Linden Center finalist for US Secretary of State’s 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence

We are proud to have been one of the nine finalists for the prestigious Award for Corporate Excellence. The ACE was first started in 1999 to commend US-owned businesses that play pivotal roles around the world as good corporate citizens.  We were chosen by an interagency committee among nominations submitted by US ambassadors around the world.  We were praised for our struggle to develop more sustainable development and tourism models in China, as well as our heritage preservation efforts. 

Linden Center, a US boutique hotel business operated in southwest China’s Yunnan province, narrowly missed the Secretary of State’s 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) when the annual award was announced Tuesday.

Linden Center was one of the nine finalists announced by the State department on Nov 19.

Linden Center, located in Xizhou town of Dali, a scenic city known for its stone forest in Yunnan province, was founded by Brian Linden and his wife Jeanee Linden. The 14-room hotel is reported to be a refurbished courtyard home of local ethnic Bai nationality.

The couple invested almost all their savings a decade ago into the restoration of the courtyard house, known as Old Yang Mansion, a state-listed historical site, by reviving its past glory.

Linden Center is a hotel operated in an ecologically sustainable manner that fostered awareness and appreciation for cultural heritage, according to a State Department press release.

It renovated an important historic building and converted it into a boutique hotel, which promotes local musicians and other artists. Linden Center also recruits employees from local communities to promote pride in their cultural heritage, according to the press release.

Linden first went to China in 1984 as a student and worked as a photographer for the Columbia Broadcasting System.

“I was a young fella, aimless and with no dream 30 years ago. China has been a mentor who has been supporting and guiding me,” he said in fluent Chinese at a ceremony in Beijing in November last year when Linden Center won the 2013 China Right Here Award.

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