A team of six representatives and four assistants managing $3.5 billion in assets at the UBS office in Honolulu, Hawaii, has joined the employee unit of Raymond James.
Operating as the Kikawa Group, the veteran-led team is headed by Ronald Kikawa and includes Karen K.Y. Yasukawa, Gregg Matsuura, Wesley K. Yamamoto, Susanne M. Millard and Paul Yamashita. Moving with them are planner Kelly Kimura, analyst Reid Kobashigawa and associates Ashley Caneso and Lindsay Kikawa Yoshiki.
Mr. Kikawa started his financial services career in 1976 at E.F. Hutton and moved to Kemper Securities in 1988. When it closed, he joined Smith Barney in 1996, and moved to UBS in 2007.
Ms. Yasukawa began her career at Aetna Financial Services in 1986, and then joined Kemper Securities, where she began partnering with Mr. Kikawa in 1994. She moved with him to Smith Barney and UBS.
Mr. Matsuura began his financial services career in 2000 at Smith Barney, where he joined Mr. Kikawa and Ms. Yasukawa.
Mr. 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.
Ms. Millard began her career at Merrill Lynch in 1978, joined Smith Barney in 2005 and moved with the team to UBS in 2007.
Mr. Yamashita began his career as an auditor at Union Bank of California in Los Angeles, worked for Ernst & Young in Frankfurt, Germany, and Honolulu, and then joined the Bank of Hawaii and later American Savings Bank. He joined the team at UBS in 2008.