Oetker Collection Adds Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France to Its Portfolio

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The intimate resort’s La Case de l’Isle to get a new face-lift

Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France sits on the picturesque beaches of Flammands Bay.

Oetker Collection has a new addition to its Collection of Masterpiece Hotels, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France. Situated among tropical gardens overlooking the beaches of Flammands Bay in St. Barthélémy in the French West Indies, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France has 39 rooms, villas, and suites, a spa, boutique, and membership-only club. Under the new ownership, the hotel’s signature restaurant La Case de l’Isle remains but is undergoing renovation and will debut with a new décor.

La Case de I’Isle boasts oceanfront views and offers a small lunch menu and a more comprehensive dinner menu of fusion fare including salads and fresh grilled fish.

The restaurant also offers "Nos Classiques" (Our Classics) and "Les Irrésistibles" (The Irresistibles), which point diners in the direction of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, such as the chef’s wok of the day and lobster, crab, and vegetable fritters flavored with orange and served with a selection of sauces.

Nikki Maniscalco is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @NikkiMarie2116

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These Boutique Hotels Are Elevating the College Town Experience


Ben Weprin’s expanding hotel group is on a mission to make hotels near universities worth writing home about.

The first thing Ben Weprin asks me, after the usual introductory niceties, is “Where’d you go to school?” This isn’t something that I’m normally asked, as my last cap-and-gown moment was decades ago. But it is a relevant question as colleges, and college towns in particular, are top of mind for the 39-year-old University of Tennessee grad and CEO of AJ Capital Partners in Chicago. In 2014 Weprin launched Graduate Hotels, a collection of boutique properties in college towns across the country. And while he hadn’t heard of my alma mater (Grinnell College, in Iowa), the Hawkeye state is on his radar and will have a Graduate hotel next year.

Graduate fills a vacant niche in the college- and university-town market: a well-designed boutique hotel with a great restaurant and bar scene and rooms that hit the under-$250-a-night sweet spot, providing parents, alumni, visiting professors, and anyone else passing through the area with an often much-needed alternative to the usual uninspiring offerings. “If I’m a parent, and I’m taking my kid to look at UVA, Duke, and Vanderbilt, and I’m staying at an XYZ Express, it’s like, ‘Crap, I’m going to be stuck staying here for the next four years,’” Weprin says. “What if there was an alternative, a sophisticated hotel that’s awesome?” As someone who once drove cross-country on a college tour with a younger sibling and stayed in many XYZ Expresses, I see the choice as a no-brainer. There are Graduate hotels in Ann Arbor, Michigan Madison, Wisconsin Oxford, Mississippi Charlottesville, Virginia Tempe, Arizona Athens, Georgia Berkeley, California Richmond, Virginia and Lincoln, Nebraska. A property will open in Minneapolis later this year, with Seattle, New York City’s Roosevelt Island, and Bloomington, Indiana, on deck for 2018–19.

Graduate Hotels founder Ben Weprin in his office in Chicago. Courtesy Graduate Hotels

When scouting cities for future Graduate hotels, Weprin, who has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, looks for what he calls “enlightened communities,” where people go to the town for reasons besides the schools, but where the school is the anchor, breeding “creativity, culture, and commerce.” Weprin generally prefers a historic property with a connection to the community. The Graduate in Berkeley had once been the Hotel Durant the Ann Arbor property was the Dahlmann Campus Inn. He also researches a school’s endowment and alumni engagement. “A large endowment signifies that there is real loyalty and commitment from alumni,” he says, “and that means people are happy to pay more money to stay at a hotel that’s interesting.”

Every Graduate hotel is designed to capture the spirit of the university and the local community, but not in an in-your-face way (no pennants and only the occasional mascot). Weprin’s team researches the heck out of every town it goes into, becoming founts of information—to the point where Andrew Alford, AJ Capital’s chief creative officer, jokes, “One of these days I’m going to kill it on Jeopardy.”

One of the few obvious nods is evident upon check-in: Each hotel’s room key cards are replicas of student IDs of notable graduates of the local school. In Berkeley, one might have Gregory Peck (class of 1939) in Charlottesville, Tina Fey (1992) in Oxford, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (2004). Less obvious examples include the drapery behind the front desk of the Lincoln property, which replicates the one Johnny Carson (1949) stood in front of when he did his Tonight Show monologues. Rooms in the Berkeley hotel, which opened in May, feature fashion sketches by Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head (1919), and the lobby contains 8,590 issues of National Geographic because they’re the same Pantone-yellow color as the university’s. For Bloomington inspiration, Weprin recently rewatched Breaking Away, the 1979 film that takes place there.

This was not Weprin’s first foray into hotels. “The hospitality Godzilla bit me—not the bug, the Godzilla—while I was working for Larry Levy” in the aughts, he recalls. Levy is a Chicago developer and restaurateur who at the time was also an investor in Auberge Resorts. When Weprin visited Esperanza, an Auberge property in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as a Levy employee, he saw an infinity pool for the first time and experienced amenities like complimentary foot massages and free Popsicles. The seduction was complete. In 2008, when Levy decided to divest himself of Auberge, he gave Weprin 30 days to gather the capital to buy it.

The Graduate hotel in Oxford, Mississippi. Courtesy Graduate Hotels

There’s a plaque on Weprin’s desk that says Everyday I’m Hustlin’. Those words seem to define his life—from his early years as a baseball-card dealer (an apparently lucrative business he started at the age of nine with his brother, Andrew, who still works with him) growing up in Dayton, Ohio, to his first “real” job as a 16-year-old salesman at the local Just for Feet, where he routinely beat weekly sales goals. It should come as no surprise, then, that Weprin came up with the money to buy Auberge (and found AJ Capital). That was in 2008’s fourth quarter, when, as Weprin likes to say, “the world was falling apart.”

But AJ Capital was on a bit of a roll. In addition to Auberge, it acquired and renovated the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France (later sold to LVMH) and the Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla. More recently it took on the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans. In Chicago, its portfolio includes Hotel Lincoln, the Thompson, Soho House, and the lauded Chicago Athletic Association, designed by the New York firm Roman and Williams. (Weprin is now the main partner in Roman + Williams Guild, the firm’s shop, which is set to open this fall in New York.)

Lately Weprin’s had his eye on the Nassau Inn, in Princeton, New Jersey, as the site of a future Graduate, but the owner hasn’t been inclined to sell. He’d also love to put a hotel on Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

The French Antilles: where France meets the Caribbean

Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe

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The approach to St Barths, seen from behind the open-door cockpit of a Twin Otter, becomes an instant favourite of mine. The plane flies low in the V between two peaks as we head through the pass, the pilot pushes the joystick forward in what feels like a dive. At the last moment he pulls up and flares, squeaking down the wheels and pressing hard on the brakes. The runway ends abruptly at a beach.

It is a thrilling way to arrive. Passengers are beaming as they disembark, electrified by the landing and probably relieved to be alive. Or perhaps they are simply jubilant to have arrived in this gem of the French Antilles. St Barths is astoundingly beautiful, with windswept beaches and idyllic bays dotted with rocky islets. There are world-class hotels and Michelin-starred chefs on this pocket-sized patch of land. On the waterfront in the tiny town of Gustavia, the seaside-style shacks house designer shopping with the same brands found in Bond Street. Of course this adds up to an expensive destination, but perhaps less so than some Mediterranean hot spots along the Cote d’Azur (St Barths is sometimes referred to as the St Tropez of the Caribbean).

Some suggest St Barths has readily become a playground for the privileged partly because it is unencumbered by the weight of history: there is less of a stain of slavery here than elsewhere in the Caribbean. That is not for any noble reason but because there was no fresh water on the island and the terrain was too hilly for the cultivation of sugar. The history of St Barths is instead steeped in piracy, fishing and duty-free trade. At one point in the 18th century, the French gave away the island to Sweden in exchange for warehouse rights in Gothenburg (the French won it back in 1878).

Philipsburg in St Martin

It was not until the Fifties that this backwater island was anointed by the rich, famous and royal as a new celebrity refuge. Visitors included David Rockefeller, Rudolph Nureyev and Aristotle Onassis. Since then St Barths’ allure has only increased today, home owners here include Bill Gates and Roman Abramovich, who arrives by superyacht.

A 10-minute hop away is a less glitzy island known by two names, St Martin and Sint Maarten. The southern part, Sint Maarten, is a Dutch outpost and a mass-tourism destination with high-rise hotels, casinos and chain restaurants. It has an international airport and a cruise ship port. The northern French half is prettier, sleepier and more exclusive, with boutique hotels and good Creole bistros.

Guadeloupe and Martinique are the two bigger islands in French hands both are overseas départements, meaning they are integral parts of France and the European Union. Their larger size allows for a more diverse landscape, from forested mountains to white-sand beaches, as well as attractive towns reminiscent of the French Riviera. Although the pair have long been perceived by the French as cheap package-holiday destinations, both islands are trying to attract higher-spending visitors.

De spite the appeal of these islands, the French Caribbean has never been an obvious destination for the British. After all, we have a shared history with plenty of other alluring islands in the region, from Barbados to Grenada, Antigua to St Lucia, Jamaica to Tobago. Another obstacle has been the lack of direct flights: most itineraries route passengers through Paris. But with new inter-island scheduled flights, there is now less reason to miss out on this French foursome. As one Briton said to me (with a brittle edge in his voice): “Not only do the French have the most beautiful country in the world, they also have the French Antilles.”

Lounging on the beach on Guadeloupe


It is invariably cheaper to buy a package to the Caribbean than to put together a holiday yourself. Tselana Travel (020 7193 1824 tselana.com) has a six-night trip combining two of the islands mentioned costing from £3,311 per person (based on two sharing), including accommodation with breakfast and international flights on Air France (airfrance.co.uk) and local flights. This price is based on two nights at the Hotel La Samanna in St Martin in a deluxe ocean-view room and four nights in St Barths, including two nights at the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France in a beach room and two nights at the Hotel Guanahani and Spa in a deluxe room. All other combinations of islands and hotels mentioned are possible.

Getting there

There are regular scheduled flights from St Martin, just a 10-minute hop, to St Barths on Winair (fly-winair.com). Alternatively, there are direct flights from Britain to Antigua, with a new scheduled service on to St Barths. For more information contact the St Barths tourist board.

The inside track

Hire a rental car to explore the islands roads and signage are good.

The high season is December to April but hurricane season (May-July), when hotel rates are lower, is also a good time to visit.

English is widely spoken but a smattering of French will not go amiss.

Carnival is celebrated exuberantly on all four islands.


This butterfly-shaped island, unmistakable from the air, benefits from two different weather systems and landscapes. The wetter Basse-Terre, in the west, is covered in rainforest and steep volcanoes including La Soufrière, the highest peak in the region at 1,467m.

One of the loveliest hotels is Tendacayou, a clutch of brightly painted open-air wooden treehouses and stilted v illas in the rainforest. Wooden bridges connect open-air showers with hammock areas and Japanese hot tubs. The all-natural spa is other-worldly, with waterfall pools and suspended treatment rooms.

To the south is Le Jardin Malanga, a colonial-style property with views across to the tiny archipelago of Les Saintes. There are hikes to waterfalls and hot springs, as well as birdwatching opportunities.

Guadeloupe’s eastern region of Grande-Terre is drier, with rolling hills and sugar plantations. A good base is La Créole Beach Hôtel, within striking distance of some of the island’s best beaches at Gosier, Sainte-Anne and Saint-François, where there are good conditions for surfing and kitesurfing.

Getting there

There are daily flights (except Sunday) from Paris to Pointe-a-Pitre.


Ecolodge Tendacayou and Spa (00590 284 272 tendacayou.com) has doubles from £128 with breakfast.

Le Jardin Malanga (590 926 757 jardinmalanga.com) has doubles from £117 with breakfast.

La Créole Beach Hôtel and Spa (590 904 646 creolebeach.com) has doubles from £80 with breakfast.

The islands are ideal for snorkelling

St Martin

You can drive around French St Martin, with its green hills and petite fishing villages, in a co uple of hours. The capital, Mar igot, has an atmospheric produce market, and the fishing village of Grand Case has become a foodie destin ation, with stylish restaurants and bistros serving crab, freshwater crayfish and coconut curries.

At one end of Baie Longue is the recently upgraded La Samanna by Orient-Express, which sits on the island ’s best beach. Here are one, two and three-bedroom suites and cottages with private terraces or balconies.

Getting there

There are daily flights from Pari s or Amsterdam.


La Samanna (00590 590 876400 lasamanna.com) has doubles from £723.

St Barths

The French call Saint Barthélemy La Perle des Caraibes and it does not often get better than this. Favourite beaches include Gouverneur for swimming and Colombier for snorkelling. The restaurants and shopping are sensational, as are the hotels.

On the far east of the island is the family-friendly 68-room Le Guanahani, made up of pastel clapboard cottages. Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France sits on the island’s finest bay, Baie des Flamands, and has 39 well-appointed rooms and outstanding views.

Finally, in pretty St Jean there is Eden Rock, the sharpest hotel on the island, which attracts the boho, the beautiful and a fair share of rock stars with its collection of suites, villas and cottages, plus an exceptional Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and high-end boutiques.

Getting there

There are regular scheduled flights from St Martin, just a 10-minute hop, to St Barths. Alternatively there are direct flights from Britain to Antigua with a new scheduled service on to St Barths.


La Guanahani has doubles from £338 including breakfast (00590 590 276660 leguanahani.com).

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France (590 276181 isle-de-france.com) has doubles from £415.

Eden Rock has doubles from £415 (590 297994 edenrockhotel.com).

This island, with its French, Creole and African influences, may be the most steeped in history. Beyond the capital, Fort-de-France, there are fishing villages dotted around the coastline, rum factories open to visitors, and charming beaches at Anse d’Arlet and Grande Anse.

Positioned on the edge of a sheltered lagoon called Le François, the 50-room Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa is on the east coast, with tropical gardens, a vintage rum cellar and Guerlain spa. There is a windsurfing and kitesurfing school here, as well as a watersports centre offering excursions to nearby islands where you can visit local families, drink punch and spot iguanas. There is also the all-inclusive family-friendly Club Med Martinique offering numerous watersport activities.

Getting there

There are direct flights from Paris to Fort-de-France six times a week. Alternatively there are flights from Britain to St Lucia and on to Fort-de France (three times a week).

Want To Go To St Barths? Find Out What You Need To Know

You will not find anything like it in the Caribbean. Imagine a charming village in South of France plunked down on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Throw in fantastic beach bars, an array of great restaurants, and the harbor side town of Gustavia where ancient stone buildings now house chic boutiques, and you will find yourself asking "why did not I come here years ago"?

What to Pack?

The essentials: flipflop, swimsuits, sun protection and sunglasses. The beaches can be quiet and peaceful, so bringing good books, or the latest issue of your favorite print magazines is a good idea.

Angelys Balek floral squad

For swimwear this season I have enjoyed Angelys Balek brand. I discovered through a friend in New York. Creative director Angelys Balek introduced a unique collection of swimwear that incorporates the brand’s signature prints inspired by nature. It is perfect for St Barths.

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For skincare sun protection, I always have used Esthederm products. Since 1978, the French brand has developed exceptional sun skincare products with exquisite texture and fragrance. Try Bronz Repair Sunkissed for the face and Bronze Impulse for the body and of course the after sun line.

How to get there?

Leaving St Marteen to St Barths

The best of the best. If you live in the US, fly to San Juan, then board one of Tradewind Aviation’s eight seat Pilatus planes for the one hour flight into St Barths. If you live in Europe, fly into St Marteen via Air France, then board either Winair or St Barth Commuter for the 12 minute flight into St Barths. Use St Barths Vip Service to make sure you do not miss your connecting flight and your baggage will follow

How to get around?

Convertible Land Rover from St Barths Defender

St Barths is a rocky island, and its roads are narrow and can be scary for the first time visitor. For the ultimate in safety and style, the best car for the island is Land Rover. You can rent it via St Barth Defenders. The company started after Irma by a local couple in order to provide Land Rover Defenders (with sliding roofs), convertible Evoques and luxury Land Rover for visitors who wish for more than the ubiquitous Mini’s and Jeeps. Some models even have showers to rinse the sand off after a day at the beach and USB chargers!

Where to Stay?

Incredible view over Flamands Bay from villa Leana

Most of the hotels have been repaired and nicely renovated after hurricane Irma. Highlights include the new poolside terrace and dining areas at The Christopher Hotel, the new beach bar at Le Sereno, and the new rooftop bar Whiskey Tango Foxtrot at Le Barthélemy.

While hotels have their place, on St Barths renting a villa will always be my favorite way to vacation with family. Why? Because you have privacy, freedom and you feel like you are at home. There are several local companies to choose from, however Wimco Villas is market leader and with 372 private villas in their portfolio, there is something for everyone. One way to find your perfect villa, is to check out Wimco's interactive digital floorplans, many of which now include 360 degree interactive photos. The company also provides personalized 24/7 concierge service to all of its guests during their stay.

During my last trip, I booked a cute one bedroom villa called villa Leana or villa FLO. Consisting of three independent cottages, this hillside villa offers a pool which overlooks Flamands bay and the ocean. A truly breathtaking view. Waking up early and watching the sunrise from my terrasse was my best souvenir from this trip. The villa’ owner Florence was very sweet and she was happy to answer my questions about the villa and the island.

Sunrise hikes to Colombier from villa Leana, I was in the perfect place to make my favorite hike - the loop from the top of Colombier, down to Flamands and then back to Colombier via Chemin de la Source. Sunrise is magical in St Barths and early am you will not cross anyone except turtles and goats. Paradise does exist.

Visit Ligne St Barths factory in Lorient and experience a massage at Eden Rock beach. Ligne St Barths products are made 100% in St Barths from local resources and natural ingredients. Since thirty years, St Barths native founder Hervé Brin and his family have continued to enhance quality of the products through his expertise. Ligne St Barths is a lifestyle brand which combines St Barths creativity and French refinement. In visiting the factory, you will understand the process of the creation and you can leave with your favorite products! Mine are Aloe Vera Gel with Mint and Roucou Tanning Oil.

Ligne St Barths at Eden Rock Beach in St Jean

Ligne St Barths partnered with Eden Rock to open their new spa planned for Fall 2019. A sophisticated union that delivers true island well-being and beauty. Whilst the hotel is rebuilding, experience a fabulous massage by Ligne St Barths therapist on the new and luxe beach area in St Jean. Very good moment to enjoy.

Practice yoga everyday with Loana. She is an Argentinian-Italian yoga Instructor and ayurvedic therapist and she lives in St Barths. She uses yoga from Ayurveda. She tries to reach consciousness and power in oneself and connects with you and find your needs. We practiced flow and hatha yoga together on the terrace overlooking the ocean at sunset time. It was magical. Loana is part of the team organizing the first Caribbean yoga festival called "St Barth Yoga Festival" which will take place in February 2020.

Spa La Mer at The Barthelemy

Check out Le Spa at Le Barthélemy. An oasis of serenity. The spa La Mer offers an Caribbean setting with an open air atrium that invited the indoors in and make the atmosphere very serene. Try "The La Mer Miracle Booth Facial" and the nordic baths, and don't leave before having a tisane at the cute flowered tea room.

Christian Charriere Louis Vuitton customized bag

Discover Christian Charriere Art. To find him you have to pass the door of Edgar Store in Cours Vendome in Gustavia. Since two years, he has been working closely with Louis Vuitton to customize bags and trunks for their clients. Clients choose their theme of customization or initials. A perfect souvenir to bring back home.

Saline beach. A short hike from the parking lot over some dunes then down to the water reveals a pristine white sand beach, with not a single building in sight. Peace, privacy and perfection.

Where to Dine?

L’Isola. The best dining in St Barths. L’Isola is renowned for its sophisticated Italian recipes, prepared using only the very finest ingredients imported directly from Italy. In addition to a memorable culinary experience, the atmosphere is elegant and warm and the owners Fabrizio and Diana are very friendly.

Chocolates from Quarter Kitchen and Cocktail Lab

Quarter and The Rhum Room. Quarter Kitchen and Cocktail Lab is a fresh new concept for St. Barths, the menu is inspired by the owners life living in Asia with flavors ranging from Korea, Japan and Thailand. It is not trying to be any of these ethnic cuisines, but borrows from their traditions, spices and ingredients to create non traditional dishes for St Barths and something definitely different than the usual restaurant scene on island. The menu is seasonal, but has some favorites that guests come for weekly, including Ramen, Korean Beef Bowls and several different dumplings. The restaurant patrons have priority access to Rhum Room one of the world’s largest collections of aged rhums with a very broad and deep list of agricole rhums from Martinique, Marie Galante and Guadeloupe.

Lunch by the beach at Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc Isle de France. A favorite lunch spot by the beach. Cheval Blanc is the only property in the Caribbean with a "Palace" distinction, the hotel echoes French refinement in a glamorous ambience. Experience a casual and elegant al fresco lunch at La Case de l’Isle. The food and service are impeccable.

Tamarin. A dinner at Tamarin is always memorable and even more if you reserve a table in the tropical garden. The service and the team are very friendly. A warm atmosphere in a beautiful dreamy decor.

Mayas to go. Order it delivered. For breakfast and lunch at your villa. The fresh flavors or Maya never gets old!

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Why We're Excited: Immortalized as a 1941 tune, now it's quite possibly the coolest location for a hotel ever: the 1908 Chattanooga Choo Choo, the first train to run nonstop from Ohio to Florida, and its Beaux Arts terminal. The Pullman sleeper cars are being transformed into suites with French textiles and Art Deco furnishings the dining car will debut as a '70s cocktail bar. Rather than walking down a hallway to your guest room, you'll stroll the train platforms. Also inside the terminal, an intimate cinema will stream black-and-white movies, a recording studio will host local musicians, and a spirited wine bar and restaurant will anchor it all to a bygone era of luxury steam travel.

Photo courtesy of Hutton Brickyards.

Ted Deltour St. Barth Properties

Ted Deltour is on a mission to please the many guests who rely on the expertise of St. Barth Properties to connect travelers to their ultimate villa.

Handsome, six-foot-four Ted Deltour is a familiar figure on the Island of St. Barth when he’s out and about in the postcard-perfect capital Gustavia, visiting the bars and bistros, and careening the serpentine roads on his motor scooter. As a key team member of St. Barth Properties (rue Samuel Fahlberg, Tel: 800-421-3396 www.stbarth.com), a prominent island-based villa rental agency, he’s usually on a mission to please the many guests who rely on the expertise of St. Barth Properties to connect travelers to their ultimate villa.

The agency has a trademarked mantra (literally) “Live Your Dream,” and Ted makes sure that happens. A native Parisian, he came to St. Barth in 2002 with a wealth of client-service experience garnered in the City of Light’s luxury hotels. It was a great fit. St. Barth gave him that French connection with a bonus of the sea, sun, and tropical trade winds, and he loves sharing the charms of the island he now calls home.

Growing up in Paris, Ted painted, practiced calligraphy, and made his first gris-gris (a talisman-like amulet) at the age of 13. In recent years, inspired by his surroundings, he’s been creating unique jewelry pieces. Artfully stringing natural beads and “bits” (including shells from St. Barth’s beaches) on leather cords, he often adds gorgeous pearls and gems from his off-island exotic travels. Ted’s Treasures (www.tresorsdestbarth.com) rounds out his life, and many of the people who collect his work are St. Barth Properties’ clients.

Where are the coolest places for cocktails on the island?

Numéro uno is Bonito (rue Lubin Brin, Tel: +590-590-27-96. www.ilovebonito.com). It’s casual sophistication with a French-Latin vibe, a chic beach house ambiance, a stunning view of the harbor, and baller cocktails. They have the island’s most creative drinks menu. A ceviche bar with a Peruvian focus takes it up another notch. Great for both sundowners and late night cocktails. Try the Porn Star, a mix of vanilla vodka, vanilla, and passion fruit liqueurs, a little coulis, and a shot of Champagne. Dõ Brazil on Shell Beach (Shell Beach, Tel: +590-590-290-666. www.dobrazil.com) is steps from the water on Gustavia’s popular-with-the-locals Shell Beach. It’s barefoot casual and the perfect spot to join-in the island tradition of sunset cocktails and live music.

What are the best restaurants for a romantic dinner?

Bonito fits this category as well. Request a candlelit table on the terrace overlooking the lights of the harbor. The international menu blends French cuisine with South American influences. Tamarin (rue de Saline, Tel: +590-590-292-774. www.tamarinstbarth.com) is a true tropical oasis. Gorgeous gardens with lily ponds center around a hundred-year-old Tamarin tree. Dine under the stars on sophisticated cuisine. Their starter of pan-fried foie gras served with banana mousse and mango sauce is amazing.

Who serves the greatest weekend brunch in town?

Restaurant Le Gaïac (Anse de Toiny, Tel: +590-590-27-8888. www.letoiny.com at the five-star Relais & Châteaux Hotel Le Toiny. Brunch Du Toiny is served every Sunday poolside with a dramatic view of the rugged coastline. The buffet is expansive, with eggs that are cooked to order, loads of seafood, bloody marys, and mimosas, of course, and a table full of decadent desserts. Two seatings: 11 A.M. and 1 P.M. Reservations are a must.

What are the hottest shows in town, and how do I get tickets?

Le Ti St. Barth (Pointe Milou. Tel: 590- 279-771) is a sort-of supper club (excellent food) with a Moulin Rouge ambience (lots of red velvet) that puts on a hot cabaret show with showgirls and boys from 10 P.M. Tues-Thurs. The Madness Show with professional dancers is on for the weekends, and they regularly schedule sexy theme nights. A resident DJ spins a great soundtrack every night and tabletop dancing ensues!

Which guided tours do you recommend most often to your guests?

The new rage is the Seabob, an electric water scooter. We work with a great company H20 Saint Barth (www.seabobstbarth.com), and their certified instructors provide an orientation and lead guided tours. They have some fun packages that combine the tour with snorkeling or scuba diving, and for those who want to take it up a notch a Flyboard or Hover Board. They have a cool full-day combo they call the James Bond Experience.

What annual events should we add to our must-see list?

The St. Barth Bucket. It’s a prestigious invitation-only regatta held every March. Owners of the world’s largest super-yachts pull into the harbor for three days of racing and partying. The yachts are a sight to behold and there’s lots of buzz. Forbes magazine calls it “a gathering of swells.” For the villas with the best views of the racing contact [email protected].

Where can you go to get the best views of the city?

The Lighthouse in Gustavia is stunning, and the lookout at Colombier.

Villa Athena (or villa Lital by Laurent Benoit)

Where are the best places to workout?

Form Fitness (www.performancefitness-stbarth.com) is a full-service gym with weights, fitness machines, group classes (Pilates, yoga, body pump, body combat, RPM, body jam, SH’BAM, body attack) and personal trainers. Many of the private villas in our portfolio have fitness rooms with a view! And we can arrange for personal trainers to make villa-visits.

If someone is looking for a full-service spa, where do you send them?

The five-star hotels Le Guanahani (35 rue de la République, Tel: 590-5-9027-5946. www.venusbeautyspa.com), its spa is Clarins branded, and Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France (Baie des Flamands, Ansedes Flamands, Tel: 011-590-590-77- 5666. www.chevalblanc.com) offers exclusive tropical Gueralain experiences. They have an exotic outdoor pavilion for couples’ massages.

Designer labels for less—do you have any suggestions for the smart shopper?

St. Barth is a duty-free port that hosts all the marquee designers and has loads of boutiques with European fashions. For shoppers seeking savings, there are two annual island-wide sales: Les Soldes in May/June and in October (exact dates TBA).

What are the best gay/lesbian bars in the city?

St. Barth is a gay-friendly and tiny island. There are no “just gay” bars. It’s all good. Modj (Centre Vaval, St. Jean, Tel: 590-690-661261. www.facebook.com/modjostbarts?fref=ts) in St. Jean (serves Krug and Dom Perignon by the glass), and Monbart in Gustavia (25 rue de General De Gaulle, Tel: 590-590-275182 (the name is an homage to a St. Barth pirate and the model for Captain Hook in Peter Pan) are two super-cool lounges.

What are the most popular dance clubs in the city?

Le Yacht Club (Gustavia Harbor, Tel: 590- 0590-511-580. www.caroleplaces.com) has a great harbor-side location and is nothing like the name implies. A celebrity favorite, it goes full-out nightclub after midnight with disco lights, beautiful people, and tabletop dancing.

Where can someone go at 3 A.M. for a good meal?

A number of places [the bars and clubs] offer a late-night menu, but at 3 A.M. party people are too busy drinking and dancing or back at their villas enjoying a late-night swim or eats at home.

What is the iconic tourist souvenir, and where will we find it?

A bottle of Vanille Rhum available at Côté Port (Gustavia) or La Gloriette (Grand Cul de Sac) restaurants. Also, Ligne St. Barth bath and body care products available at their shops in Lorient and Gustavia (www.lignestbarth.com).

Please finish this sentence: Don’t leave St. Barth without…

Skift Q&A: Ivanka Trump on What’s Behind the Design at Trump Hotels

Just as I’m about to sit down with Ivanka Trump last week at the Trump National Doral Miami, presently undergoing a $250 million renovation, a foreman and two construction workers walk into the sparkly new ballroom. They’ve come to ask Ms. Trump for her sign-off on a column somewhere that needs to be moved. Trump [&hellip]

Subaru EJ20X & EJ20Y Engines

The Subaru EJ20Y and EJ20X were turbocharged, 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed (or 'boxer') four-cylinder petrol engines. For Australia, the EJ20X engine was introduced in the 2003 Subaru BL Liberty GT and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission the EJ20Y was subsequently introduced in 2004 and had a five-speed manual transmission.

The EJ20Y and EJ20X engines were fitted with a single twin-scroll turbocharger and effectively replaced the EJ208 engine which powered the Subaru BE BH Liberty B4.

Block and crankcase

The Subaru EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had an aluminium alloy block with 92.0 mm bores – with cast iron cylinder liners – and a 75.0 mm stroke for a capacity of 1994 cc. The cylinder block for the EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had an open-deck design whereby the cylinder walls were supported at the three and nine o’clock positions.

The crankcase for the EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had five main bearings and the flywheel housing was cast with the crankcase for increased rigidity. The EJ20X engine is understood to have a forged crankshaft and connecting rods, but cast aluminium pistons with forged crowns.

Cylinder head and dual AVCS

The EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had an aluminium alloy cylinder head with cross-flow cooling, double overhead camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder bank and four valves per cylinder that were actuated by roller rocker arms.

The EJ20X and EJ20Y engines were the first EJ engines to be equipped with Subaru’s ‘Dual Active Valve Control System’ (‘Dual AVCS’) which provided variable intake and exhaust valve timing.

Turbochargers and intercooler

For the BL.I Liberty GT, the EJ20X engine was fitted with a twin-scroll IHI VF38 turbocharger the EJ20Y engine, however, had a larger twin-scroll Mitsubishi TD04 HLA 19T turbocharger. For the BL.II Legacy GT (i.e. MY07), both the EJ20X and EJ20Y had an IHI VF45 turbocharger, though these EJ20X/EJ20Y engines were not offered in Australia (hence the reference to Legacy rather than Liberty).

In a twin-scroll turbocharger, the exhaust manifold separates the channels for cylinders that can interfere with each other, so that the pulsating exhaust gases flow through separate spirals (or scrolls). As a result, the low pressure tail component of an exhaust pulse can be used to: 1) extract all the combustion products from the cylinder head and, 2) induct the intake charge during periods when both intake and exhaust valves are partially open.

After the turbocharger, the compressed air was passed through a low-restriction, transversal flow intercooler to reduce its temperature and thereby increase its density for the intake charge. For mass reduction, the intercooler had a lightweight resin tank.

Injection and ignition

The EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had multi-point sequential fuel injection and centrally located spark plugs. Furthermore, the EJ20X and EJ20Y engines had two ignition coils (one for each pair of cylinders, i.e. 1-2 and 3-4) which fired the spark plugs directly twice per cycle.

For the EJ20X and EJ20Y engines, the injection and firing order was 1-3-2-4 its compression ratio was 9.5:1



This authentic Clairin Traditionelle is the result of the blend of four spirits from the municipalities of Cavaillon, Barraderes, Pignon and St. Michel de l’Attalaye. They are produced by organic sugarcane, cultivated without pesticides, fermented with natural yeasts and distilled in small pot stills, a heritage of the French colonisation. Presented in this version at 43% abv is a product particularly suitable for mixing.


Communal is a blended Clairin, a mix of the four distilleries, the slightly lower abv and the combination of flavours are bringing to bartenders a great balance and a more regular consistency. Clairin Communal can be used instead of any white rum in classic recipes or very creative signature cocktails. Communal is the ideal Clairin for easy twists on classics, just by replacing the basic rums any bartender can make the difference.



In 2015, The Spirit of Haiti built a small warehouse in Port-au-Prince to age Clairin.

Several barrels have been moved to this facility, already used to store and age rums from distilleries such as Caroni, Hampden, Worthy Park and Bielle. Other barrels of diverse provenances – sherry from Bodegas Lustau, many cognacs and whiskies – were likewise moved to this location to serve for aging. Velier also donated all barrels used for its 70th Anniversary releases.

A selection of Clairins from Sajous, Vaval, Casimir and Le Rocher were chosen to age in these barrels, further developing their already impressive aromatic profiles.

Starting in 2016, 30 casks of aged Clairin – called Clairin Ansyen – have been released, carefully selected by Clairin World Championship winners and a few other industry influencers.

They represent a new chapter in the history of Clairin as they are among the first expressions to be aged in some of the most legendary barrel in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the name Small Giants mean?

The term Small Giants refers to purpose-driven companies and their leaders who prioritize their people and don’t sacrifice their culture for fast, massive growth. Born out of a book called Small Giants, from that a Community grew into what we know today — with thousands of leaders, hundred of hours of leadership resources, a formal certification program, and structured coaching program. You might also see the term, “Forbes Small Giants.” Each year, Forbes teams up with the Small Giants Community to identify the top 25 best small companies in America (a.k.a. Small Giants). Download the first chapter of Small Giants by Bo Burlingham.

What is purpose-driven leadership?

When we talk about purpose or values-driven leadership, we mean the practice of prioritizing purpose and people over profit and greatness over growth. This way of running a business, famously written about in the Small Giants book, has been adopted by small and medium-sized organizations spanning all industries and hailing from around the world.

These businesses are interested in growth and profit, but are committed to not sacrificing their culture or purpose to achieve either. You can recognize a purpose-driven company by its intentional approach to growth and its positive company culture. Join the Small Giants email list to receive purpose-driven leadership resources to your inbox.

What does it mean to be "certified"?

Certified Small Giants leaders are graduates of the Small Giants Leadership Academy. Each certified leader earns that title through a 12-month structured training program that builds their emotional intelligence, helps them become more self-aware, connects them to a group of like-hearted peers, and equips them to lead purpose-driven organizations with confidence. Learn how you can certify your team or get certified as a Small Giants leader.

How do I join the Community?

There are no member dues. You can join the community by getting involved in whatever way supports you the most.

Most leaders start by subscribing to receive purpose-driven leadership resources to their inbox or by registering for an upcoming virtual workshop. All of the articles, ebooks, podcasts, and videos we share are free and accessible to all.

Attending the annual Small Giants Community Summit is the perfect way to get introduced to the Community, its leadership practices, and meet a bunch of like-hearted leaders. Learn more about the Summit and register.

All leaders benefit from guidance from experienced mentors, but it can be difficult to find someone who shares your philosophies about how to lead in a purpose-driven business. The Sounding Board is a mentorship program that pairs you with a tenured Small Giant leader to help you through challenges, navigate workplace relationships, offer guidance, share wisdom, and simply listen.

Leader Certification
Enroll members of your leadership team or emerging leaders in the Small Giants Leadership Academy and watch them transform into certified Small Giant leaders. This robust one-year certification program consists of virtual learning sessions facilitated by experienced practitioners from top Small Giant organizations, an extensive resource library, access to a cohort of like-minded peers, and your event ticket to two Small Giants gatherings.

Who do I contact about contributing content or speaking at Small Giants events?

We love meeting new leaders and sharing their purpose-driven practices with the world. If you’re a practitioner and can agree to our no selling rule, we’d love to learn from you! Tell us more about what you’d like to share with the Community. We review submissions monthly, you’ll hear from us whether we see a fit or not. If there’s a fit for your content, we’ll schedule a video call to meet you and talk more about how we can work together.

How can I support the Community?

The Small Giants Community is a purpose-first organization. We are a designated L3C, a hybrid between a for-profit and a nonprofit entity that prioritizes social mission. With more than 30 percent of our operating budget coming from donor funds, supporters like you help us create a better world, one purpose-driven leader at a time. Learn more about how your donation impacts the future of purpose-driven leadership.

There’s something special about the experiences that unfold within the Small Giants Community. Whether it’s a genuine friendship formed at the Summit or hearing a story on the podcast that moves you, supporters like you make the magic happen. You believe in good business, and you’re doing your part to help bring it to life. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

What’s the connection with Forbes?

Each year, Forbes teams up with the Small Giants Community to identify the top 25 best small companies in America (a.k.a. Small Giants). These companies are honored at a celebration during the Small Giants Community Summit and on Forbes.com. Learn more about the Forbes Small Giants list.

What kinds of leaders and companies make up the Small Giants Community?

Leaders in the Small Giants Community come from privately held, small to medium-sized companies with 10 – 400 employees. These organizations span industries and range in revenue from $2 million – $200 million ($20M on average).


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Sarah Matthews

Marketing Project Manager of the Small Giants Community

As Marketing Project Manager, Sarah Matthews brings her passion for purpose-minded business to the Small Giants Community team. Sarah is a graphic and marketing experience designer from Michigan. She is dedicated to maintaining clear communication while creating exciting brand stories.

After earning her BFA in Theatre from Michigan State University, Sarah joined the sustainability sector, helping businesses and communities learn how to recycle their batteries and devices with Battery Solutions, LLC. In her spare time, Sarah can be found watching (and sometimes making) movies.

Tiandra Hodge

Program Director, Lift Scholarship of the Small Giants Community

Tia Hodge is the Program Director, LIFT Scholarship of the Small Giants Community. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan but has since visited and lived in various parts of the country. Her professional background spans education, government, technology, advertising and marketing consulting for small businesses. She is skilled at creating order from chaos, building bridges between diverse populations and being an effective communicator across global regions and varying demographic groups. Tia is passionate about social justice, diversity and inclusion and creating opportunities for people of color.

Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman is the co-founder of the Small Giants Community. He is the former chief culture officer of Stericycle, the co-founder and former CEO of BerylHealth and the founder of The Beryl Institute.

Paul is a New York Times best-selling author and has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Paul is a sought-after speaker and author on leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship, culture, and leading a purpose-driven life. He has made many radio and TV appearances and his views have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and he is currently a columnist for Forbes.com.

Paul practiced law for two years prior to starting BerylHealth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a law degree from Southwestern University. In his free time, you can find Paul spending time with his wife and two children, playing tennis, and mentoring emerging purpose-driven leaders.

Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman is the co-founder of the Small Giants Community. He is the former chief culture officer of Stericycle, the co-founder and former CEO of BerylHealth and the founder of The Beryl Institute.

Paul is a New York Times best-selling author and has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Paul is a sought-after speaker and author on leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship, culture, and leading a purpose-driven life. He has made many radio and TV appearances and his views have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and he is currently a columnist for Forbes.com.

Paul practiced law for two years prior to starting BerylHealth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a law degree from Southwestern University. In his free time, you can find Paul spending time with his wife and two children, playing tennis, and mentoring emerging purpose-driven leaders.

Jillian Lukas Rodriguez

Jillian Lukas Rodriguez is a skillful storyteller who is passionate about connecting people through the written word, shared experiences, and authentic representation. Jillian’s experiences span auto industry copywriting and social media management to brand building for artisan food makers. As Storyteller for the Small Giants Community, Jillian finds what makes Small Giants special and shares their stories with the world.

In her free time, you can find Jillian playing tennis or bike riding with her family, listening to podcasts, going to improv comedy shows, and trying to learn or experience something new everyday.

Hamsa Daher

Hamsa Daher is an experienced business leader who is passionate about people, process and purpose. Hamsa’s experiences span higher education, the tech industry, and now business and leadership with the Small Giants Community. Since moving to the States from Iraq in 1991, Hamsa has followed her passion for making meaningful connections with people from all walks of life and infusing purpose into every task, team, and project she encounters — if you don’t put your heart into it, it won’t be your best!

In her free time, you can find Hamsa spending time with family, cooking, playing Scrabble and exploring cities just as a local.

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Ben MacAskill

Ben currently runs SmugMug alongside his brother Don. He started at SmugMug more than 16 years ago in front line customer support, a focus that has helped him remain totally committed to the passionate photography community.

After successfully acquiring Flickr from Yahoo, he now brings that customer focus to revitalizing that community.

Amy Perifanos

Vice President, Strategy & Implementation, Gongos, Inc.

A change agent at heart, Amy has been immersed in the world of research and insights for over a decade. With a career path that has transversed shopper insights for some of the world’s leading brands, to launching Gongos’ creative communication practice, to instilling change management principles across the organization, Amy brings a discipline and spirit to achieving goals that deftly balances client needs and organizational goals. When it comes to strategic direction and execution, she instills a deep sense of purpose while mobilizing teams to take on challenges, often inside uncharted territory.

Amy holds a Master of Science in Marketing from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She regularly speaks at industry conferences, webinars and presents to client organizations at events including activation summits, retreats and intensive workshops.

She resides in the Greater Milwaukee Area with her husband and three daughters.

Michael Forsyth

Co-Founder, Detroit City Distillery

Michael is a co-founder and partner of Detroit City Distillery. Detroit City Distillery makes small batch craft whiskies, gins and vodkas in the heart of Detroit’s historic Eastern Market. Today, Detroit City Distillery is the fastest growing distillery in the state and is expanding its national presence.

Michael Forsyth is also the founder and CEO Creative Place Consulting. Michael founded Creative Place Consulting in 2017 to facilitate authentic community and economic development at the neighborhood scale. Creative Place Consulting commonly works with philanthropy, academic institutions, government and the private sector to facilitate real estate development, small business growth and vibrant cultural programming in America’s cities.

Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Michael served as the Small Business Director with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In his six years with the DEGC, Michael designed and managed two-cutting edge programs, Motor City Match and REVOLVE Detroit to facilitate entrepreneurship, real estate development and arts investment in Detroit’s neighborhood business districts. Michael attended Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Urban Planning.

Lisa Wells

Director of Team Operations, Venturity Financial Partners

I am the Director of Team Operations. In this role, I am responsible for the Operations of our domestic accounting teams. I work closely with our Controllers and their team members for effective team management, client facilitation, customer service and on-going support of the relationships. I first joined Venturity in 2006 as an Assistant Controller, working within the team dynamic and providing client support through month-end close and financial statement preparation. In 2011, I was promoted to a Controller and managed a team, serving clients in retail, manufacturing, and the non-profit sector. In 2014, I was promoted to my current role. Prior to joining Venturity I had several years of operational and leadership experience. The roles were always operational in nature, growing from the needs of the organization. I have my degree in Accounting from Liberty University. I love scrapbooking in my spare time and spending time with my family, two young men ages 19 and 16.

Deven Paolo

Co-Founder & President, Solid Form

One-third of the skilled workers building our country’s infrastructure will retire within the next five years, and nowhere near that many are entering it. Meanwhile, college is leading only 20% of Americans toward a career they find satisfying. Can we bridge this gap so that more people find fulfilling work in critical industries? Deven Paolo believes we can – if we expand our definition of success and look for our individual right-fit paths.

12 years into his entrepreneurial journey, he knows firsthand how much ingenuity and growth careers in the skilled trades can offer. Deven is the co-founder and president of Solid Form, a custom metal fabrication shop in Oregon’s wine country. After a few detours with jobs that didn’t align with his strengths and interests, he found his own right-fit path and now helps guide others toward theirs – within his company and beyond.

Deven has forged partnerships with educators and industry partners to remodel high school shops and reshape curricula for 21st-century manufacturing environments. In 2017, Solid Form established an educational endowment fund – and in 2019, it distributed a round of seven scholarships. That year alone, the company also hired two new team members who first connected with the company through college internships. These successes offer tangible examples for educators and business leaders as Deven shares his ideas from event stages across the nation.

Diana Wong

CEO & President, Sensei Change Associates

Diana’s expertise is in strategy and developing learning programs for improving organizational performance. She earned a PhD in organizational strategy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Dalhouse University, Halifax. With an extensive international background, Diana focuses on supporting leaders and management teams with strategic planning and meeting facilitation, organization development, leadership development, executive coaching, training and development, cross-cultural competency development and organizational learning systems. Her 25 plus years of consulting encompass industries related to health care, automotive, management consulting, manufacturing, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations. Diana is a certified coach in conducting 360 degree feedback with the HayGroup’s emotional competency inventory for leadership development to impact performance. She was the President of the ASTD, Ann Arbor chapter from 2005-06 and became a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance by national ASTD in the pioneer cohort.

Wayne Mathews

Director of Sales, Loop1

I’m a father of 2 boys (Hugh and Harry) and a husband of 9 years to my wife, Carrie. We live in the Austin, TX area near Lake Travis. I’ve been working with Loop1 for 5+ years and have been a part of the Loop1/SolarWinds community for 10+ years. Enjoy snow skiiing, waterskiing, time with family and anything with water (pools/lakes/rivers). It’s hot here!

About Shawn:
Shawn Busse is the founder and CEO of Kinesis, a Portland-based strategy and marketing firm. An accomplished speaker and author, Shawn helps business owners reinvent their companies through Marketing from the Inside Out – a core business philosophy that starts with a focus on mission, vision, and values. Shawn’s driving purpose stems from a belief that small businesses have a wealth of untapped potential – potential to create meaningful work, build strong communities, and make the world a better place.

Since its founding in 2000, Kinesis has helped hundreds of small businesses radically transform their strategy, marketing, and culture. In addition to numerous awards for fast growth and innovation, Kinesis is also a certified B-Corporation. Thrice-recognized as the top 10% of their B-Corp peers, Kinesis seeks to help visionary leaders take their businesses from “Good” to “Great.”

About Zane:
Zane is one of the Managing Partners and owners of Buchi Kombucha based in Asheville, NC. Buchi is the largest craft kombucha brewery on the East Coast. For the past eight years, he has been a part of crafting Buchi Kombucha to cultivate a culture – both the billions of beneficial bacteria in its bottles as well as a thriving regenerative human culture that celebrates fermented foods. By engaging in community centered commerce, he advocates that all organizations have a role in joining a larger dialogue around living in a more symbiotic way with each other and our planet.

About Wynne:
Wynne Odell is a co-founder and the Board Chair Odell of Brewing Company. She retired from her decades-long CEO role at Odell in January of this year. Odell was founded in 1989 by Wynne, her husband, Doug and Doug’s sister Corkie. 30 years later, Odell is now the 23rd largest independent craft brewery in the country out of a total of 7,500 craft breweries.

Wynne, Doug, and Corkie sold the majority of Odell Brewing Company to their co-workers (now co-owners) in 2015 via a combination of a management buyout and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. By selling to the people who worked side-by-side with them to build the company, the three founders preserved the legacy of quality, collaboration and contribution that they had very intentionally cultivated over the years. Both the founding and new owners are passionately committed to Odell Brewing’s enduring independence.

About Torey:
Torey Carter-Conneen serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is responsible for all matters related to the association’s business model – including day-to-day management and long-term sustainability planning. In this role, Torey has helped the Executive Director establish a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurial curiosity – providing fact-based, metric-driven strategic development to drive organizational success and impact.

As COO, Torey coaches the senior leadership team on implementing the strategic vision and planning of AILA, helping to measure progress against organizational goals and maximizing the use of available resources across the organization. His management portfolio at AILA includes the content delivery teams (conferences, publications), marketing and member experience, business development, finance, technology, human resources and facilities management. Torey has more than 20 years of extensive organizational development and leadership, tactical implementation, financial stewardship and administrative expertise. His executive leadership roles have included Interim President & CEO, Senior Vice President and COO for companies ranging in size from $7mm to $750mm in annual revenues and staffs of nearly four hundred.

His unique blend of business operations experience, critical thinking, and financial acumen have helped him successfully manage complex projects and bring cost-effective results to the various disciplines of mission-focused and results-driven organizations in both the for-profit and not for profit worlds. Prior to his leadership at AILA, Torey was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Center For American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Before CAP, he served as the Managing Director and CFO at the Victory Fund and Institute and Divisional Controller of MV Transportation – a privately held North American transportation management corporation.

Mr. Carter-Conneen is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College where he obtained an M.B.A. with a concentration on global business management and emerging markets. He also holds degrees in economics and accounting from George Mason University. He is married and a father of an amazing little girl.

About Leslie:
I am a digital marketer by trade and passion. I started my career on the publisher side working for a newspaper (Phoenix New Times and then The Arizona Republic/Gannett) and loved the fast pace advertising space. What I didn’t like is the inability to track results so when the internet boom happened, I jumped at the chance of actually being able to track ROI. I moved on to help a mortgage company create their digital footprint and then through a stroke of luck found an opportunity at a unique digital advertising agency doing some big things. I started at Sitewire as a media planner within the organization and have had several roles throughout my seven years. Sitewire evolved and now operates under a holding company, Audacious Studios, with four agencies in the portfolio. I run one of the agencies, Tailwind, and am responsible for the health and growth of the organization namely a profitable P&L, happy employees and happy clients. As the Managing Director, I have 10 individuals on my team (and growing!), with various levels of seniority. I also own a cosmetic surgery supply company (Inspired Surgical Supplies) with my husband Jon, in which I act as the marketing expert. With Inspired Surgical Supplies, our goal is to grow the business in order to sell in the next 5 years. I have two awesome kids, Everett, 4 (more coordinated than I am… and I danced in college!) and Emmett, now 8 months (perhaps a future linebacker, he’s already 26 pounds!). I spend most of my free time with my family, we love to be active by playing sports and being outdoors. To escape the Phoenix heat in the summer, we spend many weekends up in Pinetop, AZ enjoying the cooler weather and greenery (Phoenix is very… brown). I look forward to the days when the boys are older and all four of us can golf on the weekends. Lastly, I am an avid college basketball fan of which my loyalty is to the University of Kansas (Jayhawks) where I got my undergrad in Journalism. I never miss a game and love to cheer on my team, Rock Chalk!

About Mike:
Growing and fostering our creative team is my number one priority at Atomic. I take great pride in helping enable our talented team members to achieve their personal goals.

I enjoy working at the intersection of business and technology. I love helping clients research, identify, and create the right software products to suit their needs.

In 2003, I became Atomic’s first full-time software developer hire. Over the years, I’ve held various other roles in the organization. I’m especially proud of the work that I’ve helped with on our employee share purchase program, our career accelerator program, expanding our value chain, and opening our Ann Arbor office.

I have both a degree in Computer Science from GVSU and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

About Jon:
I have wanted to be a Business Coach/ Author / Speaker since I was 18 and my Dad gave me a set of tapes by Brian Tracy: The Psychology of Success. The moment they hit my ears, I knew I wanted to Help successful businesspeople get unstuck and grow their businesses.

I’ve been called the “business whisperer” because I can see what you cannot see and hear what you cannot hear at your company. I use that laser focus to help you enhance, improve, increase and evolve not only your business but yourself.

I lead you away from your comfort zone to an explosive new frontier of your shifting mindset to increased awareness. I work with you to identify your stuck and get you unstuck. We will zoom in to create a living business plan that will accelerate your business. We dive into creating the organizational chart of the right people, creating the processes and systems that get your company in growth mode and work together to infuse consistency and accountability to keep everyone on track. We evolve a culture where you and your team are inspired, motivated, successful leaders with greater, more effective communication, bolder execution- and in possession of a detailed roadmap to execute deliverable results.

About Ari:
Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory, Events at Cornman Farms, Miss Kim and Zingerman’s Food Tours. Zingerman’s produces, sells and serves all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $65,000,000 a year in annual sales. Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food &amp Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions. Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3 A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4 A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016. In 2017 Ari was named one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)” by Inc. Magazine. In 2018 he released the pamphlet, “The Art of Business Why I Want to be an Artist.” Another pamphlet, “Going into Business with Emma Goldman” came out in June 2019.

About Vivian:
Vivian Lee is SVP of People Innovation at Arkadium, a global tech company with offices in New York and Russia. Having previously worked in an eclectic mix of industries — from investment banking, to non-profits to tech — she brings a unique perspective to organizational management. She’s committed to creating innovative ways to engage employees and establish an environment that empowers employees to do their best work.

Vivian has spearheaded several new initiatives since joining Arkadium in 2016. To name a few: the rollout of a self-directed learning budget provided annually to every employee, demystification of career advancement in the form of transparent promotion-tracking, and the cultivation of an environment that emphasizes effective coaching at all levels of the organization.

Vivian’s laser-focus on improving the employee experience has translated to tangible results, both in the office and in the news. Arkadium has been certified as a Great Place To Work, and recognized as a best workplace by Crain’s and Inc Magazine.

About Chad:
Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of We and Me, Inc. (www.weand.me)—an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Leaders call Chad when they want to “gently eradicate small talk” and build a culture of connection in their organization. Forbes calls Chad a “global expert on asking questions that build trust and connection in teams.” He is a TEDx speaker, author, and creator of We! Connect Cards, which are now being used to create conversations that matter on campuses and companies in over 80 countries around the world. Most recently, Chad and his co-founder Will Wise launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter, now a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Chad has led workshops, trainings, retreats, and interactive keynotes at JetBlue, Starbucks, Conscious Capitalism International, and dozens of other conscious companies. Feel free to follow Chad via video beforehand through his interactive learning letter right here: www.weand.me/ideas

About Jay:
Jay is the CEO of Firespring, a Nebraska-based Certified B Corporation that was featured as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Places to Work in America and has been listed on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies 7 of the last 9 years.

Jay is passionate about crafting Firespring’s culture and he spends the majority of his time helping businesses find their why and deepen their impact. In May, 2019 Jay founded the Do More Good Movement to help educate, empower and amplify companies and business leaders doing more good.

Jay is among the highest-ranking speakers at conferences all over the U.S. and has informed thousands with his empowering messages. His TEDx talk on company culture has more than 1 million views. A graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters program, Jay has appeared on CNN and other national news outlets discussing the important role impact organizations play in the U.S. economy.

About Camille:
As CEO of a decision intelligence consultancy, Camille understands what it takes to make business decisions while operating in volatile environments and building strong cultural buy-in. She believes operationalizing customer centricity as a strategy for growth will produce consistent results and have a harmonizing effect on decision makers inside Fortune 500 companies. Beyond driving behaviors through impactful communication, knowledge activation, and change management initiatives, she operates under the belief that people realize their full potential when put in the right seats. Her grounding vision is to foster a culture where purpose, transparency, and innovation shape a company fit for the future. Camille is the sole owner of Gongos, Inc., a WBENC company, and is a member of the Forbes Agency Council. She served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Michigan State University’s Master of Science in Marketing Research Program and has contributed to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Survey Research.

Bill Fitzpatrick

President & CEO, Loop1 Systems

I am a geek at heart who has become an ‘accidental CEO’. I started my career in the corporate world with Microsoft in 1995 and have since stayed in the software industry but in different roles. I co-founded Loop1 Systems in 2009 as Vice President and CTO. In 2017 I gained sole ownership and assumed the role of President and CEO. Over the last 10 years at Loop1 we have built a strong professional services business that we are very proud of.

Bill’s 2025 Vision:
In 5 years my vision for myself is to be thriving as a leader at home and at work. My family is healthy and happy living good habits and actively involved in our community. I have been able to achieve my triathlon goals. I am involved in my men’s group. My marriage is strong and thriving, and Marispy and I are enjoying life together.

Lois Truelove

Director of Customer Relations, Essential Ingredients

Lois Truelove was born and raised in southern Louisiana, where she attended the University of New Orleans. Throughout her professional career, Lois has served in various industries including banking, teaching, and real estate. Lois joined Essential Ingredients in 2013. Lois is committed to making sure customers are delighted with the customer experience that Essential Ingredients provides.

Lois and her husband Chad have three children: Morgan, Graham, and Mason. Lois likes to take her dog on long walks, cook, enjoy quiet family time, and travel back to New Orleans as much as possible.

• Debt-free except for mortgage
• Married (still)
• 2 kids graduating from college
• 1 kid successful in high school
• Moved to a different role at my company
• Started to give back to my community in some way

Jimmy Steinmetz

Solutions Lead, InterWorks

In my personal time, I enjoy traveling, playing music, and watching College Basketball.

Jimmy’s 2025 Vision:
I’d like to be building creative solutions to challenges I find engaging and impactful. I’d like to work with people who push me to be better and constantly grow and improve. I’d like to be able to spend time with the people I care about and visit new places. Finally, play more music and read more philosophy

Arin Roos

Marketing Director, Life’s Abundance

Arin’s 2025 Vision:

• Leading a team of 7 at a $75M company
• Free to attend all of my kids’ activities
• We’ll have taken 3rd annual family vacation
• Will harvest 2nd lychee crop

Tracey Huff

Director of Projects and Implementations, Venturity Financial Partners

Tracey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas and received a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Tracey has served in various leadership roles with community and professional organizations and is an active member of her local church. She lives in Canton and has two daughters.

Tracey’s 2025 Vision:
In 2025, I will have become a more mature and active follower in Christ. Jayden will be graduating and she will have been taught values and will have the tools to continue to grow as a Christ-follower.

Connie Farlow

Project Manager, imageOne

Growing up in Berkley, MI, I was not one of the lucky ones who knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. From my adolescents, through college, and into my early professional career, I was searching for that magical job that would bring me happiness. In all honesty, Managed Print Services never crossed my mind. Now, at the age of 29, I have been a Project Manager for the last 4 years at imageOne in Oak Park, MI, and I can finally say I absolutely LOVE my job! Sometimes things have a way of falling into place. Along the way, I also picked up a passion for theater, music, and team bonding, which I try to incorporate into my work as often as possible. Now that I’ve found a professional home, I am constantly looking for ways to challenge myself and continue to grow as a leader.

Connie’s 2025 Vision:
I am happily married, I have a child, I work part-time at imageOne, and I am on track to go to heaven.

April Anderson

Co-Owner and Pastry Chef, Good Cakes and Bakes

From the early age of 9, April Anderson knew she wanted to be a baker and started making treats for her family on a regular basis. As April’s curiosity grew she began exploring more sophisticated recipes and started a home-based baking business in 2008. In 2010 April attended Macomb Community College for Pastry Arts, gaining knowledge on Pastry Techniques, Artisan Breads, French Pastries and Recipe Development. It was during this time that April knew that she wanted to open a bakery in Detroit. In September 2013, April along with partner, Michelle Anderson, opened their first bakery in Detroit on the historic Avenue of Fashion.

Incorporated in 2013, Good Cakes and Bakes’ mission is to provide quality baked goods that are wholesome and organic in nature and to provide baked goods in an environment that is positive, creative, educational and friendly to employees and the community.

In 2015 April, along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson and former President Bill Clinton, participated in the Clinton Global Initiative America’s closing plenary session Comeback Cities which explored Detroit and highlighted its local businesses. In 2018, April was given the honor of being a Pastry Chef for the James Beard Media Awards (NYC). She’s also a 2018 James Beard Foundation Chef Boot Camp Alum. Featured on The Today Show (NYC, 2019).

April’s 2025 Vision:

• I would love to be living on a farm in upstate New York
• I want it to be a bed and breakfast where I’m teaching classes and just relaxing
• I would love to be traveling doing speaking engagements about my life and journey and how my life has come full circle
• I’m not sure if I’m still married only because I want to move and my wife feels she needs to stay for her family’s sake

Watch the video: Oetker Collection - Endearing Places (May 2022).


  1. Vudotaxe

    This is heaped up

  2. Domingo

    Amazing! Amazing!

  3. Tojarisar

    It is a pity that I cannot speak now - there is no free time. But I will return - I will definitely write what I think on this issue.

  4. Serapis

    Don't break up on this!

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