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Introducing Our MD
Joe Wong, Managing Director of The Even Group, is a typical example of what can be achieved in the chemical industry, which offers people many exciting opportunities and good long-term career prospects. After graduating, he spent 10 years in sales and marketing roles, and he acquired extensive experience in a number of different industries. However, he was still seeking the "right" industry for him.
"I discovered it when I became involved in the chemical industry. That came about through a friend’s advice 10 years ago, and I could immediately see the business opportunities that existed, as well as the chances for me to develop my career," he recalls.
As an assistant marketing manager, Mr. Wong recognised the importance of providing quality service and meeting the expectations of both his clients and suppliers. This paid off when his company was restructured and he decided to branch out on his own, handling business in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.
"Establishing my own company was a huge step to take, and it was by no means smooth sailing," he says. As managing director, he had to learn about trade regulations, sales channels and effective networking. “We also needed to negotiate with our clients and suppliers in working out what we needed for each of our products,” he adds.
The communication skills he had previously learnt stood him in good stead. He maintains close contact with all his company’s departments and reviews developments with them on a daily basis. This ensures that every project runs smoothly and that employees receive the right support from the company. He also meets clients and industry contacts frequently, in order to devise both short- and long-term strategic plans and keep abreast of all the latest trends.
"This is a fast-expanding field, and you have to stay closely in touch with everything that is happening," he says. So, Mr. Wong regularly puts his ideas online to share with everyone who is interested in the chemical industry and his personal experiences. (An interview by Even Group’s Website Manager)