Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Kwon.
Hi Brian, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Born in Los Angeles, CA. Grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. As a child, I used to visit San Diego often, during which I began to fall in love with the city. Following high school, I attended the University of California, Irvine for one year. During that year, I majored in Political Science and Criminology. I was also an ROTC Cadet and Kappa Sigma Fraternity member. The following year I began my education at the United States Military Academy, West Point. I majored in Economics, was a member of the Korean American Relations Seminar, Men’s Boxing Team, Interned for a Congressman in Washington D.C, interned for the Securities Exchange Commission in Philadelphia, and spent a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany. I was able to travel all throughout western Europe during my semester abroad. Following graduation, I traveled throughout Asia. Despite all my travels, San Diego is still my favorite place in the world.
Following my Asia travels, I attended training in Oklahoma and then got stationed in El Paso, TX. I recently moved to San Diego and got assigned to be a Recruiting Company Executive Officer for the Army. I am extremely passionate about spreading the word on the plethora of opportunities the Army can provide for someone. Some of these opportunities include degrees that are paid for, travel, on-hand training, certifications that are applicable to the civilian sector, life-long friends, and endless mentorship. I am thankful and blessed to be in the best city in the world.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Life is not interesting if it is a completely smooth road. I’ve had losses of friends and family, various challenging events, and stressful circumstances. However, I truly believe everything happens for a reason and all challenges lead to the person you are today. I remain optimistic and focus on fixing the issue, not letting things overwhelm me too much. As many in the Army say, “slow is smooth and smooth is fast”. I remind myself of this many times to remain calm and assess the issues to create a positive solution.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an Army Officer. I hold the rank of First Lieutenant. My basic branch in the Army is an Air and Missile Defense Officer. Currently, I am an Army Recruiting Company, Executive Officer. I help manage, assist, and lead 50 highly motivated and professional Army recruiters. My hope is to spread the word about the Army. That the Army is not just the things, you see in movies. It provides and means so much more than that. The opportunities are endless, to share this is my current goal.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Mentors will impact and shape your life. I have many mentors who are well-established individuals in various walks of life. By having diversity, it allows me to maintain an open mind and seek the best advice possible. Networking will set you apart from others, to have a well-connected network holds its weight in gold. For me, I choose my mentors and network very carefully. I want quality mentors who will lead me the right way, I am thankful to say I have those mentors.
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