In The Spotlight: Kim Yong

How did you get started in the business?
When I was 22 years old, I went backpacking across Australia on a working holiday from South Korea. I wanted to earn some cash, improve my English, and have fun. I joined Appco in August 2010 when I knew I could tick all three boxes. I worked hard and progressed quickly, advancing to Assistant Ownership in just seven months. After 18 months living and working in Australia, I had the opportunity to move to Japan where I spent a further six months working closely with Vice Presidents Taras Koochin and Tony Fernandez. I was honoured and privileged to be selected to move to South Korea and open Appco Group Korea in November 2012.

What has your journey within the business been like so far?
It’s been a journey centred on learning and self-development. When I first moved to Australia, I found that English was challenging for me and the culture so different to Korea. It took time, determination, and passion to succeed to better myself to grow and progress in the business. Today, I am more confident and have learned to “never give up”. This business has allowed me to develop my business skills, communication skills, public speaking skills, emotional intelligence, and self-control.

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What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I am proud of establishing and growing Appco Group Korea over the last two years. We currently have close to 100 Field Representatives with two Assistant Managers and a second location, which was newly opened in City Hall. We recently achieved a country best of 1,099 sales.

I have had the privilege of travelling to UK, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Japan, and Australia in recent years for learning and networking trips with the company. Also, I’ve bought my first property.

What advice would you give to someone starting their journey within the business?
I would say enjoy every single moment in this business, and it is important to have a specific business and personal goal that you work towards achieving every day. As you progress through the career development path on your journey to Ownership, ensure you spend time with the right people.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I see myself on a beach somewhere in Europe, looking good with a six-pack, and doing what I want to do, rather than what I have to do! I want to have a healthy asset portfolio and be completely financially secure by the age of 30.

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What are your plans for the future?
Personally, I want to become a husband and a good father. In business, I want to be a successful Entrepreneur and expand my business into China.
Business Goals
500 offices in Korea and run a billion dollar company
Personal Goals
laugh and love more, have a convertible car, build my own house with a swimming pool, have a driver, find love, and go skydiving.

I want to be happy with who I am and what I do, and to be surrounded by the people I love.

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What are you hoping to accomplish by the end of this year?
I see Appco Group Korea expanding to 150 – 200 Field Representatives with four Marketing Offices.

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How do you relax away from the office?
I like to rest and to get lots of sleep. I also enjoy seeing a movie, meeting with friends, travelling, reading, and setting goals for the future.

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Appco Group Asian Convention October 2013

This year’s Asian Convention October 2013 saw 139 award recipients and over 930 medal recipients across the region receiving recognition for their hard work and success in the last 6 months. The rally team this time included Owner of the Year 2013 & Senior Promoting Owner Terrence Tey alongside Vice President & Executive Director of Appco Group Asia James Greaves, Senior Vice President & Country Head of Australia Shane Ward, Organisational Head & Country Head of Thailand Wong Chee Wai, Organisational Head & Country Head of The Philippines Vishnu Annapareddy, Organisational Head & Country Head of Hong Kong & Singapore Joval Gan and Organisational Head & Country Head of Indonesia Michael Moore.

The first stop for the much anticipated festivities was the birthplace of Appco Group Asia, Kuala Lumpur. With over 400 attendees present at the Aloft KL Sentral, the mood was set for a fantastic convention. 15 Team Leaders, 9 Team Manager and 2 Assistant Managers received their awards alongside 167 medals recipients. 6 medal recipients also walked away with USD 500 for receiving all 4 medals. Also receiving his award was the newest Branch Manager in Malaysia Ezwan Zahiran (Ezcorp) alongside his Promoting Owner Shiraz Selvarajah (Nasad). The lucky draw section of the afternoon saw 10 lucky winners walk away with cash and prizes.

The following day saw the team at the Acacia Hotel in Manila for the 2nd stop in the 6 city tour. Over 160 people were present with 12 award winners and 67 medal recipients. This rally saw the promotions of 2 Branch Managers; Stephanie Ann Navarrete (Avant-Garde International) and Zoe Manguilimotan (Metanoia Marketing International) alongside their Promoting Owners Maymay Quinto (Upbeat Prime Marketing) and Vishnu Annapareddy (Appco Direct Int’l Inc.). Both Stephanie and Zoe were given an opportunity to thank their teams as well as to share with everyone their journey and advice to aspiring Branch Managers. This rally also saw a special guest, Chi Chi from WWF who assisted in presenting a token of appreciation in the form of a goody bag of WWF merchandise to the top fundraisers in the campaign. UNICEF representatives were also present to award their top fundraisers with custom made plaques.

The next stop was Hong Kong where the Novotel Citiy Gate played host to over 80 Field Representatives. The rally was kick started by a surprise performance from Field Representatives. 8 award recipients and 47 medal winners were recognised for their efforts in the last 6 months. James Greaves also awarded two unsuspecting individuals with promotions during the ceremony. Pierre Ng received his Branch Manager promotion that was presented by the very first female Senior Promoting Owner in Appco Group Asia Joann Chin. Both individuals were elated at the surprise announcement which was evident in their acceptance speeches. The day concluded with an announcement of the Race to Dubai qualifiers and a lucky draw segment which saw trips to Macau and Taipei amongst a host of other prizes given out to the lucky individuals.

The following day saw the team at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok for the Thailand leg of the journey. Over 300 attendees were present at the largest rally to be held in the country to date. 30 awards and over 180 medals were given out to deserving individuals during the ceremony. Organisational Head & Country Head Wong Chee Wai also gave out special recognition to the top Field Representatives in Sales and Customer service alongside awards for the Events and Customer Service teams at headquarter level. He also presented two awards for Most Consistent Owner of the Year as well as Top Performing Owner of the Year that went to Nuttawat Wujchalapong (Image Professional Company Limited) and Chaikrit Paramewongsakul (Ultimate International Marketing) respectively. The ceremony ended with a lucky draw that saw over 50 prizes.

The rally tour continued on to Jakarta where the Mandarin Oriental was host to over 200 attendees, the biggest to date for the country. This rally saw the promotion of 3 Team Leaders, 2 Team Managers, an Assistant Manager and the newest Branch Manager Khairul Ummam Gunawan alongside his Promoting Owner Rendita Citirany. James Greaves announced the qualifiers for the Dubai trip and awarded a surprise promotion to an unsuspecting Utara Chidir who was surprised and thrilled about being the newest addition to the list of Senior Promoting Owners in the region. A lucky draw segment and speech by Organisational Head & Country Head of Indonesia Michael Moore ended the rally on a high note.

The final stop of this 6 city tour, Singapore saw the largest group of attendees with over 470 people present. The Marriott Singapore was the venue of choice where 25 Team Leaders, 8 Team Managers, 6 Assistant Manager, 2 Branch Managers, an Owner along with 3 Promoting Owners received awards for their accomplishments in the last 6 months. Over 370 attendees walked away with medals out of which 17 walked away with USD 500 for picking up all 4 medals. Also present to receive their awards were the team from Appco Group Korea. The team walked away with 3 Team Leader and 1 Team Manager promotions and 21 medals. A special Outstanding Contribution award was picked up by Yong Kim who also received his Branch Manager promotion at the rally. Special guest Vice President Steve Sapsford was also present along with his team of achievers from the Fast Wax division in Australia. The evening concluded with James Greaves announcing the qualifiers for the Race to Dubai 2013 and a lucky draw segment that saw over 17 prizes including a MacBook Pro given out.

The October 2013 Asian Conventions have been a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the group for the last 6 months. Keep a lookout for what is to come in the new year.

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Appco Group Asian Convention October 2013

This year’s Asian Convention October 2013 saw 139 award recipients and over 930 medal recipients across the region receiving recognition for their hard work and success in the last 6 months. The rally team this time included Owner of the Year 2013 & Senior Promoting Owner Terrence Tey alongside Vice President & Executive Director of Appco Group Asia James Greaves, Senior Vice President & Country Head of Australia Shane Ward, Organisational Head & Country Head of Thailand Wong Chee Wai, Organisational Head & Country Head of The Philippines Vishnu Annapareddy, Organisational Head & Country Head of Hong Kong & Singapore Joval Gan and Organisational Head & Country Head of Indonesia Michael Moore.

The first stop for the much anticipated festivities was the birthplace of Appco Group Asia, Kuala Lumpur. With over 400 attendees present at the Aloft KL Sentral, the mood was set for a fantastic convention. 15 Team Leaders, 9 Team Manager and 2 Assistant Managers received their awards alongside 167 medals recipients. 6 medal recipients also walked away with USD 500 for receiving all 4 medals. Also receiving his award was the newest Branch Manager in Malaysia Ezwan Zahiran (Ezcorp) alongside his Promoting Owner Shiraz Selvarajah (Nasad). The lucky draw section of the afternoon saw 10 lucky winners walk away with cash and prizes.

The following day saw the team at the Acacia Hotel in Manila for the 2nd stop in the 6 city tour. Over 160 people were present with 12 award winners and 67 medal recipients. This rally saw the promotions of 2 Branch Managers; Stephanie Ann Navarrete (Avant-Garde International) and Zoe Manguilimotan (Metanoia Marketing International) alongside their Promoting Owners Maymay Quinto (Upbeat Prime Marketing) and Vishnu Annapareddy (Appco Direct Int’l Inc.). Both Stephanie and Zoe were given an opportunity to thank their teams as well as to share with everyone their journey and advice to aspiring Branch Managers. This rally also saw a special guest, Chi Chi from WWF who assisted in presenting a token of appreciation in the form of a goody bag of WWF merchandise to the top fundraisers in the campaign. UNICEF representatives were also present to award their top fundraisers with custom made plaques.

The next stop was Hong Kong where the Novotel Citiy Gate played host to over 80 Field Representatives. The rally was kick started by a surprise performance from Field Representatives. 8 award recipients and 47 medal winners were recognised for their efforts in the last 6 months. James Greaves also awarded two unsuspecting individuals with promotions during the ceremony. Pierre Ng received his Branch Manager promotion that was presented by the very first female Senior Promoting Owner in Appco Group Asia Joann Chin. Both individuals were elated at the surprise announcement which was evident in their acceptance speeches. The day concluded with an announcement of the Race to Dubai qualifiers and a lucky draw segment which saw trips to Macau and Taipei amongst a host of other prizes given out to the lucky individuals.

The following day saw the team at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok for the Thailand leg of the journey. Over 300 attendees were present at the largest rally to be held in the country to date. 30 awards and over 180 medals were given out to deserving individuals during the ceremony. Organisational Head & Country Head Wong Chee Wai also gave out special recognition to the top Field Representatives in Sales and Customer service alongside awards for the Events and Customer Service teams at headquarter level. He also presented two awards for Most Consistent Owner of the Year as well as Top Performing Owner of the Year that went to Nuttawat Wujchalapong (Image Professional Company Limited) and Chaikrit Paramewongsakul (Ultimate International Marketing) respectively. The ceremony ended with a lucky draw that saw over 50 prizes.

The rally tour continued on to Jakarta where the Mandarin Oriental was host to over 200 attendees, the biggest to date for the country. This rally saw the promotion of 3 Team Leaders, 2 Team Managers, an Assistant Manager and the newest Branch Manager Khairul Ummam Gunawan alongside his Promoting Owner Rendita Citirany. James Greaves announced the qualifiers for the Dubai trip and awarded a surprise promotion to an unsuspecting Utara Chidir who was surprised and thrilled about being the newest addition to the list of Senior Promoting Owners in the region. A lucky draw segment and speech by Organisational Head & Country Head of Indonesia Michael Moore ended the rally on a high note.

The final stop of this 6 city tour, Singapore saw the largest group of attendees with over 470 people present. The Marriott Singapore was the venue of choice where 25 Team Leaders, 8 Team Managers, 6 Assistant Manager, 2 Branch Managers, an Owner along with 3 Promoting Owners received awards for their accomplishments in the last 6 months. Over 370 attendees walked away with medals out of which 17 walked away with USD 500 for picking up all 4 medals. Also present to receive their awards were the team from Appco Group Korea. The team walked away with 3 Team Leader and 1 Team Manager promotions and 21 medals. A special Outstanding Contribution award was picked up by Yong Kim who also received his Branch Manager promotion at the rally. Special guest Vice President Steve Sapsford was also present along with his team of achievers from the Fast Wax division in Australia. The evening concluded with James Greaves announcing the qualifiers for the Race to Dubai 2013 and a lucky draw segment that saw over 17 prizes including a MacBook Pro given out.

The October 2013 Asian Conventions have been a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the group for the last 6 months. Keep a lookout for what is to come in the new year.

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