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Life Giveth 生活赐予

David Chu
Partner of ShineWing Australia

The life of an accountant certainly seems far more enigmatic post-Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Christian Wolff in the movie ‘The Accountant’. For David Chu, life has always been an inspiring adventure, having lived, raised a beautiful family and managed a thriving business in two continents.

A dapper and disarming gentleman, Chu is affable and smart in appearance as well as intellectual capacity. He is comfortable in his impressive height, and strides well in an elegant suit that seems to be tailored just for him.

With a brilliant smile, he shared that he was raised in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Hong Kong, with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He started looking beyond familiar shores, when it came to providing the most holistic education for his three children.

Having gone through a thorough search, the Chus focused on Australia with great interest. They found a cultural and well-balanced education system in Melbourne and soon set about to make it their home in the early 1990’s.

“I would say I came at the right time.  It was Paul Keating’s administration and he was keen for Australia to form closer business ties with Asia.” Hence a young David Chu started working for a mid-tier accounting firm, where he was primarily responsible for looking after Asian companies doing business in Australia and vice versa. After 15 years of trudging through rank and file, integration and learning about the businesses in a new country, David established ShineWing in Melbourne in 2008.

“ShineWing is the largest domestic accounting firm in China with a clear objective of becoming an internationally recognised provider of accounting, finance and advisory solutions. ShineWing has always been a leader in the globalisation of Chinese accounting firms.”

Branching out extensively, ShineWing established offices in Hong Kong in 2005, Singapore in 2006 and eventually in the able hands of David Chu, the Melbourne operation in 2008.

“I did not establish ShineWing’s presence in Australia at the best of times. It was during the 2007/2008 global financial crisis and everyone was sceptical about new business ventures. However, the level of trust and faith from ShineWing China was pivotal in my persistence with the business landscape here.”

“I strongly subscribe to the vision of our Chairman in China. Keep persisting. However long the journey, if you keep persisting, you will succeed.”

“It is also the vision of our Chairman for ShineWing to be a globally recognised, leading brand in the accounting profession, both within China and throughout the world. This can only be achieved from vision, persistence and excellence. Easy to quote excellence but difficult to attain. To us excellence is about the quality of our work, our people and our clients.”

Looks like ShineWing China is right about entrusting their brand to David Chu. Today the ShineWing entity ranks no. 20 in the world, based on revenue. They are also the first Chinese firm to achieve a world ranking position thus far.

Headquartered in Beijing, ShineWing has 22 offices in China. In 2014, the Australian office of ShineWing merged with Moore Stephens Melbourne to create a new brand in the market place; ShineWing Australia. Initially based out of Melbourne, the network continued its rapid expansion along the eastern seaboard of Australia and now offers clients access to over 30 Partners and 200 staff. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and a wide-ranging clientele, ShineWing Australia continues to attract top senior talent and expand their geographical coverage to deliver extra value to their high-profile clients.

ShineWing’s expansion hasn’t been limited to Australia either. Over the last 12 months, the network has added offices in Pakistan, Egypt and India, as it assists clients capitalising on the opportunities associated with China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.

So what does David Chu the successful business man say about David Chu the family man? “There is no clear demarcation. I like to leave a grey area where business can interact with family. All my clients have become friends of my family and we get together with for dinner and social outings regularly.”

Unbelievable but this debonair individual is a grandfather of two. “My wife has done a great job in raising our daughter and two sons with love and care, while providing proper guidance all the time. Not an easy job and she does not get off at five or six o’clock like our business. Interestingly, all my children are now living and working in Hong Kong,” he smiles at the irony.

“We feel blessed. Transitioning here has been mostly easy and fun for us. In Melbourne, it’s all about footy, so I had to pick a team. Since I was based in Hawthorn earlier on, the choice was obvious and it turned out to be the right team for me after all. In Hong Kong we used to drink cognac but over here it is more about wine, so I attended wine classes to be able to swap stories,” he laughed good-heartedly.

“My wife and I try to do our bit for the community. She volunteers for the elderly while I get involved actively with the Fred Hollows Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides cataract surgeries for people in Asia and Africa.” Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, David has also been a regular presenter on the Cantonese programme of SBS Radio on Australian economic affairs.

Having achieved all that, David has not forgotten about his Chinese heritage. “I aspire to be a role model for my children and intend to demonstrate a healthy balance in preserving our culture and successfully integrating with the Australian community and lifestyle.”

会计师这职业给人的感觉就像是BenAffleck在电影“会计师”中饰演的人物ChristianWolff一样,更多偏向隐晦神秘的生活方式。但对于朱国正(DavidChu)来说,生活一直都充满令人鼓舞的冒险,拥有幸福美丽的家庭,跨越两大洲管理着一项蓬勃发展的事业。

除了机敏而绅士,朱国正具备内外一致的精英外表与智慧能力,令人印象深刻的高度舒适,犹如为他量身打造的合身之优雅西装。

在展开灿烂的微笑同时,他分享了本身在香港成长,毕业于香港大学的经济学与会计学位的经历。至于为何他要在熟悉的海岸之外寻求发展,那是为了想要3名孩子接受更全面的教育。

而历经彻底的搜索工作后,发现美国和加拿大没有比澳大利亚更能引起他的关注,墨尔本具备更有文化和均衡的教育系统,他们很快就在90年代初-1992年着手移居墨尔本。

“我认为过来的正是时候。那时由PaulKeating所带领的澳大利亚政府渴望与亚洲建立更紧密的业务关系。”因此,年轻的他开始在一家中型会计师事务所工作,主要负责协助亚洲公司在澳大利亚的商业业务,反之亦然。经过15年的行业磨砺,他累计了在新的国度中的业务经验,于2008年在墨尔本成立信永中和澳大利亚。

“信永中和的目标明确,除了是国内最大的本土会计师事务所,且是中国作为国际认证的会计、金融和咨询解决方案的专业提供者。目的是发展中国起源的会计,融资和基金管理的国际品牌,而信永中和一直是全球中国会计师事务所的领导者。”

为了广泛拓展业务,2005年信永中和在香港设立办事处,新加坡办事处在2006年开设,接着就是朱国正于2008年在墨尔本成立的办事处。

我其实没有选择于最佳时刻在澳大利亚创立,2007至2008年全球金融危机期间,那时每个人都在质疑新企业的前景。然而,从中国信永中和事务所得到的信心与信任是我能支撑这里景观的重点。我铭记我们中国董事长强调的:继续坚持。漫长的路途中,如果你一直坚持,你终究会成功。”

“让信永中和成为全球会计领域最知名和具权威的品牌,领先中国和世界各地,也是我们董事长的愿景;这只能从宏观视野、持久性和卓越性来实现,但卓越容易引述,实践却难度大。对我们来说,卓越是我们应对工作、员工和客户的高质量要求。”

而看起来似乎是信永中和中国总部在对朱国正委托自己的品牌。如今,根据业绩营收,信永中和已排名世界第20位,也是截止目前第一家中国企业达到上述世界
排名。

信永中和会计师事务所总部设在北京,现在中国拥有22个办事处。2014年,信永中和在澳大利亚的办事处与墨尔本的马施云会计(MooreStephens)合并创建市场新品牌:信永中和澳大利亚。从最初的墨尔本之外,商务网络沿着澳大利亚东海岸快速扩张,现今已拓展30多个合作伙伴和200名员工。在墨尔本、悉尼和布里斯班的办事处,广泛覆盖的客户群,信永中和澳大利亚持续吸引顶尖的高级人才,扩大资源和版块,为知名客户提供增值服务。

过去1年内,信永中和澳大利亚彰显了无限的发展潜能,分别在巴基斯坦,埃及和印度设立办事处,这是协助客户利用与中国相关的商务机会,即 “一带一路” 的策略。

而朱国正除了成功商人之外作为家庭男人界定?“没有明确的界定。我比较主张脱离灰色地带,尤其是业务与家人进行互动,我所有的客户会是家人与朋友,在一起吃饭,还有定期的社交活动。”

难以置信的是,这名温文尔雅的男士已经是2名孙子的爷爷。“我的妻子在照顾家庭方面贡献良多,对于儿女的爱与光怀,当然包括适当的教育与指导。这并非简单的工作,她不能像我们工作一样下午5、6点就下班。有趣的是,我的孩子们现在都在香港生活和工作。”他带点调侃的微笑说。

他对于生活感到幸福与幸运,而移居到墨尔本对他们来说既简朴又有趣,在墨尔本,全部环绕着橄榄球,所以必须选择一个球队。因为他之前居于Hawthorn,选择是显而易见的,对他来说这是最佳队伍。在香港都是喝白兰地,但这里葡萄酒是重心,所以他参与葡萄酒课程就是方便交流。

“妻子和我尝试为社群做点事。她在老年人团体担任志愿者,我却作为一名活跃的成员积极参与FredHollows基金会,这是一家非营利组织,为亚洲和非洲人们提供白内障手术。”说着一口流利的英语、粤语和普通话(华语),朱国正也一直是SBS电台澳大利亚经济事务的粤语节目常驻嘉宾。

即使实现了所有愿望,但他并未忘了中华传统和根源。

“我渴望成为孩子们的榜样,展示健康既平衡的保护我们的文化,并成功融合与澳大利亚社会和生活方式。”

The Law of Reality 真实法则

Lim Eu Ming

Thomson Geer Law Firm Property and Development Partner

When you think “commercial property lawyer”, someone in a suit, clean cut hair and sleek court shoes would play the stereotypical part. But Lim Eu Ming is not that stereotype, well, aside from the suit, he dons a grungy rock star look and long wavy locks.

Originally from Malaysia, Melbourne has been home to Lim for over 20 years together with his vast experience in practicing property and development law in this thriving city.

His primary focus is commercial property, with particular expertise and experience in a variety of property and property related matters. He is now a partner of Thomson Geer, a distinguished law firm specialising in areas of banking and finance, corporate advisory, constructions and projects, intellectual property and more. But in all honesty, it’s not Lim’s professional career that makes him impressionable, it’s his down to earth philosophy to life.

“I’m just a regular guy –  I don’t come from a rich family where my father handed me the business so I just had to be resilient and persistent. I have two boys and one of them is autistic, so that challenges what we can do as a family and what I can do as a father. Migrating to Melbourne to study was challenging, but when I returned to Malaysia and decided to come back here in the early 90’s, that’s when it was pretty difficult,” he said.

Originally from Penang, Lim grew up in Kuala Lumpur (KL). His choice to study in Australia in 1980 was one made by his parents due to the “lower” education fees in comparison to the UK, Lim’s first preference.

“Coming to Melbourne at that time was really alien to me as it was predominantly an Anglo society and I just thought the city was like the South Pole, until I got here. It was good because I studied law here for five years and it gave me a chance to assimilate well with the Australian culture.”

In 1985, he decided to move back to KL but after four years, returned to Melbourne for personal reasons. When his family moved here, he started his career by working in boutique law firms.

After almost three decades, he has assisted in over $800 million of commercial and development site acquisitions in Melbourne from 2012 to 2014 financial years. He also advised and assisted at all relevant levels of property development in Melbourne (especially 7 to 9 multi-storey development projects in the Melbourne CBD) from 2012 to 2014 financial years.

For Lim, it’s really his core values that kept him going and has him in check with reality.

“When we moved to Melbourne, it wasn’t a great time because of my son’s autism and Australia was slowly slipping into a recession. But because we struggled a bit, it helps us to appreciate what we have now and that hard work and sacrifice do pay off in the end,” he said.

当你对“商业房地产律师”还停留在西装笔挺、整齐短发和发亮鞋履既定外观印象时,Lim Eu Ming 将打破这一切刻板感觉:就外形而论,他完全是一名摇滚明星,一头桀骜不羁的波浪长发。

出生于马来西亚,但他已经定居墨尔本逾20年,在这个繁荣都市,伴随着实践房产与开发律法的丰富经历。

他的主要重点是商业房地产,具备专业知识和经验,为客户解决各式产业或相关事务。他加入合作伙伴Thomson Geer著名的律师事务所,专门从事银行金融业、企业,建筑和项目计划,包括知识产权等特定服务。但坦白说,让人钦佩的并非是他的专业工作精神,而是朴实的生活哲理。

生于槟城,长于吉隆坡,在1980年选择留学澳大利亚是因为教育费比英国低廉,这是他所考量的。

“对当时的我来说墨尔本非常陌生,由于是英式社会,觉得这个城市就像南极,直至我适应。在这里就读5年的法律,也提供机会不断吸收澳大利亚文化。”

1985年,他决定在吉隆坡工作,而在4年后因个人原因返回墨尔本。在家人迁移到此处后,他开始在精品律师事务所工作。

“我只是一个普通人,也非来自富裕家庭,父亲传给我的家业,我竭尽所能坚韧守护。我有2名孩子,其中一名是自闭症患者,这是对我们维持一个家庭和我身为父亲的重大考验。来到墨尔本升学虽然也是挑战,至于90年代早期从马来西亚又回到这里,那个时段是艰辛的。”

根据2012年至2014年墨尔本财政年报告,他在30多年来协助逾8亿元的商业和开发产业收购,同时建议与辅助墨尔本各级房地产开发计划,尤其是在墨尔本CBD的7至9项多层开发项目。

对于LimEuMing来说,真的是核心价值观使他坚持下去,并且检阅现实。

“但我们刚迁移到墨尔本,那是艰苦时刻,因为我儿子的自闭症,还有澳大利亚面临逐渐滑落衰退。但就是因为历经寒冬,更让我们珍惜现在的一切,努力工作和牺牲都是值得的。”

Getting Ahead with the Challenge 跨越挑战巅峰

Luke Stambolis

Managing Director – Victoria of Probuild, Australia

There’s no shortcut to success and usually, it takes persistence, patience and hard work to get there. That’s not an earth shaking statement but many people want it the easy way and often talk about the “should haves, could haves and would haves”.

Instead, someone like Luke Stambolis decided to wake up from his dreams and pursue them many years ago.

His road to success started then and has taken him to become the Victorian managing director of Probuild, a national tier one construction company in Australia.

He has a 20-year career in construction and has worked on several iconic projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Luke has a proven track record of working with clients and key stakeholders to ensure consistently high quality delivery of projects. With a Degree from RMIT in Construction Management, he has spent the last two decades refining his skills in all facets of projects from concept, feasibility, master planning,  pre-construction to construction delivery.

“I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life.”

“In the beginning, I was inspired by my uncle who was a residential house builder and I think it’s also to do with my European heritage as we are known to build great buildings. So, it’s all in the blood,” Luke says with a chuckle.

After he graduated from RMIT in 1996, he worked on the Crown Casino project. “I was invited to be part of the special effects delivery team and that involved building the waterfront fire brigades and main lobby water fountains. It was a very exciting time for me, especially as it was my foray into the industry.”

After that project was completed, he worked as a cadet for another tier one builder at the time. He made such an impression in his time at the company working on hospital, retail and high rise projects that Stambolis soon became the project and site manager for several of its major developments.

“When I was 30, I went to the UK to work on Westfield London, a billion dollar project that was a huge success. I joined Probuild a few years ago, mainly to oversee its high rise portfolio in Melbourne CBD,” he explains.

Probuild is one of Australia’s largest construction companies with a national pipeline of projects worth $4 billion and an annual turnover of $1.8 billion with their line-up of retail, commercial and residential developments.

Aside from being responsible for multiple million dollar projects, Luke also likes to challenge himself outside work.

“I like fly fishing even though I’m not very good at it. It’s a constant torment that’s similar to golf because if you’re not doing it often enough, you can’t master it. But one of the main things I love about it is that it makes you go to places you have never gone before so it gives you an opportunity to explore mother nature,” he says.

Luke is married to his wife Eve, who’s also in the industry working with interior design and they have two sons. “I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life. I can’t always sit still for very long – I love to learn new things and am now developing my kids hoping to pass on some knowledge and wisdom to them,” he says.

Probuild works across commercial, educational, industrial, residential, retail, entertainment and sports and leisure sectors, overseeing all facets of project delivery, construction planning and management. It is currently delivering some of Australia’s largest construction projects including Victoria One, Eastland and Chadstone shopping centres in Melbourne, Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba and The Towers in Western Australia which will include the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.

坚持、耐心和努力方能铸就成功,无任何捷径可言。虽然这并非石破天惊的声明,但许多人却追求简易之道:常想着应该做、可以做与本来会做,却留下一片空白。相反,Luke Stambolis多年前已毫不犹豫展开他的梦想。

他的成功之路始于作为澳大利亚国家一级建筑公司Probuild维多利亚区的董事经理,累积20年的建筑行业经验,分别于澳大利亚和英国实践了标志性的项目计划。

他拥有完美的客户与重要利益相关者合作记录,维持高质量的项目完工交付。除了具备墨尔本皇家理工大学(RMIT)建筑管理学位,20年来精炼和增进各方面技能,从概念、可行性、总体规划,前期建设到施工交付。

“我的启蒙灵感来自叔叔,他是一名住宅建筑商。另外,也与我的欧洲血统有关,众所周知这是个构建雄伟建筑的地方,所以一切都在血液中流窜。”Luke笑着说。

1996年RMIT毕业后,他曾参与皇冠赌场发展项目,受邀加入特效交付团队,涉及的部分是构建海滨消防署和大厅喷泉。对他来说,这是非常激动人心的时刻,尤其是刚进入这行业。

项目完成后,他作为实习生参与另外一级建筑商的工作,杰出表现令人印象深刻,当时他所在的公司有医院、零售和高楼等项目,他很快成为几个大型发展计划主要项目和据点经理。“当我30岁,我被派驻英国WestfieldLondon工作,这项10亿元的项目取得空前成功。几年前加入Probuild,主要是监督管理墨尔本CBD的高楼项目。”

Probuild是澳大利亚最大的建筑公司之一,掌握价值40亿元国家管道项目,年度营业额高达18亿元,包括零售领域、商业和住宅的发展计划。除了负责多项动辄上百万的项目,Luke也喜欢在工作外接受挑战。

“我喜欢飞钓,尽管我不擅长,但历经不断的磨练,类似于高尔夫,如果日常没苦练,根本无法掌握。但主要原因是这户外活动能够带你探索未知的领域和贴近大自然。”

Luke与从事室内设计的妻子Eve育有2名儿子。“我相信努力会让人到达想去的地方,我总是实践在工作和生活当中。我并非那种能够呆坐的人,喜爱学习新事物,目前我在塑造孩子们,希望传递知识和智慧予他们。”

Probuild的建设显现在商业、教育、工业、住宅、零售业、娱乐、体育与休闲领域,负责全面性的项目交付、建设规划和管理。现提供一些澳大利亚大型的构建项目包括VictoriaOne,墨尔本的Eastland与Chadstone购物中心,位于图文巴的GrandCentral购物中心和西澳的The Towers,并且包括豪华的Ritz-Carlton酒店。