IN 2002 KMC Group Chairman
and Cofounder Gregory Kittelson arrived in the
Philippines to do some Web projects for a few months. Fifteen years
later, he ended up staying and getting involved in various
have been very good. I think in general, there's a lot of economic
growth in the Philippines in a wide variety of industries that
create opportunities," Kittelson said in a recent interview
with the BusinessMirror.
that I have been very lucky in selecting exceptionally smart and
talented business partners where we, together, have conceptualized
and built businesses. And then, from there, we form a strong
management to assist us with the execution that will help us see
opportunities and trends in all the industries that we're in," he
The path to
Kittelson credits the growth of the business to the
establishment of Kittelson and Carpo Consulting by Kittelson
himself and lawyer Amanda Carpo. The company developed
the initial concept of assisting foreign companies interested in
setting up and doing business in the Philippines. When Michael
McCullough joined the team, the consulting firm put up KMC
Solutions and KMC Savills. KMC Solutions is now the largest of the
Kittelson said he is fortunate because his business
partners are very smart, dynamic and talented, bringing different
strengths to the table. "And I think you have to have intelligence,
hard work and integrity as the base for the founders of any
company," he added.
He said KMC Solutions is a nimble company because
it does not have the usual setup found in a typical business
organization, such as board of advisers or investors. Now that the
KMC group is a bit more mature, KMC Solutions and KMC Savills are
essentially run by a board who are also the principal
Solutions is quite excited nowadays with its current
business-coworking space. Actually, KMC Solutions is not a tyro in
this area, as it has been a pioneer in the serviced-office market.
With the changing times, a convergence between coworking and
serviced office emerged.
"Coworking is just really having more open space, having
more community, collaboration, between the individuals, the
companies that are inside the space, and we're adjusting our
facilities to accommodate that coworking culture inside the common
areas of our existing and future serviced-office, seat-leasing
facilities," Kittelson explained.
really combining the two. But, as a result, that's really flexible
office solutions, and that's what KMC Solutions is-it's flexible
office solutions," he added.
Kittelson said there is lot of uptake, or the occupiers
for KMC Solution's newest offering. Aside from the serviced office,
other potential clients are information technology-business process
management companies, outsourcing operations, start-ups whether
it's tech or nontech.
stressed these people are looking for areas to work in that will
allow them to interact with like-minded individuals and businesses
that are interested in collaboration, in community and various type
Solutions recently opened its latest coworking facility in Makati
City. At the fifth floor of the V Corporate Centre along
Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, the facility called Flexible
Workspace, a 2500-square-meter facility, is so far the largest
of its kind in the country and the first to integrate wellness
amenities that cater to businesses of all
sizes. Kittelson said KMC Solutions has developed various
special services to help businesses in the country grow through
their spaces, staff augmentation and enterprise
Although there's lot of people urging KMC Solutions to
enter the overseas coworking-space market, Kittelson prefers to
focus on the Philippines because KMC thinks there is great
opportunity here, specifically in Metro Manila and Cebu, and
eventually, other areas of the Philippines.
think we're experts in the Philippines. And we want to really stick
to what we know, and be experts in that area. I can't tell you I'm
an expert in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, because I'm
not. I didn't live there for 15 years. I haven't done business
there in 15 years. I've lived and done business here for 15 years,"
he pointed out.
so far have been going great for the KMC group. The Rhode Island
native expects growth in the current and future periods. He
said the KMC group is studying the coming trends and ready to make
the adjustments if needed. "But it's pretty much full steam ahead
in everything that we do."
Kittelson blames the Filipinos for making him stay
longer in his second country. He said the Philippines is such
a lovely place to make friends, to interact, within the Filipino
community and the foreign community. "It's a very happy, friendly
environment, and I think that's what really makes a lot of people
want to stay."
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