Douglas Foo Peow Yong, an ex-police cadet of Dunman High School NPCC unit and a NS Army officer. He is a multi-award wining entrepreneur, and well known as the founder of Sakae Sushi, a restaurant-chain based in Singapore.
Douglas Foo, being the CEO of Apex-Pal International, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the SIM-RMIT Programme in 1995. For his exceptional entrepreneurial achievements and notable service to the community, Douglas was conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Singapore's highest honour for youths under the age of 35 for Entrepreneurship category Awarded by the National Youth Council) for 2003 and the ASEAN Youth Award (Youth & Entrepreneurship) for 2004.
Douglas has also received several other prestigious awards namely the Entrepreneur of the Year 2002, the Merit Award for the Yazhou Zhoukan Chinese Entrepreneur Award 2002 and he was named the Top Outstanding Young Person in 2002.
Douglas started off as a marketing executive before his entrepreneurial spirit saw him set up a garment trading firm in 1996. A year later, he diversified into food and beverage with Sakae Sushi and has since developed Apex Pal International into the successful enterprise that it is today. The food and beverage group comprising renowned chains such as Sakae Sushi, Crepes & Cream, Black Tea Box Hibiki, Uma Uman Men and Nouvelle Events (its catering arm). The home-grown Sakae Sushi chain, which has expanded into Thailand, Indonesia, China, Philippines and Malaysia, was awarded one of the Singapore's Top Restaurant in 2001, the Singapore Franchise Mark in 2001 and Singapore Promising Brands Award 2003.
Douglas’s pioneering innovations include the patented portable conveyor-belt sushi system for both indoor and outdoor catering, the Interactive Menu System, and vitamin E enriched sushi rice. The use of portable conveyor-belt won Apex-Pal two awards in 2003 namely the Singapore Innovation Award 2003 (Innovation of the Year) for the Innovative Application of the Portable Conveyor Belt and Singapore Innovation Class.
Within a short span of 6 years, Apex-Pal was listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange in August 2003 and achieved a turnover of $59.1 million in 2005. Apex-Pal was ranked 29th in the Enterprise 50 Awards in 2001 and 28th in the Singapore’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies Award in 2005.
Apex-Pal adopted the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and Mainly I Love Kids (MILK) as its official charity. It raised $6,000 for MINDS in 2002 when Sakae Sushi’s 18 chefs made Singapore’s longest California Maki sushi and $10,000 was raised for MILK Fund during Apex-Pal’s Management Challenge held in July 2006. Sakae Sushi and Nouvelle Events also hosted an educational tour for some 20 beneficiaries from MINDS.
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- Douglas Foo in RMIT Alumni Hall of Fame
- RMIT Alumni news in 2002
- Apex Pal's Awards
- Douglas Foo in The Wall Street Journal Online
- SINGAPORE YOUTH AWARDS 2003
- Hot News from the Young Entrepreneurs Organization - Singapore
- CEO Unplugged
- EnterpriseOne - Reach for the Apex
- Douglas Foo featured in Tiger Tales - Inflight Magazine of Tiger Airways
- Douglas Foo in Contact Singapore
- Mediacorp TV Channel 8 Money Week shown in August 3, 2002
- Sakae Sushi in Wikipedia