25th ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE FROM MR. STEVEN YAP PENG BOON – SENIOR AUDIT PARTNER OF CHENGCO LLP GROUP
Leading up to Cheng & Co’s 25th Anniversary celebrations this year, Connection Online will be featuring a series of articles that shares the thoughts of our core partners on their time with the firm, their personal and professional development throughout their tenure and their hoped for the future.
This series focuses on Senior Audit Partner of Cheng & Co, Mr. Steven Yap Peng Boon who started his career as an employee as senior audit assistant.
He came to know about Cheng & Co after reading through a recruitment advertisement in a local newspaper and called up to arrange for an interview. After the interview by Mr. Liew and Prof. Dato Dr. Chua for Senior Audit post. He has been convinced to join the firm and was entrusted to manage a portfolio of clients in various industries and sectors of business.
He started to work in the office of Cheng & Co at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman office in Plaza Chak ( a building situated along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman) for 2 months before shifting to the present office in Wisma Cheng & Co. That time the firm has less than 15 staffs and sharing office with College Aman. The working space there was not as spacious as compared with our current office.
Steven shares his thoughts on his time with Cheng & Co and what drives him to keep powering the firm towards achieving its Vision 2020, to become the Firm of the Future – the leading home grown international accounting firm.
What are the key factors that motivate you to further your career and professional growth with Cheng & Co?
The Firm is relatively a young firm, in terms of age of the firm and the age of the management and staffs, when I first join the Firm. I personally feels that the Firm have abundance of energies and meticulous commitment from management and staffs to our core values: our commitment to our employees , and our service commitment to our customers and I believe that’s what propelled Cheng & Co from a relative young Firm to where we are today, an established and sizeable Firm in Malaysia. Our Firm grows from few staffs to more than 300 staffs countrywide and overseas offices today.
At the heart of these accomplishments is a great deal of hardwork, dedication, and willingness to serve our client better. We maybe be tempted to indulge in a self congratulatory moment on our 25th anniversary, we however should remain mindful that the world is an ever changing place, and if anything, we must accelerate, not relax. We perhaps should think ahead to what the next 25 years will hold.
How much have you gained in professional and personal development throughout your tenure in Cheng & Co?
I have learned a lot throughout all these years from management, peers, colleagues, staffs, clients , just to mention a few.
In summary, while we have come a long way, our work is not done. We pledge to work harder and provide more value added services to our valued customers on top of our existing services.
Despite many changes, our relationship with our customers will remain the foundation for our next 25 years. We will continue to grow together with our client and looking forward to our client continued support and trust in our firm.
What are the areas that you feel Cheng & Co is different from other organisations?
Our Top management are full of energy, vision and directions. They continually move at a very fast pace in line with rapid changes of today’s business world and to cater for the needs of our existing clients and our potential clients in general.
Our Firm is indeed a good platform for our staffs to rise through the ranks as a qualified professional and built a successful career with the Firm. Firm’s management personnel and staffs are very friendly and highly approachable and are ever willing to help should we need any assistance when performing our duty. There are plenty career advancement opportunities as our firm is actively expanding ourselves throughout the country and overseas, thus providing a lot of opportunities for staffs to grow together with the Firm.
What areas do you feel require further improvements?
I believe Our Firm will continually improving, in line of the constant changes in the standards, laws, requirements. Our own AUTC (Audit Technical Committee) is very active in conducting training, seminars and talks to inform and updates all the members and keep us abreast on the latest development. The success of all the trainings, seminars and talks are due to the tireless efforts from all members of our AUTC.
What development plans do you have for your division in the future?
We foresee our division growing from strength to strength, in terms of number of staffs, resources, knowledge, capability in doing more challenging/larger assignments .
As a partner and director in Cheng & Co Group, what advice do you have for managers, young employees and newcomers to the firm?
If you like what you are doing , you will go far in your career . If you love what you are doing, you will definitely go even more further in your career.
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