Kit Wong

Vice-President & Past President (1996-99)









Company:

Mercedes-Benz Markham
Position:
Sales and Leasing Consultant
Time to join the association:
Since 1993, Charter 1st VP
Title within the association:
- President of Chinese Bowling Congress 1985-1995
- Wing Chun Master since 1977
- 3 terms President Toronto Cathay Lions Club 1980-81, 1991-92, 2008-09
- 2 terms President of RHMCBA 1996-1999
- named Diamond MC by Toronto Cathay Lions Club

 

 

Don’t get mad, you get even

A Chinese customer stepped into a car dealership one day. The top salesperson of that dealership approached him and tried to sell him a car. But that customer only wanted to talk to Kit Wong. Finally this customer was turned away by the dealership, and Kit Wong could not sell him a car. It happened in 1971.

Kit was furious of the discrimination. But he didn’t fight back at that time, because he knew that he was not in the position to get even. His angst instead motivated him to work even harder. He worked seven days a week, crawled through the phone books or went door knocking to find potential buyers. Soon, he became one of the top sales of the dealership. His boss would not turn away his customers any more.

“”Don’t get mad, you get even”, this is a saying from one of my former colleagues. I always keep this saying in mind. My records put me in the right position and thus I get the respect that I deserve,” says Kit Wong from his Mercedes-Benz office in Markham.

Kit has been working in the car retail industry since 1971. He is so familiar with the industry that he gets a nickname of “Dr. Auto”. Like many other entrepreneurs, he started his own business after certain years in the industry. With his experience and connections, his first auto sales and leasing business was a success. He then expanded his business to a car dealership in 1997.

However, the car dealership story was a failure. Many reasons attributed to the unsuccessful venture, like the not-quite-popular brand name of the car, and the unexpected skyrocketing commercial property tax due to the amalgamation of the City of Toronto. He sold his shares after only two years in the business.

From a dealership owner back to a frontline salesperson, Kit is happy with what he has achieved. He was Past President of RHMCBA and 3-time President of Toronto Cathay Lions Club. He is always active in the community, emceeing for fundraising or community galas, golfing and dancing. Hindsight of his career and business? It’s still the same: Don’t get mad, you get even.

忍一時 海闊天空

時年1971年,一名華人走進一家車行買車。車行內首席營業員上前殷勤招待,

但那客人指定要與黃卓傑交易。結果車行不賣車給這名客人,而黃卓傑眼巴巴損失一宗交易。面對這種歧視,黃卓傑很憤怒,但沒發怒。他的怒氣驅使他更發奮工作。七天上班,不斷從電話簿上或挨家挨戶拍門找尋買家。不多久他成為車行內成績最好的營業員之一,車行老闆再也不會趕走他的客人。這都是靠同事給他一句人生精語:「忍一時,海闊天空」

從事車行營業員多年後,黃卓傑也一嘗做老闆滋味。開設了一家汽車銷售及租賃公司,成績良好,於是於1997年,決定擴展業務,經營車行。可惜車行老闆不易為,除了所經銷的汽車品牌還未流行外,更大的打擊,是來自多倫多市合併後,商業地稅上升數倍的現實。只經營了兩年,他決定出售股份。

不做老闆,重新做回營業員,看似倒退,但黃卓傑不以為然。他於行內人稱「車壇博士」,是本會前任會長,歷任三屆多倫多國泰獅子會會長,活躍社區,經常為盛大籌款或社區晚宴任司儀,又是高爾夫球及舞林高手。能夠有此成就,黃卓傑還是歸因這一句:「忍一時,海闊天空」。