By Jean Singian
AS the chief operations officer at Golden Bay Landholdings Inc., Jardin Brian B. Wong is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, which is about to finish its first real-estate development project, the Aspire Corporate Plaza.
He is young, driven, passionate and has a natural flair for business and entrepreneurship. Jardin’s solid foundation came from his family who had developed and built 18 companies from the ground up, including the company where he leads. He finished his college degree at De La Salle University where he majored in Political Science. Besides that, he is also fluent in Mandarin, an excellent language he uses in business transactions.
With his brilliant mind, he is determined to revolutionize the way office spaces are being sold. Shaping the commercial real estate in the Macapagal Bay Area is not something that can be done overnight, but he is looking at it positively with the rapid construction work of Aspire being finished ahead of its target completion date.
Armed with his huge dreams, he embraces challenges and surprisingly finds it “refreshing.” He highlighted the significance of having a proper mindset, as well as having the right guidance to achieve success in work. He is not the type of person to do things half-baked. Instead, as he puts it, “put your heart and mind into what you do.”
Moreover, Jardin highly recommends listening because it is the best thing one can do to make a logical decision, especially when he gets an advice from those who have been in the same industry for a long time. Though he’s not exactly an adventurer, he knows the importance of having a break, and that’s what makes Saturdays special for him. He may be a hard worker but he knows when to have a good time, and he has a schedule for it.
When asked about the adversities he faced, Jardin said, “Being young and inexperienced in the real-estate industry, let alone conceptualizing a multibillion project, I’m thankful that the board of directors trusted me. For me being able to take up the challenge to do more, it’s where I want to be. And for Aspire Corporate Plaza to be the first office building in the Macapagal Bay Area that sells office spaces, rather than having it leased, has been a welcome challenge for us.”
To strengthen his knowledge and ensure continuous self-development, he never stops learning. Jardin knows that even if he becomes so capable in the future, he still has a lot to learn from people, books and experiences. For those who desire to be like him, his piece of advice, “Just do it! Do not wait all your life to do something you want to do. Even with the uncertainty, at least there’s a chance for you to be successful if you just start doing something.”
True to his mission of being competitive, he geared himself up with outstanding and world-class partners on his first big real-estate venture. For architecture and interior design, he collaborated with Asya Design and EVR Interior Design Philippines. For construction and other necessities, there are Megawide Construction Corp., D.A. Abcede & Associates, Meinhardt Group, Sta. Elena Construction, MC Balce Surveying Services, ARS Testing and Inspection Inc., Brian B. Tan Engineering Consultancy Services and Spectrum Investment.
“We believe that the units we have offer value proposition. It is fairly priced and has a good location,” Jardin’s take on what makes Aspire desirable.
“In order to maintain the quality of our building, most of the materials we used were sourced globally. We don’t do shortcuts,” he continued. As a testament to his confidence, Golden Bay Landholdings will hold their office in Aspire once it is ready.
Meanwhile, on his next projects, “There are a lot of properties that are waiting to be developed. But for now, it’s a surprise,” he said. As a true visionary, Jardin aims to be one of the most successful developers of real-estate properties, not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide.
Not everyone has what it takes to succeed, but he is a risk-taker and someone who always anticipates the demand of the future market. In the next few years, Jardin Wong might just be one of the country’s most promising businessmen to look out for. While waiting, he’ll relentlessly pursue on getting an empire for himself.