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June 27, 2017

Raymond James Recruits $3.5 billion Team from UBS in Honolulu, Hawaii

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A large, very successful team of financial advisors based in Honolulu, Hawaii has joined Raymond James & Associates (RJA), according to Rick Sanchez, West Coast regional director for RJA – the firm’s traditional employee broker/dealer. They join the Honolulu branch managed by Larry Goeas and will be supported by Los Angeles Complex Manager Chris Horner.

The group, which operates as The Kikawa Group of Raymond James, comprises Managing Director Ronald Kikawa, Senior Vice Presidents, Investments Karen K.Y. Yasukawa, CIMA®, Gregg Matsuura, CIMA®, CRPS®, and Wesley K. Yamamoto, CFP®, CIMA®, First Vice Presidents, Investments Susanne M. Millard, CIMA®, CAIA®, CRPS®, and Paul Yamashita, CRPS®, CFA®. The team also includes Senior Financial Planning Consultant Kelly Kimura, Senior Investment/Portfolio Analyst Reid Kobashigawa, Registered Client Service Associate Ashley Caneso and Client Service Associate Lindsay Kikawa Yoshiki. At UBS, the team collectively managed client assets of over $3.5 billion and had in excess of $5 million in annual fees and commissions. 

“After extensive due diligence,” said Kikawa, “We selected Raymond James because the firm will allow us to serve our clients as fiduciaries and in the manner they have come to expect. We have many institutional clients including foundations, endowments and a significant number of Taft-Hartley Joint Trusteed plans, so being able to advise them and keep the managers they trusted was very important to us. Our team also serves many high net worth client families, and Raymond James has all the sophisticated products and services they require, as well as being very supportive of our business.” 

Kikawa started his financial services career in 1976 with E.F. Hutton in Honolulu. In 1988, he moved to Kemper Securities and when they closed, joined Smith Barney in 1996. In 2007, he moved to UBS. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii in business administration and also studied at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. In 1989, he attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Yasukawa has over 30 years’ experience in the industry having begun her career with Aetna Financial Services in 1986. She partnered with Kikawa at Kemper Securities in 1994 and they remained a team at Smith Barney and UBS until joining Raymond James. She serves as the primary consultant to a variety of the team’s institutional clients and is the principal consultant responsible for helping clients develop and implement defined contribution programs. She earned the CIMA® designation in 2002 and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation in 2015. She is a distinguished English literature graduate of the University of Hawaii.

Matsuura began his financial services career in 2000 with Smith Barney where he teamed up with Kikawa and Yasukawa, then moved with them to UBS in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and an MBA and Master of Real Estate Development degrees from the University of Southern California. He also has the CIMA® designation and is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠.

Yamamoto began his financial services career with Prudential Securities in 1996, spent 15 years with Wells Fargo and then joined the team at UBS in 2010. Prior to entering the investments field, Yamamoto was in the consulting business with Coopers & Lybrand in Honolulu, the Ralph M. Parsons Corporation in Saudi Arabia and ran his own manufacturing company in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the CIMA® designation.

Millard has almost 30 years of financial services experience having begun her career with Merrill Lynch in 1978, joining Smith Barney in 2005 and moving with the team to UBS in 2007. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College and has a Master of Science degree in finance from the University of Colorado. Additionally, she has the CIMA® designation, is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠ and earned the Alternative Investment Certificate from IMCA®. In 2006, she was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst™ designation. 

Yamashita has nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry having begun his career as an auditor at Union Bank of California (Los Angeles). He then worked for Ernst & Young in Frankfurt, Germany, and Honolulu, before joining the Treasury department of Bank of Hawaii and later American Savings Bank. He joined the team at UBS in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠ as well as a CPA®. 
“We could not be more pleased to welcome Ron and Karen and their team to Raymond James,” said Sanchez. “The reputation of their practice, their years of experience and their client-first approach make them a great addition to our firm, as we continue to expand our footprint in the Western U.S. and in Hawaii, in particular.”  

“We are so pleased to welcome the Kikawa Group to Raymond James,” added Horner. “They are all high quality people and extremely conscientious professional advisors, and are a fantastic addition to our Honolulu office. I am very much looking forward to working with them.”

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) is the owner of the certification marks “CIMA®” and “Certified Investment Management Analyst®.” Use of CIMA® or Certified Investment Management Analyst® signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA's initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.


About Raymond James & Associates
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, which has built a national reputation for more than 50 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations and municipalities, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), a leading diversified financial services company with 7,200 financial advisors serving approximately 3 million client accounts in more than 2,900 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $658 billion.