Thank you Business Info Guide for the profile of our book Smart Partners.
What is your book about?
Smart Partners outlines the methods and thinking we’ve used to achieve financial success while also keeping our personal partnership alive and interesting. Drawing on our unique experiences both personally and professionally, we present principles for building, sustaining, and growing not merely serviceable relationships in business and life, but true partnerships.
What inspired you to write your book?
Most people want partners in their personal lives, and many businesses start with some form of partnership structure. Yet so many personal and professional partnerships disintegrate, sometimes quickly. That’s one reason why our own partnership seems so amazing, even miraculous, to people who know us. “How do you do it?” they constantly ask. “How have you spent so many years living and working together 24/7 without killing each other?” We began to think about how we have managed to stay together so long, and then we started writing our thoughts down on paper.
How did you come to do what you’re doing today?
Our company, Burba Hotel Network, has been producing conferences for the hotel investment industry for more than 16 years. Jim has been working in hospitality for his entire 30+ year career. He was also helping UCLA organize real estate conferences through their extension program. At some point, we decided to form a company that produced events that would be set up to give back to the hotel industry. And that’s what we did. Our events have contributed more than USD$15 million to humanitarian causes and education programs, research, and scholarships for hospitality students. We like giving back to the communities in which we live and work.
Can you describe a typical day in your life?
We don’t have a really typical day. Since we produce ten annual events around the world, there is always someone coming or going to places such as London, Singapore, or Mumbai. When we are working on events at home in the U.S., a typical day involves recruiting speakers, sponsors, and delegates for our conferences and working out venue logistics.