As a co-founder of Nihiwatu (Nihi Sumba) resort and hotel, entrepreneur and business owner, Chris Burch, is a success in work and in philanthropy.

Chris Burch has an impressive track record when it comes to maximizing the potential of his employees, and utilizing his working capital to its fullest potential. Chris Burch began his business ventures while he was an undergraduate, attending Ithaca College in New York. He decided to invest $2 thousand dollars on a clothing business with his brother, Bob. Eagle’s Eye clothing line, which Chris Burch co-founded with his sibling, was sold for approximately $60 million dollars to the Squire group.

Chris Burch has worked with over 50 businesses in the role of investor and entrepreneur, and has helped these companies rise to impressive levels of success. As the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, Burch’s philosophy on investing matches his values as an entrepreneur, along with his vision regarding new business ventures. Burch has a impressive combination of intuitiveness and keen understanding of consumer behavior regarding both direct and international sourcing.

Burch Creative Capital has a portfolio of clients that include Voss Water, Poppin, ED by Ellen Degeneres, Cocoon9, 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 a couple from New Jersey.

Burch and McBride ended up turning the Nihiwatu or “mortar stone” property into a first-class resort. Travel + Leisure awarded the Nihi Sumba resort and hotel as number one in 2016 and 2017, in all categories (https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/chris-burch-nihi-sumba-island/).  This award was based on voting by Travel + Leisure readers.

In terms of philanthropic giving, Burch supports the community of locals who work and live at the Nihiwatu resort. Nihiwatu was changed to the name, Nihi Sumba, recently. Burch chose Nihiwatu because it was a resort that he wanted his family — especially his sons — to enjoy. Burch also created The Sumba Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a part of the hotel’s proceeds to the locals who live and work on Nihi Sumba.

In addition to his entrepreneurship and business roles, Mr. Burch has also been a board member of Guggenheim Capital, Tony Burch, and The Continuum Group. Burch has also been an investor in real estate projects. A few of these partnerships included architects like Philippe Stark, and Alan Faena. Faena, a hotelier from Argentina, worked with Chris Burch to convert an unutilized piece of land into the Faena Hotel + Universe.

Connect with Burch, visit Instagram, LinkedIn.

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