30 Years with Hexagon
Meet Ray Howarth, Business Development Manager SPO. In this blog post Ray shares with us his story, career history and aspirations and what motivated him to be a part of our success story.. 30 years down the track.
Firstly congratulations on celebrating 30 years with the company last month! Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Born in England but moved to Australia (due to work assignment) over 35 years ago. Married for 33 years, with two children who still live very close to our home in Melbourne. In Australia I have lived in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney for varying lengths of time. However I have also lived in Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and currently based in Jakarta for work.
How did you come to work at Hexagon PPM?
That's a long story! I first came across Hexagon (formerly Intergraph) when I was working in London for an EPC. They bought the second Intergraph system ever sold in the UK and I was assigned to use it as an Electrical Engineer. That was over 40 years ago! I then moved to London Transport as their Intergraph IT Manager and from there to Global Engineering. Back then a single "workstation" cost over $100,000 and we had 20 of them.
Global sent me to Australia to establish their new Intergraph system in Adelaide, and I never left! When Global closed its Australian operation I worked as a contractor implementing Intergraph systems and was eventually "told" I simply had to join the company. I knew PDS well and was sent around Asia Pacific to promote and install the systems. Now 30 years later I am still here!
What are your career highlights/stand out accomplishments during the last 30 years?
There are many. Seeing Intergraph PDS grow within the region, building the first PCs for Intergraph in Hong Kong, working on the Chep Lap Kwok Project where photogrammetry was used for the first time, establishing the first AIM system for Petronas, being part of the team that established Regional User Conferences, but, overall, the pleasure of working with the amazing people who are part of Hexagon worldwide.
In your opinion what makes Hexagon PPM a great place to work?
Very simple, the people and the challenge. Hexagon PPM seems to bring out the best in its staff, especially when facing challenges. Our company is forever changing and every day brings new challenges and opportunities. Life is never dull or routine and management encourages the concept of "thinking outside the box". The 'team' approach is an integral part of ensuring we are successful.
You have travelled to some interesting places over the last 30 years! What is your favourite APAC destination for business and leisure?
Hard to pick a single location as far as business is concerned, but to name a few; Kuching, Perth, Hanoi, Yokohama, Seoul, Surabaya, Tianjin are all great. Leisure is easy -- my backyard!