Biography

· Started his 1st business at the age of 12 (in Venice Beach, CA, a very bad place in 1956)

· At 17, entered the highly prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated from it (only 4 students did that in his class)

· Headed 6 successful companies and is now building a high-end resort in Indonesia

· Turned around a drug-hangout in Nevada into a flourishing casino and remarkable place not only to play but to work in–due to the culture

· Built in 10 years, from 0 to 8,000 people, the 3rd most profitable world toy maker after Hasbro and Mattel (who bought it finally) and did it China where his industry’s turnover was 36% while his company Radica had 2%–due to the unique culture

· Built on a Central California horse ranch in five years America’s best new winery Sea Smoke Cellars (according to Food & Wine), which put its Pinot Noir in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World from the 1st year and for the four straight years–due to the unique culture

· Worked closely for six years with the best-selling author Robert Townsend (“Up the Organization”) who called Bob Davids his best student and whose egalitarian approach transformed AVIS in the 1960s

· Davids was asked to write a preface for the commemorative edition of “Up the Organization” (2007, Jossey-Bass, Warren Bennis series)

· Much like Townsend, Davids is one of the most original and provocative minds that the corporate world ever had inside

· Davids loves to share with everyone who comes in contact with him his wisdom and wit (no business person remains unaffected after talking to him and many start calling him “guru,” “teacher,” etc.)

· Davids is very skilful in attracting and giving interviews and a strong believer of the role of journalists in promotion of his products (he and Radica has been featured in many magazines and several business books, he and Sea Smoke has been featured in all major food & wine magazines as well as in the blockbuster movie “Sideways,” he and his latest Indonesian resort project has been already covered by Architectural Digest)

· He currently spends his time between his house in Bahamas where he’s a huge fan of bass fishing, his project in Bali and his winery in Central California.