"It's a by-invitation only membership association," CEO Club Philippines co-founder Susan Barlin said of the advocacy group that provides an opportunity for local and international CEOs from different industries to establish linkages and improve the quality and profitability of their enterprises through shared experience.She
said the Philippine chapter is the first in Southeast Asia.
"I believe now is the right time to open a chapter here because we have everything to offer plus more," she
said, citing the Filipinos' hospitality, English proficiency, culture as well as the aggressiveness of the private and public sectors.Barlin, in a press interview organized by the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corp. and the Department of Tourism 7 during the Filipiniana Night at the Marco Polo Plaza, said that because the club allows its members to expand globally by interacting directly with top executives from multinational companies, joining the group "is a chance that Cebuano CEOs shouldn't miss."
said CEOs who employ more than 100 people and have over P20 million in assets are qualified to join the club.
, who was designated as a special envoy for investment and tourism promotion, said that because the club will be holding chapter meetings eight times a year, the Philippines and Cebu, in particular, can be a corporate meeting hub in Asia.She
said Cebu is a "very good candidate" with its proven track record as a business and leisure destination.
The next batch of CEO Club Philippines meetings will be held in Cebu this October.Barlin
also said the club is planning to develop a 70-hectare "CEO Island" in Buswanga, Palawan.The exclusive island will be venue of conferences of CEO Club
"Imagine holding meetings in your beach attire with your family members around," she
said the island is donated by Steve Tajanlangit while the development will be financed by the CEO Club
Philippine chapter.It would be the first resort-type development by a chapter of the club, she
CEO Club Philippines has invited a hotel company to manage the island-resort as construction is expected to begin next year.Barlin
said the "CEO corporate island" will be another attraction, consisting of four villas, yachts and function rooms, among others. (MMM)
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