Pokman joined Brompton’s UK office in December 2016 as a field application engineer. Besides the position being in a field he was really interested in, and in a company that was growing, it also required someone who could speak Mandarin. “When I left Hong Kong many years ago, I never imagined I’d one day be using my Mandarin skills working for a British company,” Pokman exclaims.
In 2013, Pokman had decided to make a fresh start. He left his job at an energy company and went back to university to do a second degree, this time in electronic engineering. His first degree was in business management and although he didn’t enjoy it at the time, it would come in very handy years down the line… A passion for problem solving is what drew Pokman to electronic engineering, and joining Brompton, where he had the opportunity to work with panel manufacturer partners, he discovered new faculties, “I found I’m a people person, more than I thought,” Pokman remarks.
He soon became an account manager and by his third year with Brompton was promoted to programme manager for Shenzhen – overseeing all integration programmes in the region. Today, as Deputy General Manager for our China operations, Pokman is focused on our panel manufacturer relationships there and managing our integration projects (sometimes across four different countries at a time), as well as enhancing our operations as a whole and exploring new business opportunities within China.
Having worked both as a field application engineer and account manager has given Pokman the advantage of understanding the manufacturing process and the ability to pre-empt challenges that can crop up, and who to speak to when they do. He adds, “It’s important to minimise the possibility of error in the first place, or if an issue arises, provide a solution as early as we can.”
There’s not an aspect of our APAC operations that Pokman hasn’t touched. He also led the opening of our first office in China – finding a rental space, registering the company, and navigating all the finer details of correctly establishing our brand in China until the official office opening in March 2019. That’s when all those years of business studies came to the fore, as he explains, “Working for a company and starting a company are completely different, but it was very exciting.” Today, Brompton has two offices and a team of 20 across its APAC region. “And we’re still growing,” Pokman exclaims.
Traversing time zones can mean long days, so Pokman has learnt the importance of taking his mind off work… “Just before Covid, I learnt how to ski but couldn’t go anywhere! My wife and I started in-line skating because it offered something similar to skiing.” The main requirement is an empty car park, so Pokman always has two sets of skates in his car. More recently, he and his wife took up bouldering, but they’re still hoping to put their skiing skills to the test.