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🇦🇺 LEON FLINT - President
Leon is President of Flint Furano KK, the company he founded in Japan in 2013, to focus on unlocking the year-round tourism potential he recognised in Furano, central Hokkaido. Leon's career background includes more than 30 years covering Japan, with senior appointments in Tokyo and several other key regional capitals including Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He has had broad experience in regional capital markets and in Asia-Pacific real-estate investing. A keen skier, Leon was among early international investors attracted to Hokkaido when major development of its ski areas began in the 80's. Like many since, he was initially drawn to resorts in the south of Hokkaido, however, the superior amenity of central Hokkaido, and in particular Furano, subsequently captured his attention. Leon is based full-time in Furano.
🇨🇦 TIM BORRESON - Vice President
Tim is deputy head of Flint Furano and leads the Company's accommodation management and hospitality services division, 'Furano365'. A resident of Furano for over 15 years, with extensive hospitality industry experience in both Furano and Niseko, Tim brings deep local knowledge and operational expertise to his role. Tim is very visible onsite at Flint Furano's luxury accommodation properties, ensuring that our clientele is well taken care of. Being something of a 'foodie', Tim loves to share his knowledge of local specialities and where best to enjoy them. Our guests benefit greatly from his insights and recommendations, notably with regard to tips and suggestions only really known to locals.
🇦🇺 BEN FLINT - Chief Marketing Officer
Ben leads Flint Furano's marketing initiatives and directs our social media presence. His broad regional-Asia understanding and experience, keen entrepreneurial spirit, and significant brand management track record, working for major names such as 'RedBull' and 'Boost Mobile', ensure that Flint Furano continuously innovates to enhance and broaden its public interface. Ben is also a very popular point of contact with Flint Furano's Chinese clientele, as he speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has a deep appreciation of China and Chinese culture. Ben was born in Hong Kong, is a graduate of Fudan University, Shanghai and he has travelled extensively throughout mainland China.
Our management team collectively has more than 45 years of direct, on-the-ground experience in Japan and throughout Asia-Pacific. This enables us to apply unique market perspectives to the timing, scope and execution of our projects. We are recognised for identifying trends 'ahead of the pack', and for the new local benchmarks of excellence we have established with our accommodation and guest services.
With every one of our projects, our design and build teams work tirelessly together to deliver on Flint Furano's commitment to excellence. Spaces are combined intelligently to maximise light, function and enjoyment, and beautiful fittings and fixtures serve to further enhance the ambiance of our properties. We are also unwavering in our attention to detail and build quality. "Near enough" is never good enough for Flint Furano.
We prioritise the use of locally sourced materials and finishes in every one of our projects, and we use local craftsmen of the highest quality to execute our plans. In this way Flint Furano supports the local Furano community. Flint Furano is a member of the Furano Tourism Association and company executives participate in its volunteer 'Ski Host' program. The Company also supports local sporting groups and charities.