You have built an amazing team and culture at THE UPSIDE, what would you say is the success behind this?
It’s always part luck but there is an art to employing the right people. The people who are drawn to THE UPSIDE are people with real drive. I don’t like to micromanage and I give my employees free reign to really take their own initiative. At THE UPSIDE there is an enormous amount of trust and the rare thing is that everyone is an A+ player. It’s a privilege to work with my team – they are incredible.
What are your morning health rituals? How do you ‘Own the Morning’?
Yoga, yoga and more yoga!
You spend a lot of time at your home in Hawaii – where would you recommend we stay, eat and play?
My house is on the North Shore, which is renowned for its incredible food trucks. I stop at the trucks at Shark cove for everything; Acai Bowls, Thai, Vegan! Right next door is Foodland our local grocery store that sells everything from Kombucha to Veuve Clicquot! From my house it is a 15 minutes drive to the historical town called Haleiwa. Here Luibuenos is amazing for cocktails and Mexican and Beet Box is the absolute best Vegetarian in town. Banzai Japanese is so cool – you sit on the floor and watch vintage surf movies. If you’re feeling fancy you can go to Nobu in Waikiki! There is one road in to the North Shore and one road out and development has been really restricted which makes me happy. There is only really one hotel, Turtle Bay, which is iconic for sunset drinks. I stayed there many times when I was looking for my place.
What are your travel essentials?
THE UPSIDE recovery pieces are perfect for travelling in as they are super comfortable and not at all restrictive. It is important to land refreshed and my other travel must is water. It’s so important to really hydrate – don’t drink too much Champagne, that’s a rookie mistake!
Where do you see the future of health and wellness, and what does it mean to you?
That is an enormous question – it is a huge industry! It is not a fad this time, I’ve watched many fads come and go (because I am old!) and this is here to stay. Health and Wellness has hit the mainstream and that is amazing. There is so much on offer in the marketplace you can really personalise it to suit your lifestyle.
What’s next for THE UPSIDE?
I could tell you but I’d have to kill you! This company has so much scope and so many plans. I think people will be surprised where THE UPSIDE goes next!