Joshua brings over 20 years of finance, strategy and real estate experience to OKAY.com. His focus is on building disruptive, scalable operations that empower Hong Kong real estate professionals to better serve their clients.
Since becoming CEO in 2011, Joshua’s commitment has been to use technology to build a superior real estate platform for home-seekers, property owners and agents alike.
"I start every day thinking about how we can do things better. The real estate market is fraught with inefficiencies that are avoidable. Information should be more readily available. Agents should work in an environment that creates the right incentives for transparency and professionalism. People should be able to see their agent as a trusted guide and partner in the process, not as a necessity without alternative.
We've built OKAY.com on superior technology that empowers agents with more information, raising the standards of professionalism and attracting the best agents in the industry. Our mobile platform gives our agents flexibility and the ability to respond faster to clients. They're more successful because of this, and their clients are the ultimate beneficiaries of a better way of engaging in real estate.
I love that we do things differently and have a terrific team focused on changing this industry for the betterment of all participants."
Prior to joining the company Joshua spent 5 years with OKAY.com's related entity, Asia Pacific Properties Ltd. ("APP"), a leading residential and corporate relocation firm in Hong Kong and China. At APP he ran the Commercial Real Estate Division and the overall operations of the group in Hong Kong and China. Joshua was also the Chairman of Asia Pacific Leadership Committee for the Worldwide ERC® (Employee Relocation Council, 2012-2014) and regularly speaks at conferences on the industry's trends. Joshua is on the Board of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
Before moving into the real estate industry, Joshua was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley, where he spent 8 years working in the Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking divisions in Hong Kong and New York. Born in the U.S. (Hawaii) and raised in Hong Kong, Joshua obtained his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his BA at Dartmouth College.
Joshua's other passions are enjoying time with his wife and children, fly-fishing, traveling to remote places and a great cup of coffee.
17 July 2019 - The recent and ongoing protests surrounding the proposed extradition bill have rocked the city and the international community. There have been innumerable media reports describing how political motives could lead to manipulation of the legal process and unwarranted extradition. This article won’t duplicate this coverage but will summarize the relevant aspects of how it could impact Hong Kong’s property market specifically.
Briefly, the extradition bill is an a
5 July 2019 - I remember the initial skirmishes of the US-China trade disputes well. A seemingly innocuous and isolated tariff on solar panels was the first move made by US President Donald Trump in January 2018. This was then followed by a series of tariffs and threats of further tariffs on goods ranging from steel to batteries to TVs – covering over a thousand categories of Chinese imports.
Unsurprisingly, China responded in-kind and the dominoes began to teeter, but after an in