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NYT: A New Sandals in Barbados

It's finally here!  Following an extensive $65 million USD renovation project, Sandals Barbados debuted on January 28, just in time for CEO Adam Stewart's birthday and 11 Gourmet Discovery Dining choices that span the globe from French Brasserie at Bayside and Japanese Teppanyaki at Kimonos to a world class steakhouse, Butch’s Chophouse and Bombay Club, the brand’s first ever Indian restaurant.  Can't wait to visit....

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A Royal History Repeats

"This is what you spent our life savings on?" These were the very words uttered by my mother upon viewing, for the first time, the run-down White Plains, NY appliance store that my father would later turn into a successful business. 

An illness precipitated his leap of faith many years ago with its launch constructed in a Yonkers, NY apartment, not by business strategists and communication specialists, but rather with friends and family stuffing thousands upon thousands of new business announcements.  A digital roll-out didn't exist at the time and there were limited funds for advertising outside our stamp and envelope campaign and my father's relationships in the industry.  And yet within just a few short years, it thrived.

More than 20 years later, I now stand at the start of a new venture myself. This time its launch was crafted in NYC, and yes, clearly there were communication specialists strategizing its roll-out, but at its heart, it was a leap of faith supported by family and friends.  As the daughter of small-business owners, hard-work was never an option, it was a given.  And while I likely won’t be able to pass on my last name to those that come next (which, let’s be honest, is really a shame for them), I will be able to pass on a family legacy of another kind: an entrepreneurial spirit and of course our most well-known trait, a big mouth.  

And with that sentiment in mind, here's to hoping this new start follows my parents' path to success; here's to a Royal repeat. - SR

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Something to Pitch About

How marvelous it is to feel brave.  Everyone, especially women, particularly women - should know and relish this feeling of understanding your value, preparing and then taking a chance.

When I was a young college grad, I dismissed any plans I may have had to go to law school.  Nearly thirty years later, this decision is still met with some consternation from my mother but the situation did require a creative response to “what next?”  And so I asked.  I reached out to every Rutgers alum who I thought was doing something interesting and asked if I might meet with them. Many were so gracious with their time and it was on one of these meetings that I met Jim and Barbara Furey, who ran (and still do) a media company with ties to the Caribbean, and the course of my life changed.

The research is clear: women too often don’t ask… for the corner office, for a raise, for what they really want, but not the women of Decker Royal.  At its heart, this is precisely what “Something to Pitch About” is well, about.  Here, we’re going to ask, confront, have fun and contemplate those things that are on our minds, even if they’re not particularly polite, especially if they’re not polite.  Because, like the perfect pitch, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.  - CD

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