The 20th Century was about dozens of markets and millions of consumers; everything was mass produced, what we know now as the industrial age where everything was cookie cutter and it was all about quantity in high demand. The 21st Century is about millions of markets while only dozens of consumers. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and to stand out of the crowd you have to be different and cater to your client’s specific needs. In a world where everything is at the consumers disposal there is no more room for reduplication, we are going into an era of personalization from clothing, to services, to even paint and doggie treats. This world is full of competitive products and services and to be on the leading-edge we must be unique through innovation.
Word of mouth marketing (WOMM) was pre-social media, pre-emails, and pre-computers. WOMM is still very much utilized not by purpose but by everyday conversations based on trust and relationships. Today, it’s not only word of mouth, however it’s Word of Click (WOC). Imagine back in the day when you dialed 6 of your closest friends on the rotary phone (and it was always the last number you screwed up on) to complain about the horrible service you received. Welcome to the social media revolution where ‘WORD OF CLICK’ is where it’s at. People have it so much easier now by just one status update or tweet that is sent to hundreds, if not thousands or even millions of people, letting everyone know about the poor service they got at said restaurant or store. Not to mention the power of blogs these days.
Competition is high, distinction and service are at its finest but credibility is gold. It’s very easy for people to say they have, and can, but it’s another when people can truly vouch for you. A well written and truthful resume along with a kick-ass online blueprint is extremely important; however, testimonies and references add that much more value to your credibility. Nothing beats testimonies from businesses and people that are satisfied with the service or product that you have provided them or for how you have inspired them. Do your due diligence on people and companies before you work with them and always, always read the fine print and have an attorney go over the details of a contract.”
I’ve met Rina years ago but we actually connected in person last year when we both decided to finally have one-on-one “date”. From the moment we sit down, you sense the genuine kindness coming from Rina along with professionalism. She surely knows how to handle meetings and keep certain standard of conversations. I was inspired by Rina’s passion for everything she does, but mainly – helping other people through IGalen. I have been introduced to Emulin M by Rina and since the day one of taking it – I am continuously on the product – that surely balanced by daily energy and helped me be more focused on myself. Thank You, Rina for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with me and others.” ~ Ania Basak, President, Fashion Calgary, Calgary, AB
When I first met Rina, her optimistic attitude and outgoing personality were the first characteristics I noticed. Her great energy is absolutely contagious. She was immediately the person I wanted as a mentor and business leader. She’s a very knowledgeable leader, that is truly dedicated to her team. Your goals, inspire her motivation. Rina broke my main goal into smaller, obtainable goals. This enabled me to stay motivated and positive. She’s my biggest cheerleader, my resource center, and confidence booster. I am very grateful and blessed to be able to call Rina a business partner and a friend. I am very excited to begin this new chapter with her as my guide. Thank you, Rina!!! ~ Amber DeMaere, RMT, Calgary, AB
I first connected with Rina on LinkedIn as she picked my interest with her obvious knowledge of social media. Next, I called her and even though the timing was bad that day as she was assisting her mom with things, she took a good twenty minutes to talk with me and gave me some contacts to follow up on. That, to me, was very impressive. Recently, we ended up in Calgary because of the forest fires in Fort McMurray. I believe there are no coincidences in life and that part of my reason for being in Calgary was to meet up with this “superstar!” Rina is the embodiment of charm, grace and what it really means to have a “heart of gold.” She is the person when you first meet in person makes you feel like she is your longtime friend! She is focused and hardworking and true to her word. It is always a pleasure being around her and working with her! ~ Stephen Bryant / Executive Director – Centre of Hope, Fort McMurray, AB
I have known Rina for a few years now and we hit it off right away! What I love most about Rina is her go get it attitude, true compassion for others, and her fun spirit! Rina is an amazing connector and will always go above and beyond to connect people to one another for their benefit, this I believe is one of Rina’s biggest gifts. If you are looking for support with social media branding, networking tips, financial liberty, or simply coaching on how to be the best version of you…..Rina is your girl. She is very professional, gets people results, and at the same time does it with your best interest at heart. I love being around Rina as she contributes only positive energy to every situation. Rina is the person you want to do business with and be friends with. She truly lives life like it’s an adventure and I am happy to be on the ride with her!!!! ~ Kelley Beveridge, Global lifestyle Entrepreneur (Health, beauty, and wealth business model), Calgary, AB
I have not known Rina long in the sense of physicality. However, from the very first time I spoke to her, it was like I had known her forever. She has the type of personality that when you speak it is like for that moment in time you are the most important person in her life. All of her energy, knowledge, and love are focused on you and how she can enhance and improve your life and your business. This has never happened to me before. I worked for a national transportation system in Canada where I devoted 10 years of my life, the last four were spent in the accounting office. It was in this office where I helped them collect over a million dollars in overdue debt. They also rewrote a computer program based on my recommendations, which also allowed them to ensure bills were paid on a consistent and timely manner. But despite the fact of the positive changes I helped bring about, I never once heard from the president of the Company. The same when I worked for a Hospital. Regardless of the fact that I knew the CEO of the Health System, and in fact had grown up with her and her siblings, when she would come for meetings she treated me as though I did not exist. I have come to learn that their treatment of me was a flaw in their character, not in mine.
I probably would never have known that if I had not had the good luck meeting Rina through iGalen. I was so thrilled the very first time she messaged me and said: “How can I help you grow your business?” And then followed it up with a phone call to me. I was overwhelmed that here was this lady, who was always on the move, who was the sole reason a global company with a superior product was brought into Canada and she was calling me. Then it hit me then right between the eyes, that you can be a major force in the global community and still make time for the people who are just starting out. Rina has managed to convey happiness, truth, love and a hope for the future with a few simple words. When she talks to me she makes me feel that I can do anything and that nothing is impossible. I think what inspires me most is that she gets me. She knows how it feels when life kicks you to the curb and how much strength, courage and tenacity it takes to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go back at it again. She inspires me every day to keep moving forward, even if you don’t see the results you wanted right away, just keep moving. She always has time for me – even if it is only a moment or two. And if she says she will call back, she is a woman of her word. Rina has the ability to make everyone she meets feel like they are a winner, a warrior for their own business’ and their own lives. She is someone I am increasingly more grateful to know. One day I am sure I will look back and know that meeting Rina was a turning point in my life, and I will always be indebted to her for making me feel like I can be all that I want to be. ~ Maureen Plante, iGalen – Founding Member & CEO of Global Holistic Body Balance, Port Colborne, ON, Canada
In the very short time that I have known Rina, aside from the fact that she is a very beautiful woman Rina is also very intelligent, knowledgeable, capable and willing of helping anyone she comes in contact with. Rina is determined to succeed in any business she comes in contact with or even more determined to help you succeed. Even on a personal level, she is a very caring warm and funny lady, she’s the kind of person that you want in your life whether it is on a personal or a business level. If you look up the word “AMAZING” in the dictionary Rina Chong’s’ picture should be right beside it. If there ever was that one person someone needs in their life to better themselves in any way, Rina is that person. I feel very humbled and honored to have the opportunity to call her my friend. ~ Barry Broten Elie, iGalen – Founding Member, Calgary, AB
When I start a new relationship whether its business or personal it is imperative that the person opposite me is passionate about the area in life I need assistance with. Rina is definitely passionate about helping individuals and families create a brighter future with respect to their finances. I’m glad I took that first step in contacting her about my financial situation. I’m definitely not out of the mud yet but my meetings with Rina and her business partner, Matt, have made me aware that I’m stuck and there is a helping hand to pull me out. Connecting with this beautiful soul has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Surround yourself with positive, passionate like-minded people. Give Rina a call. ~Alexander Jamieson, Calgary, AB
As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends, and more important to have real ones. Remember, life is kind of like a party, you invite many people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up really late. But in the end, after the run, there are a few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren’t even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friend in life. They are the ones who matter most! Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave a footprint in your heart. ~Pierre Ghesquiere – CEO Cre8te Prints, Calgary, AB
I had a blessing from heaven to meet that beautiful human being. Every time I talk to Rina I get a huge boost of motivation and energy to work harder and make my dreams come true. Even though life sometimes brings me down, thanks to people like her I still wake up with the same smile, I still wake up with the same hope, faith, and love. I still love what I’m doing, I still believe in my talent, my hard work and I still believe in me. She’s the one that helps me to keep my goals alive and I know that eventually, I will get to the point where I want to be, then I will let Rina test drive my beautiful Ferrari. It is amazing how much positive energy that tiny girl can generate. I’m definitely a fan of her and I’m honored that I had a chance to let the world know how great she is! ~One love, Lukasz Wierzbicki, Professional Boxer, Zawidow, Poland
Not often do we meet people who are so gifted in so many ways. Someone with such a positive attitude and outlook in life, along with a huge heart. What a rare combination. Her intentions are always about helping others, making others better than who they are. I believe that is what contributes to her success personally and professionally.
Not only is she professional, intelligent, energetic, humorous, insightful…to name a few of her amazing traits…she is truly beautiful inside and out. Her energy is contagious! Some may say she’s a total package. I have had the pleasure of meeting Rina on a personal level, and have since meant to work with her professionally…because I know that whatever she puts her mind and energy towards, will excel. Btw, I still have her on my Vision Board of us working together one day.
Thank you, Rina, if only we have more amazing people in this world like you, what a difference this world will be. ~Jack Kha, Peak Systems, Entrepreneur, Calgary, AB
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Rina Chong. I have known her for almost three years now. Rina has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. She is definitely a leader rather than a follower. Someone who is proactive, always positive and wearing a smile on her face, patient, a great team player, and always looking to get the best and most out of anything; you know you’ll always get 120% from Rina.
She is also a most dependable team player. Her good judgement and mature outlook ensure a logical and practical approach to her endeavours With great knowledge and experience in the business industry; extensively in event planning, she displays great knowledge within the administrative and management sides to business, efficient operational skills, as well as being confident and presentable when being amongst a large group of people; managing or holding events. She has also taken the ‘mentor’ role from many of her peers and is highly looked up at within the industry.
Rina would be an asset to any organization, and I am happy to give her my wholehearted endorsement. ~Sean Lalji, Board of Director, Miss World Canada, Vancouver, BC
It has been my great pleasure to get to know Rina on both a professional and personal level. This women is the embodiment of true inner beauty. She is a powerhouse social networking guru and is the first person anyone should contact to find out what’s hot, what’s new and where you should be ‘seen’ on any given calendar day. She mixes well in various social circles and is well loved by all those with whom she comes in to contact with. I find her extremely well organized, tenacious, forward-thinking, incredibly creative and the perfect mix of intelligence and humbleness. I highly recommend Rina to any potential employer and I know that she would represent any company with charm & grace, and a truly beautiful spirit. ~Alexia Quatro – Television Personality, Producer, Actor. Vancouver, BC
Rina, has been an inspiration to me for many years now. I met her years ago when we briefly worked together as teenagers, here in Calgary.However; it was really just a handful of years ago that we ‘really” connected on social media and became closer friends. Although we bumped into each other once in awhile out and about, I started to notice something very unique within Rina that kept my attention. She putting herself out there. At first I just thought, wow she’s just so much more social than me, but that wasnt really the case, as I was social too. We already had a bunch of mutual friends, I knew that at the time too, but she was different – she was already “connected”, so to speak. Then something happened, or shall I say, started to capture my attention. I watched Rina bare it all and GROW online. What happened though, was incredible…
Rina, over the years has bared her soul to help other people. She has embraced humility, left her ego at the door, and taken a step aside to enlighten people, as she has grown and acquired knowledge. She has been confident, BUT brazen and humble enough to remind people to learn and grow themselves. When I went through a hard time she took time out for an old acqaintance and helped push me back into a happy place. I will never forget this. At that time it really meant a lot to me, as I lacked the support I was seeking. Sometimes you can know everyone in the world, but not the right people. Rina was it. I would consider Rina a good friend, but yet still someone I have much to learn from and get to know. She has helped me become the person I used to be, the person I am now, and the person I aspire to become. xo Love always. ~JJ, Calgary, AB
I have never met Rina by person but I am so glad to keep in contact with her through technology today. She has been so helpful towards me in bad times of my life. Thanks to her I am actually moving forward in life and not looking back! She has been an inspiration to me. Everything she posts on Facebook has a meaning in how to be positive about life, never give up on anything and there are always opportunities in life which are always open to you. I thank you so much, Rina for coming into my life and showing me the right direction, bless you! Xx ~Geeta Gangar, Sales Person, UK, Wolverhampton
Rina is amazing, intelligent, gifted, real, loyal, trustworthy, independent, beautiful, strong, capable, willing, outspoken, shy, sometimes hurt but still manages to crack a smile when she’d really like to cry. She’s just herself & she deserves the best. As for the event planning, her bright ideas very creative, passionate about her work to inspire an unforgettable presentation. ~ Mario Frate, Personal Trainer, Montreal
Rina is a yardstick of quality! As an entrepreneur, businesswoman and leader, she continues to break the glass ceiling with any project she works on as she is committed to making excellence her priority. She lives by a higher standard in life and pays attention to the details that make the difference.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside Rina as she has a spirit which welcomes nonconformity, filled with zeal, exuberance, and an ardor for the unexplored to be. She exudes the definition of a modern woman of today. ~ Lineth Hizon (Director of the Delegate Development Program), Vancouver, BC
Rina Chong is blessed with majestic charms. Not only does she greet you with the warmest smile but her soul touches your soul, and you are instantly, forever bonded; and yes, that’s just a hello. Besides commanding a definite presence; Rina has stupendous writing skills that I will forever admire; her insights on life and play on words will resonate in my mind until Doomsday. I have been privileged to be at her many events and this amazing creature knows, not only how to execute a perfect event; she makes sure to bring good times to the scene too. Another wonderful quality that stands out for me and has touched me personally is how incredible giving Rina is, regardless of how big or small, she steps up to the plate and gives freely whether its information or a helping hand. I would highly recommend Rina; she has the full package along with the uncanny ability to do absolutely anything she puts her mind to. Rina, you are a true GEM! ~ Jenni Kimball, Real Estate Associate YOURPOWERHOUSE, Calgary, AB
Rina is one of the most interesting people I’ve met in Vancouver, or anywhere, for that matter. From activities she’s organized to her social media postings, she’s exposed me to new opportunities and ideas. I’ve attended many of the events she’s organized, from business networking meetings to seminars covering such topics as real estate, international retail business opportunities, and health and wellness. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people at these events, many of whom I have maintained contact with.
Rina has also used her strong social media skills to promote her interests as well as warm our hearts with inspiring writings. My mornings usually start with me looking up what she’s posted. Her writings often give me strength and comfort when I need it and frequently make me smile. There is no question that Rina has enriched my life. ~ Robert Chenier, Engineer, Vancouver, BC
Rina is an outspoken and kind individual who is constantly spreading a message about peace, wisdom of the long learning curve we all endure and eternal happiness. She has motivated me to get in touch with my inner self again after being caught up in so many things, that we all know life throws us. I’ve been blessed with her friendship and her life experiences that she’s so kind to share with me and many others.
With her leadership and her spirit you can clearly see through the tell-tale signs that she’s fought some hard battles in her life and come out a stronger more confident woman and for that we’re all blessed to know and to love her! ~ Sabrina Haloulakos, Vancouver, BC
Rina, is your true epiphany of awesome. Her events always bring together the best quality people and have proved to be not only always a fun, great time, but also a great networking experience overall. She puts her heart into everything she does, and is extremely passionate and her events and get-togethers fall no short of it. Rina has inspired me not only in terms of her great social skills but also her vibe and positive presence, her upbeat way of looking at things in life and utmost gorgeous smile and funny giggles. I guess, Rina is yours truly the most magical combo of a good spirit, always seeking for personal growth, good heart, always giving and sharing her light with others and making friends everywhere she goes, as well as an excellent head on her shoulders, charisma and social savviness. ~ AC, Calgary, AB
Rina has a unique and generous personality…Spontaneous with an extraordinary energy, always enthusiasm with a positive attitude about everything in life … Her faith and spirit are highlighted every day… Her positive thoughts are daily gifts that can only inspire us …I follow her posts is like having a guiding light on our pathway. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Thank you so much, Rina for sharing with all of us….I am really grateful.” ~ Christian Eckert, Vancouver, BC
In the 20 years that I have known Rina, she has remained one of the most upbeat, positive people that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Through the inevitable highs and lows that two decades can bring, Rina has remained true to herself, always pursuing her dreams with passion & integrity and continually pushing others to be the best that they can be. Her spirit is infectious and makes those around her better for having known her. ~ Kate McKenzie, Mum, Co-Owner of DryWorld Industries, Victoria, BC
Rina exhibits exceptional enthusiasm and energy towards her job and her passion for event planning and management really shines through in all the tasks that she sets out to do. She gives her all and is really passionate when she works and is so much fun to work with. She is definitely a team player and a strong leader and supportive team member. Rina has shown strong time management skills and has a great management of emotions under times of stress. I would definitely recommend her for your company. ~ Samantha Sito, Vancouver, BC
Although I have never worked with Rina, I have known her for 3 years. During this time, it’s become obvious that she’s a woman who’s not afraid of going after she wants, but strives to do so while always maintaining a positive outlook on life. I have also witnessed Rina’s power to connect people: she arrived in Vancouver from Calgary without having many contacts, but quickly made friends and, soon enough, was organizing several well-attended networking events. I can’t wait to see where the future leads her. ~ Ava Naves — Owner, The Online Strategy House, Vancouver, BC
In the amount of time I have known Rina Chong I have found her to be a breath of fresh air someone who is extremely optimistic, smart and always looks on the bright side of every challenge she receives. During my many interactions with Rina she has exceeded all expectations whether she is volunteering for her favorite charity, planning an event or getting her message out to the world wide web! I most often read her posts, blogs and other communications. I particularly love her writing skills. She writes in such a way that makes you think you are on the journey with her. Her words are well thought out and expressive. Most recently she worked with a team of people who produced the Miss World Canada 2013 competition. Rina worked tirelessly and got the job done again meeting and exceeding expectations is something she thrives on!!! Not only do I recommend Rina as a team player, hard worker, and someone who goes above and beyond but also as a genuine human being who greets everyone she meets with an infectious smile. ~ Cathy Cena, Vancouver, BC
I have known Rina since the seventh grade. I have always loved her sweet, kind, fun spirit! We lead different lives now, but for both of us our children are our first priority. We have lost touch a few times over the years, but when we are reunited, it’s like we are still great friends. Rina has a way of making everyone feel special. It is through social media that we have connected recently, and I always enjoy what Rina has to say and share. I love her energy, and positivity, enthusiasm for life. She is always posting something I need to hear in my life, and being a great example of genuine love and concern for others. She not only talks, but puts her thoughts into action. What she does and feels for perfect strangers is amazing to me. She is never afraid to speak her mind, but at the same time is always kind, and respectful. She exemplifies qualities that I was taught in a motto as a youth…” Faith, divine nature, knowledge, individual worth, choice and accountability, good works, and integrity.” These are all values that Rina works on in her own life, and shares through her example to all those whose lives she comes in contact with. It takes a special person to cultivate and keep so many friendships, and Rina does this so well. We should all hope to follow her example, and strive to have such generous heart as hers. ~ Amy Goodbrand Dunham, Calgary, AB
It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Rina at the Miss World Canada pageant. Her positivity and passion translates into all of her work and is very inspiring. She is very efficient at everything she does, making the most of her resources, and therefore setting the bar high when it comes to quality of work. Aside from an excellent individual work ethic, Rina is also a strong leader. She empowers her teammates by setting an example and guiding them in the right direction. I wish Rina the very best of luck in all her future endeavors and have no doubt that she will excel in whatever venture she undertakes next. ~ Katya Pokrovskaya, Administrative Assistant, Miss World Canada, Vancouver, BC
Rina shows great positivity and passion for life. In turn this shows in her personality as well as in her work. I have known Rina personally and through Miss World Canada. She is professional, hard-working and strives to be the best. She is able to multi-task, work under pressure, and brings results. I highly recommend Rina; what a great spirit! ~ Alisha Lalji, Owner EM Luxury Spa, Vancouver, BC
I have met Rina at a networking function, I have known her for about a year and for what I have seen, she is a great woman and leader. She invited me to an event that she had organized at a local Vancouver, BC venue, I was impressed with her ability to put together such an event and be a great host. I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people at these events, many of whom I have maintained contact with. Rina has strong writing, communication, and social media skills to promote her interests and she makes friends everywhere she goes. Although I have never had the opportunity to work with Rina, I can tell that her great personality and professional skills will be a great asset for achieving her career and business goals. ~ Karina Eva, Amando Natural Stone, Vancouver, BC