He has worked for 40+ years in various industries, ranging from retail, brewing, defence manufacturing, real estate, oil and gas in the UK, China, Singapore, Switzerland. Today, Rick is based in Vietnam full time, and his primary focuses are IT and F&B.
Rick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a Fellow of CPA Australia, and has an MSc in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
He is the Treasurer & a Board Member of the British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV), Chairman of AMCHAM HCMC ICT Group, ex-Chairman of Eurocham ICT Sector Committee, the only non-Australian-based member of the School Advisory Committee RMIT Melbourne, Chairman Industry Advisory Committee RMIT Vietnam, CIMA assessor, ex-South East Asia Regional Board CIMA (Member 2011-18, Vice-chairman 2014-15, Chairman 2015-16), Co-founder and Vice-Chairman of International Project Management Association of Vietnam, and the founder/co-founder of multiple start-ups (not all of which have failed!).
Rick is an active promoter of CIMA and a very regular speaker in Vietnam on multiple topics including Accounting, Digital Transformation, Talent, Project Management, Doing Business in Vietnam, UK-Vietnam and US-Vietnam trade and inward investment.
Rick is a Hubspot pro and advocate. He has been certified in Marketing Software, Frictionless Sales and various other Hubspot's popular courses.
Rick is an active member of AMCHAM and BBGV. You will be most likely to catch Rick in person at events hosted by these two chambers or at TRG-related seminars and workshops.
When asked why he becomes a coach and public speaker, Rick comments that is because his life's purpose is:
"Inspiring and transforming professionals for consistently higher achievements."
Rick has lived and worked in Vietnam for many years now, 29 years to be exact, and has found that what Vietnamese businesses lack is a solid knowledge base and a platform where business leaders and professionals can share their experience in challenging fields such as project management, talent management, and cloud computing.
Rick firmly believes in an open community where people can learn from renowned experts and from each other. His vision came true and became the TRG Talk series that we all know today. Everyone is welcome to join in and give a helping hand to expand the community.
Rick loves to chat! Discuss the latest topics with him in person at the next event.
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Rick has been a regular blood donor for the past 30 years. Rick spends an hour out of his busy day every 3 months to donate blood and help save others' lives. Nowadays, giving blood has become a routine part of his life, and he’s happy with it.
Every year, TRG makes sure to reserve funds to help the needy and most vulnerable in the community and across Vietnam. For close to a decade, Rick and the CSR team TRG has been facilitating our own charity trips.
In recent years, TRG has switched to the company matching monetary contributions to double the amount our people donate. The funds raised were used to purchase the essentials, which were then delivered to some remote locations around Vietnam.
“Through all our charity activities, we aim to share our luck and good fortune to those less fortunate and give them hope.” - Rick Yvanovich
These Fun Run for Charity events were created with the purpose of helping the unfortunate people throughout Vietnam. Since its inception, BBGV Fun Run in particular has raised more than 10 billion VND and has gained notable recognition and participation from various local and international organisations as well as individuals in Vietnam.
Typically, at a tree planting event, TRG will set a goal of how many trees the company should plant. To make it more competitive, TRGers split up into teams and compete against each other to see who plants the most trees or plants the fastest. TRG hopes that one day the total number of trees we have planted will reach one million trees.
The outcome of these tree planting events always brings a smile to our TRGers’ faces as they enjoy a wonderful time in company with one another while they feel proud of their social achievements.
It might come as a surprise that Rick loves to write in his free time. Rick stays up-to-date on the latest buzz in business and technology and notes down his thoughts whenever he finished a book or an article.
Here are some of the most popular articles featured on TRG Blog written by Rick:
The War for Talent shows no signs of decline. The searches for qualified candidates are as tedious as ever. The screening and selection processes are as tiring as ever. Fortunately, rapid technology advancement is significantly changing the way recruiters work.
In this white paper, we will examine the latest tools every HR department should have in their arsenal.
Digital Transformation is the mantra of today’s business. The advancement of new technology is leaving companies with two choices: disrupting or being disrupted.
Let's dive the 7-step road map to better prepare for the digital journey the right way in this ebook.
Rick is a certified executive coach. He aims at helping business owners as well as TRG members to gain self-awareness, increase productivity with clearly defined goals, reach their development objectives, and unlock their potential.
Rick aims at helping leaders to better understand their competencies and design a step-by-step framework to reach their goals.
Rick's areas of expertise include:
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Rick is a brilliant entrepreneur who excels at combining strategy, process and technology to design creative solutions to problems. I have found him to be extremely thoughtful and articulate, and willing to put in that extra effort for the benefit of others.
Dario Priolo JK Research
I have known Rick for over ten years. Rick puts incredible energy into any client engagement - I am always happy to refer him to companies I come into contact with as I know he will do a thoroughly professional job, and always over-delivers.
Craig Martin Dynam Capital Limited