That's particularly easy to do in an affluent society.". We introduced our work to them, we talked to them about the business, but we never forced them to join”. Named the first Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series at the Institute of Policy Studies in 2014, he published Asking Why, a collection of his writing, last year. So, there’s a relief and gratitude that we are thriving and continuing to grow,” he qualified. Li has another son, Kwon Cjan, who is also involved in business. It also operates integrated resorts by subsidiary Laguna Resorts & Hotels. “Philanthropy tends to mean you give to causes when you have extra money. Jean Eric Salata. Kwon Ping grew up and studied in Thailand. “That idea of enabling local communities and showcasing their talents is something that is also very strong in our hotels in terms of how we source our artwork, the upholstery and fabrics that we use, and the design principles that underlie each of the hotels’ local sense of place,” adds Ren Yung. May 2, 2020, 5:00 am SGT; More. Enrique K. Razon Jr. Chairman and President. 337 likes. At the time, Chiang was pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hong Kong, while Ho worked as a journalist for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Li has another son, Kwon Cjan, who is also involved in business. In other words, it’s great for my father, husband, boyfriend, or son to do NS, but not me. Born in 1952, Ho Kwon Ping was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. He says he … And that's what led us to what we started with, in a completely not-morbid way — the remainder of his life. "If you start at a young age of asking why of everything around you, starting from school days, that innate curiosity for knowing answers, not accepting answers that are just standard, asking questions, and discovering the answers, I think it's the start of a creative journey". Not because we hope to catch him with his pants down on a thorny issue (that's already been done by someone else ? The late Mr Yong Shook Lin, a prominent lawyer, was the father of Mr Yong Pung How. In May 2000, Ho Kwon Ping was conferred an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University, and later received the London Business School 2005 Entrepreneurship Award. I think the dynamics with my parents was also in a good place. Photo courtesy of Banyan Tree Holdings. Claire Chiang, Banyan Tree’s senior vice president, chairs the company’s China Business Development division and the Banyan Tree Global Foundation. Ask Ho and Chiang when they started talking to their children about their roles in the family business, and the latter jokes: “When they were born.” She clarifies, though, that “as parents, we hope they will join the company, but it’s okay if they don’t because they will always be custodians of the business even if they don’t manage it. I wanted to contribute to something greater, and Banyan Tree has always been a vehicle for that. In September, special recognition events for associates will also be a key part of the anniversary gala celebrations. His father, Ho Rih Hwa, was the former ambassador to Thailand, but also ran the family business for a period. “I came to realise that what Asia lacked was brands,” he explains. He went on to Tunghai University in Taiwan where the exposure to Chinese culture left a deep impact on him. Ho Kwon Ping's foray into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke. It was found sealed on his table by his family, who passed it on to Ho. We want to be a business that stewards the resources we are given in a responsible way, and we want to create value in the communities we work with. ", In this caption from Asking Why, Ho writes that his biggest regret in life is not getting to know his father better in his prime. “It’s a natural alignment between Mandai Park Holdings and Banyan Tree in terms of like‑minded values regarding the protection of nature,” says Chiang. … So I would look at what he has written and his life, at the age which he commented, and then compare to my own life and my own age, and you began to have an understanding of that cycle of life. I see that in the actions of my parents when they go to our properties. Since then, the company has continued to stay ahead of the curve in this area. “It’s about how we are all in this together, I think that’s the whole point,” says Ho of this choice. For one, the founder of Banyan Tree Holdings, Ho Kwon Ping, is a Singaporean national who was once a prisoner. It’s no longer something that can just be owned by one department. This prompts another joke, this time from her father: “You’re becoming the boss, and we’re becoming the retirees. Little did Ho know, though, that it would be the last time he would get to see the late former president alive. Ho shares at this point that, in the wake of the launch of Asking Why, somebody wrote to him and suggested that his next book should be "why not?" So it’s quite funny to hear Ho slip into a more colloquial register at one point during this conversation—when daughter Ren Yung (the second of their three children) mentions the word “multi-hyphenate”. He says he … This is a vehicle of purpose.”, And they intend to hold fast to that foundational core of idealism for the action-packed journey ahead. ", founded luxury chain Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in 1984. Main photo: Former SMU Chancellor Mr Yong Pung (2nd from left) standing next to his official portrait which will be hung in the SMU Boardroom, together with (left to right) SMU Chairman Mr Ho Kwon Ping, SMU Chancellor Mr J Y Pillay and SMU President Prof Arnoud De Meyer. With collaborations with global hotel group Accor and Chinese real estate developer Vanke, and Qatar Investment Authority providing investment capital, “we are now equipped to ride this wave with strong partnerships”. The Straits Times, 2 May 2020. Source: Institute of Policy Studies Facebook. Ho Ren Hua; Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director; Mr Ho was appointed Director on 6 May 2020. Married to Ho Kwon Ping, president of the Wah Chang/Thai Wah group of companies, she is executive director of Banyan Tree Gallery. In the conclusion of his biography, Ho wrote that he looks forward to the final one-third of his life "with excitement, though tempered by wisdom and adversities". Mr Ho Kwon Ping , executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and an S R Nathan fellow, gave his first lecture, “Politics and governance” of the series of five organised by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at the University Cultural Centre at NUS on Monday. #Tatlergram: Where Do Our Society Friends Go for a Hotel Staycation in Singapore? Over thirty years ago, back in 1984, Singaporean couple Ho Kwon Ping (65) and Claire Chiang (66) chanced upon a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand, that used to be a tin mine. In 2005, Banyan Tree became a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact Network—billed as the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative—in Singapore. We now encounter guests with different needs and desires, and we need to have the capacity and empathy to understand how to adapt to them and create the experiences they would like to have. "It's good not to know too much", he concludes. He went on to Tunghai University in Taiwan where the exposure to Chinese culture left a deep impact on him. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019. Background of founder Ho Kwon Ping. We don't always live up to it... You never know.". Cloud hosting by Vodien. It was very touching for me (to read) how happy he was that I was going to come home finally and this and that, and then he had his stroke. There, as well as in speaking to us, Ho exhorted young people "never to put off seeing your loved ones, because you never know when it might be the last time". Ho shares that he was able to immerse himself in his late father's life by reflecting upon what he read and drawing parallels to his own life: "I noticed his notations in his diaries — about my being born, and then my son being born, his comment about his own health at a certain age, and my health, his comment about me joining the business. In 1994, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University. Banyan Tree Holdings. And then she just died like that.". "I think the worst thing you can do is to sleepwalk through life, wake up at the age of 66, 67 and then realise that gee, you know, what did I do? She was Singapore’s Woman of the Year in 1999, and a former nominated member of parliament. Because she remembered that my father did not have a good way of going... On the Monday after that, my mother had a massive aneurysm. Claire Chiang (b. For one, the founder of Banyan Tree Holdings, Ho Kwon Ping, is a Singaporean national who was once a prisoner. Later, Li helped her father set up tapioca factories and other food-related ventures. It's not did I become rich, did I become famous, but did I really live a life of purpose, of excitement, of meaning for myself — or did I just sleepwalk through it, kind of not knowing what I wanted to do, and then sort of wake up one day and (realise) you haven't done anything with your life? Mr Ho Kwon Ping, founding Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an international hospitality business, founding Chairman of Singapore Management University, former journalist at the Far Eastern Economic Review, has worn many hats over the course of his long and illustrious career. ... Ho’s shift into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke in 1981. Slated to open in Mandai in 2023, the eco‑friendly resort will be owned by Mandai Park Holdings and will number among the attractions designed for the northern precinct’s new incarnation as an ecotourism hub. Ho's father would eventually slip into a coma following a massive stroke in 1993, and eventually died age 81 almost six years later, in 1998. Adrian Cheng. “We were in that era of what we called ‘the rugged society.’” Soon after they got married in 1977, they moved to Hong Kong’s Lamma Island, where they lived in a village named Yung Shue Wan—Cantonese for Banyan Tree Bay, and the inspiration for the name of the hospitality company they would launch years later. Mr Ho joined the Banyan Tree Group (“BT Group”) as Associate Director of Corporate Development in 2010. Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. So I do regret — that's one of my biggest regrets, that we weren't able to really be father and son in a much more... collegial and best-friend sort of way. Assuming the mantle as the eldest son, Ho took the reins of the company only to make a bad business decision, nearly bankrupting the company. Ho Kwon Ping, the executive chairman of this hospitality group, is also the founding chairman of the Singapore Management University. Over thirty years ago, back in 1984, Singaporean couple Ho Kwon Ping (65) and Claire Chiang (66) chanced upon a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand, that used to be a tin mine. Ho shares that in Li's final years, he would go out every Wednesday night to have dinner, one-on-one, with her. “We will plant 25,000 trees this year, which means that by the end of 2019, our group would have planted half a million trees,” says Chiang. He is almost constantly being invited to conferences, organisations and educational institutes to give talks, sit on panels and get quizzed about geopolitical shifts, international relations, leadership, the business world, you name it. 4 October 1951, Singapore–) is a social activist, entrepreneur and author. | SMU founding chairman Ho Kwon Ping will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Ho Rih Hwa. The father of two is married to Jacqueline, and sits on the board of trustees of the Singapore Management University and Chinese Development Assistance Council. ... Ho’s shift into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke in 1981. As a habit, the late Nathan would always send handwritten letters of thanks to his friends and volunteers. Source: Institute of Policy Studies Flickr. Source: Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, National Archives Online. Mr Ho was born into a wealthy family. That’s what she’s trying to say.” All kidding aside though, it’s clear that this is a company that means a lot to her, filled with people she regards as her larger family. Minfong would go on to become a noted writer. Mr Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. Certainly, the person Ho is is fascinatingly unique — ex-journalist, jailed and barred from travelling to the U.S. and also incarcerated under Singapore's Internal Security Act, founder of the Banyan Tree resort empire, and founding chairman of the Singapore Management University. It just gives you a greater appreciation of the value of life.". Three new brands are currently in the pipeline, as are a total of 60 hotels and resorts, over half of which will be in China. Since 2006, it has been publishing annual sustainability reports to highlight its environmental efforts. The company initiates and supports a variety of education and humanitarian initiatives in the places where it operates, such as setting up the accredited Laguna Phuket Kindergarten and establishing the Phuket Tsunami Recovery Fund in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Source: Singapore Management University website. “Asian economies at that time were growing on the back of contract manufacturing. – Ho Kwon Ping, Banyan Tree Holdings “Thankfully we’ve extended our survivability past two years, even if it’s a worse-case scenario,” he noted. “An analogy I use is that of animals crossing a river where they are in danger of being eaten by crocodiles,” says Ho. Executive Chairman. “I think we were always brought up with the sense that this is an opportunity we can personally take on if we feel it fits our personal purpose,” says Ren Yung of the Banyan Tree business. “The target customers for these new brands are best defined by their beliefs and values rather than by standard demographics,” says Ren Yung. She was Singapore’s Woman of the Year in 1999, and a former nominated member of parliament. Ho Kwon Ping's foray into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke. As the late Lee Kuan Yew … If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Telegram to get the latest updates. The views expressed in this podcast can be attributed to the named participant(s) only. Web development by Ripplewerkz. Over thirty years ago, back in 1984, Singaporean couple Ho Kwon Ping (65) and Claire Chiang (66) chanced upon a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand, that used to be a tin mine. They know the names of every single person, and really show them care and concern. Gan See Khem Gan See Khem is the executive chairman and managing director of Health Management International; and managing … He was even invited to tea (yes, that tea), and almost found himself being fielded on the People's Action Party's slate of candidates in the 1984 General Election. Ho's mum is Li Lienfung, a well-known bilingual columnist for both The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao, and an award-winning bilingual playwright and writer. Privacy policy. SINGAPORE -- Despite a slowdown in China, political turmoil in Thailand, and tough times in the Asian hospitality industry, Ho Kwon Ping's eyes gleam when he talks about new hotel locations. Banyan Tree was born from this entrepreneurial zeal, and shaped by the ideals of the couple’s youth, not to mention a dash of bad luck. If not for you, I do not think I could have an active working life. He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and Chairman of The Singapore Summit. Her son, Ho Kwon Ping, was born in Hong Kong in 1952 and later became a businessman. Ho KwonPing; Executive Chairman; The founder of Banyan Tree Group, Mr Ho is responsible for its overall management and operations. Brands that drive emotional responses will be the ones that last. There’s more synergy and we can work together as a team”. (Related: Banyan Tree's Ho Kwon Ping On The AirAsia Phenomenon And Rainbow Tourism). We also want to help develop the people in the communities we work in,” says Ho. Published. Like many youths of the period, they wanted to do their part to help create a better life for people in this part of the world. 24 August 1952, Hong Kong–) ... Ho joined his father’s business – the Wah Chang group of companies – when his father suffered a stroke in 1981. This is the largest donation to the SMU School of Law to date. “Respect for individuals, no matter what station of life they are in, is one key value. “Nevertheless, I think the past 25 years have been very entrepreneurial, and the next 25 years will be about consolidating existing resources, strengthening and deepening the infrastructure, as well as looking at brand delivery—in order to cross the river and look at new pastures.”, (Related: Why Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou Is A Must-Visit For Nature Lovers), Close Up He joined the family business in 1981. Our chat overruns, and Ho excuses himself, heads off to Chiang's birthday lunch and leaves us to see ourselves out. "I don't believe in artificial milestones, but after my 65th birthday, I stepped back to reflect a bit more than usual. Luxury Travel The journalist-turned-hotelier received the Meritorious Service … Father Ho Kwon Ping, a former journalist who took over the reins at his own dad's manufacturing business before starting Banyan Tree, is now … Millions of Indonesian parents abandoned a measles vaccine in 2018 when it was declared haram. Her father was an accountant while her mother did various odd jobs. “The values that our family has are very much expressed in this company,” says Ren Yung. That dream seemed to end in 1980, when he left journalism to join Wah Chang Group, a business conglomerate owned by his family. We turned instead, to his personal life, family and introspection for what he's started calling the last third of his life (he's 66 now, and plans to live "at least till 99"). 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