Meet the 14 speakers in Learn-a-thon 2011

Boyd Au

  • “Boyd Au turns zero into zeroes. From Salvation Army waif to executive chairman of a listed firm…….”   SPH – The Sunday Times ,
  • In 1984, Boyd with his partner started the company, Enzer with S$10,000, where he was the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Enzer became a world renowned brand with products sold in 33 countries and won the Superbrands award for 3 consecutive years. The company was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2001 and sales turnover reached  S$ 80 million in 2006.
  • In mid 2007, Boyd decided to retire and sold his entire interests in the company to devote more time for God’s work.

Arthur Carmazzi

  • Founder of the Directive Communication™ Methodology and Ranked as one of the Global Top 10 most influential Leadership Gurus, Arthur is a best-selling author specializing in psychological approaches to leadership and organizational culture transformation.
  • He has advanced organizational development with innovative techniques and tools like the CBCI (Colored Brain Communication Inventory) and HDMA Emotional profiling tools used for “Psycho-Productivity” management as well as the CCEE (Corporate Culture Evolution Evaluation).
  • His book titles include: “Lessons from the Monkey King”, “The Colored Brain Communication Field Manual”, “Identity Intelligence”, “The 6 Dimensions of Top Achievers”, and “The Psychology of Selecting the RIGHT Employee”.

Ken Chee

  • Ken is the CEO and Co Founder of a private investment company, 8 Investment Pte Ltd, which focuses on business, equity investments and education.
  • His strategies allow his students to generate well between 11% – 67% annual return apart from massive passive income from their stock investments and in some cases, bought a house from their 400% profits within just 3 months applying what Ken has taught.
  • Ken honed his unique investment style after learning the ropes of value investing from various mentors and by modeling the investment strategies of Warren Buffett – even to the extend of meeting Warren Buffett in person back in May 2009.
  • Today, Ken is very much dedicated to pay it forward by educating the public to take charge of their own financial health.

Andrew Chow

  • Andrew Chow is a certified Life Coach, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author. Founded IDEAMART (S) PTE LTD in 1994, Andrew was an honouree for the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2008 and the Successful Entrepreneur Award in 2010.
  • Since 1994, he is always on top of his game for several industries like MICE, Social Development, and Training.
  • A much sought after trainer in many academic institutions and business associations, Andrew’s forte is in social media strategy, public relations, entrepreneurship, creativity and personal branding.
  • Fondly known as “ideasandrew”, he has also founded several social networking portals with over 10,000 profiles.

Mike Handcock

  • Mike Handcock is an entrepreneur who currently owns no less than 4 businesses. He has been a senior manager with New Zealand’s leading financial services institution and has a background in financial planning.
  • Mike has written nine books, now released in numerous countries including best sellers. Mike also writes a regular column for an international magazine that distributes to 15 countries.
  • He has been called one of Asia’s top ten coaches, and Asia’s leading Edu-tainer, and as a musician he has no less than 9 albums to his credit.
  • Mike has appeared on television, radio and various articles. In recent times Mike has been nominated for three Extraordinary Lives awards, is in the movie ‘Dreamcatchers’ and various television projects and was applauded by President Bill Clinton for his charitable work in India and Cambodia at the recent Clinton Global Initiative.

Adam Khoo

  • Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer. A self-made millionaire by the age of 26, he owns and runs several businesses in education, training, event management and advertising, all with a combined annual turnover of $30 million.
  • He is the Executive Chairman and Chief Master Trainer of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd and a director of seven other private companies.
  • Adam conferred the NUS Eminent Alumni Award in 2008 for being one of Singapore’s most prominent business leaders

Wendy Kwek

  • Wendy Kwek is the co-founder of Executive Directions Pte Ltd, a dynamic education organization aimed at helping individuals develop entrepreneurial spirit and achieve financial freedom through solid investments.
  • She currently owns more than 50 properties in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Germany, U.K. and U.S.A. She is astute in sourcing and negotiating on behalf of investors good, high-yielding properties.
  • Ms Wendy Kwek is the Master Trainer of highly acclaimed Property Investment Program.  Her goal is to help average people own multiple properties and to help them build lasting wealth. She has also supported the investors in structuring deals where they can buy properties with little or no money down.

Jaz Lai

  • Jaz is unlike the typical Internet Guru that you encounter today.
  • On first impression, he appears to many as somewhat laid back when he takes a stroll in a relaxed swagger, sporting faded wash jeans and half fitted shoes.
  • No one in the least would expect that he is actually an ex-fashion designer who used to own a chain of retail stores, but is now recognized as one of the best International Internet Marketing gurus out there.
  • Jaz is indeed a perfect example of someone who overcame all odds to be successful in a field he have no knowledge on.
  • Now, with 7 years of experience of Internet Marketing underneath his belt, Jaz has put together a PROVEN strategy of creating a 5 to 6 figure income into anyone’s mailbox within a short period of time. And it’s almost as easy as pushing of a button.

Dave Rogers

  • Born in Canada, Dave did his first deal at 14, when he rented his parents house out to friends while they were away. He never looked back. Moving to Japan in his early twenties he quickly rose through the ranks of the bank trading floor to be managing a $1.2billion dollar portfolio during the Asian crisis in 1997.
  • After relocating to Hong Kong and eventually Singapore Dave studied communication, entrepreneurship and ancient techniques from some of the incredible Asian & Indian masters.
  • In 2001 he co-founded what became the most significant group of entrepreneurs on the planet, culminating in him winning the 2007 Singapore Spirit of Enterprise award. Dave is a philanthropist, father, husband and highly sought after coach.

Ken Sapp

  • Successful Internet Marketing Expert, Youth Mentoring Specialist
  • Just a few years ago, because of increasing financial responsibilities, Ken had to give up his passion. He set aside his dreams of helping youth and began to toil his life away as an employee in a full time job, living paycheck to paycheck. Then, when he had the time and energy, which wasn’t very often, he did what that he was passionate about – helping youth to discover and pursue their dreams.
  • Then, in a strange turn of events he found himself in a conference that planted a thought in his head that he could make money doing the things that he was really passionate about instead of toiling his life away as an employee in a job. He learned a few simple strategies that turned his passion into a profitable online business that makes more than 3000 USD in a month on autopilot.

KC See

  • KC See is an entrepreneur, having started his first business at 19 before going back to school to qualify as an accountant and eventually started the Quest Group a corporate training and consulting organization with offices in 4 countries.
  • In 1997 he founded MasteryAsia, with its flagship Money Mastery Mentorship program mentoring over 8000 people from all over Asia Pacific on creating wealth and multiple sources of income.
  • He is also well known for his Certified Professional Trainers program, which has trained more than 600 professional trainers in Asia. He writes for the “SME and Entrepreneurship “magazine.

Jerome Tan

  • Mr. Jerome Tan is the author of ‘From Bankruptcy to Multi-Millions in 7 Years’.
  • Armed with little formal education, he has risen from being bankruptcy to creating great success and thereby inspiring many others to achieve great heights.
  • He is known to be successful as street-smart entrepreneur.
  • It is now his mission to coach people to think ‘out-of-the box’ and to start and grow business starting with little or no money.

Jim Khoo

  • Jim is a Founder Member of the John Maxwell TEAM. He is personally trained by  John Maxwell & his Faculty Members and have been certified as a trainer to help individuals on personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods.
  • Leadership is described as the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.
  • Jim has helped many individuals reach their purpose and goals through an intentional plan of development.  Working together through accountability he can facilitate positive and profitable change, improve productivity and create the atmosphere that is necessary for effective leadership

Yang Po Tan

  • Yang Po has both the mindset of a millionaire business woman and property investor.
  • A savvy investor, she has managed and invested in more than S$300 million worth of properties. She is also a co- developer in a new S$207.26 million waterfront residential and commercial project in Danga Bay.
  • As a businesswoman, she has started businesses in virgin markets and grew it into multi million dollar businesses. She has also managed international luxury brands such as Montblanc and Kenzo. At Montblanc, she was instrumental in executing Montblanc’s boutique concept in Asia.
  • Yang Po was also the Director of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, Asia Pacific where she oversaw the business operations in 22 countries, including China, New Zealand, and Hawaii.   Based on her experiences, Yang Po has also authored the book, Cash Your Passion: What Text Books Don’t Teach About How to Start and Manage Successful Businesses.


Deborah Torres Patel

  • She performed for millions of people on radio, TV, Broadway and international concert stages since she began her first career as a singer, dancer and actress at age 4.
  • She shared the stage with Sammy Davis Jr., Kool & The Gang, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and many more international celebrities.
  • For the past 26 years Deborah has dedicated herself to helping hundreds of thousands of clients find their “Million Dollar Voice”.  She has taught people to speak, sing, present and communicate with confidence, power and authenticity in 66 countries.
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Learn-A-Thon Fundraising Seminar For Southeast Asian Floods Exceeds S$100,000 Target

Repost from Mercy Relief Website  

Charity event gathered close to 1,500 attendees, all proceeds channelled through Mercy Relief

Monday, 28 November – HSR International Realtors (HSR) spearheaded a fundraising event – The Learn-A-Thon 2011 – a complimentary wealth creation and motivational seminar by 14 of established global speakers. About 1,500 attendees participated in the event and raised funds for the flood victims in Southeast Asia.  Part of the fundraising activity is the forming of a collage where participants attached currency notes onto a 9 square-metre canvas which incidentally qualified the efforts into the Singapore Book of Records. Participants also expressed their sympathies and well-wishes in writing, on three large banners called ‘the love banners’. In addition, donation cans were circulated amongst the participants to encourage them to contribute more.  An art auction was also included.

Proceeds from the auction sales and the donations collected were channelled to Singapore-born humanitarian outfit Mercy Relief to continue its ongoing aid efforts in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The fundraising efforts raised a total amount of S$135,900, exceeding its initial target of S$100,000. Last April, through a similar platform, HSR had raised more than S$60,000 for the Japan tsunami relief.

The event was pulled together by a committee of 17 like-minded philanthropic individuals within just a space of two weeks.  Among the 14 creation wealth speakers are Boyd Au, Arthur Camazzi, Ken Chee, Andrew Chow, Mike Handcock, Adam Khoo, Wendy Kwek, and Dave Rogers, whom contributed their time and complimentary expertise for the good cause.

CEO of HSR and main organizer of Learn-A-Thon 2011, Patrick Liew said, “The organising committee of Learn-A-Thon felt strongly that we wanted to try to do something practical to alleviate the sufferings of our regional neighbours in these times of crisis, so a wealth creation seminar seemed like an initiative we could quickly stage since we are mostly all involved in the motivational seminar industry already.”

Southeast District Mayor and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.  Ambassador and diplomatic representatives from the embassies of Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines were at the event.

Commenting on the fundraising initiative, Mercy Relief Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad said, “One of the key elements of effective aid is swiftness in response. The Seminar organiser’s ability to put together this large fundraising event and bring in about 1,500 people together within a fortnight is highly commendable. The members of the organising committee displayed great amount of zeal and passion as they strive to support the ongoing relief efforts. Mercy Relief can only serve as much as the support it receives.”

Southeast District Mayor and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman participated in setting up a national record by attaching currency notes onto a 9-square metre canvas.

(From left) Minister Counsellor of the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore Nipon Petchpornprapas, Mrs Patrick Liew, G.O.H Dr Mohammad Maliki Osman, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Singapore H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, MR CE Hassan Ahmad and CEO of HSR Patrick Liew graced the fundraising event held at Kallang Theatre.

Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman delivered a speech to the 1,500 attendees, commending the commitment and benevolence of Singaporeans who have come together to support the charitable cause.

Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman expressed his well-wishes for the Southeast Asian flood victims through writing on the ‘love banner’.

A video montage of Mercy Relief’s relief efforts was screened during the wealth creation and motivational seminar by 14 established global speakers.

(From left) Minister Counsellor of the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore Nipon Petchpornprapas, Mrs Patrick Liew, representatives of the Cambodian community in Singapore and Ambassador from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Singapore H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz representing each of the countries involved in the SEA floods crisis.


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Learn-a-thon : Seminar Key Note to raise funds for flood victims of South East Asia on 28 Nov 2011 – Kallang Theatre


It is not difficult to inspire you to develop your social network for success.  There are many networking groups, investment seminars and social media platforms out there to choose from.

It is also easy for me to talk about value investment which may need a small capital. You will get many great advices tonight from our speakers here on how to make it that happen.

Tonight, I am talking about creating social capital within your existing networks will bring you to the next level.

Social capital is about creating new connections and collaboration among different networks in your life with your time and personal touch.

The bottom line is about having more opportunities created for yourself with others through great relationship.

Very quickly for tonight, you need to remember  “H.A.M” in order to know how to raise social capital!  and I am sure you will always think of social capital the next time you eat a piece of ham!


Ideas are very cheap.  Implementation is expensive!

You need plenty of hard work to become successful.  Just because you have great ideas doesn’t guarantee you any success.  It only ensures you having a good time feeling high about it.

You need to work with many others who are very different from you to become successful.


In our life, we all hear so much about sowing and reaping talks. The trouble is many people are getting the order wrong . Where you sow may not be where you will reap.  Who you sow your time and effort on, may not be the one who will bless you in return. How you sow may not be the manner in which you will reap.

You need to be personable, not being personal.  You must be genuinely interested in people to lay the foundation for great social capital. Some people never seem to network enough because they burn bridges faster than they build them.


You need to be creative.  it’s about identifying a new relationship between 2 seemingly non-related networks. It’s not about knowing more people.  it’s about forming more strategic alliance from the people you already know.

You need to be generous. It’s not about cutting more slices off the same pie, leaving the biggest slice to yourself and giving leftovers to others. It is about enlarging the existing pie! Even if you cut the slices the same way, everyone enjoy a bigger piece as a result.


You need social capital to make everything work. Remember The size of your social capital determines the health of your network. And we all know any kind of health will eventually become wealth to a person.

Is this helping anyone tonight? Yes?!

Good night!






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