Jason B.  Miyashita
Jason B. Miyashita37

Managing director,
Raymond James

Fast Facts

  • Flies more than 300,000 miles a year, mostly for business.
  • Resident of Guam; sometimes wears slippers while making presentations to island government officials.
  • Was first in his family to attend East Coast college.

Many advisers get to work early. But probably no one gets to work earlier than Jason Miyashita. A native of Guam, the U.S. territory in the Western Pacific whose slogan is "Where America's Day Begins," Mr. Miyashita's day starts 14 hours ahead of even the earliest early bird on Eastern Time — and that's only when he's home.

Managing $1.5 billion in assets with his team members, Mr. Miyashita's clients include government organizations, endowments and wealthy individuals in our Pacific protectorates and territories, as well as nearby independent nations such as Palau. He regularly visits them all, as well as those on the U.S. mainland, flying to Tokyo (three hours away) rather than to Hawaii (eight hours) to take shorter flights to major American cities.

"My passion is connecting with local people," Mr. Miyashita said.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Miyashita worked at a major accounting firm in New York for three years before becoming a financial adviser at Smith Barney in Hawaii. He returned home to Guam in 2007 and stayed at the firm, which was acquired by Morgan Stanley, until moving to Raymond James in 2015.

The father of two says he is "always looking for business," and plans to continue seeking out "U.S. expatriates in Asia looking for a U.S. firm." He sees opportunities in Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

"With today's technology, I can do anything from anywhere," he said.

— Evan Cooper

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