Richard Branson is in one word- amazing! I've always looked up to him as the perfect combo of entrepreneur, innovator mixed in with a true passion and zest for life. Now that's the ideal "living life to its fullest" cocktail if you ask me. He reaches for the sky, but doesn't forget all that exists below and around him.
I got to meet the man himself this past week at the Virgin America SFO-OC flight launch. It was a 24-hour extravaganza, beginning on the tarmac at the John Wayne Airport, complete with spray tanning (courtesy of Sunset Tan), champagne, snacks and an appearance by the Real Housewives of Orange County. We were then shuttled to the Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach, where I was given the most incredible top floor room overlooking the beach. The party continued on the patio at the hotel with an open bar (shoutout to VeeV - the premiere "green" acai vodka), great DJ and some fun guests including MC Hammer, IJustine, and uber-cool pro boarder Shaun White. All I've got to say is Branson does it right! Besides throwing a kick ass party, he is consistent in all his endeavors, has created a unique, quality brand that delivers great service and he is constantly working towards innovation and what's possible. If that list wasn't enough, he maintains it all under the umbrella of a socially responsible, positive and fun culture/lifestyle- now that my friends is powerful!
Check out my quick interview with Branson on Jaunted.com and watch until the end to see his parting gift to me: