Ascend CEI member and mentor Kamesh Nagarajan recently received the distinguished 2011 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business
Award. As Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, he leads The
Fifth Avenue Group, providing comprehensive wealth planning services to global
clients. Mr. Nagarajan was selected along with 49 top Asian businessmen and women,
such as Deven Sharma (President of S&P), who have excelled in their
Mr. Nagarajan’s background is familiar to many of us
second generation Asians. He was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. His
parents came from India in the 1960’s and both worked for IBM. Growing up in an
Asian household, Nagarajan was instilled with values of hard work and achieving
excellence. He graduated from law school in 1996 and worked in a tax and litigation
practice for a few years before finding his passion as a financial advisor. He
has been working as a financial advisor since 1997. His dedication to clients
and his entrepreneurial spirit has earned him accolades from colleagues and the
I sat down with Mr. Nagarajan, who will be speaking
at the annual Ascend convention later this month, and asked him about his
involvment with Ascend.
How long have you been involved with Ascend?
I have been involved with
Ascend since 2008 when I went to the Gala.
Why did you choose to join Ascend?
Ascend is unique because it
is one of the only organizations that caters to the Pan-Asian community and
also as a networking organization for finance professionals. So many
organizations target just the Indian community or just the Chinese community,
etc but Ascend is broader and in a short time, has developed a national
Mentors are important
because they serve as role models and help to bridge the gap. Mentorship
allows the mentee a "judgment free” place to solicit advice and opinions and
can really help an individual not only work hard, but more importantly, learn
to work smart. The Asian community is full of hard working, bright individuals,
it is my pleasure to help them towards a succesful career path.
Mentors such as Kamesh Nagarajan continue to make
Ascend the premier non-profit professional association dedicated to the
leadership potential of Pan-Asians in global corporations.