Asia CEO Forum: Breakfast Forum with Chris Fossick, Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle

Chris Fossick, Managing Director- Southeast Asia, of JLL, Asia’s largest real estate advisory firm, tells the future of the sector at Asia CEO Forum. Considered the most senior commercial real estate leader in Southeast Asia, Chris Fossick will demonstrate the irrefutable trends impacting the key sector that is critical to economic growth in Philippines and the ASEAN region.

The issues and concerns facing real estate seem overwhelming and contradictory:
 + Does anybody really think BPO can continue to drive growth in office, retail and condo construction?
 + Is tourism development finally becoming an engine of growth or will it always be just another lost opportunity?
 + At what point will infrastructure deficiencies crush Metro Manila and halt economic growth for the entire nation?
 + Is it true that Philippines is actually considered a real estate powerhouse in Asia?
 + Will the ASEAN free market be more bad than good for Philippines?
 + Isn’t Metro Manila already saturated with shopping malls and condo towers?
 + Do the negatives of the casino industry outweigh the positives of tourism development?

Chris oversees operations in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Chris also sits on the Asia Pacific Executive Committee. Jones Lang LaSalle Asia Pacific employs 20,800 employees in 77 offices in 13 countries across the region.

To register to this event please click here 


Asia CEO Awards: Calling leadership teams to action

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—To say that the year 2015 bears greater economic implications for the Philippines would be understating it. With the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the cusp of integration, the region presents opportunities to become a more dynamic and stronger segment of the global supply chain as it gives investors access not only to ASEAN markets but also to some of the world’s largest economies.

In the Philippine setting, both small and mid-sized businesses and corporations alike are realizing the urgent need to elevate their core business processes to meet international standards in order to ensure their relevance and leadership in the respective industries within which they play.

According to Emmanuel Bonoan, vice chairman and chief operating officer of R.G. Manabat & Co., the Philippine member firm of KPMG International (KPMG), it is in this regard—this movement to change and progress current economic practices—that the Philippines has made significant improvement.

Says Bonoan, “There has been greater emphasis on the part of government that, economically, we have to be part of the global ecosystem.” KPMG International, which recently released its 2015 Change Readiness Index (CRI) which ranks 127 countries in their capacity to prepare for and respond to accelerating change brought about by such factors as natural disasters, economic and political shocks, demographics and new technologies, cited the Philippines as the most change-ready country among the nations under the lower-middle income category.

“We’re currently at number 33 now, which is up from two years ago when the survey was last done,” informs Bonoan, adding that “some of the factors cited in our being able to respond to change was in terms of disaster response. I think that the Philippines has learned, especially since Haiyan, that the weather is never going to be the same as we knew it. Local governments, business groups, private groups and NGOs are now more concerned about how to respond to changes in the environment.”

This growing consciousness among Filipinos to be more change-ready is not only confined to the environmental aspect, but also in terms of the economy. “I tell our clients, had the CRI survey been taken more recently, the Philippines would’ve even improved its scores in the economic track because there’s greater awareness on the part of the country to be well prepared as the ASEAN Economic Community comes to play,” says Bonoan.

According to him, such movements by the government to open the country’s financial services sector, pass laws like the Philippine Competition Act, and amend the Cabotage Law reflect “a great emphasis on being able to respond to the economic situation, where we become more part of the fabric of international trade. We’re already very resilient in terms of the economic front,” Bonoan affirms.

Sustaining progress In further continuing the country’s economic rise, there is a need for the Philippines to develop higher numbers of world-class leaders. Being a key sponsor in the sixth Asia CEO Awards this November, KPMG places great emphasis on the role a good leadership team will play in furthering the country’s progress.

“We’ve been a sponsor of the Executive Leadership Team of the Year award for years now,” says Bonoan, adding that their decision to do so largely has to do with the nature of KPMG Philippines itself. “KPMG is a partnership, not a corporation, which means we’re rounded on real partnership principles where each partner has a say in how the firm is run. This presents its own unique set of challenges because how do you run a company where everyone should have a say or input? What we do is create a leadership team that’s representative of the partners.”

“Leadership in terms of by committee,” Bonoan avers, “can be very challenging. The group of leaders would have to be very in tune with each other. Obviously, you don’t have to think alike, but you need to have the same philosophies of wanting to grow the company, wanting the best clients, producing the best quality work, and hiring the best people in the organization. You’re bound to have diversity of views, and the challenge lies in how to make that diversity work for the organization rather than against it.”

It’s growing this particular set of leadership qualities among Philippine companies that KPMG wants to achieve in its sponsorship of the Asia CEO Awards’ Executive Leadership Team of the Year award. “All the past awardees embody this idea, and we look forward to what this year’s nominees and emerging winner will bring to the table,” he says, adding that the Asia CEO Awards’ mission is now more crucial than ever.

Since its inception, the Asia CEO Awards have continued to shine the spotlight on management teams and individuals who have made significant contributions to help build the Philippines into one of the world’s fastest growing economies. “The awards is essentially all about highlighting good business stories in the Philippines,” shares Richard Mills, co-founder and chairman of the Board of Judges of the Asia CEO Awards.

“It has been our primary mission from day one to promote the Philippines as an attractive investment destination and as a valuable source for potential leaders,” Mills says. “This year, we’re taking that mission forward by expanding the awards to include the entire ASEAN business sector. With the ASEAN coming together into a formidable economic community, we’ve been seeing excellent executive teams emerging not only in the local business scene, but in terms of the region as well.”

Now on its sixth year, the Asia CEO Awards will have 10 categories, including Oracle Technology Company of the Year; CSR Company of the Year; SPi Global Young Leader of the Year; Shore Solutions Most Innovative Company; NEC Quality Company; Jones Lang LaSalle Expatriate Executive of the Year; Smart Communications Global Filipino Executive; Meralco Top Employer Organization, and the KPMG Executive Leadership

Team. There are also two new award categories, namely the Hospitality Award and the First Carbon Solutions Green Company of the Year award.

Joining Mills in the Board of Judges are such high-profile leaders as Don Felbaum, former president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Edward Chang, president of the Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines; John Casey, former president of the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines; Jun Palafox, principal architect of world-renowned architectural design and planning firm, Palafox Associates; and Oscar Sanez, San Miguel vice president - International, and former CEO of Business Processing Association of the Philippines.

The 2015 Asia CEO Awards will be held November 11, 2015 at the grand ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila. Deadline of nominations is on September 28, 2015. To nominate and learn more about the awards, log on to www.asia-ceo-awards.org.


RELOAD YOUR DREAMS: Unleash Your Life! Drive Performance

BE WITH US for a special professional and business success afternoon featuring 3 of the nation’s leading developers of leadership and personal achievement. RELOAD YOUR DREAMS on the afternoon of Thursday, August 27 from 2pm – 6pm at the fabulous Makati Diamond Residences, Makati’s newest 5-star hotel facility. Free parking in the building.

Be developed and inspired to unleash your own dreams and join on their way to the top. If Philippines is the remain the fastest growing country in Asia, huge numbers of world-class leaders must be developed in a hurry.

World class organizations are ready to pay world class incomes to those with the skills and motivation to required. Develop yourself and develop your country. Send your staff, send your family, send yourself.

Speakers for RELOAD YOUR DREAMS are:

Ace Itchon
President and CEO
Aspen Philippines

Ace rose from the ranks to become one of the nation’s most prominent CEO’s and builder of businesses. She built her current organization from the ground to become one of the fastest growing in her industry. Awarded for her Exceptional Leadership abilities, she has helped raise up the careers of hundreds of people.
 TOPIC: Driving High Performance Across Functions and Generations

Bjorn Martinoff
President and Founder
The Fortune100 Coaches Network

Bjorn is the author of the book ‘ Develop Exponential Power, a thought-leader, and CEO Coach with upwards of 20 years experience as an Executive Coach, organizational development consultant, trainer and facilitator of top multinational, regional and global teams.
 TOPIC: Unleashing Incredible Growth in Your Team

Rebecca Bustamante
Asia CEO Forum

Rebecca worked her way from abject poverty to one of the nation’s most recognized entrepreneurs. Called Maid-to-Made, her achievements have been the subject of numerous primetime programs on GMA (Kapuso, Wagas, Mars), ABS-CBN, TV5, among many others.
TOPIC: Leading YOU to Your Dreams

Book now at www.asia-ceo.org 


YOUnique Conference in NAGA

Jayson Lo is an entrepreneur by heart. He pioneered companies in various industries including direct selling, manufacturing, trading, and the restaurant business. He is also in the field of sales and marketing where he has consistently been at the top 5 in their organization of over twenty thousand. It is also in sales that he has made his first million at the age of 22 years old.

From being a millionaire, he lost it all at the age of 30. His misfortune cost him millions and incurred millions of debt. God is good though; he was able to pay back his debts in 2 years. This experience has made him stronger and wiser as he shared it in his talk “Be Debt-Free” to thousands of people. His message is not just about success, it is about the real definition of success.

He also authored a book entitled YOUnique “Understanding others by Understanding You.” YOUnique is about knowing the 4 personality styles to help identify an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The book will help enhance your people skills, which lead to fruitful relationships enabling an individual to work and win with people anywhere.

Jayson desires to help others achieve their fullest potential. Now a public speaker and consultant to companies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, he endeavors to develop their top asset: people. He is married to Kathryn So Lo and has two daughters, Gabbie and Alexa.

YOUnique Naga will be held at Villa Caceres Hotel on August 22, 2015  (Saturday)

Ticket Prices:
950 VIP
700 Regular
500 Student

*all ticket prices include workbook, 2 snacks and lunch


ASIA HR SUMMIT: Turning HR Managers into Country Managers

Asia HR Summit, presented by SyncHRony Global, features many of the region’s most prominent HR Leaders speaking on how to finally bring HR into the boardroom.

“Turning HR Managers Into Country Managers” is the theme of Asia HR Summit 2016. Human Resources has emerged as THE key function of the fast growing economies of Asia, and especially Philippines. With supposedly vast supplies of world-class talent available, companies from around the world are expanding their staff at double digit rates. At the same time, local companies are scrambling to staff their own grandiose growth plans and finding it harder to compete with higher costs and demands from candidates.

HR holds the key to business success but…
+ Will HR people ever be thought of business people?
+ Can technology save HR or just make it even more bureaucratic?
+ Will the supply of skilled workers ever keep up with demand?
+ Is out-of-control salary inflation unavoidable for the foreseeable future?
+ Will Asean integration mean huge losses of skilled people for Philippines?