A brief interview with John Tu, co-founder & CEO:
1) How do you feel about Kingston turning 25 years old?
David (Sun) and I wanted to create a good and happy place for people to work. We wanted to add a human touch to the company. It puts a smile on my face to see that people are proud and enjoy being a part of the Kingston family.
2) Did you ever imagine the company would be successful?
When David (Sun) and I started Kingston, we were totally broke. A lot of our early success was due partially to luck, and people who dealt with us before liked us and gave us a lot of help. David and I feel very fortunate and are truly amazed at the thought of where we started and where we are today.
3) What is your secret to success?
Success is the result of a positive attitude, hard work, patience, learning from failures and above all being fair. Much of Kingston's growth can be attributed to how we treat those we work with. Being fair to our customers, partners, vendors and employees creates strong working relationships, which then results in successfully producing quality products each day.
4) What would you like to say to Kingston's vendors, partners and customers?
Kingston wouldn't be where it's at today without the support of our customers, partners and our vendors. These 25 years have been a journey which we feel quite honored to have shared with you and hope to continue for 25 more. Thank you for your friendship, dedication and loyalty. Together, we all make up the Kingston family.
5) What do you see for the next 25 years?
The underlying technology behind a memory module remains very simple. There will always be a need for memory. Every business faces threats as new technologies emerge. The cloud, for example, may affect our storage business. But at the same time, we have exciting products such as server memory and server SSDs that are major components of the cloud infrastructure. Flexibility and being able to adapt are the keys to continued success. This is what David and I believed when we started this little company 25 years ago and that is what we still follow today.
Reflections on 25 years in the memory business from Kingston's Global Executives
The following Kingston employees are featured in the company's 25th anniversary corporate video which can be found here. Below are additional quotes from the executives:
Darwin Chen, VP of Flash Memory:
"Our company's culture really reflects the fundamental rule which is treating people more important than business itself. We will continue to be very focused on excellence, quality, the relationship between our employees, vendors and producing a quality product with the best value in mind."
Scott Chen, VP of Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific:
"The company's success is because we have such great people working here. It's not unusual to see people that have worked here for 10 years, 20 years and even the entire 25 years we have been in business. I believe this is a rare attribute of a company to have so many employees stay for so long."
John Ho, VP of Operations:
"Since our founding, Kingston is the only company to provide a total solution from product design, validation, manufacturing, logistics and after-sale service. Our test engineers are constantly developing new test methodologies to improve our product quality."
Mark Leathem, VP of Corporate Marketing:
"Kingston is a unique company because we handle adversity well. We are never afraid of change and we are able to quickly adapt to most circumstances. We deal with hard times, failures and challenges by picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off and then moving forward. We learn from our mistakes but then we put it all in the rear-view mirror."
Carolina Maldonado, VP of Latin America Sales & Marketing:
"Kingston is an organization that grew a lot and very rapidly during these 25 years. This was mainly due to its persistence in the marketplace and most importantly the hard working individuals that Kingston employs."
Thomas Marschner, VP Sales & Marketing, EMEA:
"Kingston's empowering work environment and open atmosphere encourages employees to come up with ideas and enables implementation."
Vishal Parekh, Marketing Director, India:
"One who does not grow will die. When I think of Kingston and its growth over these 25 years, an old saying comes to mind, 'There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.' We at Kingston, being the leader, believe in creating the path."
Al Soni, Senior VP of Strategic Alliances:
"We have always tried to understand our vendors' needs. When we can do that then there's a level of trust that starts to build. Trust and loyalty is the essence of how we do business at Kingston."
Kevin Wu, VP of Sales & Development, Eastern Europe:
"Everyone here is very close. We work hard together and have fun together. The strong family environment is really a tribute to what John Tu and David Sun created 25 years ago and continue to foster to this day. I am honored to work with such great people here that I consider my family. It's just like a family business."
About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Kingston Technology Corporation offers a wide range of quality memory products and services designed for increased productivity and overall system performance. Through its ownership of Kingston Technology Company, Inc. and Kingston Digital, Inc., Kingston Technology Corporation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of memory modules and digital media products.
For additional information, evaluation units or executive interviews, please contact David Leong, Kingston Technology Company, Inc., 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, 714-438-1817 (Voice). Press images can be found in Kingston’s press room at kingston.com/company/press/
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