Q: What is your motto?
Michael: “For this I know, that I know nothing” (Plato).
Q: Where is your favorite B.C. destination?
Q: Who is/was your role model and why?
Michael: My uncle, Rev. Kwang Eun Hwang, who lived with orphans under a bridge after the Korean war, and taught me the joy and privilege in giving.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Michael: My father, who was a Korean War POW survivor who gave up a successful business in South Korea in order for us to be live in the best country in the world.
Q: If you could do it over again, you would…
Michael: Spend more time with family and friends.
Q: What was your favourite subject in high school?
Michael: Biology because Mr. Wilks taught us the phrase “Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny” which was the first scientific explanation of the meaning of life for me.
Q: What was your career aspiration when you were 20? How close did you get?
Michael: I wanted to be a child psychologist. I studied psychology, worked with children and youth in many settings, and still have the child in me who wonders how the mind works.
Q: The best thing I did or the most important experience I had to help prepare me for my career was…
Michael: I did hard physical work when I was 14 and decided that I did not want to do that for the rest of my life and that I needed to study and learn.
Q: What was your first full-time job? How did it help prepare you in your later work?
Michael: I was a recreationist at Vancouver Children’s Hospital. I learned to be a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing patient-centred care which served me well in my career as a lawyer.
Q: What is the best business book you’ve ever read?
Michael: Not the best but the most influential book was Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
Q: What’s your advice for achieving work/life balance?
Michael: Don’t categorize them as work or life, but as helpful or not helpful to achieving your own meaning of life.
Q: What are the most important character traits for being a successful entrepreneur?
Michael: Having clear goals which will make positive impact on everyone involved in the enterprise and strong motivation to achieve them.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a young entrepreneur what would it be?
Michael: Look where you are heading and beware of your blind spots.
Q: What is the thing that most entrepreneurs tend to overlook that they should be most focused on?
Michael: Risk management: It takes tremendous optimism and drive to be a successful entrepreneur and as such many tend not to focus on risks and how to minimize them.