Our Member Spotlight on Allen Komori, Financial Strategies with the Fraser Financial Group of Hawaii. Allen is a member of our YP Events Committee and has helped to organize many of our YP events.
Please tell us about your current position and company.
My job title is Financial Strategies with the Fraser Financial Group of Hawaii, a member of the MassMutual Financial Group. I help people and businesses with insurance, investments and retirement planning, among other things.
Please tell us a little about your professional history (i.e. college, past work experience, etc.).
This is my 3rd year with the firm in total, my first year and a half I was in the Beverly Hills, CA office and for the last year and a half, now with the Hawaii office as a Junior Partner with the practice of Stan Jacobs. I started with the firm in CA after graduating with a BS in Business/Finance from the University of La Verne in Southern California.
How did you decide on your current career path?
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do coming out of college, everyone told me that as I got closer to graduation, that I’d figure it out. That wasn’t really the case. My senior partner now, who was just a family friend at the time asked me the right questions, from there it was easy. I wanted to be a businessman, be challenged constantly, be held accountable for my own success, and help people. He pointed me in the right direction.
What is the biggest obstacle you overcame in your professional career?
Still overcoming, and will always be overcoming people’s reluctance to seek help with important financial matters. For one reason or another- fear, embarrassment or procrastination, most would rather get their teeth drilled for a toothache rather than come talk to us about their other pains.
What do you think are the biggest challenges for young professionals in Hawaii?
Given the current economic situation and outlook, opportunity is a huge challenge for young professionals. There are a lot of skilled, educated young people who are finding it difficult to enter the professional world.
Where do you see yourself/your business in 10 years?
I see myself here in Hawaii with my own practice and hopefully one of the leaders in my field. After growing up here, I thought I needed to get away and try to ‘make it’ on the mainland. After being in business in LA, I gained a lot more appreciation for the style of business back home. People look out for you, they actually care. In my experience it isn’t always like that elsewhere, people’s motives are a lot different. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, it just didn’t fit my style. I also want to stay active in the community and help others as much as I can.
What other profession, other than what you currently do, would you like to try?
Easy, professional athlete. I played baseball through college and some of my friends/ old teammates are still playing professionally, the thought of being paid to play a game is awesome. Also, Golfer would be interesting, the ability to make a good living by coming in last place is another awesome thought.
After a hard day at work, what do you do to unwind?
Working out is a great way to blow some steam and stay healthy. In order to be the leaders and highly respected professionals we all aim to be, you need to be able to make it into work everyday. I enjoy making it to the gym or jumping in the water if the waves are up, or hitting golf balls at the range.
Provide a parting thought or words of wisdom to other young professionals.
Always do things for the right reasons. Don’t take shortcuts or chase dollar signs. Stick to the process. If you are process oriented, the results have a way of taking care of themselves. If you decide to take those shortcuts, it may work for a little while, but in the end it’ll always get exposed or come back to bite you. If you do things the right way and for whatever reason the results don’t happen the way you wanted, the worst case is that you did it the right way. People see that.