SAMINK ® Story
5 min read | 2021-April15
Born, November 11, 1965, Sam Leong holds a MSc. in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin & a M.B.A. from the Golden Gate University U.S.A.
Cambridge Nanotechnologist | Hewlett-Packard Engineer | Sihl Switzerland Director
Michael Palmer was elected Speaker of the Singapore Parliament on 10 October 2011. He was the eighth Speaker in the history of the Singapore Parliament since it started in 1955 as a Legislative Assembly.
Michael was a Member of Parliament between 2006 to 2012. He served on the Estimates Committee of the 11th Parliament and chaired the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Defense and Foreign Affairs.
In July 2011, he was appointed the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Home Affairs and Law. He was also a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for National Development and the Environment.
Constance Leong, a lawyer at Goh Phai Cheng LLC, is a SCOPE IP consultant certified by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) & is a member of the Licensing Executives Society of Singapore.
She served as Assistant Registrar / Legal Counsel at IPOS, Registry of Patents, where she, among others, reviewed & drafted Singapore Patent legislation and represented Singapore at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
She holds an LLB (Hons) & an LLM (IP Law) from the University of London UK. Called to the English Bar as a barrister at the Middle Temple in 1996. Advocate & solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1997 & a solicitor in England & Wales in 2000.
Sam overcame adversity at a young age & understands the challenges faced by many families. Born in 1965 in a racially diverse Singapore, he grew up in the midst of a newly independent country. The son of a school teacher, he is the eldest of 3 children in a God-fearing family. At 13, he started to work at a grocery store.
Sam's grandfather, HW Leong, was a policeman. During WWII in 1941, he saved thousands of trapped prisoners in burning buildings.
Sam's father, Alan Leong went to school in a canvas tent & became a school teacher.
Sam didn't brood over misfortunes. Instead, he developed a concept that would become his theme. It was something he called 'mindset'. This powerful force made sure that things were going to happen.
Sam was so fascinated with Apollo's trip to the moon: "If an engineer can land a man on the moon, I'll become an engineer''
Sam hoarded an on-campus job to pay for tuition at the University of Texas at Austin. When he graduated at top of his class, he was offered an engineering scholarship to pursue his MSc. in Industrial Engineering.
Sam cut his teeth at Hewlett Packard where he built robots for HP factories around the world. In 1995, he was promoted to jobs in Marketing. In 1997, Sam invented the instant-dry multi-purpose recyclable polypropylene inkjet media for outdoor display.
Sam founded ECO★SAM | SAM★INK in the year 1999 to manufacture nanotechnology solvents & latex inks.
Sam toiled 16-hour days. In the mornings, he would wear down the heels of his shoes in seach of clients. In the afternoons, he would paint blotches of sweat on his shirt & strained muscles on his back from making inks.
It has been a journey with many wrong turns but he made sure that those mistakes will not happen again. He & his wife Dr. Grace have three children, Elizabeth 20, Victoria 17, & Alexander 12.