“𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟 1 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 100% 𝑖𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑠. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒.”
“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑜𝑓 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑁𝑌 𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝐻𝐾 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙. 𝐼𝑛 𝐻𝐾, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑑𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑎 𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝… 𝑠𝑜 𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑖𝑛 𝐻𝐾 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝𝑠.”
“𝐼 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑜 𝑡𝑜 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑.”
“𝑇𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒, 𝑜𝑢𝑟 [𝐴𝑃𝐼𝐴𝑆𝐹] 𝐻𝐾 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑓𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑑 45 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑆. 𝑆𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑓𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙.”
“𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝐴𝑠𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑠, 𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑝ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑖𝑛. 𝑖𝑛 𝐻𝐾 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑑, 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠.”
“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠.”
“𝐻𝐾 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑤𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑣𝑎𝑙𝑢𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠.”
“𝐻𝐾 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑. 𝐿𝑜𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑓𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝐻𝐾. 𝑂𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑒𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑠.”
Mina Martinez is a former Wall Street veteran, having spent 15 years in investment banking and private equity. Most recently, Mina was founding partners of Nogales Investors, a middle market private equity firm, located in Los Angeles. Previously, Mina has worked with notable firms such as Warburg Pincus as an investment principal, as well as with Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers and Bankers Trust, as an investment banking professional.
Mina has been involved with APIASF for approximately seven years. Upon learning that APIASF was the only national scholarship fund for Pacific Islander students, she was compelled to get involved as she herself was a scholarship recipient of various scholarships. Mina was born in Japan and grew up in Southern California from the age of three. She holds a BA from UC Irvine and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.