Malaysian Entrepreneur Convention 2017

Few months back, I received a phone call from Dato KK Chua to invite me to moderate a forum at the Malaysian Entrepreneur Convention 2017.

For those who have not heard of this program, this is the entrepreneurs convention that made it into The Malaysia Book of Records as Malaysia’s Largest Entrepreneur Convention in 2016 with over 2,500 entrepreneurs under one roof!

Dato KK and I agreed to create a forum on bringing entrepreneurs to share their journey of hyper-growth and exit through merger and acquisition. I thought that this would be an interested topic that would add tremendous value to the crowd.

So, I called 3 of my very good friends who agreed immediately to be featured in this forum.

Who are they?

First, I had George Ang, founder of Revenue Valley who owns Manhattan Fish Market, New York Steak Shack, master franchise of Tony Roma’s, Fire Grill and Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen. In 2012, Ekuinas, the government-linked private equity fund paid RM64.7 million for a 85.76% stake in Revenue Valley Group.

Second the on the list?

Alan Lim, the man who founded MediaBanc and went into a merger with Media Monitors which later on went listed on the Australian stock exchange in 2014 at market capitalization of AUD440 million (RM1.2 billion)

And third?

Tham Lih Chung, co-founder of Rhombus Connexion Group, a F&B ecosystem company. Within a short span of 2 years, Rhombus Connexion now owns 19 home-grown brands which include, among others, Wondermama, Rama V, Dancing Fish, The Morning After, The Beer Factory, and Suzie Wong. The group currently has 49 outlets across 4 countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Myanmar.

I was learning so much being a moderator. What I’ve learnt through this forum is entrepreneurs must have the skill to sell a grand vision and most importantly, the capability to manage expectations of all stakeholders and investors!

After the forum, I also invited all 3 panelist to be featured in Owners Circle’s upcoming education programs where I’ll continue to interact with them to share their strategies, tools and tactics that they have applied as entrepreneurs to build and scale their business with the most up-to-date case studies!

We ended our evening at Malaysian Entrepreneurs Convention 2017 with a bang!

That evening, our team Owners Circle rushed to get our costume as we made our way to The Barn’s 2nd year anniversary party at 1Mont Kiara.

As we were celebrating The Barn’s amazing feat to grow into 3 outlets in less than 2 years, we were also celebrating the fact that exactly a year ago, Owners Circle registered itself as a company.

Thanks to my team for walking through thick and thin together. You guys are amazing!

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