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
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 struggling economy. The son of a school teacher, he is the eldest of 3 siblings in a God-fearing family. Beyond playing football with his friends, he was working and bagging groceries from the age of 10.
Sam's grandfather, HW Leong, was a policeman and a war hero. It was 1941 and police stations were being bombed by the Japanese. Instead of running away, Leong drove to every police station to unlock the prisons and saved thousands of lives.
Sam's father, Alan Leong went to school in a canvas tent and became a school teacher. The Leong's were not well off and neither were their neighbors. Alan didn't shower praise on his son. Instead, he surrounded Sam with the dream of a college education -- things he never had.
Sam didn't brood over misfortunes. Instead, he developed a concept that would become his signature theme in his adult life. It was something he called 'mindset'. It was a term used to mean a host of different things, but to him, it connoted a powerful force, one that eliminated the doubts and made sure good things were going to happen.
It was the 1970s, and many teenagers were fascinated with Apollo 11 Moon astronauts. Sam poured over library books and made his vow: "If an engiineer can land a man on the Moon, then I'll become an engineer!''
Sam was cautious by nature. In the 1980s, while serving national service, his platoon mates would invite him to card games. There, as in most cases, Sam kept his bets to the minimum, never overextending himself. In relatonships too, he proposed to Grace only after going through thick and thin together.
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 his MSc. in Industrial Engineering.
Sam cut his teeth at Hewlett Packard. HP saw bottlenecks where 220-pound printers had to be lifted on and off production lines every minute. Sam built a production robot within 3 months. It was so reliable that HP factories around the world adopted it. In 1995, Sam subsequently took up HP positions in Marketing and Business Development throughout Asia. 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 started making inks for Konica and Epson printheads.
Sam toiled punishing 16-hour days. In the mornings, he would wear down the heels of his shoes on the pavements in seach of clients. In the afternoons, he would paint blotches of sweat on his shirt and strained muscles on his back to deliver inks. In the night, he will get ink stains under his fingernails from filling bottles. He would try to wash up before carrying his children to bed but often he would be too exhausted to do so.
It has been a long journey with many wrong turns and dead-ends. Although Sam made plenty of mistakes he made sure that those mistakes do not happen again. Sam understands family challenges even now. He and his wife Dr. Grace have three children, Elizabeth 19, Victoria 15, & Alexander 11.