Ever wonder where top executives get together for high-level meetings or corporate retreats? (We don't have to wonder about AIG after its well publicized taxpayer-sponsored shindig a couple of weeks ago.) Well, the folks at Hideaways International have an idea. They "hide executives away so that they can plan their company's next corporate takeover, brainstorm for a new product line or outline next year's business plan."
The travel specialists there organize retreats for company CEOs and presidents in ultra-private and exclusive locations:
- Private islands. Hope there are clothing-mandatory beaches.
- Elite villas. Each titan of industry with a crown of his own.
- Exclusive inns. I see Larry, Darryl and Darryl in tuxedos.
- Luxury cruise ships or private yachts. Lots of calf-high black socks and white deck shoes.
- Adventure getaways. Plenty of next-day sore muscles and agonizing leg cramps.
While it's easy to see top-level executives at places normal people couldn't gain access to, I got to thinking about business barons and the settings I'd like to see them in just once for an ultra-important meeting.
- Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump--The house I grew up in (7 people, 1 bathroom)
- Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson--Playboy Mansion
- Skin-Magazine Pioneer Hugh Hefner--Focus on the Family headquarters
- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig--The upper deck of any stadium during a rain delay
- CEOs of the Big Three Automakers--On any rush-hour-clogged L.A. freeway in the fastest car any of them makes
- Home-Everything Maven Martha Stewart--A state-sponsored hospitality facility bereft of windows and any other luxury items...wait...
- Celebrity Chefs Emeril, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali--Chuck E. Cheese (complete with birthday seranade)
Anyone else wanna send an executive somewhere nice?
Mike Werling, the managing editor of Sea Magazine, has written for Entrepreneur.com, Senior Market Advisor, Boomer Market Advisor and Broadmoor magazines.