JOO KIM TIAH
Joo Kim Tiah is the CEO of TA Global Bhd and Principal of Holborn. TA Global’s core business is real estate investment and development with holdings in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Australia and Canada. Holborn is an active and prominent real estate developer in Canada.
remember meeting Joo Kim for the first time at a
I have never met anyone who is as disciplined as
He asked me why I was smiling in front of everyone
birthday dinner and I thought to myself, “This guy
Joo Kim. When he sets his mind to do something,
in the room. I didn’t give him an answer at the time
is way too masculine to be a CEO”. However, as I
he makes sure that he achieves it, whether it is as
but I remembered clearly how I thought that it felt
got to know him better, I realised very quickly that
routine as hitting the gym, perfecting his drum skills
like one of the board meetings Joo Kim occasionally
he is more than just another typical businessman.
or fulfilling his responsibility to complete the Trump
chaired - the only difference was the more “divine”
Tower in Vancouver. There were even times when
setting. Plus, I couldn’t help but admire his kindness
As accomplished as he is, he continues to make
there was political pressures affecting work, but he
and think, “How are you going to find the time
himself available and approachable. I’ve had
and energy to be here right now. Shouldn’t you be
plenty of opportunities to witness him speaking
somewhere else running the world?”
at public forums and it always amazes me to
Joo Kim and I go to the same church. There was
see his willingness to engage with openness and
a time when our church community was going
Joo Kim, after all has been said and done, if my
authenticity even though he is in a position of
through some crisis. Somehow, Joo Kim came to
role in your life is nothing less than to remind you
know about the challenges that we were going
of God’s purpose for you, then I have fulfilled my
through as a church and he called for a much-
purpose as your friend and brother..
He is also fearless when the time comes for
needed meeting amongst the leaders and Pastors.
standing up for what he believes. When faced with
I remember sitting across the room from him and
opposition, criticism and doubt, he constantly rises
he noticed that I had a big smile on my face.
to the occasion and accomplishes what he sets his heart to.
THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
/ Herman Kwee Principal Alabaster Homes Canada