Category Archives: EZ 50 – Captains & Legends

Living The Dream 活出真我 

Michael Deeb.pngMichael Deeb

Photographer


“We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else.”

Exactly seven years ago, Michael Deeb, left the corporate world in a bold move to live a full life with his family and pursue his passion for photography and travelling. He was only 57 years old; but he had decided it was time that he left his jet-setting corporate life behind to start another adventure. This time with a focus on quality of life.

“I guess it was time to focus on some “me” time,” he said. Now 64, with homes on four continents, Deeb has settled comfortably into a new lifestyle which includes going to the market with his wife, taking his two children to school, cruising on their yacht and photography. “I retook to the skies travelling this time with my family but I replaced my briefcase with my cameras,” he said. The family spends three to four months travelling each year and Deeb has been to more than 400 destinations worldwide.

Deeb previously held five CEO positions various sectors and founded two companies. He had devoted most of his adult life to working 16-hour days and travelling.This left little time for a social life and as a consequence, friendships suffered. “When you are taking 100 flights each year, friends simply stop calling you as you are never around,” he explained.

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“There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner.”

“I was moving at an exhilarating pace. So, when I finally hit the stop button, the silence was deafening,” Deeb says. “It took me nine months to plot out a different course and transition fully to a new mindset,” he said. He started to enjoy the joys of being a parent for the first time.”There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner,” he said.

Today, he still sits on the boards of some companies in a non-executive role with an investment portfolio to manage. He also has a dedicated 4,000 sq. ft. personal studio where he focuses on portraiture, fashion and travel.

Deeb believes that one should always treat others how they wish to be treated themselves. “We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else,” he said.

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“我们应该保持感激之心,好运和成功并不会让我们比其他人都更有价值和优越。”

七年前, Michael Deeb 做了一个大胆的抉择:抽身离开企业界,长时间陪伴家人,并全情投入自身热爱的摄影和旅行。他只有 57岁,但已经决定脱离全职公司工作生涯,开始人生另一场冒险,而这一次的重点是落在提升生活质量。

“这是时候聚焦在“我”个人生活。现年64岁的他以四大洲为家,舒适地融入了全新的生活方式。其中包括与妻子一起去菜市场,送两名孩子去上学,周旋于游艇巡航和摄影活动。“这次我带着家人重新航行,但我用相机代替了公文包。”这个家庭每年要花3到4个月的时间在旅程中,他的足迹已经走遍全球超过 400 个风光名胜。

Michael Deeb 此前曾担任过5家公司的首席执行员,并创立了两家公司。他成年后一天长达16个小时在工作并航行,社交空间受限,也让生活中的交友情况受到影响。他解释说,当你每年乘坐高达 100 次飞机时,朋友们就不会再给你打电话,因为你根本就不能在他们身边。

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“人生都各有阶段,我不后悔做出这项改变。如果一切能够重来的话,我希望我能早点做。”

“我正以一种令人振奋的速度前进。因此,当我终于按下中止按钮时,可怕的寂静却让人震耳欲聋。我花了9个月的时间规划出一门截然不同的课程,并完全转变一种新的思维方式。”他第一次开始享受作为父亲的乐趣。“人生都各有阶段,我不后悔做出这项改变。如果一切能够重来的话,我希望我能早点做。”

如今,他仍在一些公司的董事会中担任非执行职务,负责管理投资组合。他还拥有一个专属的 4000 平方英尺的空间作为个人工作室,专注于肖像画,时尚和旅行。

他认为,一个人永远要以希望旁人如何看待自己的情况来对待别人。“我们应该保持感激之心,好运和成功并不会让我们比其他人都更有价值和优越。”

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Auctioning With Pride 拍卖的自豪心

Stephen Soon.pngStephen Soon

Managing Director of MNP Auctioneers


“My life revolved around real estate as my investments in properties and auction events have always been about properties for many years.”

For all of us, there’s a first time for everything and usually, this first time is an experience that we will never forget.

For Stephen Soon, it was his first time to become the youngest auctioning company owner when he started MNP Auctioneers (Central) in 2004.

Soon foresaw where his career path would lead him to when he was inspired by his father’s good friend who presented him with a unique English wooden hammer that he used for several years as an auctioneer.

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“It’s about having strong core values to be trustworthy and reliable. It’s also having a great team as we operate on a rather lean capacity, we keep things transparent and recognise and reward the hard work of our employees.”

“His name was Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim and I am forever grateful to him as he encouraged me to pursue this profession. He became my mentor and guided me through the process to obtain my license, and it’s led to where I am now in MNP” recalled Soon who comes from a background in IT, banking and real estate.

MNP operates as a one-stop shop solution for all auction-related services such as pre-sales to marketing which works to promote the sale and disposal of movable and immovable assets by competitive bidding.

“My life revolved around real estate as my investments in properties and auction events have always been about properties for many years.” said Soon a graduate of Victoria University in the Bachelor of Business in Commercial Law.

The hammer that Mohd. Hussain gave to him represented many other things: honour and truth.

“An auctioneer is a sacred profession and practices the highest standard of professionalism through conducting an open, fair and transparent bidding process,” explained Soon, who’s also held the position of Chairman of the Penang Auctioneers Association for nine years.

Since he started the business almost 15 years ago, it was named as the top 50 Enterprise Malaysia Gold Award winners in 2011, National Mark of Malaysian Brand Award Winner (by SMECorp & SIRIM) in 2015 and received the award from the Best Standard Chartered Bank Panel of Auctioneers 2009 and 2015, to name a few.
When asked about the secret to his success, he said: “It’s about having strong core values to be trustworthy and reliable. It’s also having a great team as we operate on a rather lean capacity, we keep things transparent and recognise and reward the hard work of our employees,” said Soon.

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“我的生活一直都围绕着房地产展开,因为我除了房地产投资,在拍卖项目皆与房地产有关联。”

对于所有人来说,通常第一次是我们永远铭记的经历。而对孙子珑 (Stephen Soon) 来说,第一次是他在2004年创办MNP拍卖(中央)有限公司 – MNP Auctioneers (Central),成为行业历史上最年轻的拍卖公司经营者。

他在接收到父亲好友赠予的一把独特英式木锤那天起,就预见到这将引领他走向特定的职业生涯,当然他也潜心耗费了几年的时间成为一名拍卖官。

“最重要的是具备稳固的核心价值观。我们拥有一个最佳团队,以讲究精益的方式运作,因此我们时刻保持透明、认可和奖励员工的辛勤工作。”

“我永远感激父亲的好友 Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim,因为是他鼓励我从事这个行业。他成为了我的伯乐和导师,引领我顺利通过程序和取得执照,也让我有今天在 MNP 的位置。”他本身涉猎的背景包括 IT 科技、银行和房地产领域。

MNP 进行一切与拍卖相关的业务,并提供一站式的解决方案。如预售、营销等,通过竞争性招标,推进所有动产和不动产的销售和处置。

“我的生活一直都围绕着房地产展开,因为我除了房地产投资,在拍卖项目皆与房地产有关联。”他拥有维多利亚大学商法学士学位。Mohd. Hussain Ibrahim 的木锤给与了许多更深层的东西:荣誉和真理。

“拍卖师是神圣的职业,通过公开、公平、透明的竞标过程,实践着最高的专业水准。”他还担任槟城拍卖官协会主席一职长达9年。

自约 15 年前 MNP 开展公司业务后,除了获得2011 年马来西亚 50 强企业的金奖,2015 年马来西亚全国品牌奖 (由 SMECorp & SIRIM 颁发),2009 年与 2015 年荣获渣打银行最佳拍卖咨询团等等。

当询及成功的秘诀时,他认为,最重要的是具备可信赖的稳固核心价值观。”我们拥有一个最佳团队,以讲究精益的方式运作,因此我们时刻保持透明、认可和奖励员工的辛勤工作。”


By Karina Foo

Joie De Vivre 乐享人生

Nelson Chew.pngNelson Chew

Executive Director of Pensonic Holdings Bhd


Being sad or happy is a state of mind, and we always have the right to choose whether we want to spend our days feeling down in the dumps or happy as a lark.

A Google search on Nelson Chew of Pensonic Holdings Bhd, yielded more than ten webpages of remarkable content and images. The scion of the Pensonic empire, Chew is the second generation and youngest of the three sons of Dato’ Sri Chew Weng Khak, founder of the homegrown Penang-flavoured success story.

Often seen in the company of celebrities and socialites, Chew junior is a tour de force in the boardroom and among corporate echelons. This flamboyant Executive Director of Pensonic summarises, “Although we brothers share many roles together, my main responsibilities are leading the brand management, communications, market research, customer service and exports.”

The journey from Keat Radio to the multi-conglomerate Pensonic, was not always easy and filled with stark realities. “We lived above our retail shop where we had the opportunity to interact with customers. I remember answering phone calls and issuing cash bills even at a very young age.”

Although not purpose-built for Pensonic, the three Chew brothers always knew their destinies. “We were lucky enough to be given the freedom to select our majors. However, we always understood that our father wanted us to be in the business that he has created.”

The one thing I learned from my folks is to be a trustworthy and reputable person. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Walk the talk.

With friends the likes of Alan Yun and Amber Chia, it is hard to pin down a favourite celebrity. “Would it be too cliché if I say my favourite star is my dad, the founder of Pensonic? I see a trustworthy, hardworking, humble and very sharp person. A 30-minute conversation with him will give me the knowledge that’ll probably take me weeks to learn.”

Pensonic is dedicated to ‘Your Enjoyment’. As the corporate motto goes, Chew’s joie de vivre is infectious. “I bring my personal element of fun into whatever I do. Even selling kitchen appliances or refrigerators can be fun. If you make your work enjoyable, every moment will be good. In a nutshell, my whole life feels like a hobby.”

Pearls of wisdom from this inspiring individual come in spades. “Never be afraid to fail or lose. You need to work twice as hard for everything, focus and do more than others. Rewards will come in due time.”

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悲伤或快乐只是一种精神状态,我们有权选择是否在沮丧情绪中度日,抑或像百灵鸟一样的快乐生活。

如果用谷歌搜索遍视利控股有限公司 (Pensonic Holdings Bhd) 的周俊方 (Nelson Chew),将会发现逾10个网页中非同凡响的内容和图片。除了身为 Pensonic 王朝的后裔,并且作为槟城发家、成功故事创始者拿督斯里周荣吉的第二代,也是后者三名儿子中的幼子。

长期在社会名流的熏陶下,周俊方在董事会和企业梯队中形成一股强大的力量。这名神采奕奕的遍视利执行董事总结,虽然兄弟们共同身兼众多角色,但他的主要职责是领导品牌管理、沟通、市场研究,客户服务
和出口。

从父亲初始开创的 Keat Radio 到现今多元化的遍视利,这段旅程并非一帆风顺,其中也充斥着严峻的现实。“我们一直生活在零售店里,所以与顾客的互动非常多。我记得在很小的时候,就已经学会接电话和开现
金账单。”

我从家人那里学会要成为一名值得信赖和讲求信誉的人。说出和落实你的想法,说到做到。

虽然他们不是专为遍视利而设,但三兄弟却对于他们的命运版图思路清晰。“首先我们很幸运,可以自由选择专业。然而,心里一直都很明白,父亲希望我们继承他创办的
事业。”

拥有如著名艺人袁锦伦和谢丽萍等朋友,周俊方对于自己最喜欢的明星名人难以确认。“如果要我说,我最喜欢的明星应该是我爸爸-遍视利公司的创始人,这是否太老套?但我从他身上看到值得信赖、勤劳、谦虚、精明,务实的特点。一般上和他进行30分钟的交谈后,我可能需要几周的时间来消化和学习。

正如遍视利座右铭所强调:致力于带给顾客“您的乐享”,周俊方的生活方式也具有感染力。“无论我做什么,都带有本身的乐趣体会。甚至卖厨房用品或冰箱也能感受趣味性。如果你让工作的情绪愉快,每一分钟都是美好。简而言之,我的一生都像是体验自己的爱好。”

智慧的妙语如珠激励人心。不要害怕失败或失去,你需要加倍努力工作,集中精力比别人做得更多,并且将在适当的时刻获得回报。


By Billie Ooi-Ng Lean Gaik