Category Archives: Entrepreneur

Shiraz Boghani

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Shiraz Boghani is a man who knows all about providing service and reaping the rewards of his efforts. His travels take him from as far as Kenya is to the United Kingdom. Along the way, there are times of hard work, smart business moves and also of riches gathered in the name of progress and innovation.

In the end, Shiraz ends up as Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group which is kind of a big deal on its own.

But on top of this accomplishment he is also awarded Hotelier of the Year in the Asian Business Awards for 2016. This is a recognition of his sharp business mind, dedicated commitment and groundbreaking progress, not just for the field he works in but for his community as well. As a matter of fact, he has more than three decades worth of experience in the hotel industry. Shiraz Boghani oversees 19 different locations and he is credited with bringing such innovative concepts as limited hotels to the United Kingdom.

There are many names for some of the crown jewels and his long line of accomplishments. One of his biggest accomplishments just happens to be the Hilton London Bankside.

But, this businessman is just not all about his money or legacy. He is also focused on helping others and answers to a higher power himself as a leader of men within his business organizations. That is a precisely why he donates generously to the Aga Khan Foundation which does everything it can for those in need in the United Kingdom. But he also donates to the Aga Khan Development Network which does all that it can for those in need across the globe.

And, it’s not surprising that Shiraz understands the value or teamwork. That is why he praises the support and guidance that he gets from the Splendid family organization which is where he gets his support and guidance from. However Shiraz is not just all about hospitality and providing service for people who are feeling just fine.

He also has a genuine concern for helping those who are in need of medical care as well. That is why he is a joint partner in Sussex Health Care, a group of highly trained and caring medical professionals who help others every day of the year.

As if that was not enough to make him a good person, he also donates his time and energy to charitable organizations as a hands-on contributor. This means that he’s not just a believer in check book charity. He actually rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands sweaty while helping others.

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Category: Entrepreneur, Hotelier

Moving On With Livio Bisterzo

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One of the most rapidly expanding natural snack food companies has intensified its investor backing with funding from actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.

Livio Bisterzo, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of HIPPEAS, said DiCaprio joins Strand Equity Partners in making financial support available to the company.

Livio Bisterzo shared in a statement how excited he is to bring in partners who have the same regard and insight as HIPPEAS.

According to Seth Rodsky, co-founder and managing partner of Strand Equity Partners, he looks forward to the future advancement and growth of snacking through the collaboration. The size of the investment was not disclosed.

In addition to setting up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, academy award winner and activist DiCaprio functions on many environmental boards such as the World Wildlife Fund, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the National Geographic’s Pristine Seas and more.

Leonardo DiCaprio also recently invested in sustainable seafood brand, Love in the Wild.

Bisterzo, who currently lives in Los Angeles, lived in the UK for several years and attended London’s University of the Arts. He began his entrepreneurial journey with his own events company after graduation. Other businesses include ventures in consumer brands and hospitality.

Livio Bisterzo founded Green Park Holdings in 2015. The company, which develops advanced multichannel food and beverages, launched its first brand HIPPEAS, a year later.

HIPPEAS, the light, crispy, chickpea-based healthy snacks, are certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. A 1-ounce serving bundles 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber into a low calorie snack.

Flavors include vegan White Cheddar, Sriracha Sunshine, Bohemian Barbecue, Far Out Fajita among others. They are available in 20,000 stores across the United States and the United Kingdom.

The company’s philosophy revolves around “taste good” and “do good.” In keeping with that way of thinking, a portion of every purchase goes to Farm Africa, a charity that helps farmers in rural east Africa.

Research firm Packaged Facts disclosed the sales of chickpea snacks in 2016 increased 150 percent. Market research firm Rogue Thought Consulting had the same opinion and found the numbers for chickpea snacks rose by 153 percent last year.

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