Pizza and prosperity!
So it’s like this. We and a bunch of other Beijing restauranteers kinda have a pretty sizable pool going, and it’d really help us out if you jumped online and voted the following way…
Best Place for a Date: McDonald’s
Best Chinese (High End): McDonald’s
Just kidding. Seriously though, The Beijinger is one of the cornerstones of the expat community (if not cornerstone, then definitely that one guy who always gets you out on a work night) and their annual reader awards are always a showcase of Beijing’s best and brightest places, people and… pizza. This year we’ve again been nominated for Best Pizza, Best salad and Best service. Our own Rich Akers has been voted for Best Personality, which he attributes to “the power of social media”. He then cackled insanely and vanished in a puff of smoke.
So if you’ve got a minute or three, please click on over to the TBJ Reader Awards and show your support!
Gung Ho! Team
Boat race? What about a bike race!
Gung Ho! Girls Suzie (left) and Jessie (right) were on hand to present the Gung Ho! prize at the Oxford-Cambridge Alum Christmas Ball charity auction. No they did not come with the prize!
Our Private Gung Ho! Pizza & Wine Class hosted by (actual) Oxbridge alum John O’loghlen ended up going for over 1,600rmb! Cheap at twice the price – even if it it didn’t come with Suzie and Jessie so stop asking.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Last weekend the Gung Ho! Team went out to BCIS to take part in their yearly Xmas Charity Xtravaganza! We sold pizza by the slice and got to check out the festivities. And there was plenty to check out; there were tons of stalls selling everything from cupcakes to handicrafts, cool xmas cards and fun activity packages. There was also lots of entertainment – the BCIS student band in particular was shockingly good. The Coldplay cover rocked!
Of course we never go anywhere empty handed; this time we brought a bunch of balloons to hand out. Not sure if we had a net happy impact though – there’s nothing like watching your balloon float away to make a kid cry…
“Sorry… the dog ate my pizza.”
Last Thursday, Gung Ho! Bro Jade Gray was invited to do a presentation on entrepreneurship at top ivy institution Tsinghua University. His performance was a rousing success, garnering many questions during the Q&A portion of the event, both from the floor as well as over Weibo through the event’s liveblog.
We got his guest-lecture on video and we’ll get it online as soon as we can. After all, how else are we going to find out if he really did open with the Haka?
V is for… Victory?
Every month we have a monthly meeting, and after the meeting we round up all of our middle and senior managers for training. Of course, we’re Gung Ho! Pizza so this training is never boring. We’ve had accomplished industry peeps, inspirational charity founders, once we even had the wife of China’s most famous ambassador come and talk about her life in revolutionary China for an hour!
This time we had quite possibly the least boring man in the world come and present. I don’t think there’s anyone in Beijing right now who doesn’t know this guy – he’s definitely been one of our marketing heroes for a long time!
Dominic Johnson-Hill, founder of Plastered 8 t-shirts and spiritual Godfather of Nanluoguxiang, unwilling (well, pretty willing) TV celebrity and out-of-the-box branding genius talk for over an hour about (among other things):
- His accidental arrival in China
- The sudden birth of his t-shirt brand
- His stance on the monarchy (hint: against)
- His ongoing stewardship of a hutong
- His meteoric rise rise to Asian celebrity (geographically, not ethnically)
And most of all his subversive and wildly creative take on brand marketing.
TL;DR? If Dom’s giving a presentation somewhere near you, go. Thanks Dom!
Check out Plastered 8 T-Shirts here!
Congrats to Gung Ho! Bros. John O’Loghlen & Jade Gray for successfully finishing the 2012 Beijing International Triathlon.
The event consisted of a 1.5km swim across the picturesque Qing Long Lake, followed by a massive 40km bike race to Qian Ling Mountain and back, capped off with a 10km run!
The Gung Ho! Bros are certainly no strangers to athletics; both John and Jade have been involved in athletics from an early age. John O’Loghlen is a very accomplished rower, having rowed for Harvard and Cambridge, as well as the New Zealand National team. Even more impressive, John ran an unbelievable 100km at the ultra marathon in Hong Kong last year! His experience certainly paid off at the Beijing Triathlon – John finished second in his age group!
Jade Gray is also a sport-lover. He played rugby all through high school and university, and made it into the Canterbury Under-17′s side – New Zealand’s most successful rugby team! Even his first job in China was as a ski instructor! Jade’s triathlon performance was also impressive. Despite an old knee injury, he completed the swim and bike races, and managed to complete the 10km run on crutches!
Congratulations again John and Jade! Nice work!
Happy Gung Halloween!
Hope you guys had a good night… and weekend. For a country with no October 31st tradition… and a lot of non-North Americanos, Halloween in Beijing sure lasts a looong time.
If you have a Gung Ho! Halloween pic, send it to email@example.com and we’ll post it!
Make sure you get my good side…
Last month, Gung Ho! Bros. John and Jade were interviewed by CCTV BizAsia’s Haidi Lun. The interview played over the Golden Week holiday, but thanks to the magic of the internet you can watch the awesome interview it here!
Big props to Haidi and the team!
Here kitty kitty!
After six months of vetting and research, Gung Ho! Da Laoban Jade Gray bodyguard Jennifer Thome, and the rest of the team at Peking Pups have chose two outstanding local animal rescues to support with their Peking Pups Animal Rescue Grant. Backed up by local animal lover and film producer Feline Wang of InDeep Productions, and Beijing girl-about-town and media whiz Jennifer Thome, the team researched, interviewed, shared pizzas and strategized, and dug up two worthy organizations!
The first grant went to Pet Orphans Home (汪汪喵呜孤儿院), whose one-of-a-kind simulation home trains abandoned animals to live in a home environment before adopting them out, ensuring that they won’t get into any trouble in their new home. Pet Orphans Home also has an Angel Fund, that raises money for severely wounded or stray animals. The Peking Pups fund will be used to fund a new facility manager for a year, allowing the management team to scale their award-winning operations and spread them throughout China. Follow their heartwarming on weibo @ ilovedogdog
The second grant was given to Beijing Adoption Days (北京领养日), whose viral social media marketing strategy attracts hundred of visitors to their monthly pet adoption events around town in order to help them develop an online interactive animal adoption platform. If you know someone interested in hosting this fabulously furry flash mob, you can get in touch with them via weibo @beijingadoptionday.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Peking Pups fund and contributing, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*I know! Sorry! I like cats! I’ll post a pup when they find me French Bulldog!!
Action Figures Coming Soon!
We stand behind our product. So much so, in fact, that we’ve stuck the face of the last person to check your order on the side of the box. See? That’s David. He checks the pizza coming out of the oven, and he checks that your order is… in order.
And if you’d like to learn more about David and the rest of our team, you can check out their bios on our new GHP Allstar page!
Here’s the opening paragraph copied in it’s glorious entirety (spoiler alert!):
We believe that the success of Gung Ho! Pizza is absolutely dependent on our team.
We spend a lot of time and energy finding the brightest and most passionate people, developing and training them, taking care of them, and creating a fun and productive company culture to retain them.
We really do feel that we have the best team in Beijing – most of the comments we get are not just about the pizza but also about our awesome team and service!
You’ve talked to our customer service team, you’ve met our delivery guys at the door, now meet the old guard, the Gung Ho! Lao Shou’s that rock it day in and day out behind the scenes.
GO! GO! GO!