We seldom come across a personality that is willing to do it all and inspite of the challenges succeed at it. It takes a huge amount of courage and not to mention, the multiple strategies to operate such large board of businesses on a global level. The confidence to be so relentlessly oneself is a quality possessed by rare. Some people tend to hide it, while some people are just effortless at it. And those are the people, who then are feared by nothing. Nothing can stop them, and even if there was something stopping them, they would find a way to get past it! Featuring for the cover story of The Enterprise World’s, ‘The Inspiring CEO’s in 2020’, Robbie Antonio is one such personality- a rebel with a cause.
Born in the Philippines, Robbie Antonio is the Founder and CEO of the Resident Holdings Group, the Founder and CEO of Antonio Development in New York and also the Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted-which is the sole PropTech unicorn start-up in the South-East Asia and also the first billion dollar start-up company in Philippines.
Robbie Antonio, the Founder and CEO of Resident Holdings Group, is a real estate developer, tech entrepreneur, and art patron. Being one of the biggest stalwarts in the field of consumer branding, he has worked with various celebrities and influencers for worldwide projects representing twenty (20) companies in the fields of property, financial technology, educational technology, e-commerce, home accessories, beauty, fashion, jewellery, food, electronics and gaming.
Antonio is also the producer of Revolution Precrafted, a Manila-based series of prefabricated structures by other designers such as Daniel Libeskind, Sou Fujimoto, and Lenny Kravitz. Revolution Precrafted was recognized as the first ‘Unicorn’ startup in the Philippines, in 2017. He is the Managing Director at Century Properties, heading its International Collaborations division. He has led construction projects such as Trump Tower at Century City, Acqua Iguazu, Acqua Livingstone, Milano Residences, Century Spire, and Paris Beach Club at Azure Urban Resort Residences. Antonio has overseen the development of over 45 million square feet of real estate in the Philippines and the United States. He is responsible for arranging some of the company’s collaborations, such as with Armani/Casa for the Century Spire, and Trump for Trump Tower Manila.
Resident Holdings Group –
Resident Holdings Group is a Southeast Asian-based global holding company of technologically-driven start-ups with a strategy of global expansion and interests in the fields of real estate and property development, leisure and hospitality, social media marketing, franchising, fashion and beauty retailing, fintech, EdTech, and tech-based legal, medical, and accounting services.
Its flagship company is unicorn startup Revolution Precrafted, a supplier of traditional and prefabricated homes and structures with a footprint in 31 countries in Asia, Middle East, Europe, North and South America, and The Caribbean.
Boasting over 130 celebrities, artists, and designers with a consolidated social media reach of at least 100 million, Resident Holdings Group offer homes, furniture, fashion accessories, skin care, cosmetics, apparel, food and service franchises and digital services curated by luminaries in the fields of art, architecture, entertainment, music, and fashion.
The company has a presence in key industries, offering value-added products and services envisioned and conceptualized by their celebrity partners, and manufactured to perfect by the strategic partners. Resident Holdings Group is one of the fastest-growing companies in Asia with almost 19 companies under its name.
What makes Resident Holdings Group unique is the quality of their products and services. The company offers effective partnerships with the cream of the crop whether in art, architecture or fashion. Resident Holdings also engages top celebrities worldwide to give their imprints on products that are quality but affordable, and easily accessible via social media platforms.
PROPTECH AND HOME INTERIORS
Revolution is a collection of limited edition, pre-crafted structures, including homes and pavilions. The project unites 86 of the world’s preeminent architects, artists, and designers to create an exclusive series of prefabricated, liveable spaces. With a network of cutting-edge technologies and cost-efficient production systems, Revolution is democratizing high-design and architecture by introducing designed spaces in exclusive collaboration with industry leading creatives.
“Mediocrity is a dead word for me and my team.”
Renaissance Touch is a first-of-its-kind online marketplace for furnishing and decorating interior spaces with the inspiration from celebrities, top interior designers, artists and fashion designers.
Resurgent Corporation creates income opportunities for everyone, including OFWs, homemakers and business-minded by offering direct marketing services to members and people in their personal networks. The company recruits members through purchases of celebrity-curated products and franchises offered by Resurgent’s sister units under the Resident Holdings umbrella.
Relevant Medium is Southeast Asia’s first ever integrated celebrity-inspired marketplace designed to connect modern-day influencers with their fans in a one stop shop for e-commerce, curated brands, and virtual-in-life channel engagement.
Reach Medium is an online media platform where it invites you in engaging and reaching out to your favourite Renegade Celebrities and Influencers. Reach Medium is a platform that specializes in creating contents, promotions, video greets, event and party invites from your favourite celebrities and influencers. The company aims to help the people in reaching out to their favourite Renegades by creating video greets and shout outs through the platform. Advertise and promote your events and parties by reaching a larger audience through Reach Medium, with the support of our partner celebrities and influencers, engage with your publics with our vast network and reach. The features aim to provide the service to connect with our partner Renegades.
RANGE CORPORATION (ELECTRONICS)
Range Electronics is a celebrity-designed accessible cell phone provider and marketplace app that helps merge function with fashion. Featuring cool, hip styles, and branding, Range Electronics’ products double as a gateway for people to make extra income.
REVOLT CORPORATION (GAMING)
Revolt Celebrity Games is an interactive cross-platform gaming company that features celebrities and an immersive, best-in-breed gaming experience. Watch your favourite celebrities while they play and stream your favourite games!
Another of Robbie’s significant company under the Resident Housings Group is Renegade. RENEGADE BRANDING CONCEPTS is a one-stop shop marketplace and destination for franchising and licensing concepts. The platform offers an unparalleled list of possible retail and business opportunities, in partnership with some of the biggest celebrities and influencers.
Renegade Branding Concepts will help you to get unique, out of the ordinary, licensing ideas on shopping, beauty, fitness and wellness, fashion and home design with the main goal of offering prospective entrepreneurs and customers alike with a convenient and worry-free experience. Renegade already counts boxing icon and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao, supermodel Helena Christensen, and designer Camilla Staerk, among its clientele.
“The idea is to leverage the influence and popularity of our partner (celebrity) to create marketable of business concepts that you can simply acquire and implement,”
Renegade Branding Concepts is a natural extension and progression of the real estate branding experience from Revolution Precrafted and all branded projects the company has done prior to this. Even though Renegade Branding Concepts is still in its initial stages, Mr. Antonio has made plans for an aggressive overseas expansion.
Robbie Antonio – The Founder, Resident Holdings Group
“An entrepreneur is not just a businessman. He is also an influencer and an agent of change in society.”
An entrepreneur opens up opportunities for growth by providing them employment and also opening up opportunities for the growth of their own businesses. An entrepreneur is also the contributor of growth and development of communities and also the national economy.
Robbie’s urge to revolutionize started off early, in his school days. Being an entrepreneur by heart he decided to revolutionize the real estate business by introducing the ideas that no one had explored before. With this intention in mind, he started with Revolution Precrafted, where they introduced luxury and art into what used to be a very basic need for quick home construction. They also coupled it with more affordable pricing and the flexibility of transporting those structures anywhere in the world, with speed and quality.
Having succeeded in doing that, there was no stopping to the possibilities and opportunities to grab. Robbie then established other companies that now cater to a whole cross-section of what people need these days.
Under the Resident Holdings Group, Robbie has established companies engaged not only in real estate and property development but also in leisure and hospitality, social media marketing, franchising, fashion and beauty retailing, fintech, edtech, and tech-based legal, medical and accounting services. Revolution Precrafted is the flagship company under Resident. Among them, too, is Renegade Branding Concepts —a one-stop shop marketplace and destination for franchising and licensing concepts— in partnership with some of the biggest celebrities and influencers worldwide.
With a handsome portfolio and such a successful entrepreneurial journey, the key achievements have no stop.
“Robbie says, I believe I have achieved what I really set out to do; to revolutionize the real estate industry.”
Having put that feather in his hat, Robbie then set out to do the same among all aspects of consumer, services, health and wellness, beauty, technology and ideas, among others; revolutionize them. He aimed to make them easily available and accessible to as many people around the world by partnering with influencers and celebrities who serve as role models for people via social media.
And to achieve everything that Robbie has, one needs not only great leadership, but also a team that follows.
“I always challenge my employees to be the best that they can be.”
To always aim for excellence in anything they do. Being the leader, Robbie imparts in them valuable knowledge and experiences that he has gained through personal experience so that they will also be inspired to aim for the moon.
REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY TECHNOLOGY
Currently, Antonio has (eighty-two) 82 million square feet worth of developed, in-progress, and managed properties under his belt. He is the Founder and President of Antonio Development in New York where he had the opportunity to work with Pei Partners and the late I.M.Pei for Centurion— the first ground up residential condominium in the world. He also served as the Managing Director of Century Properties where he conceived and spearheaded US $2.1 billion of branded developments with the Trump Organization, Armani Casa, Versace Home, Philippe Starck, Missoni Home, and Paris Hilton.
Antonio is also the Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted, the first and only PropTech unicorn startup in Southeast Asia and the first startup billion dollar companies in the Philippines. It is a global supplier of traditional and prefabricated homes and structures with footprints in (thirty-one) 31 countries within Asia, Middle East, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean.
In 2016, Antonio received an award and was included in list of Top 100 Art collectors in the world. In May 2018, he was named “Real Estate Personality of the Year” by Property Guru. In the same year, Antonio was also cited in the 2018 Mavericks Report by Built Worlds as one of the “25 Pioneers who’ve Transformed the Built Industry.”
Robbie Antonio’s experience in brand marketing has reached new heights with the launch of his umbrella company- the Resident Holdings. The Resident Holdings Group hosts fast-growing marketplaces and e-commerce companies. These include companies like Renegade Branding Concepts, Renaissance Touch, Relevant Medium, and Reach Medium. Renegade Branding Concepts is a one-stop shop for franchising and licensing concepts which offers an unparalleled list of possible retail and business opportunities in partnership with some of the biggest celebrities while Renaissance Touch is a first-of-its-kind online celebrity/influencer e-commerce site for furnishing and decorating interior spaces. Relevant Medium is a platform that enables social media influencers to create and monetize content while Reach Medium is an aggregated Key Opinion Leader (KOL) content curator, e-commerce, and traffic engine.
With the success of these companies, Antonio slowly began to unveil his other celebrity-designed e-commerce and e-services companies that included: Rebel Specs Design—a celebrity-branded eyewear e-commerce company that features sleek, top-notch design with unbeatable prices, Radical Couture Concepts—a company that features the latest celebrity backed fashion trends at affordable prices, Regal Jewellery Selection—a curated e-commerce jewellery brand that sells gorgeous celebrity branded rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, Radiant Beauty Selection—an e-commerce company that provides beauty products with categories, Replenish Corporation—the premiere celebrity-inspired nutrition and vitamin e-supplements company, Range Hi Tech Corporation—a celebrity branded cell phone provider and marketplace app that helps merge function with fashion, and Revolt Games—an interactive cross-platform gaming company that features celebrity branding and an immersive, best-in-breed gaming experience.
Resurgent Corporation is a premiere direct selling company in the market featuring (seven) 7 product packages and an interactive app that gamifies, intensifies, and ultimately commercializes the entire marketing experience, Relove Collections—a celebrity curated online shop for pre-loved apparels, accessories, furniture and fixtures, and also cars from our celebrity Renegades, Roaring Pets Company—an online one-stop shop for your daily pet needs, the company sells foods to vitamins and apparels to fixtures that are branded by celebrity pet owners and Rascal Kids Collection—a collection of mom and kids’ toys, apparels, stuff and necessities inspired by various influencer babies and kids.
RACE is a digital media and live entrepreneurship platform that helps broach traditional education with pragmatic, money-making skills, RIPE Discount Card—a discount membership card that let everyday consumers buy more for cheaper and helps support local small businesses.
ART Robbie Antonio is one of the youngest and most prolific collectors of international modern and post-war contemporary art. Because of his accomplishments as an art collector, he received numerous awards from different organizations. In 2014, Artnet recognized Antonio as one of the “20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors,” while in 2015, he became part of Artnet’s “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide.” Artnet also recognized him as one of the “12 Young Art Collectors to Watch in 2016,” as well as one of the “The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors for 2016.” Antonio’s passion for art has also led him to collaborate with artists such as Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Marina Abramovich, Maurizio Catellan, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Zhang Huan, David La Chapelle, Marilyn Minter, and Julian Opie.
Apart from this, Robbie also loves to invest his time in supporting causes that are close to his heart. Like, Resilience by Design is a UN campaign which supports the processes of reconstruction in areas that are affected by natural disasters and climate change. He is also among the Board Directors of Operation Smile Philippines Foundation. This is a medical charity that supports hundreds and thousands of free surgeries for the children and young adults in developing countries who are born with facial deformities like cleft lip, cleft palate and many more of such.
Throughout his entrepreneurial journey, Robbie Antonio has received many awards and accolades for his impeccable work. Some of those include-
- “Real Estate Personality of the Year” by Property Guru
- “25 Pioneers Who’ve Transformed the Built Industry”
- Forbes “Philippines’ 50 Richest 2017” (youngest person)
- “The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors for 2016” by Artnet
- “Art Power List: Movers and Shakers in the Art World” by Harper’s Bazaar
- “12 Young Art Collectors to Watch in 2016” by Artnet
- “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide in 2015” by Artnet
- “Top 10 Young Art Collectors” by Larry’s List
- “20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors” by Artnet
- “50 of the World’s Most Exciting Collectors” by Modern Painters
- “The Collectors: 40 Under 40” By Apollo Magazine
- “25 Most Influential Personalities” by the Philippine Star
- “50 Under 50” by Town & Country
- “Real Estate All stars in New York” by Real Estate Weekly, New York
- “Top 40 Rising Stars of Real Estate Globally” by Institutional Investor Magazine at the age of 28