Entrepreneurs Series: Managing Growth in Turbulent Times
A Luncheon Panel Discussion with LY QUI TRUNG, Pho24, DICKSON YEWN, Life of Circle and ELAINE YOUNG, Shama
Expansion and scaling up are important strategic decisions for every company. Three successful entrepreneurs will share with us their own unique journey, how they managed the expansion of their companies and challenges faced during the financial crisis. As their companies grow, how have their roles changed? How do they finance expansion? How has the financial crisis impacted on how they manage their business? What sustains them during tough times?
Dr. Ly Qui Trung is co-founder and CEO of Nam An Group, the biggest food and beverage corporation in Vietnam. Trung pioneered franchising in his country. His main brand, Pho24, a Vietnamese noodle restaurant chain started in 2003 now has over 70 outlets across Asia, including Hong Kong. Trung has global ambitions and aims to have 200 restaurants by 2013. Trung graduated in hospitality management in Australia and received his PhD in business administration in the U.S..
Dickson Yewn is founder of Life of Circle and YEWN, a contemporary Chinese brand of fine and silver jewelry, established in 2000. The firm was selected by Forbes magazine in 2005 as one of the top 25 jewelry and design stores in the world. He is the recipient of the DTC Diamond Award Hong Kong in 2004 and the Best Designers Award in 2007. Yewn studied fine arts and business administration in Paris and Ottawa and jewelry design and photography in New York.
Elaine Young is co-founder and CEO of Shama, a leading provider of serviced apartments in Hong Kong and China with an accumulated value of $1.7 billion. Young co-founded Shama in 1996, introducing the first boutique serviced apartments to Hong Kong. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year Award by RBS Coutts and the Financial Times in 2009 as part of their Women in Asia Awards.