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.
12 December 2019 - Over the past six months while Hong Kong was mired in often violent protests, one of the key topics of discussion in the community was how all this chaos would ultimately play out in terms of its negative effects on the Territory’s financial and real estate markets. When asked, most people tended to shoot from the hip and think that it would probably deal a death blow to market confidence from both local and overseas investors. Major players would surely stay away. Th
14 November 2019 - As the end of 2019 approaches, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the levels of unrest. This has undoubtedly created more uncertainty for property owners, investors and tenants. Let’s review the events of the year as they relate to real estate to provide some context and advice for buyers and tenants that may be helpful for any upcoming decisions.
Extradition Bill, Protests and Uncertainty
Even prior to triggering the ensuing clashes with police, the Extrad
30 October 2019 - Continued mass protests across Hong Kong, coupled with worries for global economic slowdown have taken a serious toll on the confidence in Hong Kong’s property market in recent months. Scores of articles have been written in the press describing poor sales launches and headline transactions at steep discounts to asking prices. In order to boost sales, property developers have indeed been offering discounts on their new project launches, with a high degree of success. A