From zero to 60 in a life lived on the go

From zero to 60 in a life lived on the go

AT 60, flamboyant businessman, known for his trademark suspenders, Fong Kah Kuen is showing no signs of slowing down.

From son of bullied subcontractor to flamboyant businessman

Better known as K.K.Fong, the founder and chief executive of locally-listed Xpress Holdings recently announced expansion plans for the printing firm.

It plans to reach out to more retail customers in the region via a franchising model under a new "8 -> 8 Biz Butler" brand, on top of serving its existing corporate clients. He expects to rope in 100 franchisees in two years.

Once the franchise model takes off, Mr Fong intends to travel more, so that he can impart his business knowledge and expertise to the franchisees rather than sit in an office.

Xpress has built up a reputation for itself in being a reliable printer of commercially sensitive information such as IPO prospectuses and financial reports. Most of its operations and clients are based in China and Singapore.

In the last few years, the self-professed workaholic, who picks up business-related phone calls late into the night has been spending at least 300 days a year overseas, mostly in China, tending to his printing business.

The businessman is no stranger to failure but has a "never say die" attitude.

At the age of six, he was exposed to the printing industry as his father was a paper box carton subcontractor.

"I witnessed first-hand how my father was bullied by the big printing firms which took a huge cut of whatever earnings he made," recalled Mr Fong.

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