Employee Spotlight – Aaron Kwan

CU Engage’s very own Aaron Kwan is in the spotlight this month. Aaron has been with CU Engage since the close of 2020. As Director of Business Development, he is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with financial institutions. Aaron has known CU Engage founders Jennifer Addabbo and James Guild for many years. He watched from the outside as CU Engage grew quickly and he was immediately attracted to the company’s commitment to helping our clients navigate and find the right partners for their strategic initiatives.

Before joining the CU Engage team, Aaron was one of the first 10 employees at Q2 and has over 20 years of experience in sales, project management, and helping financial institutions leverage technology to best suit their needs.

A Texas native, Aaron considers Plano, Texas his hometown, but now lives in Austin. He grew up wanting to live in Austin to be closer to hills, lakes, rivers, and trees. In addition to the beautiful nature all around Aaron, he enjoys family trips to the beach with his wife and kids (including teenage twins!) and is happiest when watching his kids’ sporting events. A 1998 graduate of Baylor University, Aaron is an avid college sports fan.

Grab your college apparel and read on to learn more about Aaron!

 

Fun Facts About Aaron

Q: Do you have an office nickname?                                                                                                      A: Kwan Solo or Obi Kwan Kenobi.

Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it?                                                                                A: The golden rule – treat others the way you want to be treated.

Q: What is the best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                          A: Disney Cruise with my family.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                     A: Your kids wanting to hang out with you when they’re teenagers/adults.

Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be?                                                             A: Surf.

Q: Describe CU Engage in 5 words or less:                                                                                             A: Caring, Dedicated, Genuine, Experts, Fun.

Q: What would the title of your autobiography be?                                                                              A: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED?

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                A: 80% organized 20% messy.

Q: What was your first concert?                                                                                                                A: U2.

Q: What is your favorite thing or place?                                                                                                  A: Cabo San Lucas.

Q: If you could pick one theme for CU Engage to turn into a book about the company, what would you choose?                                                                                                                                    A: Doing the right thing when no one is looking.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                               A: Chips and salsa.

Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?                                A: My last name is Kwan, so Dim Sum.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A: Live on a beach.

Q: What is your personal brand statement?                                                                                           A: Take every action possible to make lasting memories.

Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam?                                                                                                            A: Wherever I May Roam – Metallica.

Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?                                                                                                    A: Yes, the coolest one is Marcus Luttrell.

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                  A: Helping people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working here?                                                                                    A: The people.  The people here at CU Engage are amazing and care about helping others.  I cannot say enough about how incredible the people at CU Engage are.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                            A: Honesty, humility, listening before talking, willingness to be on the front line to get your hands dirty, not asking anyone to do anything you’re not willing to do yourself.

Q: Advice for new hires?                                                                                                                              A: Do not be afraid to ask questions, everyone here is extremely helpful.

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                 A: Band of Brothers Tour of France.