- General Manager
- Global Aichi
Date of birth: Jan. 30, 1990
Hometown: Wilmington, Ohio
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 7 (as of June 2019)
I remember being exposed to “Pokemon” and some anime as a child, and I was friends with a Japanese exchange student in middle school. However, Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” was the first encounter to have a significant, lasting impression on me, and studying Japanese at university provided the impetus for my first trip to Japan.
Stay hungry, embrace struggle and focus on your purpose. “Hunger” refers to a life rooted in constant personal growth. “Struggle” represents the means for such growth, as there are no shortcuts to progress. “Purposefulness” brings clarity and helps me define who I am and the role I play. These three are inextricable, unending and set the tone for my life.
My career is just getting started, so I am much more excited for what is to come than what has come to pass. If I had to say, being named by Wedge magazine as one of the “30 pioneers of the new age” in April was truly an honor. However, starting Global Aichi and safely seeing it grow through the first year-and-a-half brings me a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
I believe that informed, highly skilled foreigners have an incredibly important role to play in helping this country through the hard road that lies ahead. As such, my goal for working in Japan — a society that both accepted and taught me a tremendous amount — is to contribute to its diversification and internationalization as well as its economic and social development in every way I can.
As linguistic proficiency is a key that opens many doors in this country, I strongly recommend intensive study of Japanese. While mastery is not a must, fluency in the language is a huge step toward building close personal relationships with Japanese people and networking within Japanese society. It certainly is not easy, but that is why you must embrace the struggle.