Q. What made you decide to open a private-island resort?
A: I've been selling islands for 20 years as my main job and I've been all over the world hosting Island Hunters on HGTV, so I've been very immersed in the business for a long time. I own a few private islands around the world but none were the right fit for the concept I had in mind. With Gladden, the stars aligned. I found the perfect islands to build on, and David [Keener], who I worked with on another island project that was very successful, was able to secure all the permits we needed quickly and handle the construction side.