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TOP SECRET FILE: MR CHAN

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

NAME: BRAD CHAN

Cofounding family of Sydney's Chinatown. CEO of Banna Property Group. Founder of Haymarket HQ.


Notoriety: 2/5

His family is a stronghold name among Asian-Australian start-ups and businesses (especially in Sydney), thanks to his grandfather’s legacy, but is waiting on a Wikipedia page.


Influence:

4/5

His family has played a significant role in shaping the Asian-Australian community in Sydney into what it is today and continues to do so thanks to his efforts.


Target Status:


Alive and sprucing Sydney up with community feels.



Background:


Never initially planned on working in investment property, but got his first post-university job in Real Estate as a commercial property manager. Ultimately, after working in and out of property management and realising how well he navigated it, Chan made his debut in the corporate world at Ernst and Young before moving on to start his own business.


Genetic Make-Up:


Third generation Chinese-Australian. His great-grandparents left China to settle in Papua New Guinea. In the 70s, his Chinese-PNG family permanently moved to Australia.


Growing up, Brad Chan lived an Aussie kid experience, aside from going to Chinese school on the weekends. With more freedom to explore a range of extra-curricular activities, he developed a love for sports and wanted to be a physiotherapist before life lead him down a different career path.


Currently, he seems to take after his grandfather, Bernard Chan, a successful businessman who’s well-known among older members of the Asian-Australian community for helping the growth of Sydney’s Chinatown and early Asian-owned small businesses.


Brad Chan, a successful businessman in his own right, is also very active within the Asian Australian community in helping start-ups and organising community events, such as Chinese New Year. Some of his notable volunteer positions include being the President of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for five years, and the first President of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong.



Strengths:

  • Passion - Heavily involved in what he does, particularly when it comes to planning initiatives helping start-ups tap into the market and/or creating relations between Australian and Asian businesses.

  • Humour - He’s infamously known as the King of Puns by the Captain Bagrat Team, and makes good song parodies.

  • Approachable Personality - People who’ve personally met him (including his employees) know him to be down-to-earth and a kind boss.


Weakness:

  • Bad jokes - While he may be King of Puns, this also means his dad jokes are notoriously bad.

  • Sports Recruiting - Has tried to get his co-workers to train with him with varying results.


Hidden Talents:


Aside from being a successful entrepreneur and pioneer (and comedian and sportsman), Brad Chan is also a budding magician.


 

Nadya Labiba is an Indonesian-Australian currently in her fourth year of Journalism and Languages and Cultures at University of Technology Sydney. Aside from interning at Captain Bagrat, Nadya is an avid community volunteer and a published contributor at Central News.


Instagram @nadrlabiba


Bevin Liu is an ABC (Australian-born Chinese) in every sense of the word. Thinking that her life was set on a law degree, she is now going into the third year of her undergraduate degree in Journalism and International Studies (Majoring in China). On top of occasionally dropping into Captain Bagrats, she is working as a journalist for a regional newspaper, as the planning editor for Central News and trying to balance it with her new responsibilities as a member of UTS’s Academic Board. She would dabble in her love for animals and strange things through the university’s Cat Society and StartUp Link in her spare time.



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