Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Malaysian Developers Visit Knoxville

Entrepreneur Phillip Lim, owner of two popular, local restaurants, Asia Cafe North on North Central Pike and Asia Cafe West on Gleason Road, recently formed a partnership with world-renowned artist Dr. Brad Coriell. The new company is known as International Concepts and Design or iCAD. Their goal is themed environment applications and productions.

For one of their first projects, the businessmen are meeting with a group of Malaysian developers who are seeking to secure a deal for a 140 acre, multi-plex, mixed development theme park to be built in Melaka, Malaysia. The Chinese government is providing financing for the venture.

The Malaysians, who are also planning to visit New York City and to meet with other investors from Atlanta, Georgia while in the USA, arrived on Monday after a 20 hour flight to Knoxville.

Lim Boon (Arthur) Chuan, brother to Phillip Lim and Marivic Leoncito (Chris) Jopio are set to hear a presentation from iCAD on conceptual layouts and specs, animation, 2-D and 3-D designs and sculptures given by Coriell. Pinnacle Bank is not involved in the project but graciously offered their roomy conference room as space for the presentations. Senior Vice president, Jeremy R. Cook, provided assistance.

Chris Jopio Tay
Dr. Brad Coriell is one of the team of five who worked with Lake City to successfully change the name to Rocky Top. Coriell's art work can be found in the Kennedy, Lincoln, Taft and Reagan Presidential Libraries, in the Supreme Court as well as museums and buildings around the world. Coriell, who has worked for Universal Studios and Warner Brothers was a long-time employee of Disney. He is one of sixty Disney Imagineers in the world.
Arthur Lim (center)

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