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Meet Kenji Tatsuno of Kennedy Capital Corporation in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenji Tatsuno.

Kenji, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got into banking by accident. I was at on campus interviews at CSULA and my professors all said go to as many interviews as you can, just go for practice! My first interview was with Bank of America for Private Banking and I got an offer on the spot!

I was hired into Bank of America’s prestigious Private Banking Unit. After a few years of tenure at the bank, I decided to better m clientele with better products and services. I left the corporate world to become a mortgage broker. Four years into his career, I was a top producer at San Marino Mortgage Corporation.

That led my career to being promoted to Branch Manager of Keros Mozilo Mortgage Bankers for their retail divisions in Pasadena and Brentwood. After successfully recruiting and becoming a prominent funding source in the community, I started my own firm Kennedy Capital Corporation in April 1996.

Kennedy Capital’s client referral based is largely based on the local realtor community, business managers, CPA’s, and financial managers.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In the beginning, it was a large learning curve. There are so many responsibilities as a new young small entrepreneur. Of course, the Mortgage melt down was an extreme challenge mortgage brokers, loan officers all businesses. It was a global melt down. For the most part in today’s market place it’s just keeping up with technology and the changes in the regulation climate.

Please tell us about Kennedy Capital Corporation.
Kennedy Capital specializes in residential mortgages. What sets us apart is I believe we consider our customers as part of our family. We don’t look at them as a unit, or a number, but rather a part of our extended family.

We have the skill set, technology, and everyone is looking for a great rate/program. In the end, it’s the counseling, getting to know what’s important to the person and the transaction to lead and guide them in a E driven business model.

Technology cannot feel or hear the anxiety or happiness in a client’s voice or facial expressions.

I believe it is combination of skill set, and compassion that sets up apart. How does a mortgage software program or E based program empathize with moving late, or not being able to deliver.

I understand the business models of each lender and have the ability to transcend my clients paper work into an approval loan with the best rates, service and know how to treat each customer.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Vacation! My family was not wealthy, but my parents always made time to take us on vacation. My mother would pack up things for months and have them ready to go. My father was not an outdoorsman but he always took time to take us camping or in a camper to visit the High Sierra’s, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach.

Being that said, it was always an adventure! My parents and brother are gone now, but the memories are forever! God Speed to them and I love them dearly!

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