Name: Maxine Howe
Job title: Director of Sales and Marketing
Company: The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
AmCham member since: September 2017
Where is home?
I was born in England but left when I was very young, so home is Brisbane, Australia. This is my 8th year in Hong Kong however I have not lived here consecutively – in between I lived and worked in Shanghai and Beijing.
Best thing about Hong Kong?
Hong Kong has a fast paced dynamic business environment and such a diverse business community.
Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, outgoing, driven.
If I wasn’t a business leader, I would be…
I very much enjoy writing, food, wine and traveling to learn about new cultures, so actually I considered journalism (food and travel writing) as one of my career options. I secretly am a frustrated interior designer!
First ever job?
My brother employed me at the tender age of 8 to take over his household chores for a small retainer. But seriously, at 14 I started working part time (Friday nights and Saturday morning) at John Stephens Pharmacy in Canberra. Mr. Stephens was such a dynamic business man, with amazing sales and merchandizing skills, and was generous to share his knowledge and teach our team by way of bi-weekly training sessions. I learned a great deal from him about sales and hospitality.
Favorite piece of advice?
One of my mentors shared a quote with me many years ago – “Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the tree” – and my mother – “A little kindness goes a long way.”
Where can we find you outside of work?
Each Sunday, I love to walk from my apartment on Canton Road to the Flower Market and choose from the huge variety of gorgeous blooms from around the world – enjoying a coffee along the way.
Name something on your bucket list.
I have quite a few things on my list. African Safari, visit Cuba, work for a year in a philanthropic capacity for an NGO...
What attracted you to AmCham?
The opportunity to meet new people and share The Murray story.