An­thony Utomo

Suc­ceed­ing through adapt­ing

Prestige Indonesia - - Sulwhasoo -

MY FA­THER HAS been a life-long val­ues guru for me,” says 31-year-old An­thony Utomo. “He’s a fa­ther, a boss and a part­ner at the same time. He has taught me great les­sons by ex­am­ple, and not just words. I learned from him that hon­esty, loy­alty and in­tegrity are val­ues that one should cul­ti­vate in ev­ery­day life.”

Dar­mawan Utomo founded Surabaya’s Uto­mod­eck Metal Works 41 years ago and built it into one of In­done­sia’s lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of metal roof­ing and cladding prod­ucts. His son joined the busi­ness in 2010 and is its Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions. Uto­mod­eck is recorded on The Guin­ness World Record for hav­ing con­structed the world’s long­est metal cor­ru­gated sheet. It made the con­tin­u­ous 200.9-me­ter sheet in Rem­bang City, Cen­tral Java, in Septem­ber 2013.

A grad­u­ate of Cen­tral Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity-Lyn­nwood in the United States, An­thony Utomo re­ceived a SWA Me­dia Group Fu­ture Busi­ness Leader Award in 2016. He has been a mem­ber of the In­done­sia East Chap­ter of the global En­trepreneurs’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion since 2014.

“In­done­sia is still un­der­served by lo­cal roof­ing so­lu­tion providers,” says the young en­tre­pre­neur. “This has given me a pur­pose to en­sure that our com­pany, as a man­u­fac­turer that is 100 per­cent owned, op­er­ated and de­vel­oped by In­done­sians, is able to com­pete in our na­tion in the era of glob­al­i­sa­tion. I be­lieve that an en­tre­pre­neur should al­ways be able to adapt to the ever-chang­ing world. It is not the strong­est or the fittest, but the most adapt­able com­pa­nies that suc­ceed.”

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