At the age of 23, Joan was presented with a difficult dilemma that, in hindsight, would greatly determine the way her career and life would pan out. She had to make the tough choice between accepting a job offer in New York and Seattle or the path that she eventually took, which was staying in Singapore to embark on rebranding her family- owned boutique hotel, Lloyd’s Inn.
“Turning down the job was painful for me. It was my dream for pretty much the whole of my university life to work overseas. But I did my calculated risks then; as that slice of time might never return again. If I had taken the overseas route before returning, I probably wouldn’t have done what I did with Lloyd’s Inn and I may not even be married. I may not even be here in Singapore.”
Under her leadership over the years, the refreshed modern, minimalist hideaway in Orchard Road has been featured on international media such as Louis Vuitton City Guide, Monocle and Wallpaper*, and has won several awards such as Singapore Tourism Board’s Enterprise Excellence Award for Best Marketing Idea in 2016. Joan has since expanded to Bali with Cara Cara Inn, Lloyd’s Inn Bali and The Canopy Spa, as well as launched a property under Ove, her new lifestyle brand encompassing luxury homes, hospitality and wellness.