OUR FOUNDERThe Man Behind It All
The Man Behind It All
Mr Neo Kah Kiat, The King of Buffets
“Put your heart into everything you do. And walk the talk.”
This was the principle that guided Mr Neo Kah Kiat, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Group Limited, through the early years of his career. He never wavered in his belief. And now, the same is going to bring his food and catering conglomerate to the next level.
An undulating entrepreneurial journey
Mr Neo’s entrepreneurial journey begun when he was just nine. He always knew he wanted to have his own business. Even if it was at the expense of his studies. Back then, he had no deep pockets. No real experiences. But he had grit. Tenacity. And an unrelenting drive to provide a better life for his family.
He’s dabbled with various ventures since. But it was a disappointment with the catered food at a friend’s party that sealed the deal for the self-taught businessman. He never looked back.
Trailblazing the catering industry
Today, Mr Neo is the leading man at the helm of Neo Group Limited – Singapore’s largest food and catering service provider. His persistence in delivering only the best for his customers, coupled with strategic foresight and bold investments in innovation transformed not only his own business, but the industry as well.
All hail the “Buffet King”
The veteran, well-known in the industry as the “Buffet King”, is also a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2014; SOE-Nexia TS Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016; EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage) in 2015; Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (Outstanding Category) in 2015; Entrepreneur of The Year in both Top Entrepreneurs and Enterprise categories in 2012; Successful Entrepreneur Award (Platinum Category) by GRC Press Holdings in 2011; and the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2010.
Mr Neo currently serves as the Chairman of the Workforce Advancement Federation; Vice-Chairman of Ren Ci Hospital; Deputy President, Standing Committee of Singapore Lam Ann Association; Vice Chairman of Property Committee of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan; Lifetime Honorary Chairman & Board of Trustee Member of Cheng Hong Welfare Service Society; Lifetime Honorary Chairman of Singapore Bukit Panjang Hokkien Kong Huay; Patron of Jurong Spring Community Club; Honorary Chairman of Sian Chay Medical Institution; Honorary Chairman of Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution; Honorary President of Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution; Honorary President of Nanyang Neo Clan Association and Director of Ee Hoe Hean Club.
The next chapter
But Mr Neo is not ready to rest on his laurels just yet. In fact, he’s unrolled ambitious plans to turn his catering company into an end-to-end food and catering solutions empire. His goal? Achieve a billion dollar turnover by 2025.
“I just believe in one thing: I must, must continue. I cannot fail.”
And he will continue. To revolutionise the food industry in both Singapore and the world.