I first met Andreas in 2008 when I was presenting the fledgling credentials of newly launched BFM Radio to him when he was leading the Omnicom Media Group in Kuala Lumpur.
In a sea of naysayers among media agency professionals, Andreas stood out as a rare beacon of encouragement. It did not take him long to believe in what BFM Radio stood for, and in me.
I have since seen Andreas, time and time again, support and encourage other media entrepreneurs, fellow media professionals and even interns who impressed him, generously lending his Rolodex to give them a cherished leg-up.
We have since developed a wonderful friendship. Andreas' positivity, receptivity to new ideas and enthusiasm, is infectious, making encounters with him something I always look forward to.
Dr Michael Heah
For many years now I refuse to let Andreas go as the emcee at our annual coach convocation for without him, this greatest coaching event will go missing without his presence.
His style and approach to emceeing change the game on how professional emceeing should be done. There’s not only the usual announcements not the jokes but the high intellect he puts in it. When Andreas combines or rather concocts them, the impact is simply super great that everyone remembers it for a long time to come.
This is about Andreas’ high sense of responsibility in meticulous planning that he puts into every gig we hold. It speaks a lot of a man of extraordinaire talents and skills that he puts into everything he does. Such is the man!
Dr Michale Heah
ICF Master Certified Coach
CEO, Corporate Coach Academy
Chairman, Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches
There is a well-known Harvard Business Review article, with the title, “Why Would Anyone Want to be Led by You?” There are lots of reasons why those who have worked with Andreas would want to be led by him.
First and foremost, he is authentic – a real, human leader who puts his people first.
I have known Andreas for many years. He has not wavered once from walking his talk, from living his positive, engaging, inspiring brand. Andreas is a people-focused leader. In good times and challenging times, his people are his number one concern.
He leads through influence, rather than through position. Andreas is an energiser. I feel energised every time I am contact with him, whether in person, by phone and even by text message! And this is how the people on his team feel.
Andreas builds organisations. This is achieved through leadership, building culture, building people, innovation and a focus on growing the business.
I have been privileged to meet a number of outstanding leaders during my career. Andreas Vogiatzakis is definitely one of them.
So, would I want to be led by Andreas? The answer is a resounding yes!
CEO Tack TMI,
Chief Re-Imagineer, Elementrix
Having Andreas with me is like a good balance between coaching a mentoring. He provided a space that is safe and encouraging, while at the same time engaging me in thought provoking conversations.
He is always value-centric and at the same time pragmatic in approach.
In the past 4 years, I have made sound decisions that I am proud of and stand by strongly, pulled myself up after falling, built a steadily expanding business and achieved growth in many many ways.
Andreas enabled me to see my potential and was the catalyst that helped realize those possibilities.
He is a gem!
CEO, Saora Indutsries
Knowing Mr Andreas is one of the best things in my life! He has broaden my eyesight in marketing field and guided me to find out my strengths and passion while I was in my university. Thank you for being my mentor, you are more than a coach that I could ever asked for!
Founder & Former owner of One2Juice
I have known Andreas for about 10 years professionally initially and now a great friend.
As an entrepreneur, I face many challenges of which the most intractable one is building a culture. This is probably the most important and critical factor to building a successful and sustainable business organization.
And probably the most difficult as it requires time, perseverance and commitment, not to mention some deep soul-searching on my part.
There is where I found Andreas to be particularly instrumental in guiding my team and I on the process of identifying the elements of building and nurturing a culture that reflects our vision, mission and core values that will guide us there.
He conducted workshops and followed up with regular meetings to ensure we are on the right track.
He is instrumental in helping us embark on this journey and we are very grateful for his guidance. He interacts well with everyone and shows great leadership in moderating the workshops.
I would recommend him anytime.
Medklinn Group of Companies
Andreas was a tremendous help to our organisation in helping us frame our vision, mission and purpose and create a framework to help us rally our management teams around the vision.
I would highly recommend Andreas for any fast growing company that is looking to make that transition from scrappy startup to a well oiled organisation. "
INVOLVE ASIA TECHNOLOGIES
Prof Harmandar Singh
Andreas is the always consummate professional and highly sought-after speaker in our industry.
He has been a tireless trainer in many conferences in Malaysia and across the region.
With a proven legacy in the media landscape, Andreas is the shining light for many in the industry and among countless students who have been inspired by him.
Prof Harmandar Singh
Dr Victoria Little
Quite simply, Andreas is a treasure. For a more than a decade Monash's senior marketing students' learning has been enhanced by Andreas' wisdom and experience.
Each semester our marketing capstone students grapple with a real-life marketing problem. We take a brief from an industry client, and spend the semester doing market research, directed at developing desirable, feasible and viable solutions for business growth.
The students build towards a competitive pitch to a panel of industry experts - our industry 'dragons'. As a long serving dragon panel member, Andreas has fielded many pitches based on services and products, for profit and not for profit businesses.
We have all benefited from his thoughtful, constructive and relevant feedback, as he draws on his broad business experience, and considerable talents as a mentor and supporter of young people. The students love him, and we can't thank Andreas enough.
His input has been instrumental in course development, and in supporting the brightest and best in their next steps towards the business world.
Dr Victoria Little
Senior Lecturer - Department of Marketing
School of Business
Monash University Malaysia
Sheow Vern Chan
Andreas, or better known as AV, has been a great listener since the first day I know him. He always makes you feel super comfortable in sharing your ups and downs, hopes and stumbling blocks, openly without any judgement. He’s generous with his time for everyone is trying to have a piece of him, whether it’s setting up a media agency from scratch to spending time with future leaders at universities, and being a great friend to many, on top of his role as a family man.
With his upbringing stories to helming top leadership positions of various agencies across the continents, Andreas is full of experience and wisdom in every situation. He has a clear mind and works towards his priorities and goals in life, and coaching the willing bunch is passionately part of his journey.
The pure kindness of being there when you need him is something one can’t ask for more. His authenticity is second to none and you’ll be re-energised after every interaction. While we’re based in different countries right now, the gap has been well compensated by technology and you always feel he is supporting every move you make towards your own destiny.
Sheow Vern Chan
Managing Director - Research, Cataliize
Every individual needs a mentor in his life outside of the bubble of one’s family, and I consider myself lucky to have found one.
9 years ago I had the privilege of meeting Andreas when he came to give a talk in my college (IACT). As a confused teenager not knowing what to do with my life, I needed some directions. Andreas provided me with that without asking for anything in return.
His extreme kindness and generosity is unparalleled as i would meet with him frequently to discuss about my personal and professional life, and where i want or should take it.
His honesty and sincerity have always been evident to me and it's why i value his guidance greatly to this day 9 years later.
During my university industrial program back in 2013, we were given opportunity to select a mentor/coach to further our personal development.
I was fortunate to have Andreas as my personal coach. As CEO of his organization, Andreas always made time for our coaching sessions and he had been extremely helpful in harnessing my talent.
He is instrumental in creating mindset shift and instilling self-confidence.
Each session brought stronger clarity to me using his (PDA) principles of Passion, Discipline, and Action.
In the last 6 years, it has shaped me well both personally and professionally by leap and bounds.
Beyond a coach relationship, I am grateful to have him as a friend.
Viventis Search Asia
Peter de Kretser
I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working collaboratively with ‘the man’ for many years; an enriching and rewarding experience always. Most recently, he designed and conducted a dynamic and thought-provoking corporate leadership & culture workshop for all my colleagues at GO Communications.
Andreas made the time and effort to inspire us and most importantly produced a tailor-made session that was results orientated and of tremendous value to each one of us.
I could wax lyrical for pages about accomplishments and achievements over the years but let’s face it, there’s far too much of that.
For me, its Andreas the person that captivates with intensity, engages with honesty and is always there to help everyone!
He is a stellar marketing man and someone I’m proud to shout from the rooftops as a ‘CHAMPION’ in every sense of the word!
He’s got my vote and my highest recommendation!
Peter de Kretser
Chief Executive Officer
Over a decade ago, I chanced upon Andreas at an industry meet when he was helming the Omnicom Media Group. He was devoting his time to evolving the media advisory industry and fuelling the growth of global and Malaysian brands as well.
It was his modest and engaging nature that inspired my request to Chair the annual BFM Brandfest, Malaysia’s most informative annual brand marketing forum. In hindsight, and over the years, it was apparent that none in my address book could equal his passion-fuelled dedication to the annual forum.
From the get-go since, Andreas had always connected with over 400 delegates with an infectious energy and engaging style that assured their undivided and consistent attention to the programme, while being about on his feet for 2 chock-a-block days.
Consistently absorbed in the programme, he was always complimented for his high-energy engagement as chair, and has over the years built a close rapport with delegates, adding value and ensuring meaning to their presence.
Many of us know that it takes a purpose-driven and passion-fuelled person like Andreas to effectively energize a house-full forum for over a decade; and with no exceptions.
And in no small measure, my hearty congrats to Andreas for sparing his time to coach and mentor future professionals and leaders in prominent Universities.
Chief Learning Officer
Andreas is a marketing maven and has been such a part of the ecosystem in the advertising industry.
He has the ability to understand the business world with deep insights in his writing and speaking over the years. To me personally, it is Andrea's flair to CONNECT and empathize on a personal level with individuals as well as teams no matter the hierarchy.
He is able to provide a bigger picture and yet be detailed in providing the right directions & strategies for organizations and individuals alike.
Content Creator, Emcee,
Moderator, Author, Speaker
Friend, colleague, reporting manager, philosopher, and most importantly as a mentor, are the many avatars in which I have been fortunate enough to know Andreas for over a decade.
The ability to provide clarity and simplify the complex be it business or life decisions is what makes him a remarkable human being.
Andreas is filled with joie de vivre, which is infectious to boot.
ex-Strategy & Transformation
Sr. AVP & Head of Content Strategy and Innovation, Astro
Andreas' business acumen and leadership skills are probably well known.
What makes him different and impactful is his coaching skills that helped me to breakthrough when times are tough.
My conversations with Andreas has been powerful and he consistently able to get me to see through challenges and improve myself.
Kar Fei Cheah
Life Redesigned, Founder
Official Member of Forbes Coaches Council.
I was introduced to Andreas through my post-graduate mentoring program in 2016, where it focused on personal and career development. At that moment, I was at a crossroad dealing with uncertainty in my career and personal life. I experienced fear and struggle to figure out what I want in life.
Andreas coached me in finding my directions and developed a clear working plan for my career and life. He was able to guide me towards understanding my personal beliefs and how I could conquer my fear to move forward.
He empowered me to gain confidence and realization on the opportunities that I could take from that situation.
Andreas is a good listener, patient and always full of energy. I am always energized and happy talking to him.
To this day, I am thankful for this experience where his coaching sessions provided me with clarity, confidence and focus towards achieving where I am today.