Bayou Lagoon Park Resort Sdn Bhd – APEA – Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

Dato’ Marco Seow
Managing Director


Bayou Lagoon Park Resort Sdn Bhd
Amari Villa, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort,
Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil,
75450 Melaka, Malaysia
+06-233 0888
www.bayoulagoon.com.my


While the family is running a successful property business, a young graduate choose to find his career in other industry which may sound unbelievable to some, Dato’ Marco Seow had managed to expand family business with the experiences and skills that he had gained from his past experience as an employee.

Being born and grew up in Klang, Dato’ Marco completed his tertiary studies and soon he embarked his next study chapter in Australia. In year 2005, Dato’ Marco graduated from University of Sydney with a Degree in Economics.

As a young graduate, Dato’ Marco Seow started his career as a sales consultant in a software company followed by a trading company in total of 4 years. “I used to be a quiet person with people that I’m not familiar with. When I studied at Sydney, Australia I always seated alone at the corner of the classroom and it took me quite long time to mix with others”, says Dato’ Marco. At that moment, Dato’ Marco realized that he need to find a way to conquer his weakness. As such, Dato’ Marco chose to be a sales consultant after graduate. This is not an easy decision to step into a new industry as Dato’ Marco was growing in a property business family. His decision was strongly supported by his family members.

At that time, Dato’ Marco learnt from the seniors on the skills of communication and how to develop a strong and trusted relationship with the customers, as he knows it will help him in future. He even worked till late night and do research to understand the products. The effort paid off, and it paid off well, as Dato’ Marco became top sales performer in the software and trading company for four consecutive years. This career path has enabled him to socialise with any level of people, handled the product complaint and proposed solution to the customer. All the lessons learned were invaluable.

After all those years, Dato’ Marco had decided to bring the skills and precious knowledge that he gained back to co-founding Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd, which is a property and construction company.

As a 2nd generation of a family of builders, Dato’ Marco has already inherited his father’s qualities in running the business hands-on hard work. “Although luck is important, but don’t mix up luck with hard work, there is nothing that can replace your effort that you put in the business, so don’t just depend on luck. You must work with your heart and passion. Understand the reason why & the purpose you are in the business.”, adds Dato’ Marco Seow.

To stay competitive and ensure the highest quality of the project, Dato’ Marco involved directly in acquiring the land bank, feasibility study, development plan, building design, dealing with government authorities, construction, sales and marketing, launching and handover the property to the purchasers. He even led the sales team personally to market the product to the buyers.

The sales, managerial and interpersonal experiences garnered during his employment years enabled him completed few successful projects. Under his marketing strategies and leadership, Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd was awarded the Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand 2010.

Being a family man who loves to travel, Dato’ Marco saw opportunities for the company to expand in other industry, which is hospitality. In 2007, Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd have developed Bayou Lagoon Park Resort in Melaka, a resort consist with 584 apartment rooms centred with water park. Three types of furnished spacious studio room, 2-bedrooms apartment and 3-bedrooms apartment, concerted with two blocks of contemporary building named Amari Villa and Tahiti Villa. From the idea of family concept resort until the construction, there are numerous challenges presented. “There are many parties who thought we will never complete or made it as we are considered newcomer in hospitality industry moreover the huge size of the project,” says Dato’ Marco. However, he strongly believes and confident through perseverance and hard work, that the vision for the family concept resort would soon become a reality. As a family man oriented, his vision is to give every travellers a comfortable “home” and a perfect accommodation choice for a fun family getaway. Despite the numerous challenges presented, he preserved, embraced and successfully resolved each of the challenges.

To assure the quality of customer service, Dato’ Marco involved directly in manpower recruitment as he needed team member who have passion for quality customer service. In year 2012, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort has started its operation. The respond and demand from travellers are overwhelming. Dato’ Marco saw the opportunities for the resort to expand, he decided to build up Bayou Convention Center. A pillar less convention center measure at 23,680 square feet having the options of dividing the hall into 2 halls. This makes Bayou Convention Centre an ideal choice of venue to hold family days, weddings, conferences, concerts and exhibitions.

In order to grow sustainably in hospitality field, Dato’ Marco aware that there is a must to add value to the resort. Few attractions were inspired by Dato’ Marco such as Magic Trick Art Museum, 9D Theatre Interactive Gun Games, Dry Park exist in the resort. Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is officially rated by Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia as a 4-star resort in Melaka. To celebrate the vision that has become a reality, the official opening ceremony of Bayou Lagoon Park Resort was graced and completed by Chief Minister of Melaka, YAB Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj Haron in the year 2014.

In year of 2015, Dato’ Marco Seow was bestowed the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP), which carries the title Dato’. Beside this, Dato’ Marco was awarded as The 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs in Malaysia in year 2016.

Over the years, he has been responsible for the hands-on operations and management of Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. He commits most of his time, including weekends and public holidays, at the resort to ensure smooth running of the resort’s operation.

As a Managing Director of the company, Dato’ Marco also led the team members in CSR projects with the collaboration of local government and other NGOs. “When you are successful, remember to be grateful to those who have helped you and give back to those who need it.” says Dato’ Marco. He added “Always be a generous teacher and humble student at the same time.”

OUTSTANDING CATEGORY

Dato’ Marco Seow
Managing Director

While the family is running a successful property business, a young graduate choose to find his career in other industry which may sound unbelievable to some, Dato’ Marco Seow had managed to expand family business with the experiences and skills that he had gained from his past experience as an employee.

Being born and grew up in Klang, Dato’ Marco completed his tertiary studies and soon he embarked his next study chapter in Australia. In year 2005, Dato’ Marco graduated from University of Sydney with a Degree in Economics.

As a young graduate, Dato’ Marco Seow started his career as a sales consultant in a software company followed by a trading company in total of 4 years. “I used to be a quiet person with people that I’m not familiar with. When I studied at Sydney, Australia I always seated alone at the corner of the classroom and it took me quite long time to mix with others”, says Dato’ Marco. At that moment, Dato’ Marco realized that he need to find a way to conquer his weakness. As such, Dato’ Marco chose to be a sales consultant after graduate. This is not an easy decision to step into a new industry as Dato’ Marco was growing in a property business family. His decision was strongly supported by his family members.

At that time, Dato’ Marco learnt from the seniors on the skills of communication and how to develop a strong and trusted relationship with the customers, as he knows it will help him in future. He even worked till late night and do research to understand the products. The effort paid off, and it paid off well, as Dato’ Marco became top sales performer in the software and trading company for four consecutive years. This career path has enabled him to socialise with any level of people, handled the product complaint and proposed solution to the customer. All the lessons learned were invaluable.

After all those years, Dato’ Marco had decided to bring the skills and precious knowledge that he gained back to co-founding Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd, which is a property and construction company.

As a 2nd generation of a family of builders, Dato’ Marco has already inherited his father’s qualities in running the business hands-on hard work. “Although luck is important, but don’t mix up luck with hard work, there is nothing that can replace your effort that you put in the business, so don’t just depend on luck. You must work with your heart and passion. Understand the reason why & the purpose you are in the business.”, adds Dato’ Marco Seow.


Bayou Lagoon Park Resort Sdn Bhd
Amari Villa, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort,
Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil,
75450 Melaka, Malaysia
+06-233 0888
www.bayoulagoon.com.my


To stay competitive and ensure the highest quality of the project, Dato’ Marco involved directly in acquiring the land bank, feasibility study, development plan, building design, dealing with government authorities, construction, sales and marketing, launching and handover the property to the purchasers. He even led the sales team personally to market the product to the buyers.

The sales, managerial and interpersonal experiences garnered during his employment years enabled him completed few successful projects. Under his marketing strategies and leadership, Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd was awarded the Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand 2010.

Being a family man who loves to travel, Dato’ Marco saw opportunities for the company to expand in other industry, which is hospitality. In 2007, Harp Soon Corporation Sdn Bhd have developed Bayou Lagoon Park Resort in Melaka, a resort consist with 584 apartment rooms centred with water park. Three types of furnished spacious studio room, 2-bedrooms apartment and 3-bedrooms apartment, concerted with two blocks of contemporary building named Amari Villa and Tahiti Villa. From the idea of family concept resort until the construction, there are numerous challenges presented. “There are many parties who thought we will never complete or made it as we are considered newcomer in hospitality industry moreover the huge size of the project,” says Dato’ Marco. However, he strongly believes and confident through perseverance and hard work, that the vision for the family concept resort would soon become a reality. As a family man oriented, his vision is to give every travellers a comfortable “home” and a perfect accommodation choice for a fun family getaway. Despite the numerous challenges presented, he preserved, embraced and successfully resolved each of the challenges.

To assure the quality of customer service, Dato’ Marco involved directly in manpower recruitment as he needed team member who have passion for quality customer service. In year 2012, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort has started its operation. The respond and demand from travellers are overwhelming. Dato’ Marco saw the opportunities for the resort to expand, he decided to build up Bayou Convention Center. A pillar less convention center measure at 23,680 square feet having the options of dividing the hall into 2 halls. This makes Bayou Convention Centre an ideal choice of venue to hold family days, weddings, conferences, concerts and exhibitions.

In order to grow sustainably in hospitality field, Dato’ Marco aware that there is a must to add value to the resort. Few attractions were inspired by Dato’ Marco such as Magic Trick Art Museum, 9D Theatre Interactive Gun Games, Dry Park exist in the resort. Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is officially rated by Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia as a 4-star resort in Melaka. To celebrate the vision that has become a reality, the official opening ceremony of Bayou Lagoon Park Resort was graced and completed by Chief Minister of Melaka, YAB Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj Haron in the year 2014.

In year of 2015, Dato’ Marco Seow was bestowed the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP), which carries the title Dato’. Beside this, Dato’ Marco was awarded as The 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs in Malaysia in year 2016.

Over the years, he has been responsible for the hands-on operations and management of Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. He commits most of his time, including weekends and public holidays, at the resort to ensure smooth running of the resort’s operation.

As a Managing Director of the company, Dato’ Marco also led the team members in CSR projects with the collaboration of local government and other NGOs. “When you are successful, remember to be grateful to those who have helped you and give back to those who need it.” says Dato’ Marco. He added “Always be a generous teacher and humble student at the same time.”