by John Tozeland, World Muaythai Magazine (2009-06-24)
Founder of Fairtex Khun Bunjong Busarakamwongs also respectfully known as Mr. Philip Wong, is the man who crafted his own business empire and expanded to incorporate Muaythai Tourism and travel into Thailand realizing a dream to see Fairtex Muaythai Fitness Camps in Thailand, Japan and America.The sport of Muaythai has been his life long passion, and over the years has done a tremendous amount of work to promote this fighting art both in Thailand and abroad.
Mr. Philip Wong is the founder and Chairman of the Fairtex Group (since 1958) and has since realized his dream and successfully created business in Muaythai today.Fairtex now consists of: Fairtex Muaythai Fitness Thailand, Fairtex Muaythai Fitness USA, Fairtex LLC, Fairtex Equipment Company Limited, Weerasackreck Fairtex Muaythai Japan, Fairtex Thepasit Stadium, Fairtex Promotions, and other Fairtex businesses.
Fairtex was incorporated in 1958 producing raw materials for garment manufacturing with customers such as FBT and other garment manufacturers. Such materials are knitted cotton and/or polyester material used in jerseys.Fairtex Garment Factory Company Limited was then incorporated in 1971 to produce apparel under the Fairtex brands.The Fairtex gym was in operation since the 60’s but was not registered as an official company until 1975.
Mr. Wong has a deep passion for Muaythai and is one of Thailand’s leading and most respected Muaythai Pioneers.Mr. Wong is still highly involved in the running of his Bangkok camp, guaranteeing excellent facilities and strong backings for his fighters.Muaythai is popular all around the world, and there are many foreign fighters, who want to prove themselves in real competition against the Thai professionals, said Mr. Philip Wong, Chairman of the Fairtex Group.
“What is being offered is the opportunity for foreigners to trains with champion Muaythai fighters in a first class training camp inside a sport club and then goes and fights in an official stadium,” enthuses Mr. Wong.
Muaythai has become so popular internationally that many people are cherishing the opportunity of coming to Thailand to experience the traditions, culture and ring skills of Muaythai.
Joining the Fairtex management, Mr. Anthony Lin (President and CEO Fairtex Worldwide” has a successful track record working for America’s top Fortune 500 Companies such as Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company, 3M Company, Norwest Bank, and Jostens, Inc.Mr. Lin has expertise in strategic planning, product design and development, manufacturing, supply chain management and global logistics.Mr. Lin shares his time between Thailand and USA offices and is responsible for worldwide operations, branding, marketing and new business development.
As a new generation of the Fairtex management team, Mr. Lin is credited for transforming Fairtex into a household brand name within the combat sports and fitness industry.Since his involvement with Fairtex. Fairtex equipment has won numerous awards worldwide and dubbed as the Rolls Royce brand of all equipment for Muaythai and MMA.He has also successfully worked with key media channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel, MTV, CNN and Travel Channel to further educate the mass public what Muaythai is and what it has to offer and just as importantly, brand the Fairtex Muaythai.
WMM: How did it come about that you became involved with Fairtex?
Lin:Back in October 1999, I was working for Hewlett Packard as a Manager in San Diego, California.I was itching to start my own business.I had consulted with Mr. Wong on various possible business ventures ranging from import/export to consulting businesses.Then one day, he called me and told me that he had been looking for someone with an international experience to spear head the newly incorporated Fairtex Equipment Company Limited.I told him I would think about it and the next day, I gave my two weeks notice and moved to Thailand.
WMM: How would you describe the Fairtex brand for Muaythai today?
Lin: Fairtex brand is synonymous to Muaythai.But Fairtex brand is beyond Muaythai.It is a lifestyle brand.It is about being the best you can be and just as importantly, to inspire others.That is how we came about our slogan, “Be Inspired!”Fairtex products and services touch people’s lives in various ways.Whether it’s your desire to looses weight or become the next world champion, learn Muaythai, or just get in shape, Fairtex Muaythai is a vehicle for people to “Be Inspired” to achieve whatever they want.
WMM: How do you see Muaythai developing in America today?
Lin:Muaythai has evolved into a lifestyle, fitness and a competitive sport.As for fitness, it is one of the best workouts with quick results as you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour as featured on Muscle & Fitness Magazine.As a traditional competitive Muaythai sport, it has not received the spotlight like other major sports. This has to do with the economics and the public perception or lack of education of the sport.But thanks to the growth and popularity of mixed martial arts, Muaythai has recently gained acceptance as a lifestyle sport.
In closing, Mr. Wong’s passion and mission in life is to expand the knowledge and culture of Muaythai to the world.He is very enthusiastic about Muaythai, and his enthusiasm is contagious!Mr. Lin, the new generation for the Fairtex brand, is continuing the legacy of Mr. Wong by taking Fairtex to the next level.
Fairtex Equipment Company Limited is committed to supplying top quality equipment at competitive prices and providing excellent customer services worldwide.Fairtex continues to be the innovators of gear and apparel on the combat sports and health and fitness landscape.Fairtex truly is “Gear for the New Generation”
The Fairtex Group is a network of Fairtex companies with offices in Thailand, USA and Japan.The Fairtex Group provides athlete management, promotion, and training of Muaythai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and fitness related, premium quality combat sports gear and apparel worldwide.