Q & A with Andy To, managing director of GBCI North Asia

Q & A with Andy To, managing director of GBCI North Asia

Winter 2018   PDF

Andy To leads the GBCI presence in North Asia, facilitating the global growth of a sustainable built environment. He has more than 20 years of experience in the property and asset management industry with a particular focus on properties and facilities in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and second tier cities.

Q.What is your greatest fear?
Cockroaches… Big or small, walking or flying… even plastic ones, I am really afraid of them! Having said that, I never think that we should “eliminate” the cockroach from the Earth as a matter of biodiversity.

Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Winston Churchill: “If the present tries to sit in judgment on the past, it will lose the future.”

Q.Which living person do you most admire?
Stephen Hawking

Q.What is your greatest extravagance?
Support from my wife.

Q.What is your favorite journey?
Coming soon.

Q.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
None! It is not a matter of virtue, it is just a matter of moderation. All virtues when pushed to the extreme will be harmful.

Q.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“To be honest” and “to be frank”…. I am an honest guy.

Q.What is your greatest regret?
Had not spent more time with my parents… who already passed away.

Q.Which talent would you most like to have?
Sensitivities to colors and smells.

Q.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Grooming the next generation.

Q.If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
The same person.

Q.If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A person with a “big” appetite for new knowledge and things.

Q.What is your most treasured possession?
Some old photos of my parents going back to the 1940s.

Q.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Separation from your loved ones.

Q.What is your favorite occupation?
A chef.

Q.What is your most marked characteristic?
Discipline.

Q.Who are your heroes in real life?
Firefighters. They are the ones fighting against disasters—consequences of climate change.

Q.What is it that you most dislike?
Uncertainty… but at the same time it is also the thing I like the most!

Q.What is your motto?
“We must look at the facts, nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.” —Winston Churchill

Q.What will you have them put on your tombstone?
“Call the doctor, I don’t want to die.”

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