Japan and Dr. Andrew Schwartz
Some of our fine consumers who truly appreciate high quality cosmetics live in the beautiful country of the rising sun. For the past few years, Japan has been the largest market for Paul Pender's products. It took years of devoted effort to get us to this proud place. Besides feeling honored that Paul Pender's products are available in such a rigorously demanding market, one known for its high quality, we also feel blessed to be a part of the family that exports our products to Japan.
Mr. Shigemasa Konno visited us in the rainforests of Malaysia on numerous occasions in order to see what we are doing over there. One can never expect to build strong business relations in Asia without knowing each associate well, including all of the details involved. Over time, a beautiful connection occurred between us where we actually became close friends. Mr. Konno (pictured sitting behind Dr. Schwartz during a live TV show) and his family returned these feelings and took us to a few precious places in Japan that not many foreigners visit, including a memorable visit to one of these great Buddhist temples in rural Japan. We enjoyed a special meeting with the monks while there.
Part of the promotion for Paul Penders products in Japan is live television and, although I don't speak Japanese myself, I occasionally make guest appearances. This is fun! On our last visit, Dr. Schwartz was invited as a guest and he came all the way from northeast U.S.A. He discussed his involvement with Paul Penders. This came at a time when he still studied medicine at Stanford in California, where a think-tank included the study of psoriasis, among other conditions. Dr. Schwartz, himself, suffers from this skin disorder.
Through a rather unusual situation in life, we became connected and remain friends to this day. We are discussing the possibility of an active involvement and role for Dr. Schwartz at Paul Penders for further research in combating psoriasis with natural materials and healing methods.
Friends of Andrew appreciate his friendliness, his hilarious jokes, his deep involvement in all that he undertakes, his true commitment and love for nature and down-to-earth lifestyle. He enjoys life immensely! After he leaves work (one of his practices is located opposite the Sharon hospital), you'll find him with his family; a lovely wife and 5 kids, all working at his house near a stream in the rural hills of Connecticut. Or you will find them busy installing new equipment in what was once a huge school bus, recently bought for family outings.
Andrew and I share not only an interest in natural cosmetic ingredients but in sailing and classical music, as well. When he visits us he enjoys hearing the classical music heard everywhere throughout our offices and warehouse, all-day long.
After we enjoyed a great live show on a Sunday afternoon, seen by millions of Japanese, Andrew, with his gentle personality, won the hearts of our friends in Japan. We are proud of our friendship and professional association with Dr. Schwartz and look forward to a time in the future where we may hopefully improve the lives of those suffering from psoriasis. Thanks Andrew for being both, Dr. Schwartz and our friend.
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