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Chip Conley

Chip Conley

Chip Conley, Esalen's newest trustee, is an author, speaker and the founder and executive chairman of California's largest independent hotel company, Joie de Vivre. Chip has been passionate about Esalen since his first visit more than twenty years ago when he came to learn Esalen massage after graduating from Stanford Business School.

Inspired by his experience, he developed his own very successful business, recently awarded the #1 customer service award in the hotel industry by Market Metrix. He has been honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the "Most Innovative CEO" in the Bay Area and is the founder of San Francisco's annual Celebrity Pool Toss fundraiser, which has raised more than $4 million for inner city families in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, where his first hotel, the Phoenix, is located.


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