Meet Chris Burch: As a successful entrepreneur and investor
Chris Burch has made the Nihiwatu resort and hotel a great place for the locals and tourists to enjoy.
As a successful serial entrepreneur and businessman, Chris Burch has experience maximizing the potential of his employees and utilizing working capital to its fullest. Mr. Burch began his entrepreneurial pursuits while attending Ithaca College (bjtonline.com). He decided to invest $2 thousand dollars with his brother, Bob, on a clothing business. Eagle’s Eye clothing line, which Chris co-founded with his brother, was later sold to the Swire Group for approximately $60 million dollars.
With a business career that spans 40 years, Chris Burch has been involved in over 50 companies as both an investor and an entrepreneur. Burch has helped these companies reach key apexes. As the CEO and founder of Burch Creative Capital, the company’s philosophy on investing is an example of his values as an entrepreneur, and his vision for new business opportunities. Burch has a combination of intuitiveness and an understanding of consumer behavior concerning international and direct sourcing.
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Burch Creative Capital has a portfolio of clients that include Cocoon9, Voss Water, Poppin, ED by Ellen Degeneres, and the Nihiwatu (Nihi Sumba) resort, which is located in Indonesia. Burch and South-African native and hotelier, James McBride, partnered on the Nihiwatu resort. Nihiwatu was once owned by Claude and Petra Graves (businessinsider.com).
Burch and McBride have turned Nihiwatu, “mortar stone,” into a first-class resort. Travel + Leisure has awarded the Nihi Sumba resort and hotel number one — for years 2016 and 2017 — in all categories. The award for Nihiwatu, which is given by Travel + Leisure yearly, was based on votes from the publications’ readers.
In terms of philanthropy, Burch supports the local community that works at the Nihiwatu resort (Nihi Sumba) and lives on the Indonesian island. Burch chose (Nihi) Sumba island, because it was a resort that he wanted his family to enjoy. Chris Burch also created The Sumba Foundation, a non-profit that gives a percentage of the Resort’s proceeds to the indigenous people who live and work on the island.
In addition to his entrepreneurship and business acumen, Chris Burch has also been a board member of Guggenheim Capital, The Continuum Group, and Tony Burch. Chris Burch has also been an investor in real estate projects, some of which include partnerships with architects like Philippe Stark, and Alan Faena, a hotelier from Argentina. Mr. Burch has also helped Alan Faena convert an unused parcel of land into the Faena Hotel + Universe.