Mr. Antonio Chan, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of King Wai Group (Thailand) Public Company Limited (KWG)has been selected as the winner in the Master Entrepreneur category under Property Development Industry of the prestigious Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020, Regional Edition.
He has successfully transformed KWG from a regional company into a global conglomerate with businesses spanning across the financial and property sectors. The award ceremony was held virtually online on November 20, 2020. This year, there are 7 leading companies in Thailand that have won the awards in various fields.
King Wai Group is one of the leading conglomerates, China’s well-known and most prolific property developers, with a successful corporate history of more than 30 years. Among them is the mixed-use mega-project King Wai City Oasis in Shanghai, Antonio saw a different opportunity in elevating property development to a new level through adapting environmental-friendly initiatives. And the adventure paid off. Not only the slump of land became the Group’s flagship real estate mega-project in China, it also won KWG the first China Low Carbon Building Award through eco-innovation.
Then, Antonio expanded KWG’s business beyond China. He started a local KWG real estate business in Thailand which was subsequently listed on the Thai stock exchange in 2016. The company operates both housing and condominium projects development in Bangkok, as well as two mega mixed-use projects in Chachoengsao and Ayutthaya provinces. In 2018, Antonio founded King Wai Insurance Public Company Limited, offering insurance coverage and professional risk management services.
“King Wai Group is eyeing long-term investments in Thailand by bringing the experience and expertise in conglomerate business to create a business ecosystem here,” Antonio said. “In order to remain competitive, we’re orchestrating transformation and innovation in the company’s development as new challenges require new approaches. We also focus more on the customer-centric approach to refine the products and transformation beyond the traditional business.”
Antonio also sets his sight on education as it is the important aspect of future developments. Recently, KWG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on education with Repton International Schools Ltd, Derby, UK to establish an international school in Thailand to nurture talents with a global vision and international networks. He also set up a scholarships fund for Thai students to further study in the universities in Hong Kong since 2017.
Antonio values an involvement in social responsibility in order to achieve the sustainable growth of several aspects which include environmental, society and governance. As a responsible corporate institution, KWG builds trusting and relationships with all stakeholders to generate long-lasting values in society and deliver long-term shareholder returns.
The prestigious Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA) 2020 Regional Edition is an Award Recognition program recognizing entrepreneurial and organizational excellence. The APEA honors business leaders and organizations who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses, whilst not neglecting the social responsibilities that come with leadership.
With the theme of “Accelerating Growth Beyond Borders” in this year, the regional edition aims to gather business leaders and organizations from over 14 countries into one unparalleled platform in fostering the continuity of sustainable entrepreneurial growth in Asian economies without limitation.