Carla Harris checks in with James Rhee, Chairman and CEO of the clothing retailer Ashley Stewart and founder of the FirePine Group, on how he’s managing – for himself, his employees, his customers, and his portfolio companies - in the time of Covid-19.
Welcome back to Access & Opportunity. Because we are currently living in unprecedented times with COVID-19, this is not your traditional episode of Access & Opportunity. As we all try to manage this global pandemic, we're checking in with some of our favorite guests from previous seasons. We want to understand how they've adjusted their schedules, their businesses, their outlook, and their investing style. Together we want to write a new playbook and emerge from this experience stronger than ever.
In this episode we welcome back James Rhee, Chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart and founder of the FirePine Group. We check in with James to see how this pandemic has impacted his numerous brick and mortar locations, his employees and the company's overall morale. James is clearly focused on people over profits, and he offers us several playbook points on the importance of loyalty and integrity in leadership roles, as well as the ways in which we can ensure employees still feel valuable as their responsibilities temporarily and maybe even permanently shift.