Lucas Visser is out at 6.00am on Sunday morning scouting locations for a new upcoming short film. Stay strong, Lucas!
Sunday Morning Shoot
Brian Pierce picks some lemons this morning from his beautiful home in Alameda, CA.
Gateway to the Bay
The Golden Gate Bridge is a sexy piece of architecture. The gateway to the bay never gets boring, no matter how many times we see it. Nigel is in the Bay Area, visiting clients.
Happy times in Birmingham, England, as Nigel and his cousin see each other for some quality family time
12 days, 18 customers, 17,000 miles, 2 lost bags and new friends across Europe. Nigel reflects on the trip as he departs London and starts the extremely busy Q4 process of writing 2020 statement of work orders for our customers.
Bags Found in Amsterdam
Nigel's bags were found in Amsterdam - wonder what they were doing there...
La Sagrada Familia
The most beautiful piece of architecture in Spain and Nigel's personal favorite religious location from all corners of the world. It's much closer to completion than the first time he visited Barcelona in 1972
Top 3 Cities
In case anyone ever thought Barcelona wasn’t in Nigel's top three cities in the world, the architectural design is transforming quickly in the Gaudi dominated city. Nigel has arrived at his second to last city of this extensive Euro trip.
Nigel is studying the simplicity of Synthetic Sapphire, a new material being used in the Hublot watch with a silicon wrist band. Looking at this beautiful timepiece, it's clear that Swiss watchmakers have done it again. Today is only a "looking" day - he's not buying...yet.
As Nigel visits Basel, Switzerland at night, he points out that one giant Biologics CDMO is headquartered in here, and we can all agree - it's not a bad place to have your headquarters.
Rare Book Hunting
Looking for rare books in Zurich for new library, Nigel finds a street that sells rare books from around the world.
La Défense, Paris
La Défense in Paris is a new area of the city that has grown from the financial district.
Moving fast and onto the last leg of the two week trip, Nigel enjoys an evening in Zurich, Switzerland, a city that balances the French and the German. There's no denying - it's a real beauty at night.
Scouting in Paris
Stopped for a selfie while scouting locations for a client event in Paris.
6 Customers, 2 Days
Haig is also in town during Nigel's visit to Paris - so how do you cram in seeing 6 French customers in 2 days?
Back to Servier to plan for next years business growth in Paris today. The new CEO for the Servier CDMO takes over today, October 1st - it's always a productive day at Servier!
Parisian Financial District
Nigel has traveled to a different area of Paris as he continues to visit clients in France. Pictured here is the city's newly expanding financial district, as viewed from the Suresnes area.
Nigel is just leaving GSK, a valued customer for last seven years. That's Nice is looking forward to supporting them at CPhI worldwide!
Studham Village Church
Nigel took a picture here last year, but it's still a dramatic scene worth revisiting at Studham village church in Bedfordshire.
International Correspondence Schools Certificate
International Correspondence Schools, certificate from 1935, Mr. Sydney Whitehurst. This course was for “Sign Writing,” the origins of communication in Nigel Walker's family.
Nigel is back in sunny England seeing family and friends in between a jam-packed 2 weeks of client visits. It's time to put on the new shiny jacket, and help with the gardening.
Hampton Court, London
Nigel visits Hampton Court, London, his last stop of the day.
City of Love
On the theme of exploring, Nigel heads back to Paris (making it his fifth city stop in five days) to see a client and a client prospect, in the city of love.
Piazza Duomo Plaza in Milan
Piazza Duomo Plaza in Milan, there are a handful of more beautiful sites of religious architecture than here.
The Perfect Frame - Rozzano, Italy
Rozzano, Italy is Nigel's next stop on his current European tour. He was shopping for frames and look what was found - the TN brand colors, glitter and orange, together.
Munich's Octoberfest, translates to some serious drinking of German beer in 2 liter glass steins. Nigel might be there supporting the locals today...
Nice Passion Inspiration
Carl Laemmle was an American filmmaker and founder of Universal Pictures - which he owned until 1934. Laemmle, who was born in Germany, produced or worked on over 400 films. His likeness is represented in this simple statue in Laupheim. Taking inspiration from film greats, we're happy to announce that NicePassion continues to move forward with three new short films.
Nature of Science Return
Lucas works on the cabin from our Nature of Science piece in much nicer weather - here he is mitering pine paneling for the interior walls.
Tomokazu Matsuyama Mural
Our friend Tomokazu Matsuyama is finishing his Bowery mural. This piece, roughly 20x40 feet, will be finished Sunday, 9/22. If you are in the city, come to the corner of Bowery and Houston, and check it out, it is amazing!
The Kensico Dam
Nigel and Lucas rode their bikes 25 miles last Saturday and Sunday to Kensico Dam up in Westchester County.
Graphic Westchester Dam
Nigel captures the graphic quality of the Westchester Dam, a public works project.
Westchester 9/11 Memorial
Lucas and Nigel bike to the Westchester 9/11 Memorial at the Kensico Dam Plaza, north of White Plains.
BioProcess International Night Out
BioProcess International Week
Nigel is attending BPI International in Boston along with 15 accounts - he's looking forward to the week ahead
Lucas did not know why this was called Thunder Cove until he got there. There was a storm in the distance and the waves were crashing one after another. To the left of this image is a bank of dirt and rock about 30 feet high. This feature amplifies the sound of the waves and the result is literally thunderous!
Next up, French River. This is probably the most photographed and painted area of PEI for obvious reasons. It’s an old fishing village that still retains it’s charm. It’s also located on the north shore of the island and is a bit west of PEI national park.
This is part of Prince Edward Island National Park on the north coast, north of Charlottetown. The water and beaches are pristine and as you can see, sometimes you can have the whole beach to yourself.
Heading to BioProcess International
Nigel is off to BioProcess International in Boston to see customers - it's that time of year again - the garden is starting to turn ahead of the fall season.
Grifols at BioProcess International
The Grifols booth shines at the BioProcess International show in Boston.
Gray PEI Barns
Another stop and shot of a wonderful old barn still in use. The barns in PEI tend to be Gray as opposed to the usual Red, New England style.
Rustic Scenery, PEI
Driving around Brian and Lucas would come upon scenes where they had to pull over and take a shot. Rusty old farm equipment sitting out in a field just begs to be photographed.
Tea Hill Stable, PEI
Brian and Lucas visited Tea Hill Stable on their travels in PEI. It is a beautiful stable, and the owners graciously allowed our team to capture the beauty of it - as demonstrated by this image of a speckled mare having lunch.
The GranFondo Bicycle Race
First thing the next day, Brian and Lucas were at the start of the GranFondo bicycle race: a 150k loop around the middle of PEI stretching to the North coast, starting and ending in Charlottetown.
Sunset on the Other Side of Confederation Bridge
On the Way to PEI
Jack’s Drive-In has been in this same location since before Lucas was born. They are famous for their sliders, which are hamburgers with a helping of caramelized onions. They start cooking the onions in the morning and you can smell the place a mile away. Lucas helped himself to two sliders with cheese and a chocolate shake.
The Pumpkin House
This is the house of Lucas' childhood friend, Seth. His father designed, came up with the process and built this house, which was known as "the pumpkin house." Lucas' father built the garage as an extension.
Lucas poses in front of Crystal Lake, a local swimming spot near his childhood home.
Memory Lane in Upstate NY
Taking a trip down memory lane, Lucas snaps a quick flick in front of his alma matter, Averill Park High School.
After the shoot at the Milford Rentschler site, Lucas Visser stopped by his hometown of Averill Park in Rensselaer County, upstate New York. Here is is posed in front of Poestenkill Elementary.
Shooting Rentschler Biopharma SE
It's a Wrap
The team poses after the a successful shoot on PEI at the Island Hill Farm is wrapped.
The goats at Island Hill Farm are officially part of the Nice Passion team.
Island Hill Farm Shoot
The Nice Passion team films on the Island Hill Farm surrounded by lovable goats.
Lucas looks for the drone, wondering why the drift is on with the runway from the sea. Nigel knows the answer - it's because of the wind!
Island Hill Farms
The Nice Passion team is filming at Island hill farms today, where they make soap and other products from goat milk.
Sakina takes in the beautiful English architecture in Westminster.
Sakina went to Laduree with friends while she was in London - she enjoyed the Ispahan dessert which included fresh lychee and raspberries!
London Highlights - Harrod's
Sakina made sure to stop by high-end Department Store, Harrod's while on vacation in London.
Candies from London
Accounts intern, Sakina, brought chocolates and candies to the office from her trip to London.
Congrats, Aston Villa
Congratulations to Aston Villa for their first win in the premiership in three years. Up the Villa!
Mint Condition Eldorado
A mint condition Cadillac Eldorado sits in a car museum in the south.
Must Be Kentucky
Horse + Racing + USA? Must be Kentucky.
Both Nigel and President Trump are visiting Louisville today, but there's no need to meet up there - they both permanently reside in New York.
Precision on Show
It’s a privilege to watch the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Rolling Out the Big Guns
Violet learns from big data – 6 tons used to sent a 330 pound ball over 2 miles.
Strategy Director, Mark Allen, admires the fortress that is Edinburgh Castle. Strong foundations last a very long time, even though there has been numerous ‘owners’ over the years.
Confusion on Location
Out on location, Brian and Lucas are obviously confused.
Weekend Bike Ride
Lucas and Nigel went for a 60 mile bicycle ride over 6 hours, burning over 4000 calories as they traveled from Westchester to Garrison, NY, 8 miles past Bear Mountain.
Lost in the Woods
Don't take a wrong turn! Lucas gets lost in the woods looking for bears.
In the Catskills
Out in the Catskills, Nigel, Lucas Visser and Sean (featured in the Nature of Science video) are finishing up a film for the next Nice Passion Video.
Nigel notices a 30’ American flag in upstate New York, a beautiful sight on his weekend hike.
500 Knots Across Paris
It was just about 12 months ago that Nigel and Brian were flying at 500 knots across the south of Paris. Notice the "Rescue" sign with two yellow arrows, because they needed it.
On Top of the World
Saba Malik takes a trip downtown after work and is amazed by the breathtaking city views.
Fun in the Sun
Enjoying the nice weather and beautiful views while relaxing in Central Park.
Immersed in Marketing
Accounts intern, Saba Malik, explores Times Square, the epicenter of marketing and advertising!
NYC or Dubai?
While getting dinner at Rosa Mexicano, Sakina is reminded of the Floating Man Wall in the Dubai Mall - and it's easy to see why!
Natural Bone Yard
Nigel takes a dramatic shot near a run-off of river logs, reminiscent of a bone yard for nature.
Down the River
Nigel has journeyed a few hundred miles downstream, leaving Colombia and moving into Peru. Pictured here are the overhead leaves above the new boat that he has moved to.
It was a great sunset last night on the Amazon River - Nigel is heading west today.
England Wins World Cricket Cup
England wins the World Cricket Cup by the tiniest of margins, beating New Zealand on the final ball of the final in overtime.
Lewis Hamilton Wins at Silverstone
Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, who has won the British F1 Race at Silverstone Race track, for a record 6th win at this track.
Nigel rents a boat in Cincinnati, while spending the weekend with his Lamborghini friend; pontoon boats are not fast, but fun? Yes, they are.
New Mexico River Trip
Nigel is in New Mexico on a trip on the river during a beautiful, hot, 100 degree day.
Cincinnati Airport Exhibit
Nigel is leaving Cincinnati after seeing customers, before a long weekend break. The Cincinnati airport currently has a beautiful dinosaur exhibit on view.
A Familiar Hummingbird
Nigel captures a humming bird at a sugar water feeder at the boat launch Cincinnati and remembers the Capsugel branding project That's Nice completed in 2016.
Sweltering Hot Europe
Nigel is returning from a sweltering hot Europe - the heat peaked at 113 degrees in southern France.
On-Site at SPI Pharma
Events Director YiYi Liu and Accounts Director, Partner, Wei Gao are on-site at SPI Pharma.
Lewis Hamilton Comes Home
Lewis Hamilton will be in his hometown this weekend; the Silverstone Circuit is a motor racing circuit in England located next to the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury, close to where Nigel grew up.
W Hotel Barcelona
The W Hotel in Barcelona brings back memories for Nigel of CPhI World Wide, when he missed the Alcami event after trying to fix a client booth, after another fabricator walked off the job. That’s Nice will be back in Barcelona in September.
Nigel leaves our wonderful customer, Grifols, in Barcelona as we start to discuss the business strategy for 2020.
Haig and Nigel in London
Nigel and Haig have been visiting a tea house garden in Central London, a great start to any week
Flowers in England
Nigel enjoys the flowers on beautiful English summer day.
A Bubble in a Bubble
Here's how to make a bubble within a bubble, whilst inserting you face into the larger bubble.
Wedding in Hampshire
Nigel fulfills his Best Man duties at a friend's wedding over the weekend, enjoying good times in Hampshire, England. Congratulation to Charlotte and Mike!
July 4th in England
Nigel celebrates 4th of July in England with one sparkler - it's not really a celebration, but more for his America friends who rag on him every year.
Wimbledon, is heading into it first full weekend and the weather has been perfect for upsets.
Rentschler at Home
That’s Nice is visiting Rentschler at home.
Nigel is just leaving Paris after seeing Servier, continuing the long term relationship with a great French Innovator company.
Servier CDMO Outside Paris
Servier CDMO is based on the outskirts of Paris - it's a great campus for collaboration.
Nigel is visiting our client Cenexi, just outside of Paris.
Nigel is leaving München, Germany and heading over to Paris. With each vist, Nigel appreciates München more. Pictured here, a delightful exhibit in the airport using green sponge.
Longtime friend, Bernardo is surfing in Munich, in the English Gardens.
Smart Car Food Delivery
Nigel has arrived in Munich, Germany and the smart cars are in full force on food delivery.
Meeting GSK in London
Nigel makes a brief stop over in London to see long term customer GSK.
Old Friends in London
Nigel spends time with his old friend Phill in London.
England v. India in Cricket
Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, located in the center of Trafalgar Square, London. Nigel is flying through London to watch England beat India at cricket (this one is for TJ, Market Research Director and Indian cricket fan).
Nigel is sight-seeing around Krakow, which is as modern city as any other in Europe. Are you surprised? He was!
Interesting advert in the window of a deli in Krakow, Poland. How do they evenly apply the tomato and mustard?
Ride for the Living Reception
Congrats, Brammer Bio!
Congratulations to he winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New England Award, Mark Bamforth for BrammerBio.
Racing Through Poland
Nigel has a delightful day in Poland, attending an awards ceremony celebrating the Kadis' family’s commitment to the JCC in Krakow.
Biking With the JCC in Poland
Nigel is in Poland, biking in support of the Jewish Community Center (JCC). “Ride for the living 66 miles from Auschwitz Birkenau to Krakow."
Photoshoot with Brian
Brian snaps a photos of Steve Phillips, from the tradeshow booth construction company Punch, for our website.
Last Day at DIA
Brian Pierce poses in front of the DIA sign on the tradeshow's last day.
Yourway Booth Setup at DIA
Wei Gao and Patrick from Punch pose in front of the Yourway booth at DIA.
Brian and Wei enjoy dinner ahead of DIA with clients Leandro and Duncan from Yourway, and a blast from the past, former Media Manager, Mimi Chen!!
A Pre-DIA Selfie
Accounts Director, Wei Gao and Brian Pierce, Director of Digital Capture take a selfie in front of the Yourway booth ahead of the DIA show in San Diego.
The DIA Yourway Booth
Wei Gao, Accounts Director, completes the finishing touches on the Yourway booth at DIA.
Clouds Over Carolina
When the clouds are rumbling over the Carolinas you know change is around the corner.
Guess for a Gift
Think you know the address of these NYC doors? Call us at 212-366-4455, and we will send you a gift for getting it right!
Chrome Barney's Branding
Thank You, MSKCC
Nigel is celebrating the fine work of the medical staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center this week. While supporting a friend during a difficult time, the staff from the state-of-the-art, recently completed new treatment facility in New York City were not only caring but professional in every way.
Nice Passion Flight of Freedom – Booth #4201
Brammer Bio / ThermoFisher Booth #1501, 643, 1301, 2027
Brammer Bio is now part ThermoFisher! Come visit the Brammer Bio team at BIO International.
Fareva in Q2 Pharma’s Almanac - Booth #3455
That’s Nice – Meet the Staff at Booth #4201
That’s Nice will be waiting to greet you at booth# 4201, getting ready for the biggest Biotech show of the year.
Rentschler Biopharma Booth #2719
Come visit the new Rentschler Booth# 2719 at BIO International.
AbbVie Booth #526, 2927
If your haven’t yet, read the AbbVie article in Q2 Pharma’s Almanac, AbbVie is much more than just Humira.