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More than 18 years ago, the alleys of the UNC High School Building (then Alba Hall), Students Pavilion and other parts of this University became silent witnesses to the development of this man. From his college graduation in 1995 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he has gone a long way. Let us get to know the man who we consider as a “True-blooded business tycoon”, Mr. Jeremie Janssen Sy Lo.
“J Lo” as he is fondly called, is the son of Mr. Jaime D. Lo and Mrs. Rosario S. Lo, both of whom are successful entrepreneurs. He spent his basic education at the Saint Joseph School. Right after high school, he entered the portals of the University to earn his college degree. His chosen course matched the world he was born to…BUSINESS. At young age, he has held various significant positions in the family-owned business. So, while earning his degree in college, he was also meeting the demands from a young entrepreneur. Since 1992 until the present, he is the Vice President of Bicol JL Agri Corporation, a family-owned firm. This gave him the hands-on training in business career.
From 2003 to the present, he is the President of Excelsure Marketing Corporation, and from 2007 to present, the President of Vast Agro Solutions Incorporated – Crop Protection, both of which are owned by their family. Within the bounds of his responsibility as a businessman, he has mastered various facets of entrepreneurship: from initiating innovations, to the application of strategies, ensuring profitability, and managing people. Indeed, this man has really proven his worth; that the path of success was not simply laid for him through these family businesses.
Adding meaning to his endeavors is his own family. He is married to Ms. Meline Ngo Lo, also an alumna of the CBA. They are blessed with three wonderful children that complement their blissful married life.
Aside from his noteworthy accomplishments in business, he has actively occupied positions in various major organizations. He is a member of both the Rotary Club of Naga and Junior Chamber International. From 2000 to 2002, he was the President of the Bicol Offroad Club and as Vice President for Luzon of the National Association of Filipino Off Roader. He was the President of the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2010 – 2012, and the Regional Governor for Bicol of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2012 – 2014. Aside from these private organizations, Mr. Lo is also involved in the public sector as Private Sectoral Representative for Camarines Sur in the Regional Development Council from 2012 to present.
His numerous accomplishments make every UNCean proud and inspired. His life is indeed worthy of emulation and the College of Business and Accountancy takes pride in his success. To share his ideas and experiences, Mr. Lo was invited as a keynote speaker in the “CBA Magnate Awards” on March 8, 2013 where deserving UNCeans were recognized and awarded. Let us once again rekindle the encouraging words he has addressed the honorees.
“To the University of Nueva Caceres administrators, faculty and staff, College of Business and Accountancy students, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
I stand before you tonight, deeply honored and humbled of the invitation to give this keynote speech in this celebration of yours. Also I feel energized to be among these young people, so alive and full of power. It is always a pleasant experience to be with young people, the youth of today with so many ideas, so many dreams and a lot of promising talents.
And with so much and so many things ahead of you, do not allow yourselves to be lost in this frenzy. Do not be swayed easily on what is “in” and what the majority are actually doing. Let us actually get to the real thing.
And the real thing is learning and taking the full advantage of your education. Your stay in this institution, mastering the skills and competencies will help you become leaders of this nation in the very near future. You will become tomorrow’s business leaders that will significantly contribute to the betterment of your respective communities.
Our world is rapidly changing – and the changes affect every business, every industry and every country. The future of our country is in your hands. So much is expected from you. You should be able to meet the challenges ahead of you, both professionally and personally. It is not an easy task but I am confident that the values and theories that you learn from this school will be your armaments as you battle in real business world.
As early as now, dream big. Be inspired to be the very best person that you can be. Do not settle for mediocrity. Always do things with passion and never forget your social responsibility. As a Filipino, as a Bicolano, you should always have that sense of patriotism, a renewed faith in our country, in our people.
As an entrepreneur myself, I have had my share of valuable lessons in leadership and management. Everyday, I am faced with challenges that I believed are experiences that will make me really appreciate success in the truest sense of the word. In all these challenges and trying times, I am always amazed of how I am able to hurdle them by simply going back to what is real. The real thing means hardwork, passion for the things that I do and never ever compromise my principles.
These I believe are some of the real things that we all should possess in order to make a difference. Again, good evening to all and thank you very much.
Let’s get to the real thing… a mysterious line, a puzzling statement. These are just things that came to my mind upon reading your theme for this year’s CBA Day, going to the real thing.”
Indeed, getting to the “real thing” is something everyone must start doing. College life is a wonderful stage of our lives that is full of great experiences and people. However, we must always bear in mind that “real” life awaits after we leave the portals of our university that served as our “comfort zone” for several years. We might have fully honed and utilized our potentials through the various activities within the campus and off-campus, but let us not forget that these are only our training grounds…a simulated battlefield that equips us with the various traits, strategies and skills to prepare for the world after college…our stepping stones towards success. This is clearly stated in our University Motto, Non Scholae, Sed Vitae, Not of School, But of Life.
In the meantime, amidst the difficulties and challenges of finishing our degree, let us enjoy every moment as a student. Let the words of Mr. Lo ring in our ears, “And the real thing is learning and taking the full advantage of your education”. Let us seize every opportunity that comes our way to improve our being. What matters is not the number of trials that made us stumble, but the number of times we stood up and continued our journey. A very notable quote says, “Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well – lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.” (Francis Gray, http://www.entrepreneurskorner.com)
Life of UNCean continues beyond graduation… extending to real world. Just like Mr. Jeremy Janssen S. Lo, let us become significant contributors to the society…the way a true-blooded tycoon should be.