We are really pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little bit about us!.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I visit a website for the first time, I head straight to the “About Me” or “About Us” page,I want to meet the people whose site I’m visiting !!.
It’s just like checking the dust cover of a book for a photo and biography of the author, which helps to establish a connection in your mind between the information and the person who created it.
Building this bond of connection and trust with you, our audience, is a key element in our strive to create a successful Ecommerce website, as people rarely buy from or return to the website of someone they don’t know or don’t trust !
OK, let’s start with me, my name is Kevin I originate from the U.K. and settled in Thailand around 4 years ago following time spent living & working in China.
My background was originally Ornamental Horticulture, but for the last 10 years I have been involved with the design & sourcing of Home Decor & Accessories from Asia for supply to Multiple Retailers back in the U.K.
The personal “passions” of my life are, my lovely Thai wife Rose, baby daughter Coco, spicy Thai food & beautiful handicrafts,so Chiang Mai is the perfect location for us to live!.
My wife Rose, is originally from Isaan Province(North-East Thailand), is an excellent chef, as well as being a trained English Teacher.
This not only helped when we first met, but has also been invaluable in the ongoing development of the Thailand website information.
We met just under 4 years ago, and now have a lovely daughter called Coco who is just over 2 years old.
We decided to move to Chiang Mai about 3 years ago, having fallen in love with the people & the city during a visit, and decided immediately to re-locate here.
We then set about deciding what we could do to keep ourselves busy, as well as make a little money.
Having spent time looking into various different areas of handicrafts, we eventually decided to specialise in handcarved / handmade wooden items & Hill Tribe Silver Jewelry, and rather than work as a wholesaler, we decided to sell direct to the public initially through an Ebay shop.
This has been of great experience for us, handling customer enquiries, successfully making shipments to every corner of the world & sourcing the most suitable factories to work with.
Then in November 2008, with over 800 sales in just over three years “under our belts” we decided to build our own website incorporating both an information based section(all about us & the wonderful city we live in) and an Ecommerce online shop selling the items that we love to go out and source from the local artisans……….and so was born our first website adventure with SBI…..drum roll please……“Visit Chiang Mai Online”
Having always been really interested in the internet, but never having actually built a website before, I spent many hours trying to find the proverbial “needle in a haystack”, or to put it another way, a webhost whoactually delivered what they promised.
I then arrived at a forum that had several threads on it about a company called SiteSell who offered a system called Site Build It(SBI) ,I did a few more internet searches, and the more I searched for information about this company the more positive I was that I had found that proverbial “needle in a haystack”!.
So, in early December 2008 I took the gamble, the decision was also assisted by the money back guarantee that Sitesell offer – was their product that good that they were so confident I would not fail?.
To find out more about us & how we got on, and to understand fully what Sitesell can do for you, please read Our SBI Story, it will take you gently through this last 15 months, including our latest venture the “St Augustine Travel Guide”!.