Mr Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Group, won the coveted Male Entrepreneur of the Year Awardas being named theGrand Winnerat the Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) 2015 organised by Star Media Group.
Mr Song Hoi-see (left)crowned the Grand Winner of the Male Entrepreneur of the YearAward yesterday eveningin Kuala Lumpur. He received the trophy from the guest-of-honour Datuk Seri Dr Wee KaSiong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department(middle) and Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai, group managing director and CEO, Star Media Group (right).
All awards of SOBA 2015 were presented at Connexion@Nexus, Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last evening.
Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Awardwere determined by several groups of judges concurrently to arrive at their final decision.
Mr Song, who legendarily transformed the airport hospitality industry by establishing the world’s first pay-in airport lounge for all travellers regardless of their airline or class of travel, created the business and the entire independent airport lounge industry from his poor travel experience.
Following on from a career in investment banking, Mr Song launched his own business which found him flying economy class without the airport lounge privileges he had previous enjoyed. Such travel experience was incomplete as he struggled to work effectively while on-the-go. Driven by a heartfelt desire “to do something for the majority”, he launched the world’s first Plaza Premium Lounge in the airports of Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong in 1998. Through his initiative and vision, Mr Song broke the stereotype that airport lounges are for premium travellers only.
“Winning this award is an honour for me and a testament to the company, and I hope my business story can inspire young entrepreneursin the sense that we have the ability to move a local business concept successfully into the world arena. Through this accolade, I want our younger generation to keep having faith in entrepreneurship and innovation. It is possible to start with nothing, like me, as long as you have a unique idea, courage, perseverance and passion.” said the newly crowned Male Entrepreneur of the Year. “This award is very much attributed to the dedication of my team. Plaza Premium Lounge would not have been what it is today without their full support and faith in sharing my vision.” he added.
Since 1998, Plaza Premium Lounge has evolved substantially into Plaza Premium Group, a global service brand offering premium airport services, with over 3,500 employees in more than 130 locations across 35 international airports, serving over 7 million passengers around the world annually.