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Chris Burch: Towards Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship

Chris Burch has joined the league of the few entrepreneurs who have successfully balanced their profit making interests and the interests and welfare of the local communities his business is located. In 2012, the serial investor partnered with James McBride in a project Sumba Island in Indonesia. The primary objective of the project was to renovate a hostel they had purchased and transform it into unique and modern hotel with a contemporary yet sleek touch. This they had to do while also giving back to the local community.

In 2015, the duo opened the newly renovated hotel and welcomed the world to their new haven of relaxation and fun. The millennial-themed hotel quickly became a favorite among many travelers and tourists as it was ranked one of the best of its kind in the world. The facilities at the 27-villa hotel are eye-catching and modern with spa, yoga and surfing lovers enjoying some of the best customized services in the world. Surfers have a beach for practice and surfing. The luxury hotel, Nihiwatu, also boasts of the Burch’s family private villa, which is also available for renting on special request. Art lovers will be mesmerized by the Ikat prints, antiques and wooden carvings that adorn the establishment. Most of the art pieces were procured from the local Sumbanese communities while part of the profits are also donated to them via a local charity. The locals also have a source of employment as they work at the hotel.  Additional article about Nihiwatu here.

Education and Entrepreneurial Background

Chris Burch is a serial entrepreneur with strong investment interests in various industries and a solid academic background. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1976 after studying business management. Over the years, he has developed a key eye for disruptive brand development, support and incubation. He teamed up with his brother while still studying at Ithaca College to cofound Eagle’s Eye with an initial investment of $2,000. The apparel company was later purchased by Swire Group in a deal worth $165 million. This marked his long stay as one of the most respected entrepreneurs in the country with over 50 companies to his name, some of which he cofounded with his investment partner, James McBride. Argentina-based Fena Hotel + Universe is one the many interests he has in the hospitality industry. He also cofounded Poppin and C. Wonder among other brands.  More to read on forbes.com.

Chris Burch is actively involved in the management of his companies where he holds key management positions. He is the current chief executive officer at Burch Creative Capital, a company dedicated to brand incubation and development. This is in addition to several board memberships.  Head over to burchcreativecapital.com for a look at his various investment ventures.

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