After several years prior to my joining the project, DMG found ZERO potential sites. In my first 4 months, separate from my preparations of budgets, local staffing, creating sales videos and presentation decks, contracting, coordinating worldwide suppliers, establishing timelines and other management documentation, I found SIX potential sites, TWO of which were ideally suited and within budget, including an ideal partner and location within a few days of commencing in downtown Shanghai at Westbund in Xuhui
Sadly, the S2BN investment partner (DMG) pulled out, which ultimately caused S2BN to implode the project, leaving a trail of debt in its wake between companies and individuals (like myself who had personally bank-rolled local staffing in good faith to remain in compliance with Chinese law, only to find out months later the project was ending with “reimbursement to come“).
Still trusting the New York company, I then very patiently and very politely spent years trying to recover personal losses without any smidge of success, indeed, rather just shocking complacency. Lesson learned, crooks are everywhere, even amongst people we once admired and respected.
This is a Transformers Live introductory overview video that I prepared: