2015 Asia-Pacific Gold Winner - JARKEN
Company: JARKEN, Bangkok, Thailand
Category: Executive of the Year - All Other Industries – Other Nations
Entry Title: Kuldej Sinthawanarong, CEO and founder
Kuldej Sinthawanarong is CEO and founder of multi-disciplinary design and professional business, JARKEN group of companies. Over the last twelve years, Kuldej and his team have grown JARKEN into an international, multiple award winnings consultancy through his core-competency in creativity and top-notched design expertise. JARKEN has now become one of AEC and Thailand top comprehensive architectural, interior design and most recently a promising branding agency.
Since July 2013 Kuldej has led JARKEN through a period of very high growth in recognition and achievement. He recognized that the downturn in construction and property due to political turmoil had the potential to be long-lasting and therefore headed to create new marketing paradigm towards business of creativity as a subsidized to low confidence in general economic conditions in the country resulting in new emerging market of mass affluent.
Kuldej manages an impeccable successful portfolio comprising in excess of 500 residential commercial and retail projects. Over the last two years, he has implemented a range of best practice measures and international quality standards to ensure JARKEN remains a top line leader in the design and construction industry.
Kuldej has been instrumental in transforming, rejuvenating and re-positioning JARKEN. Through sheer passion, enthusiasm, vision and unwavering tenacity, he has re-invented this quintessential architectural design firm to become a well-known architect and designer “with intelligence”.
JARKEN group of companies has had a huge amount of growth due to its operation and the new fighting brands doubling from 100 to 200 full-time employees with over 200. Their business are currently one of its kind and arguably the fastest growing multi-disciplinary design agency in Thailand for 2014 and have turned a 200% profit in just a year (2014) since a new launch and brand refreshing. Since its foundation in 1999, Kuldej has led JARKEN to achieve 500% turnover growth, a phenomenal set of statistics in light of the prevailing economic and property market conditions during the last decade for the region.
Kuldej’s vision to JARKEN is shaped by the values of innovation and inspiration. Innovation, to him, means becoming design advancement and a showcase as one of the creative industry leaders. He is pushing his team to be always energized and excited. Inspiration means that the process of generating new ideas is often more important than the process of generating new design output or business deliverable. One of the key missions contributed to growth of JARKEN is Kuldej’s personal aim to enhancing and strengthening the importance of the designer and architect community in fostering quality of thoughts at JARKEN.
Kuldej is constantly invited to speak at various business and design-related conferences and workshops around South East Asia sharing story as a cross-cultural entrepreneur, and he provides tips and tools on how people can create success in their own careers. He also delivers workshops for students, executives interested in pursuing real-estate as a profession.
Kuldej has been interviewed on most leading media and prominent magazines as a pioneer and leader in the design and real estate business and constantly featured in the all media with his opinions and outstanding achievements.
He is a finalist (pending final result) for Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Award 2014.