Cooking up plans for a private zoo

Cooking up plans for a private zoo

Also Technology's Ming Ho talks to ARN.

What was your first job?

I worked in the Hong Kong Land Department. I was under no pressure and comfortable working hours - swimming or playing badminton after 5:30pm. Sometimes I even managed to catch up on a bit of reading during working hours.

How did you end up in the IT industry?

Before long I got bored with the easy life. Hong Kong is a trading centre, so there are plenty of opportunities to work for import/export companies. The one I picked just happened to deal in computers. At that time I knew nothing about PCs but I soon learned.

How did you progress to where you are today?

After a few years with the trading company, I left to help my brother establish a floppy diskette manufacturing company. In 10 years, we built it to annual sales of about $US19 million.

My role took me to numerous countries, including Australia, where I met my husband, who is a New Zealander. Not surprisingly, I eventually ended up in New Zealand as a branch manager for a PC importer and assembler. After spending a few years there, I persuaded my husband to move to Sydney because it was warmer, dryer and had more restaurants!

I spent the first couple of years working as a product manager with Ingram Micro before my husband was offered a two-year contract at an Internet start-up based in Hong Kong. It turned out they were also looking for a chief marketing officer, so I applied and was fortunate to be accepted for the role.

At the completion of the contract in Hong Kong we returned to Sydney, where I progressed from a sales management role at Digiland, to NSW sales manager at Westan, national sales manager at BCN Technology and now general manager at Also Technology. I have been here about a year.

What do you like about your current job?

We are like a big family and that attitude carries through to our customers, who have stayed loyal during the ups and downs of the market. I also enjoy the mix of sales and management work.

What is the biggest achievement of your career?

It would have to be my contribution to the establishment of Host Diskette Manufacturer. It was a very profitable company and gave me invaluable international business experience.

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