Appco Thailand partners with children’s charity Baan Gerda

Appco Group Thailand has partnered up with Baan Gerda, launching a face-to-face campaign to help raise support for the children’s charity.Baan Gerda provides homes and care for HIV and AIDS infected orphans, with foster parents looking after the children’s daily needs.

Appco’s network of self-employed independent contractors engage, inform and recruit prospective donors for Baan Gerda through face-to-face fundraising.

The direct contact with potential donors means any questions they have can be answered quickly and efficiently, creating a long-lasting positive impression and enabling them to fully understand the importance of their support for the charity.

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In The Spotlight: Kittisak Wujchalapong (Bomb)

How did you get started in the business?
I feel this business is my destiny! During my last two years in university, my brother Senior Promoting Owner Nuttawat Wujchalapong (Bon) of Image Professional Limited hosted team nights at our house, and I usually joined them although I had no clue about his business and what he did. In my last year of university, Bon informed the family that he had the opportunity to open up a new office. I wondered how he was able to run his own business in such a short period of time. After that, I graduated from university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communication Engineering. At one of our family dinners, Bon talked about his work and it got my attention, and I decided to join him. Although my parents disagreed with my choice, Bon took me to an Owners Meeting in Singapore. After this trip, I decided to join Bon’s office and give this business a go.

What has your journey within the business been like so far?
This business has shaped every aspect of my life and has made me a better person. I am now a mature young business Owner who is able to sell, lead a team, give speeches, and have clear goals and aspirations in life. I was promoted to Branch Manager in 18 months, which was just shy of my goal of 12 months. As a Branch Owner, I have realised that this is not the end but the real beginning of my business journey. I always say, “Fail as many times as you want and don’t dare be upset as you are constantly learning” and when it’s your turn to run your own business you will have learned from these mistakes. My journey in this business has been amazing as I really enjoy solving problems every day. I have never regretted refusing my MBA scholarship as I have learned more in two years here than I would have in a classroom. I believe success is not a destination but a journey.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Having the privilege to write for ‘In The Spotlight’ and be on the ‘Cover’ of the Q4 2014 Leader Magazine has been the biggest achievement so far. I still remember my first rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2011 when Bon was on the cover and he was awarded the ‘New Marketing Office of the Year’. I was tremendously proud of Bon and that moment inspired me to become the number one office in Asia, to be number one on the Asian Bulletin, and to see my team pick up their awards on stage. Another big achievement for me is promoting two Branch Managers one after the other in only two months, breaking 70 headcounts in the organisation, and being pioneers in the telecommunications and cosmetics divisions in Thailand.

What advice would you give to someone starting their journey within the business?
This business is amazing as it changes people’s lives for the better. Working here, you will develop your communication and social skills. This business provides an opportunity for you to socialise with endless amount of people. Thus, you should appreciate what you have and enjoy every minute.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
My goal is to be Vice President in 2020 and that is six years from now. At that time, I will be flying between my organisation in Thailand and in another country, assisting in opening new offices, running the daily operations, and helping my Owners to run a profitable business. In addition, I would have my own rally and meetings. I hope to own many properties both in Thailand and abroad, and invest in my own restaurant. Most importantly, I would like have more time to spend with my loved ones.

What are your plans for the future?
Business Goals
I would like to have 50 branches in Thailand and another 50 branches overseas. If possible, visit my organisation in any country I holiday in. I want to be a great mentor and advisor.
Personal Goals
Drive an Aston Martin or a Bentley. I want to own a big house with entertainment rooms and a swimming pool. I want to have a loving family and be able to support them. My ultimate goal is to be able to buy anything I want and to travel around the world.

What are you hoping to accomplish by the end of this year?
I want to see my organisation expand to over 100 Field Representatives and to promote three Owners within my organisation. I will be promoted to Senior Promoting Owner and be involved in four different divisions. I will also be Product Head of Cosmetics and PayTV divisions and my outside deals will operate strongly and be profitable.

How do you relax away from the office?
I like finding new places to dine and drink. I enjoy having good food with great people, and travelling within the country and abroad. The only time I spent at home is when I’m sleeping!

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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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