Name of Recipient:
Mr. Thomas Ang
Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way towards the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? Mr Thomas, the founder of the company was like that ship when S-Lite Event Support began, only he was without a compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbor was.
S-Lite Event Support, its name depicting the company’s Strength and incandescent future. Initiated in 2002 with less than 10 employees, the nature of S-Lite Event Support’s dealing could only be described as idiosyncratic. Despite Mr Thomas being a seasoned entrepreneur prior to starting S-Lite Event Support, the company was one of the pioneers in this industry; without a mentor or a guiding spirit to look to. This anomalous industry is none other than events logistics. “It was really different back then.” Mr Thomas reminisced. When you innovate, you have got to be prepared for everyone telling you that you are nuts. However, Mr Thomas does not perceive it this way. “This industry is a niche, and I can see a lot of prospect in it. Thus, I decided to start in this trade.” an astute Mr Thomas added. “As we do not have a form of benchmark or guide to look up to back then, we have to work things out on our own with our own ways to serve our clients to get the job done successfully.” Mr Thomas explicated the difficulties met at S-Lite Event Support’s initialization.
When you confront a problem you begin to solve it. To eradicate this impediment, Mr Thomas spent a great deal of time researching every detail that might be pertinent to the business. Mr Thomas proceeded to a gamut of countries in order to fulfill their research: “We went to many foreign countries to check out sporting events to see how they conduct and learn a lot from these.” Mr Thomas explained. “We work very closely with events managing companies and learn what are the key focus points that we need to touch on.” Mr Thomas added on. The reason why S-Lite Event Support is so efficient is that the company has done the background work first. The company prepares itself thoroughly, and when it is time to move ahead, it is ready to sprint. This adroitness led to a new window of opportunities for the company. “As we started our first few jobs, such as the coveted Standard Chartered Marathon, the trend for such major scale sporting events is growing in the industry. We managed to prove how efficient we are, and prospered continually.” Mr Thomas indicated.
The secret to S-Lite Event Support’s success is its tenacious spirit. “We always possess the ‘can do’ attitude and never say ‘no’ to any jobs offered.” Mr Thomas rejoined. This tendency had led to the company being more proficient and willing to take up projects of greater scales. “We also go the extra mile for every client by providing them better service.” Mr Thomas regarded. “S-Lite Event Support is made up of a very experienced team. Most of our staffs had been with us since the start, so everyone of them know the operations inside out.” Mr Thomas added on. These implementations had opened up a right set of circumstances for S-Lite Event Support, aiding them in their pursuit of success and making them at fore of the industry.
Despite S-Lite Event Support only has a minuscule team of 28, nothing can stop them in their paths towards attaining bigger dreams. This small but brawny team had managed to partake in the organization of major local events such as the substantial annual Formula 1 race held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, the Youth Olympics, Chingay Parade, National Day events, Standard Charted Marathon and many more. “We are working very closely with the TAS (Triathlon Association of Singapore), ST Logistics too. We have received many support from them.” Mr Thomas shared. Many people perceive entrepreneurship as a shallow mean of earning money. However, still water runs deep. Entrepreneurship has a more significant definition behind it, as Mr Thomas divulged: “For me, entrepreneurship is an opportunity for me to start something which is necessary and needed for the society and getting it right.”
“My success could not be attained without my team, and my family. They had been rooting for me since Day 1, and they are my constant driving force.” Mr Thomas expressed his gratitude. “If you want to succeed in business, I will urge you to be bold and try. A successful entrepreneur does not hesitate and is decisive at the right time. Have the vision for the future, and be sure to seize the opportunity when needed to.” Mr Thomas advocated.
Mr Thomas lit in zeal when asked if S-Lite Event Support has any plans for expansion. “Yes, in fact, we are already in the midst of an expansion” Mr Thomas exclaimed fervently. “We are also planning to expand to other regions and hopefully this would create greater opportunities for S-Lite Event Support.” Mr Thomas said.
With such an adept team at helm, success is advent for S-Lite Event Support. As the company continues to proliferate, S-Lite Event Support shall open up a new dimension for the industry and the society.
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