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SpirE-Journal 2013 Q1

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2013

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Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2013

Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker

4 December 2012
Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker

Held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 aimed to provide market insights on how retail banks can engage and retain customers. The forum is an annual event that offers an interactive platform for bankers and technology corporations to discuss and evaluate growth opportunities in the banking sector. Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Spire Research and Consulting, was invited to grace the event as a keynote speaker.

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, banks are strategizing to achieve more sustainable growth as they focus on a key revenue stream – retail banking. Banks are seeking to enhance banking service quality and banking governance to better retain customers. The ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 gathered many industry experts to share their insights on these and other topics.

During the session, speakers discussed various issues related to bank growth in the region. These included the key values customers sought when using retail banking and financial services, how to utilize innovation and technology in the customer engagement strategy, as well as how to leverage multi-banking channels to deliver a satisfactory total customer experience. Through the event, Spire sought to add value in building a modern and developed banking sector in ASEAN.

Spire Client Entertainment Night January 2013

10 January 2013
Spire Client Entertainment Night January 2013

Spire Singapore hosted our annual Client Entertainment Night, where our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the premiere screening of “Gangster Squad.” The event was held at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, where everyone was at ease and took the chance to catch up after the holidays.

A commendable star cast, Gangster Squad followed a secret crew of police officers who worked together to take down a ruthless mob who ran the city. With the backdrop of 1949 Los Angeles, the movie featured Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

It was an excellent  way to end  a hard day’s work; a great evening celebrated by all!

Spire’s very own breakfast seminar: “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls

25 January 2013
Spire’s very own  breakfast seminar: “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls

“Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls” was a breakfast seminar organized by Spire on 25 January 2013. Held at the Tower Club Singapore, Spire’s clients were invited to a casual breakfast buffet, followed by a thought-provoking seminar. This was the first of a series of talks that Spire hopes to bring to other countries  as well.

Myanmar is currently in the spotlight as one of the most exciting emerging markets in the World, particularly in Asia. The seminar provided an overview of Myanmar’s current business conditions, outlined what the future looks like, and defined sound business strategies for companies seeking export or investment opportunities. For many of our clients, this was highly relevant since doing business in Myanmar was of great interest to them.

The two main speakers for the event were Leon Pantaleon, Country General Manager of United Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Myanmar, who shared his cumulative experience from two decades of operating in Myanmar, and Genevieve Koh, Assistant Manager, Client Service in Spire, who spoke of the current conditions and strategies to move forward pertaining to specific industries. After which, Leon Perera, CEO of Spire, joined them for an interactive panel discussion.

Spire appointed as Official Research Partner for BMW Malaysian Open 2013 for the second consecutive year

25 February – 3 March 2013
Spire appointed as Official Research Partner for BMW Malaysian Open 2013 for the second consecutive year

For the second year running, Spire was the Official Research Partner for the BMW Malaysian Open 2013 – South East Asia’s top tennis event which enjoyed global attention and saw some of the world’s best players in action. This year, the event was held from 25 February to 3 March at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There were over 10,000 spectators in attendance from across the region.

Partnering with the WTA Tour and the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM), Spire was proud to have made a contribution by applying its expertise to gather insights from the spectators at the tennis matches and ancillary tournament events. The findings from Spire’s research will aid the organizers in improving the event  in the coming years.

Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Spire Research and Consulting, shared that “Spire is privileged to be involved in this prestigious event for the second consecutive year as its Official Research Partner. Seeing the Spire logo amongst other esteemed sponsors is indeed a great honor for the Spire Group.”

Adding on, John Yam, Country Manager of Spire Malaysia, said that “The Spire Malaysia team was involved in the event right from the start. As the Official Research Partner, the team got to speak to various event participants and obtained their firsthand opinions on the event. It was yet another exciting experience for all in Spire Malaysia and we are proud to be part of this successful tournament.”

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