JONATHAN GARRISON: From Punk Rock to International Business
#046 - From Punk Rock to International Business | Jonathan Garrison
This week's guest is Jonathan Garrison. Among his other career highlights, Jon was a VP at Goldman Sachs for almost 10 years in both the US and China, a former General Manager of Dalian Wanda Group, an Executive Producer on the movie SOUTHPAW, and most recently, the founder and CEO of a new venture called En Route. Jon’s story is very unique and seriously impressive, but what’s maybe the most impressive is how humble of a guy he is, considering all that he’s accomplished. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably the only interview I will ever do with someone who can just as easily and completely authoritatively discuss helping spearhead Goldman Sachs’s entry into China, the Dalian Wanda Group’s splashy self-introduction to Hollywood for the launch of Qingdao Studios, AND rocking the stage as frontman for his own punk rock band back in the days when you could still run into Henry Rollins in the crowd, or have someone pull you up onstage to belt out a song with him before tossing the mic and diving back into the mosh pit. This is a good one.
Of course I hope you listen to the whole interview, but moving forward I am taking a queue from my friend Fei Wu and am now going to bullet point my show notes with a rough timecode reference so that you can skip to the part you’re most interested in hearing - ideally for a second time. However you listen, though, I can glad that you do and I hope that you enjoy.
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[3:30] - Jon Garrison intro / early days
[7:00] - From Utah / Boston / China intro
[11:00] - Goldman Sachs: from the US to China
[13:30] - Building a business and a life in China
[16:30] - Dalian Wanda group: Hollywood outreach & Qingdao Studios
[35:30] - Back to the US: Park City Studios
[37:30] - Back to China: En Route Media
[50:30] - Chinese cooking
[52:00] - Rock and punk roots: Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Agnostic Front, Dag Nasty, Slayer, and more
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