March 8, 2006
March 1, 2006 marked the retirement of Ta Shing Yacht Building Company’s President Mr. Fung Chi-Sang, aka “SoSang”. One of the original shareholders when the Taiwan-based Ta Shing was formed in 1977, he served as factory manager for 15 years and was responsible for much of the “culture of quality” for which Ta Shing is famous. A worker at heart, SoSang always protected and honored his troops, the rank and file craftsmen on the factory floor.
In 2003 SoSang was elevated to President after the passing of Ta Shing’s founding President Mr. C.M. Juan. In a poignant and storybook development, CM Juan’s son, Tim Juan, will now assume the title of President of Ta Shing. Tim, age 51, received his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Alabama. Tim’s father C.M. was manager of the Shing Shen Boat Yard (predecessor of Ta Shing), and the Juan family lived on the factory grounds. As a child, Tim literally grew up in the boat business.
For the last 10 years, Tim has served as a top executive in the Uni-President Group, a Taiwan conglomerate whose holdings include the 7-11 store chain whose outlets are ubiquitous throughout Taiwan. Thus, Tim will bring a rich combination of 21st century business skill and classic Chinese family duty to the job of taking Ta Shing to the next level while at the same time maintaining its rich traditions.
A party honoring the retirement of SoSang was held on March 1st and attended by PAE owner and naval architect Jeff Leishman along with project managers Trever Smith and Garrett Severen.