Q1: Your company deals mostly with generational transitions.  What are some issues confronting family businesses that are usually overlooked by families? To their credit, most of the family business leaders we meet think a lot about succession. The vast majority are very interested in having what they have built continue into the next generation. More than anything else, the senior […]

Q1: Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of Gingersnaps! What was your inspiration when you first launched a fashionable children’s wear and maternity wear business? We always loved kids, so it came very naturally for us to do something that involved kids. At that time, there was an absence of fashionable children’s and maternity clothing. We wanted to change the way […]

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Q1. Your company is owned and managed by a group comprising of five friends (including a brother).  How has this worked out for all of you — in terms of business relationships and in terms of personal bond. Have you worked together in a previous organization or association before incorporating? Jimmy Thai: Johnny and I informally worked together in a family business, […]

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Q1: Congratulations on winning Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Previously, the import duty of chicken products was 30% and it went down even further to only 5% in 2007.  This was a major concern of your industry since Thailand has relative cost advantage  Tell us about how you arrived at the Chooks-to-Go retail store decision? What […]

Q1: Toby’s is the leader in sports retailing.  What makes Toby’s successful all throughout these years? We see to it that we are always ahead of our time, looking for new ideas, retail concepts, and new application technologies that would make us more efficient and productive. We also do our research by seeking out the best sports brands and products […]

Q1: What were the more successful tools or techniques you employed that drove customers to Marie France? Advertising is our mainstay and is a major driver for new trials. We closely monitor the statistics of responses versus the type of ads, here and internationally, and adjust to local trends, and often try to develop a trend. A successful ad slogan […]

Q1: Congratulations!  You are one of the few Filipinos who have reached a regional president position in a major multinational company. Can you share with us the strengths of Filipinos as marketers? Creativity and the willingness to depart from the conventional way of doing things. I think this comes from a wellspring of making do with what is available. I […]

Q1: You have expanded from a shirt brand to a tourism brand.  Please tell us what was the insight that led to this transformation? I first got the idea to go into the business of selling souvenir shirts from my travels – shirts were and continue to be the preferred souvenir as they’re light and practical. But many of the […]

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