“If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to go with the flow, meaning to be flexible and not be afraid to grab an opportunity when it presents itself. Nothing in my personal background has been particularly premeditated. Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies because of my love for languages and curiosity of all things exotic inevitably took me to Japan, where I pursued graduate studies in Journalism. One of my fellow classmates from Japanese Studies in Belgium then led me to a job in Paris for three years, where I met my wife, thanks to an American friend from my time in Japan. Then my American wife led us to the U.S., where we eventually settled in Illinois, leading to my career at Busey, thanks to a career suggestion from my mother-in-law.
I’ve had so many wonderful experiences, been to so many wonderful places and even discovered a wonderful career because I let myself be carried by momentum and didn’t shy away from jumping on interesting opportunities when they presented themselves.”
Assistant Vice President, Financial Planning Specialist