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In my opinion, Korea can be described as a developing yet developed country. The past 50 years, Korean government had tried to follow all the system of United States. But they realized that they need the fit system to Asian spirit and environment. My previous job in Korea required delegating to the UN, under the umbrella of Biological Weapons Convention. My main role was discussing and negotiating for international regulation about BWC with over 200 ambassadors or authorities of countries at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Swiss.
Is this your first time to Cambodia?
I have experienced travelling more than 30 countries but, yes, this is the first time in my life. I arrived here in April 2015.
Why property management?
I have experienced the infinite possibilities of property management business in United States. Property management business is needed all kind of operating elements for company management. I realized that the real property value is coming from invisible asset.
What potential do you see here/ how different is it from back home?
I would describe Cambodia as being a blank paper that we can draw and create anything out of colors. Infinite possibility is open now.
What are your goals?
In Cambodia, I want to help Cambodia’s development in a way with based on my global experience and career. I will make G-Proav as a leading company with advanced and organized system in field of property management and service industry within 3 years. Also G-Proav will be the leading company supporting the best welfare system in Cambodia. Personally, my dream is to become a novelist. I want to make story about that only ordinary people can save the world not hero and people around world are same people. It means that skin color, language, religion and politics are not more important than people. Last, I hope to have my own family. If it’s possible, I hope to meet my love in Cambodia.
Would you say your career is your passion?
I love this question. Exactly, my career is my passion. I want to have challenging job than safe or stable because I want to learn and experience new one. Working and travelling in many countries means I respect various cultures and diversity. My passion is still on-going.
Do you have any advice for other expats that are moving here or recently come?
As rapid growing of Cambodia economy, excellent human resource will come from abroad and they ask for better services and systems. It will make all social system in Cambodia change into international level. Cambodia is not the lowest wages Asian country any more. If you have a plan to do business in Cambodia thinking only low wages of local staffs, definitely, your business will fail. You have to study and understand Khmer language, history and culture first. Would you say you have achieved success or do you still have some things you are to accomplish? It is good luck and a kind of success for me to have a chance of experiencing new cultures and diversity of Cambodia. It is just beginning. I have lots of thing hope to do in Cambodia. I will do my best to achieve one by one.
Who is your biggest influence?
Absolutely my mother, she always emphasized the importance of other language and diversity of various cultures. I had have to learn English, Japanese, French and classical Chinese letters since I was 5 years old. She ordered sometimes to travel alone. She is almost 70 years old now but she is still studying Chinese and philosophy. She gave me the spirit of challenging.
If you were not the General Manager of De Castle, what would your next dream job be?
I am not thinking next job now in Cambodia because I should show my staffs that you can be millionaire only with own idea and system without privilege or illegal way in Cambodia.
Are you involved in any other industries here?
I am preparing the proposal of supporting in field of SOC investment and medical assistance in Cambodia from UN, international organizations and Korean government. I thought this is the best way to me with my career and background for Cambodia people.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? and where do you see Cambodia (in terms of fast growing development, services,)
Hopefully, I want to stay and work in Cambodia. Frankly, I cannot predict Cambodia’s future 5 years from now. The rapid growth of economy is very important but you must think how to share the efforts and results from right now. But I have a confidence that Cambodia will develop and change for the better and future of the people.