Property Hunter Convention in Kota Kinabalu – Speakers are awesome

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Frankly, if there are any property fairs which are just a collection of booths and absolutely nothing else, it may not be productive to drop by. The reason is because a few of these are happening every month. Just go to your local hypermarket and there would also be a few developers setting up their booths every weekend if not everyday. That’s why I think all these organisers must really do more. Beyond just the sales people, please invite some prominent speakers who is going to share more and well, we can ask them lots of tough questions too. Win-Win for visitors right. Get to ask tough questions and get to seewhat’savailable in the property market; benchmarking could bedone instantly. There’s one in a couple of months which I think would be worth our time to drop by. It is in Kota Kinabalu @ The Magellan Sutera Resort. It is organised by East Malaysia’s leading property site, They have a lot of listings too if you are searching for properties to buy. In fact they publish an informative magazine every month as well. Read it here. 

Convention Details as below:

These are the current speakers who will be speaking and I can safely say that I have learnt a lot of tips from each and everyone of them thus far. Always note that regardless of the market, it is very important for us to keep ourselves updated with the latest happenings in the market. Some of these speakers are based in more advanced property markets than us and they travel the world which meant an added perspective to what they have to share. The current lineup as follows:

Steve Melhuish
Steve is an award-winning entrepreneur who has built high-growth companies in Asia and Europe over the last 25 years. Steve co-founded PropertyGuru in 2007 in answer to his personal frustrations in finding a new home. Until 2016, he led and grew the business, with co-founder Jani, into Southeast Asia’s leading online property group. Prior to PropertyGuru, Steve was the CEO of an Asian social network firm. Previously, he served as an advisor to digital media, venture capital and start-up companies in Asia and Europe including Skype, AOL, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Extreme Media, iPass and Ariadne Capital. Steve also led global teams and a US$500 million turnover business unit for Cable & Wireless. In 2007, Steve was awarded the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ in recognition of his contributions to entrepreneurship in Singapore. He has also helped PropertyGuru secure many industry awards including Hitwise #1, CNBC World’s Best Property Portal, SVCA Best Performing VC/PE-Backed Firm, SiTF Best E-Enterprise, Marketing Magazine Mob-Ex Awards and Influential Brands® Top Brand For Online Property Search In Asia.

Georg Chmiel
Georg Chmiel is the Chairman at Juwai and iCar Asia Ltd. Also, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Director of iflix International. Previously as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the iProperty Group (ASX listed company), Georg was responsible for the operation of the Group’s business. Georg was also Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of LJ Hooker with 700 offices across 9 countries providing residential and commercial real estate as well as finance services and member of the LJ Hooker Board of Directors. Earlier, Georg held the position of Chief Financial Officer and General Manager International at REA Group Ltd (ASX: REA) for almost six years.

Chris Tan
A lawyer by trade, he is the founder of Chur Associates, a boutique legal service provider. He was elected to serve the Malaysian Chapter of FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) for two terms from 2006 to 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Directors of FIABCI International to preside over the portfolio of Young Members aged 35 and below for the term 2009/2010.

Faizul Ridzuan
CEO of FAR Capital, and bestselling author of “WTF? 23 Properties by 30”. With just RM2,000 in his bank account, he eschewed the mantra of “location, location, location” and took the path less taken in the subsidiary market, where he made his ringgit stretch as far as it could.

Siva Shanker
Mr. Siva Shanker is a Registered Estate Agent with the Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents Malaysia. He has more than 30 years of experience in the property industry, having worked in both large international property consultancies as well as small local outfits. After several senior roles in large multinational property consultancies, Siva formed his own Real Estate firm, Linear Estates. Linear Estates was in operations from 2004 to 2010 and merged with PPC International Sdn. Bhd. In 2011, Siva then came on board as the CEO- Agency. Siva has been an active member of Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents for many years and was President for the Year 2013/2015. In recognition of his excellent services to the industry, Siva was awarded the Estate Agent of the Year 2014 award by the Board of Valuers, Appraiser & Estate Agents Malaysia.

Miichael Yeoh
He has over 20 years of experience in the property, mortgage and investment industry. Currently, he is the CEO and Founder of GM Training Academy PLT, he has helped thousands of loan applications by providing comprehensive mortgage advice, recommendations and solutions. He has published 2 books under his name; “Think Like a Banker, Act Like a Player” and “Property Investment, Size Up Your Return with Bank, Law and Tax”.

Dr. Daniel Gambero
He is the CEO and co-founder of strategic marketing consultancy firm, REI Group of Companies. He centres his speeches on rightness of property investment based on economic drivers’ performances, current and future market values, location, upcoming infrastructures and their impact on the market trend.

To the marketing managers from developers, this is really worth a serious consideration.  Here are more details: If you mention that you are calling because you saw the message in, you will get free cup of coffee during the event. 🙂  I will do my best to free up my schedule and drop by the convention as well.  It’s just a flight away. Oh yeah, Kota Kinabalu is a great place to visit as well, as a tourist. From the best seafoods to the local fare and even world-class resorts and beaches and more, well, that’s Kota Kinabalu for you. See you there.

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