He worked for his grandfather’s property firm during his school years and started his own property development company by the age of 19. Arthur is passionate about restoring heritage architecture and sees demolishing these buildings as the raping of a city’s soul.
Arthur left the United States with few regrets. His first trip to New Zealand was in the mid-1980s, after sailing on the One Ton yacht-racing circuit for America. When he made the move here in 1988, the plan was to retire and go farming. It was a naive fantasy and the reality of running a farm quickly sunk in.
Arthur turned his attention towards developing the property instead which is now known as the Formosa Golf Course and the Montgomery Farm. An extensive re-zoning of the property took place and now includes a 350 room hotel, golf course and farm subdivision. This was the first of many development opportunities Arthur has had in New Zealand.