- Also known as David Ko
- Golden Sponsor of SPZP-2000.
- Donated $3000 to SPZP-2012
- Donated to NorCal RITAA and sponsored table for the Annual Dinner
- Sponsored “ya-han-khan” (ordination) ceremonies for his employees (which included several RIT graduates)
- Donated to the general and building funds of various monasteries in the Bay Area
- Retired Serial Entrepreneur.
- Joins the Bay Area Retirees’ monthly lunch gathering.
Reprint from BAPS Newsletter
Success Story of David Ko
by Edison Paw
Mr. David Ko (U Tin Myint, M67) has a successful mechanical components manufacturing firm in Union City. He co-founded the business back in 1978 with a partner from Croatia. The two partners have since expanded their business. With approximately 100 employees, they currently occupy 72,000 sq. feet of space for their warehousing and manufacturing operations. The company is continuously growing at a rate of 5-25% per year. Ninety percent of their employees started out as trainees in their shop. BAPS [and RIT Alumni International] would like to congratulate Mr. Ko for his hard work, his dedication to his employees and his contribution to the community.
Besides his successful business, David and his late wife, Daw Sein Yone, have three wonderful and promising children, two daughters and one son in all. The eldest daughter is working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is expected to start her internship this year. Their second child is in his second year at the Stanford University Medical School studying for his MD and Ph.D. program. Their third daughter is studying hair design at the Vidal Sassoon Academy.
Mr. Ko emigrated to the U.S with his family in 1973 and they have been living in Fremont since 1976. He worked at the Raychem Company for five years before opening his own business. His interest in machining and tools started early in his life when he read Popular Mechanics and Mechanics Illustrated. He graduated in mechanical engineering [in 1967] from the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) in Burma. He is one of a few Asian Americans who are not only trained machinists but also professionals in their own right. Inspired by their keen interests in mechanical devices and accessories, they learned, for the most part, on their own and developed their skills. However he had to overcome many obstacles that other minorities and immigrants encounter. In the late seventies, there were few Asian American machinists. David was constantly asked by his customers whether he was a machinist, if he knew how to operate a machine, and where he acquired the skills.
David and his partner continue to thrive in this very cyclical business mainly because they take good care of their employees, re-invest their earnings into their business, re-invent themselves, and expand their business cautiously. Competition in the mechanical components business continues to be fierce because of new improvements in technology. In many ways, David compares technological advances in the machine industry to those of the software industry. Every year new models come on the market. These new products work faster and give you a whole lot of functions and features. Just as David manages his family and nurtures them carefully, he manages to nurture his business relationship with his partner and his employees quite successfully.
Appreciation by RIT Alumni International
We appreciate the cetana of the following alumni who felt that the RIT Alumni International should have activities beyond the First ever RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe.
They are honored as “Golden Sponsors” of SPZP-2000.
- Steeve Kay (U Thaung Sein, EC70, Southern California)
Donated $1000 initially and later gave an additional $1800.
- Ivan Lee (U Khin Maung Oo, M69, New Jersey)
Donated $1200 for the General Fund of RIT Alumni International (and for SPZP-2000).
Earlier donated $360 for one year’s operating expense of the ex-rit.or web site
- David Ko (U Tin Myint, M67, Northern California)
Donated $1000 for SPZP-2000
- Benny Tan (Tan Eu Beng, M70)
Donated in cash and kind.
Designed the memorabilia (Banner, Mug, Calculator/Clock and Tee-shirt).
Since he had gift shops, he obtained most of the memorabilia from his vendors at discount prices.
- U Maung Maung Than (M79, Texas)
Donated a Round-trip ticket to Myanmar
By popular acclaim, the ticket was given to Sayagyi U Ba Toke.