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A Conversation with Ascend CEI Member/Mentor Kamesh Nagarajan

Monday, August 15, 2011   (1 Comments)
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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 respective fields.

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 community.

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 presence.

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.


Neha Uberoi says...
Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Looking forward to the Gala where he will be the MC.

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