What’s your story?
Following a decade traversing the globe as an engineering consultant I decided to change tact and set-up a permanent office in Thailand. With the existing business network I had in place it was the logical location. And there is something about the chaotic traffic and incessant heat which keeps you on your toes!

What excites you most about your industry?
The current growth trend. All our major clients are currently undergoing major expansion projects, either in the form of capacity upgrades within existing facilities or Greenfield builds.

What’s your connection to Asia?
My first major overseas assignment was in Thailand and since then have found myself regularly returning to the region for both work and play.

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Undoubtedly Bangkok. Despite the bureaucracy headaches associated with doing business as a foreigner, the city is awash with opportunity and talent.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Patience. Something you’ll need plenty of working in Asia!

Who inspires you?
Basically anyone who is willing to pull the trigger and step out of their comfort zone.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The ease of working with the Thailand BOI (Board of Investment). As often seems to be the case in Thailand, once you find the right people and / or organizations, things can move incredibly fast.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Skip woodwork and learn a second language at high school.

How do you unwind?
Leave the city and head for the mountains.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
The Himalayas. I love the mountains and the ability to escape for a few days and leave civilization behind. Kathmandu on route is also fun. Despite the horn infused traffic and erratic power grid.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Startup Owner’s Manual by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Shameless plug for your business:
If you’re looking for custom designed machinery for the food processing industry give us a call.

How can people connect with you?
Email or an old fashioned phone call.

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia.  He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries.  He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence.  A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Callum Laing
Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is a partner in the Private Equity firm Unity-Group. Co-founder and non-exec director of The Marketing Group PLC and is CEO of Key Person of Influence (Asia). He is author of 'Progressive Partnerships'.