William E Heinecke is the first of generations of the Heinecke family to come through International School Bangkok (ISB). Bill’s children, John and David, completed their entire schooling at ISB. John, who is COO of the Minor Food Group, has an extremely notable career himself and currently serves on ISB’s Board of Trustees. Bill’s grandchildren are currently enrolled at ISB, making them ISB’s first family spanning three generations.
Bill was recently awarded Corporate Hotelier of the World 2017 at HOTELS Annual Hoteliers of the World Awards. Heinecke is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Minor International and is undoubtedly an exceptional entrepreneur. He – and the Minor Group as a whole – also have a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and community outreach. He is a role model for young learners of today and an example of the values ISB stands by and the attributes the school aims to develop in their learners. For learners to be successful in the world today, they need to be creative thinkers, self-managing, socially-intelligent, value-driven, adaptable and globally-minded. As one follows the development of the Minor Group under Heinecke’s leadership, you can see how he has modelled all of these attributes. Minor Group currently consists of 150 hotels and resorts, in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean and it continues to expand across the oceans.
In an interview with ISB in 2016, Bill – who began business ventures in High School – also sites a “willingness to work hard” and an openness to “try new things and not be afraid of risk” as important characteristics on the road to entrepreneurship. He believes ISB played a key role in his success.
Watch his full interview here:
He commented on his award on the Minor Group website saying, “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this award and to have my name added to the incredible list of previous winners, a true roll-call of industry leaders and pioneers.”