I consider myself a very fortunate person. I am keenly aware that many people spend huge amounts of time and money, and wander for years, trying to find their passion. I have known mine since a very young age.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by two things, hockey and business. Growing up in Canada, they quite often seemed to cross paths. Whether it was trading hockey cards as a young boy, or caddying at the Magna Golf Club for numerous NHL players, commerce and hockey were always at the forefront of my life.
As is the case for many young boys in Canada, my life revolved around hockey. I experienced many successes along the way. I played on OHF and OHL Cup winning teams, I was fortunate enough to be drafted into the OHL and the USHL, play on championship winning teams at St. Andrew’s College, won a division title in the USHL, and earn an NCAA Division 1 scholarship.
At the same time, I continued to foster my passion for business. I vigorously pursued my studies at Niagara University, and was recognized as the top Economics student in my graduating class, while serving as the captain for the school’s NCAA Division 1 team. Again, my two passions had crossed paths.
After college, I moved to Singapore. While working as the Finance Director for a start-up that ultimately raised over US$4 million, I was approached by members of the Singapore National Team with an eye towards having me take on head coaching duties of the team. Given how good the sport had been to me, I recognized that it was time to give back. For over 3 years, I balanced my work responsibilities, passed the three levels of the CFA exam, and represented the country on the international hockey stage. I continue to work with the team, most recently capturing the silver medal at the 2019 Southeast Asia Games.
Now, as a member of KJ Harrison’s Private Client team, I am fortunate to see these two passions align again. The firm has a keen enthusiasm for sports, and a passion for educating younger individuals who have attained or are about to attain wealth early in life. The athletes we work with learn to recognize the inherent financial risks associated with being a successful professional athlete. This helps them avoid many of the major pitfalls professional athletes often endure, allowing them to overcome the obstacles that may impede them from attaining financial security and well-being during their careers. It is my mission to help these young athletes become as successful financially as they are athletically.