“No business is so good that the wrong people can’t mess it up. And no business is so bad that the right people can’t fix it. If you think about what a business is, it’s a collection of people who have been organized in attempt to profit from offering a product or service to the marketplace. So if you don’t get the people part of the equation right, everything else is really immaterial.”
– January 10, 2007. By Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures
JK Ong, Chairman:
Armed with only a vision and will power, JK founded DTS in 1977 to focus on reselling high-powered cash registers to businesses in the retail and hospitality industry. JK joined forces with Metro Holding to form Transmarco. DTS became a subsidiary of Transmarco dealing with high fashion and high technology. JK has always fostered the team at DTS to be agile and responsive to the market and constantly encourages creativity, integrity and a sense of enjoyment in all the businesses in which DTS is involved. He served as the President of Rotary Club Singapore and continues a strong involvement in community projects.
Janet Ong-Tay, Executive Director:
Janet joined us more than 2 decades ago. The dynamic young co-founder of a chain of restaurants, Billy Bombers, was integral to it’s growth and the sale of the concept to HESHE holdings. As the co-founder of an e-procurement software company, Janet was also key to the development of the software engine and the sales of the company to Rothschild Singapore. Awarded the coverted Most Promising Young title by the Singapore Tatler, her entrepreneurial nature had seen her spearhead the expansion in Vietnam, China and Cambodia for DTS. Janet was also an inaugural Singapore-Australia Young Business Ambassador.
Tan Lay See, General Manager:
Her hiring was the culmination of a long recruiting search. With Bonvest she managed the entire groups’ IT division. Her experience gained in Popular Holdings implementing SAP for the Y2K project is integral to DTS project management . Her business acumen and experience in both also brought strength to the DTS group. She is key to many of the investments and business strategies of DTS. She is committed to nurture and re-engineer DTS’ new generation team members to be an agile and efficient team.
Ong Hooi Wah, Head of Research and Development:
Armed with a Master In Science in Software Technology, Hooi Wah has been spearheading DTS’ growth in software that we distribute and / or develop. In his 30 years in DTS, he has also been involved in pilot projects for Registration Of Vehicle and the Cheque Truncation System here in Singapore. He is a key team member and is heavily involved with the DTS Suite of Software in both Jurong Point and Marina Square.
Board of Advisor
Ling Wee Seng, Advisor:
An experienced business leader in technology and business turnaround with 20 years of managing businesses in the Asia Pacific. Mr Ling, deploys technologies to transforming business processes and solving business problems. Experienced in organisation turnarounds, restructures, cultural change and transformation.. Mr Ling has a real passion and understanding for talent, technology, industry and innovation. Some of the key achievements of Mr Ling includes successfully delivering 3 nation-wide financial platforms in Singapore. He had also successfully invested, guided and mentored 5 Technology Start-ups in Fintech, E-commerce, Event Management and Supply Chain SaaS. Mr Ling also turned around an unprofitable 6 years old APAC business of an US International staffing and recruitment organisation with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hongkong, India, Japan and China to double the revenue from 2012 to 2014 with a profit of 25%.
Jennifer McKay, Advisor:
Jennifer is a Strategic Relations Advisor working in Australia and Asia. She has advised clients from investment banking, professional services, education, health, technology, property, government and the arts on development, implementation and management of strategic plans. Currently Jennifer is an independent consultant to a large Australian and international law firm, an adviser to Curtin Business School, and advising a large international corporation on a major project in South East Asia. She has served on the Australian government’s AusAid Private Sector Linkages Program Advisory Committee, the Sports Export Advisory Committee and the Singapore Australia Business Alliance Forum and is a founder of the Singapore Australia Young Business Ambassadors Program. Jennifer is Chairperson of humanitarian organisation W1 Foundation working on poverty and gender issues with a specific focus on violence against women and children.
Chris Tay, Consultant:
Over the last 30 years, Chris had the great fortune to be involved in various kinds of exciting businesses and jobs. His experiences have taught him to embrace problems and to accept the hardest of challenges from doing a few startups to working for Fortune 500 companies. Chris had been handed great opportunities from being a startup entrepreneur to a corporate professional and then back to being an entrepreneur.
Although Chris started off in the food retail business, he had a good equal number of years in the IT business which shaped him to look at problem solving from all angles. The food service business taught him a great deal on being humble and managing teams whilst the IT business taught me to work under extreme pressure and tight schedules. He learnt early on that the hardest thing in life is managing people and their expectations. From a tiny market like Singapore, to China, Chris feels that the resources gained from all these years of applying himself had been priceless; especially so when it comes to meeting so many great people and smarter than him.
Companies associated with Chris before: YPX Cayman, Yili, Tinghsin, Dicos, Master Kang, Yoshinoya, Dairy Queen, NCR, Wincor Nixdorf, and my own startups since 1992.
In 2018, was another milestone in Chris’ life where he achieved with his current entity, LTCV listed on China’s NEEQ bourse. And with these experiences, Chris continues to look for new opportunities. And wish to share them with a promising company.”