M. Hillman Lentz
Hillman began his career in the early 80’s in the Venture Capital business, and later cofounded Holloman Diversified Management Corporation, a Venture Capital & Management Consulting firm whose primary focus was to fund and manage Start-Ups. Hillman’s strength has been his uncanny ability to identify new and evolving markets and then to either find or create businesses to fit within those markets. His talents are in the areas of business plan creation and funding, establishing distribution channels, managing operations during the growth phase, and creating profitable exit strategies.
Some of his early successes were California-based clothing companies, Marshmallow Moon™ and Zooport Riot Gear™. In 1991 he created Hathor Investment Group Limited, and began to focus on the acquisition, investment and the growth of entrepreneurial Start-Ups within the lifestyle arena. In 1997, Hathor invested in and managed one of the early Asia technology incubators, Asia Pathways, headquartered in Singapore and one of the first of the technology incubators to bring mid-size (both private and publicly traded) companies from Europe and North America into Asia.
In 2007 Hathor invested in ChindAsia Capital Partners Limited, a company with a sole focus on cigar distribution throughout the Asia Pacific region. Hathor later invested in whisky distribution, and the combination of both has now placed Hathor on the map as a force in the whisky and cigar market in South East Asia. Hillman's love for entertaining friends lead to the development of the exclusive ChindAsia Club (a private members' club) and the launch of the franchise Whisgars (Asia¹s Premier Whisky & Cigar Bar). Plans are in play now to launch not only Whisgars but other lifestyle brands around the region. Hillman has been a lecturer for INSEAD University "Entrepreneurship in Action" program, and enjoys mentoring young people with vision.
Russ leads the strategic direction and execution of marketing for all Hathor brands. A veteran marketing and branding expert, Russ brings over 20 years of marketing experience at the industry leading technology company, Intel Corporation. In his most recent role before coming to Hathor, Russ was Intel's Director of Corporate Affairs, South East Asia. As a marketing professional with a technical background, Russ has driven both B2B marketing of new technologies to partners in the IT segment, as well for product marketing to consumer audiences through print, online and POS marketing.
Previously, Russ was the executive communications manager for former Intel CEO, Paul Otellini. In that role, Russ developed the communications strategy, messaging, and managed Intel's presence at scores of global high profile events and conferences including high level meetings with government dignitaries and heads of state.
Russ has a personal passion for the F&B/Hospitality industry. He grew up in a family of restaurateurs in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city known globally for its food, music, and warm southern hospitality. Russ is an accomplished audio engineer and has extensive experience in all areas of media production and live events. Russ has been a club and radio DJ, has managed entertainment, promoted live music events and annual multi day music festivals, and produced and directed a documentary film on the 20th anniversary of Reggae on the River, the largest Reggae Music Festival in the US.
operating venues in Thailand. Prior to
joining Hathor, Craig was a Resort
Manager overseeing the expansion
and completion of a 180 room luxury
resort in the South of Thailand. He
also has experience as a Regional
General Manager overseeing 2 ofices
in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, as well
as General Manager for a private fine
dining establishment, and the Director
of Operations for a boutique winery