Donald Sun stepped in to buy the AVP in 2012, two years after the Tour declared bankruptcy. Here is some information on the new owner including his background and a couple of Q and As leading up to his first two events in Cincinnati and Santa Barbara in 2012.
We've been hearing for several weeks that someone had purchased the AVP. But until now there has been very little news on who that person was. Now we know. The AVP is owned by an Orange County businessman named Donald Sun.
Donald Sun bought the AVP on April 2nd, 2012. He believes he can revive the perennially troubled tour and finally make it profitable. Some of what he learned from his father, David Sun, the self-made billionaire and owner of Kingston Technology, could very well translate to his new solo venture.
When I set out to meet new AVP owner Donald Sun last week, I had a ton of preconceived notions about what he'd be like. A billionaire's kid? I'll admit it, I went straight for the stereotype. I envisioned an Asian-American version of Donald Trump, Jr.: expensive suit, perfectly coiffed hair, self-important. Boy, was that image off the mark.
I sat down with Donald Sun just four days after he purchased the AVP from former owner Nick Lewin. Sun answers questions from readers about who he is, what he's done and what his plans are for the AVP.
Donald Sun bought the AVP in April of 2012 and has now been at the helm for three months. After just announcing that the AVP will hold two events this summer and four in 2013, I had a chance to sit down with him to talk about what he has planned and how he's going about it. Here is our conversation about the upcoming events and strategy. Also take a look at how his first three months have been for him in part two of our conversation.
Donald Sun bought the AVP in April of 2012 and has now been at the helm for three months. After just announcing that the AVP will hold two events this summer and four in 2013, I had a chance to sit down with him to talk about what he has planned and how he's going about it. Here is our conversation about how his first three months have been for him. Also take a look at his plans and strategy for the upcoming events in part one of our conversation.
The AVP's comeback spanned less than two weeks, but it served its purpose: to put the AVP back on the map. True to their word, they didn't put it back on the map the way you remember it from 2008. And it's certainly not back on the map the way you may remember it from the 80's. The new regime succeeded in making the Santa Barbara event a little different in a lot of ways.
Nick Lewin is officially letting go. Yes, the embattled former owner of the AVP sold the property to Donald Sun, who is now at the helm and working to revive it. But there was one more piece of the puzzle that Lewin had his hands in. DFA PVA II Partners LLC, the Lewin-owned company that bought the AVP out of bankruptcy, made the decision to file suit against USAV, IMG, The Leverage Agency and the City of Manhattan Beach. The lawsuit has now officially been dropped.