Iwan Sunito – His Beginnings and Success
Iwan Sunito has become well known in Australia as a successful property developer. He was raised in Indonesia in Central Kalinamantan. He came to Australia for education in Sydney. Because of his move to Australia, he has forgotten some Indonesian words. On the other hand, he knew that his education would help him to find his focus and to succeed in business. After more than 20 years, his decision to move to Australia has paid off, and now he is a highly successful architect and businessman in New South Wales.
Iwan Sunito began his education in Australia, attending high school there in Sydney. Later on, he entered the University Of New South Wales for further education, earning himself a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1992. One year later, he received an additional degree in Master of Construction Management. His education at the University Of New South Wales launched him on his way to considerable success. In 1993, he received the Eric Daniels award for excellence in residential design. In the same year, he became a Registered Architect.
Early on in his career, Iwan was employed by Cox Richardson Architects, a large architectural firm in Australia. He felt, though, that he would do well running his own business, instead of being someone else’s employee. To that end, he began his own architectural company in Australia, called Joshua International Architects. He is currently the chairman of that company.
Iwan managed to secure encouragement and financial help from his family and friends. With two of his good friends, he built a residential project in Bondi Junction. Soon afterward, a merger resulted in the Crown International Group, which Iwan co-owned with his business partner Paul Sathio. Crown Group has enjoyed a considerable success since its start, with Iwan as the CEO. The company oversees many developments in Sydney, both commercial and residential.
As the CEO of Crown Group, Iwan has supervised some progressive developments in Australia. Some of these include luxury apartments, boutique apartments, and commercial developments. Encouraging innovation, Iwan has made sure that the company is at the leading edge of design and construction techniques. The company also prides itself on the construction details and quality design of its developments. Crown Group also provides affordable residences to the grown population in Sydney.
Sydney lags behind in the supply of residential properties. There is a shortage of 50,000 residences, of which half of that demand is currently being met. Building these residences is seen as a great opportunity for Iwan and Crown Group, with a potential market of 35 billion dollars.
Iwan is married, and has three children. He is known for being calm, and for being a humanitarian. After the Asian Tsunami in 2006, Iwan became the chairman of the Tsunami Corporate Appeal in Indonesia. Iwan also involves himself in other charitable projects. Among these charities are various orphanages, the Sydney Children’s Hospital, and the John Fawcett Eye Foundation. Iwan Sunito also organizes workshops for Indonesians who are studying business in Australia. In addition, Iwan is the chairman of a program to mentor young professionals, called B2B.