Founder: Andrew Ritchie. Managing Director: Will Butler-Adams
Andrew Ritchie left Cambridge in 1968 with a degree in Engineering. A chance meeting in 1975 with a backer of a fledgling portable bicycle changed the direction of his career. He thought he could do better and came up with a fresh approach to the challenge of designing a folding bike. From the cramped confines of Andrew's living room overlooking the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London, the Brompton Bicycle was born. Will Butler-Adams was brought up in Yorkshire and studied Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University. He spent 5 years working in the chemical industry, and has some experience of the motor industry, having worked for Nissan and Calsonic. Will started at Brompton in 2002 and took over as MD in 2008. Over that period the company has shown robust growth.
A Bite of Native America
Native American Natural Foods (NANF)
Co-Founders: Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen
NANF was founded to create a range of foods that are sustainably grown by Native American producers. Using their native Buffalo alongside other indigenous ingredients, the products are minimally processed with care and respect, to help feed mind, body and spirit. Karlene Hunter, co-founder, is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Karlene has worked for more than 25 years on educational and economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where the company is based. Mark Tilsen, Sr. is a lifelong supporter of Native American causes. Mark began working as a volunteer in 1973 for the Wounded Knee Defense Offense Committee, which his parents co-founded. Both Mark and Karlene are deeply committed to helping the People, the Buffalo and Mother Earth through their products.
CGI under Brazilian Sun
Lobo / Vetor Zero
Co-Founders: Sergio Salles, Alberto Lopes, Alceu Baptistao, Mateus Santos, Nando Cohen.
It's been almost 20 years since Sergio Salles invested $1500.00 in an aspiring company that sought to provide what by then was something almost unheard of in Brazil: computer graphics. Together with partners Alberto Lopes and Alceu Baptistão, he managed to turn Vetor Zero into one of the leading digital animation and postproduction houses in Latin America. In 1999 Vetor Zero teamed up with Lobo, a small motion graphics studio founded by Mateus Santos and Nando Cohen. Today, Vetor Zero and Lobo are united, sharing talents and a range of techniques. Being able to express themselves in such varied means like stop motion, cel animation, 3D, live action and motion graphics also enabled Vetor/Lobo to establish their mark without getting branded with a “trademark” style, instead approaching every project with a fresh perspective and focus on the client’s needs and working with international brands like Ford, Levi’s and Coca-Cola.
Twenty years ago, Kanwal Grover took on the challenge of reviving wine drinking in India. Together with his son Kapil Grover and Georges Vesselle, the then Technical Director of the famed Champagne House Mumm, Kanwal was the first to grow French grape varieties in India. Since then, wine making has become a passionate business for all three generations of his family. Karishma Grover, Kapil Grover’s eldest daughter, is a graduate in Viticulture & Enology, with a minor in Managerial Economics, from the acclaimed University of California, Davis. Today, Grover Vineyards boasts the consultancy of Michel Rolland, the internationally acclaimed French winemaker. In 2005, Decanter Magazine, the worlds most prestigious wine magazine awarded “Best New World Red Wine” to the La Réserve from Grover Vineyards.
China Surfs to Success
Co-founders: Brendan Sheridan and Dahai Zhang
Brendan Sheridan went to school in Hong Kong while his father worked for the US government. He then studied Mandarin at college in California where he discovered surfing. Dahai Zhang was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, Northern China. Neither thought they would end up on Hainan Island in the South China Sea running a surfing company. Founded in 2007, Surfing Hainan offers surfing lessons, sells boards and clothing from a shop near the beach and designs surf packages for both international and Chinese tourists. With business up 100% from last year, both Brendan and Dahai feel that now is the perfect time for a surf explosion in China, as China’s new middle class with disposable income learns how to have some fun in their spare time. “It's incredibly interesting to bring a new sport and lifestyle to China, witnessing the melding of cultures over the common love for a sport.”