John is an entrepreneur and visionary, with an eye for strategic planning. His self-admitted hunger for success and will to win, has resulted in building a successful property and business portfolio from humble beginnings running a Chinese takeaway.
John’s transition from small business owner to becoming a corporate entity and rich-lister has taken effort, a clear understanding of where he wants to go and the fearlessness to predict and react to market changes before they happen.
John formed the Chow Group with his brother Michael in 1999 which today includes interests in nonbank financing, commercial property, health and fitness, hotels and lodging, entertainment, serviced offices, home building, food and beverage. Day to day, John takes the lead on Stonewood Group.
John’s 5 year master goal for Stonewood Group is achieving $2b asset by 2023. John’s sub‐goals are:
a) 10 hotels by 2023.
b) Stonewood Homes to be the NZ largest home group builder.
c) Private fund of $1b by 2023.
Michael is the younger of the two Chow brothers, who as an entrepreneur has overcome incredible odds to achieve success. His strength is operations management. With a hands-on approach to the day to day, Michael has solid market insights in the sectors where the brothers operate and an enviable network of movers and shakers. Today, like his brother John, he is reaping the rewards of his hard work, moving from the family owned Chinese fast food outlet to co-owner of a $400m commercial property and business portfolio.
With responsibility for the commercial property side of the business, overcoming battles with Councils, and changing perceptions has not only honed his desire to succeed, but been a key to success. Michael also takes day to day responsibility for the Urban Hub, Capital Market Food Court, Exodus and the vast entertainment portfolio. Like John, Michael is driven to achieve $1 billion in assets by 2020.
Craig has close to 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant including 10 years in the property sector and before that with PWC.
Craig leads the financial reporting requirements across the group.
Day to day he’s responsible for financial & management reporting, budgeting, cash flow, compliance, bank financing, risk management, insurance, due diligence of potential investment opportunities and group structure.
Away from work Craig enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He is known to enjoy a round of golf and particularly the 19th hole.
Vicki studied a BCA at Victoria University and gained experience in roles within New Zealand and Hong Kong. She has played an integral role at CGML where she has been responsible for business innovation, marketing and events for more than a decade.
With an eye for detail balanced with a creative streak, Vicki also lends senior management advisory support to Exodus Club. She is now responsible for the group’s hotel portfolio and driving owner expectations with appointed hotel management companies.
Beyond the office, Vicki is married with three kids who keep her on her toes.
Steven has 15 years’ experience in commercial development projects, operations management, property and facilities management.
Steven, now based out of Auckland, oversees the start up of various new business and hotel projects, such as Capital Market and Park Ave Residence, also dealing with ongoing work involving residential tenants and commercial leasing. He has been also appointed as the Executive Director of Stonewood Homes and has been instrumental in growing the business manifold. Steven aims to make Stonewood Homes the largest builder in New Zealand with over 20 franchisees nationwide.
Brent has put his Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University to good use in a multi-faceted business career that includes 15 years as a private taxation and business consultant.
Brent provides a business advisory role across the entire CGML group, specialising in strategic planning and review of contractual matters affecting day-to-day group business decisions, as well as providing business management support.
Due to the group being spread over New Zealand, Brent spends a lot of time away from home, so enjoys his remaining time with his family, which extends to no less than 8 children. His golf game remains on hold.
Chelly spearheads CGML’s Human Resources Management function. Chelly has the responsibility of driving the People Strategy, Core Values and behaviour across the business and forms strong relationships across the leadership function. Chelly is committed to driving people performance through the development of competency based leadership pipeline and process improvement.
Chelly has extensive hands on HR Leadership experience within a range of international, commercial and government organisations. In New Zealand, Chelly started her career as HR Manager of McDonalds (McRush chain). She subsequently held the Human Resources and Compliance Manager role in New World (Stonefields) and Total Property Services respectively.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant of CA ANZ with Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in both accounting and finance from Auckland and Otago Universities and has over 14 years’ corporate accounting and reporting experience in large multinational corporates.
Peter supports in leading of the group finance team with the group CFO and to provide astute and reliable financial information to both internal and external interest parties to CGML group.
Peter also provides management reports to executive management to determine project and company profitability, budget, forecast, and special reports required by NZX listed company policies and procedures for CGML group.
Originally from mainland China, Rex is experienced in corporate advisory, recovery, taxation and due diligence.
Rex embraces a hands-on approach providing guidance on compliance, internal group restructuring, and acting as a corporate ‘connector’ for local and overseas real estate investors. He is also responsible for exploring finance and investment opportunities, as well as potential real estate or business purchases.
Rex is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and is a huge fan of various sports including soccer, basketball and rugby. He plays competitive soccer every week.