Member of the month March - Paul Town
This month we had the pleasure of talking with Paul Town, Senior Vice President, Resort Operations, Marina Bay Sands
Briefly, what is your role?
I am responsible for all of the non-gaming operating departments at the property. Principally, Hotel, Food & Beverage, MICE, Retail, and Entertainment. Additionally, I also manage several support departments including HR, Security, and Finance
Any advice for doing business in Singapore and/or the region?
It’s a high-performance environment right across the board, (private sector, government, NGOs). Very dynamic and diverse, with an incredible amount of energy in most workplaces. Be ready to match the energy level.
When did you move to Singapore? Where from?
I came to Singapore in October 2019, and my family joined me in mid December. We arrived from Auckland but had only been there a short time, having just moved there from Melbourne.
It is actually my second time living in Singapore. I spent part of my childhood as an expat here, between 1982 and 1989.
Where were you born? What country do you call home?
I was born in Helensville, just north-west of Auckland. I am a kiwi, but I consider home to be wherever I am with my family. So for now, that’s Singapore.
My wife is Australian, and our 2 children were born in Hong Kong. So like many expat families, we are a bit of a mixed bunch.
What do you like most about Singapore?
The lifestyle, the cultural diversity, and the food.
What do you do to relax?
Dining out, walking, bike riding, tennis, or just hanging out with the family.
What's top of your bucket list?
At the moment, just stepping onto a plane would seem like quite an achievement! In the next few years, we would really like to explore some of the adventure tourism spots in the immediate region, with a focus on the natural environment, (jungles, national parks)
Why did you join the New Zealand Chamber (Singapore) and what do you like most about it?
Primarily to connect both socially and professionally. However, COVID has limited our ability to do that as well as I had hoped. But the connections I have made so far have been great and I look forward to being more active in the future.