Sertoes Rally

Over 200 racers from all over the world will be joining the 25th edition of the Sertoes Rally. This year’s event will be held at the Brazilian states located in its mid-western region. Experts are saying that the landscape and the terrain in this part of Brazil are suitable for an endurance race. The total length of the route is about 2,600 kilometers, and the racers are expected to finish it in a matter of a few days. Many racers agree that it might be one of the toughest races in the history of the competition, and they are excited to win the championship trophy for the 25th anniversary of the Sertoes Rally.



One of those who will be joining the event is Rodrigo Terpins. He is the older brother of Michel Terpins, and together, they will be joining the event to represent the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. The team was established by Rodrigo Terpins back in the year 2015, and he created it to show the world that he could end up becoming one of the top ranking rally drivers. Michel Terpins, on the other hand, had to go under extreme training because he will be the one driving the T1 Prototype called T-Rex. He knew that the terrain in the mid-western region of Brazil is unforgiving, and he wanted to be prepared. He had to train with his older brother, and they had to visit several locations near their hometown to practice driving along the varying terrains where the race will be held.



When the day of the race came, Michel Terpins felt a little nervous, but Rodrigo Terpins has given him enough encouragement to go through. Michel Terpins never felt some difficulties in the first part of the race, but the real problem came in when he entered the dusty area of the route. The vehicle he was driving stalled, and he had to wait for several hours to have it fixed. In the end, the team of Rodrigo Terpins won the 4th place for racers using the T1 Prototype, and they ended up in the 10th place overall.


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William Saito – A Venture Capitalist’s Career and Thoughts on Startups

The Passionate Cyber Security Advisor, William Saito

William Saito was born in Los Angeles California. He attended Damien High school in California and upon completion, he pursued a bachelor’s degree from the University of California. He also attended a biomedical Science program. He is known as a venture capitalist and advisor to security problems. He has developed various startups that deal with input and output software. William Saito is best described as an entrepreneur with a fascination in cyber security innovation and policies. He is a writer and an educator to the upcoming generations, whose interest is in the field if information and technology.

To begin with, William Saito began to develop computer security while in junior high, before incorporating it to input output software firm in University. His advancement in technology led to partnership with Microsoft firm after the development of a software that displayed Japanese characters in English, which is used by Sony. The partnership led to authentication technology used in Microsoft Windows. After about four years of partnership, I/O Software firm sold all of its assets to Microsoft.

In addition, William Saito has been awarded several titles. One is in a World Economic Forum where he was named as the Young Global Leader because, he was able to help many startups in Japan as a venture capitalist, through investments and funds. During his time in Japan, he was able to act as a cyber-security advisor to many important people and the government firms. Among them is the ministry of economy and trade, cabinet office and the prime minister.

William Saito was a board member of the Japan Times, he worked at the ministry of education, sports and culture as a policy advisor on education matters, and he was a member of various task force including the Paralympics and Olympics. Moreover, he was once appointed as the Information Technology support, assisting the National Diet committee, who were put in charge of disaster management after the nuclear disaster in Daiichi.

Furthermore, William Saito worked in several private firms such as the Japan Airlines in charge of digital innovation promotion and as a part-time executive officer. During his time here, he also served as a strategic advisor to the Airline. In conclusion, the various disappointments in his path has never influenced his passion and love for his achievements. He is an entrepreneur with the difference.


Dr. Saad advancing medical science through engineering

Dr. Saad was born in Palestine but was raised in Kuwait. His medical journey has seen him traverse the world treating and changing lives through surgery. Dr. Saad has medical degree from the Cairo University, Egypt and further holds degrees in engineering and teaching.

He later proceeded to Lebanon where he sat for his ECFMG exams that gave him the opportunity to move to the U.S to further his medical training. He first had to complete his internship in England before he proceeded to the United States. Dr. Saad later completed his residency in pediatric surgery and general surgery in the U.S and was formally certified by the U.S board of pediatric surgery.

He worked at the K Hovnanian Children Hospital in New Jersey before being given a unique opportunity to work in Saudi Arabia. The opportunity was to serve as the Saudi royal family’s resident pediatric surgeon. He was able to land this prestigious job because he was the first U.S trained and certified pediatric surgeon who was also fluent in Arabic and English.

Dr. Saad said his time Saudi Arabia was very nice as he was treated like a royal with all the trappings of royalties availed to him. But first he had to undergo training so that he could understand his responsibilities. He was later posted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital where he was tasked with performing surgeries and treatment to the members of the Saudi royal family. He also served royal families from the UAE and the Persian Gulf.

The King Faisal hospital also served children from poor families who were in need of specialized treatment. While in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Saad also managed to develop a surgical residency program which saw Saudi medical students receive U.K certification from the Royal College of Surgeons in England without having to travel abroad.

Dr. Saad also managed to give back to the community by helping children and young patients around the globe. He took part in medical missions in the U.S, Jerusalem and West bank during which performed free complex surgeries on poor children.

During his career, Dr. Saad sought to also improve the existing surgical procedures for treating patients. It is this desire for innovation that led to him to develop two new surgical procedures that have served to improve general surgery. He is the inventor of the Catheter mechanism and the suction endoscope.

Dr. Saad has given his all in the medical world and has touched many lives during the course of his career. He is now retried and resides with his family in Red Bank, New Jersey. His has been a journey of determination and hard work and is a light to the many poor children he has managed to meet all around the globe. Learn more: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview

What Goes On in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

The novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, was officially released in 2016 as an audiobook where Penn narrated as Pappy Pariah. The book features a lot of this about the current US president. The book primarily focuses on the Republican National Convention and a chaotic scene. Interestingly, the book features a highly valued meeting between Fletcher and Bob. Bob is a part-time assassin and a person who works in several places. El Chapo was at one time infamously interviewed by Penn.

There is a scene that takes place after the shooting of police officers. Bob realizes that the media played a major role in the killings. The media encouraged the murder of cops. Penn and Bob are both Baby Boomers. Penn gives absurdist and angry responses to the current state of the entire world. Bob has great potential even though he has an antisocial behavior. Bob’s ideas are wise and could as well be considered as prophetic. According to Bob, America is no longer as attractive as before

Near the end of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Bob goes ahead to write a letter to the president of the United States. It is worth noting that the letter is based on Trump. In the letter, Bob addresses a lot of things ranging from Russia to alternative facts. In the novel, the president is referred to as the ‘landlord.’ Bob called the landlord a narcissistic, reflexive, and illegitimate. Penn, on the other hand, seems to remember all negative things he remembers about the landlord and expresses them in a manifesto.

Reading through Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, it is quite clear that both Bob and Penn have similar approaches to politics such that it is difficult to differentiate them. Bob goes ahead to show Trump that since his inauguration, there are various groups of people who have faced a lot of challenges. Surprisingly, Bob calls for the assassination of the United States president before he quips.

The poem that is written by Penn talks about various recent occurrences. Some of the issues addressed include the recent Las Vegas shooting, the Puerto Rico crisis, and the tension existing between North Korea and the US. The worldview of Penn is expressed in Bob Honey. Penn said some people would enjoy reading the book while others will take it negatively.

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NGP VAN’s MiniVAN Is Driving The Way We Mobilize Voters

In our technology based society, is canvassing neighborhoods still an effective way to reach out to voters before an election? A study conducted by Stanford and UC Berkeley in 2017 sought out to answer this question. Professors David Broockman and Joshua Kalla had some interesting findings.

  • Voters are much more partisan these days. Only about 39% of voters have views and values that fall in the middle of the political spectrum, a figure that has decreased significantly over the last 20 years.
  • Only about 1 in every 800 voters will change his or her opinion or vote differently based on a canvassing interaction.

While these facts might paint a bleak picture, the study did find canvassing to be a highly effective means of gaining votes from those who already support the candidate or issue. Sometimes all these voters need is a reminder that an election is coming up, or a quick moment of education about a candidate or policy that will resonate with their values to ensure that they make it out to the polls. How does a canvasser find these voters? Short of being psychic, like many things today there’s an app for that.

NGP VAN provides campaign software that helps make campaigns as efficient as possible. While the software itself does nothing to sway votes, it makes sure that canvassers are spending their long hours talking to the right people.

NGP VAN’s MiniVAN app has streamlined the process for Democratic canvassers. They are provided with accurate maps, helpful scripts, and voter contact information. They have the ability to upload data from their interactions with voters right into a campaign database. With MiniVAN, campaign organizers do not have to spend long, agonizing hours sorting through piles of paperwork and drawing maps.

This means that NGP VAN can also save parties and organizations a great deal of money when campaigning, yet still ensures that these campaigns are able to reach their full potential in terms of efficiency. For Democrats and similar groups that often rely upon grassroots funding efforts rather than donations from billionaires and giant corporations, this new technology gives them a fresh chance to spread their messages, rally voters, and bring the power back into the hands of everyday people.

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Fashion Mogul Chris Burch Lands a Fortune in the Hospitality Industry

Today, the world of business is filled with substantial competition and only the best of the best live to enjoy its fruits. Business specialists always insist that the key to success is to remain focused during the course. However, from my assessment, being relevant and creative is the key to higher fortunes. Chris Burch is among the few renowned and celebrated entrepreneurs whose stories support my assessment.

Whenever the name Chris Burch is mentioned, what runs in many people’s mind is fashion and the many deeds he has contributed to the industry (burchcreativecapital.com). However, little is yet to be revealed about his recent move to the hospitality industry. Not long ago, the celebrated fashion mogul launched a five-star hotel on a remote Indonesian island, and it is right to state that the resort is doing well.

It was during his business ventures that Burch met with the hotelier James McBride whom we can say ignited his eye for the hotel and catering industry. The duo set for the Indonesian island where they acquired a beach hostel in 2012. The two spent about $30 million to bring the hostel into life before reopening it as a five-star resort in 2015. A while ago, Burch’s resort, Nihiwatu was named the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure for the second year in a row.

During an interview with Business Jet Traveler, the successful fashionista said that he bought the hotel as an investment for his children, as well as a platform to give back to the community. However, the venture thrived more than he had expected. Today, Nihiwatu has turned into a ‘home away from home’ for those looking for a place to freshen their minds. From private spas to surfing, the hotel offers memorable experiences that every visitor lives to recall. The famous resort has 27 private villas each with its plunge pool and a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. Included is Raja Mendaka, Burch’s private home which can also be accessed by guests.  Check nihi.com for more related reading.

Nihiwatu, mostly termed as ‘The Edge of Wilderness’ has come to the rescue of the Sumba community. The resort has provided job opportunities to the local Sumba community hence improving their livelihood. Besides, a portion of the hotel’s profits is given to the Sumba Foundation, an organization that promotes the local community projects.

About Chris Burch

Chris Burch is a celebrated entrepreneur. He is the founder and serving CEO of Burch Creative Capital. However, Chris has been involved in a wide range of businesses. In 2014, Chris partnered with Ellen DeGeneres to launch her hairstyle. Also, he has been associated with many successful brands such as the Jawbone, Tory Burch, Poppin, Faena Hotel + Universe and Voss Water.

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Chris boasts of being in the game for about four decades, a period that he claims to have boosted his expertise and the versatile nature. His recent venture in the hotel and catering industry opened his love for the industry. Together with his partner, Burch looks forward to expanding and establish more resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Besides, Chris is involved in many charity acts. Apart from supporting The Sumba Foundation, Burch also contributes to The China Association of Social Work, The Henry Street Settlement, The Child Welfare League of China and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York among many other projects.

Chris Burch on Bringing New Companies to the Market

Chris Burch uses his entrepreneurial instincts to select new ventures to back with his extensive resources for fully meeting the needs new markets. With his help more than 50 companies have gotten off to a great start. His track record exposes examples of his firm understanding of consumer behavior, his ability to find impactful ventures and his international and direct sourcing know-how.

Chris Burch, the CEO and founder of Burch Creative Capital has helped bring to market brands like Ellen DeGeneres’ clothing and accessories, Cocoon9’s prefab homes, Nihiwatu Resorts in Indonesia and Poppin office design and office furniture. Chris Burch has a knack for bringing disruptive brands directly to the consumer and creating a lasting impact on their lives.

Burch Creative Capital is presently supporting a number of brands that have positively changed the markets they have entered. They have entered the food, apparel, hospitality, home furnishing, technology, organic and retail industries. Many are recognizable names such as Tory Burch, Chris Burch’s wife’s handbags and shoes; Soludos shoes; Chubbies, casual menswear; BaubleBar jewelry; Brad’s Raw Foods, dehydrated raw vegetables, seeds and spices; Blink Health, prescription drugs; and Little Duck Organics’ gummies (entrepreneur.com).

Burch Creative Capital has invested in many brands which have gained notoriety, including Voss Water; Jawbone, the creators of Up, the health app; and the Faena Hotel + Universe, the luxury hotel in Miami Beach and Buenos Aires. These projects, as with the others he has helped bring to market all began as startups. All startups struggle with the perfect blend of time spent on creativity versus hours spent on productivity. Burch believes the right mix of the two is actually a marriage between them.

Burch believes companies should have creative brainstorming sessions where everyone has a blank piece of paper and a pen before them. Their task is to jot down their ideas or notes and sketch any images that come to mind. At the end of that reasonably timed session, they should compile the ideas that are generated and start to produce the ideas that make the most beneficial ideas for the company. For more of Burch views, click medium.com.

The ideas and notes could lead to a company motto or a promotional campaign. By budgeting company time for both creativity and production, each activity is prized and appreciated by the team. Most importantly, Chris Burch sees these activities as definitely the most important blend of elements thrusting the company forward in the market.

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Robert Fowlkes: Right For The job

Different jobs have different requirements and level of skills that need to be obtained. That is why we have training and jobs seek people who have experience in areas they need. Our military are highly trained individuals who know what to do in the complete chaos of a field of battle. They as well as law enforcement officers just like regular jobs, require the right man for the job of supplying them with their equipment for field work. A man that definitely can be considered up to the task and right for the job is Robert Fowlkes.

Robert Fowlkes is a St. louis Missouri man that has developed a lifetime of experiences seemingly to prepare him for this perfect job. That job being to supply the gear and supplies for several different types of armed forces and policemen. He is the Business Development Manager for the company Eagle Industries unlimited which specializes in tactical gear that is considered to be durable, efficient, and capable. He has held this position since 2008 and is in charge of deciding what items are present for purchase and use. He also does demonstrations that train and promote the products and their uses to potential customers. The company makes sells all over the country and Ronald is responsible for it.

Ronald Fowlkes experience is what make him so good for this job. He relates to what soldiers and officer and even security guards go through and need in the line of duty. He was a member of the marine corps for four years himself and is a Gulf War veteran. He was trained in the Marine Corps school of infantry and is well versed in marine combat tactics. Additionally, he served on a multitude of police forces in his day including the St. Louis Metropolitan and County police departments. This hockey loving former soldier thrives in the job of gear management. The company Eagle Industries uphold excellence as their standard and Ronald Fowlkes is a part of that standard. Their supplies are well-known and trusted to this day. Ronald Fowlkes is indeed the right man for the job.