ECO★SAM® | SAM★INK® Story
5 min read | 2020-November-11
TECHNOLOGY | HEALTHCARE
Born, November 11, 1965, Sam Leong holds a MSc. in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A. from the Golden Gate University U.S.A.
Cambridge Nanotechnologist | Hewlett-Packard Engineer | Sihl Switzerland Director | Business Owner
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) and 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 and drafted Singapore Patent legislation and represented Singapore at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
She holds an LLB (Hons) and 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 and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1997 and a solicitor in England & Wales in 2000.
Sam overcame adversity at a young age and 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 and a struggling economy. The son of a school teacher, he is the eldest of 3 children in a God-fearing family. Sam was working & packing groceries from the age of 13.
Sam's grandfather, HW Leong, was a policeman. In 1941, he saved thousands of lives when he freed trapped prisoners in bombed up & burning buildings.
Sam's father, Alan Leong went to school in a canvas tent and became a school teacher. He surrounded Sam with the dream of an education.
Sam didn't brood over misfortunes. Instead, he developed a concept that would become his theme in life. It was something he called 'mindset'. This powerful force eliminated his doubts and made sure good things were going to happen.
Sam was so fascinated with Apollo landings on the moon that he made this vow: "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 Sam became an engineering scholar and graduated at top of his class, he was offered a teaching assistantship to pursue a MSc. in Industrial Engineering.
Sam cut his teeth at Hewlett Packard where he built robots that were so reliable that HP factories around the world adopted it. In 1995, Sam subsequently took up jobs in Marketing & Business Development. 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 and made solvent & eco solvent 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. In the night, he would stain his hands from making inks. He would try to wash up before carrying his children to bed.
It has been a long journey with wrong turns & dead-ends. With every mistake, he made sure that they will not happen again. He and his wife Dr. Grace have three children, Elizabeth 19, Victoria 15, & Alexander 11.