Mohamed Ismail Gafoor
COL (NS) Mohamed Ismail Gafoor is the CEO of P&N Holdings as well as its flagship subsidiary PropNex Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest homegrown real estate company. P&N Holdings was ranked runner-up in the prestigious Enterprise 50 awards in 2011, having businesses in sectors such as property development, brokerage, training and finance. He is an investor, entrepreneur and a success coach to many Million-Dollar Club Producers in the Real Estate arena.
Ismail’s childhood was instrumental in his career, both as an army officer and as an entrepreneur. In fact, he gave up his comfortable path as a pensionable Officer of the Singapore Armed Forces to pursue his passion, striking out on his own as an entrepreneur using his savings and never looked back since.
Despite a busy schedule running P&N Holdings, Ismail has juggled numerous appointments and activities in other organisations, such as past President of AMREA (Association of Muslim Real Estate Agents) as well as past President of the Institute of Estate Agents. Ismail is currently Army Museum’s Board of Governors and Brigade Commander of Singapore 12 Infantry Brigade.
To date, he wrote a total of 3 books with one of them titled “You Can Fly”, a motivational book, which was officially launched on 20 July 2005 with His Excellency Mr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore coming in as both his foreword writer and special Guest of Honour for the launch. Ismail also published the 4th edition of “The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Investment in Singapore” which he shared insights to the real estate industry and this book was the top seller for the past 3 editions, that were widely available in all major bookstores. Determined to continue his efforts in reaching and educating more individuals, especially the younger generation, Ismail ventured into writing the third book “The Timeless Gift” in 2011.
Ismail has been awarded many accolades. These include: the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a Spirit of Enterprise Award and the prestigious NSMan of the Year Award in 2004.
In 2008, he was the winner of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises’ Top Entrepreneur of the Year and Top Entrepreneur for eCommerce Awards, and Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Overall Indian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
A firm believer of training and life-long learning, Ismail has institutionalised a complete series of learning programs that includes developmental seminars, workshops, consultancy services and legal support for all his property consultants so that they can stay ahead of competition and deliver the maximum value to home investors.
He has spoken about property investments to various organisations and numerous events, both locally and abroad. He is currently the keynote speaker at the quarterly Consumer Empowerment Seminars, with close to 1,000 attendees each session, empowering home owners, savvy investors of property market trends for more informed decisions. His views and insights on the property scene are much sought after given his inspirational communication skills, ability to lead, motivate and influence people.