AMERICAN’S PROMOTING STUDY ABROAD
David Laris Chief Creative Officer, Cachet Hospitality Group
David Laris is Chief Creative Officer and President of Wahlburgers Asia Pacific JV. He is responsible for all creative execution of the CHG brand globally and oversees brand and marketing for the hotel as well as dining and nightlife offerings.
David’s name has become synonymous with the constant shaping and redefining of the food and beverage industry in China. Having spent his childhood in Australia and Greece, he started his love affair with food at an early age. At 16, he launched his career with a classic French apprenticeship in his native Sydney. He initially gained acclaim in London while heading up Mezzo, Sir Terence Conran’s flagship restaurant. Arriving in Shanghai in 2003, he launched his namesake restaurant, Laris at Three on the Bund, which quickly became a landmark in the city’s contemporary fine-dining scene.
Laris’s diverse culinary approach and commitment to service and hospitality has led to numerous awards and accolades. Beyond his own restaurant creations, he has developed original food and beverage concepts for several renowned international brands, including Baccarat, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill and Swire Hotel Group. His web-based cooking show, “Dining with David & Sarah,” has established him as China’s most famous western chef.
Martin Key Chief Financial Officer, Cachet Hotel Group
Martin Key has held a variety of finance leadership roles in both China and the U.S. Before joining Cachet Hospitality Group, he served as Executive Director for ARC China, a Shanghai-based private-equity firm focused on consumer-oriented Chinese companies. Key began his career as an investment banker in debt capital markets at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York, where he executed credit-facility, term-loan, and corporate-bond transactions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College, as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jacob A. Fisch Executive Chairman
Jacob A. Fisch is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Acorn International. Fisch’s background includes executive roles with Li & Fung Limited (HKSE: 494), a global supply chain manager and consumer products giant where he served from 2006 to 2010. He then worked with its controlling shareholder, the Fung Group, from 2010 to 2012. He served as Director of Corporate Development for the Fung Group, and Senior Vice President – General Counsel for Li & Fung Limited, where he was a member of the core leadership team and global head of legal operations, with responsibilities for more than 80 offices in 40 countries.
Fisch co-founded Nest, a Hong Kong venture firm, in 2010, and in 2011 he founded Mile Point Capital Partners. In 2013, he co-founded and became the non-executive Chairman of Dragon Law, a Hong Kong and Singapore-based technology company. Prior to these roles, he served as an attorney at leading international law firms in New York City, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
Fisch earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.
Benjamin Johnson President
Benjamin Johnson, President of Redhorse Performance, Inc., oversees the company’s sourcing and manufacturing in China, as well as the logistics of sales and marketing out of Chicago, Illinois. During the past six years, sales of Redhorse Performance products have grown by more than 400 percent, making Redhorse a leader in its product segment. Johnson moved to Shanghai in 2006 to study Chinese and began working for Roche Enterprises as an executive assistant to Robert Roche. Fluent in Mandarin, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.