Raymond is the only accountant at Geffen Mesher—and perhaps the only one in Oregon—who can say he was once endorsed by Reebok Hong Kong. In the early 90s, prior to coming to the U.S., Raymond was a semi-professional long distance runner for Hong Kong, excelling in cross-country, in addition to the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 5,000-meter and the 10,000-meter. “I’m very competitive, and it was that competitiveness that allowed me to excel. The first year I tried out for my junior high school cross-country team, I didn’t even make the cut. My coach told me I was too slow, and challenged me to be better. My next year, I won the trial event, but our school wasn’t that good. Two years after that, I was the captain and we won the Division I Championship. And during that process, I practiced every day.”
That same tenaciousness guides Raymond today as he builds more business in the Asia Pacific market. “I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to expand the firm’s reach across the Pacific Rim. Everything is different compared to the U.S., from the culture to the tax laws, but the emphasis still begins with trust. Once you have a client’s trust, many doors open.”
Others have taken notice of Raymond’s talents, as he was recently named to Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list, an annual recognition of the region’s brightest young business leaders. Even though he’s hung up his competitive running shoes, Raymond still finds time to stoke his competitive fires on the basketball court, golf course, and during a table tennis match. When he relaxes, it’s usually on the weekends with his family.
Post-Baccalaureate in Accounting, Portland State University, 1997
Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics, George Fox University, 1996, summa cum laude
Certified Public Accountant, Oregon
Certified Public Accountant, Hong Kong