KEY TEAM MEMBERS

AGON brings an impressive array of world class hospitality experience and the industry's "best practices" to each of our clients.

Darryl AGON, Managing Director »

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Darryl worked for two of the leading “Big 4” consulting firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Touche.

Originally beginning his hospitality operations career in catering and later with hotels and the Regent brand, he relocated to Hong Kong in 2001 where he has been a hospitality consultant ever since.

As Managing Director of Agon Hotels and Resorts Ltd., he is responsible for the delivery of end-to-end solutions to hospitality clients, spanning each of the group’s practice areas, and has been involved in or the leader in each of the group’s many engagements.

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John BARNES, Associate Director »

John joined the Inter-Continental Hotels as an Executive Trainee on a four year contract in 1978. After two year’s training throughout all hotel departments, he was promoted to Room Service Manager in 1981 and to Assistant Banquet Manager in 1982 at Furama Inter-Continental Hotel.

In May 1983, John joined the Maxim’s Caterers Ltd. as District Manager, then Assistant Manager (Group) and was responsible for new concept design, overall operations, promotions and administration of all Maxim’s 16 European restaurants.

In March 1988, John joined the Peninsula Group as General Manager of the Hong Lok Yuen Country Club, responsible for the club’s overall operations and administration. The club has 1600 members and provides extensive food & beverage and leisure facilities.

A year and half later, John was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager and later to Deputy General Manager of the Peninsula Group’s Clubs & Consultancy Services. He was responsible for directing all Club General Managers and Food & Beverage Managers in maximizing revenues and profits whilst maintaining excellent standards of service. In this position John was responsible for annual revenues of HKD316M, capital budget of HKD10M, and a total staff of 1425. His job duty was later enlarged to include project management, acquisitions, feasibility studies, evaluation of contracts, project management, and pre-opening of all new clubs.

In November 1990, John was appointed General Manager of the Peninsula Groups’s Repulse Bay Hotel,,responsible for maintaining and operating the 421-room hotel with 5 dining outlets, a club operation with full facilities and a shopping arcade with 25 shops, to the deluxe standards of the Peninsula Group and ensuring operating efficiency, budgetary goals and profitability were achieved. In this position, John was accountable for a total revenue over HKD 550M, R&M budget of HKD 30M, capital budget of HKD6M and a project budget of HKD100M.

He was also responsible for developing, design and construction of all new Mock-up rooms for new hotel properties for The Peninsula Group.

John, lives in Hong Kong for over 40 years and is fluent in English and Cantonese, He was educated in Hong Kong and completed his Hospitality Tertiary Education in Australia as well as Cornell University and Insead Business School Programme. He's also a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs. He brings to Agon expertise in project management,club,restaurant and hotel management and operations.

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Scott McLEAN, Associate Director »

Scott is a senior leisure industry executive with over 20 years experience with hotels, private clubs and restaurants in Canada, USA and Asia. A graduate of Richard Agon’s BCIT programme, Scott has managed large hotel properties, owned his own restaurants, and established hospitality-related businesses. Today, he is Associate Director and Vice President for Projects at Agon Hotels and Resorts assisting with design consulting, project development, and operations management.

He is a specialist in all aspects of development and management of multi faceted leisure operations. In 1996 he was selected as the CEO of the Paramount Restaurant group to oversee the restructuring of the company, its overall strategic planning, and the establishment of policies and procedures.

He was responsible for consulting for The Kowloon Club, one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious private dining clubs where he assumed management control, from Peninsula Hotels and Consultants, who operated the club for 17 years.

Scott has organized State Dinners for royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, managed international celebrity events, developed and implemented policies in start up situations, administered Food and Beverage policies and handled budget planning and all operational aspects of leading hotels in North America and in Asia.

Prior to this, from 1994 to 1996, he established Ramsey Purchasing International in Hong Kong to handle procurement for hotel developments in Asia. Prior to this he opened and operated his own restaurant, the popular bar and restaurant, in the heart of the Hong Kong’s financial district.

In 1990, as one of Hilton Internationals leading North American Food and Beverage executives, he was selected to spearhead the Hilton’s flagship Food and Beverage property in Hong Kong to handle the US$15 million renovation of the hotel. This followed a successful period as executive-in-charge of Food and Beverage at Hilton Internationals world-renowned Drake Hotel in Chicago (1988-90). At the Drake the emphasis was on luxury catering and specialty banquet and event management. Prior to this time he was assigned by Hilton to oversee the implementation of Hilton policies and direct Food and Beverage operations during the acquisition by Hilton of the Westin Hotel in Toronto in 1987. Earlier he was Director of F&B at Canada’s foremost Hilton at the time the Harbour Castle Hotel. Scott joined the Harbour Castle in 1977 as a Management Trainee and worked his way up to Director of Catering in five years. In 1985 he took on the role of Food and Beverage at the Montreal Airport Hilton 6 months before resuming at the Harbour Castle in the top Food and Beverage role.

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Daniel WANG, Associate Director »

Daniel, a New York registered architect, has rich experience in providing technical service and product branding expertise for a wide range of hotel projects.

He previously worked as Director of Technical Service for Hyatt International for Greater China. For seven years he oversaw numerous hospitality projects with size varying from 400,000 square meters to 1,000,000 square meters. He also spent 16 years with the group now known as Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, contributing significantly to a wide array of public and private projects in both the US and Asia. In his capacity as a leading designer and project manager, Daniel has played a leading role in such projects as the Four Seasons Hotel, New York; The Ellipse 360 Towers, Taipei, Taiwan; Park Hyatt Taichung, Taiwan; Taishin Bank Headquarters, Taipei, Taiwan; Bank Danamon Headquarters, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Daniel received a degree of Master of Design Study in architecture from Harvard University and a degree of Master of Architecture from Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University of New York City.

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Simon WONG, Senior Consultant (Engineering and Technical Services) »

Simon is a trained MEP engineer and have more than 25 years of experience in design and construction management on a range of complex commercial projects from high-rise “A grade” office towers to 5 stars hotel projects.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, He was a Project Director at Bovis Lend Lease managing a 250-m high-rise building in Beijing which houses a Park Hyatt Hotel, luxury service apartments & office towers. Simon also served as Technical Services Director for New World Group managing technical design and construction of a number of 4 to 5 stars hotels.

For the last project, Simon was holding Associate Director Position at Jones Lang LaSalle managing 370,000 Sqm Microsoft R&D buildings in Beijing. The following is a list of major projects he managed/participated:

- Microsoft R&D project, Beijing

- Yintai Centre, Beijing

- New World Hotel in Jingguan Centre, Beijing

- JW Marriot Hotel, Dalian

- Ramada Hotel, Wuxi

- Renaissance at Zhongshan Road, Shanghai

- Renaissance at Chongwenmen, Beijing

Simon has 25 years global experience and have been working in China for over 15 years on a range of projects from MEP works, hotel fit-out to overseeing of whole construction process.

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Derrick LAM, Senior Consultant »

Derrick is a fellow member of The Chartered and Certified Accountants (U.K.) and has been in the hotel industry for the last 29 years having worked in Singapore, China and Myanmar. Most recently, Derrick held the posts of Financial Controller and Financial Controller cum General Manager at The Sentosa Resort and Spa which was, for a time, under Agon’s project portfolio until the asset was sold in 2013. He participated in Revenue Management meetings to improve revenue yield, took part in the development of the acclaimed “Spa Botanica” and “The Cliff Restaurant”, two premium facilities of the resort, and assisted with the closing of the sale. Meanwhile, Derrick’s early career saw him in China where he was a member of the pre-opening team with the Holiday Inn City Centre Guangzhou as an Assistant Controller and was promoted to a Financial Controller soon thereafter. Derrick then moved on to Shangri-la’s China World Hotel, Beijing as the Assistant Director of Finance supervising the day to day operations of the entire Finance Division including Purchasing and I.T. departments. He later took on a new challenge as a key team member of the pre-opening team to pioneer the openings of The Summit Parkview Hotel and Sedona Hotel Yangon, fully responsible for the setting up of the hotel logistics, multi-currencies accounting requirement and the computer systems, and Derrick also worked with the Sedona Hotel Mandalay thereafter. With Agon, Derrick brings his preopening experience and multi-lingual skills (English and Putonghua) to assist with strategic financial planning and hotel openings.

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Stanley WONG, Director of Human Capital »

Stanley is a well-seasoned Human Resources professional in the hotel industry. He has held senior positions as Director of Human Resources with different international hotels’ groups such as Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group for the past 20 some years. He also possesses pre-and-post-opening experiences for 4 different hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and Sanya. As a Human Resources professional in all these years, he involved in setting up pre-opening plans, recruitment & talents’ acquisitions systems, benefits and compensations programs, employees’ relations activities and staff development plans.

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