Episode 58: Crystal Lam (Vinawood Ltd.), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

YPO member Crystal Lam grew up in the United States as a Vietnamese-American. She always knew some day she would live in Asia, but life kept her in California … for a while. After receiving degrees in rhetoric and international political economics at the University of California at Berkley, she set her sights on multinational companies in Hong Kong and China, but the turmoil of 2008 refocused her toward supporting her family’s business in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Crystal dug in at Vinawood first in business development and is now managing director. Now, with an MBA from the University of Chicago, Crystal is driving Vinawood’s international expansion forward. Under her guidance, Vinawood is one of Vietnam’s leading maker and distributors of wood products in more than 20 countries on three continents. In this episode, Crystal shares her reasons for leaving the United States and how she had to adapt and earn her way to run one of Vietnam’s leading wood production companies.



Guest: Crystal Lam, Managing Director of Vinawood, Ltd.
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.