This week, we spoke to Eddy Wong, Managing Director of NAWAWI TIE in Malaysia — a member company of EDMUND TIE. He shares with us some of his plans for the company for the rest of 2019 and beyond, strongly focusing on succession planning and on the look-out for talents as well as grooming the younger leaders to eventually take the business to the next level. As working in the real estate industry is deemed to be a challenging one with steep learning curves, Eddy strongly believes that when we focus on delivering excellent work, we will eventually find a niche that we excel in, and be passionate about.
Q: Could you share with us your day to day role at NAWAWI TIE?
A: In addition to wearing the Managing Director’s hat, I also have two departments reporting directly to me – the Residential Agency and Property Management. Invariably, my days will be filled with team discussions on operational matters, meetings with clients, the occasional engagement with the news media and sharing my thoughts about the property market, as well as dealing with the administrative aspects of day-to-day running of the firm.
Q: What are your plans for the company for the rest of 2019 and beyond?
A: We have been focusing our attention on succession planning for quite a while now – always on the look-out for talents, grooming our younger leaders to eventually take our business to the next level. We are also targeting to open branch offices over the next year or so; besides expanding our footprint, it also serves as a platform for our next generation leaders to lead and grow our business.
Q: Work aside, any hobbies or a favourite pastime activity?
A: I love listening to music, watching movies and reading books to unwind over weekends. Once a week, I take over the kitchen at home and cook for my family, usually steak and pasta.
Q: What are three things on your bucket list?
A: Firstly, to travel, and secondly, take lots of photographs. I would describe myself as a photography enthusiast and it would be great to be able to retrace the silk route and take shots of the wonderful scenery along the way. Lastly, it would be to see the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. I am sure that would be a spectacular display to catch on camera.
Q: To end off, could you leave a parting advice for individuals who are keen to join the real estate industry?
A: As with anything that you do, you must have passion in order to excel in it; what’s more in a challenging industry such as real estate. It also works the other way round, i.e. you will enjoy your work more if you do well in it. So fret not if you find yourself a little lost in the beginning; just focus on delivering excellent work and eventually you will find a niche that you really excel in, and be passionate about.