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02.03.21 | On Course E-newsletter, ICHM News

A Man of Merit

Gary Chiew migrated to Australia 10 years ago and ran businesses before a move back to hospitality last year and ICHM’s Masters program.

At Course Commencement Gary Chiew was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Strategic Management (Semester 2, 2020), which he studied on-line due to COVID-19. 

‘I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to take up more subjects this semester with the aim of completing the program by the end of the year’, he says.

Now Gary is on campus with the other undergraduate and Masters students.

He also recently took up the offer of casual employment at the InterContinental Adelaide, where he works two or three days a week as a Guest Service Agent. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University (1996).

He says he discovered ICHM and its Masters program via an online search.

‘I was contemplating a Master in Tourism & Events Management with the University of South Australia or a Master in International Hotel/Hospitality Management with ICHM or Le Cordon Bleu, but I finally decided to go with ICHM.

‘I am thus far enjoying my study at ICHM; most importantly is being able to participate and engage in class, whether face-to-face or online. Being able to connect to the industry through ICHM after I’ve worked in different industries reinforces my decision to move on with a new chapter in my life’, he says.  

Gary migrated to Australia from Malaysia 10 years ago and his wife and two children joined him a year later. His career in Australia includes being a business owner as a franchisee of Jim’s Cleaning and subsequently an independent cleaning provider, offering cleaning services for residential and commercial customers; and Event Manager, Keito Events, a South Australian based event management company with significant experience in managing special events, from an event for 50 guests to an outdoor event for 25,000.

In Malaysia he had held senior management roles in events management, marketing and communications, with the likes of Netforte, World Congress on Information Technology, Samsung Electronics, Unified Communications and AP Communications.

Gary recently sold his cleaning business in South Australia and he looks to the future with optimism for both him and his family.

After taking care of their young children, his wife has re-skilled and is in full-time employment as a dental nurse. And as for his future, Gary says it all depends on the opportunities out there after completing the Masters program.

‘There are numerous options - in hotels, in events management or even in teaching; I’ll be open to all possibilities’, he says.