On the Road

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The CEO of New York-based pre­mium lug­gage brand Briggs & Ri­ley doc­u­ments his life on the road

DE­TAILS

Name: Richard Kru­lik. Po­si­tion & Com­pany: CEO, Briggs & Ri­ley. Na­ture of your busi­ness: Trav­el­ware. Based in: New York. Busi­ness trips per year: 18. Es­ti­mated an­nual mileage: Not enough, es­pe­cially if I’m the pi­lot! Reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tions: Lon­don, Chicago, Toronto, Bei­jing, Shen­zhen or any small town with an air­port. Most re­cent trip: Hong Kong, Lon­don, Bei­jing and Seoul. Next trip: Chicago.

Good & BAD

Best busi­ness travel ex­pe­ri­ence: A three-week overseas trip to fac­to­ries with my dad dur­ing col­lege as an in­tro­duc­tion to our com­pany. Worst busi­ness travel ex­pe­ri­ence: Be­ing jailed in Bei­jing when I ar­rived with an ex­pired visa. For­tu­nately, a friend with con­nec­tions was able to get me a visa in the morn­ing.

Sup­pli­ers

Pre­ferred air­line or ho­tel and why: RK Air­ways – my own sin­gle en­gine tur­bo­prop! And I love the Na­yara Costa Rica, an amaz­ing ho­tel and is like the gar­den of Eden. Loy­alty points: ob­ses­sive col­lec­tor or not both­ered? Not both­ered re­ally. I have too many other things to fo­cus on! Favourite loy­alty scheme: I don’t have one.

Step­ping on­board

Flights: work, rest or play? Mostly work but some play. I like to catch up on read­ing my fly­ing mag­a­zines, busi­ness books and the Wall Street Jour­nal and, on overseas flights, I’ll watch a movie or two. On­board con­nec­tiv­ity: take it or leave it? It’s nice to have for sure but I can zone out with­out it. On­board habits: I’ll wear slip-on shoes, com­fort­able trousers and a long-sleeved shirt since it’s al­ways a lit­tle cold on the plane.

DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Happy never to go back to: Jail in Bei­jing! Send me back to: The British Virgin Is­lands. Is­land hop­ping on a boat with­out any sched­ule to fol­low and a shower which con­sists of jump­ing in the ocean in the morn­ing – you can't beat it. Top overseas land­mark: Visit­ing the Panda re­serve in Chengdu, China, with my daugh­ter.

room For Im­prove­ment

One thing that would im­prove busi­ness travel: Hav­ing my own F-18 su­per­sonic jet with a re­fu­el­ing tanker fol­low­ing me. Big­gest busi­ness travel ir­ri­ta­tion: When air­line de­lays screw up the plan. “I love it when a plan comes to­gether” – Han­ni­bal Smith. Pack light or go pre­pared? Pack light AND be pre­pared! Never leave home with­out: My ipad and a bunch of mag­a­zines.

Travel POL­ICY

Stick to the com­pany travel pol­icy or a bit of a mav­er­ick?: If I can fly there my­self, I al­ways will. If you could change one thing about your travel pol­icy...: Our pol­icy is bal­anced and rea­son­able. We stay at mod­est ho­tels and, with so many overseas flights, pre­mium econ­omy is a good com­pro­mise.

All AT sea in The british Virgin is­lands

The PAN­DAS Are Per­fect!

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