Alumni on the Move - September 2015

Poe Wongpa Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Poe Wongpa

Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Poe Wongpa was recently promoted to Branch Manager at Key Bank’s Panther Lake location. When his branch manager left Key Bank in March, Poe was hesitant to apply for the position. Though he had four years of experience as a licensed personal banker at Key Bank, Poe’s desire was to enter the investment department as a personal financial advisor.

It wasn’t until Poe began his journey with EDI’s Asian Discovery Program, where he began to question his actions. “I didn’t think applying for the position until the very last minute. Literally last minute because I didn’t see myself as a leader or a professional role model to my peers.” During a session taught by J.D. Hokoyama, Poe had a revelation where he decided to take a risk and apply for the branch manager position. “From J.D., I learned that I shouldn’t be afraid to raise my hand and take the next step. Not only does your production has to speak out, you have to speak out too.”

With an opportunity to scout the competitors at his branch, Poe realized he had nothing to lose because he was the perfect fit. As a perk, he could still keep his investment licenses, but also gain opportunities to learn in a leadership role. So the next day, Poe applied, aced the interview, and acquired the position. During his interview, when asked why he applied, he confidently said, “I’ve been at this branch for the last four years and I know the clients and employees, which is why I’d be a great fit. Plus, I’ll have new opportunities in a leadership role.”


Patrick Bondoc Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Patrick Bondoc

Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Patrick Bondoc was recently promoted to Supply Chain Specialist for Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) – Material Services, supporting Airline Fleet Retrofit at The Boeing Company. Nearing the end of his eight-month journey with EDI, Patrick reflects on his time, “EDI has played an essential role in facilitating introspection into my cultural tendencies and leadership style. Most significantly, I am thankful for the EDI experience, which has given me the confidence to lead in the future.”


Mark Martinez Hispanic Discovery, Class of 2013

Mark Martinez

Hispanic Discovery, Class of 2013

Mark Martinez was elevated to the Board of Directors and appointed Treasurer of the local non-profit, Birthday Dreams.  Birthday Dreams provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties.  The parties include gifts from the child’s wish list, goodie bags, and of course, cake.

"I had not thought of being on the board of a non-profit until I went through EDI.  The importance of sending the elevator back down is one of the biggest overall take-aways for me.  And every child should be able to be the center of attention in their birthday regardless of their living situation."

Mark would like to invite everyone to the annual Gala and fundraiser on October 10th at the Renton Pavilion Event Center.  This year's theme is 'Hollywood Nights' and tickets include dinner. There will be a live and silent auction, so have a drink and know your bid will go to support a child’s birthday party.