The recipient of this year's SOE–Nexia TS Entrepreneur of the Year Award is an outstanding individual with many talents across a wide range of disciplines. Originating from an illustrious background in architecture, this man had the astute business acumen to expand his reach into other realms of design and beyond, even venturing into diverse industries.
Ong Tze Boon is a visionary who had foresight to drive ONG&ONG, an already well-established architectural firm, towards a holistic design approach. He conceived the ONG&ONG 360º Solution framework, a three-pronged approach that comprises 360º Design, 360º Engineering and 360º Management. This is an all-encompassing service that melds the various disciplines from master planning, architecture, interior design, landscape design, environmental branding, project management and engineering.
The concept's pioneer project, a hotel named Quincy, is testament to the efficiency of such a cross-disciplinary solution. As steward of the project, Tze Boon was actively involved in convincing the client to allow ONG&ONG the opportunity to demonstrate his new design principle. ONG&ONG undertook the architectural, interior, landscape and even environmental branding design for this hotel. Since its completion in 2009, Quincy has won numerous local and international design awards, and has set high standards to follow for all future ONG&ONG projects.
Most importantly, underneath that astute business exterior, he is an employer whose motto is to “Celebrate People, Not Projects” and he cares deeply for his employees. Under his dynamic leadership, ONG&ONG has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a 800-strong workforce spread across offices in 12 cities around the world.
Tze Boon is also active in promoting corporate philanthropy through the ONG&ONG Travelling Fellowship and the Ong Siew May Professorship. In addition, his pet causes involve nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit - evident in his involvement in the Singapore chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and Young President's Organization (YPO).
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you this year's SOE-Nexia TS Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner and Group Executive Chairman of the ONG&ONG Group, Mr Ong Tze Boon.