Over the years, Regenerative Resorts has benefited from the valuable input from experts working in sustainable tourism and hospitality ventures. Some of these folks who've participated in providing their support, are listed below. It is not an exhaustive list, but just mentions some key people who are aligned and have shared their insight with us.
Russell “Russ” Savrann has thirty years of business law experience focused on the hospitality industry. Half of his career was with a national restaurant chain and with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Russ is a founding principal of Sandman Savrann PLLC a law firm dedicated to the hospitality industry. No stranger to operations he is also a founding principal of Retro Hospitality, a management company focused on non branded boutique hotels with a mission to introduce sustainable practices to it’s properties. Notably at Natural Bridge Resort in Virginia we placed over 2,000 acres into a conservation easement and donated the property to the State of Virginia for a State Park, all of the food outlets are locally sourced and we replaced a wax exhibit with a working artisans museum focused on Virginia crafts and culture. We have partnered with local universities to permit our guests to work with students on archeology digs on site, we have reprogramed our cave tours to be educational and we offer lantern tours. Retro Hospitality is developing a project utilizing repurposed shipping containers as full service spas and fitness centers and is co developing an adaptive reuse hotel in a former mental hospital.
Russ has integrated sustainability into his “DNA” and has been invited to speak at Net Impact, Cornell Johnson School of Business (“Leaders in Sustainable Entrepreneurship Series” ), University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business HTM department and has worked with Cornell graduate students with practicums related to fuel cell use and sustainability strategic planning for a large hotel management company.
Russ uses a 10k solar array, raises goats and chickens and grows much of his food in a large organic garden in a suburban neighborhood outside of New York.
As the former Manager of the Verde Ventures Fund at Conservation International, Neel has extensive experience with assessing, developing and implementing financial solutions to environmental and sustainable resource utilization challenges. These include successfully developing and implementing investments in a range of sectors and geographies, from fisheries in Kenya and Mexico, to agricultural commodities in Latin America, Africa and Madagascar.
In each case, Neel led a focused, value chain driven approach to identify conservation and sustainability focused opportunities and constraints for investment in small and medium sized businesses. This resulted in the successful development of financial investments totaling over $23 million in a range of sectors and SMEs.